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GSC Honors Seven at Annual Alumni Banquet

Glenville State College alumni and friends gathered on campus for the 2018 Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 28 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. Those in attendance enjoyed a dinner buffet and the presentation of the 2018 GSC Alumni Association Awards.

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GSC Alumni Award Recipients (l-r) Thomas Gallagher, Bob Marshall, Coach Kim Stephens, Monica Beane, Bill Frost, Tonya Propst, and Matt Lamb

The evening’s prestigious Alumna of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Monica (Null) Beane ‘96, a native of Wirt County, West Virginia. The award is given to a graduate of Glenville State College for outstanding contributions in their chosen field or for outstanding personal accomplishments. Beane joined Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a Client Relations Director in 2017. In this role, she serves as the first line of contact for their clients in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. Beane has over 20 years of educational experience, including posts as the Executive Director of the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure at the West Virginia Department of Education, an elementary school principal, and multiple teaching positions. In her most recent position as Executive Director of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, she was charged with continuing the Commission’s commitment to equality, implementing the legislatively approved licensure redesign, updating professional practice standards, and overseeing the movement to national accreditation for all Oregon educator preparation programs.

“My advice for the group would be to follow your heart - it’s easy to stay where things are comfortable, but taking a risk and following your heart is worth it in the end. I have always loved the classroom and education and when I traveled around West Virginia in my previous job visiting schools, I could walk into a room and tell who was a Glenville graduate. They were always the most passionate and inspirational teachers in the school. This award isn’t about me, it’s for all of us teachers,” said Beane.

The Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Thomas Gallagher ‘63. This award is given to a graduate who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field. Shortly after graduating from Parkersburg High School, Gallagher enlisted in the United States Air Force. After four years of service and being honorably discharged, Gallagher enrolled at Glenville State College where he was a member of the 1959 championship football team and received a secondary teaching degree in biology and physical education. After graduation from GSC, Gallagher served 21 years as a commissioned officer in the Air Force. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1985, he received the Air Force’s Legion of Merit award, established the first 9-1-1 center in York County, Virginia for the local fire and sheriff departments, held a superintendent positon in the Department of Environmental Services, and received five National Association of Counties awards.

“Anywhere I go, I’m always proud to say that I am a Glenville State College graduate. Dr. [Harry] Heflin and the talented faculty and staff helped shape me into the person and leader that I am today. My work over the years has never been about me, it’s been about my team and completing our mission,” said Gallagher.

Bob Marshall ‘66 was recognized with the Alumni Service Award at the banquet. This award is reserved for those who continue to give their all to the College. Marshall is the immediate past president of the Alumni Association (2015-2017) and serves as a GSC Foundation Board member. He received a Business Administration degree with minors in History and English from Glenville State College and has been a successful State Farm Insurance Agent for the past 47 years in Vienna, West Virginia. Along with his insurance career, he has served as a member of the Vienna Planning Commission and as a Vienna City Councilman.

“Anytime we achieve success it’s because somebody has been willing to help us, and it’s everyone pulling together that makes true success. Being one of Glenville’s alumni makes it easy to succeed because you become part of a support system like no other institution has,” said Marshall.

The Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Dr. Tonya (Gray) Propst ‘91, a native of Kanawha County, West Virginia. This award is given to someone who has distinguished themselves during their teaching career. Propst is an Associate Professor of Music Education and Horn at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty at Coastal she led successful middle and high school band programs in West Virginia and South Carolina. She has been a guest conductor for several honor bands in North and South Carolina as well as an adjudicator and clinician. Propst has extensive horn performance experience throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and the coastal North and South Carolina region and currently is a member of the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in Myrtle Beach. Propst also serves as the South Carolina horn representative for the International Horn Society.

“‘Teaching magic’ was a term that Mr. [Harry] Rich coined. You can teach content and curriculum but you can’t teach ‘teaching magic.’ It just hit me over the past few years that ‘teaching magic’ is a fundamental truth, it’s a truth that every outstanding educator has compassion and kindness to connect with a student on their level. I continue to pay it forward to my own students and am thankful for my professors in the GSC music department who continue to see the potential and opportunity in each of their students,” said Propst.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to John Matthew Lamb ‘05. This award is presented to a male graduate who has achieved early and remarkable success in his career. Lamb, a native of Lewis County, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Environmental Technology in 2005. Lamb joined Dominion Energy in 2006 as a field worker in Leesburg, Virginia and continued his education by completing a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College. Upon graduating with honors in 2015, Lamb continued to grow his career in Pennsylvania pipeline operations with Dominion Energy, holding several management roles. Lamb continues his career with Dominion Energy Transmission and currently is the Director of Eastern Operations where he oversees the operations and maintenance of Dominion’s pipeline assets from central Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

“I have nothing but great memories from my time at GSC and being back on campus has given me time to reflect on some of those memories. The High Adventure program along with the whole Department of Land Resources helped shape me into the person I am today and instilled the values in me that led me to be successful. Glenville offered me an excellent education without the burden of being in a large amount of debt,” said Lamb.

The Outstanding Young Alumna Award was presented to Kim Stephens ‘11 a Wood County, West Virginia native. This award is presented to a female graduate who has achieved early and remarkable success in her career. Initially joining the Lady Pioneer coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2012, Stephens helped lead GSC’s 2012-13 team to a regular season WVIAC Conference Championship and saw the team advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, she became the head assistant coach at Sacramento State University where, during her three seasons with the Lady Hornets, the team had two 18 win seasons and made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the WNIT in 2015. Stephens returned to her alma mater as head coach of the women’s basketball program in 2016. Since that time, she has been named the MEC Coach of the Year and her team has won two MEC regular season championships, a tournament championship, made NCAA tournament appearances, and led the nation in several statistics. Her current record as the Lady Pioneer Head Coach is 55-8, including a 26 game home win streak.

“At Sacramento State things were good and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come back, but then I remembered how much you are loved by the community. My coaching years have been just as great as my playing years. GSC and the Glenville community mean so much to me – they’ve not only helped shape my career, but also my life,” said Stephens.

The Community Service Award was presented to William ‘Bill’ Frost ‘69, a native of Belpre, Ohio. This award is given to a graduate who has distinguished himself in community service. Frost is a United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War Era and a retired educator from the Logan Elm School District in Pickaway County, Ohio. Frost is a certified hunter safety instructor and has been conducting private and public courses since 1980. He is a member of the Pickaway County Chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership and, in 2010, launched the first disabled veteran’s hunt in that county. Since its beginning, the number of participants has tripled. Frost says he is dedicated to providing veterans with relaxation, means to forget about their disabilities, and inspiration to participate in the activities they enjoy. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the State’s Outstanding ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen’ event award in 2015, and was a 2016 inductee into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

“I like to think of my community service efforts with disabled veterans as a ‘labor of love’ rather than work. What started out as a small group has grown to an event that has more than 100 volunteers and I couldn’t be happier. I have coached football for years and loved it but I think I love this more because there are no defeats – it’s all wins,” said Frost.

As part of the evening’s program Dr. Bill Deel ‘58, past Alumni Association President, GSC Board of Governors member, and GSC Foundation Board Vice Chair, paid tribute to three graduates of the College who had passed away in the last year and were dedicated members of the Alumni Association. Being recognized in memoriam were: The Honorable Billy B. Burke ‘77, Professor Emeritus George D. Harper ‘70, and Lisa Michelle ‘Shelly’ (Hardman) Kraus ‘92. Family representatives of these three alumni were in attendance at the banquet.

For more information about Alumni Affairs at Glenville State College or to nominate one of our graduates for one of the Alumni Association’s awards, contact Alumni Director Debra Nagy via e-mail at , by phone locally at 304.462.4122, or toll-free at 866.239.0285.

Pat’s Chat

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We had a celebration during our Fellowship Dinner at church for our two high school graduates, Angie Scott and Ike Petty.  Their cake was decorated with two graduate hats.  Angie and her family attended and Ike’s family came, too.  They are no longer children!  They are young adults.  We wish them well as they step out into new roles in life.  We pray for their safety and success.

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?Graduate cake with two of the hats to represent the two graduates from Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist church family.

Courtney Eskew was one of the creators of Noah’s Ark as a float for the Strawberry Festival and it won FIRST PLACE!!  Their group is called Focus 412 like (as in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.“  They are with the Church is Full Gospel, led by Pastor Chad Lewis.  This fantastic “Ark” is made with toilet paper and paper towel rolls, which my family saved for them for several weeks, as I am sure all their church members also saved.  Notice the balloon and paper “water” and the “clouds” floating up at the top, the animals (represented by animal masks on each of the lucky Ark inhabitants).  A marvelously crafted float.  I am proud of those young people!

Only eight people were saved on the ark, even though Noah preached for 120 years and tried to help them be ready.  I am sure many people were “saved” but laid to rest before the final destructive flood came, and now God’s everlasting gospel has to be preached to all nations, and people groups to help them prepare for the second coming.  It is God’s will that everyone be saved as it says in I Timothy 2:4, and “to come unto the knowledge of the truth.“  It is so sad that some will refuse to listen.  There are two forces in the world we live in.  Number One, we have God’s loving mercy and grace and Number 2, we have the created being, Lucifer, who chose to leave God and were finally forced to leave Heaven and come to this earth.  Sadly, members of God’s new creation chose to listen to him, Lucifer, also called the devil and Satan, and one-third of God’s angels who chose to follow him.  Flip Wilson was right about there being an evil “force” - but he was wrong when he said, “The devil made me do it.“  No, the devil tempted him, but it was his choice to follow him instead of the loving God.

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Pastor Rick Cutright and his wife, Bonnie with Angie Scott, one of the graduates.

Jesus will soon be coming back to collect His people prior to re-creating the earth to a beautiful planet it used to be, without all the water that now covers it.  The devil is so mad at God because he is confined to earth and cannot go to meetings in Heaven anymore as you can read about in the book of Job, or visit other planets.  He is trying to get his revenge because he knows he has only a short time before the lake of fire will “devour, some translations say consume” him (see Revelation 20:9) and those who choose to follow him.  His revenge is to pull God’s children whom the devil knows God loves so much, away from Him and into the “pleasures” of sin.  God is for us, the devil is against us, and it will be OUR choice where we end up.  Either in the Lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:41) or in the earth made new where God’s children will live eternally, with ability to go the other planets or explore the galaxies.  If you do not know God, you can easily find Him.  Read Jeremiah 29:13 - which says you will find Him when you search for Him with all your heart.  He has the whole book (Bible) full of directions, and the “recipe” for eternal life is in there - the book that Satan has tried numerous times to destroy.

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The Scott family, back row, Angie’s mother Wanda, brother Barry, father Bucky.
Front row seated, Angie, her grandmother, Betty Shock, and sister Courtney.


The Lake of fire is called eternal because it cannot be quenched.  It will devour, consume into ashes whoever chooses to refuse God’s rescue.  It will burn only as long as there is something to be devoured or consumed.  The Bible is clear that in the New Earth there will be no more pain or death,(see and memorize Revelation 21:4), so to believe that a loving God would torture people eternally for their short life of sin, or long life of sin is just one of the devil’s many lies.  Read the Bible and find the truth. 

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Ark from Strawberry Festival, first place


WV Legislative Update


The traffic seems worse each time we make the trip south, but it was well worth the inconvenience last weekend, as we celebrated two birthdays and a graduation.  Our daughter, Jessica and eldest grandson Collin have birthdays just two days apart, so we always try to visit for a few days on or near their birthdays.  Meanwhile, our nephew, Jacob Walker, graduated from Firefighter Training School in Charleston, SC last Friday, so we attended his graduation and his taking the oath of Firefighter.  The small class of 18 – including Chris McGee, a West Virginia native of Boone County and Huntington firefighter – completed the lengthy training together with Jacob.

The rumored on again and off again special session was indeed called by Governor’s proclamation late last week.  However, the anticipated original reason for the call – modifications to the sports betting legislation to include an “integrity fee” to professional sports – was not included, due to an outpouring of negative reactions by legislators and the gaming facilities that are likely to purchase a license to participate.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court paves the way for states to begin this activity.  For better or worse, it’s about to begin in our State, possibly by July 1.

What was included on the call is as follows, taken from the Governor’s proclamation:

May 20-22, 2018 Special Session Agenda & Summaries

1.        Department of Arts, Culture & History

This bill moves the Division of Culture & History from the recently eliminated Department of Arts because of the recent approval of Enrolled Committee Substitute for HB 4006 (2018). The new state entity will be the Department of Arts, Culture & History. The Commissioner of Culture and History will become the Curator of Arts, Culture & History. The Curator will report directly to the Governor.

2.        Survivor Benefit Retroactive

This bill amends the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 625 (2018). The bill allows for a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2018. It eliminates the one-payment requirement. It provides a distribution of payments consistent with intestate statutes if there is no beneficiary designated by the decedent.

3.        Fleet Bill Clean Up

This bill addresses technical issues and clarifies language to the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for House Bill 4015 (2018) that reformed the management of state vehicles. The bill removes ambiguous language related to traffic citations and perjury. It cures conflicts related to the promulgation of legislative rules. It also fixes an erroneous code citation.

4.        Human Trafficking Bill Clean Up

This bill provides clarifying language and addresses technical issues contained in Enrolled Committee Substitute for HB 4169 (2018). The bill modifies the type of business or establishments required to post human trafficking notices. It also modifies the criminal penalties for violating the section.

5.        Physical Therapy Compact Bill Clean Up

This bill addresses technical issues in the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for SB 456 (2018). The bill conforms the provisions of the model act provided by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission to allow West Virginia to become a participating member.  Otherwise, West Virginia cannot participate in the multi-state licensure compact.

6.        Tax Sale Notice/ Issuance of Deeds

This bill moves timeframes and dates for the notice/issuance of deeds sought by a purchaser of property at a tax sale. The dates must be moved to provide more time to perfect service of notice to redeem for land owners. There was a recent federal court ruling requiring additional notice to be given which is not accounted for in our current statutory timeframes.

7.        Supplemental Appropriation Bills

A.        DHHR supplemental

This supplemental appropriation bill addresses technical issues in the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for SB 152- the Budget Bill. The supplemental appropriation bill includes language erroneously left out of the budget bill that funds the tobacco education program.

B.        DMAPS supplemental

This supplemental appropriation bill appropriates $555,000 to the Adjutant General’s Military Authority – Surplus account.  These funds will be used for the following:

  • $55,000 to contract for a feasibility study to validate prior findings of the WV Army National Guard regarding design and construction of a new facility to house multiple DMAPS agencies; and
  • $500,000 to fund Partnership Coordinators to develop defense industry opportunities for WV businesses.  Their priority over the next few years will be building opportunities with Qatar.

Also, this supplemental appropriation bill appropriates $495,000 to the Division of Justice and Community Services’ Law Enforcement Training – Surplus account.  These funds will be used for the following:

  • $255,000 for the WV State Police Academy staffing; and
  • $270,000 for 2 Basic classes at the WV State Police Academy.

A final bill was added to the agenda regarding banking regulations for the medical cannabis, but as it was not included on the call from the Governor, it will take two-thirds of members from each house to sign a petition to take up the bill.  The special session will run concurrently with the May interim meetings on the same dates, thereby avoiding additional expense to taxpayers.

To conclude this week, I join with all our citizens to offer our heartfelt congratulation to the Class of 2018 grads from BCHS and GCHS.  We’re proud of your accomplishments and look forward to great things in the next chapter of your lives. 

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  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  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 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

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.

Glenville State College and New River CTC Sign Guaranteed Admission Agreement

Glenville State College and New River Community and Technical College signed an agreement today making it easier for students who earn an associate degree to earn their bachelor’s degree.

Under the new agreement, New River CTC students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed admission to Glenville State. Students transferring must meet the same prerequisites, GPA, and other admission criteria when applying to programs at GSC. The two institutions will work collaboratively to admit students and facilitate the admissions process.

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(seated) Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellet and New River Community and Technical College President Dr. L. Marshall Washington sign agreement documents between the two institutions; they are joined by (standing) GSC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Morris and New River CTC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Richard B. Pagan

The agreement becomes effective immediately.

“This agreement symbolizes a shared and renewed attitude of cooperation and collaboration that will benefit all of West Virginia. We see this agreement as only a beginning of future partnering opportunity,” said Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

“New River CTC is committed to providing accessible, affordable, quality education to our region. This agreement makes the process of continuing education easier for our students and supports our mission by giving students another opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree close to where they live and work,” New River CTC President Dr. L. Marshall Washington said.

The two schools have a history of cooperation in southern West Virginia serving students in Nicholas County.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus, Mercer County Campus, Nicholas County Campus, and Raleigh County Campus.

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West Virginia 2018 spring turkey harvest largest in 15 years

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According to preliminary data gathered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 percent increase over 2017.

This year’s harvest also is more than 10 percent above the 10-year average, said Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

All but two DNR districts reported an increase over 2017 harvest figures. Districts 4 and 5 were the only two districts with fewer harvested birds this year. Counties in District 1 harvested the most birds again this year with 3,416, followed by District 6 (2,651), District 5 (1,811), District 4 (1,515), District 3 (1,805) and District 2 (1,076).

The five counties with the largest harvest were Preston (553), Mason (468), Jackson (460), Harrison (440) and Marshall (417).

Youth hunters harvested 431 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 14. Those numbers, along with county totals, are included in the table below.

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Lambert Receives Student Leadership Award

Donald Lambert, a 2018 Glenville State College graduate, has been selected as the 2018-19 Student Leadership Award recipient. He is the son of John and Crystal Lambert of Elkins, West Virginia.

One nomination for the award said that Lambert, “absolutely bursts with energy” and that his drive “immediately draws other students to follow his initiatives.” A professor calls him a “respectful organizer” and a “good, kind young man” who is goal-oriented and knows how to achieve the things he wants in life.

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Student Leadership Award Recipient Donald Lambert (left) with Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett

“To have my name called in a room full of people that were just as qualified as me was an honor. To have professors believe what I had done not only at GSC, but at home as well, was worthy of being nominated for the Student Leadership Award, I owe it to them,” Lambert said of receiving the award. “This award is a sort of closing of a chapter in my life. I gave GSC three years of my life and being involved in different organizations and functions throughout that time, to be recognized makes me feel like the hard work was appreciated,” he added.

Lambert plans to continue his education by obtaining a Master’s Degree in History and National Security Studies from American Military University.

During his time at GSC, Lambert served as president of Greek Council, president of social science honor society Pi Gamma Mu, vice president of social fraternity Alpha Xi Omega, and Chief Student Marshal.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading history, science fiction, and mystery novels, along with hiking, biking, and visiting GSC’s gun range.

“What I’ll miss most about being at GSC is having faculty and staff that care about the students. It wouldn’t matter if it were during office hours or at a meal time, if a professor knew you or you had a question for them, that professor would take time out for you,” he said, reflecting on his years at Glenville State.

Lambert joins 44 other graduates who have received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award at GSC since 1977. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.

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CJ Student Participates in Internship on Golden State Killer Task Force

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Last May, recent Glenville State College criminal justice graduate Tori Peterson was selected to participate in a summer internship with the Orange County (California) District Attorney’s Office. Peterson was an Investigative Assistant Intern and, as part of her duties, was assigned to the Golden State Killer (GSK) task force where she worked under Investigator Erika Hutchcraft.

The ongoing work of that task force, along with other investigators, paid off recently with the arrest of former police officer Joseph DeAngelo. Authorities believe DeAngelo to be the Golden State Killer, who committed scores of crimes in California between 1974 and 1986 including 12 murders, approximately 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries.

The now 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on April 24.

“This was an incredible opportunity and I am so blessed to be able to help continue on this case. Glenville State College has propelled me to further my education in numerous ways,” Peterson said. “Glenville’s Criminal Justice program not only played a part in being selected on the GSK case, but also getting fifteen law school offers,” she added.

Peterson will be attending Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law this fall while also continuing on the GSK task force during breaks.

“I can’t make a comment about DeAngelo or the current facts of the case, but I will say that the victims of this case deserved justice, and it is an unbelievable feeling to know that I was able to help bring that to them,” Peterson said.

“Ms. Peterson is an exceptional student who exhibits a strong work ethic that reflects the caliber of students graduating from the Criminal Justice program at Glenville State College. To have had the experience to work on a task force in the Golden State Killer case is a tremendous opportunity. To be collectively involved as a team member and providing input into the case is profound. Without question, Ms. Peterson will undoubtedly bring positive social change in criminal justice when she graduates and steps out into her chosen career,” said Ken Lang, Chair of GSC’s Department of Criminal Justice.

During her time at GSC, Peterson was a member of the College’s Acrobatics and Tumbling Team and the criminal justice fraternity Sigma Pi Xi in addition to serving as a Resident Assistant.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 16, 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.


Boneva Ellyson Terry Ellyson
Gary R. Ellyson
Edwin P. Ellyson
2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351
1325 Turkey Creek Right Hand Fork, Brenton, WV 24818
170 Meldahl Rd, Washington, WV 26181
Doris M. Roberts Gina L. Schweinsberg 551 Henry Camp Road
St. Marys, WV 26170
Willis Kemper Steven Kemper 561 Ogden Street
Mt. Hope, WV 25880
Murry Dean Sayre
  aka Murray Dean Sayre
Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351
Janice H. Davis
  aka Janice Marie Davis
Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 17, 2018

Pat’s Chat

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What a wonderful weekend after the fog of our weeks of struggling with illness here at our house!  First, Sabbath services were so glorious.  Song service included some favorite songs, which Bill Elmer picked out; then he told us an interesting story and quickly turned it over to the study from our exciting quarterly, Preparation for the End Time. The Holy Spirit helped as all of the members pitched in to emphasize some of the interesting points about Daniel’s prophecy telling us about Someone who would speak against the Most High and intend to change “times and the laws” in Daniel 7.  Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8 and Matthew 4:17, 18 assure us that God does NOT change.  (“I change not,” He says!).  Jesus, as He taught, “amplified” the law by showing that the commandments go deeper than just not killing, not coveting, not committing adultery, etc.  He explained that these “sins” begin in the heart, such hating is usually the prerequisite of murder, and thoughts in the heart can lead to adultery.  Yes, the laws were there to show us what “sin” is, but that the simple keeping of the laws cannot save us.  Only accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins can bring salvation to us.  We talked about when the weekly day of worship, Sabbath, was changed to Sunday, not by an edict from God but by that Someone who would think or intend to make the change.  Whew!  Next week we will be delving into the predictions in Matthew 24 and 25 dealing with false messiahs and false prophets who will, if possible, deceive the elect (or the greatest, most dedicated Christians).  To me, these studies are very exciting.  Come join us at 9:30 on Saturday morning.

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During the church service, the children sang and read poems to honor Mother’s Day.  Children are the most fun part of any service.  The sermon was a rousing one, brought to us by Roy Waybright who never preaches from the pulpit, but instead walks up and down the aisle, up to the pulpit and all around.  He had given us each a card and asked us write down five reasons we wanted to go to Heaven.  One of the reasons given was that they wanted to see Roy there.  Several told him they wanted him to continue that message, so he promises to do that the next time he does the sermon.  (Very few members of us doze off when Roy preaches.)

To help my granddaughter whose husband is afflicted by ME/CFS.  Myalgic-encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rare disease for which more funding is needed for research to try to help those suffering from what can be a very debilitating illness.  Here is a website:

Sunday morning the men of our church cooked breakfast for all of the women of the church (mothers or not).  Delicious!  Not everyone showed up, but they missed the fun.  Later in the day Chuck Bucklew, Cheryl Bucklew, Mary Ann Bucklew and I went to Audrey’s for the meal of our choice, also delicious.  We also visited our Aunt (or Great-Aunt) Jean Haymond at the beautiful Serenity Care facility.  If you want to see some of those things, go on Facebook to my website or Mary Ann’s.

Cannot forget that the four of us stopped at Brake’s for dessert.  Delicious!  What a wonderful weekend.


CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion

This is the beginning stages of a new pavilion with a roasting underground fire pit .

Gilmer County Park and Recreation has gotten donations from the lions club for $2,000.00 and 4-H leaders for $500.00 .

Also Mr. Ike Morris donated all the pipe for the studs over the roasting pit.

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(L-R) Jeff Owens of Bridgeport, Mike Williams of Buckhannon, and Bert Jedamski of Sand Fork

Jack Maccartney Dillion Hashman welded the pipe tresses.

Nick Cox and his Ag Mechanics class from Gilmer County High School layed out the footer.

Nick Cox came back and dig out fir the footer.

Gilmer County Recreation Center wants to thank each and everyone who has help with this project so far .

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

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Jeanette Riffle: Coffee Grinders

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One of our friends was looking for a coffee grinder to grind her own coffee beans and that brought back some memories to us. Duane’s folks had one and he said he and his cousin played with it when they were kids and tore it up. His Aunt Susie told him that when she was growing up, you bought green coffee beans and roasted them yourself.  The one she had at the Shock log cabin was made out of wood. The grinder and crank of course were metal. They put the beans in the top and when they turned the crank, the coffee came out in a little drawer. They pulled the drawer out and poured the coffee into the pot and then filled the pot up with water. No coffee filters back then.  His Uncle Ralph Perrine had coffee in the store and they used it. He doesn’t remember them grinding coffee after he came there. It was already ground and in bags or cans.  I remember my parents getting coffee at the A & P store in Glenville. That store smelled so good.

As soon as you walked in you could see a cashier grinding coffee beans right up front of the checkout isle.  Another thing that I liked from A & P was the Spanish Bar.  Mom always had a sweet tooth and would bring home one whole brown bag of baked things… angel food cake for my oldest brother, honey buns or pecan rolls, Spanish Bar and something chocolate for the chocolate lovers.

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Mamaw Warner had this huge coffee pot that was real fat at the bottom and smaller at the top. She would get up and make a big pot of coffee every morning and just drink on it all day. In the afternoon she would take a break with a cup of coffee and a couple of her Dutch Cakes. They were big round cookies flavored with nutmeg and lemon.  The old folks put crushed egg shells in the coffee pot. One person has told me it was to keep the grounds down and another said it was to take the bitterness out.  I remember Mom saying that she didn’t drink the last few sups of her coffee because some grounds settled in the bottom of her cup. Some people poured a little hot coffee in their saucer to cool it down, so they could start sipping on it.

I had a friend in Michigan that bought her coffee beans at the coffee shop in a mall. When spring came, and the sun had the enclosed porch all warmed up, she would call me early of a morning and tell me to get up and come over for some sunshine, apple cobbler and good fresh coffee. Sometimes she made rhubarb cobbler, as they grew rhubarb along one side of their house. They, like us, lived in a suburbia and there wasn’t room for a big garden, but you could grow a few things along fences or at the back of the property. She kept half and half in the fridge and that really made that strong coffee taste good.  This friend was a country girl like me. She grew up in a tar shack up north and knew the country ways. She and her husband had a nice brick home in Taylor, Michigan, not too far from us. It only took me about 20 minutes to drive over there. I met her at the choir of a Baptist church in Taylor.

I can’t remember for sure when instant coffee came along but Mom sure went through a lot of jars of that. It seemed like she was forever sending Dad to the store after more coffee.  She sometimes would share a jar of coffee with a neighbor that came to visit.

I remember this lady would get a coffee headache when they ran out of coffee, and she would walk to our house to have coffee with Mom. They didn’t have a car.

Some of you can remember those coffee cups that came in boxes of detergent. I think it was Fab. Sometimes it was a saucer or a plate.  That was exciting to open up a box of detergent and dig down and see what was in there each time. Those dishes were a light green color.  I don’t think Mom ever did get the complete set, though. You couldn’t tell what was in the box. It was a surprise each time.

Until next week, take care and God bless!

GCHS Senior Candidates for Graduation

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25th, Gilmer County High School’s Class of 2018 will take their next step into the journey to tomorrow as they receive their diplomas in the annual Commencement Ceremony. 

The Commencement Ceremony will be held at Glenville State College’s Waco Center, followed by a brief reception honoring the Class of 2018. 

The public is cordially invited to join the celebration to commemorate the achievement of this milestone in the lives of these students.

This year’s Valedictorian is Ashlee White

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Ashlee is the daughter of Nelson and Tina White of Normantown, West Virginia.  Ashlee plans on attending Fairmont State University to study Nursing, and plans on becoming an Emergency Room Nurse.  Ashlee ultimately wants to further her education and become a become a Physician’s Assistant. 

The Salutatorian for this year is Alexandria Richison

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She is the daughter of Cody and Patricia Hughes of Glenville West Virginia.  Alexandria is planning on attending Fairmont State University to study Civil Engineering, and plans to work as designer of technical schematics for business and industry. 

The following are candidates to graduate with Highest Honors: (in no particular order):

Samantha Lamb

Miah Moss

Cynthia Murphy

Haley Wanstreet

Hunter Self

Alexandra Garrett

Sada Wright

Keaton Moore

Caleb Skinner

Bayley Wellings

Ashley Evans

Nicholas Junkins

Ruthann Cain

The graduate candidates with High Honors include: (in no particular order):

Naomy Brodeur

Mary Katherine Skidmore

Jacob Persinger

Mikah Martin

Victoria Black

Evan Jedamski

Courtney Moore

Tyler Frashure

The following students are graduate candidates with Honors (in no particular order):

Devin Paxson

Marea Jordan

Jesse Marks

Ashley See

Raven Loyd

Emily Price

Jordan Brown

Cassidy Wine

Gunnar Haley

Madison Coleman

The following students are also candidates for graduation this year (again, in no particular order):

John Logan Pritt

Anthony LaGrone

Joshua Marks

Dalton Peters

Tyanna Wimer

Chris Kennedy

Ryan Emerson

Austin Clark

Alissa Isenhart

Kelsey Meadows

Emmie Glass-Hotch

Rachelle Bennett

Taylor Nicholas

Trayton Goodrich

Kayla Seawell

Matthew Self

Maggie Roberts

Brooklynne Hottle

Caleb Collins

Benny McCune

Jose Garcia

Lane Busam

Autumn Fields

Jeremiah Blake

Tyler Connor

Summer Carder

Lanta Busam

Jonathan Murphy

Courtney Stewart

It should be noted that this list is tentative and contingent upon students successfully completing their remaining coursework before they are eligible to graduate from Gilmer County High School.  Join us in wishing the graduating class of 2018 the best of luck in the future.

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WV Scholar semifinalists named

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Fifteen West Virginia high school juniors have been named semifinalists in the 11th West Virginia Scholar program and remain in the running for a full scholarship at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The following students were named Monday as semifinalists:

Easton Perry
Ripley, WV
Ripley High School

Jackson Johnson
Charleston, WV
George Washington High School

Sarah Heilman
Wheeling, WV
Wheeling Park High School

Cameron Whetzel
Philippi, WV
Philip Barbour High School

Lydia Knutsen
Glen Dale, WV
John Marshall High School

Alanna Claypool
Clarksburg, WV
Apostolic Christian Academy

Bailey Withrow
Lewisburg, WV
Greenbrier East High School

Kameron Lucky
Summersville, WV
New Life Christian Academy

Elysia Cain
Salem, WV
Liberty High School

ShaiAnne Williams
Webster Springs, WV
Webster County High School

Christopher Neighbors
Charles Town, WV
Washington High School

Katherine Marks
Wellsburg, WV
Brooke High School

Cole Kleppner
Inwood, WV
Musselman High School

Tyler Gray
Upperglade, WV
Webster County High School

Shaylen Chenoweth
Elkins, WV
Elkins High School

Interviews with the semifinalists will now be scheduled. The list of 15 will be trimmed to 10 finalists. Finalists will be announced May 25. Online voting will take place from May 25 through June 15. The scholarship winner will be announced June 21 at the 2018 WV Scholar Awards Luncheon at West Virginia Wesleyan.

The winner will receive a full-ride scholarship at Wesleyan valued at $160,000. Other scholarships will also be awarded.

The program is in partnership with MetroNews. Other sponsors include West Virginia Hospital Association, ZMM Architects, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Forestry Association, Architectural Interior Products, INC, RBC Wealth Management, West Virginia Farm Bureau and KOMAX Business Systems.

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The Free Press WV High water after heavy rain shuts down roads, closes schools in West Virginia to start the new week [ .... ]  Read More

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Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Glenville, WV; formerly of Normantown, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born January 23, 1940 at Lockney, WV, Carol is the daughter of the late Edgar Lytle and Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Jane Crouse

The Free Press WVAge 81, longtime resident of Alumn Bridge, WV, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at home following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on September 28, 1936: daughter of the late Jacob Cawthon and Eva Gladine [ .... ]  Read More

David Charles Pritt

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Sand Fork, WV, went to be with the lord in the early morning hours of Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born April 19, 1947 in Glenville, WV, David is the son of the late Ralph and Ruby Lamb Pritt [ .... ]  Read More

Sharon Kay Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Linger Run Road, Horner, WV passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in the comfort of her home following an extended illness. She was born in Morgantown, WV on May 23, 1952 a daughter of the late Charles “Dink” Skinner and Phyllis Marie Burkshire.  [ .... ]  Read More

Karen Sue (Kerby) Stallman

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Dorset, Ohio passed away peacefully on May 16,2018, at her home. She was born in Annamoriah, WV, the daughter of the late Freddie & Helen Kerby [ .... ]  Read More

Erseline Leon Gainer Rumbach

The Free Press WVAge 78, of McWhorter Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away Saturday morning, May 19, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Clarksburg, WV on March 08, 1940 a daughter of the late Ersel Leo Gainer and Madaline Pearl Dodd Gainer [ .... ]  Read More

Teressa Ann (Jenkins) Stump

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Clarksburg, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV gained her angel wings and went to be with our Lord on May 18, 2018 at home after a short illness [....]  Read More

Carrol Diane Ricketts

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Old Route 33E, Horner, WV passed away at 3:23 AM on Friday, May 18, 2018 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on August 01, 1946 a daughter of the late Robert Edward Myers and Virginia Francis Cogar Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Walter “Beep” Toppings Jr.

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be Lord on May 17, 2018 at the Miletree Nursing home in Spencer, WV. He was born on June 01, 1930 in Logan County, WV to the late Walter Toppings and Alberta Mae (Stallings) Toppings [ .... ]  Read More

Dennis “Frank” McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 67, departed this life on May 18, 2018 at his residence. He was born on August 26, 1950 in Harrisville, WV a son of the late Dennis Edward and Mary Jett McDonald [....]  Read More

Michael “Mike” Dallas Stamper

The Free Press WV Age 44, of Copperhead Road, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his residence as a result of respiratory issues. He was born in Weston, WV on December 21, 1973 a son of the late Raymond Stamper and Judith Ann Hartley Stamper.  [....]  Read More

Wilda Jean Pierce Kidder

The Free Press WVof St. Marys, WV passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Jean was born in Doddridge County, WV to the late Benjamin Pierce and Wilda Kathleen Tucker on February 40, 1946 [ .... ]  Read More

Michael G. Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 14, 2018 at home. He was born August 11, 1960 to the late Corbett See and Ruth Elaine Short [....]  Read More

Susan Paulette Arey

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born August 28, 1953 in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Dale Flint and Carolyn Rosalie Lantz Riggs [....]  Read More

Lora Faye Tomblin

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness. Born July 12, 1928 in Gordo, Alabama, Faye is the daughter of the late Andy A. and Lola Mae Pate Webb [....]  Read More

Frances Barbera McCauley

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Sugar Maple Dr. in Weston, WV passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following a brief illness. She was born in Corning, New York on August 16, 1929 a daughter of the late Frank Barbera and Maria Cubello of Calabria, Italy [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Jo Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born June 10, 1947 in Covington, KY, the daughter of the late James Henry Taylor and Gladys Lucille Jenkins [....]  Read More

Frances Madge Chadwell

The Free Press WVAge 91, peacefully departed this life on May 14,2018, at her daughter’s home in Weston, WV, after a long illness. She was born Aug. 27,1926, on Linn Camp Run at Normantown, WV, the daughter of Frank and Olga (Kennedy) James [ .... ]  Read More

Derek Shane Funk

The Free Press WVAge 27, of Frametown, WV passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home. He was born February 09, 1991 a son of Danny and Terri Funk [ .... ]  Read More

Buster Lee Myers

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 11, 2018.  He was born May 05, 1936 in Wheeler, WV.  He was the son of the late Hoy V. Myers and Sylvia G. Bickel Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Robin Kay Forinash

The Free Press WVAge 61, of the Craigmoor community, Mt. Clare, WV passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 11, 1956: daughter of the late Edward Blaine and Loretta Ware (Williams) Harbert [ .... ]  Read More

Eleanor K. Ballard

The Free Press WVAge 99, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Bayville, NJ, passed away on May 02, 2018. She was born on September 05, 1918 in Hillside, NJ to Frank and Ella Kubick [ .... ]  Read More

Loreta Gay Kemper Suarez

The Free Press WVof Morgantown, West Virginia, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, surrounded by family at River Oaks Nursing Facility in Clarksburg following a sudden decline in health. Loreta was born at Newberne, Gilmer County, West Virginia, on August 22, 1914, to the late Willie Nay and Flora (Ellyson) Kemper [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Joan Ables

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Westfall Hollow in Weston, WV passed away at 7:30 AM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the comfort of her home with her husband and sister by her side. She was born in Lewis County, WV on July 04, 1956 a daughter of the late Lawrence D. Gay and Janet Joan Belt Gay [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Wayne Richard

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Winnie, TX passed away peacefully on May 08, 2018. He was born on December 10, 1950 to the late Emile Pierre Richard and Winnie Mary (Benoit) Richard [ .... ]  Read More

Roy Harlan Turner

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Cowskin, Duck WV, went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Roy was the son of the late William E. Sr. and Marjorie (Joel) Turner [ .... ]  Read More

Goldamurl (Jenkins) Ireland

The Free Press WV Age 92, longtime resident of Weston, WV, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Genesis Healthcare of Glenville following an extended illness. She was born in Orton, WV on June 29, 1925: daughter of the late Arch and Lena (Smith) Jenkins [....]  Read More

Jeannette Lee Simons

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Orma, WV passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at the home of her daughter, after an extended illness. She was born October 06, 1935 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late Dennis Alfred and Goldie McCoy Henderson [ .... ]  Read More

Gertrude “Darlene” Cooper

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday May 10, 2018, in the comfort of her daughter’s home in Weston, WV following a brief illness. She was born on April 28, 1931 in Columbia City, Indiana, the daughter of the late Loren Korea Mosher and Fawn Loree Grable Mosher [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Jean Gross

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Sutton, WV passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born March 12, 1947 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Arzie and Katherine Daughtery Robey [ .... ]  Read More

Eula Grace Hatten

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Chloe, WV, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, May 10, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born March 12, 1928 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late William Scott & Virginia Ann Jenkins Barnett [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Ann Westfall

The Free Press WV Age 53, of Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, May 06, 2018. Ruth was born May 09, 1964 in Rivanna, OH, the daughter of Ronald & Marianna Morrison Westfall [....]  Read More

James Anthony “Tony” Tingler

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at his residence. Tony was born May 29, 1957 in Sutton, WV the son of the late Roy Burnell & Sylvia Johnson Tingler [....]  Read More

Lonnie (Pop) Greathouse, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Vienna, WV left this world, May 09, 2018 from his home. He was born December 19, 1934 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Lonnie Greathouse, Sr. and Enid Bailey Greathouse [ .... ]  Read More

Herma Brown Eddy

The Free Press WV Age 91 of Belpre, Ohio passed from this life May 9th surrounded by family. Born Herma Nell Miller, April 10, 1927, to Curtis Ray and Mary Pearl (Vanhorn) in Shock, WV [....]  Read More

Leota Helen Cunningham

The Free Press WV Age 96 of Nashville, TN, formerly of Harrisville, WV, passed away May 09, 2018 at her daughter’s residence in Nashville. She was born May 29, 1921 at Grantsville, WV, the daughter of the late Clay and Murrell B. Holbert Collins [....]  Read More

Marjorie Campbell Cox

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Parkersburg, WV passed away May 10, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living. She was born March 13, 1930 in Ritchie County, WV, daughter of the late Denzel Lee and Dora Mae Frey Campbell [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald Lee Hosey

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Grantsville, WV departed this life suddenly on the evening Monday, May 07, 2018 at his residence in Grantsville. Born November 20, 1936 in Calhoun County, WV Ronald is the son of the late Parker and India Goodnight Hosey [....]  Read More

Roberta “Helen” Johnston Pickens

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, WV passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 in the comfort of her granddaughter’s home in Shrewsbury, PA, with loving family by her side. She was born in Weston, WV on September 21, 1931 a daughter of the late Robert Boyd Johnston and Dora Evelyn Batten Johnston [ .... ]  Read More

Henry Crafton Sauer, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Orma, WV passed away at his home on Monday, May 07, 2018. He was born March 04, 1944 in Dundalk, Maryland, a son of the late Henry Crafton Sauer, Sr. and Lorraine Weis Sauer [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Daniel Landis

The Free Press WVAge 50 of Steer Run Road, Normantown, WV departed this life peacefully in early evening hours of Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at his residence.  Born December 27, 1967 in Elyria, Ohio Kenneth is the son of Barbara Marks Jones and husband William Lyda of Normantown , WVand the late John Daniel Landis [ .... ]  Read More

Denzil Ray Stoneking

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with the Lord on May 07, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born March 24, 1929 in Gilmer County, WV to the late Forney Patrick and Edna Rhodes Stoneking [....]  Read More

Woodrow Wayne Blake, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78 years of age, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley. Born on February 22, 1940 in Exchange, WV, he was the son of the late John Ruben Blake and Belle Nicholson Blake [ .... ]  Read More

John Clement Kreyenbuhl

The Free Press WVAge 77 of New Milton, WV departed this life on Saturday, May 05, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on August 03, 1940 in Clarksburg, WV a son of the late Clement Leopold and Regina Droppleman Kreyenbuhl [ .... ]  Read More

Ina Mae (Foster) Clem

The Free Press WVAge 65, of 1972 Old Route 33 Weston. WV went to Heaven on Monday, May 07, 2018. She was welcomed with open arms by her late husband, Roger D. Clem; whom she married on October 07, 1969 [ .... ]  Read More

Gloria Jeanett “"Big Momma”“ Conrad (Montgomery)

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Weston, WV passed away on her birthday, Saturday, May 05, 2018 at her apartment following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on May 05, 1939: daughter of the late William Grant Montgomery and Reatha A. (Kelley) Montgomery [ .... ]  Read More

George “Frank” Ash

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Weston, WV passed away Friday, May 04, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. He was born in Shirley, WV on October 16, 1925: son of the late George L. Ash and Ota Mae (Jones) Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Madelyn Maree Puffinbarker

The Free Press WV Jesus has taken in a new little angel and Heaven is a little brighter with the addition of Madelyn Maree Puffinbarker, the infant daughter of Amber Small and Gregory Puffinbarker of Orlando, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret “Marge” Ann Engel

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Chapel, WV passed away May 03, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born December 06, 1942 in Johnstown, PA a daughter of the late Paul and Mary Jane Adams Ferguson [....]  Read More

Betty Jean Fisher Young

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Charleston, WV passed away April 19, 2018 at Hubbard Hospice House.  She was born November 29, 1926 in Glenville, WV. Her parents were Janet Frances Westfall Fisher and Elias Harold Fisher [ .... ]  Read More

James “Jim” Lee Allen

The Free Press WVof Orlando, WV, passed away at 10:48 AM Friday, May 04, 2018 in the comfort of his home. Jim was born March 29, 1960 a son of the late Delbert Dale and Gladys Marie Ratliff Allen [ .... ]  Read More

Everett Junior Williams

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Saturday, May 05, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born January 05, 1942 in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Everett and Mabel Wimer Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Charles E. Harold

The Free Press WVAge 91, a long-time resident of Glenville, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, May 03, 2018, at Cedar Grove Senior Assisted Living in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Born May 18, 1926 in Roane County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Kelley S. Harold, Sr. and Ethel G. Keen Harold [ .... ]  Read More

Helena “Jane” Conrad

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Charles Emmett Davis

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Harrisville WV, passed away on Saturday April 28, 2018 at Care Haven in Belmont WV after a battle with cancer. He was born February 01, 1954, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Emmett and Betty (Simmons) Davis [....]  Read More

Barbara Lee Crislip (nee Gay)

The Free Press WV78 years of age, passed away April 24, 2018, at Brooks House in Hiram after a long illness. Born in Weston, WV on October 08, 1939, and she was the daughter of Charles Gay and Louise (Dever) Hall [ .... ]  Read More

Michael James McLaughlin, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 91, our family’s patriarch, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  Michael was honorably discharged from the US Navel Service in 1946, moved with his family from their home in Weston, WV, to Albuquerque, NM in 1953, and retired from Sandia National Laboratories [ .... ]  Read More

Dr. B. Thomas Hutchinson

The Free Press WV Prominent eye surgeon and long-time resident of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on April 9th, 2018 at the age of 84. Dr. Hutchinson was born in Flatwoods, West Virginia and was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard M. Hutchinson of Sutton, West Virginia [....]  Read More

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Readers' Recent Comments

Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.


From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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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


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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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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.


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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