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2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

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

Fall Foliage Report: Colors Approaching Peak

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Fall color is approaching peak in parts of southern West Virginia, just in time for Bridge Day, which is scheduled for Saturday.

The state Division of Forestry along with the state Tourism Office released their fall foliage report Wednesday:

In the higher elevations, wind, rain and frost have brought many of the leaves of all species except oaks to the ground. Limited viewing opportunities remain in the eastern mountains as the oaks change to yellow. Most of the remaining color can now be found in southern and central West Virginia, along with parts of the Eastern and Northern Panhandles.

West Virginia counties and regions showing good color:

Berkeley (70%) — A good range of color can be found at Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area off Hampshire Grade Road.

Doddridge (75%) — U.S. 50 from Parkersburg to Clarksburg is a recommended drive.

Mercer (75%) — U.S. Route 19 from Princeton to Gardner is scenic.

Mingo (30%) — King Coal Highway is showing quite a bit of color.

Monongalia County (65%) — Coopers Rock State Forest on the Preston-Monongalia border is still colorful.

Morgan (60%) — Color is approaching peak just in time for the Berkeley Springs Fall Studio Tour—a driving tour of local art studios Oct. 21-22. The three-state panorama off W.Va. Route 9 and Detour Road is another good view.

Logan (40%) — Blair Mountain is showing quite a bit of color.

Nicholas (70%)— W.Va. Route 39 from Summersville to Gauley Bridge is a recommended drive.

Ohio (55%) —The maples along W.Va. Route 88 through Oglebay Resort are showing good color.

Ritchie (60%)—U.S. 50 from Parkersburg to Clarksburg is approaching peak color.

Taylor (65%) —Tygart Lake State Park is beautiful now. The oaks are still green but other trees are showing oranges, yellows and reds.

Featured #AlmostHeaven Road Trip: New River Gorge

Color is at 75% along U.S. Route 60 from Gauley Bridge to Ansted, where Hawks Nest State Park offers scenic overlooks of the New River Gorge. Some leaves have dropped from the higher elevations but the lower elevations are showing good colors in pockets. Spectators at this weekend’s Bridge Day festivities should see some fall colors in the gorge. This is a good time of year to visit Babcock State Park as well.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue sharing their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.

2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court Have Been Announced

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Members of the 2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court have been announced.

  • Kaylee Howard of Hartsford, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming Queen. She is a Criminal Justice major, President of the sorority Delta Xi Rho, and a member of Sigma Pi Xi. Howard hopes to become a social worker or probation/parole officer and eventually work for the FBI. What she likes most about GSC is the small and cozy community where everyone knows one another and you get the opportunity to meet new people. Howard owns three pet goldfish and she is the first floor RA in Goodwin Hall. She is the daughter of James and Tracy Howard. Her nomination was sponsored by Delta Xi Rho.

  • Justin Rader of Craigsville, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming King. He is an early education and elementary education major. Justin is also the President of the GSC Early Education Student Group and Kappa Delta Pi. After graduation, Justin plans on moving back to Nicholas County to begin his teaching career. He likes Glenville State because the professors know you by name. Justin is a hardcore WVU fan and has two nieces who are 6 and 1 ½ years old. He is the son Rick Rader and Mary and Butch Fox. His nomination was sponsored by the GSC Early Education Student Group.

  • Kelsey Norris of Fayetteville, West Virginia is the senior princess. Norris is an Elementary and Science 5-9 education major. She actively participates in Pioneers for a Cause and is a member of Chi Zeta Pi. After graduation, her goal is to obtain employment teaching middle school science while working toward her master’s degree in school administration. Norris had the pleasure of being recognized in the Milestone Ceremony in August as one of the first students at GSC to receive her Associate’s Degree during this special ceremony. She is the daughter of Darrell and Regina Hypes.

  • Wiley Raines of Parsons, West Virginia is the senior prince. Raines is a Criminal Justice major and member of Sigma Pi Xi, GSC Student Veterans Association, Hidden Promise, and the American Legion. After completing his degree from GSC, he plans to go to West Virginia State University for a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and ROTC to be a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserves. He graduated with honors as a Petroleum Supply Specialist last fall through the U.S. Army. In July he was awarded his associate degree in general studies with magna cum laude honors. He is the son of Herbert and Deborah Schoonover.

  • Erica Jones, junior princess, is the daughter of James and Shelvia Jones of Big Springs, West Virginia. She is an Early, Elementary, and Social Studies education major. Jones is active in a number of on campus activities in-cluding being a member and secretary of the sorority Chi Zeta Pi, a member of the educational honorary society Kappa Delta Pi, a Hidden Promise scholar and mentor, a Glenville State College Honors Pro-gram student, part of the Call Stars team, and an academic tutor. She is a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. After graduating from Glenville, she would like to find a teaching job close to home. She plans on working toward receiving a masters in special education and then pursuing a doctorate in administration. Jones is sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.

  • Faith Donze, sophomore princess, is the daughter of Brian and Debbie Donze of Saint Albans, West Virginia. She is a secondary math education major and her extra-curricular activities include the Pioneer Wall of Sound Marching Band and playing piano. Donze would like to teach high school math in West Virginia after graduation. What she appreciates most about GSC is the beautiful campus and that it feels like home.

  • Megan Stoffel, freshman princess, is the daughter of Jeremy and Rebecca Westfall of Sandyville, West Virginia. Stoffel is an early and elementary education major. She is also a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, Marching Band (manager), and the High Adventure club. She also likes to write stories and poetry and enjoys drawing. She says that her favorite thing about GSC are the amazing and helpful faculty and staff. Stoffel was sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild.


Court Attendants

  • Jakobi Dye is the son of Stephen and Tia Dye of Glenville, West Virginia. Jakobi is currently in Pre-K and loves all things Scooby Doo. He enjoys playing with Lego’s and Scooby Doo toys. His father serves as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at GSC.

  • Charlotte Smarr is the daughter of Kenneth and Nicole Smarr and Chris and Carissa Queen. She is the granddaughter of Gary and Lisa K. Smarr and Dave and Deborah Hughes. Smarr is currently in kindergarten and participates in twirling and Girl Scouts. She likes to ride her bike, swim, and play with her other siblings. She has shown interest in becoming a teacher when she grows up. Her grandparents Gary and Lisa Smarr both work at GSC, in Public Safety and Dining Services, respectively.

  • Zander Henline is the son of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. He is in Pre-K, likes to play Minecraft, and enjoys swimming, playing outside, and going for walks with his dog, Luna. He wants to be a professor and daddy when he grows up. His father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

  • McKinley Henline is the daughter of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. McKinley is in kindergarten and loves to draw and paint, spend time with her friends, sing, and help her mom cook. She wants to be a chef when she grows up. Her father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

For more information about Homecoming Week, visit www.glenville.edu/homecoming or call 304.462.6116.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 7 Games
#14 Doddridge County (5-2) 38 #15 Nicholas County (4-2) 20
Gilmer County (0-6) 6 Braxton County (4-2) 28
#1 St. Marys (5-0) 61 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 54
Calhoun County (0-7) 8 Ritchie County (2-5) 6
Roane County (0-6) 44 #15 Van (3-3)  
#3 Liberty Harrison (6-0) 59 Richwood (2-3)  Saturday  
Southern Garrett, MD 56 Parkersburg Catholic (0-5) 6
Notre Dame (1-6) 7 #4 Madonna (6-0) 43
#3 South Harrison (6-0) 57 #8 Webster County (5-1) 35
Tygarts Valley (1-5)  Thursday 0 Meadow Bridge (0-6) 14
Buffalo (1-5) 0 #10 Cameron (5-1) 58
Williamstown (3-4) 41 Conotton Valley, OH 0
Ravenswood (4-2) 38 #13 Clay-Battelle (5-1) 32
Wirt County (3-3) 14 Paden City (1-5) 7
#5 Bridgeport (6-1) 40 Hundred (0-6)     Forfeits due to lack of players 0
#10 North Marion (4-2) 22 Valley (Wetzel) (4-2) 1
Grafton (3-3) 21 Philip Barbour (5-2) 41
#16 Lincoln (4-2) 42 East Fairmont (0-6) 14
Robert C. Byrd (4-3) 28 Woodrow Wilson (1-6) 8
Elkins (3-3)   Thursday 24 #10 Parkersburg (4-2) 34
Parkersburg South (2-5) 28 Lewis County (AA) (1-6) 6
Brooke (1-5) 7 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-3) 14
BYE WEEK:  None in the Area

GCHS Receives New Driver Ed Car

GCHS driver’s education students have a vehicle for use for the 2017-18 school year. 

Northside Automotive Group has donated a red Chrysler 200 for GCHS students to hone their driving skills. 

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Pictured left to right are GCHS Principal Mrs. Nasia Butcher,
driver’s education teacher Mr. Joe Brannon and Mr. Richard Bostic of Northside. 


“We are grateful to Mr. Tim Harris, general manager,  Jesse Norton and Richard Bostic for working with us on securing this vehicle.  We look forward to a long relationship with Northside,“ said Mrs. Butcher.

Foliage Report: Fall Colors Beginning to Pop in West Virginia

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The West Virginia Tourism Office in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry released the third fall foliage report of the season Wednesday:

Higher elevations in Region 2 (Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming counties) still have some good viewing opportunities, but leaf drop has begun. Color is beginning to extend to the mid elevations of the region, but the best viewing is still a week to 10 days from peak color. This may be the last colorful weekend in higher elevations.

West Virginia counties currently showing vivid color:

Greenbrier (65%) — Beech Ridge is at peak this weekend but the rest of the county will color in the next 10 days.

Mercer (50%) — Higher elevations around Flat Top may be near peak this weekend. Expect good color on U.S. 19 from Flat Top to Camp Creek State Forest.

Nicholas (60%) — Higher elevations around Richwood should be near peak this weekend and Powells Mountain appears to have good viewing.

Pendleton (45%) — Dolly Sods will be peak color this week. In Petersburg, South Side Depot Fall Train Rides begin October 07.

Randolph (70%) — Higher elevations, especially Cheat Mountain and the Harman area, will be at peak or slightly past peak this weekend. Recommended drives are U.S. 33 from Bowden to Harman; U.S. 19 from Huttonsville to Mingo; and U.S. 250 from Huttonsville to Durbin.

Webster (65%) — Higher elevations have reached peak viewing for the weekend while the lower elevations still have green colors mixed with the maples, beeches, birches and gums. A recommended drive is WV Route 15, from Webster Springs to Valley Head. The Upper Gauley River should be peak this weekend.


Featured #AlmostHeaven Road Trip: Pocahontas County

At 70 percent peak, higher elevations in Pocahontas County should have some good viewing, but leaf drop has begun, so this weekend may be your last opportunity to see the best color.

Recommended drives are U.S. 219 from Mace to Marlinton; County Route 66 from Slaty Fork to Cass; and WV Route 150 (Highland Scenic Highway).

The area has much to explore, from the natural beauty of the Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and Beartown State Park, to the historical sites of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, to the wonders of science and technology at Green Bank Observatory.

You can find overnight lodging, dining and lots of recreational opportunities at Snowshoe Mountain. Ride the Cass Scenic Railroad and explore a historic logging camp while you savor the brilliant fall color of the surrounding mountains.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue sharing their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 6 Games
#7 Midland Trail (5-0)   #3 Liberty Harrison (4-0)  
Gilmer County (0-4)   #13 Braxton County (3-1)  
Calhoun County (0-5)   #14 Wirt County (3-1)  
#13 Clay-Battelle (3-1)   #16 Doddridge County (3-2)  
Ritchie County (2-3)   Williamstown (2-3)  
Ravenswood (2-2)   #1 St. Marys (3-0)  
Tolsia (1-4)   #15 Summers County (2-2)  
#4 South Harrison (4-0)   #5 Webster County (4-0)  
#14 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (2-2)   Paden City (1-3)  
#6 Bridgeport (4-1)   #11 Cameron (3-1)  
#9 Mount View (3-2)   Parkersburg Catholic (0-3)  
Notre Dame (1-4)   Valley (Wetzel) (2-2)  
Robert C. Byrd (2-3)   #6 James Monroe (4-1)  
Lewis County (1-4)   #5 Nicholas County (4-0)  
East Fairmont (0-4)   Clay County (4-1)  
Lincoln (2-2)   Independence (1-4)  
Petersburg (2-3)   #12 Point Pleasant (AA) (4-1)  
Philip Barbour (3-2)   Parkersburg South (1-4)  
#14 Parkersburg (2-2)      
#12 Wheeling Park (3-2)      
BYE WEEK:  Richwood, Roane County, Tyler Consolidated

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 5 Games
Calhoun County (0-5) 0 #15 Braxton County (3-1) 37
Tyler Consolidated (2-3) 63 Roane County (0-5) 16
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 14 Ritchie County (2-3) 0
Clay County (4-1) 38 Doddridge County (3-2) 61
Moorefield (0-5) 3 #16 Ravenswood (2-2) 14
#2 South Harrison (4-0) 48 Williamstown (2-3) 52
Notre Dame (1-4) 26 #7 Cameron (3-1) 12
#4 Webster County (4-0) 48 Shenandoah, OH 28
#4 Liberty Harrison (4-0) 24 Richwood (2-3) 28
#14 Grafton (3-2) 21 #12 Pocahontas County (3-2) 13
#8 Bridgeport (4-1) 34 Paden City (1-3) 54
Robert C. Byrd (2-3) 20 Hundred (0-5) 6
Tucker County (A) (2-3) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 25  (2OT)
Philip Barbour (3-2) 35 Greenbrier East (1-4) 23
Marietta, OH 10 John Marshall (3-2) 40
Parkersburg (2-2) 45 Parkersburg South (1-4) 14
Lewis County (AA)  (1-4) 35    
 Preston (1-4) 14    
BYE WEEK:  Gilmer County, Lincoln, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys, Valley (Wetzel), Wirt County

Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber Says He Was Asked To Resign

Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber, who has been guiding his town’s efforts to rally from catastrophic flooding while also fighting a school consolidation proposal, says Council has asked him to resign.

Baber, whose term as mayor began just days after the 2016 flooding, said he declined to resign. In the meantime, he said he has been placed on administrative leave.

In a Facebook post and then in a followup telephone interview, Baber said Council members asked him to account for purchases on the state-issued spending card he was issued as mayor.

Baber acknowledged he’s been having trouble finding some of the receipts for purchases on the card. He said he has been gathering them and plans to begin working matters out with the state Auditor’s Office today.

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He estimated he’s found about 90 percent of the receipts but that perhaps another thousand dollars over a six-month period remains to be reconciled.

“My own personal life, honestly, has been pretty much a shambles in the past year,” Baber said, referring to how busy the job has been. “I wish I’d done a better job of keeping track of the receipts.”

Baber posted about the situation on “I am Richwood,” a public discussion group that focuses on flood recovery and resistance to countywide school consolidation.

In the telephone interview, Baber said he was asked to resign Thursday evening during a regular Council meeting.

“The council had requested two weeks or so ago to get all these receipts together, but I’ve been insanely busy with FEMA and fighting for the schools and I haven’t had the time. I had to track down all these receipts,” he said this morning.

He said he respectfully declined the resignation request: “We were all polite. We didn’t really have any hard words.”

Baber said he was gathering more receipts and intended to travel to the state Auditor’s office today to continue to clarify his spending records.

“I’m going to go down to the Auditor’s office today, sit down with them: Here’s what I have on the computer, here’s what I’ve found, here’s what I haven’t found. And hopefully clear this mess up. That’s all I know to do.”

In the Facebook post and in the interview, Baber said two areas of spending lacked documentation.

One was for a trip to Philadelphia to negotiate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to meet with a law firm that mounted an earlier legal battle against an alternative federal disaster spending system that’s a key piece of the Nicholas County consolidation proposal.

“Unfortunately, the folder with receipts was misplaced,” Baber wrote on Facebook. “I have spent weeks tracking them down, and now have 90 percent of them in hand.”

He said the other was a general habit of, in the moment, handing off his card to others for small purchases and neglecting to gather documentation afterwards.

“I know you’re supposed to save receipts. Stuff would happen,” he said. “I’d hand the card to somebody and say buy paper plates, buy plastic knives and forks.”

He wrote on Facebook: “Many purchases were at Dollar General in Richwood, mostly in small amounts for events for the people, supplies (paper plates, decorations for the dedicated homes and the like). We’ve requested receipts from Dollar General but it’s a time-consuming process to go to corporate. There are others I’m trying to track down.”

He said the city’s own record-keeping has been good but admitted that his own had become disorganized.

“I, and the the City Council, are highly concerned with the integrity of the City’s finances,” Baber wrote on Facebook. “But to say that it has been a chaotic and hard year since the Thousand Year Flood would be an incredible understatement. I too have been damaged emotionally,spiritually and financially. But not as badly as so many others for whom I feel great empathy.”

~~  Brad McElhinny in News ~~

Glenville State Implements Milestone Initiative to Celebrate Student Success

Forty Glenville State College students recently received their associate degree at the College’s first Milestone Ceremony. While Glenville State College currently marks the beginning of a student’s college experience with Fall Convocation, little has been done to celebrate student accomplishments prior to commencement. “The ‘Milestone Initiative’ is meant to signify important academic events in the life cycle of a student, particularly students that initially intend to complete a baccalaureate degree,” stated Dr. Gary Morris, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Morris further added that creating and encouraging the completion of milestones such as the associate degree has the potential to encourage students to continue on and provides a tangible credential if they opt not to or cannot complete a baccalaureate degree or their next milestone.

“Based on the number of students that transfer or discontinue their studies prior to completing a baccalaureate degree (more than 50% locally and nationally), it makes sense to award students the highest degree or credential possible for which they are eligible,” said Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellett. He also asserted that research by the Lumina Foundation supports this stance by reporting that students who earn an associate degree are 30 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree. “I am very heartened by this positive academic initiative to reward and reinforce positive degree progression and student success. Our faculty and staff are committed to seeing students achieve their educational goals and this initiative is a symbolic and tangible way to recognize progress towards that accomplishment,” Pellett added.


The students who received an associate degree through the first Milestone Ceremony included:

  • Mariah Beam from Weston, WV
  • Jessica Bird from Summersville, WV
  • Julie Bishop from Glenville, WV
  • Ally Brown from Madison, WV
  • Angeles Burgess from Glenville, WV
  • Lauren Chancey from Red House, WV
  • Sara Coombs from Cedarville, WV
  • Hannah Curfman from Weston, WV
  • Bryan Foster from Gassaway, WV
  • Madison Frame from Birch River, WV
  • Travis Gibson from Oceana, WV
  • Ashley Hamilton from Summersville, WV
  • Matthew Herrald from Weston, WV
  • Chelsea Hicks from Big Bend, WV
  • Jaylin Johnson from Glenville, WV
  • Autumn Jones from Brohard, WV
  • Taylor Keenan from Gilboa, WV
  • Donell Lockett from Washington, DC
  • Cameron Loftus from Uneeda, WV
  • Paxton Maher from Buckhannon, WV
  • Ryan Mizia from Salem, WV
  • Matthew Montgomery from Linn, WV
  • Cody Moore from Glenville, WV
  • Mark Moran from Weston, WV
  • Angela Myers from Parsons, WV
  • Kelsey Norris from Fayetteville, WV
  • Kayla Palmer from Montrose, WV
  • Kaitlyn Peyatt from Summersville, WV
  • Kylee Radabaugh from Mineral Wells, WV
  • Wiley Raines from Parsons, WV
  • Megan Ruppert from Salem, WV
  • Marcus Schofield from Mullens, WV
  • Stewart Sink from Normantown, WV
  • Mackenzie Smith from Sylvester, WV
  • Wesley Stauffer from Orrville, OH
  • Sebastian Swartz from Burnsville, WV
  • Miranda Taylor from Sistersville, WV
  • Kelsie Tonkin from Sutton, WV
  • Kahla Von Bergen from Sterling, OH
  • Maren Wentzel from Weston, WV

Some of the students who attended the ceremony are pictured above with Pellett.

According to the 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with an associate degree earn, on average, $126 more per week than a worker with a high school diploma and $50 more per week than a worker with some college credit but no degree. This initiative is supportive of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Master Plan – Leading the Way.

For more information about the Milestone Ceremony, contact Glenville State College’s Office of Academic Affairs at or 304.462.6110.

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Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday Storms Could Cause Flash Flooding

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More than two dozen counties in West Virginia are under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain could cause flooding along small streams and poor drainage areas, meteorologists said.

The counties under the watch include: Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur Barbour, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

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