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Flash Flood Watch in Effect For Several WV Counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for nearly two dozen West Virginia counties through Friday evening.

According to NWS meteorologists, “A frontal system is expected to pass through the region Thursday afternoon and Friday. Storms associated with it could produce excessive rainfall. This rain coupled with the wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties named in the watch include:

  • Barbour
  • Braxton
  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pleasants
  • Pocahontas
  • Randolph
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Taylor
  • Tyler
  • Upshur
  • Webster
  • Wirt
  • Wood

Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer FSA County Committee Nomination Period Now Open

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The nomination period for the Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County FSA County Committee opened on June 15, 2017. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County FSA Office by close of business on August 01, 2017.

County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level.

To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated. All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.

This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 3, which includes the western portion of Lewis County (including the communities of Alum Bridge, Camden, Churchville, Copley, and Freemansburg.

Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations representing minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections is available online at:  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees consist of three to 11 members.

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning November 06. Ballots are due back in the Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County Office by mail or in person no later than December 04. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 01, 2018.

For more information about county committees, please contact the Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County FSA office at 304.269.8431 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiilary Holds Annual Recognitin Dinner 2017

President Carolyn Hornbeck welcomed everyone and introduced Hospital Administrator, Skip Gjolberg. 

Gjolberg gave the Auxiliary an update on the hospital and its transition into the UHC/WVU Medicine family. 

Hornbeck then presented the hospital with a check for $10,000 from funds raised by the Auxiliary.

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Karen Trent, Patty McComas, Carolyn Hornbeck, Beverly Reger and UHC Auxiliary Coordinator Denise Steffich


Pins were presented in recognition of hours of service to:

  • 15,500 hours: Shirley Lewis
  • 7500 hours: Colleen Simmons
  • 5500 hours: Carolyn Hornbeck
  • 3000 hours:  Vonnie Hager
  • 2500 hours: Esther Dyer
  • 2000 hours: Boots Marino
  • 1000 hours: Cathy Debarr
  • 500 hours: Patty McComas and Beverly Reger
  • 100 hours: Geraldine Howard

Denise Steffich, Auxiliary Coordinator at UHC, installed the new officers for 2017-2018.

They are:

  • Carolyn Hornbeck, President
  • Pat McComas, Vice President
  • Beverly Reger, Secretary
  • Karen Trent, Treasurer

Students Named to Spring 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Spring 2017 semester have been announced.

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

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

Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison

Boone County: Tiffany D. Muller

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

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

Clay County:  Dalton M. Holcomb

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

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth

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

Grant County: Larissa A. Henry

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

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

Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Rebecca E. Wiseman

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

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Anthony ‘AJ’ Howard

Mercer County: Lindsey R. Compton

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

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

Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto

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

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

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

Ritchie County: Brianna N. Ratliff

Roane County: Georgia B. Bing

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

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

Wayne County: James M. Egnor

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

Wirt County: Mary M. Strong

Wood County:  Taylor A. Broadwater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Hardy County: Faith V. Smith

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

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

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

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher

Marion County:  Emily A. Stoller

Mason County:  Kaylee M. Howard

Monongalia County: Hunter A. Given

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

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

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

Pleasants County: Bethany G. Mote

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

Putnam County: Tori L. Ward

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

Randolph County: Jerome W. Smith

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

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

Tucker County: Catherine Chambers

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Upshur County: Heather A. Gregory

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

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

Wood County: Brooke N. Radabaugh

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

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

WVDEP Presents Environmental Awards to Businesses, Groups, and Individuals From Across West Virginia

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Two dozen businesses, groups, and individuals from across West Virginia were presented Environmental Awards June 6 for efforts that included revitalization of brownfields, litter cleanup, and clean energy.

In order to receive an Environmental Award, the recipient had to be nominated by a WVDEP employee for exemplary actions in promoting a healthy environment in West Virginia. The recipient also had to have no outstanding environmental violations from WVDEP and have no environmental violations in the past year.

These businesses, groups, and individuals received their Environmental Awards from WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton during a special ceremony at the WVDEP headquarters in Kanawha City:

- Cabinet Secretary Award 

    o The City of Buckhannon (nominated in the Environmental Stewardship category)

- Clean Energy 

    o Raleigh County Landfill

- Brownfields Redevelopment 

    o City of Thomas 

    o New Historic Thomas

- Brownfields and Voluntary Program 

    o Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council 

- Education and Community Involvement 

    o Beckley Area Foundation 

    o Experience Learning 

    o Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation 

    o Greenbrier County Recycling Center 

    o Lauren Blackledge, Mary Ingles Elementary School 

    o Upshur County Solid Waste Authority

- Environmental Partnership 

    o Fourpole Creek Watershed Association

- Environmental Stewardship 

    o Blue Creek Mining, LLC 

    o Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department 

    o Coal River Mountain Watch for their Tadpole Project 

    o Lydia M. Work, Environmental Standards, Inc. 

    o Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia

- Environmental Volunteers 

    o Michelle Martin and Melissa Mansour 

    o Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority 

    o Paint Creek Watershed Association

- Industry < 100 Employees 

    o Phillips Machine Service, Inc.

- Outstanding Litter Officer 

    o John Dunn, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority

- Safe Dams 

    o Jeff Zirkle, FirstEnergy Corp.

Grants Available from Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon

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The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon opened its 2017-2018 grant cycle on May 01.

The foundation, formed in 2015, serves communities’ health care-related needs in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties through its annual grant award process.

Letters of inquiry are due June 15. By June 30, the organization will approve the letters and invite submitters to send a full application. Complete applications are due August 15. Grants will be awarded in late September or early October.

“The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon seeks partnerships with nonprofit organizations with the potential to inspire healthier choices for the communities of Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties,” Executive Director Janell E. Ray said.

The PFB focuses its funding awards in four broad health care-related areas:

• Health and Wellness – Examples include diabetes prevention, oral hygiene, prenatal care.

• Leadership Development – Examples include staff and management training, marketing and fundraising training.

• Lifestyle Education – Examples include substance and domestic violence programs, homeless assistance, mental health care.

• Spiritual and Pastoral Care – Examples include hospice care, senior services, Alzheimer and dementia care, bereavement counseling.

The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon provides grant funding for qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties in West Virginia that serve healthcare and healthcare-related needs of the community. Exclusion areas are capital projects, scholarships, endowments, and individuals. Learn more about the Foundation. pallottinebuckhannon.org/

Gregory Named to Dean’s List at West Virginia Wesleyan College

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Lindsay Gregory of Normantown, WV was named to the Dean’s List at West Virginia Wesleyan College for the 2017 spring semester.

Wesleyan’s Dean’s List requires students to earn a grade point average of 3.5 - 3.9 in 12 or more semester hours.

Founded in 1890, West Virginia Wesleyan is a private residential college located in Buckhannon.

The college offers 49 majors and graduate programs in athletic training, business, education, English and nursing.

Thirteen Wesleyan students have been selected as U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholars.

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Broadside Writing Contest

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HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program seek to honor the writing practice with an annual broadside series and contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by West Virginia letterpress company Base Camp Printing.  The contest began April 1 and will run through midnight on June 01, 2017.

Those interested must anonymously submit one poem of any form or flash prose piece in fiction or nonfiction of 200 or fewer words to www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit, along with a $15 entry fee.  Mail or email submissions will not be accepted.  Previously published entries cannot be submitted for this contest, however simultaneously submitted work is accepted as long as the MFA program is notified if the work is accepted elsewhere before the close of the contest.  There is no limit on the number of entries.

The first round of judging will be performed by HeartWood editors, and approximately twenty poems and/or flash prose pieces will be chosen as finalists and forwarded to author Maggie Anderson, contest judge, for the final round of judging.

A $500 cash prize and 25 copies of the limited-edition letterpress broadside will be awarded to the winner, and all entrants will receive a copy of the winning print.  The winner and honorable mentions will be publicly announced in the October 2017 issue of HeartWood. All entries will also be considered for publication in HeartWood.  The winner’s broadside will be printed and mailed in October, as well.

Maggie Anderson is the author of five books of poems, most recently Dear All, (Four Way Books, 2017) and five edited or co-edited volumes of poetry. She was the founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and founder and editor of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press. Anderson was also the Director of the Northeast Ohio MFA in creative writing from 2006-2009 and is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as grants from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts. She is Professor Emerita in English of Kent State University and currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Additional questions may be directed at Jessie van Eerden, MFA director, at .

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 11,539 Spring Turkeys In 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those numbers are included on the accompanying table.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

162

178

127

165

204

Brooke

104

84

67

78

100

Hancock

110

110

89

98

106

Harrison

355

264

247

286

327

Marion

218

149

170

192

256

Marshall

300

220

174

207

255

Monongalia

262

174

199

197

266

Ohio

131

91

109

111

113

Preston

403

344

333

371

475

Taylor

103

87

72

101

135

Tucker

57

88

82

90

97

Wetzel

256

203

168

196

244

District 1 Subtotal

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,092

2,578

Berkeley

98

112

124

115

147

Grant

129

129

131

161

145

Hampshire

124

138

156

170

184

Hardy

129

135

116

132

132

Jefferson

60

57

82

79

114

Mineral

87

96

118

134

132

Morgan

54

62

64

54

64

Pendleton

117

95

94

88

112

District 2 Subtotal

798

824

885

933

1,030

Braxton

238

175

194

197

209

Clay

147

68

83

101

120

Lewis

221

180

194

211

249

Nicholas

221

164

213

330

311

Pocahontas

160

130

145

144

143

Randolph

217

186

225

250

248

Upshur

262

229

231

228

303

Webster

118

113

114

156

150

District 3 Subtotal

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,617

1,733

Fayette

287

244

239

292

278

Greenbrier

299

245

242

308

269

McDowell

308

215

218

200

177

Mercer

177

170

161

176

192

Monroe

206

212

181

184

192

Raleigh

277

214

231

283

279

Summers

258

209

199

219

209

Wyoming

291

255

257

320

262

District 4 Subtotal

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,982

1,858

Boone

230

159

138

157

157

Cabell

138

80

110

114

176

Kanawha

332

231

227

285

319

Lincoln

213

178

169

215

228

Logan

246

181

172

181

165

Mason

370

293

314

378

448

Mingo

141

93

91

131

143

Putnam

225

150

181

210

268

Wayne

144

103

108

139

186

District 5 Subtotal

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,810

2,090

Calhoun

179

135

128

145

164

Doddridge

138

126

118

137

160

Gilmer

191

147

124

132

143

Jackson

326

293

264

302

408

Pleasants

83

73

71

80

89

Ritchie

326

245

218

216

263

Roane

236

232

210

231

256

Tyler

211

136

144

182

181

Wirt

193

177

153

174

206

Wood

294

271

248

328

380

District 6 Subtotal

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,927

2,250

State Total

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,361

11,539

Several GSC Artists Featured in Buckhannon Art Exhibit

Three Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts students and two alumni were recently featured in an exhibit titled ‘The Importance of Dreams.’

The Artist Collective of West Virginia, the Blaxxsmith Shop in Buckhannon, West Virginia, and Alien Gold collaborated to hold the art exhibition.

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(L-R) Ezekiel Bonnett, Heather Coleman, Ryan Spangenberg, Sarah Normant,
Heather Chambers, Danielle Shepherd, and Christopher Cunningham at
‘The Importance of Dreams’ exhibit opening | Photo by Mike Normant


An opening reception took place on Friday, April 07 at the Blaxxsmith Shop.

GSC students Heather Chambers, Chris Cunningham, and Danielle Shepherd, GSC alumni Sarah Normant and Ezekiel Bonnett, and GSC Academic Support Center employee Heather Coleman all had work showcased in the exhibit.

In preparing for the show, the students learned more about being ‘gallery ready’ with their work in addition to networking, communication with clients, sales and commission, how to create business cards, how to sell their work and show professionally, and the communication process with gallery owners. Coleman said, “The students had a very enriching educational experience at this gallery.”

Each student had two pieces in the show including oil paintings, collage, ceramics, and glass sculpture. GSC Assistant Professor of Art Chris Cosner is a member of the Artist Collective.

The exhibition was on display Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Ten students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

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Glenville State College 2017 student teacher interns (L-R) Brittaney Burdette, J’Aime Shearer, Jon Reid, Tiffany Somerville, Jerrica Hilbert, Meghan Harubin, Chuck Lynch, Kim Smith, Sara Rollins (not pictured: Kaitlyn Bircheat)


Kaitlyn Bircheat of Chapmanville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Jane Lew Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and Tracy Alfred. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Steve and Dewana Bircheat of Chapmanville, West Virginia.


Brittany Burdette of Ripley completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Lesley White and Grace Harris. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter Julie Burdette and Alex Buchanan of Evans, West Virginia. She is engaged to be married to Spencer Steele, who is a recent GSC graduate.


Meghan Harubin of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Davis Elementary School with Melissa Duckworth and Paula Frame. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Chuck and Kathy Harubin of Normantown, West Virginia.


Jerrica Hilbert of Saint Albans completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School with Chris Hodges and at Mineral Wells Elementary with Beth Buskirk. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jerry and Sherry Hilbert of Saint Albans, West Virginia.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Lynch of Sissonville completed his student teaching in Biological Science (9-adult) and General Science (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Travis Fisher and Monica Haley. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Jeff Hunter were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Dana and Tami Lynch of Sissonville, West Virginia.


Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School with Judy Leggett and Shaylyn Dabbs. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Randall and Kathy Reid of Clear Creek, West Virginia.


Sara Rollins of Macfarlan completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Chris Hodges and John Bugby. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Terry and Vicki Rollins of Macfarlan, West Virginia. Rollins was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


J’Aime Shearer of Weston completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Amber Frashure and Lora Stump. Dr. Shara Curry and Connie Stout-O’Dell were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Barnes of Horner, West Virginia. She currently resides in Weston with her husband William and daughter Madison.


Kimberly Smith of Harrisville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Lewis County High School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Roanoke Elementary School with Whitney Ballard and Allen Heath. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Amy Floyd of Coxs Mills, West Virginia.


Tiffany (Young) Somerville of Linn completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Debbie Adams and Debbie Moss. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Larry and Robin Young of Sand Fork, West Virginia. She currently resides in Linn with her husband Taylor.


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

8th Graders Honored For Golden Horseshoe Accomplishments

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

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

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

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

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

Report: More Mountain State Students Pursuing Higher Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Readers Help Students Relax Before Finals

On Wednesday, April 26, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library held their first Little Reader’s program, where local elementary school students read favorite books to a very attentive audience of over 40 Wesleyan staff, faculty, and students as means of relaxation before finals began on Friday.

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Amelia Morehead, Anya Morehead, Kinsley Ripley, and Ella Whitehair


Participants included Anya Morehead and Kinsley Ripley of Tennerton Grade School and Ella Whitehair of Academy.

Anya’s younger sister and helper Amelia attends Pre-K.

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