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Trade-school initiative reaps benefits for WV’s state parks

An effort to have West Virginia’s industrial-arts students do work for the state’s parks has borne its first fruit.

At Cedar Creek State Park in Gilmer County, nine new metal-roofed shelters hug the banks of the park’s popular fishing ponds. Students from the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center built the open-sided shelters, which are designed to protect fishermen from inclement weather. Park personnel installed them.

The work took place after state Department of Education and the Division of Natural Resources officials became partners in an initiative to help students get hands-on work experience by having them do projects for the state’s 35 state parks, seven state forests, five wildlife management areas and two state-managed trails.

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Paul Minigh, Cedar Creek’s superintendent, said the initiative fit naturally with the park’s desire to build some fishing shelters.

“We had already purchased the materials, but we hadn’t had time to do anything with them,” Minigh said. “Then the initiative with the career centers came around. We dropped the materials off, and the students built the shelters. They were willing to come and install them, too, but we wanted to get them in place in time for the trout-stocking season to begin.”

The installation took place during the students’ holiday break. Minigh said park personnel used a power auger to dig the holes for the support timbers and had the structures in place by Jan. 3, when the year’s first stocking took place.

The shelters feature 5-by-6-foot platforms flanked by heavy vertical beams that support the roofs and anchor the platforms to the soil. Minigh said he plans to hang tarpaulins around three sides of the structures to break the wind, with the idea of installing more permanent walls later on.

“We’ve purchased eye hooks so we can attach the tarps,” he said. “But as money permits, we might put siding around them. The idea is to make a windbreak so that fishermen could maybe bring little Coleman heaters to break the chill during the wintertime.”

Winter is when the park’s ponds get fished most heavily. The DNR stocks the ponds with trout twice a year — once in early January and once in early March. Anglers know that any trout they don’t catch will die when the ponds’ waters become too warm, so they do their best to fish them out as quickly as possible.

Minigh said funding for the shelter project came from the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section, the branch of the agency responsible for trout stockings.

“Brad Reed, [the park system’s] assistant chief, worked up a deal with Wildlife that they would reimburse us for time we spent mowing the pond banks and picking up trash left behind by fishermen,” Minigh said. “The reimbursement amounted to about $6,000. Since the money was fishing-related, we decided to use it to try to make things a little more comfortable for our wintertime fishermen. We figured a few sheds, spread around the three ponds, might do that.”

He views the shed-building project as just the beginning of what he hopes will be a long and productive partnership.

“The career center has all kinds of programs we could find work for,” he said. “They do carpentry, welding, metal fabrication, automotive repairs and painting. We’re in the process of repairing one of our bulldozers. The student machined the head of the motor block and honed the valves for us, and they think they might be able to weld the brake bands for us as well.

“We found out that the carpentry students have built a 12-foot by 24-foot ‘tiny house.’ That really perked our ears up. We’re looking at the possibility of having them build us a ‘tiny cabin.’ That’s very attractive to us. We’d have to put in the foundation and the utilities, but they indicated the cabin could be built for $22,000 to $24,000. That’s very attractive. I think there’s quite a number of projects they’ll be able to help us with.”

~~  John McCoy ~~

 

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GSC Fitness Center Holds Grand Reopening

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The Glenville State College Fitness Center held its grand reopening on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The facility has been fully updated with all new equipment along with new floors, mirrors, and fresh paint. The updated equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, punching bags, jump ropes, exercise bands, dumbbells, and more. Along with the updated equipment, a Queenax multi-purpose functional trainer and Jacob’s ladder have been added.

In an effort to improve an overall healthy lifestyle for students, employees, and community members several classes are available through the Fitness Center. Five different yoga classes are currently being offered with Zumba, PiYo, and group training becoming available soon.

The Fitness Center and its services are available for use by GSC students, faculty, and staff at no charge.

Various GSC Fitness Center memberships are available, including: faculty and staff family plans for $40 per month, high school student plans for $20 per month, and community plans starting at $30 per month and $10 per person added on to the membership. A day pass is $5. Members of the community can participate in fitness classes for $5 per class or for $150 per semester.

The GSC Fitness Center is located on the lower level of the Mollohan Campus Community Center and is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The new Waco Center Training Center is open throughout the week but regular hours for the public have yet to be determined.

For more information about the GSC Fitness Center and for the Waco Center Training Center hours contact Erica Downard, Director of Student Activities and Fitness at or 304.462.6441.

Students Named to Fall 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Fall 2017 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 D. Pennington

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Ally K. Brown

Braxton County: Lucas T. Bonnett, Leslee R. Coffman, Garrett E. Hacker, Christian M. Pritt, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin

Calhoun County: Moriah J. CreelFox, Sr., Emily L. Snyder, Laura A. Webb

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County: Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

Gilmer County: Preston M. Allison, Tara S. Evans, Madisyn A. Furr, Lauren D. Hardman, Janeeva J. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Dalton A. Law, Brianna N. Ratliff, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Harrison County: Hannah M. Mick, Megan E. Ruppert, Mariah D. Wilson

Jefferson County: Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Jesse “Austin” Broussard, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Justin P. Raines, John F. Riley, IV, Arikka M. Smith, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard

Mercer County: Anna M. Lusk

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Jessica R. Bird, Marlyn S. Donelson, Madison R. Frame, Morgan P. Francis, Elizabeth M. Messer, Autumn R. Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer

Pocahontas County: Tessa A. Jordan

Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne

Raleigh County: Scarlett A. Farley

Roane County: Brianna N. Deel, Sabrina R. Gonzalez

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Webster County: Bryce M. McCourt

Wirt County: Jacob T. Braniff, Kia N. Sleesman

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Madison M. Gargus, Jake W. Hensell, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, John F. Routzahn, Brian S. Williams

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

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

Barbour County: Jacob M. Price

Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Desiree R. Payne, Brianna A. Shivers

Boone County: Gregory I. Lail

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Bridget D. Carr, Kathryn L. Dean, Jessica S. Ellis, Sean R. Hawkins, Kendra K. Houghton, Taylor C. Johnson, Madison S. Oney, Hannah Rexroad, Johnathon B. Shreve, Jacob A. Stout, Forrest A. Taylor, Brittany V. White, Shanna S. Wine, Baylea E. Woodward

Cabell County: Jaycee N. Daniels

Calhoun County: Cassandra D. Lamont, Johnathan X. Taylor, Lindsey N. Webb, Holly L. Wilson

Clay County: Kaitlyn O. Coleman, Carrie G. Huffman, Andrea P. Litton, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Gracen H. Samples, Seth M. Stover

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Travis C. Myers

Gilmer County: Jacob A. Arden, Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Chandler B. Ferguson, Thomas L. Gilco, Daniel P. Hedges, Matthew M. Montgomery, Adam H. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Jennifer A. Nicholas, Analysse N. Petty, Lexsey A. Robertson, Carter L. Springer, Sebastian T. Swartz, Kerri C. Swiger, Elania N. White, Halee N. Wildman, Carissa M. Wood

Grant County: Ryan W. Colaw, Larissa A. Henry, William M. Pennington

Greenbrier County: Caleb S. Bennett, Tyler D. Canterbury, Tiffany Fitzwater, Myka K. Perry

Hampshire County: Emily P. Landis, Brittany L. Maphis

Hardy County: Shannon R. Hahn

Harrison County: Abby S. McCarty, Joshua T. McNemar, Lia Runyan

Jackson County: Chelsey G. Hager, Larissa Hayman, Courtney N. Lanham, Evan D. Merical, Haylie M. Reynolds

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey

Kanawha County: Jacob T. Lutsy, Kelsey J. Naylor, Amanda S. Thurm

Lewis County: Mariah B. Beam, Stephen C. Boyer, Kaitlin L. Corbtt, Destiny L. Grimes, Taylor R. McClain, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher, Alec G. Maynard

Marion County: Victoria D. Francis, Morgan P. Hardesty

Mason County: Anthony J. Howard

Morgan County: Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Danielle L. Bartlett, Thomas J. Bennett, Jacob M. Cogar, Hannah N. Gladwell, Daniel A. Hinger, William Z. Lyons, Anthony W. Mayes, Eric W. Peyatt, Daniel M. Proctor, Justin K. Rader, Montique L. Roberts, Mark H. Sanson, William C. Womack

Pendleton County: Chase M. Simmons

Pocahontas County: Lyndsee L. Gay, Matthew J. Rao

Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse

Putnam County: Shawn D. Arthur, Sarah N. Lines, Michael A. Null

Raleigh County: Jacob Coots, Britteny D. Durham, William T. Harper, Andrue J. Hughart, Michael A. Layne

Ritchie County: Olivia D. Goff, Cali B. Hayes, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Haley K. Cottrill, Noel R. Gonzalez, Savannah M. Harper, Kimberly M. Lee, Cassidy M. Taylor, Alyce A. Titus, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine I. Chambers, Brody R. Strawderman

Tyler County: Miranda M. Taylor

Upshur County: James B. Carson, Austin R. Curry, Heather A. Gregory, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: Taylor N. Brumfield

Wetzel County: Cameron L. Cross, James E. Goddard II, Colton L. Ring

Wood County: Taylor A. Broadwater, Hannah M. Dennis, Gabrielle R. Dye, Kelly J. Trippett

Wyoming County: Stephanie G. Brooks, Christian B. Hedinger, Hunter S. Simmons

Out of State: Asiah E. Alexander, Alyssa M. Banks, James C. Boswell, Natalie C. Castillo, Qianjiao Chen, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Bhrea C. Griffin, De’Angelo V. Hunt Andrea M. Kimble, Julia E. Lindberg, Paris M. McLeod, Alysia M. Maguellal, Jacob T. Ngangum, Zoe A. Nicastro, Tatah S. Njoka, Diori R. Pattison, Catherine L. Pelfrey, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Taylor B. Skidmore, Jason A. Suggs, Michael J. Weathers, Hayley N. Wolff

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before March 19, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Frank Price Radcliffe III Greta Radcliffe 418 Kanawha Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Doris M. Roberts Gina L. Schweinsberg 551 Henry Camp Road
St. Marys, WV 26170
Emyl Lee Shields Darlene Isenhart 97 Parsonage Ave
Cedarville, WV 26611
Fermen Lee Rhoades Fermen Lee Rhoades II
Jack M. Rhoades
PO Box 364, Glenville, WV 26351
63 Apple Road, Davisville, WV 26142
Agnes L. Keith Linda D. Feigenbaum 428 Derrer Road
Columbus OH 43204
Lonnie D. Garvin Lonnie D. Garvin Jr. 1365 Lime Point Street
Las Vegas NV 89110
Lettie May Pridemore Richard K. Smith 852 Hickory Hollow Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : January 18, 2018

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
AGENDA for REGULAR MEETING
January 19, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS

IV. APPOINTMENTS

          a) 09:15 - Cannon Wandworth – Global Science Technology - Internet Security

          b) 10:00 - Jim Bailey - Landmarks Commission - Resolution to have new check signers for Landmarks Commission bank account, board members for Landmarks Commission, and Poor Farm building at Recreation Center


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

    Discussion and/or action on:

          1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

          2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

          3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

              a) Board Seats open on the:

          4) Budget Revisions

          5) Budget Control Report – None

          6) Approve Invoices for Payment

          7) Approve County Commission Minutes-January 05, 2018

          8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

              a) Lewis-Gilmer E911 Yearly Totals


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

    Discussion and/or action on:

          a) Precinct Change- Combine Precinct 20 to Precinct 16

          b) Move Precinct 27 from Troy Fire Department to Troy Baptist Church

          c) Request to Proclaim Gilmer County a Purple Heart County for Military Order Purple Heart


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X. ADJOURNMENT

NEXT MEETING:   February 02, 2018

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 18, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Braxton County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

 
Barbour County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Nicholas County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Wirt County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Wood County Schools

All Closed

Glenville State College

 

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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Normantown Christian students presenting their $1,100.00 donation to the Ronald McDonald House

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On Friday, December 15, the students of Normantown Christian were privileged to a tour of the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.

The tour was given by Evan Osborn, Development Director at RMHC of Southern West Virginia, and came as a result of a donation raised by the students’ art program.

Thanks to our caring community, the students were able to collect a $1,100.00 donation by selling their artwork recently in Glenville.

The visit really allowed the children to see and hear, more vividly, what the Ronald McDonald House provides for families with children in the hospital.

They came away with an even greater appreciation for the charity.

Following the presentation of the check, the students continued their day out in Charleston with a trip to the fascinating State Museum in the Culture Center, which has been updated in recent years, and provided a great experience for the kids.

They wrapped up their trip with a tour of the Capitol.

Foundations Support Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) affiliate recently awarded grants totaling $10,000 to Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new breathing apparatus units.

The grants were made possible through the Little Kanawha Area Community Grantmaking Fund and the Ausenheimer Memorial Trust. 

LKACF advisory board member Martha Haymaker attended the department’s recent meeting to present the grant.

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“These new packs will allow us to better protect the people of Calhoun County,” said volunteer firefighter Joe Tanner.

“We will be able to enter smoke filled homes to search for people who may need to be rescued.”

The Foundation and its LKACF affiliate work with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds representing nearly $40 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the LKACF has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways.

For more information about Foundation and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit http://www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Jeanette Riffle: A Touch of Spring

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We had a couple days that seemed like spring breaking in January this week. Yesterday, it got up to 72 degrees. It threw nature into confusion. I heard of a black snake coming out and crossing the road and of a frog hopping in the road. Robins were coming out of thickets and down into fields and on front yards. Night crawlers were surfacing out of the ground.  One person on FB reported an ant invasion in her house.

We heard the house wren singing his territorial song two days in a row. Others reported hearing them sing spring songs, too.  Now, this Saturday morning, we got up to snow and ice. Some folks whose water lines had frozen off reported them partially thawing and all kinds of things were happening due to the subzero temperatures we had been having due to the, “Old time winter.”  Maybe the Lord felt sorry for us and gave us a couple days to remind us that spring is just around the corner. Groundhog Day is not far away and then maybe 6 more weeks of bad weather.  I checked on the Old Farmer’s Almanac that we had here, and they didn’t get it right for us this winter.  Well, not completely right.

Flu is on the rampage. I am staying in out of it. I don’t go around crowds.  That’s what my Grandmother Grace Stewart told me that they did when she was a girl at home and I always think of what she said. Granny grew up on Lower Run and said that they just stayed home if something bad was going around. They grew everything and had their own medicines. Her mother, Samalda Kelly Smith, knew how to doctor with plants, roots and herbs and was called on many a time, to go to the home of a sick person and doctor them. Granny said people would come to their home and ask her mother to go help.  She took her brown medicine bottles and rode side saddle on a horse and was like a medicine woman of the area.

Well, our Rascal pup is seeing new things all the time. He has witnessed a flood for the first time. Before the snow came, we had a lot of rain and it flooded in the low part of the woods beside us last evening. When he was let out of the garage this morning, he saw that water and saw that the creek out back was up, muddy and rolling right on. He had to go investigate. He came back up over the creek bank with a piece of a log and took it into the garage to keep himself occupied. The big lab chewed on our porches when he was a pup and this one carries wood into the garage for a big wood shavings mess. He also loves snow. I heard him coughing and it sounded like he had croup this morning. When I asked Duane what was wrong with that dog, he said that when the garage door was opened, Rascal came out and started scooping up snow in his mouth and choked himself.

Until next time, think spring and God bless!

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

All Closed

 

Braxton County Schools

All Closed

 

Calhoun County Schools

All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

All Closed

 

Pleasants County Schools

All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

All Closed

 

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

All Closed

 

Wood County Schools

All Closed

Glenville State College

2-Hour Delay

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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WV Legislative Update

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As we prepare to enter the first full week of the 2018 regular session of the Legislature, there are many unanswered questions.  The expectations were that Governor Justice would unveil his Executive branch legislative agenda during the annual State of the State address last Wednesday evening.  While I enjoyed his whiteboard illustrations and the relaxed delivery – a carryover from his 2017 address – listeners were left with a few proposals and little detail of how to fund or implement them.  However, I’m sure more details will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

My overriding concern remains as to how many of his proposals will be funded.  On the positive side, over $32 million was gained above estimates on investment returns with funds from various pension plans.  Good news, but this is one-time money and the possibility of getting a 15% return on state investments long term is extremely unlikely.

Another pocket of “found money” was revealed last Thursday during the Governor’s Office budget presentation to the House Finance Committee.  It appears that $103 million is available, as Medicaid was “overfunded”.  While any saving is good news, this raises concerns.  For years, Medicaid has needed additional funding and a large portion has been pushed back or taken from other sources.  With this revelation, it will be interesting to examine if payments to hospitals, doctors or other medical providers were delayed.  Or, since we have a waiting list of nearly three hundred aged and disabled waiting for services to be provided in-home instead of going to a nursing home.  Could some of that been used to accomplish this vital function?  Likewise, does this represent a portion of funds for the IDD waiver program?  That will be just a few of the questions that will be posed to DHHR during their budget hearing later this month.

There is no doubt that the State economy is slightly improved verses last year. However, concern remains that many of the initiatives either discussed or rumored to be introduced may be based on overly optimistic revenue projections in the next few years.  Also, critical agencies like Corrections, State Police, Higher Education and PEIA will need major funding, as well as long-promised increases for teachers, state employees and school service personnel.

High interest was generated by the budget hearing for the WV Supreme Court last Friday morning.  After some well-publicized extravagant renovations to office space, Chief Justice Allen Loughry provided the Court’s budget, which includes circuit courts, family courts and magistrate courts and their employees.

Adding to the controversy, West Virginia is one of the few states that does not place the Supreme Court budget under the oversight of the Legislature.  Constitutionally, what the Supreme Court submits for their budget is what they receive.  The Legislature cannot reduce their request.  While it has been discussed for years, the most recent publicity has renewed interest by some legislators in a state constitutional amendment being placed before the voters in November.

The WV Lottery also provided information to the Finance Committee.  Known for their conservative revenue estimates each fiscal year, they predict relatively flat revenue due to the competition from surrounding states. 

Finally, Congratulations to Braxton County High School and Gilmer County High School for being honored by the WV Department of Education.  Both are among the West Virginia schools that have achieved a graduation rate of 90% or greater.  At a time when employers are looking to locate or expand where there is an educated, drug-free workforce, high school graduation rates are a good indicator of students getting additional technical or vocational training or moving on to a college degree.

Congratulations to GCHS and BCHS for continuing to make improvements that will benefit our kids and central West Virginia, now and in the years ahead.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

State Agencies Award Nearly $100,000 in 2018 Stream Partners Grants

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have awarded $98,360 in grant funding for 21 groups as part of the Stream Partners Program.

The West Virginia Stream Partners program was established by the Legislature in Code Section 20-13 to “encourage citizens to work in partnership with appropriate state agencies so that the state’s rivers and streams are safe for swimming, fishing and other forms of recreation, can support appropriate public and commercial purposes, and can provide habitat for plant and animal life.”

The organizations receiving funding are:

    •  Buckhannon River Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Buffalo Creek Watershed Improvement Association: $5,000

    •  Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust: $5,000

    •  Coal River Group: $5,000

    •  Coal River Mountain Watch: $5,000

    •  Forks of the Coal: $2,200

    •  Fourpole Creek Watershed Organization: $3,395

    •  Friends of Blackwater: $5,000

    •  Friends of Deckers Creek: $5,000

    •  Friends of the Cheat, Inc.: $5,000

    •  Friends of the Hughes River Watershed: $5,000

    •  Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River: $5,000

    •  Greenbrier River Watershed Association: $5,000

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    •  Paint Creek Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Piney Creek Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Save the Tygart: $5,000

    •  Upper Monongahela River Association: $5,000

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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West Virginia hunters harvest 108,160 deer in 2017

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Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons. The 2017 harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803.

A breakdown of the combined 2017 deer seasons reveals 44,127 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 33,584 antlerless deer were killed during all antlerless firearm seasons, 26,206 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,243 deer were taken by muzzleloader hunters.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2017 antlerless deer harvest, which includes those taken during the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 3.5 percent less than in 2016 and 22 percent below the five-year average of 43,145.

“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 Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,703), Upshur (1,300), Ritchie (1,290), Lewis (1,258), Jackson (1,122), Roane (1,101), Wood (1,087), Braxton (1,083), Mason (1,052), and Harrison (1,014).

Hunters are reminded that the DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state on March 12 and 13 to gather comments on fall 2018 antlerless deer hunting seasons in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2017 muzzleloader harvest of 4,243 was 15 percent below the 2016 harvest of 4,997, and 26 percent below the five-year average of 5,768. The top 10 counties were: Preston (203), Randolph (194), Upshur (163), Nicholas (162), Lewis (146), Jackson (138), Greenbrier (130), Braxton (127), Harrison (126), and Fayette (124).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Season

The bow and crossbow harvest of 26,206 deer was 1.2 percent less than the 2016 harvest of 26,524, and 4 percent below the five-year average of 27,420. Archery harvests are affected by hard mast crops. The average acorn crop in 2016, followed by a better-than-average acorn crop in 2017, likely contributed to the slightly lower 2017 harvest.

More deer were harvested with a crossbow than in past years. For the first time, more deer were taken with a crossbow than a bow. The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,469), Kanawha (894), Randolph (883), Wyoming (824), Raleigh (789), Fayette (765), Wood (738), Greenbrier (722), Upshur (694), and Monongalia (694).

WEST   VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST, 2016

County

Buck-Firearms

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery/Crossbow

Total

Barbour

984

873

119

534

2,510

Brooke

175

236

13

155

579

Hancock

157

163

18

282

620

Harrison

1,017

1,014

126

634

2,791

Marion

735

809

82

509

2,135

Marshall

624

437

64

300

1,425

Monongalia

825

673

82

694

2,274

Ohio

180

152

34

202

568

Preston

1,947

1,703

203

1,469

5,322

Taylor

485

533

59

361

1,438

Tucker

817

332

73

482

1,704

Wetzel

823

723

71

311

1,928

District 1   Subtotal

8,769

7,648

944

5,933

23,294

Berkeley

753

730

64

559

2,106

Grant

1,194

599

75

363

2,231

Hampshire

1,386

959

89

381

2,815

Hardy

1,198

717

74

321

2,310

Jefferson

419

450

46

408

1,323

Mineral

1,011

706

43

381

2,141

Morgan

503

490

38

242

1,273

Pendleton

1,018

424

48

316

1,806

District 2   Subtotal

7,482

5,075

477

2,971

16,005

Braxton

1,233

1,083

127

539

2,982

Clay

481

109

34

243

867

Lewis

1,216

1,258

146

538

3,158

Nicholas

987

436

162

635

2,220

Pocahontas

1,040

249

57

324

1,670

Randolph

1,633

849

194

883

3,559

Upshur

1,025

1,300

163

694

3,182

Webster

777

562

74

511

1,924

District 3   Subtotal

8,392

5,846

957

4,367

19,562

Fayette

927

286

124

765

2,102

Greenbrier

1,628

773

130

722

3,253

McDowell

     

574

574

Mercer

593

547

62

625

1,827

Monroe

1,295

998

107

542

2,942

Raleigh

592

226

70

789

1,677

Summers

809

682

78

450

2,019

Wyoming

 

 

 

824

824

District 4   Subtotal

5,844

3,512

571

5,291

15,218

Boone

658

172

74

377

1,281

Cabell

404

290

32

208

934

Kanawha

1,046

478

64

894

2,482

Lincoln

569

338

46

258

1,211

Logan

     

507

507

Mason

867

1,052

108

535

2,562

Mingo

     

277

277

Putnam

624

612

63

397

1,696

Wayne

448

134

30

179

791

District 5   Subtotal

4,616

3,076

417

3,632

11,741

Calhoun

740

557

66

283

1,646

Doddridge

947

731

95

328

2,101

Gilmer

875

727

87

334

2,023

Jackson

1,096

1,122

138

515

2,871

Pleasants

317

298

20

162

797

Ritchie

1,338

1,290

109

501

3,238

Roane

1,186

1,101

90

489

2,866

Tyler

817

781

63

328

1,989

Wirt

734

733

91

334

1,892

Wood

974

1,087

118

738

2,917

District 6   Subtotal

9,024

8,427

877

4,012

22,340

State   Total

44,127

33,584

4,243

26,206

108,160

Lewis County Hosted State’s First Election with New Voter ID Law

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Secretary of State Mac Warner is pleased that the state’s first election to take place under the new voter identification law was successful and without any issues or problems.

On Saturday, January 6th, Lewis County hosted the state’s very first countywide election to take place since the new law took effect on January 1st. The Lewis County Commission asked voters to approve a new excess levy to support the county’s volunteer fire departments. Polls were open in 24 voting precincts from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

According to Lewis County Clerk Cindy Rowan, just about 25 percent of the county’s 9,655 registered voters participated in the Fire Levy election. Unofficial results showed that voters rejected the levy with a vote of 33 percent for and 67 percent against the measure. The County Commission will conduct an official canvas on Friday at 9 a.m.

Prior to the election, Rowan hosted poll worker training on the new voter identification law. There was also a coordinated effort with the Secretary of State’s Office to educate voters.

“I spoke with Clerk Rowan during the election on Saturday. She was confident that her poll workers, as well as Lewis County voters, were prepared for the new law. She indicated that everything was going really well,” Secretary Warner said.

According to Secretary of State Field Representative Dot Underwood who covers Lewis County, on Saturday there were a couple of questions about the new law during the day, but that every issue was addressed. All of the 2,373 residents who showed up to vote on Saturday were able to provide one of the many allowable forms of proper identification as required by law. All in-person voters were verified and no one was turned away.

Warner said he plans to talk more with Clerk Rowan and her staff next week to see what suggestions they may have to help other counties and municipalities with elections taking place over the next two months.

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Robert Gordon “Snowflake” Martin, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born on December 03, 1953 in Sutton, WV the son of Lena Johnson Martin and the late Robert Gordon Martin, Sr.  [....]  Read More

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Donna Gail Stephens

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

Nancy Jane Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 18, 2018 at her residence. She was born May 16, 1943 at Arnold’s Creek, Doddridge County, WV, the daughter the late Leeman L. and Florida Reed Gain [....]  Read More

Ilene Gay Rexroad (Riley)

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown, WV due to complications from an accident. She was born in Lewis County, WV on January 12, 1948: daughter of the late Berthy Marie (Cooper) Riley [ .... ]  Read More

Diane Underwood Linger

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Center Avenue Weston, WV ran into the arms of her Lord and Savior at sunset on January 18, 2018, at United Hospital Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Clarksburg on October 15, 1956 [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Junior Straight

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Charleston, WV passed January 16, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV. He was born November 16, 1950 in St. Mary’s, WV, the son of the late Sydney Edward and Violet Blouir Straight [....]  Read More

James “Jim” Ellsworth Kerrigan

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Cottage Ave. Weston, WV passed away 10:13 AM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the Westmoreland Hospital in Greenburg, PA.  He was born in Weston, WV on March 25, 1949 a son of the late James Clement Kerrigan Jr. and Chloe Lorene Turner Kerrigan [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Dayton Lemon

The Free Press WV Born on August 18, 1975 to James A. and Dottie (Deuly) Lemon in Weston, WV, passed on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD after a short illness. Dayton was a 1994 Braxton County High School graduate [....]  Read More

Robert Glenn Clark

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Pittsburgh, PA, died peacefully on January 10, 2018. He was born September 03, 1929, on the family farm in Lewis County, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Evelyn Pauline Simmons Dowell

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

Cheryl Marie Lantz

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 12:36 AM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.  She was born in Weston, WV on September 10, 1945 a daughter of the late Edmund Jack Campbell and Mary Eleanor Werner Campbell [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Joseph Mehlbaugher, Jr.

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

Jennings Terry Starcher

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, departed this life on January 16, 2018 at his home following an extended illness.  Terry was born March 26, 1952 in Canton, Ohio, a son of the late Edwin Neil Starcher and Wilma McGraw Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Euna Ann Reed

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Grantsville, WV passed away Friday, January 12, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Pearl Shimer Reed and Lloyd Reed. She was born in Parkersburg, WV [....]  Read More

Roy Bernard Malcomb

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Sutton, WV passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born at Sutton, WV on April 29, 1960, the son of Lee Malcomb and Anna “Butcher” Freeman [ .... ]  Read More

Emogene Cogar-Groves-Nichols-Slaughter

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on January 15, 2018 in Jane Lew, WV. She was born on January 05, 1928 in Gregory, WV the daughter of the late Bert & Iva Belle Kuhl Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Reda Mae Facemire

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

Buddy Lee Watkins

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Clarksburg, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV. He was born in Chloe, WV on March 26, 1938, son of Glenville and Mageline Watkins [....]  Read More

Robert Basnett, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Spencer, WV passed away on January 14, 2018 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on May 07, 1945, a son of the late Robert Basnett, Sr. and Virginia Lucille Kerby Basnett of Grantsville, WV [....]  Read More

Virgil Ray Tanner

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Gerald T. Campbell

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James B. “Bud” Spaur

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life suddenly on the afternoon of Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Sand Fork. Born September 22, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV, Bud is the son of the late Charles D. and Retha Gregory Spaur.  [ .... ]  Read More

Judy Ann Knight

The Free Press WVAge 68, passed away at the UCLA Monica Hospital in Los Angeles, California on January 06, 2018. Judy was born on June 30, 1949 in Elsa, Texas, the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Kathryn Dillard. She lived many years in Rio Grande Valley of South Texas before moving to Grantsville, West Virginia, and most recently to Lemoore, California [ .... ]  Read More

Bobby Neil Hartshorn

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Michael Lee McCullough

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Glenville after a courageous battle with aggressive cancer.  Born March 7, 1967 in Elyria, OH, Michael is the son of Betty Wolfe McCullough of Glenville and the late Paul McCullough who departed this life on October 29, 2004 [....]  Read More

Zane Grey Perkey

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Jerry Glen McKown

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Charles J. Moyers

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Grace Lavonne Hardman Parker,

The Free Press WV79, of Winter Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness. She was born in Pickens, WV on March 17, 1938: daughter of the late Roy Sherman Hardman and Madeline Grace (Jeffries) Hardman.  [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Jean Marple

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Lost Creek, WV on January 12, 1925: daughter of the late Fred M. Douglas and Gertie A. (Scarf) Douglas.  [ .... ]  Read More

Colten Douglas Facemire

The Free Press WVAge 5, of Sutton, WV passed away Sunday, January 07, 2018. He was born December 03, 2012, in Weston, WV to Isaac Douglas Facemire and Joy Hamric of Sutton [ .... ]  Read More

Carl D. Clark

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away January 10, 2018 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born March 21, 1934 on Ingram Ridge, in Ritchie County WV, the son of the late George W. and Tressa J. Clark [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Lee Campbell

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 30, 1943, in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Orel and Mabel Metz Campbell.  [....]  Read More

Frank Edward Wise

The Free Press WVAge 57 of Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Thursday January 11, 2018 at his residence in Glenville. Born May 31, 1960 in Pennsylvania, Frank is the son of the Kenneth Wise of Bradley Gardens, NJ;  and the late Ann E. Newell Wise.  [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Ruth Wilt

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

James David Hutter

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Vadis Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Sunday, January 07, 2018 at home following a sudden illness. He was born in Pasadena, CA on December 03, 1942: son of the late Frank and Florence Hutter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine B. Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Grantsville, WV, passed away Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg. She was born July 11, 1930 at Big Bend, WV, a daughter of the late Adrian P. Bower, Sr. and Lona D. Starcher Bower.  [ .... ]  Read More

Marlene Conrad Stewart

The Free Press WV Age 86 of Calcutta, OH passed away Tuesday December 05, 2017 at Calcutta Health Care Center, Calcutta, OH. She was born February 20, 1931 in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Blondina Dean Richards

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Monday, January 08, 2018 at her home. She was born in Calhoun County, WV on July 12, 1931, a daughter of the late Curtis and Stella Yeager Deuley [ .... ]  Read More

Dwight “Sonny” Monroe McCourt

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Heaters, WV passed away Monday, January 08, 2018, at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.  He was born at Centralia, WV on August 16, 1945 to the late Oren McCourt and Agatha (Clutter) Corbett.  [ .... ]  Read More

Doris Jean (Baxter) Simon

The Free Press WVBorn May 12th, 1940, in Flatwoods, WV, to parents Hillis and Lela Barnes passed away unexpectedly at Bosswell Medical Center on January 06, 2018. She was raised in Parkersburg attending Parkersburg High School class of 1958 [ .... ]  Read More

Mabel Ann Wine

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Pine Run Road, Orlando, WV; (Gilmer County) departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV; following an extended illness [....]  Read More

Cathy Darlene Veasey

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Frametown, WV passed away January 04, 2018 along with her sons, Charles Edward Veasey and Thomas Wayne Veasey [....]  Read More

Thomas Wayne Veasey

The Free Press WV Age 26, of Frametown, WV passed away January 04, 2018 along with his mother, Cathy Darlene Veasey and brother, Charles Edward Veasey [....]  Read More

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Clyde Chester “Micky” Parsons Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 52 of Charleston, WV, departed this earthly life to join his daddy in heaven on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Clyde was born on November 22, 1965 in Weston, WV, son of Harold and Betty Blankenship Lowther of Cedarville, WV and the late Clyde Parsons [....]  Read More

Rondle Lee McCumbers Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Normantown, WV departed this life Saturday, January 06, 2018 surrounded by family. He was born January 10, 1935 in Stumptown, WV. Rondle was the son of the late Thomas Andrew McCumbers and Edna Ernie (Hardway)McCumbers.  [....]  Read More

Albert Lee Fuhrmaneck

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Sutton, WV passed away January 03, 2018, in Sutton, WV. He was born January 06, 1955 to Frederick Fuhrmaneck and the late Mary Louise Thomas [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Hal Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Oak Hill, WV passed away at 3:27 PM on Saturday, January 06, 2018 following a brief stay in the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV. He was born in Ritchie County, WV on March 28, 1929 a son of the late Bruce Hardman and Evelyn Blye Davisson Hardman.  [ .... ]  Read More

Donley Delano Helmick

The Free Press WVAge 83, of US Highway 19 N Jane Lew, WV passed away on Saturday, January 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Braxton County on March 26, 1934: son of the late Arthur Burdell Helmick and Orpha (Gregory) Helmick.  [ .... ]  Read More

Raetta June Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Vandalia, Skin Creek Community, passed away on Saturday, January 06, 2018, in Mon General Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 18, 1942: daughter of the late Ralph Jewell and Elizabeth (Strader) Jewell of Canton, OH.  [ .... ]  Read More

Larry (Max) Shiflet

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Beatrice Elaine Sanders Brooks

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Mulberry Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 5:10 PM on Friday January 05, 2018 in the compassionate care of the staff of Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew [ .... ]  Read More

Floda Virginia Rexroad

The Free Press WV106 years young, of Weston, WV and Gassaway, WV passed away on Thursday, January 04, 2018 in Cabell Huntington Hospital following a brief illness [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth J. “Ken” Fitts

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The Free Press WVAge 74, of Leroy, WV passed away peacefully, at his home on January 03, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

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Readers' Recent Comments

Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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

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

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

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

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

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

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

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

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

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

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

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

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

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

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

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

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

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

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

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Here’s a prediction for you:

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

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

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

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

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

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

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

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

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

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

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

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

By watcher on 10.01.2017

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

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

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

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

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

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

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

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

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

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

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

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

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

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

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

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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