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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.

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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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I have a brother, Sam, in Virginia, a brother, Sonny (Harry, Jr.) in Washington State, and a sister, Mary Ann, right here in Buckhannon about a half a mile away.  All of us are in our 80’s.  Sunday morning I called Sam and talked awhile, then called in Mary Ann to join our conversation.  She then called our brother Sonny, who was out walking, but carries his cell phone everywhere, and added him into our conference call.  We had our four-way conversation going for about half an hour or more.  That is how we keep in touch with our siblings.  The challenge of driving in traffic and other difficult situations has made it next to impossible to meet in person.  We may never be able to get together again physically in one place, but the conference calls are precious to all of us.  It brings news of each other and encouragement in the problems we each face.  Hebrews 10:25 advises us NOT to forget the gathering of ourselves together, and although this is aiming at our attendance to worship services, but could it also mean for family, children, extended families, and especially siblings?  If you are fortunate enough to have siblings, do you not think your life could be enriched if you keep in touch with them, perhaps?

Bible readings I have been doing lately have been in the tiny book of Amos in the Old Testament.  That is where you find that phrase, “Prepare to meet thy God” – a phrase that was seen painted on large signs or rocks along highways when I was a child.  (Are these still out there?)

Here are thoughts I want to share with you from Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 188:  “The very first doctrine of the Bible is the doctrine of God.  ‘In the beginning God’ (Genesis 1:1).  The Holy Scriptures reveal the doctrine of God.  On it all other doctrines rest.  With full faith in the doctrine of God, the future is full of hope.  Without it, life itself is ‘a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities,’ in the words of one of America’s great skeptics.  ‘God is He without whom one cannot live,’ was Leo Tolstoy’s definition of God.

“But what does the Holy Scripture say?  We turn to the prophet Amos.  ‘Lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind and declareth unto man what is his thought, [Only God can read our thoughts, I believe] that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name’ (Amos 4:13).

“The existence of God is proved by the existence of the universe.  Every effect must have an adequate cause.  There is design in the world, so there must have been a designer.  There is a mathematical plan in the universe, so there must have been a great mathematician.  All things must have had an origin, a beginning, a creation.  Either they created themselves or they came into existence by mere chance or they were made by a creator.  Self-creation is a contradiction, for it supposes that a being can act before it exists.  Creation by chance is absurd, for to say that a thing is caused with no cause for its production, is to say that a thing is effected when it is effected by nothing.  All things, then, that do appear have been created by some being.  That being is God.

“NOTE:  The earthquake (Amos 1:1) is undated; but Josephus, the Jewish historian, says that it occurred when Uzziah was struck with leprosy in the temple.”


I’m a pastor and I want you to quit church. Now!

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I know this surprises you that I am sending this asking you to QUIT CHURCH,
but I agree with this article: I’m a pastor and I want you to quit church. Now!

At a time when church attendance is shrinking in America, I, a pastor, am encouraging people to quit church. Why?

The answer is birthed out of conversations and research I’ve been a part of over the last several years.

Regularly, I meet and train pastors and church leaders from all over the country through my leadership platform, ChurchBOOM. The conversations carry a common theme – a lot of people who attend church are passive towards serving, giving and community outreach.

In most churches, 80 percent of the work is being carried out by 20 percent or less of the people. We’ve become a church of spectators and the pastoral staff is getting burned out.

According to my own personal research, the problems are even bigger than the 80/20 principle.

Only 39 percent of active believers consider the Bible as the literal word of God. Less than 20 percent of professing believers follow the biblical principle of giving. Only 5 percent have shared their faith with a non-believer. More than half of all church members attend church once a month or less.

Something has to change.

Casual attendance and the belief that others will serve, give and share the Gospel are tearing down churches across our country brick by brick. As believers, it’s time that we are either all in or we get out. The solution is simple: quit!

That’s right – quit! If we quit the casual way we approach God’s principles can you imagine what would happen in our personal walks of faith and in our community of believers?

What if every believer exercised generosity? What if every Christian fought for loyalty in the local church? What if everyone served in their God-given purpose? What would happen if we stopped simply believing and started belonging?

If we would only quit the way we approach our relationship to Christ and our local church, the blessing, the reward, the joy, the fulfillment, the purpose, and the increase would radically transform our lives and the world. Together, we can revolutionize the church!

But the only way we can do this is if we quit.

My conversations over the past several years revealed the spiritual habits necessary for personal and church growth and revealed the “why” behind disengagement in the church.

The truth is, if we don’t feel passionate about something we don’t do it. If we don’t like something that happens in the church, we find another one. If the spiritual practices don’t fit our lifestyle, then we don’t do them.

This mindset permeates our “I want it now and I want it my way” culture and is only enforced through social media, website choices, TV options and countless other platforms that have risen in prominence in our lives. This is not the way God intended the church to live.

The local church isn’t a building – it’s a body of believers fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. When these believers approach their individual involvement and commitment in a casual manner it weakens the entire body of Christ and the impact we are called to have.

As a result, we lose and so does the local church. God wants us to win, to thrive, to fulfill our potential in him. We will not experience the abundance he desires for us until we quit our current approach and we are all-in.

Once you go all-in on generosity, serving, outreach, discipleship and the other biblical behaviors laid out in his word then look out, because God will rain on your life with his blessings like you have never experienced.

Jesus felt the church was worth dying for – it should be our mission as Christians to value living for it.

This op-ed is adapted from the book “Quit Church.”

Chris Sonksen and his wife Laura are lead pastors of South Hills Church. He is the founder of Church BOOM, an organization that has provided personal coaching to more than 200 churches and impacted thousands of leaders. His latest book is “Quit Church.”

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I am saddened when I read of a suicide, especially in the younger people!  I do not agree with some folks who say one can never go to Heaven if their death is from suicide.  They argue that if killing is a sin, suicide will prevent you from ever asking forgiveness.  I can see where they are coming from, but I feel they underestimate the great love of God.  He does not judge like we humans often do, giving no thought to what may have brought on the suicide.  He is full of love and compassion and will always judge fairly about each person’s life.

A story from the book of I Kings 17 – 18 presents a picture of our loving God that involves one of His special prophets who was discouraged and wanted to die.  Elijah was suicidal.  Here is what was in a devotional for today from the page of a book I have often quoted from for Pat’s Chat.  Reading Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 174.

“One of the most dramatic stories in the Bible recounts Elijah’s mission to convince apostate Ahab and his people of God’s supremacy over Baal [a pagan idol]. . . . ‘How long halt ye between two opinions?  If the Lord be God, follow him’ but if Baal, then follow him’ (1 Kings 18:21).

‘Poor Elijah!  He had been at high tension for days, and his physical exertion had been extreme.  He had looked death in the face.  For a few hours, he had lived in supreme spiritual exultation and had won a mighty victory over the opposition of the idolatrous king, priests, and people.  Now came the reaction.

‘The weary prophet lay down under a desert juniper tree and wanted to die—-he even prayed to die.  It is good that God does not always give us what we ask.  Elijah thought that his work was done and there was nothing more to live for.  He wanted to die.  But God does not always give us what we ask.  Elijah thought that his work was done and there was nothing more to live for.  He wanted to die.  But God knew that what he needed was rest, sleep, and food.  And there under the juniper tree Elijah found then at an angel’s hand.  How blessed it is that God does not forsake us when we forsake ourselves—-when we are tired, sick, blue, discouraged, sitting under the little juniper tree of our own private wilderness.  Instead, he sends His angel of mercy to minister His blessing to us.

Later, in the cave on Horeb, came the word of God, which sustained Elijah through everything.  Out of his black discouragement, he came back into the light of faith and obedience when he heard the divine whisper.  True, all the visible prospects were against him, but God was for him and God’s word had come to him.  So he went on to Jezreel and to Jordan and to the chariot of fire.  No, he did not die under the juniper tree as he had prayed to do, nor in the cave, nor by the hand of Jezebel or the prophets of Baal.  He never died at all.  He kept on living; he is living now.

Can you, friend, not draw encouragement from this man of God?  God has a place for you!  He has a work for you.  Are you in that place and are you doing that work?  If not, will you not listen to His Word and look to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation?  Repent and obey His divine Word.  Now is the time.  This is the hour to start.  May God help you to go forward in the way of faith as did Elijah, the man who heard God whisper.’

Please go to your Bible and read 1 Kings 17 and 18.  It may give you courage


Students Named to Spring 2018 Honor Lists at GSC

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

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

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

Barbour County: Shania Pennington, Jacob Price

Berkeley County: Alexander Miller

Boone County: Andrew Boktor, Ally Brown

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

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

Clay County: Jessica Beckett, Caitlyn Rogers

Doddridge County: Ryan Mizia

Fayette County: Trevor Wood

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

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Harrison County: Hannah Mick

Jackson County: Larissa Hayman

Jefferson County: Taylor Corey

Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Bethany Spelock

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

Logan County: Matthew Zachary

Marshall County: Logen LeMasters

Mercer County: Anna Lusk

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

Putnam County: Joshua Brennan, Madison Null

Raleigh County: Michael Layne

Roane County: Savannah Harper

Webster County: Bryce McCourt

Wirt County: Mary Strong

Wyoming County: Brittany Koutsunis

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

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

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

Berkeley County: Quincy Band

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

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

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

Doddridge County: Alexis Shonk

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

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

Grant County: Larissa Henry

Greenbrier County: Kerri Arbuckle, Justice Bowyer

Hardy County: Faith Smith

Harrison County: Lia Runyan

Jackson County: Josie Hayman, Evan Merical, Sapphire Parsons

Jefferson County: Michael Dodson, Jasmine Tarman

Kanawha County: Jacob Lutsy, Jeri Potter

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

Logan County: Alec Maynard

Marion County: Morgan Hardesty

Mineral County: Abigail Johnson

Monroe County: Cody Newhouse

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

Pleasants County: Jessy Moore

Pocahontas County: Matthew Rao, Nancy Turner

Preston County: Brittany Louk

Putnam County: Sarah Lines, Jacob Stover, Tori Ward

Raleigh County: Jacob Coots, William Harper, Matthew Welch

Randolph County: Daniel Crawford, Kayla Palmer, Kathlyne Simmons

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

Tucker County: Angela Myers, Wiley Raines

Tyler County: Miranda Taylor

Upshur County: Belinda Lewis, Casey Orsburn

Webster County: Jared Romano

Wetzel County: James Goddard

Wirt County: Kristina Lowe, Kia Sleesman

Wood County: Taylor Broadwater, Hannah Dennis

Wyoming County: Ethan Gillespie, Kaci Mullins, Hunter Simmons

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

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I tried to get a picture of a beautiful tree I have seen and found out it is called a Japanese Dogwood.  Online I find it is like a Chinese Dogwood or a Kousa Dogwood.  You may see and read about them here: I would love to have such a tree, but my yard is too small.

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I attended a prayer service at the Court House here in Buckhannon today.  It was wonderful to see so many there for a prayer service that asked God’s blessings on our town and all it’s people, Upshur, Lewis and Barbour county people, businesses, etc. 

This service was the last of fifty-five such services that have been held at each of West Virginia county seat over the past several months (or years?)!

There was live music with several congregational songs and praise as we waited for the service to begin.

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Mountain State Video Imaging was recording everything (which you will be able to see on our Local Channel 3). 

Gary Garden and members and pastors of The Way of Holiness Church have reminded all of us that we can be involved in responding to God’s admonition of 2 Chronicles 7:14 “ If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”  Gary and others have been involved over the past months to make sure that every county in West Virginia and everybody in West Virginia would have prayers said for them. 

Many ministers joined hands in the center of the crowd and prayed after most of the people had placed their hands on the Court House building to pray.

During all of this several members of the Patriots Motorcycle group in their colorful vests and cycles had stood guard along side of the street in front of the Court House, proudly holding up a United States of America flag and a West Virginia State flag, so at the end of the service, they led us all in a pledge to the flag. 

It was a very hot day, but I am so glad I joined with them.


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We had a celebration during our Fellowship Dinner at church for our two high school graduates, Angie Scott and Ike Petty.  Their cake was decorated with two graduate hats.  Angie and her family attended and Ike’s family came, too.  They are no longer children!  They are young adults.  We wish them well as they step out into new roles in life.  We pray for their safety and success.

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?Graduate cake with two of the hats to represent the two graduates from Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist church family.

Courtney Eskew was one of the creators of Noah’s Ark as a float for the Strawberry Festival and it won FIRST PLACE!!  Their group is called Focus 412 like (as in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.“  They are with the Church is Full Gospel, led by Pastor Chad Lewis.  This fantastic “Ark” is made with toilet paper and paper towel rolls, which my family saved for them for several weeks, as I am sure all their church members also saved.  Notice the balloon and paper “water” and the “clouds” floating up at the top, the animals (represented by animal masks on each of the lucky Ark inhabitants).  A marvelously crafted float.  I am proud of those young people!

Only eight people were saved on the ark, even though Noah preached for 120 years and tried to help them be ready.  I am sure many people were “saved” but laid to rest before the final destructive flood came, and now God’s everlasting gospel has to be preached to all nations, and people groups to help them prepare for the second coming.  It is God’s will that everyone be saved as it says in I Timothy 2:4, and “to come unto the knowledge of the truth.“  It is so sad that some will refuse to listen.  There are two forces in the world we live in.  Number One, we have God’s loving mercy and grace and Number 2, we have the created being, Lucifer, who chose to leave God and were finally forced to leave Heaven and come to this earth.  Sadly, members of God’s new creation chose to listen to him, Lucifer, also called the devil and Satan, and one-third of God’s angels who chose to follow him.  Flip Wilson was right about there being an evil “force” - but he was wrong when he said, “The devil made me do it.“  No, the devil tempted him, but it was his choice to follow him instead of the loving God.

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Pastor Rick Cutright and his wife, Bonnie with Angie Scott, one of the graduates.

Jesus will soon be coming back to collect His people prior to re-creating the earth to a beautiful planet it used to be, without all the water that now covers it.  The devil is so mad at God because he is confined to earth and cannot go to meetings in Heaven anymore as you can read about in the book of Job, or visit other planets.  He is trying to get his revenge because he knows he has only a short time before the lake of fire will “devour, some translations say consume” him (see Revelation 20:9) and those who choose to follow him.  His revenge is to pull God’s children whom the devil knows God loves so much, away from Him and into the “pleasures” of sin.  God is for us, the devil is against us, and it will be OUR choice where we end up.  Either in the Lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:41) or in the earth made new where God’s children will live eternally, with ability to go the other planets or explore the galaxies.  If you do not know God, you can easily find Him.  Read Jeremiah 29:13 - which says you will find Him when you search for Him with all your heart.  He has the whole book (Bible) full of directions, and the “recipe” for eternal life is in there - the book that Satan has tried numerous times to destroy.

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The Scott family, back row, Angie’s mother Wanda, brother Barry, father Bucky.
Front row seated, Angie, her grandmother, Betty Shock, and sister Courtney.


The Lake of fire is called eternal because it cannot be quenched.  It will devour, consume into ashes whoever chooses to refuse God’s rescue.  It will burn only as long as there is something to be devoured or consumed.  The Bible is clear that in the New Earth there will be no more pain or death,(see and memorize Revelation 21:4), so to believe that a loving God would torture people eternally for their short life of sin, or long life of sin is just one of the devil’s many lies.  Read the Bible and find the truth. 

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Ark from Strawberry Festival, first place


West Virginia 2018 spring turkey harvest largest in 15 years

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

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

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

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

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

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What a wonderful weekend after the fog of our weeks of struggling with illness here at our house!  First, Sabbath services were so glorious.  Song service included some favorite songs, which Bill Elmer picked out; then he told us an interesting story and quickly turned it over to the study from our exciting quarterly, Preparation for the End Time. The Holy Spirit helped as all of the members pitched in to emphasize some of the interesting points about Daniel’s prophecy telling us about Someone who would speak against the Most High and intend to change “times and the laws” in Daniel 7.  Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8 and Matthew 4:17, 18 assure us that God does NOT change.  (“I change not,” He says!).  Jesus, as He taught, “amplified” the law by showing that the commandments go deeper than just not killing, not coveting, not committing adultery, etc.  He explained that these “sins” begin in the heart, such hating is usually the prerequisite of murder, and thoughts in the heart can lead to adultery.  Yes, the laws were there to show us what “sin” is, but that the simple keeping of the laws cannot save us.  Only accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins can bring salvation to us.  We talked about when the weekly day of worship, Sabbath, was changed to Sunday, not by an edict from God but by that Someone who would think or intend to make the change.  Whew!  Next week we will be delving into the predictions in Matthew 24 and 25 dealing with false messiahs and false prophets who will, if possible, deceive the elect (or the greatest, most dedicated Christians).  To me, these studies are very exciting.  Come join us at 9:30 on Saturday morning.

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During the church service, the children sang and read poems to honor Mother’s Day.  Children are the most fun part of any service.  The sermon was a rousing one, brought to us by Roy Waybright who never preaches from the pulpit, but instead walks up and down the aisle, up to the pulpit and all around.  He had given us each a card and asked us write down five reasons we wanted to go to Heaven.  One of the reasons given was that they wanted to see Roy there.  Several told him they wanted him to continue that message, so he promises to do that the next time he does the sermon.  (Very few members of us doze off when Roy preaches.)

To help my granddaughter whose husband is afflicted by ME/CFS.  Myalgic-encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rare disease for which more funding is needed for research to try to help those suffering from what can be a very debilitating illness.  Here is a website:

Sunday morning the men of our church cooked breakfast for all of the women of the church (mothers or not).  Delicious!  Not everyone showed up, but they missed the fun.  Later in the day Chuck Bucklew, Cheryl Bucklew, Mary Ann Bucklew and I went to Audrey’s for the meal of our choice, also delicious.  We also visited our Aunt (or Great-Aunt) Jean Haymond at the beautiful Serenity Care facility.  If you want to see some of those things, go on Facebook to my website or Mary Ann’s.

Cannot forget that the four of us stopped at Brake’s for dessert.  Delicious!  What a wonderful weekend.


CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion

This is the beginning stages of a new pavilion with a roasting underground fire pit .

Gilmer County Park and Recreation has gotten donations from the lions club for $2,000.00 and 4-H leaders for $500.00 .

Also Mr. Ike Morris donated all the pipe for the studs over the roasting pit.

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(L-R) Jeff Owens of Bridgeport, Mike Williams of Buckhannon, and Bert Jedamski of Sand Fork

Jack Maccartney Dillion Hashman welded the pipe tresses.

Nick Cox and his Ag Mechanics class from Gilmer County High School layed out the footer.

Nick Cox came back and dig out fir the footer.

Gilmer County Recreation Center wants to thank each and everyone who has help with this project so far .

Final Early Voting Results - 05.06.18

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God is so good!  I have not had time to write anything the last few weeks because of the scary illness of my daughter, Robin.  Apparently, due to a supposed seizure she had as possibly a side-effect to a low-sodium count she was reported by the doctor to have prior, she had brain damage which left her not her usually fiery self, but instead a mild, agreeable, quiet, subdued Robin who didn’t know where she was or what the date was or almost anything.  I had to help her with all of her activities of daily living for a while.  Tests were done at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Buckhannon and more at Ruby Hospital in Morgantown.  There was slight improvement and tests were negative, so they sent her home, though she was NOT Robin.

With the help of her retired RN brother, Chuck, we cared for her, but the real improvement came when I asked everyone to pray for her.  Serious praying was done.  (Chuck had said he had always loved Robin, but now in her sweet, agreeable self, he even “likes” her.)  We are all happy that her fiery self is back along with the added sweetness.  I say “apparently” and “supposed” seizure because we did not actually see her seizure, but by morning, her tongue was severely bitten.  We took her to the ER where the night before they had x-rayed her and found she had pneumonia.  She was admitted to the hospital here in Buckhannon that morning for five days and then sent to Morgantown for three days.  God is so good, and all of you who prayed can thank Him, for she is well now except for some memory problems, (but then, I have that, too, so we can deal with it!) 

Thank you, everyone out there who prayed for Robin.  Below is an amazing story that emphasizes how good God is.  It is from the book I use in my devotions and often quote, Walking through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 132.

David, whom in his youth and innocence God characterized as “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13;22, falls into grievous sin.  He finds forgiveness after heart-searching repentance.  “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities” (Psalm 51:9).

God blots out our sins, the charges that were against us.  By the blood of Christ, the terrible record is gone.  It is forever obliterated.  The debt is paid, and we are free!

It is said that Napoleon once found a man implicated in a plot against the empire.  The letter which the man had written was brought to Napoleon, and the death sentence was pronounced upon the man.  The condemned man’s wife came and pleaded with Napoleon to save her husband.

Napoleon had his secretary bring the letter, and said, “Is that your husband’s handwriting?“  The wife admitted that it was.

“Is that the only evidence there is against him?“ he asked the secretary.

“That is all” was the reply.

Then Napoleon took the letter and before the eyes of the weeping woman and the secretary, he threw the letter into the fire.

Turning to the woman, he said, “There is no evidence that our husband is a traitor; go in peace.“

So, friends, if we come to Jesus and ask forgiveness in His name, God will destroy all evidence and blot out our sins and remember them no more forever (see Isaiah 42:25 NKJV, “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake.  And I will not remember your sins. . .“)


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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

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

Betty Ann (Singleton) Ratliff

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

Frederick Bernard Fuhrmaneck

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

Sheila Ann Norman

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

​Edward L. Smith

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

Naoma Gay O’Connell

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

Bernard “Bernie” Delane Forrest

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

Robert Stanley Harris

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

Donna Gail Stephens

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

Evelyn Pauline Simmons Dowell

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

Bernard Joseph Mehlbaugher, Jr.

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

Reda Mae Facemire

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

Frances Ruth Wilt

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

Sherwood “Jim” Everson

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

Algana Lowe Guthrie

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

Marvin Darrell Cobb

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

Lisa Michelle Hardman Kraus

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

Marvin Darrell Cobb

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

Louis Ray Seelback

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

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

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

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

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

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

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

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

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

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

By Reader on 07.14.2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

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

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

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

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Citizen on 07.11.2018


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

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

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

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

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

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

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

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

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

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

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

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

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

By Good on 06.21.2018

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

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

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

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

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

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

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

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If true, this would be great news!

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

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

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

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Interesting chart.

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

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

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

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

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

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

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

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

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

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

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

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

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

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

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

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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