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Operating Support Grants Build Capacity

The Free Press WV

As competition for funding increases, many nonprofit organizations face challenges with securing support for their ongoing programming.  In addition, when organizations face a financial challenge, or are going through a growth period, general operating support can be of great assistance to ensure that resources are in place to maintain programs and services. 

Recognizing this, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation offers operating support grants to nonprofit organizations through its Community Action Grants Program, a bi-annual competitive grant application process.  A number of local organizations have received operating support through this important program of the Foundation, but the need continues to grow.

A $15,000 operating support grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg helped them to provide programs for 946 members in 2018. The Club’s services are particularly critical on days of unexpected school closings, such as snow days. 

“Thank goodness you’re here today.,“ said one mother of a Club member at the recent closing of schools for the Day of Mourning in honor of President Bush. “I don’t know what I would have done today if the Club wasn’t open.“ 

According to Ben Shuman, Executive Director, “Providing programs on the days schools are closed is unusual for a program like ours - more than half of Clubs across the country close their programs on those days.“ Operating support helps to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg can remain open on those days, providing critical support to children and families.

To learn more about how you can partner with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support your favorite area nonprofits with operating support needs, please call us at 304.428.4438.

Old Man Rivers Mission Establishes Endowment Fund

The Free Press WV

Old Man Rivers Mission is transforming community support into community action through a spirit of volunteerism.  Founded in 1991, Old Man Rivers Mission has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals in Wood County. 

The main program of the Mission is a weekend feeding program where they deliver hot nutritious meals to the Parkersburg/Vienna community using a mobile kitchen technique each Saturday and Sunday.  In fall 2016, the Mission purchased a new delivery truck with a grant from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation allowing the Mission to delivery more than 200 meals in one trip.

Each Saturday and Sunday, the Mission prepares 400 meals to deliver to the community.  In 2018, 41,700 meals were delivered to the elderly, disabled, and homeless.  Nearly 80% of Old Man Rivers Mission’s feeding program clients are elderly.  For many, the meal that is delivered to them is the only meal they will have for that day.  Their clientele is comprised of those with very limited or no income so affording food is a tremendous hardship.

Another program of the Mission is their pantry which provides families with food and personal hygiene items.  On average, more than 620 families are served each month (based on July-December 2018 figures). 

To solidify their commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley region, Old Man Rivers Mission’s Board of Directors recently established an endowment fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation that will help provide operating support for the organization.

“The Foundation has a respected reputation in our community and this new endowment fund’s annual distribution will help supplement a portion of our annual operating expenses and help us continue to serve the residents of Wood County,” said Jeanette Pursley, President of Old Man Rivers Mission.

Individuals who would like to learn more about Old Man Rivers Mission are encouraged to call the Mission at 304.428.6677.  Individuals wishing to donate to support the new Old Man Rivers Endowment Fund can make their donation by sending a check (payable to PACF with the fund name in the memo line) to:  PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

West Virginia hunters harvest 108,856 deer during Fall 2018 through January 2019 seasons

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Hunters in West Virginia registered 108,856 white-tailed deer through the electronic game checking system during the recently completed buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS and Mountaineer Heritage seasons.

The total harvest was within 1 percent of the 2017 deer harvest of 108,160 and 11 percent below the five-year average of 122,924, said Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

A breakdown of the combined 2018 deer seasons reveals 44,599 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,751 antlerless deer were taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 26,613 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows in the urban and regular archery/crossbow seasons, 4,234 deer were taken in the muzzleloader season and 659 deer were taken with primitive bow and muzzleloader weapons in the Mountaineer Heritage season.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2018 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 2.5 percent less than in 2017 and 20 percent below the five-year average of 40,859.

“It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Johansen.

DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state on March 11 and 12 to gather input on fall 2019 antlerless deer hunting opportunity recommendations to increase, decrease or stabilize deer populations in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,799), Upshur (1,289), Jackson (1,183), Lewis (1,160), Ritchie (1,123), Monroe (1,099), Roane (1,073), Hampshire (1,068), Wood (1,057) and Mason (922).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2018 muzzleloader harvest of 4,870, which includes 636 deer taken with side-lock and flintlock muzzleloaders in the Mountaineer Heritage season, was 15 percent more than the 2017 harvest of 4,243 and 12 percent below the five-year average of 5,540.

The top 10 counties were Preston (213), Randolph (205), Nicholas (198), Greenbrier (178), Upshur (169), Fayette (165), Webster (158), Jackson (154), Braxton (142) and Mason (142).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Seasons

The bow and crossbow hunters’ take of 26,636 deer, which included 23 bow-harvested deer in the Mountaineer Heritage season, was 1.6 percent more than the 2017 archery season harvest of 26,206, and 3 percent below the five-year average archery season harvest of 27,506. The proportion of the harvest taken using a crossbow increased and was greater than deer reported taken by a bow for the second year.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,333), Kanawha (1,045), Wyoming (976), Randolph (914), Raleigh (807), Logan (772), Fayette (765), Wood (709), Upshur (683) and Jackson (676).

WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST
Fall 2018 through January 2019
County Buck
Firearms
Antlerless Muzzleloader Archery/
Crossbow
Mountaineer Heritage Total
Barbour 958 875 98 536 11 2,478
Brooke 188 159 21 171 3 542
Hancock 139 100 16 267 3 525
Harrison 888 842 113 526 21 2,390
Marion 678 543 60 433 12 1,726
Marshall 637 371 58 290 8 1,364
Monongalia 750 677 70 592 17 2,106
Ohio 197 141 32 217 7 594
Preston 1,607 1,799 177 1,333 36 4,952
Taylor 491 473 65 284 14 1,327
Tucker 754 413 71 465 13 1,716
Wetzel 676 516 41 251 3 1,487
District 1 Subtotal 7,963 6,909 822 5,365 148 21,207
Berkeley 757 706 57 645 7 2,172
Grant 1,219 647 93 365 8 2,332
Hampshire 1,471 1,068 111 355 10 3,015
Hardy 1,212 774 81 296 6 2,369
Jefferson 463 411 60 445 6 1,385
Mineral 1,048 729 45 353 5 2,180
Morgan 622 562 44 251 4 1,483
Pendleton 1,275 574 59 370 4 2,282
District 2 Subtotal 8,067 5,471 550 3,080 50 17,218
Braxton 1,017 848 123 451 20 2,459
Clay 438 305 53 250 11 1,057
Lewis 1,001 1,160 105 485 20 2,771
Nicholas 1,060 862 168 634 32 2,756
Pocahontas 994 213 65 244 5 1,521
Randolph 1,685 850 185 914 20 3,654
Upshur 1,155 1,289 132 681 39 3,296
Webster 937 331 137 540 21 1,966
District 3 Subtotal 8,287 5,858 968 4,199 168 19,480
Fayette 998 441 151 694 14 2,298
Greenbrier 1,481 801 151 615 27 3,075
McDowell       628 0 628
Mercer 617 423 105 567 13 1,725
Monroe 1,193 1,099 76 505 17 2,890
Raleigh 624 229 96 806 19 1,774
Summers 701 524 74 377 9 1,685
Wyoming       974 2 976
District 4 Subtotal 5,614 3,517 653 5,166 101 15,051
Boone 672 182 109 398 19 1,380
Cabell 644 380 43 376 7 1,450
Kanawha 1,214 525 76 1,045 27 2,887
Lincoln 958 290 64 415 12 1,739
Logan       769 3 772
Mason 1,206 922 128 610 14 2,880
Mingo       410 0 410
Putnam 943 807 78 551 12 2,391
Wayne 737 53 21 291 9 1,111
District 5 Subtotal 6,374 3,159 519 4,865 103 15,020
Calhoun 698 653 63 295 7 1,716
Doddridge 659 627 38 241 3 1,568
Gilmer 800 694 76 311 7 1,888
Jackson 1,380 1,183 141 675 14 3,393
Pleasants 280 164 21 117 6 588
Ritchie 1,065 1,123 77 514 11 2,790
Roane 1,176 1,073 84 478 11 2,822
Tyler 566 542 38 258 5 1,409
Wirt 669 721 82 341 8 1,821
Wood 1,001 1,057 102 708 17 2,885
District 6 Subtotal 8,294 7,837 722 3,938 89 20,880
State Total 44,599 32,751 4,234 26,613 659 108,856

Glenville State Students Named to Honor Rolls for Fall 2018 Semester

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

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

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

BARBOUR COUNTY: Shania Pennington

BERKELEY COUNTY: Morgan Golden, Desiree Payne

BRAXTON COUNTY: Lucas Bonnett, Dylan Crosby, Kathryn Dean, Allison James, Taylor Johnson, Drew Keplinger, Garrett Perkins, Christie Skidmore, Jacob Stout, McKenze Yanero

CALHOUN COUNTY: MacKenzie Ammerman, Jacob Petry, Laura Webb, Lucas Wilson

CLAY COUNTY: Jessica Beckett

FAYETTE COUNTY: Breanna Bennett, Ashley Fridley, Matthew Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

GILMER COUNTY: Preston Allison, Jacob Arden, Katelyn Benson, Chandler Ferguson, Lauren Hardman, Evan Jedamski, Janeeva Jenkins, Dalton Law, Brian Moore, Wesley Self

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Sarah Brunty, Asa Dick, Adam Osborne 

HARRISON COUNTY: Hannah Mick

JACKSON COUNTY: Hannah Gandee

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Karra Smith, Jasmine Tarman

LEWIS COUNTY: Haley Biller, Daniel Conrad

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Patricia Fahey  

NICHOLAS COUNTY: Jacob Amick, Danielle Bartlett, Taylor Cool, William Lyons, Elizabeth Messer, Heather Shifflett, Alyssa Woods

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Cora Hedrick, Matthew Rao

PUTNAM COUNTY: Joshua Brennan

RALEIGH COUNTY: Erica Taylor, Matthew Welch

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Kathlyne Simmons, Christopher Wyche, Emma Yokum

RITCHIE COUNTY: Brianna Ratliff

ROANE COUNTY: Emily Salisbury

WEBSTER COUNTY: Bryce McCourt

WYOMING COUNTY: Kaci Mullins

OUT-OF-STATE:  Victoria Lewis (AL), Jacqueline Deary (CT), Julia Lindberg (CT), Allison Parski (MI), Jenae Shar (OH), Carrington Anderson (VA), Chere Davis (VA), Kimberly Ellis (VA), Jessica Williams (VA), Nicole Hansen (WA)



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

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

BARBOUR COUNTY: Jezaray Clark-Casto

BERKELEY COUNTY: Alexander Miller, Christina Tasker, Colby Werry

BOONE COUNTY: Ally Brown, Cameron Loftus

BRAXTON COUNTY: Leslee Coffman, Jessica Ellis, Bryan Foster Jr., Sean Hawkins, David Lee, Heather Moore, Savannah Payne, Lexi Pletcher, Forrest Taylor, Andrew Tefft, Chloe Walker

CABEL COUNTY: Taylor Brumfield, Cole Runion

CALHOUN COUNTY: Christopher Cunningham, Taylor Garrett, Brianna Marks, Jonathan Taylor

CLAY COUNTY:  Kaitlyn Coleman, Seth Stover, Sydnee Vance

DODDRIDGE COUNTY: Dennis Bowling Jr., Joshua Pitcock, Alexis Shonk

FAYETTE COUNTY: Tristan Coots, Steven Mitchell, Travis Myers, Mackenzie Shuff, Thomas Underwood III, Trevor Wood

GILMER COUNTY: Mary Ann Escarda, Thomas Gilco, Wyatt Helmick, Emilie Jedamski, Jaylin Johnson, Brittani Kosan, Matthew Montgomery, Adam Moore, Courtney Moore, Hannah Moore, Kitric Moore, Jacob Persinger, Maggie Roberts, Hayley Summers, Kerri Swiger, Lexsey Wagner, Halee Wildman, Trevor Wright

GRANT COUNTY: Larissa Henry

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Caleb Bennett, Emily Kemper

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY: Emily Landis

HARDY COUNTY: Shannon Hahn

HARRISON COUNTY: Dakota Dotson, Nikki English, Lia Runyan

JACKSON COUNTY:  Alexander Dean, Ryan Gregory, Josie Hayman, Larissa Hayman, Courtney Lanham, Evan Merical, Sapphire Parsons

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Taylor Corey

KANAWHA COUNTY: J. Austin Broussard, Allison Eary, Kayla Letart, Jacob Lutsy, Victoria Porterfield, Jeri Potter, Faith (Donze) Woods

LEWIS COUNTY: Adam Cutlip, Jennifer Eiler, Heather Paugh, Arikka Smith, Jenna Sprouse, Cody White

LOGAN COUNTY: Deanna Fields, Matthew Zachary

MARION COUNTY: Morgan Hardesty, Miranda Self

MERCER COUNTY: Anna Lusk, Brooke McCabe

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Raeann Sickles

MONROE COUNTY: Caitlin Reed

NICHOLAS COUNTY: Charles Baughman, Marlyn Donelson, Stephanie Flanagan, Larry Gwinn Jr., Nicole Hall, Steven Keiffer, Dalton McGeeney, Mark Sanson, Brooke Spencer, Mason Thomas

PLEASANTS COUNTY: Jessy Moore

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Nancy Turner

PRESTON COUNTY: Josiah Nuse

PUTNAM COUNTY: Shawn Arthur, Aimee Asbury

RALEIGH COUNTY: Charles Edward, W. Tristan Harper, Andrue Hughart, Michael Layne Jr., 

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Quincy Band, Daniel Crawford, Kayla Palmer, Scott Wentz

RITCHIE COUNTY: Valerie Ogle

ROANE COUNTY: Haden Coon, Haley Cottrill, Derek Randolph, Mary Stoops, James Williams

UPSHUR COUNTY: Casey Orsburn

WEBSTER COUNTY: Jenna Cogar, Dezarae Detamore, Valerie Rule

WETZEL COUNTY: Rachal Wetzel

WIRT COUNTY: Jennie Burroughs

WOOD COUNTY: Hannah Lambert, Kelly Trippett

WYOMING COUNTY: Sarah Day

OUT-OF-STATE: Sarah DiSpaltro (CA), James Boswell (CO), Zachery Bacon (FL), Dwyron Gillard II (FL), Holly Tucker (FL), Jamie Whitt (GA), Stormie Alverson (KY), Amanda Thies (KY), Taychaun Hubbard (MD), Tatah Njoka (MD), Janele Price (MD), Taylor Skidmore (MD), Paranda Uber (MD), Jessica Digennaro (NY), Phillip Bledsoe II (OH), Jarret McCarley (OH), Catherine Pelfrey (OH), Isiah Sattelmaier (OH), Cheyenna Henderson (PA), Zakiyah Winfield (PA), Jake Hensell (VA), Garrett Porterfield (VA), Ibrahim Ghanem (Kuwait), Ai Miyazaki (Japan)

West Virginia hunters harvest 2,606 black bears in 2018

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West Virginia hunters harvested 2,606 black bears during the combined 2018 archery and firearms seasons. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2018 seasons is 18 percent below the 3,160 bears killed in 2017, but is the sixth highest bear kill recorded, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Hunters killed 637 bears during the first segment of the 2018 archery season (September 29 – November 18). Bow hunters killed 374 bears, while crossbow hunters took 263. The top five counties were McDowell (54), Wyoming (49), Fayette (34), Nicholas (33) and Boone (29).

Firearms hunters harvested 1,969 bears during 2018. Hunters took 565 bears in September and October, including 18 bears during the concurrent antlerless deer/bear season. They took 537 bears during the concurrent buck/bear firearms season and 866 during the traditional December season. One bear was killed in Preston County during the first Mountaineer Heritage Season (January 10 – 13, 2019). The top five counties were Pocahontas (166), Randolph (143), Nicholas (142), Pendleton (126) and Webster (125).

“When looking at all mast species combined, mast production in 2018 was 22 percent below mast production in 2017,” Carpenter said. “In addition, the mast index for all oak species in 2018 was 24 percent below the long-term average. Historically, a scarcity of mast makes bears easier for archers to target, but these conditions encourage earlier denning and makes fewer bears available for hunters during both the buck firearms and December bear firearms seasons.”

Red oak, black oak and scarlet oak production decreased 64 percent from levels recorded in 2017. White oak production was nearly identical to 2017 and 42 percent above the long-term average, while chestnut oak was 10 percent above the long-term average.

“The 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook predicted an archery harvest similar to 2017 and a decreased December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2017,” Carpenter said. “The prediction held true for both the archery and December seasons; however, the overall bear harvest was lower than 2017. The 2018 bear harvest declined during the September/October, buck firearms and December seasons, yet increased during the bow/crossbow season.”

2018 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST
Bow September/October Buck December Mountaineer
County Crossbow Gun Gun Firearms Heritage Total
Barbour 15 2 14 8 0 39
Brooke 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hancock 0 0 1 0 0 1
Harrison 6 0 1 0 0 7
Marion 1 0 0 0 0 1
Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0
Monongalia 3 0 4 1 0 8
Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 0
Preston 28 7 17 36 1 89
Taylor 8 0 3 0 0 11
Tucker 19 28 4 48 0 99
Wetzel 1 0 6 0 0 7
District 1 Subtotal 81 37 50 93 1 262
Berkeley 0 0 3 0 0 3
Grant 10 11 21 43 0 85
Hampshire 10 1 29 4 0 44
Hardy 10 23 23 57 0 113
Jefferson 4 1 2 0 0 7
Mineral 14 5 5 11 0 35
Morgan 4 0 1 1 0 6
Pendleton 13 50 17 59 0 139
District 2 Subtotal 65 91 101 175 0 432
Braxton 16 6 26 9 0 57
Clay 7 6 17 34 0 64
Lewis 10 0 6 3 0 19
Nicholas 33 40 28 74 0 175
Pocahontas 9 36 18 112 0 175
Randolph 26 55 16 72 0 169
Upshur 10 6 4 9 0 29
Webster 31 51 24 50 0 156
District 3 Subtotal 142 200 139 363 0 844
Fayette 34 15 40 17 0 106
Greenbrier 17 29 31 62 0 139
McDowell 54 30 7 14 0 105
Mercer 25 1 4 2 0 32
Monroe 21 13 26 15 0 75
Raleigh 27 20 23 5 0 75
Summers 20 1 10 2 0 33
Wyoming 49 27 6 16 0 98
District 4 Subtotal 247 136 147 133 0 663
Boone 29 30 37 26 0 122
Cabell 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kanawha 18 19 41 41 0 119
Lincoln 3 0 1 1 0 5
Logan 20 38 1 28 0 87
Mason 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mingo 18 14 0 6 0 38
Putnam 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne 1 0 0 0 0 1
District 5 Subtotal 90 101 80 102 0 373
Calhoun 2 0 1 0 0 3
Doddridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gilmer 5 0 8 0 0 13
Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pleasants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ritchie 0 0 4 0 0 4
Roane 3 0 2 0 0 5
Tyler 0 0 2 0 0 2
Wirt 1 0 3 0 0 4
Wood 1 0 0 0 0 1
District 6 Subtotal 12 0 20 0 0 32
State Total 637 565 537 866 1 2606

Bears listed for Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties as “Buck Gun” are bow or crossbow kills from 11.19 - 12.02.

Bow/Crossbow refers to bears killed with a bow or crossbow from September 29, 2018 - November 18, 2018.  All other bow and crossbow kills have been separated based on the seasons in which they were killed.

September/October gun includes bears killed during concurrent antlerless deer/bear season 10.25 - 10.28 (18 bears).

Mountaineer Food Bank amps up services

Mountaineer Food Bank amps up services to member feeding programs in areas with a high concentration of federal employees

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Mountaineer Food Bank will be working with member feeding programs to accommodate the influx of services being provided to those impacted as a result of the government shutdown.

These agencies have been selected because of the large number of federal employees residing in the area and their ability to house excess amounts of food as well as their willingness to assist with this need.

Those affected by this extended shutdown can contact the agencies listed below to receive food assistance.

In addition, the doors at Mountaineer Food Bank are open and those in need are welcome to come to our facility Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.

“It is anticipated that the longer the shutdown continues, the more agencies we will be adding to this list. Currently we are focusing on the increased need of the employees not receiving a paycheck. Unfortunately if the government doesn’t reopen, those who receive SNAP benefits will be an added to our radar and after that it starts to affect our grocers and other businesses. Mountaineer Food Bank will continue to work to provide the food necessary to ensure all West Virginians affected have access to food” said Becky Conrad, Director of Development at Mountaineer Food Bank.

The following is a list of distribution sites, contact information and known distribution times:

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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 www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.

Grants Available For Christian Youth

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announces the availability of grants from the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth.

This fund provides support for Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance in order to attend or participate in Christian service-related events. 

Grants may be made, for example, for attendance at Christian camps or for participation in educational events or church or community service activities.

Applicants should note that persons or groups assisted through this fund generally shall only be eligible every fifth year following receipt of support.

The application period is open now through June 01, 2019.

Applications must be submitted through a church or a sponsoring nonprofit organization. 

Applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply, or by contacting the Foundation by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing ‘info@pacfwv.com’.


About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Community Foundation Grant Application Deadline February 15

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates of Doddridge County, Ritchie County, and the Little Kanawha Area (PACF) is currently accepting applications for grants for the spring cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application process is online; the application deadline is midnight on February 15.

Organizations apply to the Foundation and/or any of the affiliates on the same online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Application. 

To access the online application form, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Priority counties for grant support are: Wood, Wirt, Doddridge, Ritchie, Roane, Calhoun, and Gilmer.

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, capacity building projects, and, under special circumstances, operating support.  Submitted applications are considered for support from a wide variety of grant funds available to support charitable projects throughout the region.

The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide additional information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com/Grants to access the grant guidelines and application forms. For more information, contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

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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.

Mountaineer Food Bank Receives Grant for New Equipment

The Parkersburg Community Foundation and the Doddridge County Community Foundation recently provided funds that will allow Mountaineer Food Bank to purchase a scissor lift for their warehouse.

Mountaineer Food Bank was awarded these funds at a banquet held at the Doddridge Community Park, November 27th.

The equipment would have cost Mountaineer Food Bank $7,500.00, which was fully funded by both foundations.

The Parkersburg Community Foundation awarded $7,000.00, while the Doddridge County Community Foundation awarded the remaining $500.00.

The new scissor lift will help Mountaineer Food Bank better navigate hard to reach places in their 20,000 square foot facility.

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The new lift will allow Mountaineer Food Bank staff to be more proficient in warehouse cleanliness and the standards to which they are set to meet.

Meeting these standards sets Mountaineer Food Bank up to achieve a high mark on their annual AIB audits.

The AIB audit ensures facilities and processes uphold product integrity, comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMS), and achieve Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition through the American Institute of Banking.

With a new racking system recently installed in Mountaineer Food Bank’s warehouse, the use of the scissor lift will be vital in maintaining the standards given by AIB.

Complying with AIB standards sets Mountaineer Food Bank up to be a more efficient distribution center.

The purchase of this new equipment will helps Mountaineer Food Bank’s warehouse staff better operate, which in turn will allow more individuals facing food insecurity to receive the help and assistance they need more efficiently.

The purchase of the new equipment would not have been made possible without the funds given from both foundations.

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

Donation to Support Area Programs Combating Hunger

A recent donation from Erie Insurance® to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) will help boost the region’s “Hunger Fund” that provides a permanent and dedicated source of monies from which grants can be made to support our communities’ backpack feeding programs, summer and after-school feeding programs, and other related needs for children, senior citizens, and other vulnerable populations.

“Food insecurity is a significant issue regionally; too many individuals and families experience hunger,” said Judy Sjostedt, the PACF’s Executive Director.  “Our area’s data shows a great need to improve the Foundation’s grant resources, so we can better meet essential human needs and improve family and economic stability to relieve conditions of poverty.  Our broad service area’s overall poverty rates exceed the West Virginia State average and are well beyond the national rate, but statistics for children under 18 are even more compelling. Looking at the seven counties for which the PACF is the only community foundation funder—Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood – poverty rates in five far exceed the State’s rate for young children.”

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Representatives from Erie Insurance present a check for $10,000 to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.
Left to right, Ben Rucker, Dan Hurley, Jay Simon, Greg Hoffman, Julie Posey - PACF, Kam Lawson, and Carolyn Reger.


Created a year ago, The PACF’s Hunger Fund began with generous support from many donors in response to a challenge grant from the Ketelsen family.  In addition to building this important charitable fund, the PACF has held partnership meetings since 2016 with the various area organizations working to address this need, to help identify gaps in service and new resources, and identify ways in which its leadership can be applied to address this critical community issue.

“This gift to the PACF is to build the Foundation’s permanent charitable fund specifically to help address hunger-related projects in our communities,” said Kam Lawson, Erie Insurance’s West Virginia Sr. Business Support Specialist.  “We are honored to support the Foundation with this initiative and thankful to know that more individuals experiencing hunger can be helped through this Fund”

To support the PACF’s regional Hunger Fund, mail a check (made payable to PACF, with “Hunger Fund” on memo line) to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101.  Or give online at www.pacfwv.com/donate.

Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities! 

Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates’ (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. 

This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on May 31, 2019 and ending on July 19, 2019. 

The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns. 

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Civic Leaders from the Foundation’s 2018 program gather in front of the PACF’s office in Parkersburg, WV.


Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation.

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one year of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio. 

The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 08, 2019.

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week.

On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

Wood County resident Megan Hardway participated in the Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program 2014 - 2016. 

Through the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, she was introduced and placed at the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, where she was actively engaged in the day-to-day operations of the Chamber preparing releases, planning events, and serving as liaison for Chamber members. 

A 2016 graduate of West Virginia University, Hardway returned to the area to join the Chamber as a full-time staff member!

“The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program was a wonderful way to gain knowledge and experience in my field, as well as explore volunteer opportunities available close to home,” said Hardway.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2019. 

Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. 

The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost. 

In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment. 

Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region’s college-aged students. 

The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/CLFP

Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Mindi Line, at ‘Mindi.Line@pacfwv.com’. 

Scholarships Available for Area Students

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has launched its 2019 Consolidated Scholarship Application! 

The Foundation administers more than 160 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, www.pacfwv.com/scholarships

This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 01, 2019.

During the PACF’s 2018 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded more than $331,000 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.

To learn more about the 2019 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

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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 www.wvdnr.gov for additional details as well as county and area listings.


West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2014-2018

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

886

1,281

1,098

984

958

Brooke

251

286

268

175

188

Hancock

200

208

209

157

139

Harrison

930

1,418

1,138

1,017

887

Marion

702

1,190

765

735

677

Marshall

707

818

727

624

637

Monongalia

689

1,023

827

825

750

Ohio

232

290

270

180

197

Preston

1,526

2,046

1,774

1,947

1,607

Taylor

453

732

581

485

491

Tucker

494

783

730

817

754

Wetzel

891

1,144

899

823

676

District 1 Subtotal

7,961

11,219

9,286

8,769

7,961

Berkeley

522

908

737

753

757

Grant

783

1,304

954

1,194

1,217

Hampshire

1,094

1,947

1,197

1,386

1,471

Hardy

920

1,709

1,076

1,198

1,212

Jefferson

385

499

422

419

463

Mineral

835

1,335

922

1,011

1,051

Morgan

412

678

437

503

621

Pendleton

861

1,297

1,088

1,018

1,274

District 2 Subtotal

5,812

9,677

6,833

7,482

8,066

Braxton

921

1,660

1,102

1,233

1,017

Clay

329

618

390

481

438

Lewis

1,166

1,875

1,246

1,216

999

Nicholas

871

1,274

1,044

987

1,060

Pocahontas

831

1,008

921

1,040

988

Randolph

1,291

1,659

1,617

1,633

1,685

Upshur

1,009

1,704

1,399

1,025

1,155

Webster

632

1,080

941

777

937

District 3 Subtotal

7,050

10,878

8,660

8,392

8,279

Fayette

725

1,214

889

927

997

Greenbrier

1,372

1,816

1,447

1,628

1,479

McDowell

0

0

0

 

0

Mercer

402

843

636

593

617

Monroe

1,004

1,462

1,099

1,295

1,189

Raleigh

506

895

648

592

623

Summers

657

999

657

809

701

Wyoming

0

0

0

 

0

District 4 Subtotal

4,666

7,229

5,376

5,844

5,606

Boone

519

868

573

658

672

Cabell

421

641

677

404

642

Kanawha

730

1,547

1,058

1,046

1,212

Lincoln

720

1,312

846

569

957

Logan

0

0

0

 

0

Mason

1,002

1,488

1,267

867

1,206

Mingo

0

0

0

 

0

Putnam

565

1,114

992

624

942

Wayne

528

963

815

448

736

District 5 Subtotal

4,485

7,933

6,228

4,616

6,367

Calhoun

504

1,063

705

740

698

Doddridge

615

1,376

946

947

659

Gilmer

669

1,435

791

875

800

Jackson

1,107

1,870

1,487

1,096

1,379

Pleasants

273

492

334

317

280

Ritchie

1,123

2,024

1,422

1,338

1,065

Roane

927

1,846

1,178

1,186

1,177

Tyler

566

1,064

855

817

566

Wirt

681

1,152

777

734

668

Wood

1,011

1,556

1,193

974

1,001

District 6 Subtotal

7,476

13,878

9,688

9,024

8,293

State Total

37,450

60,814

46,071

44,127

44,572

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Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her residence in Camden Flats, with her loving husband and children by her side. She was born September 11, 1936 in Tanner, WV; daughter of the late Eustace and Ploma Grogg Frymier [ .... ]  Read More

Bertha Jane McClung

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Macfarlan, WV passed away February 07, 2019 at her residence. She was born September 22, 1934 at Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Delmas Glen and Emma Violet Taylor Wagoner [....]  Read More

Patrick Dewitt McDonnell Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Vienna, WV passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019. He was born June 30, 1933 in Pike, Ritchie County, West Virginia, a son of the late Patrick Dorn and Lona B. Dye McDonnell [ .... ]  Read More

Clem “Bud” Morris Weaver

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Little Hocking, Ohio passed away February 07, 2019 at home. He was born July 27, 1929 at Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Jackson Woodford and Oleta M. Frymier Weaver [....]  Read More

Minoka Pearl Mackey

The Free Press WV Age 91 of Harrisville, WV passed away February 04, 2019 at her daughter’s residence. She was born November16, 1927 at Washburn, WV, the daughter of the late Dewitt G. and Georgia Rexroad Jett [....]  Read More

Anna Pearl Washington

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away January 30, 2019, at the Worthington Nursing Home in Parkersburg. She was born May 02, 1930 in Sutton, WV, the daughter of the late Carl James and Pearl Robinson Johnson [ .... ]  Read More

Harold “Kitty” Wilson

The Free Press WVHusband, father, grandfather, friend, decorated war hero, scoutmaster, passed peacefully in his home on the morning of January 31, 2019. He was born at home in Chestnut Lick, Gilmer County, WV on August 31, 1922, a son of the late Henderson Bill Wilson and Rachel Ivy Meadows Wilson [ .... ]  Read More

Donna Fay Grogg

The Free Press WVAge 74 of Kanawha Street, Glenville, WV; gained her angel wings on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness. She was born August 02, 1944 in Parkersburg, WV;  daughter of the late Arley and Ivy Boyce Bush [ .... ]  Read More

Linda M. Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV, went to be with her Jesus on January 23, 2019 following a brief illness. She was born June 28, 1943, a daughter of the late Edward and Mildred Maxwell Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Leon Copenhaver

The Free Press WVAge 89, of W 2nd Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Wallace, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Charles Copenhaver and Roma (Robison) Dulaney [ .... ]  Read More

Harold E. “Mickey” Doak

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Williamstown, WV passed away January 21, 2019 at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 30, 1929 in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late Arnold W. and Eva Allen Doak [ .... ]  Read More

Harold Lee James

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on the evening of Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. He was born June 08, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, son of the late Butcher and Lauuna Bennett James [....]  Read More

Nelda Gay (Pratt) Hall

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Belpre, OH passed away January 18, 2019 at home. Nelda was born on December 14, 1928 in West Union, WV and was the daughter of the late John T. and Talitha E. Baker Pratt [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Eugene Gregg

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Petroleum WV passed away January 08, 2019, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born January 11, 1940 at Berea WV, the son of the late T. Nile Gregg and the late Gail Gump [....]  Read More

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

Buddie Ross Cain

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tanner, WV; got the ultimate healing from his cancer on Wednesday evening, January 09, 2019 at the Miletree Center Nursing Facility in Spencer, WV; following a short battle with cancer. He was born December 05, 1938 in Tanner, WV; son of the late Hartzel and Glenda G. Ferguson Cain [ .... ]  Read More

Mike Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on January 09, 2019 at the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Grantsville, WV on May 31, 1962, and was the son of the late Don Miller and Greta Hope Johnson Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Lawrence W. Nutt

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away January 10, 2019 at his residence. He was born on September 09, 1936 in Ritchie County, WV and was the son of the late Anthony and Monna Washburn Nutt [ .... ]  Read More

Paul H. Evans

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born February 23, 1936, in Smithville, WV, the son of the late Romeo and Alice Hawkins Evans [ .... ]  Read More

Wanema Pritt

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Vienna, WV passed away December 22, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility. She was born on November 30, 1932 in Glenville, WV and was the daughter of the late Audie and Winnie Jones Davidson [....]  Read More

Paris Foster Parsons

The Free Press WV Age 99, of Spencer, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at Miletree Center, Spencer, WV. He was born March 29, 1919 at White Oak, Calhoun County, WV. He was the son of the late Cary Benton and Ethel Boggs Parsons [....]  Read More

Linda Lou Peninegar Simonton

The Free Press WVAge 73, went to be with the Lord on January 02, 2019. She was born on December 18, 1945 in Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edward and Betty (Games) Peninegar [ .... ]  Read More

Lois Louise Corder

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born June 21, 1931, in Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Eli Hugh and Iona Kidd Ours [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn J. Friend

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Albany, GA and formerly of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 28, 2018 in Albany, GA after a brief illness. Carolyn (CJ) was born on July 14, 1934 in Pennsboro, WV and was the daughter of the late Roy James Erp and Irma Conley Erp Hathaway [ .... ]  Read More

William Chester Robinson

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Grantsville, WV passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at him home following a short illness. He was born July 24, 1963, in Wood County, WV, a son of the late Manona Monoka Robinson [ .... ]  Read More

Pam Post Stewart

The Free Press WVAge 51, of Burnsville, WV passed away on December 26, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born July 08, 1967 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Vinsen Post and Evelyn Post of Flower, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Claire Garrett

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Linn, WV passed away on December 28, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born January 22, 1935 to the late Ira and Ava Mason of Newberne, WV.  [....]  Read More

Richard A. Gherke

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Vienna, WV, passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center, December 25, 2018. Richard “Dick” was born in Grantsville, WV, a son of the late Whitt Gherke and Cretah Pauline Coulter [ .... ]  Read More

April Desma Cox Wise

The Free Press WVAge 50, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away December 23, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1968, in Parkersburg, a daughter of Royal Donavon Cox Sr. of Harrisville, WV and the late Mary Virginia Tanzey Cox [ .... ]  Read More

Carroll Edwin Perine

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Valrico, Florida, passed on December 15, 2018, at home under the care of Lifepath Hospice with complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was born May 14, 1942 in Sunnyside, Doddridge County, West Virginia, a son to the late Benjamin H and Rachel A (Smith) Perine, who resided in Parkersburg, WV [....]  Read More

Charles Tucker

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Rockport, WV passed away December 22, 2018, at his residence. Charles was born on March 23, 1942 in Calhoun County, WV and was the son of the late Roy D. and Thelma R. Talkington Tucker [....]  Read More

Jonathan Louis Tallhamer

The Free Press WV Age 30, departed this life on December 19, as the result of an automobile accident. He was the beloved son of Mitchel Rex Tallhamer, Sr. and Rachel Edith Pysell Tallhamer. He was born in Parkersburg, WV, but spent most of his civilian life living in Ritchie County, in the Smithville area, attending Ritchie County, WV schools until his senior year of high school; this he completed in Grafton Senior High School from which he and his brother Curtis graduated in 2007 [....]  Read More

Mary Lee Neal

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Williamstown, WV, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born in Harrisville, WV on December 09, 1930 to Orville Smith and Ellen Hess Smith Campbell [ .... ]  Read More

Denzil E. Echard

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on December 18, 2018 at CCMC. He was born in Mellin, WV, (Ritchie County, WV) on August 10, 1930 the oldest son of the late Earl Echard and Goldie Toothman [ .... ]  Read More

Larry G. Hardbarger

The Free Press WV Age 62, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his residence. He was born on Wednesday, May 09, 1965 in Parkersburg, WV a son of the late Dennis H. Hardbarger and Elizabeth Irene Prunty Horner [....]  Read More

Mona M. Riddle

The Free Press WV Age 98, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Carehaven of Pleasants County. She was born on July 14, 1920, in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late Ed and Ella Carder Ross [....]  Read More

Alma Grace Minney

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV and Grantsville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 08. 2018. She was born at Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Orville and Edna Sprouse Smith [....]  Read More

Earl Cleo Peters

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 2:20 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 following an extended stay at Genesis Glenville Center. He was born in Sand Fork, WV on April 08, 1926 the son of the late Albert and Dorothy McHenry Peters [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Hill Worstell

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Vienna, WV, passed away December 8th at Cedar Grove Assisted Living in Parkersburg after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth was born March 12, 1928 in Greenwood, WV a daughter of the late Dorsey and Georgia (Starkey) Hill [....]  Read More

Margaret Joyce “Joy” Bush

The Free Press WVPassed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Joy was born in Calhoun County, WV, on July 08, 1940, to the late C.O. Malona and Catherine R. Westfall Malona [ .... ]  Read More

Seymour Settle

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Newark, WV departed this life December 01, 2018. He was the son of the late Otho and Goldie Campbell Settle of Apple Farm, WV [....]  Read More

Russell Eugene Sparks

The Free Press WV Age 73 of Waverly, WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born March 25, 1945 in Ritchie County, WV son of the late Clifford and Lula Beryl Newland Spark [....]  Read More

Juanita Cheuvront

The Free Press WVAge 104, of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Cedar Grove Nursing Home. She was born September 25, 1914 in Calhoun County, WV to the late Stephen and Hattie Poling Crawford [ .... ]  Read More

Ernest Ray Hathaway, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Parkersburg, WV received his Creator’s call on December 3rd at 7:10 AM at his residence, surrounded by the family that loved him. Ern was born December 22, 1946 at the home place on Phillips Run Grantsville, WV, to Orvan “Todd” and Eulanee (Stump) Hathaway [....]  Read More

Franklin E. Sandy

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Spencer, WV, passed away on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at Roane General Hospital. He was born June 27, 1932, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Charles and Thelma Murphy Sandy [....]  Read More

Willard Holmes McCloy

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Parkersburg, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 01, 2018, at Cedar Grove Personal Care Home in Parkersburg, WV. Willard was born November 13, 1934 at home in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late William and Mary Olive (Reed) McCloy [ .... ]  Read More

Ethan Glen Poole

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV, went to be with our Lord November 29, 2018, following a brief stay at Camden Clark Medical Center. Ethan was born on Buck Run in Ritchie County, WV, March 11, 1935 [ .... ]  Read More

Janet Marie (Hutchins) Fouss

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Belpre, OH, passed away November 23, 2018, in the Marietta Center. She was born September 25, 1940, in Palestine, WV, a daughter of the late Chester Leroy and Margaret Cintilla (Sheppard) Hutchins [....]  Read More

Steven “Dude” Douglas Malson

The Free Press WVAge 69 of Belpre, OH, died November 28, 2018 at his residence. He was born December 12, 1948 in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Thomas and Mabel Louise Shields Malson [ .... ]  Read More

Jackie Lee Walker

The Free Press WV Age 73, of Big Springs, WV passed away November 28, 2018 at his home. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on December 04, 1944, a son of the late Olga and Russell Ferrell and the late Carl Walker [....]  Read More

Gregory Kent Holden II

The Free Press WV Age 34 of Dogwood Lane West Union, WV departed this life on Sunday, November 25, 2018.  He was born on November 20, 1984 in Clarksburg, WV a son of Gregory Kent Holden I of Vienna and Susan Diane Jackson O’Neil of Bradenton, FL [....]  Read More

Budge Roy Elliott

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, November 23, 2018, at his residence. Budge was born September 06, 1941 in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late John D. and Myrtle Edna (Lowe) Elliott [....]  Read More

Hilda Marie Snyder Deem

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Vienna, WV (formerly of Harrisville, WV), departed this life on Sunday November 18, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Hilda was born April 21, 1928 in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Jennings and Sylvia (Law) Snyder [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph Austin Yoak

The Free Press WV Age 88, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away November 10, 2018, in Parkersburg, WV. Ralph was born on February 26, 1930 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late John W. Yoak and Eva Richards Yoak [....]  Read More

Robert G. Middleton

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Parkersburg Care Center. He was born July 12, 1932, in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Harold B. and Mildred E. Wade Middleton [ .... ]  Read More

Wilma Lucille Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 07, 2018. She was born in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Alvin K. and Elizabeth V. Moore [....]  Read More

Willis Clark Border

The Free Press WVAge 95, passed away on November 08, 2018. He was born September 22, 1923, in Oxbow, Ritchie Coubty, WV, a son of the late John and Isabel (Middleton) Border [ .... ]  Read More

Dessie Louise Wolfe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her living family. She was born April 12, 1923 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Willie L. and Blanche Ellyson Jones [....]  Read More

Kendall Goodwin

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Pike, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at his residence, following a courageous battle with cancer. Kendall was born February 14, 1953 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Paul Kennith and Dorothy (Starkey) Goodwin [ .... ]  Read More

Alice Rebecca Clark McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 75, formerly of Dutchman, WV (Ritchie County) passed away October 30, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg. She was born April 20, 1943 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Gail and Eleanor Buzzard Clark [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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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

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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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.

Sincerely

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 http://www.mywvschool.com 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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