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Scholarships Available for Area Students

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has launched its 2018 Consolidated Scholarship Application!  The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.  To apply, students must visit the Foundation’s website,  This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 01, 2018.

During the PACF’s 2017 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded over $319,000 to our region’s students.  These awards were made possible by many generous donors who established scholarship funds with the Foundation to help our local students fulfill their educational goals.  Each year, more than 200 community volunteers residing throughout the PACF’s service area assist the Foundation in reviewing the submitted scholarship applications.

“With hundreds of applications, we are very grateful for the volunteer support that we receive each scholarship season,” said the PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler.  “It is awe-inspiring to work with donors who are passionate about our region’s next generation and helping them achieve their post-secondary education goals.”

To learn more about the 2018 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing .

Oil and natural gas property taxes to provide $96 million to county governments in West Virginia

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Property taxes on oil and natural gas production will provide county governments in West Virginia with just over $96 million to fund local school systems and vital community services.

“All counties in the state receive a portion of severance tax monies from oil and natural gas production.  Additionally, those counties where natural gas and oil production is occurring have received hundreds of millions of dollars in the way of property tax receipts over the past several years,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).  “Although the amount of property taxes may fluctuate year over year due to many factors including commodity prices, West Virginia producing counties continue to receive significant funds generated from the development of our oil and gas resources.”

The information is based on data from the West Virginia Division of Tax & Revenue.

The top five counties generating the largest amount of oil and gas property taxes for 2017 include: Wetzel ($15,375,578); Doddridge ($15,165,626); Marshall ($10,553,516); Harrison ($8,846,064); and Ohio ($7,170,770).

“The price of natural gas has seen an uptick over the last several quarters and we hope that trend continues,” Blankenship said.  “If it does, we’ll see property tax receipts rise, providing more resources for schools and to provide services to residents of our counties and municipalities.”

Oil and natural gas property tax assessments are based on the production and pricing of the resources from the tax year two years prior. Property tax assessments for 2017 are based on the production and pricing levels which were realized in 2015. To access the list of 2017 county oil/gas property tax information, click here.

In addition to production-based property tax receipts, gas producing counties receive significant monies from property taxes on other industry segments, like pipelines, compressor stations, and extraction and fractionation facilities.

For additional information, contact Anne Blankenship at 304.343.1609.

By county 2017 oil and gas property taxes for tax year 2017

Oil and Gas Property Tax / Tax Year 2017

Randolph$114, 559

IOGA Basketball Tournament Returning to Glenville State College December 11-16

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The Waco Center at Glenville State College will be the site of a boy’s and girl’s six-day high school basketball tournament this December. The Independent Oil & Gas Association (IOGA) Classic tournament is being hosted at GSC, Monday, December 11 through Saturday, December 16.

Schools slated to participate include AAA squads from Buckhannon-Upshur, Parkersburg, Cabell Midland, Riverside, and South Charleston; AA teams from Nicholas County, Roane County, Braxton County, Robert C. Byrd, and Bridgeport; and A teams from Fayetteville, Tucker County, Gilmer County, and Doddridge County.

The student participants of the tournament are eligible to apply for a Glenville State College scholarship that is being funded by IOGA. The six available scholarships will be awarded to qualified seniors who will attend GSC and pursue a degree in relation to the support and development of the oil and gas industry.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for a general admission price of $5 and a student price of $3 (with a valid school ID). Concessions and game apparel will be available as well.

For more information about the IOGA Classic, contact 304.462.6381.

About GSC’s Waco Center:
Opened in 2013, Glenville State College’s Waco Center is a $25 million facility that houses the college’s Land Resources department, a 3,000 seat sports arena, other athletic facilities and offices, and a community healthcare center operated by Minnie Hamilton Health System. The Land Resources section includes classrooms, labs, a stunning library space, and faculty offices. The remainder of the building houses McPherson Court, where the tournament will be played, and other athletic spaces and offices. GSC student athletes in basketball, volleyball, acrobatics and tumbling, boxing, and others make use of the Waco Center for practice and competition. The Waco Center is located on Mineral Road just across from the Pioneer Village student housing complex.

About IOGA:
Formed in 1959, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation representing companies engaged in the extraction and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia, and the companies and individuals which support extraction activities. IOGAWV was formed to promote and protect a strong, competitive and capable independent natural gas and oil producing industry in West Virginia.

West Virginia fall turkey hunters harvest 948 birds

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Fall turkey hunters harvested 948 birds during the 2017 season, according to figures released by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The fall harvest is down 54 percent compared to the 2016 season, but only 23 percent below the five-year average.

“As predicted in the 2017 Mast Survey and Hunter Outlook, we expected this fall’s harvest to be down from a year ago,” said Mike Peters, DNR Game Bird Project Leader. “In 2016, the turkey population was bolstered by the emergence of the 17-year cicada, which young turkeys eat. Last season also was the first year all 55 counties had at least a one-week season. Both factors resulted in an above-average fall harvest in 2016.”

The 2017 season is more on par with a typical season, Peters said. Brood production was down from last year, and mast conditions are good, meaning birds are more dispersed. These conditions make it more difficult for hunters to bag a bird.

Leading the state in harvested birds is Greenbrier County with 64 birds, followed by Preston (55), Monroe (51), Randolph (38), and Nicholas County (36).  The top five counties had a four-week season, except Preston County, which had a two-week season.

District 4 harvested 212 birds, followed by District 1 at 200, District 3 at 173, District 6 at 147, District 2 at 134 and District 5 at 82.

The 14 counties in West Virginia’s central mountains that have a four-week season accounted for 39 percent of the state’s fall turkey harvest.

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Hunters harvest 44,455 bucks in West Virginia during 2017 firearms season

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Preliminary data collected from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,455 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 20 through December 02.

This year’s harvest is close to the 46,071 bucks collected in 2016. The buck harvest increased in the Eastern Panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southeastern West Virginia (DNR District 4). It decreased slightly in the other four districts. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were: Preston (1,959), Randolph (1,647), Greenbrier (1,631), Hampshire (1,394), Ritchie (1,347), Monroe (1,302), Braxton (1,243), Lewis (1,216), Hardy (1,201) and Grant (1,198).

“Good weather across much of the state for the entire season allowed hunters to enjoy a productive season,” said Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen. “I am pleased that a lot of hunters were able to get out and enjoy West Virginia’s incredible natural resources.”

There are still several days of deer hunting left in 2017, including the remainder of the muzzleloader season, which runs through Saturday, December 09. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, December 14, and runs through Saturday, December 16.

The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open December 26 and 27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season December 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.

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EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program honoring West Virginia’s exceptional students

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The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program is truly a showcase of West Virginia’s best and brightest high school students.  

Each of the 65 recipients are truly exceptional. They all excel in the classroom, and perhaps more importantly, they contribute both time and talents to improving their local communities.

These accomplished students come from both large and small schools and even one who is home schooled. They live in larger cities and rural towns.   The students all have different stories, with different experiences and different aspirations, but they share one thing in common — each student is designing his or her path toward educational and career goals through higher education.

The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program would not be possible without the generous vision and support of EQT Corporation. EQT has several offices in West Virginia and is dedicated to enriching the communities where its employees live and work. As an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian-area natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution, EQT is pleased to support West Virginia students by sponsoring the Students of Excellence Scholarship program.

Since 2009, EQT has offered six 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 six recipients this year are:  

  • Ethan Meighen from Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County
  • Jack Stryker from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Ohio County
  • Alec Kuskey from John Marshall High School in Marshall County
  • Joel Scarbro from Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County
  • Katie Payne from Clay County High School in Clay County
  • Jalen Wayt from Ravenswood High School in Jackson County.

EQT also provides $1,000 scholarships for students in every West Virginia county, as well as five at-large $1,000 scholarships scattered throughout the state. 

The scholarship recipients were chosen by an independent panel of four judges who generously volunteered their time to select this year’s winners. The criteria the judges looked for included students who showed good academic aptitude, a dedication to their communities and involvement in extracurricular activities.

The 2017 judges were: Dr. Amelia Courts and Derek Vance from The Education Alliance; Sara McDowell from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia; and Beth Casey with Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council.

Following are the recipients in our area:


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Hunter Mullens - Barbour County

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Tayton Stout - Braxton County

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Tyler Cain - Calhoun County

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Alexis Heflin - Doddridge County

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Jeremiah Ritter - Harrison County

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Christian Palmer - Harrison County
At-Large EQT Scholarship Winner

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Alexandra Garrett - Gilmer County

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Nicholas Gould - Lewis County

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Andrew Cook - Nicholas County
At-Large EQT Scholarship Winner

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Felicia Seabolt - Nicholas County

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Andrea Watson - Pleasants County

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Ashley Cox - Ritchie County

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Brandon Morris - Roane County

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Eli Henthorn - Tyler County

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Amy Perrine - Webster County

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Dalton Tenney - Upshur County

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Jahnvi Duncan - Wetzel County

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Addie Bailey - Wirt County

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Mitchell Clowes - Wood County

Suits Over West Virginia Warehouse Fire in Federal Court

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Three lawsuits seeking damages following the industrial warehouse fire that burned for a week in Parkersburg have been moved from state to federal court.

The defendants sought the transfer from Wood County Circuit Court because of the large number of plaintiffs and sum of money in question.

The blaze began October 21 in the 420,000-square-foot (39,000-square-meter) property owned by Intercontinental Export Import Inc., or IEI Plastics.

The lawsuits allege IEI and others failed to take appropriate steps to prevent the fire, that people in West Virginia and Ohio exposed to the smoke and airborne particles will require medical monitoring and that possible damages exceed $5 million.

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 January 14, 2018  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.


Billy B. Burke Marjorie H. Burke 2679 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Edna N. West Larry W. West 1115 4th Street
New Martinsville, WV 26155
William Pal Conrad Sheriff Larry Gerwig 10 Howard Street
Glenville WV 26351
Richard Tietz Charles Robertson 45 Allen Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
L. Lynn Marks Iris McCartney 1109 White Oak Run Road
Walker, WV 26180

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : November 16, 2017

Schools in 28 Counties to Ask for SBA Funding

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School superintendents from nearly 30 West Virginia counties will be in the Capital City to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.

In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.

Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.

“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.

Summaries of the projects, in the order they’ll be presented to the SBA on both Monday and Tuesday, are as follows:

Lincoln County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,129,270 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,329,270. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Guyan Valley Middle School (partial), Midway Elementary School,
Hamlin PK-8 School (partial), Duval PK-8 School, and Ranger Elementary.

Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.

Wayne County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,686,750 and will be providing $150,000 in local funds for a total of $3,836,750. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a roof replacement to correct indoor air quality and water
infiltration issues at Spring Valley High School.

Wood County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $8,400,600 and will be providing $1,591,400 in local funds for a total of $9,992,000. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Wood County Technical Center, which include additional space for for expanding enrollment and programs. Also, this will allow Wood County to house all programs within one facility in increase operating efficiency.

Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.

Pleasants County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $464,494. They are providing $81,969 in local funds for a total of $546,463. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in order to more adequately address today’s school access safety standards.

Monroe County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $16,242,000 and will be providing $1,192,000 in local funds for a total of $3,758,000 upon the passage of a local bond issue and is requesting an additional $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $22,192,000. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Peterstown PK-8 School. Should this project be funded, the existing Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School will close and a new 750 student facility will be built in the Peterstown area.

Monongalia County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $4,024,133 and will be providing $1,341,377 in local funds for a total of $5,365,510. These funds will be used for classroom addition and school access safety upgrades and other building renovations to the existing Morgantown High School.

Mineral County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $8,718,368 and will be providing $500,000 in local funds for a total of $9,218,368 for interior renovations at Keyser Middle School, reconfiguring the facilities original open-concept floor plan into
more traditional spaces.

Preston County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,292,400 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $1,292,400. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Bruceton PK-8 School and Kingwood Elementary School.

Tucker County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $828,647 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $828,647. These funds will be used for a new roof replacement and site drainage improvements to assist with water infiltration issues at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle School.

Webster County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,489,390 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $6,489,390. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Webster County High School. The work proposed includes exterior façade wall repairs, HVAC unit replacement, sidewalk replacement, flooring replacement, door security hardware upgrades, and a middle school gym addition.

Calhoun County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118. These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.

Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.

Mason County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $482,261 and will be providing $53,585 in local funds for a total of $535,846. These funds will be used for building automation and fire alarm system upgrades at Roosevelt Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, and Point Pleasant Middle/High School and Career Center.

Kanawha County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,992,759 and will be providing $1,748,190 in local funds for a total of $8,740,949. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a new roof replacement at Ben Franklin Career Center.

Cabell County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $6,618,539 and will be providing $6,618,539 in local funds, for a total of $13,237,078. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Highlawn Elementary School on the site of the old Enslow Middle School. The existing Enslow Middle School building, with the exception of the gymnasium, will be demolished in order to build the new 300 student facility within the Highlawn neighborhood.

Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.

Mingo County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $916,365 and will be providing $310,000 in local funds for a total of $1,226,365. These funds will be used to transform Gilbert Middle School into a renovated Gilbert PK-8. Should this project be funded, the existing Gilbert Elementary will close.

Mercer County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $10,704,032 and will be providing $1,500,000 in local funds for a total of $12,204,032 for the construction of a new PK-2 Elementary School. Should this project be funded, at the conclusion of
construction of this facility, Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Elementary will close. Two additional Pre-K classrooms will be included to accommodate additional Pre-K students. Additional space for special education students from this attendance area, that are currently being transported out of area, will also be included to allow for reduced travel times.

Tyler County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,414,800 and will be providing $157,200 in local funds for a total of $1,572,000. These funds will be used for new roofs at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.

Randolph County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,178,645 and will be providing $100,000 in local funds for a total of $6,278,645. These funds will be used for renovations and additions to Beverly Elementary School and George Ward
Elementary School to accommodate for the additional students as a result of the closures of Valley Head Elementary and Homestead Elementary Schools.

Marshall County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $693,780 and will be providing $341,713 in local funds for a total of $1,035,493. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, and Moundsville Middle School.

Hancock County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $1,000,000 and will be providing $270,000 in local funds for a total of $1,270,000. These funds will be used for a new roof at Weir Middle School.

Hampshire County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $168,562 and will be providing $56,188 in local funds for a total of $224,750. These funds will be used for a partial roof replacement at Augusta Elementary School.

Pendleton County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $2,564,624 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $2,764,624. These funds will be used for new HVAC systems at Pendleton County Middle/High School and North Fork Elementary School.

Upshur County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $546,164 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $546,164. These funds will be used for a roof replacement at Tennerton Elementary School to correct numerous issues which have caused roof leaks in several areas of the building.

Wyoming County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,054,500 and is requesting $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $4,054,500. These funds will be used for a roof replacement to correct water infiltration issues and an HVAC system upgrade to improve indoor air quality at Wyoming East High School.

Local funding helps, Blackwell said, but “It’s not required because there may be a county that just has a daggone need that just does not have the revenue to match it in any way, but it’s a desperate need and, I think, the SBA will fund it.”

The SBA meeting for presentations begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

Since 1989, Blackwell said the SBA had allocated more than $3 billion total for school projects across West Virginia.

“That’s a lot of money and a lot of improvements that have been made out in our county school systems,” he said.

2017: WV High School Football Scoreboard: First Round of Playoffs

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
First Round of Playoffs
#16 South Charleston (4-7) 14 #16 Robert C. Byrd (6-5) 40 #16 Williamstown (5-5) 10
#1 Huntington (11-0) Saturday 44 #1 Mingo Central (11-0) Saturday 76 #1 East Hardy (11-0) Friday 14
#15 Morgantown (4-7) 0 #15 Braxton County (7-4) 14 #15 Richwood (6-5) 19
#2 Martinsburg (11-0) Friday 61 #2 Bluefield (11-0) Friday 46 #2 South Harrison (10-1) Friday 58
#14 Spring Mills (5-6) 7 #14 Weir (7-4) 12 #14 Fayetteville (6-5) 75
#3 University (11-0) Friday 37 #3 Bridgeport (10-1) Saturday 35 #3 Midland Trail (10-1) Saturday 35
#13 George Washington (5-6) 0 #13 Keyser (7-4) 12 #13 Pocahontas County (7-4) 29
#4 Spring Valley (9-2) Friday 31 #4 Fairmont Senior (10-1) Friday 34 #4 Tug Valley (10-1) Saturday 30
#12 Cabell Midland (6-5) 28 #12 Sissonville (7-4) 28 #12 Doddridge County (8-3) 14
#5 Musselman (8-3) Saturday 18 #5 Wayne (10-1) Saturday 54 #5 St. Marys (9-1) Saturday 44
#11 Wheeling Park (6-5) 21 #11 Winfield (8-3) 29 #11 Summers County (7-4) 28
#6 Capital (8-3) Friday 63 #6 James Monroe (8-3) Friday 0 #6 Webster County (9-2) Friday 0
#10 John Marshall (8-3) 42 #10 Philip Barbour (8-3) 14 #10 Wheeling Central (7-4) 34
#7 Parkersburg (7-4) Friday 35 #7 Point Pleasant (9-2) Saturday 63 #7 Cameron (9-2) Friday 20
#9 Hurricane (7-4) 52 #9 Nicholas County (8-3) 7 #9 Sherman (9-2) 37
#8 Hedgesville (7-4) Friday 21 #8 Liberty Harrison (9-2) Friday 27 #8 Madonna (8-3) Friday 14

2017: The Final High School Football Playoff Ratings from the WVSSAC


4SPRING VALLEY12.6823901669630
10JOHN MARSHALL8.7733252007215
11WHEELING PARK8.5643242586916
12CABELL MIDLAND7.8554033406018
13GEORGE WASHINGTON7.2552251775715
14SPRING MILLS7.1552112566011
16SOUTH CHARLESTON5.8461312614810
17ST. ALBANS5.646023332045
20PARKERSBURG SOUTH4.137019828536
24PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL2.928014734221
25GREENBRIER EAST2.528016233324
27WOODROW WILSON1.419011138412


1MINGO CENTRAL13.61005632029046
4FAIRMONT SENIOR12.2913811348438
6JAMES MONROE10.1823541747823
7POINT PLEASANT9.9824161527227
8LIBERTY (Harrison)9.6823512436927
9NICHOLAS COUNTY9.6823411566333
10PHILIP BARBOUR9.1822731886625
15BRAXTON COUNTY8.1732842046318
16ROBERT C. BYRD8643492715426
19NORTH MARION764037827557
23BERKELEY SPRINGS6.264032024145
25SHADY SPRING5.755020318245
26CLAY COUNTY5.364022316345
26OAK HILL5.355022528939
30HERBERT HOOVER3.237018134527
32WYOMING EAST2.328012730618
34RIVER VIEW2.128013636515
38OAK GLEN HIGH SCHOOL1.828018845918
39Lewis County1.319015930112
40EAST FAIRMONT1.11901283379
41MAN HIGH SCHOOL11901212819
42ROANE COUNTY001001523430
42LIBERTY (Raleigh)00100953730


1EAST HARDY10.91003961216940
2SOUTH HARRISON10.5914381135748
3MIDLAND TRAIL9.4913831346331
4TUG VALLEY9.3913191006033
5ST. MARYS9813761235130
6WEBSTER COUNTY8.9913221725732
10WHEELING CENTRAL7.3642791934528
11SUMMERS COUNTY 7.1642602003932
12DODDRIDGE COUNTY7.182397834823
13POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.2732691774517
18TYLER CONSOLIDATED4.855036126730
20VALLEY (Wetzel)4.764017521636
23MOUNT VIEW4.246026234230
24WIRT COUNTY3.755023627730
25NOTRE DAME3.646024338824
28MEADOW BRIDGE2.937012429718
29VALLEY (Fayette)2.837016728621
30TUCKER COUNTY2.337013426218
31PENDLETON COUNTY2.237024630218
32GREENBRIER WEST2.128018030812
33GILMER COUNTY237015131218
36TYGARTS VALLEY1.428015035812
36PADEN CITY1.428016737712
38RITCHIE COUNTY1.228012935212
40CALHOUN COUNTY00100744680

2017: High school football playoff pairings and times

Dates and times announced for the high school football playoff opening round games.



Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM

# 15 Morgantown (4-6) at # 2 Martinsburg (10-0)

# 14 Spring Mills (5-5) at # 3 University (10-0)

# 13 George Washington (5-5) at # 4 Spring Valley (8-2)

# 11 Wheeling Park (6-4) at # 6 Capital (7-3)

# 10 John Marshall (7-3) at # 7 Parkersburg (7-3)

# 9 Hurricane (6-4) at # 8 Hedgesville (7-3)

Saturday, November 11 at 1:30 PM

# 16 South Charleston (4-6) at # 1 Huntington (10-0)

# 12 Cabell Midland (5-5) at # 5 Musselman (8-2)


Class AA Pairings

# 16 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) at # 1 Mingo Central (10-0)

# 15 Braxton County (7-3) at # 2 Bluefield (10-0)

# 14 Weir (7-3) at # 3 Bridgeport (9-1)

# 13 Keyser (7-3) at # 4 Fairmont Senior (9-1)

# 12 Sissonville (7-3) at # 5 Wayne (9-1)

# 11 Winfield (7-3) at # 6 James Monroe (8-2)

# 10 Philip Barbour (8-2) at # 7 Point Pleasant (8-2)

# 9 Nicholas County (8-2) at # 8 Liberty Harrison (8-2)


Class A Pairings

# 16 Williamstown (5-4) at # 1 East Hardy (10-0)

# 15 Richwood (6-4) at # 2 South Harrison (9-1)

# 14 Fayetteville (6-4) at # 3 Midland Trail (9-1)

# 13 Pocahontas County (7-3) at # 4 Tug Valley (9-1)

# 12 Doddridge County (8-2) at # 5 St. Marys (8-1)

# 11 Summers County (6-4) at # 6 Webster County (9-1)

# 10 Wheeling Central (6-4) at # 7 Cameron (9-1)

# 9 Sherman (8-2) at # 8 Madonna (8-2)

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 11

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 11 Games
Gilmer County (3-7) 18 #11 Braxton County (7-3) 27
Meadow Bridge (3-7) 34 Sissonville (7-3) 34
Roane County (0-10) 20 #7 Parkersburg (7-3) 27
 Independence (6-4) 24 Parkersburg South (3-7) 24
#12 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) 20 Tyler Consolidated (5-5) 14
#13 Philip Barbour (8-2) 21 #5 St. Marys (8-1) 55
#8 Doddridge County (8-2) 67 #7 Cameron (9-1) 65
Parkersburg Catholic (0-8) 6 Hannan (2-8) 0
Wirt County (5-5) 8 Tolsia (2-8) 0
#10 Sherman (8-2) 55 #16 Williamstown (5-4) 42
Notre Dame (4-6) 14 Valley (Wetzel) (6-4) 45
Tucker County (3-7) 12 Paden City (2-8) 6
#2 South Harrison (A) (9-1) 40 #6 Webster County (A) (9-1) 8
#6 Liberty Harrison (8-2) 0 Clay County (6-4) 6
#14 Lincoln (6-4) 21 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (3-7) 14
#4 Bridgeport (9-1) 56 Elkins (5-5) 47
#13 Richwood (A) (6-4) 7  
#10 Nicholas County (8-2) 42
BYE WEEK:  Calhoun County, Lewis County, Ritchie County

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 10 Games
Gilmer County (2-6) Cancelled East Fairmont (1-8) 7
Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)   Saturday Cancelled  #11 Braxton County (7-2) 48
Clay County (AA) (6-3) 42 #7 Liberty Harrison (8-1) 35
Calhoun County (0-10) 6 Lewis County (1-9) 7
Ritchie County (A) (2-8) 15 #9 Lincoln (6-3) 6
Berkeley Springs (6-4) 57 Philip Barbour (7-2) 27
#1 South Harrison (8-1) 20 #5 St. Marys (7-1) 20
#2 East Hardy (9-0) 41 #13 Ravenswood (5-4) 10
Montcalm (3-5) 7 #7 Cameron (8-1) 52
#6 Webster County (8-1) 39 Bridgeport, OH 6
Notre Dame (3-6) 34 #11 Summers County (5-4) 14
#16 Clay-Battelle (6-3) 20 #15 Richwood (6-3) 28
Tygarts Valley (2-7) 6 Paden City (2-7) 20
Wirt County (5-4) 42 Beallsville, OH 35
#13 Nicholas County (7-2) 45 Mount View (4-6) 16
#12 PikeView (7-3) 14 Meadow Bridge (2-7) 22
North Marion (5-4) 46 Tyler Consolidated (5-4) 51
#15 Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 68 Valley (Wetzel) (5-4) 8
Ripley (AAA) (3-6) 44 Riverside (4-6) 30
Roane County (0-9) 14 #10 Parkersburg (6-3) 44
Parkersburg South (3-6) 28 Preston (2-7) 24
#14 Wheeling Park (5-4) 35 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-6) 3
BYE WEEK:  Bridgeport, Doddridge County, Williamstown

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 9 Games
Hannan (2-6) 6 #12 North Marion (5-3) 28
Gilmer County (2-6) 46 #12 Braxton County (6-2) 30
Calhoun County (0-9) 18 #11 Valley (Wetzel) (5-3) 7
#6 Webster County (7-1) 53 #10 Doddridge County (7-2) 35
Wirt County (4-4) 40 Williamstown (4-4)  
Ritchie County (2-7) 6 Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)    Saturday  
#1 South Harrison (8-0) 43 Magnolia (3-6) 43
#3 St. Marys (6-1) 15 Tyler Consolidated (4-4) 21
Roane County (AA) (0-8) 14 Paden City (2-6) 12
#14 Ravenswood (5-3) 35 Van (4-5) 66
#4 Midland Trail (A) (8-1) 29 Beallsville, OH 25
Nicholas County (6-2) 34 #8 Cameron (7-1) 58
#4 Liberty Harrison (7-1) 14 Valley (Fayette) (3-6) 8
Robert C. Byrd (5-3) 48 Richwood (5-3) 41
#9 Keyser (5-3) 0 Elkins (3-5) 44
#5 Bridgeport (8-1) 30 #11 Lincoln (6-2) 45
Shady Spring (4-4) 31 #8 Hurricane (4-4) 7
Clay County (5-2) 6 #12 Parkersburg (5-3) 35
Philip Barbour (6-2) 24 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) 7
Lewis County (1-8) 22 Brooke (2-6) 28
Greenbrier East (1-7) 12    
Parkersburg South (3-5) 29    
BYE WEEK:  Notre Dame

College Foundation Of West Virginia Sets New Goal For Completion Of Federal Student Aid Application

The Free Press WV

The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) has announced the statewide goal to have at least 63 percent of high school seniors file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15, 2018.

Filing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for financial aid for college. Students who file the FAFSA are considered for the Federal Pell Grant, which awards up to $5,920 annually to students to cover the cost of tuition and other education expenses. Additionally, students must submit a FAFSA to apply for many in-state scholarship and grant opportunities, such as the PROMISE Scholarship, which awards up to $4,750 annually, and the West Virginia Higher Education Grant, which awards up to $2,700 annually.

The following schools met or exceeded last year’s 60 percent FAFSA completion goal:

  • Bishop Donahue Memorial High School
  • Bluefield High School
  • Bridgeport High School
  • Buffalo High School
  • Cameron High School
  • Capital High School
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Charleston Catholic High School
  • Cross Lanes Christian School
  • East Fairmont High School
  • East Hardy High School
  • Elkins High School
  • Fairmont Senior High School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Frankfort High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Greenbrier East High School
  • Greenbrier West High School
  • Harman Elementary/High School
  • Hedgesville High School
  • Herbert Hoover High School
  • Hundred High School
  • Hurricane High School
  • Lewis County High School
  • Lincoln County High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Logan Senior High School
  • Magnolia High School
  • Martinsburg High School
  • Midland Trail High
  • Mingo Central High School
  • Montcalm High School
  • Moorefield High School
  • Morgantown High School
  • Nitro High School
  • North Marion High School
  • Paden City High School
  • Parkersburg Catholic High School
  • Paw Paw High School
  • Pendleton County Middle/High School
  • Petersburg High School
  • Ravenswood High School
  • Ripley High School
  • Scott High School
  • Shady Spring High
  • Sissonville High School
  • South Charleston High School
  • South Harrison High School
  • Spring Mills High School
  • Teays Valley Christian School
  • Tucker County High School
  • Tug Valley High School
  • Tygarts Valley Middle/High School
  • Union Educational Complex
  • University High School
  • Valley High School (Smithers)
  • Valley High School (Wetzel)
  • Van Junior/Senior High School
  • Wahama High School
  • Washington High School
  • Webster County High School
  • Weir High School
  • Westside High School
  • Wheeling Park High School
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winfield High School
  • Wirt County High School
  • Wyoming County East High School


Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the HEPC, noted that student aid dollars oftentimes go unclaimed simply because students do not file the FAFSA.

“The financial aid is out there, but students have to apply to receive it,” said Hill. “All students who plan to pursue some form of education or training beyond high school, regardless of their income or grades, should file the FAFSA to be considered for federal and state student aid.”

Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor for the CTCS, stressed that filing the FAFSA can help many students go to college debt-free.

“If students receive the maximum award amounts for the Federal Pell Grant and the West Virginia Higher Education Grant, they will already have nearly $9,000 to pay for college,” said Tucker. “This is more than double the average yearly cost of tuition at West Virginia’s two-year institutions. Filing the FAFSA is a crucial step in transitioning to postsecondary education.”

March 01 is the deadline for students to submit a FAFSA to be considered for the PROMISE Scholarship, and April 15 is the deadline for students to submit the FAFSA to be considered for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program. Students who plan to pursue education or training beyond high school during the 2018-19 academic year can now complete the 2018-19 FAFSA online at using their 2016 tax returns. Students who wish to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship can do so now at

Staff from the Financial Aid Division at HEPC are working with college and university partners to help increase financial aid awareness throughout communities in the state. As a result, hundreds of free financial aid and FAFSA workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year. A full list of workshops is available at

CFWV is West Virginia’s college- and career-planning resource. The initiative is led by HEPC in partnership with CTCS, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts.

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WVDEP Announces Winning Photographers For 2018 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar

The Free Press WV The free calendar, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and Department of Transportation (WVDOT), includes 12 pictures of Mountain State wildflowers growing naturally along roadways or in Operation Wildflower beds planted by the Division of Highways.

Check from Governor’s Office

The Free Press WV Wood County Officials to Receive Check from Governor’s Office for Reimbursement of Fire Expensesv

Suits Over West Virginia Warehouse Fire in Federal Court

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Edwin J. Hannah

The Free Press WVHe was born May 27, 1955 in Grantsville, WV a son of the late Argle Hannah and Mary (Wilson) Starkey.

Glenn Lee Rogers Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 11, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Lettie May Pridemore

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Ruby Lucille Mihlbauer

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 09, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 30, 1923, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late James Andrew and Minnie Amanda Davis.

Mary Elizabeth Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 94, passed away December 08, 2017 in Marietta, OH. Mary was born April 27, 1923 in Harrisville, WV but lived most of her life in Williamstown.

James E. Pfaff

The Free Press WVAge 74 of Parkersburg, WV and Pullman, WV passed away at OSU Wexer Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on December 08, 2017.

Zona “Zonie” Maxine Timms

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Hinzman Street, Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 7:30 PM on Friday, December 08, 2017 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

Edith Mae Phillips

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

Mary Melline Engle

The Free Press WVAge 97, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Camden Clark Medical Center.  She was born May 26, 1920, in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of Wilford and Madge Goff Bush.

Bob G. Waggoner

The Free Press WVAge 69, of St. Augustine, Fl, and Belmont, WV, was born at home to Ralph Wendell and Mavis Nadine Hughes Waggoner on November 11, 1949, their only child. His grandparents were Odbert Ralph & Kathleen Engle Waggoner and Con Otis & Wanda Tharpe Hughes all of Glenville, WV.

Kathryn Lee Vangilder

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017. She was born February 03, 1939 in Calhoun County, WV, daughter of the late Norman and Mildred Bell.

Frank Louis Vannoy

The Free Press WV
  Age 75, of Reedy, WV passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV.

Elah Mae Gainer

The Free Press WV  Age 80, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV, went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2017.

Arlene F. Skidmore

The Free Press WV  Age 81 of Gassaway, WV peacefully went to be with her Heavenly Father, November 17, 2017.

Lois R. Grant

Age 71, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Virginia Hayhurst Deem

Virginia Hayhurst Deem passed away November 11, 2017, at Harmar Place, Marietta, OH.

Wilson Davis

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

Linda Lou Hersman

Roy E. Skinner

Charlotte Kay Miller

William H. Purcell

Bernice “Fern” Byrd

Edward Lee Marks

Leon Dwight Goff

Stephen E. Smith

Betty Jean Cox Garrison Lowther

Garoldine Luanna Gribble

Buddy L. Eakle

Cody Curtis Reed

Kristie Dawn Adams

Patricia A. Bailey

Eva Marie Yoak Collins

Della “Pauline” Belt May

Clarence Sinnett

Lloyd Harold Wayne

Belva L. Noland

William “Harris” Zinn

Lafie Lynn Marks

Sergeant Wesley E. Evans

Lecia Kaye White

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!


From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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