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September 04, 2017
7:00 PM

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Huffman, and Fisher present. Councilmembers Taylor and Dean were absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kaydee and Lacie Martin.

I. Call to Order

II. Public

Certificates of Appreciation (Kaydee and Lacie Martin) - Kaydee and Lacie Martin were awarded a certificate of appreciation for recognition of 70 hours of volunteer service to the City of Glenville for planting and watering the flowers downtown.

A. Approval of Minutes – August 07, 2017

Minutes for the August 07, 2017, meeting were reviewed and placed on file for audit.

III. Reports

B. Financial

The book keeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the financial summary to council. He noted that the book keeper had initially paid the street paving costs from the proposal, however, the final cost for paving was approximately $38000, less than the amount reported at the August meeting, and has been paid. The budget is currently at 18.08% of fiscal year with revenue at 14.49% and expenditures at 16.42%. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial summary as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

C. Street report

The street report was provided to council for review. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that there was a large tree in an alleyway in Camden Flats. Cooks Tree Service has provided an estimate of $1100 for complete tree removal. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve this tree removal at a total cost of $1100. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

D. Police

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He stated the new officer had 24 days remaining in the academy and is doing very well. He will be placed with a current officer for one week when he returns to duty and will then be released to work his shift. Chief requested council consider paying the $100 membership fee for the Chief of Police fees which provides discounts for training and the annual conference. Mayor Fitzpatrick agreed to pay this membership for Chief Huffman.

E. Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the August 23 meeting of the Utility Board. There were minor water leaks with a few minor sewer problems. He noted the annual audit began last week and will continue this week for both the Utility Board and City.

F. Recorder

Nothing to report.

G. Mayors Comments

- Recommendations to Library Board Daniel Smith and June Nonnenberg

Request to appoint Daniel Smith to the Library Board and reappoint June Nonnenberg for another term. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the appointment of Daniel Smith and reappointment of June Nonnenberg to the Library Board. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

- Update August Meetings (Mayor)

Attended the Board of Directors meeting for the WV Municipal League in August.

- City Cruiser

Applied for a grant for a new cruiser. Current cruiser has high mileage. The grant application was submitted last week.

- 2017 Municipal Fees have been invoiced

Municipal fees have been invoiced and have received several to date.

- $1100.00 to cut tree on Camden Flats (alley)

Covered under Financial Report

- Recap Congressman McKinley’s visit

Congressman McKinley recently visited Glenville. He worked with Mayor Fitzpatrick providing assistance with grant application for a new police cruiser by writing a letter of recommendation which was included in grant packet. They also talked about dredging of the river. Congressman McKinley noted the Army Corp of Engineers plan to dredge around the state this year.

- Explanation on paving amount

Covered under Financial Report

- 5K Glow Stick Run 22nd of September

A request for approval to hold a 5K Glow Stick Run on Friday, September 22 with the route beginning at the City Park, up Sycamore to Recreation Center, and return. The Fire Depart will provide assistance. The Glenville Pony League is also requesting to hold a 5K Run/Walk on November 4 with the same route. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve both 5K runs. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

- GCHS Homecoming Parade October 6th (5:00 p.m.)

- GSC Homecoming Parade October 21st (10:00 a.m.)

Request received to have Homecoming Parade for Gilmer County High School on October 06 with the street blocked at 4:00 p.m. and Glenville State College on October 21 with the street blocked at 8:00 a.m. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the GCHS and GSC Homecoming parades. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

IV. Unfinished Business


V. New Business


VI. Other Business to come before Council

Councilwoman Huffman noted a culvert on Norris Road with trees coming into the road. Mayor Fitzpatrick will check and trim back the trees if possible.

VII. Next council meeting – October 02, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

VIII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM

New 4-H Office in Glenville

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation are busy with upgrades and improvements to our facilities ever growing further use for our customers.

This will be the new home of the WVU 4-H office .

We were able to purchase one of the double wide from Gilmer County Board of Education this past September.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for the purchase .

Help to make this project possible are the fine young men and women from Gilmer County’s High School Ag-Mechanics class under the direction of Mr. Nick Cox.

They started digging the footers last week and we hope to pour concrete on Tuesday .

Again thank you to both entity’s for your support for our community recreation center for without groups as yours we would have to dig a little harder to make this happen in the time frame given.

Thank you
Darrel Ramsey/Director

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Pat’s Chat

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Patsy Reckart has her first book published.  She sent me a message, but I didn’t find it right away.  It is a children’s book named “Little Kokamoe Joe.”  It is about a red and yellow dump truck.  All the other trucks made fun of the little red and yellow dump truck.  Patsy’s church has started a writers’ group which will meet on November 4th at the library in Weston at 10 o clock a.m.  You are invited.  Contact Patsy through Facebook for more information.

I want to include just a short but VERY precious quote from my devotional this morning.  It is God’s goal that everyone be saved and then be with Him eternally, but there are many who don’t know Him.  They may know ABOUT Him, but don’t know Him personally and don’t have faith in His wonderful promises.  He will never force a person to believe.  He created us with power of choice.  We can get to know Him whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3) by hearing [reading] the Word of God. (Romans 10:17).

“Every soul is as fully known to Jesus as if he were the only one for whom the Saviour died.  The distress of every one touches His heart.  The cry for aid reaches His ear.  He also knows who gladly hear His call, and are ready to come under His pastoral care.  He says, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.’ He cares for each one as if there were not another on the face of the earth.”—- The Desire of Ages, pp. 476—480.

The Bible is God’s love letter to each of us.  I suggest that you begin by reading the book of John first, with one Psalm from the Old Testament every day for a few weeks, and I am sure you will want to dig in more deeply by the end of a month.’

I attended the wake for Dee Milburn:

Age 77, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, October 09, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Born July 30, 1940, Dee Anna was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert DePue, Esquire, and Mary Davies DePue of Spencer, WV. Daughter-in-law of the late Ellsworth R. Milburn and Estella Kratovil Milburn of Jeannette, PA, Dee Anna was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. David Milburn, Professor Emeritus of West Virginia Wesleyan College, her parents and parents-in-law, her brother-in-law, Debbie Ellsworth Milburn, Professor Emeritus of Rice University in Houston, TX.


Public Viewing of Gilmer County Schools Auction

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public viewing of Gilmer County Schools auction

Both Sand Fork and Troy Elementary will be open to the public for viewing of auction items from 10:00 am until 1:00 p.m. today. 

Sand Fork will be open again this evening from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Troy from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.


Gallery Exhibit Featuring Early Appalachian Photography to Open at GSC

Selections from the Glenville State College Archive will be on display for a gallery exhibit during Homecoming week. The theme of the exhibit will focus on early Appalachian photography and will include several prints from glass negatives, equipment used during the process, and even some of the original glass negatives themselves. The show will feature four different collections: the Byron Turner Glass Negative Collection, the Early Gilmer County Collection, the Gainer Family Glass Negative Collection, and the Pickle Street Glass Negative Collection.

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One of the photos included in the Early Appalachian Photography Exhibit
reproduced from a glass negative from the Gainer family collection

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, October 17 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Gallery. The show will be open the remainder of Homecoming Week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily and prior to the Bluegrass concert on Saturday, October 21 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Beyond Homecoming Week, the gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The gallery is also open one hour prior to most musical performances in the Fine Arts Center.

The Byron Turner Glass Negative Collection was preserved by Glenville State College’s former chemistry instructor, Byron Turner. Turner used the glass negatives as a project in his classes to demonstrate what chemicals were used to make the glass negatives and preserve the picture. The Early Gilmer County Collection was found in the Archives of Glenville State College. It dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Gainer family collection contains donated prints from glass negatives provided by the Gainer family. The pictures were taken by Lloyd Gainer and are from around 1902. The pictures were preserved by West Virginia State Folk Festival founder and 1924 Glenville Normal School graduate Patrick Gainer. The Pickle Street glass negative collection was brought in from the auction house on Pickle Street in Lewis County, West Virginia. The negatives were found in an old barn and later donated to GSC.

“This gallery exhibit will show you what was important to past generations in Appalachia through photography. I hope that the cultural perspective provided gives attendees a better understanding of central West Virginia. It also provides you with more of an appreciation as to what people had to go through and how challenging it was just to take a picture,” said GSC Librarian and Archivist Jason Gum.

During the opening reception, there will also be a book signing for GSC’s recent history book, Preserving and Responding. Gum and the college’s Public Relations Specialist, Dustin Crutchfield, authored this work.

The exhibit will be on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Friday, November 03.

For more information about the gallery exhibit or the book signing, call 304.462.6163.

$8.3 Million in Economic Development Grants

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A total of $8,335,145 in funding from the Economic Development Administration to assist in economic development projects in Marion, Monongalia, Randolph, Mingo, Braxton, Kanawha, Hancock and Mercer counties has been announced by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.

The grants are estimated to impact 1,289 jobs and leverage $75,750,000 in private investments, according to Manchin, D-WV.

“The West Virginia economy is dependent on the availability and access to jobs at all skill levels, and it’s important to make sure all West Virginians have access to quality job opportunities,” Manchin said. “This federal investment will support job creation, technology and educational opportunities in our state, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact in our economy, businesses and workforce.”

Awards are:

  • $2,500,000 — Randolph County Development Authority: To fund the expansion of an existing manufacturing plant in Randolph County, West Virginia. The plant is one of the county’s largest employers and requires additional space to accommodate its growing manufacturing needs. Completion of the project will support the development and growth of the innovation cluster, create and retain jobs and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region.

  • $1,478,100 — Flatwoods Canoe Run Public Service District: To support the replacement and extension of a water line and related infrastructure in Braxton County devastated by the downturn in the coal industry. The completion of this project will provide adequate water supply to local businesses in the area especially during an emergency, help retain jobs, attract new businesses to the area and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region.

  • $1,392,480 — Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and Mingo County Public Service District: To fund construction of a waterline to provide water services to the new Twisted Gun Gap development and the Hatfield-McCoy trail system in Mingo County. Once completed, the project will serve as a catalyst for enhancing the region’s tourism cluster and for attracting new commercial and industrial development and job creation to the area. This investment will provide economic stability, diversification and strengthen the local economy.

  • $767,442 — Pierpont Community and Technical College: To fund the purchase of training equipment and provide staffing to support the expansion of the Aviation Program, at the Robert C. Byrd Aerospace Center, operated by the Pierpont Community and Technical College in Marion County. Completion of the project will increase staff and upgrade the equipment to current industry standards to double the graduating classes from the college and provide highly-skilled workers to the recently announced Bombardier expansion project. This investment will provide economic diversification, create jobs and strengthen the local economy.

  • $750,000 — Center for Applied Research and Technology: To fund technical assistance to the new Bluefield Commercialization Station in Mercer County. This investment will provide high-tech industrial technical services and an incubator that will foster new business creation in the region. In addition, the funds will help to expand the production line of existing businesses, diversify the local economy, and create and retain jobs.

  • $747,123 — West Virginia University: To fund the development of the West Virginia University LaunchLab Network to facilitate small business development and foster economic growth in Morgantown. The LaunchLab will provide students, local residents and small business owners with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and products that are not available in the traditional curriculum.

  • $400,000 — WV Coalition for Technology Based Economic Development: To support new programs to assist with the development of high-tech positions in the West Virginia region. The Tech Assist program will provide next-stage development guidance to a network of entrepreneurs and new businesses in the area. This investment will provide needed economic stability, development of high-tech positions and companies through a coordinated approach of services by the existing incubator/accelerator system and the development of a larger regional private investment consortium that will ensure business and job sustainability into the future.

  • $300,000 — Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle: To fund the creation of a Weirton Area Reuse Plan for repurposing, redeveloping, upgrading infrastructure and attracting new investment to a former steel facility and underutilized industrial land in Hancock County. This reuse plan will provide strategic recommendations for pursuing manufacturing, infrastructure improvements and community revitalization initiatives to support the transformation of Weirton and the Northern Panhandle region.

GCEDA Broadband Public Meeting Notice

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As the lead economic development arm of the the Gilmer County Commission the GCEDA’s President Jeff Campbell provided the following information at last weeks County Commission meeting:

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will be making an application, on behalf of the County, for a West Virginia Development Office Community Development Block Grant for Broadband Planning.

The WVDO has set aside $700,000 of funds for this year with grants due by October 31, 2017. 

A broadband planning grant for a county may be between the amounts of $50,000 to $75,000. 

The GCEDA has budgeted for the 2017 Fiscal Year - $10,000 to pursue a broadband grant/project a portion of which will be used for a consultant to handle the grant application and the remainder as a match on the grant to ensure we receive one. 

The majority of the county has negligible broadband, with the exception of those areas around the College or where Shentel has service. 

The planning grant would be used to create a engineering design for a wireless broadband project for Gilmer County, like Upshur/Randolphf/Barbour consortium.

The Upshur/Randolph/Barbour consortium was awarded a grant from the USDA for $3.0M for a fixed wireless solution which will serve 9,000 residents and businesses with between 10 and 100 megabyte downstream service from tower based wireless internet.

The application is currently underway with an initial public meeting on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00 pm at the Glenville Inn. 

This is one of two mandatory meetings required by the CDBG process and will inform the public of the grant opportunity and take public comments. 

We would request all the Commissioners make the meeting if possible, but at least one attend. 

A second mandatory public meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm at the Glenville Inn where the application will be presented and further comments taken. 

Additionally the County Commission will need to adopt a Resolution at its second October meeting on October 20th in support of the grant application.

Jeff Campbell
President GCEDA

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman


I just arrived in Charleston late Sunday evening for interim meetings in conjunction with a brief special session, but we’ve been in the Kanawha Valley most of last week due to family illness.  Jean’s dad was hospitalized last week after a fall in his home.  A week of ICU due to other health issues, Jean has been at the hospital with him daily.  I’m pleased to report that, at this writing, he is much improved.

When the interim schedule was a portion of my column last week, legislators had no confirmation of a rumored special session in conjunction with interim meetings.  Early last week, the Governor did, indeed, decide to call for a special session in conjunction with interim meetings.  By doing so, the cost of convening the Legislature is basically the same as the monthly interims, since nearly all members are already at the Capitol.

Here is the Governor’s call, in part:

I, JIM JUSTICE, by virtue of the authority vested in the Governor by Section 7, Article VII, of the Constitution of West Virginia, do hereby call the West Virginia Legislature to convene in Extraordinary Session at Noon on the sixteenth day of October, Two Thousand Seventeen, in its chambers in the State Capitol, City of Charleston, for the limited purpose of considering and acting upon the following matters:

  • A bill exempting military retirement from state personal income tax after specified date.
  • A bill increasing amount of credit allowed against personal and corporation net income taxes for qualified historic rehabilitation expenditures.
  • A bill allowing certain tax information to be shared with designated employees of Commissioner of Highways.
  • A bill implementing special hiring procedures for personnel positions in the Division of Highways and the Tax Commissioner.
  • A bill amending the West Virginia Jobs Act.

Late Sunday evening I received a draft of the legislation he is proposing.  Due to the lateness of the hour and deadlines, I will not have time to read and digest the text of the actual bills before submitting this update.  However, I can give an overview of the call.

First, the exempting of military retirement from State income tax was proposed during the regular and extended budget session.  Unfortunately, it was lumped in with other, more controversial items that prevented its passage.  Now that it appears to be a stand-alone bill, the chances are improved greatly.  As I recall, the fiscal note during the session was approximately $3 million annually.

The historic tax credit bill enjoyed wide popularity during the session, as this is a way to help fund rehab of historic structures.  Inexplicably, the House Finance leadership opposed the bill with the higher limits, thereby limiting the pool of funds.  From all indications, this is another try by the Governor to obtain the higher threshold.

The other items deal with the Division of Highways and correspond with the passage of the Governor’s “Roads to Prosperity Amendment” on the ballot a couple weeks ago.  The heart of two of the bills aims to maximize the number of West Virginia workers that will be hired as bonds are sold and major road projects begin for the next several years.  One bill also is designed to provide increased oversight and scrutiny on out-of-state contractors to make certain they are withholding the appropriate West Virginia income taxes on any non-resident workers.  This has been a problem for years with Interstate highway bridge painting contracts, dominated by a Florida firm operating under multiple business names.  I personally have worked with in-state, highly skilled and safety trained worker representatives to get DOH to provide some long overdue scrutiny on this practice.  Hopefully Transportation Secretary Smith and the Governor will heed the calls to act and move decisively to protect our qualified West Virginia workforce.

One other bill proposed will help expedite the hiring of DOH personnel and inspectors to provide qualified workers and fill vacant inspector positions to assure proper oversight of contractors that will be benefiting from the influx of taxpayer funds from the upcoming road bond issuances.

The Legislature can only address the bills proposed by the Governor in a special session.  He also can add additional items to the call at any time we are in session.  And as always, bills that sound good on the surface by being given catchy titles (not always representative of the contents of a bill) can be amended to change its intent and make it unsupportable.  I look forward to getting started on Monday and provide you an update next week.

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.


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Now there’s a simple way to be a life changer. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, ask people to prepare a shoebox that is packed with toys and school supplies for children all over the world.

The boxes are collected at area collection centers, then transported to regional centers, then to the national center in North Carolina to be shipped world-wide.

Camden Flats Baptist Church will be the area collection center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year in our area.

Last year’s shoeboxes were monumental in sharing the Gospel and making Christmas brighter for children and families all over the world.

Only God knows the impact that OCC has had in leading people to our Savior.

It is estimated that for every shoebox, seven people will be exposed to the Gospel.

Just last year the number of shoeboxes packed were: 

      -11.6 Million World wide

      -906,000 from the Great Lakes Region: West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana

      -9,400 from Parkersburg area 10 counties

      -380 boxes from Glenville

This is a great church and family project to help kids in countries world-wide to find the real meaning of Christmas.

Classrooms at school, civic, and youth organizations are participating this year as in the past.

We are in hopes to exceed last year’s numbers.

So how can your church and organization get involved?

1. Go to Operation Christmas Child - to get details about packing boxes.

2. Set a goal for your organization of how many boxes you will pack.

3. Prepare your boxes for National Collection Week November 13-20 and bring them to Camden Flats Baptist Church, the collection center to eventually be delivered to the national center in North Carolina.

4. Contact me with your goals so we can adequately prepare shipping boxes for expected shoeboxes.

5. If possible include the $7.00

Please let me know the name of your church or organization, contact person, and the number of shoeboxes you have set as a goal.

You can contact me by: Sending a postcard to Camden Flats Baptist Church, PO Box 45, Glenville, WV 26351.

Send me an email at: ‘’ Call the church and leave a message 304.462.5200

We can even have someone come to your church or organization to share about OCC

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or be of assistance.

Working Together,
Pastor Dwight Goff,
Area Collection Coordinator,
Operation Christmas Child

PSC to Hold Public Comment Hearing in Webster Springs on West Virginia American Water Cases

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia will hold a public comment hearing on two pending cases filed by West Virginia-American Water Company on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in the Municipal Building at 146 McGraw Avenue, Webster Springs.

West Virginia-American has proposed that the Webster Springs Treatment Plant be decommissioned and that an interconnection be constructed so that customers who are now served by the Webster Springs Treatment Plant can be served by the Weston Treatment Plant.

The total estimated cost of this project is $20.8 million.

In its DSIC case, the Company proposes to invest $29.9 million in its infrastructure during calendar year 2018. 

This includes cost recovery for the certificate project, with revised rates to become effective January 01, 2018.

The evidentiary hearing for these cases began on October 11, 2017. Those who wish to comment but are unable to attend the Webster Springs hearing may submit written comments to Public Service Commission, Executive Secretary, 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, WV 25301, or online at, click on “Submit a Comment.”

More information may be obtained from the Commission website by referencing Case Nos. 17-0466-W-CN and 17-0787-W-DSIC.

Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association Helps the Fire Pit Project at GCPR

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center has received $500.00 dollar donation to help with the construction of a new pavilion with in ground cooking fire pit from the Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association.

This donation will help to offset the cost of the projected $3,000.00 pavilion project.

4-H uses the in ground cooking fire pit for there annual pit pork roast fund raiser dinner as well as a unit of out door cooking during there week long camp each summer at the recreation center.

We thank the 4-H leaders for there heartfelt donation to make this new and improved cooking pit a success.

Thank you

Darrel Ramsey /Director

VISTA Volunteer – Produce Sourcing Arena

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You can earn money for education while making a difference in your community!

Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, WV is currently recruiting for a VISTA member to join them in their effort to build capacity within the produce sourcing arena.

The Mountaineer Food Bank VISTA volunteer will foster relationships with local farmers and producers across the state, increase the overall procurement of locally grown or sourced produce, and develop an effective process for capturing locally grown produce to increase the amount of healthy foods made accessible to West Virginia’s food insecure residents.

Duties include:

  • Assess Mountaineer Food Bank’s current efforts in reaching, selecting, and supporting local farmers, growers and producers of fresh produce and to create or revise policies, procedures and documents to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of produce sourcing system.

  • Set up outreach systems and build partnerships with local farmers, growers and producers in order to network our produce sourcing programs. Develop targeted materials for marketing of these programs

  • Market the produce sourcing program throughout our network


  • Basic knowledge of computers

  • Good writing, speaking, communication, research, & networking skills

  • Agricultural knowledge a plus (not required)

  • Creative and motivated hard worker

  • Must have valid driver’s license- company vehicle provided for work related travel

  • High school graduate/GED

  • U.S. Citizen

  • Serve 35-40 hours a week

  • 18 years or older; valid driver’s license; required background check and drug screening

  • Complete AmeriCorps* VISTA Volunteer Pre-Service Orientation

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references —at least two must be professional or academic—to by Monday, October 16th.

Other information:

VISTA will serve full-time and make a year-long commitment beginning November 2017. During their year of service, VISTA members immerse themselves in the community that they serve to empower agencies and communities working to eradicate poverty. VISTA members are excellent team players and are interested in growing personally and professionally during their year of service.

VISTA positions are open to all US citizens, nationals, and lawful permanent resident immigrants age 18 or older. Members receive a modest living allowance of $472 biweekly and support with childcare if needed. Other benefits include student loan forbearance or deference and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

More information can be found on the VISTA Campus:

Former Glenville State Professors, Staff Members Return to Campus

Glenville State College recently welcomed former employees back to campus for a Retirees Luncheon. The event provides a chance to recognize those who have devoted years of work to ensure the success of the college and build the culture of caring that makes GSC so unique.

Nearly every office and academic department across campus had representation from the group that assembled to reminisce and share memories. Many of the former professors and staff members who attended are also Glenville State College graduates.

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Some of the retired Glenville State College employees and their guests who returned to campus for a luncheon

Those in attendance include: Rick Accord, Professor Emerita Janet Bailey, Professor Emeritus Ralph Bame, Bill Bonnett, Carla Conley, Dr. John Curran, Arleta Davis, Sherry de Rosset, Professor Emeritus Wayne de Rosset, Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Evans, Ray Fitts, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gary Gillespie, Debi Jenkins, Layne Jenkins, Garry Kight, Professor Emerita Yvonne King, Wilda Kuhl, Karen Lay, Brenda McCartney, Professor Emeritus Charles Scott, Professor Emeritus Rick Sypolt, Professor Emerita Dr. Barbra Tedford, and Ginny Yeager.

“I’ve said before that we stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before us here at Glenville State, and when you talk to our retirees it is easy to see the origins of the greatness and best this institution has exhibited. These folks carried on the traditions that they learned from their predecessors and then in turn passed it on to our current workforce. Their caring and thoughtful nature illustrates what our graduates have said for years, that Glenville State College feels like a home away from home. I think that is a true testament to the work of our former faculty and staff. It was a privilege to be able to host and have them back on campus for lunch and fellowship,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 25, 2017 – 4:30 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. by Vice President, Norma Hurley.


Members present: Norma Hurley, Dave Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent. Others present: Nasia Butcher and Becky Minigh.


Becky Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Mrs. Hurley informed the board that she had a request to run the Excess Levy election in November 2017. She distributed a draft Class II publication, as required by law, to board members along with the Election Calendar and other information pertaining to the excess levy election. After much discussion, the Board decided to gather additional information and further discuss the topic at the October 09, 2017 regular board meeting.


Mike Triplett moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m. Carl Armour seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

APPROVED: October 09, 2017

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