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Social Studies Fair

Social studies education is essential for the preservation and improvement of our democracy. 

As part of this educational process, Gilmer County sponsored a county social studies fair on February 06, 2018 at Gilmer County Elementary School. 

The first place winners of the county fair continued on to the RESA 7 Fair (Pictured), which was held at the WACO Center on March 20, 2018.

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Front (l-r): Gabrielle Raymond, Airiana Hoard, Kaylee Miller, Laura Brannon, Reidyn Dennison
Back (l-r): Grant Butler, Blake Foster, Kara Anderson, Alena Gray, Cameron Ledsome, Austin Stewart
Not Pictured:  Gunner Self

Gilmer County had five students to place at the RESA 7 Regional Fair. 

  • Austin Stewart placed first in Division I Psychology with his project Pistol Pete. 

  • Laura Brannon placed third in Division I U.S. History with her project History of the Amish. 

  • Blake Foster placed first in Division II Psychology with his project on Why do We Spend Money.

  • Kara Anderson placed second in Division II Sociology with her project Mumbai India. 

  • Grant Butler placed first in Division II State and Local Studies with his project They Owed Their Souls to the Company Store. 

The first place winners will go on to the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair on April 27, 2018 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Small Town Monsters working on new film about Flatwoods Monster

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A new film aims to tell the true story behind what happened in a rural, West Virginia town when a group of terrified locals encountered a monstrous being just moments after seeing strange objects in the sky.

“The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear” is a new documentary from director, Seth Breedlove, which will unlock a decades-old mystery that included a government-ordered military examination of a purported alien crash-site, and multiple UFOs seen by countless residents of Braxton County, West Virginia. In the years since their brush with the “Flatwoods Monster”, witnesses have seen their story evolve from a terrifying, true-life event to little more than a fable. Two of the remaining witnesses will set the record straight when the film is released on April 6th.

The “Flatwoods Monster incident” has become one of the most famous legends in modern memory. However, with the Pentagon now opening up about UFO investigations dating back to the 1940’s, the incident can be seen in a new light. In September of 1952 hundreds of people across the United States witnessed glowing objects streak across the skies over much of the Eastern Seaboard. One of the objects in question was seen to land on a hill near the small community of Flatwoods by a group of children. The children and two adults made a journey to the top of the hill to search for the object but instead found themselves face to face with a thirteen foot tall mechanical monster. Later that same evening a branch of the local National Guard unit would be dispatched by Air Force officials to investigate the site of the encounter.

The film, which was shot over the course of eight months between July of 2017 and January, 2018, will also be part of a crowd-funding campaign that has launched.

The film is being released by the award-winning, Small Town Monsters production company, who are responsible for last Spring’s, “The Mothman of Point Pleasant” another documentary centered around a well-known West Virginia legend. The film features an original score composed by Brandon Dalo and cinematography by Zachary Palmisano with special FX by Santino Vitale and fully animated sequences by Chris Scalf.

The Flatwoods Monster will be released on DVD and Amazon next April with a wider digital release planned thereafter. Plans are in place to screen the movie prior to it’s release at HorrorHound Cincinnati, being held March 23-25 . The official premiere will be held at the Elk Theater in Sutton, on April 07 with members of the Small Town Monsters crew taking part in a Q&A following the showing.

To learn more about the movie click HERE.

GSC’s Megan Darby Successfully Defends Dissertation

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Megan Darby, Glenville State College Assistant Professor and Director of the Bluegrass Music Degree Program, has successfully defended her dissertation at Walden University. This achievement caps her four year journey in pursuit of a Doctor of Education degree, which will officially be conferred upon her in late April.

The title of her dissertation, ‘Challenges to Student Success in an Introductory Music Theory I Course,’ hints at her primary interest in completing the study, which was to find ways to help music degree students be more successful in their programs.

“Music Theory I is tough for a lot of students, and it’s one of the first courses they take for their programs. If we can help them do better in that course, we can help them be more successful overall,” Darby said.

As part of her research, Darby generated a plan for helping students based on the data she collected and analyzed. “The plan is to activate a Music Theory I lab course to give students extra support for the concepts they’re learning in the class. It is quite likely that we can have the lab in place for the fall 2018 semester at GSC,” Darby added.

Since Darby began directing the Bluegrass Music Degree Program in 2010, she has revised the curriculum and implemented new courses and student opportunities. Under her guidance, students have been accepted into recording, engineering, and International Bluegrass Music Association internships, provided opportunities to join Hospice Bedside Singing, asked to play for RFD TV and showcases, and invited to tour. The program has been recognized at the Grand Ole Opry, the World Famous Station Inn, and WSM Radio. Her students also have recorded at Tom T. Hall and Miss Dixie’s and Rickey Wasson’s state of the art studios.

Darby has already begun working on her next project. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to revise and help grow the Bluegrass Music Program here at GSC and to provide students with unique opportunities, certainly, but I am especially excited to be developing the world’s first online Bluegrass Music Degree Program. My parents took me to my first bluegrass festival at Renfro Valley, Kentucky when I was only four months old. By the time I was five, I was playing the fiddle. To say that bluegrass music is my life is an understatement, and to have this opportunity is a dream come true. GSC is going to make history, and I’m proud to be a part of that,” said Darby.

“I extend my most sincere congratulations to Megan for reaching this tremendous milestone. Glenville State College is lucky in that we get to benefit from the passion and enthusiasm that she shows for preserving and teaching bluegrass and traditional music and we have no doubt that she will continue to make the College proud. I, along with the rest of our faculty, congratulate Dr. Darby on this special moment,” said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Morris.

Darby received a Bluegrass Certification from GSC in 2006 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in 2011. She completed a Master’s in Education and Instructional Technology from Marshall University in 2013. In addition to three other previous CDs, Darby also recorded a fundraising album with Buddy Griffin, GSC’s Bluegrass Program founding director in 2017. In 2018, she was selected as a featured artist by GHS Strings. She and her husband Bryan have two daughters, Presley and Piper.

STEM Day for Young Women to be Held at GSC

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On Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 Glenville State College will host two events about pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). On Friday, a panel discussion will be held featuring several successful female scientists that is open to all students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. Saturday will include a STEM workshop for high school girls, in grades 9-12, and will feature hands-on activities from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both events are free of charge.

Columbia University Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the U-Tech Center Dr. Kim Shaw, Ohio University Environmental and Plant Biology Department Chair and Professor Dr. Morgan Vis, and NASA Engineering Trainee Emily Certain will be on hand for the Friday panel discussion. Dr. Maria Angeles Fernandez Gonzalez, Professor of Geology, from the University of Oviedo in Spain will participate with a recorded message.

On Saturday, participants will have time to meet, hear from, and engage in hands-on activities with successful female scientists. Lunch, t-shirts, and door prizes will be provided to those who attend, as well as ‘daycare’ for parents while children attend the activities. The panel discussion and workshop are supported by a Diversity for Equity Grant from the WV Higher Education Policy Commission.

“All who are involved with this project are excited to have the opportunity to host this panel discussion and workshop. We hope it increases awareness of the opportunities for women to have a career in STEM,” said GSC Department of Science and Mathematics Chair Dr. Sara Sawyer.

Visit the Glenville State College website at to download a registration form. For more information, contact or call 304.462.6301.

WVDA Seeking Growers for 2018 Strawberry Festival Sale

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking fresh, West Virginia grown strawberries for this year’s West Virginia Strawberry Festival. The department is hosting a “Strawberry Market” planned during the festival on May 18th and 19th.

“West Virginia has such diverse terrains and climates throughout the state. This event is a great opportunity for West Virginia’s farmers to showcase the variety of crops that can be grown locally,” said West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “For residents of the area, it’s a reminder of West Virginia’s agricultural heritage.”

Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), the festival, and the City of Buckhannon, the sale is open to any West Virginia grower who can deliver berries to the sale. Berries can also be entered in the “Sweetest Berry” contest and auction next door to the sale.

“At one time, the Upshur County area grew a surplus of strawberries that were shipped out of state following the festival. One report from the Upshur County Historical Society notes that more than 1,500 gallons of berries were shipped to Pittsburgh,” Leonhardt said. “Over the years, that supply was replaced by berries from large-scale, out-of-state producers.”

The early timing of the festival has been problematic for growers who have a difficult time getting ripe berries in mid-May. However, the increasing prevalence of high tunnels, low-cost, unheated greenhouse structures, makes fresh berries in mid-May a more practical proposition than in the past.

Interested growers should contact event organizer Buddy Davidson at 304.541.5932, or .

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Braxton County Schools



Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Barbour County Schools

All Closed


Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Nicholas County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay

Glenville State College


Gilmer County Board of Education


Gilmer County Courthouse


Gilmer County Health Department


Gilmer County Senior Center


Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic



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Jeanette Riffle: The Old Paths

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We were going down our road one day this week and my husband pointed out to me some flats above the road, where the old dirt road used to be, before the paved one went in.  There is a flat across the road from us that is visible if you look for it. Duane remembers a relative in this field who used to ride his motorcycle over there. Aunt Susie Perrine told me about going around the hill following a path, to get back home during that bad flood of 1957 or ’58. The water was over the road. 

That brought back memories to me of my grandmother, Grace Smith Stewart, walking to church. Smiths lived on Lower Run and their Baptist church was quite a distance from their house. My brothers have told me that there are paths all over Lower Run where people used to walk to get anywhere. I hope to someday take a trip over in there and also to Middle Run where Stewarts lived. Dad sent Duane and I over on Lower Run years ago to check on a place where his Uncle Kelly Smith had a vacation home.

Uncle Kelly lived at Elkins and Dad wanted to check on the house to see if anyone had been keeping it up. Someone had cleaned and the wet mop was leaning up against the wall, by the front door.  Uncle Kelly had bees and would bring my parents the honey comb. Mom said it helped her arthritis.  I have a picture of my grandmother and her sister, Bess Smith Vanhorn, standing around the front door of their   Baptist church with some other neighborhood girls and there was a little boy that reminded me of a boy in the Saturday Evening Post.

How many people nowadays would get up real early, fix breakfast, get all dressed up and walk that far to church? Granny told me that when she was baptized, she was afraid of water. She said that she saw Jesus in a vision and He came down on the water to her and told her not to be afraid,  that He would be with her all the days of her life and give her strength needed to the very end, and He did just that. That was the time that I was visiting with her and had asked her what her secret was. It seemed like you could just go talk to her and gain strength. She was the strongest woman that I knew of.

Well, the month of March has been very temperamental. We have had drastic weather changes sometimes just in one day’s time. It was only 20 degrees on the thermometer out back when I got up for church this morning and by evening we were on the front porch in the sun, with no jacket on.  Duane played Frisbee with Rascal pup. He will be 9 months old the first week of April. The invisible fence is keeping him in the field and safe. We hope that March will go out like a lamb and we will have good weather for those traveling over the Easter weekend.

Take care and God bless !

WV Legislative Update


Hats off to the players and coaches of the Braxton County Eagles on an outstanding basketball season, culminating in making the AA state tournament field. Eagle players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans represented your school, Braxton County and central West Virginia well. We are indeed proud of your accomplishments – on and off the court. Again, congratulations on an outstanding season.

Bills that passed during the just completed legislative session continue to be prepared for presentation the Governor for his action: Thus far, thirty-two bills have been signed into law by the Governor:

SB 62 Adjusting requirements for hiring school attendance directors

SB 71 Defining “veteran” as it pertains to veteran-owned business

SB 263 Eliminating film tax credits

SB 267 Increasing salaries of certain state employees

SB 360 Clarifying oil and gas permits not be on flat well royalty leases)

SB 379 Supplemental appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to DHHR

HB 2546 Allowing replacement costs of employer provided property to be deducted from an employee’s final paycheck if the property is not returned

HB 2612 Repealing section relating to unattended motor vehicles and penalties

HB 2831 Relating to the reconstitution of the Driver’s Licensing Advisory Board

HB 2889 Allowing military veterans with certain military ratings to qualify for examinations required of probationary police officer

HB 4135 Updating the meaning of federal taxable income and certain other terms used in the West Virginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act

HB 4142 Providing certain employees of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, and West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority a salary adjustment

HB 4145 Increasing the annual salaries of members of the West Virginia State Police, public school teachers and school service personnel   

HB 4146 Updating meaning of federal adjusted gross income and certain other terms used in West Virginia Personal Income Tax Act

HB 4162 Granting authority to the State Conservation Committee to contract for flood response

HB 4242 Clarifying the jurisdictional amount for removal of a civil action from magistrate court to circuit court)

HB 4268 Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act

While the Governor had already signed SB 267, later in the session HB 4145 passed and was also signed into law. Any time the same code section is changed, the bill that passed last takes precedence.

Meanwhile, there are 108 bills awaiting the Governor’s action with several more in route to the Governor’s office through the bill enrollment process. Some bills of note and interest that are pending his action:

SB 37 Equalizing penalty for entering without breaking regardless of time of day

SB 47 Requiring Defense Department advocacy groups be notified in abuse or neglect of military person’s child

SB 73 Modifying crime of fleeing from scene of accident

SB 143 Permitting DNR identification tag be used to identify trap

SB 152 Budget Bill

SB 327 Providing extortion of anything of value, including sexual contact, subjects person to criminal penalty

SB 346 Permitting full-time nonresident students purchase lifetime resident hunting, trapping and fishing licenses

SB 364 Allowing parent or legal guardian of homeschooled child provide signed statement for obtaining permit or license to operate motor vehicle

SB 365 Relating to Young Entrepreneur Reinvestment Act

SB 397 Creating crime of impersonating blind or disabled person

SB 561 Increasing minimum contract price requiring execution of bond with respect to building or repairing school property

HB 2028 Relating to the venue for suits and other actions against the state 03/16/18

HB 2464 Relating to disclaimers and exclusions of warranties in consumer transactions for goods

HB 2483 Requiring the Division of Juvenile Services to transfer to a correctional facility or regional jail any juvenile in its custody that has been transferred to adult jurisdiction of the circuit court and who reaches his or her eighteenth birthday

HB 2654 Expanding county commissions’ ability to dispose of county or district property

HB 2693 Relating to state ownership of wildlife

HB 2694 Relating to the development and implementation of a program to facilitate commercial sponsorship of rest areas

HB 2696 Relating to crossbow hunting

HB 2890 Establishing a Library Facilities Improvement Fund that will serve to support library facilities construction, maintenance and improvement projects

HB 2983 Granting priority to roadway construction, reconstruction and maintenance for roadways prone to recurring floods that hinder ingress and egress

HB 3005 Relating to regulation of unmanned aircraft systems

HB 4023 Relating to the regulation of dialysis technicians

HB 4024 Relating generally to direct cremation or direct burial expenses for indigent persons

HB 4025 Permitting reciprocity for licensure as a pharmacy technician

HB 4042 Redefining school zone to facilitate placement of school zone signs

HB 4138 Requiring certain public or private schools and daycare centers to install carbon monoxide detectors

HB 4169 Requiring certain establishments and facilities to post human trafficking assistance notices

HB 4175 Preventing requirement that an advanced practice registered nurse participate in a collaborative relationship to obtain payment

HB 4178 Permitting certain portions of certified nurse aide training to be provided through distance learning technologies

HB 4207 Authorizing an online application to receive a commission to act as a notary public, and eliminating the bond requirement

HB 4276 Allowing magistrates to grant work release privileges

HB 4279 Relating to adult protective services system

HB 4289 Relating to disability pensions of municipal employees

HB 4336 Updating the schedule of controlled substances

HB 4402 Relating to the prevention of sexual abuse of children

HB 4436 Clarifying when a minor between the ages of 16 and 18 may be employed by or elected as a member of a volunteer fire department

HB 4462 Allowing off duty members and officers of the department of public safety to guard private property

HB 4473 Relating to use of state funds for advertising to promote a public official or government office

HB 4478 Authorizing public schools to distribute excess food to students

HB 4509 Relating to the establishment of substance abuse treatment facilities

HB 4546 Relating to where an application for a marriage license may be made

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.

Pat’s Chat

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HAVE YOU LOST A NECKLACE? Susan found one in the Buckhannon Wal-Mart parking lot. It is like a Family Tree thing with some names. Call her at 304.641.4849 and describe it to her and she will get it back to you. She found it February 26, 2018.

I am sorry to bring more sad tidings that the husband of our beautiful classmate, Patricia Sue Sumpter Dobbins, Daniel Dobbins, 87, died on March 07, 2018.  For more information you can go to HERE.

Another sad story is that the legendary Billy Graham also died.  He had a wonderful witness for his Lord to all kinds of people in the world.  His life impacted the lives of many, young and old, rich and poor, of many nations.  Here online is a picture of his life to us. 

“2 Peter 3:13: We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”

“As we go on our pilgrimage in this earth just as God’s children of old, we know that someday it will belong to His people.  Someday they will enjoy it; someday it will be purified and redeemed; someday it will be restored to its Edenic beauty.  We are told in plain words of Scripture that this earth, renewed by the hand of God, will be pure and holy.  We are told that He Himself will be their God.  We also read that ‘God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, not crying, neither shall there be any pain; for the former things are passed away’ (Revelation 21:4).

“This is something to look forward to, isn’t it?  This is the end of our pilgrimage, the land where dreams come true.  And the Holy City, the New Jerusalem which comes down from God out of heaven, will be the capital of the redeemed world—the real, actual, deathless, sinless, immortal world!

“Friend, soon the present weary land will be past, or desert wanderings will be over, and all the pilgrims of earth will be over, and all the pilgrims of earth will be home, safe at last.”  (Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, p. 77.)

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When I think of the earth-made-new, I picture the many beautiful scenes in our present earth, one of which is the beautiful farm (or ranch, maybe) of my good friend, Wally Hefner who lived in Burnsville and went to school with my brother, Sam.  His beautiful place is near Flatwoods and is a visual blessing every time I drive by and see it.  I have seen pictures he has of his grand daughter, Grace, who is a great horsewoman by now, I am sure.

Programs to feed kids in need

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The food insecurity of many of West Virginia’s school students came to the forefront during the nine-day strike for teachers and school service workers across the Mountain State that started on Feb. 22.

“We hope that people realize a little more about what a lot of these kids are going through and what their living situations are and the challenges that they face on a daily basis,” said Chad Morrison, executive director of the Mountaineer Food Bank.

In some parts of West Virginia, one in four students is “food insecure,” meaning they don’t know where they’ll get their next meal.

The meals count on are the breakfasts and lunches they get when schools are open to students.

During the strike shutdown, Morrison estimated the Mountaineer Food Bank, which is based in Braxton County, distributed 10,000 boxes of non-perishable food items to feeding programs in upwards of 15 counties.

The Mountaineer Food Bank was just one of the organizations supporting feeding programs throughout West Virginia.

On local levels, “It seemed like they all involved a lot of different people from the communities and groups of teachers and groups of people in the board offices,” said Morrison. “Our main focus was making sure that they had food they needed to do it.”

In Fayette County, for example, hot meals were being provided to needy students and their families in conjunction with food box deliveries.

Elsewhere, some programs were doing door-to-door deliveries.

Morrison said donations from individuals and companies, both inside and outside of West Virginia, supplemented the food the Mountaineer Food Bank provides weekly for more than 100 backpack feeding programs.

The food distributions include weekends, holiday and summer periods.

“These kids are struggling every week. They’re struggling throughout the school year. They’re struggling during the summer,” Morrison said.

Overall, the Mountaineer Food Bank is the largest emergency food provider in West Virginia distributing more than 13.7 million pounds of food annually to 440 feeding programs in 48 counties, according to the organization.

For more on the work of the Mountaineer Food Bank, CLICK HERE.

Young Writer Contest Winners 2017-2018 School Year

For over 30 years, the West Virginia Young Writers Contest has celebrated student writing in the state.

The YWC grows out of a deep commitment to writing in all subjects, and to the publishing, displaying, and celebrating of student writing. 

Teachers and administrators in Gilmer County encouraged students to submit writing for judging, first at the school, and then the county level.

Submissions were on various topics of fiction and nonfiction. 

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(l-r) William Harmon and Adlai Chapman (Not Pictured:  Jodee Frderick)

Entries were judged on the following criteria:  ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. 

Gilmer County picked the following Young Writer Winners to be sent on to Marshal University for judging.

State Winners will be notified in April but not announced to the public until May 11, 2018. 

Congratulations to our county winners.

  • 1st-2nd Grade Winner:  Adlai Chapman “The Dragon”
  • 3rd-4th Grade Winner:  William Harmon “Blue Bird and His Adventure”
  • 5th-6th Grade Winner:  Jodee Fredrick “The Secret Chamber”
  • 7th-8th Grade Winner:  Katie Anderson “Silent Night”
  • 9th-10th Grade Winner:  Michaela Dobbins “The Scarecrow of Foothill”
  • 11th-12th Grade Winner:  Samantha Lamb “Leukemia”

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(l-r) Samantha Lamb and Katie Anderson (Not Pictured:  Michaela Dobbins)

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GSC Students Present Workshop Session at SECA Conference

Students and advisors in Glenville State College’s Early Education Student Group (EESG) recently attended the Annual Southern Early Childhood Association Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

Student members attending were Justin Rader, Michaela Gumm, Holly Wilson, and Abby McCarty; EESG co-advisors Connie Stout O’Dell and Dr. Shelly Ratliff accompanied them.  Rader is from Calvin, West Virginia, Gumm is from Glenville, West Virginia, Wilson is from Grantsville, West Virginia, and McCarty is from Lumberport, West Virginia.

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Glenville State College EESG members and advisors at the Southern Early Childhood Association Conference
(l-r) Michaela Gumm, Dr. Shelly Ratliff, Justin Rader, Abby McCarty, Holly Wilson, and Connie Stout O’Dell

The students were able to participate in several workshop sessions on early education topics and to join in networking sessions with others in the field of early education. One of the highlights of the conference for the students who attended was when they presented a conference workshop session. 

Under the guidance of the co-advisors, the students presented a successful workshop titled Utilizing Children’s Literature to Enhance Cognitive Skills in Early Education. The workshop session focused on activities to enhance cognitive skills in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms while focusing on children’s literature. 

Activities presented were hands-on and interactive with a focus on STEM and STEAM connections. STEAM is a commonly used acronym relating to academic curricula; it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. EESG was also recognized as one of the official college groups attending the conference. 

“We are very pleased with the work and commitment our student group put in preparing for their presentation. The participants shared many positive comments and enjoyed the interactions and hands on activities. Our student group had the opportunity to spend several hours with early childhood authors, program directors, and experts in the field of early care and education. 

One of the workshop participants shared that the session our students presented was one of her favorites of the entire conference. This was truly a valuable conference for our students and will guide them as they continue to develop their professionalism as future teachers,” said O’Dell.

EESG members extend their thanks to those who supported their efforts in fundraising to help support the conference trip. GSC’s EESG is recognized as an active student group by the West Virginia Association for Young Children.

WV Legislative Update


I want to lead this week by congratulating the Braxton County Eagles on making the boys basketball state tournament AA field this week at the Charleston Civic Center.  All of Braxton County and central West Virginia are behind you and proud of your accomplishments.

Writing this week’s column, I’m home on Sunday and thankfully, not going into extended session for the budget.  But before anyone takes a victory lap, the mistakes were already apparent in many much smaller bills.  It’s only a matter of time before we’re called into session during interims to correct the budget oversights and omissions.

Everyone, including members of the House and Senate from both parties has been critical of the budget impasse that has brought state government to the point of shutdown for the past two years.  The self-imposed deadline of a 60-day budget that legislative leadership promised last summer did come to fruition on Saturday.  However, there is a huge difference in bringing the state to the brink of shutdown with weeks and months of a special session, versus the logical alternative of a day or two to reconcile and complete the budget in an orderly manner.

Most every bill that passes has a positive or negative fiscal impact on state government.  For instance, if you’re tough on crime and increase jail sentences, it costs the state (taxpayers) more for longer incarceration.  So, any bills that pass after the budget – and there were several dozen on Saturday night – will have to be evaluated for how much each one is forecast to add or detract from the bottom line of the state budget.  This year, the general revenue budget totaled $4.381 billion dollars.

Since the State budget must be balanced by the West Virginia Constitution, each bill must be factored in.  However, since the budget passed before nearly one hundred other bills had passed or failed, it’s too late to amend the budget bill.  Therefore, throughout the summer and fall, it’s highly likely that one or more special sessions will be necessary to accurately balance the budget.

With the exception of the budget debacle of the past two years, there was normally a brief – between two and five day – budget extension to give finance staff time to reconcile all bills with the budget document and take up veto messages.  I hope this year’s budget race doesn’t backfire with problems and the need for special sessions down the road.  Time will tell.

I had a lengthy conversation with Jeff Sandy, Cabinet Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety last Friday on one of the breaks between floor sessions and committee meetings on a number of subjects.  His office is over prisons, regional jails, State Police, the Adjutant General, Emergency Services and a number of other agencies.  He indicated that during the time that schools were closed, nearly 60,000 citizens – mostly teachers, school service personnel and other state employees – entered through the security points of the Capitol, with the largest crowd in and around the Capitol on the day when we signed the conference report to end the impasse; passed the bill in both chambers; and signed into law by the Governor later that afternoon.  After weeks of foot dragging, it passed the House, Senate and signed into law the same day.  It’s a real-life civics lesson.

Usually, the excitement, stress and organized chaos of the last 72 hours of the legislative session have more intensity than the previous 57 days.  That changed this session with the two weeks prior to the end of the session being the high point.  The “55 Strong” movement will have long-lasting implications well beyond the session.  I was proud to support our teachers, school service personnel, regional jail officers and staff, all state employees.

Now, the 29-person PEIA Task Force will begin the next step that will have an enormous effect on active and retired workers.  The uncertainty of PEIA with the various plans that had been previously proposed was deemed as important as the pay issue.  While premiums and deductibles have been frozen at current levels, it’s vital that this committee do more than just meet.  Some solid and attainable results need to be brought to the forefront as soon as possible.  In the meantime, the Governor’s proclamation says that meetings will be held in all fifty-five counties.  The first organizational meeting is set for this Tuesday in Charleston.

More on what bills passed during the session and what failed to pass in the next several weeks. 

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

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  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.

PSC and WVONGA Host Joint Seminar on Gas Pipeline Safety

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association are holding Pipeline Safety Seminars in Charleston on April 10 and Bridgeport on April 12, 2018.  The one-day seminars are free of charge to participants and will focus on a review of Federal and State requirements and recent developments in the industry.  Featured speakers at the conference will include representatives of the industry and the PSC Gas Pipeline Safety Division.  The seminar qualifies for continuing legal education credits and professional development hours for registered engineers.

“The purpose of the seminars is to ensure all regulated pipeline operators in West Virginia understand and comply with pipeline safety regulations to ensure the safety and integrity of West Virginia’s pipelines,” according to PSC Gas Pipeline Safety Division Director Mary Friend.

“WVONGA is pleased to partner with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to offer this important and useful training.  It is always a benefit to the industry when our regulators work with us to inform us of new laws and regulations to which we are subject, and we are delighted to have such a good working relationship with the PSCWV,” stated WVONGA Executive Director Anne Blankenship.

The PSC is responsible for the inspection and enforcement of Federal and State pipeline safety regulations for over 14,000 miles of intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid transmission, regulated gathering and gas distribution pipelines.

WVONGA, the oldest trade association in West Virginia, has represented a wide cross section of the oil and gas industry for 100 years.  A membership organization representing over 200 companies, WVONGA members include all sections of the industry from exploration, drilling and transmission to legal and technical support.

Details and online registration are available at:

Jeanette Riffle: Easter Memories

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I always looked forward to spring and Easter. My grandmother, Grace Smith Stewart, would sew me up a pretty feed sack dress and the other grandparents would buy me a pair of patent leather shoes with those dainty white socks that had the lace at the tops to fold down. If I needed a new spring jacket they would buy that for me.  Mom bought Easter baskets full of candy at Murphy’s 5 & 10 cent store and saved the baskets with the artificial green grass for another year. Sometimes we used those empty baskets to go egg hunting.  If the weather was bad, she would hide the eggs inside the house. I remember helping her color those eggs. She always had chickens and would boil a bunch of eggs. I can still smell that vinegar. I think she used a kit that had the coloring to mix with white vinegar and hot water. We had different bowls for the different colors. There was a wire that you dipped an egg down in the coloring with and the number of times you dipped the egg determined the darkness of the color.

Duane remembers a big Easter egg hunt in what is now our front yard.  He and his first cousin, Gerry Perrine, were going to Sunday School at the one room school house up the Tanner #4 Rd. here by the bridge.  Katie Twyman and Homer Samson were the teachers of that Sunday School. They each went to their own church on Sunday mornings and held a class in the afternoons for neighborhood kids. He thinks Aunt Katie Twyman did most of the egg coloring. Homar’s wife , Meady, probably helped her. Two or three kids hid the eggs. Tink Twyman, who was Clem and Katie’s grandson, Duane and maybe Ronnie Lott, helped with that. Duane said most of the kids ate their eggs, but he didn’t care for those old cold boiled eggs. Said that once they were colored they had a different taste to him and he never really like a boiled egg. He said that his Aunt Susie Perrine never colored very many because on one in the family ate very many of them. He remembers hearing of people boiling onion skins for a red brown color to color eggs.

One Easter my Grandfather Frank Stewart bought us kids a big foot tall, solid chocolate bunny. It was the biggest one we had ever seen and we wondered where he had found it. Mom put in in the fridge and told us we would just have to cut off little chunks at a time. The ears came first. It took a while to get on the outside of all that chocolate.  We were always taken to church on Sunday mornings and taught the real meaning of why we celebrate Easter. I learned the song, “Christ Arose, “at an early age.  Until next time, stay well. We are hearing that the flu has about run its course. Not as many cases are being reported , at least. We are looking forward to our kids coming home for Easter.

God bless and keep you in His care!

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Jean-Baptiste Receives International Travel Scholarship from WVWC Emeritus Club

The Free Press WVMichael Jean-Baptiste of West Palm Beach, FL received the Dr. Harold T. Elmore, Hon. ’82 Emeritus Club Endowed Scholarship for International Travel. This summer, Jean-Baptiste will travel to Ecuador and spend four weeks studying global health and Spanish [ .... ]  Read More

Wesleyan, Wendlings Partner for Internship Program

The Free Press WVOver the last several years, A.F. Wendling’s Foodservice, a family-owned business since 1913, has partnered with West Virginia Wesleyan College to provide experiential learning opportunities for students while adding value to the business [ .... ]  Read More

Wesleyan Department of Theatre & Dance to Perform Cabaret

The Free Press WVIn a Berlin nightclub, The Kit Kat Club, as the 1920s draw to a close, a gender-bending Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret [ .... ]  Read More



Man arrested in Ritchie County murder

The Free Press WV Alan Don Ross, 25, allegedly stabbed James Thompson multiple times at a Willow Lane residence in Pennsboro [ .... ]  Read More

Rebuilding Nicholas County Schools

The Free Press WV West Virginia Board of Education and Nicholas County Board of Education Approve Mediation Process for Rebuilding Nicholas County Schools [ .... ]  Read More

Wesleyan Concert Band to Present Peter and the Wolf

The Free Press WVThe West Virginia Wesleyan Concert Band will perform a family concert featuring Peter and the Wolf on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.  [ .... ]  Read More

Little Hats, Big Hearts Program

The Free Press WVLittle Hats, Big Hearts Program Raises Awareness of Dangers of Stroke and Congenital Heart Defects [ .... ]  Read More

Office of Admissions to Hold Annual Orange & Black Scholarship Recognition Day on February 24

The Free Press WV The Office of Admissions at West Virginia Wesleyan College will hold the 27th annual Orange & Black Scholarship Recognition Day on Saturday, February 24 on the Buckhannon campus [ .... ]  Read More

Fizer Selected to Attend Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions

The Free Press WVSarah Fizer, senior music education major from Martinsburg, WV, has been selected to attend the International Peace & Security Institute’s (IPSI) Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions July 07-22 in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In partnership with the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, the 2018 Sarajevo Symposium will engage participants in contemporary theory and practice of post-conflict political transitions in the Former Yugoslavia and other countries [ .... ]  Read More

Alderson Broaddus University Announces Undergraduate Major in Cyber Security

The Free Press WV Alderson Broaddus University announced its newest undergraduate major, Cyber Security on Thursday, February 8, 2018 during a press conference held on the Alderson Broaddus campus [ .... ]  Read More

Governor and First Lady Justice issue statement on death of coal miner in Barbour County

The Free Press WV Governor Jim and First Lady Cathy Justice issued the following statement after learning of the passing of a coal miner in Barbour County [ .... ]  Read More

State police office Reopens in Calhoun County

The Free Press WVThe community welcomed troopers back to Grantsville in a small ceremony Friday [ .... ]  Read More

Jobless rates rise in 52 of 55 West Virginia counties

The Free Press WV Calhoun County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.4 percent. Mingo County was next at 9 percent and Clay County was at 8.9 percent [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Everything changes, and it is not always for the best.  We age as soon as we are born.  [ .... ]  Read More


More WV Towns, Counties Sue Over Opioid Crisis

The Free Press WV The lawsuits filed in the federal court this week come from governments around the state. The municipalities include Quinwood, Rupert, Rainelle, Milton, Smithers, Sutton, Logan, Summersville and Parkersburg, in addition to Nicholas and Braxton counties [ .... ]  Read More

National Donor Day

The Free Press WV National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation – organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow [ .... ]  Read More

WVWC to Host Citizen Lobbyist Training

The Free Press WVWV Free, in conjunction with students in a Community Social Justice class at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will be hosting Your Voice WV: Citizen Lobbyist Training on Tuesday, February 13 in the Greek Alumni Room of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public [ .... ]  Read More

Nicholas County students recognized as Honorary Secretaries of State

The Free Press WVNicholas County High School students Brad Bordelon and Felicia Seabolt, and Richwood High School students Caleb Hanna and Taylor Brown were selected for this prestigious program [ .... ]  Read More

I-79 Vehicle Fire in Braxton County

The Free Press WVBoth lanes of I-79 north were closed after a vehicle fire Friday evening [ .... ]  Read More

Upshur County bus collision send several students to hospital

The Free Press WVThe collision happened around 8 a.m. on Rt. 20 south at the intersection of BU Drive [ .... ]  Read More

Fire injures two children in Clay County

The Free Press WVA fire in Clay County early Friday morning sent two children to the hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Weston ranked as West Virginia’s safest city

The Free Press WVThe city of Weston is highly visited by tourists, with attractions such as the West Virginia Museum of American Glass and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, but the county seat of Lewis County is also gaining attention for its safety [ .... ]  Read More

Upshur County man admits to a firearms charge

The Free Press WVA Buckhannon, West Virginia man has admitted to his role in a firearms theft and sale scheme, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia college to pay $250K in discrimination lawsuit

The Free Press WVA judge has entered a $250,000 judgment against West Virginia Wesleyan College in a discrimination lawsuit [ .... ]  Read More

Two Upshur County men admit to their roles in a firearms conspiracy

The Free Press WVTwo Buckhannon, West Virginia men have admitted to their roles in a firearms theft and sale scheme, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced [ .... ]  Read More

Craigsville fire chief Remebered in Nicholas County

The Free Press WVCommunities of Nicholas County continue to mourn the loss of Tim Blake, the longtime chief at the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department [ .... ]  Read More

Harrison County man admits to health care fraud

The Free Press WV A Clarksburg, West Virginia, man has admitted to health care fraud, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced [ .... ]  Read More

Fire claims 3 lives in Braxton County

The Free Press WVThe fire began around 7:30 a.m. at a home on Elk River Road in Gassaway [ .... ]  Read More

Roane County man allegedly opens fire on West Virginia State trooper, deputy

The Free Press WVA Roane County man faces charges of attempted murder after allegedly firing a shotgun at a West Virginia state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy [ .... ]  Read More





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Wilmajean “Jean” Hart Smith

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Boaz, WV, passed away March 21, 2018 at the Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born May 31, 1939 in Harrisville, Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Jacob Hart and Zula Moore Stephens [ .... ]  Read More

Carson Erie Yeager

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Buckhannon, WV; formerly of Gilmer County, WV, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 14, 2018. He was born October 04, 1945 at Index, WV, a son of the late Clay O. and Eula Bliss Bush Yeager [....]  Read More

Nicholas Anthony Wine

The Free Press WVAge 36, of Pittsburgh, PA passed away unexpectedly at his home. He was born July 23, 1981 in Beckley, WV to Stephen Dale Wine and Pamela Dawn (Friend) Wine [ .... ]  Read More

Dreama Jean Bond

The Free Press WVAge 60 of Falling Waters, WV passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Berkeley Medical Center. She was born November 14, 1957 in Clarksburg, WV; the daughter of the late Raymond Leroy Bond and Elma Arlene (Pernell) Bond [ .... ]  Read More

Kevin G. Coppes, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 52, of Harrisville, WV passedaway March 17, 2018 at his residence. He was born January 23, 1966 at Fremont, CA, the son of the late Patricia Ely Williams and Paul G. Coppes of Seattle, WA [....]  Read More

Jimmy Dee James

The Free Press WV of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 21, 2018 at Eagle Pointe Nursing Facility. He was born January 04, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Walter and Dephia Wright James [....]  Read More

Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Esquer

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Laurel Lick Road, Weston, WV passed away at 5:37 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the comfort of her daughter’s home under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Buckhannon, WV on March 16, 1966 a daughter of the late William Ray Trinkle and Geraldine “Geri” Louise Ours Trinkle of Buckhannon [ .... ]  Read More

Wilda “Pat” Travis

The Free Press WV Age 85 of Crystal Lake, WV departed her earthly life on March 22, 2018 in United Hospital Center surrounded by her family. Pat was born at Miletus, WV (Doddrdige County) on August 06, 1932 a daughter of the late John “Chris” Jenkins and Versa Adams Jenkins [....]  Read More

Sharlet Ann Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Strange Creek, WV passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at her home. She was born January 9th 1947 in Polemic Run, Braxton County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Ilene Avis Beamer Kniceley

The Free Press WV went to her eternal home in Heaven on Saturday, March 10, 2018, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on June 10, 1935, in Caress, WV, to William Theodore Ward Beamer and Trecie Ann Blagg Beamer [....]  Read More

Sarita Marie Prince

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Broad Run Church Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 6:45 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Weston, WV on March 19, 1957 a daughter of the late Roderick Ray Given and Norma Marie Goldsmith Given [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Lou Baker

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Pennsboro, WV (Little Beason Community), departed this life on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Following her courageous battle with cancer. Betty was born February 12, 1943, in Sand Fork, WV (Gilmer County) a daughter of the late Oda and Eva (Casto) Collins [....]  Read More

James David Fox

The Free Press WVAge 66 of Lost Creek, WV passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, March 19, 2018.  He was born at Hinton, WV on March 24, 1951 a son of the late David M. and Edna P. Patty Bennett Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Earl “Amos” Burrows

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Davisville, WV passed away March 19, 2018 at his home.He was born February 26, 1932 in Grantsville, WV to the late Walter and Mary Givens Burrows [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Sue Goff Pritchard

The Free Press WV Age 76, of New Martinsville, WV formerly of Harrisville, WV passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Liza’s Place in Oglebay. Norma was born on August 6, 1941 in Harrisville, WV; daughter of the late Fred and Frances (Hall) Goff [....]  Read More

Barbara Ann Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 84, of W 4th Street, Weston, WV passed away at 8:45 PM on Friday, March 16, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on August 21, 1933 a daughter of the late Audrey Edmond Marley and Zenna Evelyn Flesher Marley [ .... ]  Read More

Steven Douglas Hudson

The Free Press WVAge 41, of Skyview Dr. Weston, WV passed away on March 18, 2018 in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born in Lewis Count, WV on April 20, 1976 a son of Steven Ray Hudson and Regina Gail Fisher Hudson who reside in Weston [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin “Ben” Wesley Hamrick,

The Free Press WVAt just 27 years old, prepared for his biggest adventure yet and he set out to trek to Heaven on Sunday, March 18, 2018. He led with the same inquisitive wit that he shared with family and friends every day of his life here on Earth. There was certainly a lot of life in his years, just not enough years in his life. He blessed this Earth when he was born in Fredericksburg, VA on September 5, 1990 to his proud parents: Stephen Lester Hamrick of Vienna, and Charleen Gail Kerns Hamrick of Little River, SC [ .... ]  Read More

John Michael “Mike” Peters

The Free Press WVAge 53, was turned out to greener pastures just before sunrise on Friday morning, March 16, 2018 from his family farm on Sand Fork Road in Linn, WV.  On July 01, 1964 God looked down upon the earth and thought, “They need another farmer, a caretaker of the land.” So he sent a son to Earl Cleo Peters of Glenville and the late Lena Elizabeth Persinger Peters, who raised him to fulfill that role [ .... ]  Read More

Dalton Reip, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 82, passed away in his sleep after a short illness on March 16, 2018. He was born January 21, 1936, the son of the late Dalton and Vada Reip of Euclid Nicut, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Daniel Lawrence Smith

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Orma, WV passed away March 15, 2018 at his home. Daniel was born April 10, 1949 [ .... ]  Read More

Alvy Lewis Price, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Fairmont, WV passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 07, 2018, in the Lewis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. He was born in Weston, West Virginia, on August 27, 1938, a son of the late Alvy Lewis and Ocie Ware Price [ .... ]  Read More

James Douglas Jenkins

The Free Press WV 72, of Crooked Fork, passed away March 16, 2018 at Salem Center Nursing Home, Salem, WV. He was born November 18, 1945 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late Donnie and Haddie Clevenger Jenkins [....]  Read More

Colleen June Burdette

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Vienna, WV, went to be with her Lord, March 15, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at her home. She was born in Grantsville, WV to the late, Ralph L. and Ida Mae (Whipkey) Nicholas June 23, 1928 [ .... ]  Read More

Arletia Gray Wine

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Flatwoods, WV passed away March 14, 2018 at the Braxton Health Care Center, Sutton, WV. She was born April 13, 1930 at Falls Mill, WV and was the daughter of the late Guy Teter and Ona (Dean) Teter [ .... ]  Read More

Betty F. Atkinson

The Free Press WVof Parkersburg, WV passed away March 13, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. Betty was born in Grantsville, WV on March 22, 1937 to the late Olen Ernest and Elta Fern Mace Kelley [ .... ]  Read More

Dortha Ann Hicks Horton

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Chloe, WV, went to her Eternal Home, to be with our Lord Jesus, Tuesday morning, March 13, 2018. She passed away in her home after a long illness at 8:00 AM. She was born February 22, 1936, the child of Huey Crawford Hicks and Ethel Jarvis, who lived most of their lives in Stinson, Washington district, Calhoun, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Boneva B. “Bea” Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Edgewood Road, Glenville, WV; formerly of Weston, WV; departed this earthly life on the evening of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her residence, where she wanted to be, following a brief illness, and surrounded by her loving family. Born March 25, 1928 in Baldwin, WV, (Gilmer County), Boneva is the daughter of the late Aubrey S. and Floda L. Baker Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Lillie Byrn Mayo Kane

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Glenn Dr. Weston, WV passed away at 7:36 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, surrounded by loving family. She was born in Weston, WV on July 08, 1945 a daughter of the late Virgil Francis and Sophronia Marguerite Doake Mayo [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Lucille “Lucy” Bays

The Free Press WVBorn in Pennsboro WV to Ramer and Blanche Cunningham. She moved to Parkersburg WV at age four [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Morgan

The Free Press WV92 years, of Los Angeles, California passed away on Monday, March 05, 2018. She was born on May 04, 1925 in Calhoun County, WV to Arthur Brown and Scottie Kelly Wilson [ .... ]  Read More

Sharon Kay Armentrout Weaver

The Free Press WVOn Friday, March 02, 2018, made her final journey home to spend eternity with her parents and four brothers. Born September 20, 1943, to Forrest Ray and Bessie Mildred Eubank Armentrout [ .... ]  Read More

Betty J. Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Cedarville, WV, went to be with her lord and savior on the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her residence with her loving children by her side. Born August 21, 1934 in Boone County, WV, Betty is the daughter of the late Rex and Virginia Sigmond Ulbrich [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Don Williams

The Free Press WVAge 70 of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 12, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Division. He was born April 14, 1947 in Cherry Falls to Everett R. and Mary A. Conrad Williams and was a lifelong resident of Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

Jean Elizabeth Cottrill

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Price Ave. Jane Lew, WV passed away at 11:58 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew, where she resided for the last four years. She was born in McWhorter, WV on December 26, 1922 a daughter of the late Fred Bernice Miller and Sara Francis King Miller [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Alan Chaddock

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Pennsboro, WV departed this life on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Salem Genesis in Salem, WV. He was born on January 12, 1951 and was preceded in death by the love of his life, Rose Mossor Chaddock who shared his life for 33 years before she went on the Lord in 2012 [....]  Read More

Dorothy Wass

The Free Press WV Age 100 of Harrisville, WV was called away to be with the Lord, March 11, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville. She was born February 11, 1918 at Metz, WV, the daughter of the late Eustace Ruddlesden and Irene Snodgrass Ruddlesden [....]  Read More

Dennie Veon Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Reedsville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Feb.\ruary 27, 2018, at Holzer Medical Center in Pomeroy. He was born on July 31, 1952, in Calhoun County, WV, to the late Deo and Bessie Sampson Nutter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Romie Lee Hughes

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Burnsville, WV passed away at his home surrounded by him loving family March 11, 2018. He was born in IvyDale, WV on March 14, 1940 to the late Ernest Newton Hughes and Garrnett Ann (Hall) Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Patricia Jeanine Hines

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Frametown, WV departed her Earthly home on Saturday, March 10, 2018 following a long illness. Pat was born February 01, 1937 in Hicoria, Florida, the daughter of Eddielee and Louis Ralph Hinely [ .... ]  Read More

Orville Gene “Bub” Metheney

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Chloe, WV passed away March 08, 2018 at his sister’s, Louise Boggs, house in Nebo. He was born April 25, 1957, the son of late Arley and Mamie Tanner Metheney [....]  Read More

Edna Elizabeth French

The Free Press WV Age 92, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on March 09, 2018 at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg. She was born March 29, 1925 in Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late Ross and Alta Cain Leaman [....]  Read More

Crawford Edwin Rayl

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Flatwoods, WV, passed away Thursday, March 08, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born September 11, 1942 in East Liverpool, OH to the late Ralph Rayl and Lenoa (McCoon) Rayl [ .... ]  Read More

Debra Ann Godfrey

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at the River Oaks Rehabilitation Center, Clarksburg, WV. She was born in Sutton, WV on June 12, 1952 to the late Bill Crislip and Amelia (Linger) Crislip [ .... ]  Read More

Billy D. Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Mineral Wells, WV passed away February 26, 2018 at The Belpre Landing Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born December 13, 1934, in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Harry C. and Corinne Baker Taylor [ .... ]  Read More

James David Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 53, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 02, 2018 at his residence. He was born on February 28, 1965 a son of David and Karen Sue Cottrill Thompson [ .... ]  Read More

Nelva June Hurst

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Wednesday, March 07, 2018, at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Home. She was born on March 22, 1931, at Burnthouse, WV, a daughter of the late Fonce E. and Velma Pearl King Carpenter [ .... ]  Read More

Carl L. Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 74, a resident of Lagrange, Ohio passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer. Carl was born on July 12, 1943, in Weston, West Virginia. LaGrange was his home for 30 years [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Anne Limer Ferry

The Free Press WVPassed away Saturday, February 26, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana following a short illness.  She passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family members. Shirley was born in Lewis County, WV on September 08, 1935, to Harry and Hilda Limer [ .... ]  Read More

Wyoma Ola Cunningham Richards

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away March 05, 2018, at home.  She was born December 30, 1929, in Beech Valley, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of Ola F. Cunningham and Della V. Cunningham [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Ann Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life at 6:44 PM; Sunday, March 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 22, 1968 in Weston, WV, Shirley is the daughter of the late Oscar Dennison and Martha Alice Riffle [....]  Read More

Lee Alexander Kraus

The Free Press WVLee blessed this Earth when he was born in Buckhannon, WV on February 15, 1970 a son of proud parents, David Alexander Kraus and Sharon Lillie King Kraus, who reside in Alum Bridge, WV [ .... ]  Read More

David Charles Sisson

The Free Press WV Age 58, of Chloe, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident that occurred at Chloe, WV. David was born April 19, 1959, in Barberton, OH [....]  Read More

Anna Lee Carr

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Wilsie, WV passed away March 04, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital. She was born August 11, 1936 a daughter of the late Van B. and Irene Stalnaker Jarvis [ .... ]  Read More

Betty R. Watson

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 06, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born January 25, 1933 at Spencer, WV, the daughter of the late Roy K. and Ethelyn Virginia Wharton Poe [ .... ]  Read More

Maxine Erma Lia (Wade)

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Leesburg, VA went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 05, 2018 at Glenville Genesis Nursing Home after a short illness. She was born in Lewis County,WV on November 09, 1926: the daughter of the late Ermine D. and Bertha (Haught) Wade [ .... ]  Read More

Glenda M. (Cowan) Hendrickson

The Free Press WV On the 3rd day of March, 2018, Glenda M. (Cowan) Hendrickson was called home to be with the Lord.  She was born in Cairo, Ritchie County, West Virginia, in 1931 [....]  Read More

Roberta Jean “Bobbie” Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Gassaway, WV passed away March 04, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston. She was born May 07, 1951 in Ypsilanti, MI a daughter of the late Argyle “Bill” and Martha “Peggy” Rader Dobbins [....]  Read More

Sharon Kay (Armentrout) Powell

The Free Press WVAge 74, passed away on March 02, 2018 at home under the care of Hospice. She was born September 20, 1943 in Webster Springs, WV to the late Reverend Forrest Armentrout and Bessie Mildred Eubanks Armentrout [ .... ]  Read More

Julia Lee Droullard Gerwig

The Free Press WV Known to her family as Judy, passed away at the age of 95 on February 22, 2018, in McKinney, Texas. Julia was the oldest the four children of Kathryn Erskine Droullard and Harry E. Droullard [....]  Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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