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My hummingbirds are keeping me busy.  I thought they tapered off feeding by the middle of October but they must be storing up for their long flight south for the winter.  I love the beautiful teeny creatures!  I love the cooler days we have been having, until a couple of days ago.  It is summer time again for a week or so according to the weather news.

I was sorry to hear that Paul Peck, a Burnsville friend of mine, was burned at his home and is in a burn unit at a Huntington hospital.  He teaches at Glenville State College.

A gentle hero of a man died October 01, 2018, Henry Ford Carver.  There will be a Celebration of Life service at for him at the Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 14, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Buckhannon Veterans Cemetery in Buckhannon.  The Upshur County Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the graveside.  In lieu of flowers, we are asked to make contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Brushy Fork Road, P. O. Box 205, Buckhannon, WV 26201.  You can read his obituary and leave condolences at

Ford, as he was known to his church family, was named for the owner of Ford Motor Company who was expected at his father’s job site for a meeting on the day of his birth.  The obituary states:  “Mr. Ford didn’t show up, but Baby Henry Ford did, and thus that became his name” on November 28, 1922.  Ford was a young 95, with a constant smile and good humor.  Though he wasn’t able to attend church regularly, he was always delightfully happy when he did come.  He married Charlene Merritt on July 17, 1971.  He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945.  Charlene and his whole family will miss him terribly.  I hope you will get to read his entire obituary as there are many interesting things about him that you may enjoy reading about.  I certainly did.

THE APPEARING is a FREE event about end-time Bible prophecies that will be held at the Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church in five sessions beginning on Thursday, October 11 with Session 1, “A Planet in Upheaval.”  Then on Friday, October 12 is the second session, “The Abomination of Desolation.”  There will be two sessions on Saturday, October 13, Session 3 at 11:00 a.m., “The Appearing”; Session 4 at 7:00 p.m., “Prophecy Interrupted.”  The final Session 5 will be Sunday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. “The Battle of Armageddon.”  You really don’t want to miss this.  These important messages brought to us on screen by The Voice of Prophecy speaker, Shawn Boonstra.  I certainly plan to attend.  I hope to see you there.  To find out more about it, go to or call 800.297.9071.

It seems my Chat is ALL about what is happening at my church, but I am also VERY excited about our Sabbath Service for October 20 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.  Our children will conduct the whole service (with two young men who must be around 10 years old or so doing the PowerPoint Program), “Journey Beyond the Stars.”  We will have a potluck dinner after that.

Looking a little further into the future, our Fall Social will be held at the Sapp farm on October 27th beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a potluck supper in the barn.  Be sure and let Sheri-Lyn Sapp (304-472-4848) or Sandi Stutler (304.269.2353) know what you are bringing.


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

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Pat’s Chat

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My Chat for last week, September 13, brought me more comments than usual!  I think the fact that Larry Knight reported my death got more than the comment about no “rainbow” on a sunny, rainy day.  I thought sure someone would tell me why that happened, but it may be, due to skyline hindrances and all, I may not have observed the sky in the right direction.  I am surrounded by trees and buildings, which may have obscured the rainbow that I am SURE was there somewhere.  I thank all of you who commented because it let me know that someone actually READS it most of the time.

I am sorry I didn’t get to the reunion for workers of Weston State Hospital.  I got this note from my friend and co-worker, Opal Riffle:  “Missed seeing you, Patricia Wiant Ridpath, Judy Ireland, Judy Matthews, Sherry Coleman, and many more, but it was cool to see all who showed up.”  My “get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went,” so, there was just no energy to get up and go.  I have no other excuse.

It was so very sad to have to cancel our Church Rummage Sale at the last minute and I am truly sorry if anyone made the trip to the church and found no one there.  I had left a sign, saying the Yard Sale is Cancelled, that was supposed to be put on the entry door to our Fellowship Hall, where we usually have sales set up for our Yard Sales.  Hope it was there.

I went with friends to Shoney’s last Thursday, September 27, and got to see and talk to Larry Knight.  He can’t remember where he got the idea that I had passed away.  He is getting a lot of feedback on his column, which is good.  A lot of people read it.  That is satisfying to anyone who takes the time to try to write columns that will be of interest to someone.

My condolences to the family and friends of Nyal Jefferies.  He and his family have always been a part of the Burnsville I remember, and I loved the many times I got to see him at Walmart after I moved to Buckhannon, sitting on the bench with Dewell while their wives shopped.  He was a kind man and I am sure he is missed.

You heard a lot about our last quarter’s Sabbath School lessons because I shared it with you, but I am sure you will enjoy the new quarterly excerpts that I may use at times.  The title is “Oneness in Christ” and every Christian out there will agree that this is a lofty ambition.  Part of the introduction states: “Although Christ has faithful followers in various denominations, this quarter we are going to focus on our church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and what unity in Christ means to us.”  Oneness in Christ Bible Study Guide for October, November, December 2018, page 3.  On page 5 we read this:  “The story of God’s people starts with the creation of humans and their tragic fall into sin.  Any attempt at understanding the nature of unity . . . must begin with God’s original plan at the

Creation and then the need for restoration after the Fall . . . God intended for humanity to remain one family.  Unfortunately, this unity was severed after the tragedy of sin.  In sin alone the roots of disunity and division arose . . . many passages of scripture present God’s nature as love.  God is love, and because humans also can love (and in ways the rest of the earthly creation certainly can’t), to be created in His image must include the ability to love.  Yet, love can exist only in relationship with others.  Thus, whatever else being made in the image of God entails, it must entail the capacity to love, and to love deeply.”  I hope this tempts your appetite for learning more.  If you like, you can go to and watch an interactive study of next week’s lesson.  (They are all taped earlier so that anyone who wants to study to teach a class can get in on these and maybe get some help.)  And, of course, you are always welcome to come to our church and ask for a quarterly or join us in our weekly study, usually starting a little before 10 a.m. each Sabbath morning.


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Sunny days, with pounding showers that do not turn off the sunshine, have occurred recently and these days were a great blessing after the horrors Florence spread over the East Coast, with winds and floods.  I search the skies for rainbows but can find none.  This has happened several times.  Can someone explain this phenomenon to me?  I miss the rainbow I am used to seeing when it rains on a sunny day.  Actually, there are many things more puzzling to me.  One is the call I got a few days ago from my brother, Sam in Virginia, who had seen in The Braxton Democrat-Central of September 13 an article which seemed to say I had died!  (If you are reading this, you will know that my death was greatly exaggerated.)  Here is what he wrote.

In an interesting article entitled “Mary Lou Grose”, Larry Knight states, “Mary Lou was a life long friend of Pat Wiant-Buckalew (sic), Ridpath.  Before going on one of their many ventures, Pat and husband John Ridpath lived in Burnsville.  John had many stories to tell usually about one of his teaching jobs.  The Ridpaths were both fine people and will be greatly missed.  Mary Lou was mentioned in some of Pat’s articles printed in the Braxton Democrat.  Mary Lou passed away a few years ago.  You see Pat was the author of Pat’s Chat.  She will also be greatly missed.”

I had missed contributing Pat’s Chats for some weeks recently, which may be why Larry thought I was dead.  It is only because my life is so busy and I am slower then I used to be, so I just can’t get them typed and sent.  (By the way, I was a Bucklew for 20 years or so, but the name has no “a” in it.  Charles Bucklew was the father of my three handsome children because he was a very handsome man.)  Thank you, Larry, for your articles in the paper.  You do a great job bringing life to the past.  I am proud of you.

I am also proud of Daytona “Toni” Wine for her Burnsville News.  I always told her she could write her own articles, back in the time when my articles were called Burnsville News and she would ask me to add birthdays, etc., to mine.  She does find interesting events to tell us about plus birthdays and anniversaries.

Some people whose deaths brought sorrowful thoughts to me recently were Hartsel Malcomb, Ida Butcher, Charlotte Turner, and Pat Carder (the most recent one).  Hartsel was a Burnsville Alumni.  He was a football player, and all around great guy, I always thought.  He spent time in the Navy, one of the Seabees, and then in the Naval Reserves, and by the time you get this paper they will have given him a Full Military Honors burial (by American Legion Post 33) at the Greenhill Church Cemetery.  Ida Butcher was the Charge Aide on the woman’s unit at Old Weston State Hospital when I was a fledgling psych nurse.  She was an invaluable help to me.  She knew how to run the unit and didn’t think I was tough enough, but our unit did well.  Charlotte Turner was a very efficient nurse when I worked at Sharpe Hospital and such a pleasant person.  I am sure she will be greatly missed.  So Sorry. Jim.  Pat was a pretty, sweet, little friend who graced the aisles of our church for a time.  I am sure her adoring husband and family will miss her so much.  My condolences to friends and family of all whom I have mentioned above.

It is time for a lot of fall sales and the Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church will be having an Inside Yard Sale at the church October 1, 2, and 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.  If you have something you want to donate to the sale, please bring it to the church September 30.  Call 304-472-0962 to be sure someone is there when you bring your donation.


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First of all, pardon the mistake on last week’s Chat, erroneously labeled September 1, 2018.  Only Daisy (a friend from Georgia) let me know the boo-boo in an email.  Thank you, Daisy!  I think I was writing at 4:00 a.m., partly in my sleep!  Well, I am grateful to God that at 84 I can still type and use the computer (somewhat)!  I don’t worry too much about old age.  It won’t last long!

It has been a distressing time lately.  Mostly due to a very contagious affliction that hit me a few days ago.  The PA at the Care Express asked me if I had been around a lot of snotty-nosed kids (because this plague hits usually at beginning of school).  I said, “No!”  He said that I had conjunctivitis!  And he gave me a prescription for eye drops.  It is the dreaded “pink eye” that hits school children when they all get together at the beginning of the school year.  I have NO idea where I could have picked it up but it could be anywhere.  I have had a lot of itchy allergies and probably rubbed my eyes after touching some surface with the germs on it.  None of us should touch our eyes with unwashed hands.  I have tried to clean the door knobs and faucet handles to protect my family and so far, no one else has gotten it.  I stayed away from church yesterday to protect my church family and visitors.  I enjoyed my sleep-in and Hope Sabbath School which I accessed through my computer and a wonderful sermon by John Bradshaw on Amazing Facts TV which I can access through Roku or my Galaxy satellite which brings in many religious stations, several of which are Seventh-day Adventist, like Loma Linda and Three Angels Network (3ABN), etc.  I believe that 3ABN is available on Dish Network and Hope is available on Direct TV.  I have wished many times that Suddenlink would get one of those stations on their list of available channels, but they told me that maybe if I got a thousand signatures that people would like to get such a station, they MIGHT be able to get it.  Why is it that there are so many unsavory (to me) stations, but few worthwhile choices?  Well, that is just me and I am not in the majority!

Some have thanked me for including a part of my devotional reading in my Chats.  I don’t want to disappoint anyone, so here is my August 30th reading from the book, Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 256.  It shows a striking prophecy that has been proved to be true:

“In the time of Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and other prophets of God, Tyre was one of the greatest commercial cities of the world.  It was to the Middle East what New York City is to the Western world today.  Right at the height of her power and glory, in 590 B.C., when it seemed that she would stand forever, the prophet Ezekiel declared under the inspiration of God that the city would be destroyed, never to be rebuilt.

“History comes to the witness stand and tells us that soon after this prophecy was given, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, after besieging the city for thirteen years, took Tyre and destroyed it and left the buildings in ruins.  But the prophecy called for more than this.  The very dust of Tyre was to be cast into the sea, leaving a bare rock to be use for spreading fishing nets. [Ezekiel 26]

“For two and a half centuries the ruins of Tyre stood as a challenge to the truth of prophecy.  Then from the west came Alexander the Great to attack the new Tyre, which was built on an island half a mile from the shore.  Again the accuracy of prophecy was vindicated.  Alexander took the ruins of the old city to build a causeway to the island city.  The very dust was scraped from the site and dumped into the sea.

“But the prophecy goes farther: it declares that Tyre was never to be rebuilt again.  This challenge has faced the world for twenty-five centuries and faces it today.  The building of one city would disprove the Bible; but the city of Tyre as a great commercial center has never been rebuilt.  Tyre is gone.  The Bible still endures.”

Friend, you can believe the Bible.  Ezekiel 36:26 tells us, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.”  Jesus has promised to come back for His people, and “Maranatha” means He is coming.


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I started my day by calling Mary Ann, singing Happy Birthday to her, and then asking what she wanted to eat for breakfast from Tudor’s.  We decided on Dottie’s, which is egg and hash-brown patty on biscuit.  Since she asked for a diet, caffeine-free soda which Tudor’s doesn’t have, I stopped at the drive-through at Burger King for that.  (It is more and more difficult for her to go out-to-eat.)  I should do that more often.  It was fun.  My usual morning is going out-to-eat with Mary Ellen.  Birthday’s make a day special.

I hope some of you are planning to come to the Seventh-day Adventist Church Saturday for our “Homecoming” - Sabbath School starts at about 9:30 a.m. and the worship service starts at approximately 11:00 a.m.  After that we will enjoy a Fellowship (covered dish) meal together.  If you have ever attended our church, please come.  If you have never attended our church, please come.  If you just want to visit, please come.  We can renew old friendships and make new friends. 

I have several calls a day to add someone to our church’s Prayer List.  We have many positive results from our prayers, so join with us in prayer for your needs.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.


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It feels like we have been inundated with loss of church members recently.  On August 03, 2018, Elder Robert Toms died.  He was a beloved 97-year-old retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor from Canada who had been with us for several years.  His funeral service was August 9 at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins.  Before his funeral we had the shock of hearing on August 7th that my sweet 91-year-old aunt died.  Jean Carol (McNemar) Haymond had been a faithful member most of her life.  We had her beautiful Memorial Service on Sunday, August 12, at our church.  We were all saddened and will miss them both, but we can look forward to seeing them again when Jesus comes and they will be resurrected along with all others who have died before and have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and any of us who are still living at that time will go to heaven with them and forever be with the Lord.  (Read the First book of Corinthians, chapter 15 for more information.)

Until further notice our Seventh-day Adventist Wednesday evening prayer meetings will start at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday evening.  If there is board meeting that night, it will be at 5:00 p.m.  Please let your friends who don’t have a computer know of this schedule.  Everyone is welcome to our prayer meetings for group prayer and Bible study.  The book we are now using is very interesting:  “Everyone Welcome*  *Certain Restrictions Apply” by Roger Hernandez.  You are always invited to join us for Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday morning and the worship service at approximately 11:00 a.m.  Most of the time there is a Fellowship meal for those who travel a distance to be there and the first Sabbath of each month is whole church potluck, our most attended Fellowship meal, I believe.  The first Saturday of each month some of us go the Holbrook’s and have a good time with singing, stories, and devotional with the folks there.  The first Thursday of each month we meet at Buckhannon Manor, the “Hi-Rise” most of us call it.  There also we have singing and a devotional.  Anyone is welcome to come to these meetings.

September 11 is soon coming up.  an email I got had around 50 views that most of us have never seen of the tragedy we experienced on that sad day in 2001.  I forwarded the pictures to many of my friends and I received this note back from Jane Ann Riddle, formerly of Burnsville and is an alumni of that High School.  She wrote: “Got the photos.  Yes they’re a grim reminder of a terrible catastrophe.  Just six days before my husband and I sailed past the Twin Towers - our first time seeing the tall buildings - as our ship left the harbor for Ireland.  We arrived in Dublin, got our hotel and went on a bus tour of the city.  Returned and turned on the TV and watched with horror the mayhem unfolding back home.  Dublin more or less shut down and took care of all the stranded Americans, giving us free meals, places to meet each other and commiserate.  We were stranded there for sometime before we were permitted to fly home.  I have never forgotten the kindness of the local people.  Jane (Riddle) Richter”  Then she wrote, “Go right ahead and use my info.  Thanks for sending photos and for your Pat’s Chats which keep me in touch with good old WV & etc.“

I am sure most of us remember where we were and what a horrible shock It was.  Many other terrible tragedies have occurred with shootings, disasters, etc.

I saw a wonderful “signed” talk on Facebook and mentioned how good it would be if there were more such sites where our dear deaf friends can be fed spiritual food.  My sweet niece, Angela Wiant, send me this URL that has many places where information and resources can be found for the deaf.  Just go to  There are many interesting opportunities there for you and your deaf friend.


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Upshur County Commission Submits Voluntary Remediation Program Application

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The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) application submitted by the Upshur County Commission to address environmental conditions at Upshur County Youth Camp Tar Pit near Selbyville.

The site is located at 76 Youth Camp Road in Selbyville and includes approximately 0.8 acres. From approximately 1908-1935, the Buckhannon Chemical Company operated on a small portion of the land that is now the Upshur County Youth Camp. The company produced charcoal, wood alcohol, and calcium acetate by burning timber in air tight kilns or ovens. An approximate 0.8 acre area was used for the disposal of pine tar, a byproduct of their operations. The area is currently fenced. Contaminants of potential concern include volatile organic compounds, semivolatile organic compounds, and metals. Future land use will be recreational.

OER has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the applicant. Under the VRA the applicant will work with the WVDEP to identify human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site, establish applicable remediation standards, and ensure that standards are maintained at the site. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to OER for review and approval.

West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites, as well as redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties, with an objective of counteracting the lack of development on sites with contamination or perceived contamination. By providing financial incentives to invest in brownfields, this approach protects communities and the environment while still promoting economic development in West Virginia.

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Several members were absent from our worship service yesterday.  They missed the children’s story done by Darren Cutright, assisted by his sister, Bridgett.  It is so refreshing to have such lovely children as we have at out church.  Darren and Bridgett are always willing to help out wherever they can, as are Bobby and Annie Furr, Abbey Watson, the Dustin grandchildren and other children when they are visiting.  Darren often acts the part of a Junior Deacon and helps collect the offerings.  They and all the children are anxious to joyfully collect the Children’s offering each Sabbath, and some of them are just as anxious to tell or read the children’s story.

Hallie Hurst, our friend from the First Baptist Church, brought our special music to us.  It is always a delight to have her, and sometimes her sister, Mary Ellen Davidson sings with her.  Talented people.

We had a lively discussion during the Sabbath School class, studying the book of Acts this.  It is amazing how many things recorded about Stephen, the first Christian martyr, also happened to Jesus when He was here on Earth – such as, when they were crucifying Jesus, He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).  Then Stephen, when they were stoning him for preaching Christ, he “cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.  And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”  (Acts 7:60).

Harold Wightman, who is a retired pastor, (says he is a Poor, Pitiful Past Pastor), brought us a rousing sermon on getting ready to meet Jesus when He soon returns to get His people.  It made me want to be more of a witness for Him.  The Way is to have a relationship with Jesus, as your Saviour and close and constant Friend.  His Guidebook, the Bible, tells us about Him in so many ways – through the lives of the patriarchs and prophets and His own sojourn on Earth.  The rules are there in plain language, such as, Love your neighbor as yourself.  Rules, without a relationship with Jesus, can lead to rebellion (like, why do I have to do that, or NOT do this, etc.) lead to rebellion.  Rules + Relationship = Salvation.  Rules – (minus) Relationship = Rebellion.  Here is a story which represents this pretty well, from my devotional Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 224 (Day 210 of my yearly schedule of reading to hopefully finish my 35th time through the Bible by January 1, 2019):

“Thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). . . .

A young lady was taking a special course in a university and was having a terrible time.  One book in particular was especially boring.

“After a while this young woman met a young man on the university campus.  Somehow he was very attractive, and he felt drawn to her too.  It was not long before they were keeping company.  He happened to be one of the young teachers there.

“One day, after they had been going together for several months, she happened to tell him that she was having a difficult time with her English course and particularly with that book.  She said, ‘That is the driest thing I have ever tried to read.  I just can’t get interested in it.  The print is too fine, the subject is so dull—-and the strange things is,’ she continued, ‘the author’s name is the same as yours.’

‘Oh,’ he replied, ‘there is nothing strange about it; you see, I wrote that book.’

“And then she didn’t say anything more—-in fact, there was nothing more to say.

“But when she went home that night, she got that book out, and her mother couldn’t get her in bed.  ‘You know, Mother,’ she said, ‘it is all in me.  I just didn’t see through this book before.  Why, it’s a wonderful book!  Somehow I see the whole thing now.  This really is the book, Mother.’  And she just stopped everything else and read and devoured and digested that book.

“Friends, if you find the Bible dry and difficult, get acquainted with its Author, and you will see His loving fact shining out from Genesis to Revelation.  From the first verse of the first book to the last verse of the last book, you will find that wonderful One, our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Next Sabbath is Bring a Friend Sabbath.  I am inviting all of my friends to visit us Sabbath, August 4th, and stay for lunch.  Let us know you are planning to come, how many are coming with you, so we will have enough food prepared for everyone.  Before Thursday, call the church office at 304-472-0962 and leave a message telling us how many are coming, or you can call me personally at 304-472-5102 and leave same message for me.  I hope the church will be overflowing and all of us members will have to bring lots of extra!  What fun!!


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This Chat is being written and sent to the newspapers a little late to be published by some, but I decided this is important and I want to share it.

Harry (Sonny) Wiant, Jr. (my brother who will be 86 on November 04) had what they called a “mild stroke” over a week ago and it was scary for a while since he is our healthiest sibling, it seemed.  I sent out urgent requests for prayer and in a very few days he was back mostly to himself.  That was a relief to us and we are still praying that he will be able to go back to his wonderful Aljoya condo in Mercer Island, WA.

My point to writing today is to hopefully give some insight to those who feel it is somehow a denial of faith to go to the doctors, to use treatments or to take medicine that God has provided through doctors and scientists to alleviate pain and illness.  The following reading will show that the Bible does not teach this.

“King Hezekiah falls ill, and unusual events accompany his healing.  [Read 2 Kings 20].  You will notice in this case the promise of healing came at once, even before the prophet Isaiah had time to get out of the palace, and that the king was instructed by the prophet of God to cooperate in the work of heling by putting a plaster or poultice of figs on the boil which was afflicting him.  This showed no lack of faith.  It was ordered from the same source that gave the promise of recovery.

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“Let us continue to study Christ’s ministry of healing power.  And let us not forget that it is not a denial of our faith to make use of the remedial agencies available—-the things that God has provided to alleviate pain and to aid nature in her work of restoration.  God could have cured Hezekiah instantly, but specific directions were given regarding natural treatment in his case.  On one occasion Jesus anointed a blind man’s eyes with clay.  The cure was wrought only by the power of Christ, yet He made use of simple agencies of nature.  When we have prayed for the recovery of the sick and have asked God’s blessing on the means which He Himself has provided, we can work with all the more hope and energy and thank God for the privilege of cooperating with Him.

“After we have prayed, let us have faith in God, whatever the outcome.  If bereavement comes, let us remember that the bitter cup is held to our lips by our Father’s hand.  Should health be restored, let us not forget that the person healed is placed under added obligation to the Lord.  He is healed to help; he is saved to serve.  His added days of life and health are for a purpose, and that purpose is to glorify God and to do good to others.”  (Walking through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, Day 197, page 210)

When my husband, John Ridpath, was ill seven years before he died, we made arrangements for him to go the Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital in Wildwood, Georgia, (which you can look up online).  Their price was very reasonable and their care included doctors, therapists, healthful food and lifestyle.  He had several issues, but after about 28 days there, he was off all his prescriptions except one, if I remember right, took several supplements they had suggested, had lost several pounds, had an arsenal of healthy recipes, including John Ridpath’s Famous Chili, walked daily, and did very well (as long as he stayed on the regimen they suggested).  There are several such Centers across the country which help people using natural remedies along with prescriptions if their doctors see that they need them.  They are what in Adventist circles are Self-Supporting Institutions (not part of the Seventh-day Adventist system).  A man in our SDA church at Braxton had a relative who was about to lose his leg to diabetic problems.  He was convinced to go to Wildwood, and they healed the leg with natural remedies in a relatively short time and gave him back his life!


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.

Pat’s Chat

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The first Sabbath of each month is a busy one for the Seventh-day Adventists.  That is when the special Fellowship Dinner is scheduled and everyone is asked to bring extra food.  We certainly exceeded expectations this past Sabbath with many casseroles and other items.  The public is invited to these first-Sabbath feasts so that we can get acquainted with our neighbors.

Tony and Maria Metzler added joy to the day by choosing to renew their wedding vows with a beautiful service, bride, flower girls, etc.  They had beautifully decorated one section of tables with a lovely tiered wedding cake, balloons, flowers and other items to create an aura of love and peace.  They had written their own vows and read them to each other.  Very sweet.  I repeat my invitation for you to come visit us any Sabbath, but if you want a good food afterwards, for certain, make it the first Sabbath of any month.

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Ministers and Elders “laying on hands” and praying to ordain Mike Stutler

Another procedure that is much more serious also took place that day.  You can read about how God instructs churches to choose and ordain elders and deacons in 1 Timothy 3 and 4 and Titus, and other places.  It is quite a sobering experience.  Roy Waybright and Michael Stutler are both fairly new Seventh-day Adventists and they were set apart by ordination for special work in the church.  Each of them has special talents that they are already using in the Lord’s work, the spreading the Good News of a loving and soon-to-return Jesus.  They and their families are great additions to our church.

My granddaughter and her family were visiting today and she asked me what I did to keep busy.  My days are always busy, even though more often than ever before I just have to stop and rest or nap.  Everything takes me much more time than it used to.  But I don’t twiddle my thumbs.  I study every day to prepare to teach the Sabbath School lesson on Sabbath.  This includes prayer for myself, my family, and others.  This week, with my daughter’s help, we prepared food for our visitors and for Fellowship meal at church.  I always try to go first Sabbath to play the piano for the group that goes to Holbrook’s for a service there and while I am there, I also visit someone I know who is in the Nursing Home.  All this “doing” keeps me busy, but it does not do one thing to add to my salvation.  Everything I do is meaningless unless I am continuing in my relationship with Jesus, my Creator, my God.  If something I am doing keeps me too busy to spend time with Him, then I am making an idol out of whatever “busy-ness” I am pursuing while neglecting Him, my dearest Friend.


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At the Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 30 we celebrated our Dads a week late with a moving response from some of the audience about their own fathers.  Some of the touching responses brought tears to my eyes.  (I am so sorry that I forgot to ask you, my readers, to “bring a dad” to church.)  There was an appropriate talk by our Pastor Rick Cutright about the Prodigal Son’s father who watched longingly and patiently for his son to return.  Fathers who were there received a gift and, of course, were treated to a delicious meal.

Next week our theme will be the Fourth of July, and the birth of our nation (a few days late) and another delicious Fellowship Meal.  The first Sabbath of each month is our special get-together time for fellowship.  You are invited to join us for worship at 11:15 a.m. especially on any first Sabbath, and stay for lunch with us.  (No, you don’t need to bring anything.  We enjoy sharing with visitors.)  That is the time when most of our members plan to bring extra food and some favorite casserole or dessert and stay for lunch with everyone.  (We also invite you to come earlier for our Sabbath School and classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. and study with us.  Starting July 7, our new quarterlies will be on The Book of Acts.)

The subject of our quarterlies for the last three months has been Preparation for the End Time.  It has been so thrilling.  Our last lesson was about the Return of Jesus.  “. . . God’s dealings with rebellion will result in fully unmasking the work that has so long been carried under cover.  The results of Satan’s rule, the fruits of setting aside the divine statutes, will be laid open to the view of all created intelligences.  The law of God will stand fully vindicated.  It will be seen that all the dealings of God have been conducted with reference to the eternal good of His people, and the good of all the worlds that He has created.  Satan himself, in the presence of the witnessing universe, will confess the justice of God’s government and the righteousness of His law.”—- Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 338, 339.

When Jesus comes, every eye shall see Him!  The dead who loved Jesus will be raised (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17) and those living who love Jesus will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.  (1 Corinthians 15:52)

“All arise with the freshness and vigor of eternal youth.  In the beginning, man was created in the likeness of God, not only in character, but in form and feature.  Sin defaced and almost obliterated the divine image; but Christ came to restore that which had been lost.  He will change our vile bodies and fashion them like unto His glorious body.  The mortal, corruptible form, devoid of comeliness, once polluted with sin, becomes perfect, beautiful, and immortal.  All blemishes and deformities are left in the grave.  Restored to the tree of life in the long-lost Eden, the redeemed will ‘grow up’ (Malachi 4:2) to the full stature of the race in its primeval glory.  The last lingering traces of the curse of sin will be removed, and Christ’s faithful ones will appear in ‘the beauty of the Lord our God,’ in mind and soul and body reflecting the perfect image of their Lord.  Oh, wonderful redemption! Long talked of, long hoped for, contemplated with eager anticipation, but never fully understood. . . .

. . . “Angels ‘gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.’  Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms.  Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascent together to the City of God.—- The Great Controversy, pp 644, 645.”

I am looking forward to that day so much.  My beautiful granddaughter and her family are coming next week to visit from Florida.  I am looking forward to that, too, because seeing her is a little bit of Heaven to me.


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Dayton Leon Ables

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sutton, West Virginia passed away on October 04, 2018 after a long battle with Mystania Gravis. Known as Rivers to his friends, he was born at home in Gilmer County, West Virginia on February 05, 1944 [....]  Read More

Herbert Hoover Tolliver

The Free Press WVAge 89, formerly of Crawford, WV, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2018, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg. He was born November 06, 1928, in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Hugh and Ora Heavner Tolliver [ .... ]  Read More

Lois Lucille Oldaker

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, October 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She was born July 31, 1932 in Buckhannon,WV,  a son of the late Russell L. and Monta Blanche Waugaman Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Paul “Joe” J. Brown

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care Nursing Home. He was born at Dille, WV on July 15, 1945 to the late Thomas Brown and Rosalee (James Brown)  [ .... ]  Read More

Charlotte Ann Turner

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:15 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2018, after a extended battle with an illness. She was born in Marlinton, WV, on December 10, 1954 a daughter of Phillis Jewel Carpenter Biggs of Marlinton, WV and the late Lacy Wiseman [ .... ]  Read More

Dortha “Dottie” Hanifan

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at her home. She was born December 20, 1942 in Queens, WV, a daughter of the late Doyle and Nellie Hinkle Zickefoose [ .... ]  Read More

Ellen Ann Knight

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Weston,WV moved to her Heavenly home September 16, 2018. Her parents, Lloyd and Emma Edna Hall Barnett welcomed her to their family on January 10, 1940 in Braxton County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Virginia Lynn Mowery

The Free Press WVAge 49, of Weston, WV passed away at 1:23 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Tabb, TX on October 07, 1968 a daughter of the late Lewis Decker and Sylvia Steinbaugh Decker of Great Capon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Wayne Catlin

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 10:58 AM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loving family. He was born in Herald, IL on December 23, 1927 a son of the late Judd and Vallie Catlin [ .... ]  Read More

David Hartzel West

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Cottage Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1940: son of the late Boyd West and Charlotte (Johnston) West [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Edward (Ed) Fisher

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

Bobby Ray Groves

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

Mary Frances Moody (Stark)

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at her son’s home in Alum Bridge following an extended illness. She was born in Alum Bridge, WV on March 20, 1927: daughter of the late Walter Stark and Emma (Wanstreet) Stark [ .... ]  Read More

Jean Carol Haymond

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She was born October 17, 1926, in Burnsville, WV, a daughter of the late Arley and Golda Whytsell McNemar [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Jean ”Peggy” Vandergrift Doyle

The Free Press WVPassed from this life into life eternal on August 06, 2018, at the age of 89. She had friends by her side, and the care and support of the kind staff of Holbrook On The Hill of Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Donnie H. Shields

The Free Press WVAge 74, of 664 North Tenney Drive, Buckhannon, WV formerly of Flatwoods, WV went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family. Mr. Shields was born on February 16, 1944 in Orlando, Braxton County, WV to the late Hoye Shields and Matilda (Shaver) Shields [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Junior Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 47, of Walkersville, WV passed away unexpectedly at 10:11 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on March 04, 1971 a son of the late James Howard Marsh Jr. and Mary Louise Hurst Riffle of Weston [ .... ]  Read More

Linnie G. “Judy” Jamison

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at her home. She was born, October 12, 1948, in Richlands, VA, a daughter of the late Charlie P. and Bethel E. Shelton McGlothlin [ .... ]  Read More

Missy Anderson

The Free Press WV Age 45, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at her home. She was born February 26, 1973 in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of the late Sam Harris and Betty Flanagan Spencer [....]  Read More

Kenneth Stephen “Steve” Parker

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Friday, July 13, 2018, at his residence. He was born March 28, 1953, in Norfolk, VA, a son of the late Kenneth and Margaret Elizabeth Hawkins Parker [ .... ]  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

Dwaine Seckman

The Free Press WV Age 83 of Garland Lane (Sedalia Community), Salem, WV departed this life on Thursday, July 12, 2018. He was born on March 23, 1935 at Center Point, WV, a son of the late Archie and Vanci Robinson Seckman [....]  Read More

“Buddy” Sebert Workman

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Walkersvill, WV on May 11, 1951, son of the late Silbert Harley Workman and Dorthy Dell (Peterson) Workman [ .... ]  Read More

Adam Ryan Huntz

The Free Press WV Age 37, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, July 09, 2018. He was born in Buckhannon, WV on September 01, 1980 a son of Michael Lynn Huntz and Judy Kaye Thoms Huntz both of Weston, WV [....]  Read More

Ruth Ann Hefner

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Town Run Road, Weston, West Virginia, left this earth and has updated her address to the Graceland in the sky and is now reunited with the love of her life Oras “Buck” Hefner, whom she married on September 16, 1964 [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Lou Casto

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Crooked Fork Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at her home following a brief illness. She was born in Upshur County, WV on November 25, 1955: daughter of the late Betty Lou Rivers [ .... ]  Read More

George F. Winspear

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, July 08, 2018 at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew, WV. He was born October0 2, 1938 in New York, NY, a son of the late George G. and Aglae Gates Winspear [....]  Read More

James Lee King

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Broad Street Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, July 07, 2018 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 25, 1965: son of the late Harold King and Catherine (Bleigh) Gower [ .... ]  Read More

James Norman Flesher

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Buckhannon, WV departed this life on Saturday, July 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. He was born April 13, 1940, in Weston, WV, a son of the late John and Helen Kniceley Flesher [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin Elijah Kelley

The Free Press WVInfant son of Travis Kelley and Daisy Posey, passed away Thursday, July 05, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born June 25, 2018 in Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Gladys Squires

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, July 02, 2018, at Mansfield Place in Philippi, WV. She was born July 26, 1923, in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Oral B. and Sadie Nutt Lake [ .... ]  Read More

Alta Louise Hull

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Rock Cave, WV, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born March 19, 1936 in Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Virgil and Brenice Helmick Davidson [ .... ]  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

Dewey Leonard McCauley

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Sand Run Road, Buckhannon, WV passed away at 4:25 AM on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Hospice Care at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. He was born in Weston, WV on February 10, 1950 a son of the late Brannon Loren McCauley and Mary Jane Claypool McCauley [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Cheryl McMaster

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Back Road, Elkins, WV passed away at 6:01 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Elkins, WV on March 29, 1948 a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Beckwith and Beaulah Vesta Smith Beckwith [ .... ]  Read More

William Allen Poling, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Buckhannon, WV, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home. He was born January 04, 1948, in Frostburg, MD, a son of the late Jacob and Verla Stidd Poling [ .... ]  Read More

Danny Ray Smith

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at WV Veterans Nursing Facility following an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on January 14, 1954: son of the late Willie Ersel Smith and Retha Emma (Reeder) Smith [ .... ]  Read More

John Norman Fetty Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away peacefully at 7:05 AM Sunday, June 10, 2018, under the compassionate care of Holbrook Nursing Home. John was born May 19, 1937, in Weston, West Virginia, a son of the late Isaac N. and Anna Belle (Linton) Fetty [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry “Tooter” Enoch Stewart

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Heaters, WV, passed away May 29, 2018 at CMAC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.  He was born November 25, 1935 at Gem, WV to the late Robert William Stewart and Biddy (Skinner) Stewart.  [ .... ]  Read More

Teressa Ann (Jenkins) Stump

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Clarksburg, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV gained her angel wings and went to be with our Lord on May 18, 2018 at home after a short illness [....]  Read More

Susan Paulette Arey

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born August 28, 1953 in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Dale Flint and Carolyn Rosalie Lantz Riggs [....]  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

Woodrow Wayne Blake, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78 years of age, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley. Born on February 22, 1940 in Exchange, WV, he was the son of the late John Ruben Blake and Belle Nicholson Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Everett Junior Williams

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Saturday, May 05, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born January 05, 1942 in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Everett and Mabel Wimer Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Dean “Feller” Lough

The Free Press WVAge 49, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on October 21, 1968: son of Margaret Lough of Weston [ .... ]  Read More

Bennie Harold Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Buckhannon, WV died Thursday, April 26, 2018 at his home in Buckhannon. He was born January 31, 1935 in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Freeman and Isephine Barker Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

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

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Readers' Recent Comments

“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

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

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

However, there have been promises and attempts more than I care to remember.

Canaan Valley, GSC deal.  Broadband to every holler.  Near twenty years ago.

Ole Joe spent money made promises. 
Little Missy Moore got on that wagon too.

Seems so much of this money chatter comes just before election time?
We be waitin’ though, but won’t hold our breath.

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County EDA Receives Community Block Grant'.

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The expectation is that the new board will provide a “tell it as it is”  status report on current student achievement with a comprehensive plan for improvements.

The plan should include a firm commitment for accurate progress reports at scheduled intervals.

If nothing is done by the board that would be a way to skirt accountability for the County’s school system.

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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If the board wanted you to have the info—you would get it.

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Could the Board get Mrs. Mason’s report summarized and put on the GFP? This should be some of the most important information in years all citizens have a right to know.

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

That means the 5 Supreme Court Judges will be beholding to the Governor?

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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Something is wrong with the way storm water all of a sudden rushes down hill from GSC’s parking lot located at the front of the administration building.

Down hill from the south corner of the lot runoff is so bad during storms to make rocks wash out to litter the unnamed steep street up hill from property formerly owned by the Barker’s.

Rocks and other debris are beginning to deposit over a drain at the entry of the steep hill to cause more water problems.

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Students Travel to Berlin'.

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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We know that there were problems with accurate tracking of BOE finances, but nothing has been heard about what was found, who was responsible, and corrective measures to be taken. Board is requested to get a report out to the public. Nothing unreasonable about this good government request.

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Accountability, you say?

When is the last time your heard that word used with any GC elected?

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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It was apparent to citizens that under intervention the State practiced Machiavellian divide and conquer with the previous board and it never recovered from that type of treatment.

With a new board the county has a fresh start. Let us hope that it will function in a highly effective manner to include openness to keep the public fully informed.

By New Start on 08.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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The “Opportunity” comment should be addressed by Mr. Cottrill. He is the new board president and it is his responsibility to set an example of effective leadership.

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Why doesn’t Gilmer County do the same? Dr. Manchin has a long standing reputation for working closely with his boards and they function together as effective teams.

In Harrison County the public is kept fully informed of the goals and progress in attaining them.

When school systems lack well defined goals that eliminates objectiveness for evaluating performances of superintendents and boards too. The result is the elimination of accountability.

A major negative result of a lack of fully disclosed goals is lost opportunities for citizens, including business leaders, teachers, and parents, to do their maximum to contribute to improved schools.

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Noticed today that merchandise on sale at Foodland is shown on the GFP. Makes it easier to shop to get genuinely good deals. Thank you Morris family and the GFP.

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The past couple months—-the first in likely 10 years, we have been filling a grocery cart at Foodland.
Usually shopping meant a trip to Weston or Gassaway, once in a while Clarksburg.
We certainly enjoy shopping and visiting right in Glenville.
Especially with the many visible improvements.
Why now, there is even and electric ‘buggy’ for those who need it.
The entire community and surrounding areas are enjoying Mr. Morris newest good deed!

By Yes---MANY happy Gilmer shoppers! on 08.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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In a couple years we will be right back where we are today.
Here come the payback and favorites appointments.
Several are all ready lining up for a gig even be it a short one.
Nothing changes in West Virginia.

As far as the ones run off.  They will get a bonus, maybe even a cush job, as well as sweet
retirement deal.
Its the West Virginia way.

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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This supreme court debacle exposes where a LOT of West Virginia’s problems come.

Nepotism and cronyism.  Plain and simple.
I would vote for almost anyone who does not have tie to our state.

Never thought I’d ever say that.
We need the BEST elected for our offices.

Its clear that isn’t the case.  For a long time.
Flip-floppin-party-jumpers need to stay home.
We don’t want your ilk.  Big Jim included.

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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While GSC struggles to survive why not apply a college version of the Foodland model?

Offer academic programs in high demand, affordable to students, and second to none in quality in WV or better yet not available anywhere else in the State.

It does not require having an MBA degree to figure that out as a recipe for success. Works in business all the time for talented entrepreneurs.

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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If misconduct being reported about WV Supreme Court justices is truthful there could not be better way to cast suspicion on top-to-bottom corruption within WV’s legal system including what the State Bar is supposed to do to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

The justices should receive the highest punishment allowable. What a black mark on WV. Couldn’t make it up.

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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To say that the Foodland Store is a major improvement is an understatement. It is kept well stocked with no empty shelves as a result of vastly improved inventory, reordering, and shelf stocking approaches, exceptionally clean store with excellent lighting, there is a price range to choose from for many items, milk does not spoil within 3 days after you get home, prices are fair to make it obvious that price gouging does not exist, and the staff is always friendly and noticeably committed to assist customers. Even the sharp dress code and personal conduct of employees demonstrates that teamwork and pride exist for being on a winning team. No more having to drive to Flatwoods or Weston to shop on a routine basis. Thank you I. L. Morris family.

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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One bad apple spoils the barrel.
Looks like that old ‘saw’ is proven
right again!  M-T the barrel!

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yeah, Manchin and former democratic governor Wise pretended to be deer hunters. They both know to be otherwise is political poison in WV. Mr. Morrisey being a republican will work hard for our 2nd amendment rights, whether he is a hunter or not, he does not have to pretend.

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

And you know that’s not safe or reasonable for stop/go/loaded bus.

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

GC board of Ed? 
Is that the case?
What say you?

By parent on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019'.

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Give the man the credit due him.

AG Morrisey has done a lot of work in support of 2nd amendment rights for West Virginia.

Reciprocal carry with many states as well as support of WV conceal carry.

Senate candidate Manchin worked former NYC Mayor Bloomberg (yes, that gun grabber) to raise money
to limit gun rights.

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yep, ole Menace Catch-em…got caught and retired. Just a move to try to save his guilty butt?  lol

The so called “supreme gang” rolled the dice and played their game.  They knew.

Caught now, bringing shame to the good people of West Virginia.

Stirring up memories of A.J.Manchin and his ‘departure’.

Even brings up the memories of Governor getting his ‘due’ and being sent off to prison for a few years.

Pretty obvious, neither party is “quality” minded when they give us their candidates?

Or maybe its the “best” they have to offer??

By Harold on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The democrats whine about partisanship but they go against the will of the people. I choose to not carry on most occasions, but remember it was a Republican led legislature who voted to allow us to carry if we feel the need.

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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There was a comment about need to be on a school board for 1-2 years before learning how to be an effective member.

Having been on a board for 22 years and observing how newly elected members respond I agree with the statement.

After getting elected it is normal for new members to feel overwhelmed with all the rules, regulations, and procedures in effect to address proper functions of school boards.

A new board member has two options. One is to simply show up at meeting as a seat warmer to get a pay check for doing nothing.

The second choice is to accept that being on a board is a serious responsibility with children’s futures at stake and it takes hard work and dedication to learn roles and responsibilities to carry out.

Consider personnel actions as one example. To attempt to protect as much independence as possible it is common for some superintendents to be parsimonious with material shared with boards.

To overcome this constraint new board members should demand written documentation on personnel information they are entitled to review before voting on a superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

What if there is not official documentation in your county defining a board’s entitled access to personnel information?

Instead of wasting money on lawyers to provide guidance get your board to submit a formal request to your superintendent to provide WV’s rules for boards applicable in all of the State’s 55 school systems.

The information exists and it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel to waste time and money.

By Welcome New Board Members on 08.10.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The new school board is commended for deciding to assign Mr. David Ramezan to serve on the audit committee and to be the rep to the Career Center.

There are expectations for the new board to produce and the decisions demonstrate openness to assigning the best people to serve in special capacities. 

We expect Gilmer County to be a WV front runner in educating our kids and that includes using finances optimally to get the most for education dollars and to provide superior career training for students electing to go that route.

By Audit and Career Center Assignments on 08.08.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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New board members know from initial training that an individual member has no more authority than a dog on a tight leash.

This means that individual members are not authorized to give orders to any employee in a school system, all directives must be through a majority board member vote directly to a superintendent reporting to a board, and that individual is held accountable for carrying out directives.

The message is that boards govern and superintendents administer.

If there is failure for a superintendent to perform as a board directs that can result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation and in some cases be grounds for insubordination with penalties.

Two major problems with boards are failures to give a superintendents timely and clearly defined objectives for administration of a school system and failures to document substandard superintendent performances when annual reviews occur.

The clear separation of authority of boards versus superintendents mentioned above is designed to prevent tendencies by some board members to attempt to engage in personal micromanagement in school systems.

Imposition of the necessity of a majority board vote for what a superintendent is supposed to do functions to promote thoughtful input from all elected members to contribute to wiser school system decisions to lessen internal conflicts.

By Kanawha County Observer on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

By Orlando on 08.07.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is commonly heard that when the State was in control sensitive records in the school board office were shredded, hard drives were removed and replaced with clean ones, and selected telephone records were eliminated.

Mr. Cottrill a request is made to you and Ms. Lowther to get straight answers to the community.

Involving unbiased and competent investigators should occur. Board office employees who were there when the State was in control know one way or another what happened, but they may be reluctant to provide information out of fear.

If community perceptions turn out to based on facts what are the legal implications, exactly what records were destroyed, and why did the destruction occur?

This concern is too important for the category of “forget the past and move on”.

The “forget and move on” attitude seems to be code for cover up because it is repeated too often in Gilmer County.

By Provide The True Facts on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Gilmer.  Do not expect much from your new board of ed.  Think you have 3 new members?  It will take them a year at least before they get the idea of what they can and cannot do.

I believe some of your new board is connected to previous members who are likely owned by some faction with questionable intentions.  Left overs from your days of intervention I’d guess.

Good luck!  Gilmer BOE.  You will need it.

Citizens and school staff.  Hold your board members feet to the fire and do the job right.

That’s what it will take you.

By Lewis County on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Saw that a Mr. Paine was suggested for the assistant GCHS principal. If hired it would be helpful for the County to see printed background coverage for the person to get to know about him. The information would introduce him to those of us who do not know the gentleman.

By GCHS Needs Improved on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There is more scandal in the GCBOE and WVDE than people realize.

The entire local BOE that worked under Blankenship know just how many files and documents the had to run through the paper shredder..

Most likely Manchin’s cousin, state appointed superintendent, Devano did the same thing?  How about it, GCBOE employees?  You know.

The West Virginia Department of Education gave Gilmer the biggest scandal, the biggest black eye, of the past 100 years.

Now, when will your flood zone built school flood, Gilmer County?  Everyone knows it not ‘if’ but ‘when’?


If they claim there was, then the only other possible reason for the multiple failures, can be nothing other than complete incompetence?  Thank you WVDE.

By Kanawha on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Solid reporting about the BOE in the Democrat related to the no-excuse budget tracking scandal verifies that criticality important information was kept from the previous school board and the public.

GFP readers were warned for years that withholding of key information was occurring. Those who attempt to keep up on BOE business have a legitimate reason to question how much other information was kept secret during intervention.

Student achievement, personnel actions including involvement of nepotism and favoritism, and administrate decisions associated with consolidating schools are among subjects being questioned.

There was an underground effort in the County to discredit those in the past who questioned irregular activities under intervention. They were attacked by calling them busy bodies.

The excess levy was passed because we wanted to help children. With the recent budget scandal we question if that money was spent on its intended purpose in the past.

Henceforth we want every excess levy penny to be accounted for. If the money was misspent in the past we want that exposed.

We are counting on Mrs. Lowther and the new BOE to end secrecy. That expectation is reasonable for the benefit of the County’s children and taxpayers.

By BOE School Finances Scandal on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Far, far worse with contractor work at the new grade school. We learned early not to rock the boat when we noticed problems with contractors. Should be a record if paper work and hard drives are still available.

How about checking on this on Mr. Cottril?

We were warned not to say anything to anyone about the new school being too small while knowing that Leading Creek was built too large and it still has vacant rooms.

The State was in total control from start to finish with everything and local involvement was forbidden. You see what that got us, and we will be paying the price for years to come.

By Classified Staff on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Reference in the Democrat to the County’s mess about the school budget because of improper record keeping is a red alarm.

It is evident what the previous school board was faced with during intervention with the State keeping sensitive information secret. What else will emerge from the wood work?

Who are the candidates and their special qualifications for the assistant principal job at the GCHS? The selection will be one of the most important ones in the near future to help get the school back on track with a winning administrative team.

Will politics and taking care of special families be put aside on this one or will we have business as usual?

By BOE Tracker on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Yes, “The State Was Fully Responsible” for the immense waste of tax dollars in both Lewis and Gilmer counties.

There are a few who know well the story.  None with backbone to tell it.

No investigative news source to dig the truth for public information.

Millions of dollars lost.  The trail leads straight to the West Virginia Board of Education.  With willing underlings to help every step of the way.

By Kanawha on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Service personnel spoke out clearly and often about shoddy work at the GCHS. They were not listened to and worse yet they were told to keep quiet. There should be a detailed accounting of where all the County’s facilities money went after intervention, who was involved with project oversight, who got money, and what went undone and botched. Take the issue to Governor Justice. He would get involved as he battles corruption, waste, and mismanagement. Start with Leading Creek, go on to the Arbuckle site, on to Cedar Creek, and finally to Hays City. The horrible story is there and it must be exposed.

By The State Was Fully Responsible on 08.02.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If board members are only permitted to see names for personnel being recommended by the superintendent without reviewing all applications themselves how do they know before voting that the best applicants are recommended by the superintendent?

Sounds like personnel decisions are really a token procedural formality made to look like an objective way of doing business with full involvement of the board.

By Doesn't Make Sense on 08.01.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There have been reoccurring concerns expressed about GC school board members not being allowed to review credentials of individuals selected for new positions.

End it by getting clarification from the Board’s lawyer pertaining to personnel information a board is entitled to review opposed to what has to be kept confidential from it.

The same WV laws for personnel information apply to all 55 counties.

By Remove Doubt About BOE Access To Information on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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When Gilmer’s superintendent recommends personnel actions how is it done? Does she provide back-up information for board members to review before voting or are just names provided? Where do checks and balances apply as they should to ensure that the best qualified are always selected?

By Question to D. Cottril BOE Pres. on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Mr. Boggs. Could you give us an update as to what is happening, action, meeting discussions, etc. with the Little Kanawha Parkway?

We know the Legislature sets aside a goodly amount of money every year, and has for years, but never see any mention in the news of any progress.

Thank you.

By Orlando on 07.31.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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