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The Mountaineer Food Bank announced that it will offer Federal Shutdown Food Assistance services. Federal Employees, federally contracted workers and their families that are missing paychecks due to the federal shutdown and are in need of food will be eligible.

Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank commented, “I’ve had several discussions with federal agencies here in West Virginia where supervisors are expressing concerns for their employees who are now without a paycheck. The agencies where seeking information on what Mountaineer Food Bank can do to assist with the unpredicted need.” After this conversation, Morrison decided that Mountaineer Food Bank would develop a plan to provide these individuals and their families with supplemental food to help with the burden of their current distress.

“Children and families need to eat, and while West Virginia is bridging the gap for now, we need the president and Congress to work together to fund the federal government and end this uncertainty.

Mountaineer Food Bank will be hosting two Veterans Table food box distributions this coming week and we are welcoming any federal employees and/or federally contracted workers to participate in these distributions. In addition, if any federal employee or contract worker that is not able to attend these distributions, they are welcome to visit Mountaineer Food Bank facility in Gassaway WV (484 Enterprise Drive, Gassaway WV 26624) for assistance. For more information contact Mountaineer Food Bank @ 304-364-5518.

A Federal ID or proof of contracted work will be required.

The following is a list of distribution dates, locations and times:

Beckley VA Medical Center: 200 Veterans Ave, Beckley, WV 25801 - Thursday January 17, 2019 10am-12pm

Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center (Clarksburg) : 1 Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301 Friday January 18, 2019 10am-12pm

About Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c) (3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 400 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at

Most WV Counties Show higher unemployment in November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

That was unchanged from October.

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship 2018 Recipients

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

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

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

The “full-ride” scholarship winners are:

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

The $1000 scholarship winner’s are:

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

The “At Large” $1000 recipients are:

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before February 11, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Colleen Hamric Fay Hamric 1283 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Virginia Beatrice Yeager Charles Scott Yeager 945 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Bonnie Drake Harry Drake 4732 US Hwy 33E
Glenville, WV 26351
Dessie Louise Wolfe Gary Lloyd Wolfe PO Box 353
Glenville, WV 26351
Goldie M. Holmes Frankie Tomblin Jr. 242 Ridgeway Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Carol E. Kimble Elizabeth C. Dorsey
Janet L. Beach
4865 Sourth Ridge Rd, Wise, VA 24293
8496 75th Court, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Herman F. Nutter Lillian Onidee Nutter 4648 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351

Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : December 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real Men Wear Pink Campaign

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Medical professionals with the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center (UHC) will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

Throughout the month of October, these medical professionals will wear pink every day, while making a difference in the fight against breast cancer as they participate in fund-raising events that support programs and services that aim to improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer and their families.

“This is a great opportunity for the cancer center at UHC to provide hope and find ways to increase both awareness and funding for this important cause,” said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, vice president of oncology and post-acute care at UHC. “We are so proud of these gentlemen for helping to make a difference in North Central West Virginia.”

Cancer center participants include:

  • Scott Harding, RN, OCN, oncology navigator
  • Shamsher Ali, MD, oncologist
  • Michael A. Stewart, MD, radiation oncologist
  • Gary Arnett, RTT, Radiation Oncology
  • Owais Rafique, practice administrator
  • Salman S. Osman, MD, oncologist
  • Paul M. Brager, MD, oncologist
  • David McRobie, RN, Infusion Center

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, an estimated 266,120 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 40,920 will die from the disease this year. Breast cancer is the second

leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on how to register to vote or to check your current voter registration go to

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33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties

Clarksburg Division (this includes Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Taylor, Harrison, Doddridge, Pleasants, Ritchie, Gilmer, Braxton, and Calhoun Counties)

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Thirteen were arrested this week after a federal grand jury returned indictments against 33 individuals from Florida, Mississippi, Maryland, and West Virginia on charges involving methamphetamine distribution and firearms, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

“This is yet another example of the team effort to combat dangerous drugs coming into our state from other states to be distributed by our residents to poison our communities. We will not tolerate any drug traffickers in our communities, nor will we tolerate them setting up shop near playgrounds, schools, and our children. The message is getting louder and louder that if you choose to sell drugs in our district, you will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law,” said Powell.

Nineteen individuals were named in a 40-count indictment, alleging a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from the fall of 2017 to September 2018. Those indicted are:

·      Kedric Pearson, age 34, of Waynesboro, Mississippi

·      Paul Casto, age 55, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Stormy Hawkins, age 25, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      William Koch, age 33, of Anmore, West Virginia

·      Jacob Wright, age 36, of West Union, West Virginia

·      Donald Hickman, Jr., age 43, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia

·      Cody Boley, age 24, of Wallace, West Virginia

·      Byron Higginbotham, age 36, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Jodi Denkenberger, age 28, of Mount Claire, West Virginia

·      Erica Herron, age 37, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      David Weaver, age 33, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Taylor Espinoza, age 21, of Bridgeport, West Virginia

·      Stephen Richards, age 40, of Fairmont, West Virginia

·      Solomon Cottrill, age 32, of Salem, West Virginia

·      Nathan Crites, age 34, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Russell Clark, age 64, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Faith Martin, age 20, of Shinnston, West Virginia

·      Jesse Pack, age 23, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Justin Jackson, age 40, of Baltimore, Maryland

In a separate case, a federal grand jury indicted 14 individuals on methamphetamine charges. The men and women are accused of conspiring with one another to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from October 2017 to September 2018. Those charged in the 27-count indictment are:

·      Juwan Floyd, age 26, of Tallahassee, Florida                                          

·      Kareem Sampson, age 29, of Morgantown, West Virginia                                      

·      Ramiro Pimentel Jr., age 31, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                              

·      Kelly Wright, age 36, of West Union, West Virginia                                          

·      Teressa Hall, age 33, of Bristol, West Virginia                                        

·      Nicholle Knotts, age 24, of Philippi, West Virginia                                            

·      Chance Ward, age 19, of Buckhannon, West Virginia                          

·      Ashley Wagner, age 27, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                                  

·      Brittany Miles, age 28, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                                  

·      Brandon Mays, age 30, of Fairmont, West Virginia                                            

·      Joshua Langbien, age 28, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Ann Marie Stankus, age 24, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Rodney Rowan, age 23, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Chris Conley, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

The government is also seeking forfeiture of four vehicles, a house on Winding Way in Clarksburg, and more than $33,000 seized as a part of the investigation. Law enforcement has also seized 15 firearms.

Of the 33 defendants, 25 were detained. Those wanted are:

Ø  Donald Hickman

Ø  Faith Martin

Ø  William Koch

Ø  Erica Herron

Ø  Ashley Wagner

Ø  Russel Clark

Ø  Jesse Pack

Ø  Nichole Knotts

Ø  Kendric Pearson

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrests.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Agriculture Strategic Plan Meetings Set for October

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A five-year strategic plan to move West Virginia’s Agriculture industry forward is in the works. Now the public has another opportunity to offer their input into the process.

The steering committee of the West Virginia Agriculture Advisory Board, made up of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), WV Farm Bureau, WV Conservation Agency, WVU Extension Service, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and West Virginia State University Extension Service, is holding 14 community meetings across the state during the month of October.

“This is a chance for West Virginians to have a say in the future of our agriculture economy,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We are inviting agriculture business owners and stakeholders to participate in a hands-on process to identify specific strategies for how we can help move the industry forward and what direction we need to take.”

More than 500 people completed a survey earlier this summer narrowing down the issues that most impact West Virginia agriculture.

That is the stepping off point for the community meetings. Producers and agriculture stakeholders are urged to attend one of the 14 events and offer their input.

The community meetings are being held in Charleston, New Martinsville, Ghent, Sutton, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Parkersburg, Philippi, Core, Lewisburg, Tridelphia, Wayne, Point Pleasant and Mt. Clare.

In order to take part, participants must register ahead of time.

To locate an event near you and to register, log on HERE

$50 million in loan funds for wastewater treatment facility improvements

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backs WVDEP plan

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Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Secretary Austin Caperton announced today that the WVDEP has committed more than $50 million in loan funding to projects that will improve wastewater treatment facilities to better serve residents, increase efficiency, and reduce pollution.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), which is administered by WVDEP with additional funding and oversight provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides low-interest loans to municipalities and public service districts. The loans help communities keep water and sewer rates affordable while addressing local water quality problems.

“West Virginia is the first state in EPA Region 3 to have the federal fiscal year 2018 CWSRF grant awarded,” said Gov. Justice. “These grants provide vital funding for projects that will ensure not only protection of the public health and the environment but also improved infrastructure that will attract new businesses and create jobs.”

“West Virginia continues to enjoy a productive relationship with EPA Region 3, and the result of that relationship is the process of securing these funds for these projects is made simpler,” said WVDEP Secretary Caperton. “EPA and WVDEP share the goal of making sure that the projects that need this funding don’t get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape.”

“This federal-state partnership is critically important to achieving President Trump’s goal of improving our nation’s water infrastructure,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  “All Americans deserve clean and safe water, and the revolving loan program will greatly benefit West Virginia communities in need of new or upgraded water infrastructure.”

The projects that have received a binding commitment of funds from the CWSRF include:

  • $2,695,000 to Brooke County Public Service District to extend sewer service to approximately 122 customers in the Bosley Run, Cross Creek, and Harmon Creek areas.

  • $2,700,000 to Mt. Hope to construct a two million gallon stormwater flow equalization tank along with associated pumping and piping to eliminate bypasses.

  • $7,420,299 to Oceana to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant and pump stations.

  • $7,904,700 to the West Dunbar Public Service District to replace its old and deteriorated clay collection lines and rehabilitate its pumping stations, which will reduce stormwater-related overflows at its treatment plant.

  • $8,597,000 to the Union Public Service District to construct a sewer collection system to approximately 183 residents as well as providing upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant.

  • $10,430,000 to Weston to connect approximately 160 residents with failing septic tanks to the city sewer system and upgrade the Jackson Mill pump station.

  • $10,878,500 to construct a new 100,000 gallons per day wastewater treatment plant that will serve the Laurel Park and Route 73 areas of Greater Harrison County, which are currently served by septic systems and treatment plants which are failing. 

The EPA announced today that it approved West Virginia’s plan to commit funding to these projects. More projects could receive funding in the near future. The loan funding that has been committed to projects this year includes $25 million from the EPA’s FY 2018 CWSRF. The plan by the WVDEP is also funded with a $5 million state match, repayments from prior CWSRF loans, and interest earnings. More information is available HERE  .

G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals

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Dr. Manchin asked to focus on technical education expansion, rainy day fund

Harrison Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin has his marching orders for the 2018-19 school year.

The members of the Harrison County Board of Education have asked Manchin to focus on prioritizing technical education, establishing a countywide rainy day fund, hiring a county media specialist and several other educational goals.

These goals were written with the input of the board’s five members during a special meeting held Monday morning at the BOE offices.

According to board President Frank Devono Jr., the goals are:

— To update the processes and policies for evaluations and disciplinary actions for county employees.

— To establish a rainy day fund for the county.

— To establish a program curriculum that details CTE (community and technical education) classes, that does not compete with courses offered at United Technical Center, to be expanded into the six high schools and middle schools, specifically focused on the needs of Harrison County and the needs of West Virginia.

— Establish an overview newsletter to detail “happenings and goings on” in education.

— To look at ways to increase the number of maintenance personnel employed by the county.

— To establish a “media specialist” position for the county.

The list of goals was crafted during a closed-door executive session, Devono said.

“We all came to a consensus; everyone had input,” he said. “We started out with some previous goals, some goals that we wanted to get some more information on or that we don’t think are finalized at this point, and we want him to bring us information as to what’s going on with those goals.”

After some discussion and clarifications, board members whittled a larger list down to the six goals presented, Devono said.

The goals are not prioritized and were not read in a specific order, Devono said.

“We basically started with one individual and went left, round robin-style,” he said.

The establishment of a rainy fund would ensure financing is available if an emergency were to occur, Devono said.

“We would use it for potential problems, potential issues that we wouldn’t have a resource budgeted for that would come out of the blue,” he said. “For instance, a few years back we had a mold issue with Johnson Elementary and the previous board had a $100,000 check that they had to write immediately to remediate some of the mold issues. So it’s those types of issues that we’re looking at.”

The community and technical education program curriculum would allow students in middle school and high school to take classes not currently offered at United Technical Center, Devono said.

“For example, let’s say that woodworking and carpentry is not offered over at United Technical Center,” he said. “Then what we would like to see is to take part of a woodworking and carpentry class and put it into the schools. Because we feel that some students will go forward with programs, but because of other scheduling issues or conflicts, don’t necessarily want to go over to UTC.”

The newsletter, which would be distributed quarterly, would increase interdepartmental communication and allow county employees to know what their colleagues have going on, Devono said.

“We could hear from the safety department or the finance department. We could hear about things that are going on from the local school level from different principals,” he said. “We want to get some kind of publication out to just be more visible and allow everybody to see what’s going on.”

The media specialist position, which would likely be part-time, would be designated to handle the county’s social media presence, its website and coordinate news releases and media inquiries, Devono said.

Manchin, who participated in part of the executive session, said he looks forward to tackling the diverse list of goals over the coming months.

“I’m very pleased that this board has taken such a proactive position on continuing to expand the programs that we offer in the county and let people know the good things that are happening in this county,” he said.

The increased emphasis on community and technical education will allow students to have the skills and knowledge needed to begin a sustainable career when they graduate, Manchin said.

“The future is not necessarily four-year institutions,” he said. “Many good-paying jobs are out there right now that only take one year additional post-secondary education where people can make $50,000, $60,000 or $70,000 per year. I was very pleased with that direction.”

Establishing a rainy day fund is an investment that will make sure the school system is prepared for unforeseen circumstances, Manchin said.

“I know that several of our board members feel very strongly about that,” he said. “We want to continue to look at that and be able to put away some money, just in case an incident happened. It’s a way to make sure that the finances are available.”

~~  Charles Young ~~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Vasani is Preceptor of the Year

Each year, WVSOM presents two Outstanding Preceptors Awards in each statewide campus region. One goes to a primary care physician and one to a non-primary care specialist. The students in each region nominate preceptors for the awards. The Central East Region includes the central part of WV from Elkins and Buckhannon to Weston, Bridgeport, and Morgantown.

Preceptors assist and provide guidance to WVSOM medical students in their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations. The Outstanding Preceptor Awards are presented to physicians who exhibit professionalism and demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring. These health professionals have also demonstrated a commitment to community wellness and service.

In appreciation of his efforts and commitment to excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education, the Central East Region Specialty Care Outstanding Preceptor Award for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is presented to Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at UHC General Surgery.

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The Central East Region Specialty Care Outstanding Preceptor Award for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
is presented to Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at UHC General Surgery.
(L-R) Josalyn M Mann, DO, WVSOM Central East Regional Assistant Dean;
Adrienne Tucker, WVSOM Central East Regional Director and
Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at UHC General Surgery.

Some comments from students about Dr. Vasani on the nomination forms and rotation evaluations:

  • Dr. Vasani truly cares about his students. He goes above and beyond to teach his students and test his students to ensure they know important information in the field of surgery. He consistently questions students and forces them to think beyond the scope of our knowledge as well as help us apply information into the OR. He deserves this award as he truly teaches and is always willing to find time out of his schedule to teach students about high yield material. He is easy to work with and is a very caring physician.

  • He is a wealth of knowledge and loves to teach. He is stern with his learning process because he expects a lot from a future physician, yet he already treats you as you were a colleague.

  • Dr. Vasani went above and beyond to quiz us and lecture us on board relevant material.

  • He was one of the reasons I crushed my surgical rotation post test. He tries to get you as much experience as possible in the field. He teaches a ton too and gives you daily homework to help with learning. I highly recommend him as a preceptor. My favorite of this year.

“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping to make a difference in the lives of these students,” said Dr. Vasani. “It is truly a privilege.”

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Pamela Lee Barnes

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Ellenboro, WV, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Pam was born March 20, 1951 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Everett and Olive (Hiley) Freeland [....]  Read More

Leota “Marlene” Tenney

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with her loving husband on Monday, January 14, 2019 at her home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice following an extended illness. She was born February 7, 1947 in Buckhannon, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Leota Margaret Rowan Holden [ .... ]  Read More

Ernest D. “Ernie” Jones

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. Ernie was born February 20, 1934 in Washburn, WV, a son of the late Manuel and Elsia (Mason) Jones [....]  Read More

Mary Belle Kipe

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Grantsville, WV passed away peacefully early January 07, 2019 at Worthington Healthcare Center in Parkersburg. She was born February 28, 1936 to Austen and Elva (Pickens) Himes in Harrison County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Julie Lynne Allison

The Free Press WVPassed away at home on December 26, 2018 in Ripley, WV. She was born May 07, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise (Maxwell) Cox

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Clarksburg, WV; formerly of West Union, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 28, 2018 at United Hospital Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born at home in Doddridge County, WV on October 30, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles S. (Tudy) and Louisa Jane (Husk) Maxwell [ .... ]  Read More

Mabel Irene Currey

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 29, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care. She was born November 22, 2018 at Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late Lester H. and Bertha Cain Morgan [....]  Read More

Gladys Marie “Polly” Frazier

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Lunsford Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Clarksburg, WV on November 03, 1930: daughter of the late Shirley Heater and Reba (Golden) Heater [ .... ]  Read More

Marvin Lee Gaines

The Free Press WVAge 68, of New Milton, WV, and formerly of Charleston, WV, went to be with the Lord due to a tragic tractor accident on December 16, 2018. He was born in Glenville, WV on May 03, 1950, the son of the late Homer Lawson Gaines and Opal Sanders Gaines [ .... ]  Read More

Dreama Lee McCloy

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Troy, WV (Fallen Timber Community of Doddridge County, WV) departed this life on Monday, December 17, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Dreama was born November 19, 1957 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Dorsey S. and Gladys E. (Allman) Snyder.  [....]  Read More

Kelly Elaine James Osborne

The Free Press WVOn December 13, 2018 at 11:45 a.m., God called home one of the bravest souls on Earth. At age 37, of Weston, WV passed away from complications of surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends.  [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth R. Lawlis

The Free Press WVA life-long resident of Salem, WV, passed away peacefully at the Salem Center Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on December 11, 2018.  She was 95 years of age. Mrs. Lawlis was born in Joseph Mills, WV, on November 19, 1923 [ .... ]  Read More

Betty E. Shaver Maditz

The Free Press WV of Spelter, WV and Big Flint communities passed away on December 04, 2018 at Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville after a brief battle of cancer. She was born on April 30, 1929 in Monongah, WV to the late Paul and Lucy Lambert Shaver [....]  Read More

Fourest W. Bunch

The Free Press WV 100 years old, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 03, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville. Fourest was born Jan. 10, 1918 in Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late John and Opal (Dotson) Bunch [....]  Read More

Gail Leoan Whitehair Swisher

The Free Press WVAge ge 97 years, of New Milton, WV, passed away on November 19, 2018. She was born January 4th, 1921 at Oxford, WV (Bear Run Community) the third daughter of seven girls, of Guy and Ella Gregg Whitehair [ .... ]  Read More

Clara (Fleming) Ford

The Free Press WVBorn on September 02, 1930 passed away November 12, 2018 at age 88. Clara was a resident of West Union, Doddridge County, WV; and previously a resident of Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Anna “Peggy” Lee Alonso

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Weston, WV went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport after a brief illness. She was born in Harrison County, WV on January 12, 1935 a daughter of the late John Franks and Geraldine Prunty [....]  Read More

Letha “Shannon” Bailey

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Ireland, WV, returned to Heaven on October 31, 2018 from the comfort of her home and surrounded by her family. She was born on December 15, 1937 in Sand Run, WV, a daughter of Elmer and Alice Cidney Gibson McCartney [ .... ]  Read More

Viola Bland DeFrances

The Free Press WVAge 86 years, a resident of Bayonet Point, Florida, and Pittsburgh, PA departed this life Friday evening, October 26, in Chester County Hospital, West Chester PA. She was born in 1932, in Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde M. Ford and Mamie Bland Ford [ .... ]  Read More

Georgia Grace Hitt

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Lost Creek, WV, passed away at 7:12 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 22, 1940, in Gilmer County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late George Wilcox and Genevieve Greenleaf Wilcox [ .... ]  Read More

Carl Ray James

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Fowler Road Jane Lew, WV (Good Hope community) passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Gilmer County, WV on February 04, 1940, son of the late Freddie Charles James and Geneva Marie (Snyder) James [ .... ]  Read More

Donald J. Wolfe

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 23, 1927 in Cairo, West Virginia, a son of the late Grover and Lennet Neely Wolfe [ .... ]  Read More

Charlotte June Barnette

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Jane Lew, WV unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018 in the comfort of her own home. She was born in Weston, WV on October 06, 1941 a daughter of the late Arnett and Helen Bailey Frashuer [ .... ]  Read More

Marsha Jean Keene

The Free Press WVAge 72, of 124 E. 1st Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at her residence surrounded by family. She was born in Weston, WV on August 08, 1946: daughter of the late James M. Harris and Florence (Ruble) Harris Jeffries [ .... ]  Read More

Icie Marie Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born in Weston, WV on April 28, 1963 a daughter of the late Harold William and Vernie Mae Ables Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Francis J. “Frank” Lydon

The Free Press WVAge 71, of 5598 Churchville Road, Camden, WV passed away October 10, 2018. He was born on November 24, 1946 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

James Roger Fallon, II

The Free Press WVAge 48, of Monroe Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 08, 2018 at his home following a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on November 26, 1969: son of the late Roger Fallon and Darlene (Suttle) Fallon [ .... ]  Read More

Deborah Lee Perris

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Canonsburg, PA , formerly of Weston, WV, passed away on Sunday, October 07, 2018 in Family Hospice Center Pittsburgh, PA following an extended illness. She was born in Grundy, VA on September 24, 1952: daughter of the late Ernest Keene and Roma (Baldwin) Keene [ .... ]  Read More

James Edward “Eddie” Blake Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 8:57 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on April 28, 1941 a son of the late James Forest Blake and Madeline Lucy Butcher Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Bryan “Cameron” Radcliff

The Free Press WVAge 29, of Horner, WV passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on October 01, 1988 a son of David Leon Radcliff and Celia Kay Powers Radcliff of Horner, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Cody Lane Brown

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Catlett, VA (previously of Weston, WV), went to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the comfort of her own home. She was born in Weston, WV on June 17, 1947 a daughter of the late William and Ramona Valto Ash Means [ .... ]  Read More

Ida Mae Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Lost Creek, WV went to be with Jesus at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Jane Lew, WV on October 20, 1938 a daughter of the late James Russell Linger and Juanita Barnett [ .... ]  Read More

Edwin “Ed” Paul Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Washington, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 09, 2018, surrounded by his family at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 13, 1957, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ralph C. Ellyson and Boneva “Bea” (Davis) Ellyson [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Susan Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in Winchester Medical Center of Winchester, VA following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1954: daughter of the late Theodore Cayton and Norma (Allman) Cayton of Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley F. Wilmoth

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Linger Run Horner, WV passed away on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 at his home following a brief illness. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on June 24, 1929: son of the late Arthur Collins and Lula (Phillips) Wilmoth [ .... ]  Read More

Ethel A. Rowe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Pine View Nursing Home, Harrisville.  She was born in Marion County, WV on November 15, 1922 a daughter of the late John and Luca Janes O’Neal [....]  Read More

Thelma L. Bartlett Dowler

The Free Press WV Age 92 of Parkersburg, WV passed away September 02, 2018 at the Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 08, 1925 in Calhoun County,WV a daughter of the late Charlie L. and Maggie (Marks) Price [....]  Read More

Linda Lewis (Cayton)

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Winchester Medical Center of Winchester, VA following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1954: daughter of the late Theodore Cayton and Norma (Allman) Cayton of Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

John Carter Lacher Bunting

The Free Press WVInfant son of John Tyler Bunting and Madison Paige Lacher of Salem, WV passed away August 20, 2018 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 18, 2018 in Morgantown, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Willard “Bud” Miller

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Lost Creek, WV passed away at 8:04 PM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loving family. He was born on June 04, 1946 in Jane Lew, WV,  a son of the late William Miller and Mary Wetzel Miller [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Eugene Lattea

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Monroe Street, Salem, WV departed this life on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home, Clarksburg.  He was born on January 23, 1929 at Alum Bridge, WV a son of the late Phillip Sheridan and Gertrude Ethel Arbogast Lattea [....]  Read More

Bobby Ray Groves

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

Mary Sue Utter

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Salem, WV, departed this life on Monday, August 13, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Sue was born February 15, 1948 at home in Salem, WV daughter of the late John D. and Mary Agnes (Nutter) Kearns [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Frances Moody (Stark)

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

Billy Dunbar, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 31, of Homewood Hill Road, Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital following an illness. He was born July 22, 1987 at Clarksburg, WV to Billy Dunbar, Sr., Moundsville, WV and Dewan L. Dunbar, of Sutton, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Corwin Dale Nicholson

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Coldwater, Doddridge County, WV passed away Monday, July 30, 2018. He was born August 26, 1928 in Coldwater, WV, the third child of the late Homer C. and Phyllis V. Swisher Nicholson [....]  Read More

Beverla “Bev” Kendall

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Mineral Wells, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Parkersburg Care Center. She was born March 26, 1929, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Edward W. and Lillian W. Fredrick Bennett.  [ .... ]  Read More

Dorotha Jean Burrows

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Clarksburg, WV. She was born in Calhoun County, WV on March 03, 1936, the daughter of the late Earl and Dula Burrows [....]  Read More

Lenna “Jean” Sands

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, West Virginia, passed away early Sunday morning, July 29, 2018 at Covenant HealthCare, Harrison Campus in Saginaw, Michigan. She was born March 02, 1932 in Weston WV; daughter of the late Vincent and Clara Myrtle (Posey) Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Donnie H. Shields

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

Linnie G. “Judy” Jamison

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

Amy Patricia “Patty” Demorest

The Free Press WV Age 62 of Elk Lick Road, West Union, WV departed this life onThursday, July 19, 2018 at her residence. She was born on May 31, 1956 in Clarksburg, WV to the late Charles Louis and Chesna Helen McConnell Merritt [....]  Read More

Missy Anderson

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

Anda Lee Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Kincheloe Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 4:32 AM on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness. She was born in Stumptown, WV on September 09, 1933 a daughter of the late Clarence Victor Summers and Mary May Stevens Summers [ .... ]  Read More

James Carl “Jim” Robison

The Free Press WVAge 86, went home to Farm, Hunt, and Fish the Hills and Valleys of Heaven on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born on April 5, 1932 in Calhoun County, WV. Jim was the son and fourth child of the late William Earl and Hettie Marshall Robison [ .... ]  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

Tristen Patric O’Connell

The Free Press WV Tonight as you gaze at the nighttime sky, you will notice that God has blessed us with a bright new star named Tristen Patric O’Connell, who was born premature at just 21 weeks, on Sunday, July 11, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn Sue (Sprouse) Peters

The Free Press WVAge 70 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at United Hospital Center.  She was born July 22, 1947 in Butcher Forks, Gilmer County, WV, daughter of Wilbur and Mae Frashure Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Glenn S. Hanlin

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Chloe, WV, passed away on June 26, 2018 at Hampshire Center, Romney, WV. He was born to Austin and Ruth Hanlin on December 6th, 1943 in Beryl, WV [....]  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

Readers' Recent Comments

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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