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MEC Rookie of the Year Putting Her Stamp on GSC

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Glenville State guard Re’Shawna Stone is the Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year for 2019. The award caps off what has been an amazing season for the Lady Pioneers, and the dynamic freshman from Waynesville, Missouri.

In helping lead the GSC team of head coach Kim Stephens (the 2019 MEC Coach of the Year) to a 30-3 record, the MEC regular season championship, MEC Tournament Championship,  and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. Stone has averaged 17.2 points per game, second on the team. She leads the team with 116 assists (3.5 apg), and also is averaging a solid 4.3 rebounds per game. She was also named the MEC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.6 points in the tournament to go along with 4.6 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists.

Stone’s journey to the hills of Central West Virginia has included several stops along the way. Her childhood has included the multiple stops that are common in a military family. Her father, Anthony Stone, has served throughout his career in the U.S. Army. Anthony, along with his wife Rachel, both were raised in the beltway metro area…Anthony in D.C. and Rachel in Bronx, New York.

Anthony Stone and his family were stationed in Fayetteville, North Carolina when Re’Shawna was born. She lived there until the age of two, and Anthony was deployed to Afghanistan during this period. At the age of three, the family moved to Germany, where they would spend the next three years. In the final year of their time in Europe, Re’Shawna entered her first year of pre-school.

“I really don’t remember very much about those early moves, and I was really young when we lived those years in Germany,“ Stone said. “It became something that you just got used to…everywhere we would go and every new school I would go to, I was always fortunate to make a lot of new friends.“

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At the age of five, Re’Shawna moved with her family to El Paso, Texas. The family would remain stationed there until she 12 years old and in the sixth grade. She began playing youth sports during her time in El Paso, playing both soccer and basketball. She attended Tom Lee Elementary School, and was enrolled at Nolan Richardson Middle School when Anthony was again transferred.

“I was in the sixth grade when we moved to Missouri,“ Stone said. “The school systems were set up differently in each state. In Texas, you are in middle school in the sixth grade, but in Missouri you are still in elementary school. So I did one more year before going back to middle school.“

Stone attended Wood Elementary which was on the base at Fort Leonard Wood. She then attended Middle and High School at Waynesville MS & HS, as the family remained in Missouri for six years. She played basketball in both the seventh and eighth grade. She rose to one of the leaders on the team as an eighth grader on a team that was below .500.

In high school, Stone made an immediate impact, starting as the team’s point guard as a freshman. She produced a solid prep career, passing 1000 career points her junior year, and making all-conference each year. As a senior, she eclipsed the 1500-point mark, and made the Missouri All-State team. Plus, she was drawing attention from dozens of successful college programs.

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“My dad was away for two deployments during my basketball career in Texas,“ Stone said. “It was very hard for me with my dad being gone during that time…my mom was amazing during that time. She was a tremendous support for me and my sisters.“

Stone created a profile on the NCSA recruiting site as a junior, and relied on those hits for much of her contacts and correspondence. As her senior year began to wind down, she had her choices narrowed to six possible schools; three in Division I and three in Division II.  The D-I choices included Robert Morris, Hampton, and Mt. St. Mary’s. The D-II choices were three of the national powers in the division; Drury (MO), Lander (SC) and Glenville State.

Eventually, Stone decided that she wanted a smaller school. This narrowed the choice to two; Drury and GSC. It was a very trying and tough time for the young star…she had developed a strong friendship with Coach Scott Stephens at Glenville, the assistant coach and Kim’s father. He had been recruiting Re’Shawna and selling her on the role she could play in the up-tempo style of Lady Pioneer basketball.

Drury, however, was much closer to home.

With family and geography becoming the key to the decision, Stone was leaning heavily towards Drury. This is when fate intervened. It would be the U.S. Military that ultimately made the decision for Re’Shawna.

“Last summer, my parents received the news they had been hoping for…they were going to get to go home,“ Stone said. “My dad’s retirement was approved and the family was moving back to the D.C. area at Andrews Air Force Base. It all happened so fast, and it was a very exciting time for all of us.“

Suddenly, Drury was no longer the school “closer to home.“ Stone chose Glenville and signed with the Pioneers!

“It was such a crazy time…we all moved together,“ Stone said. “We did it within 30 days…they moved me in here in my dorm, and they went on to D.C. and moved in.“

Now, the entire Stone family is on the East Coast. Re’Shawna’s sister Desiree is now 22 and a senior at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Her younger sister Aiyana is now eight.

“I knew right after my visit this was going to be the place,“ Stone said. “GSC and Drury both made me feel wanted, and after visiting, I knew they would treat me well here in Glenville. I am able to stay focused, and I am playing in a winning program with a great history.“

The results came quick and often. Stone has produced several big plays both offensively and defensively for the Lady Pioneers. She is only one of several true freshmen that have been key contributors for the team during this amazing run…other young stars such as Zakiyah Winfield and Taychaun Hubbard have also produced solid rookie campaigns. The future looks very bright for the program.

Coach Kim Stephens, who now has a blistering 85-11 career record in three seasons, has often cited Stone and her key contributions during Lady Pioneer victories. She notes that her basketball IQ and her decision making ability is way beyond her 19 years.

“My game is more about being aggressive and driving to the basket,“ Stone said. “I can occasionally hit a three, but that is not really my game. I work to give the team a lot of energy on the defensive end, and offensively I try to put in a lot of work on driving, hitting the pull-up jumper, and identifying the passing lanes where I can hit open teammates.“

Stone has had some amazing games this season and has been a thorn in the side of West Liberty University. In her four games this year against the Hilltoppers she has averaged 24.0 points in their meetings with a career high 30 points coming in their meeting in the MEC Tournament Semifinal matchup.

Majoring in Sports Management, Stone states that she wants to remain involved in sports in some fashion later in life. Right now, her immediate goals are to help her team win the MEC Tournament, and advance in the NCAA Tournament.

“I really try to work on my game in practice, but it is also important to me to grow as a person each day,“ Stone said. “From a basketball standpoint, I realize that we are a young team, and I want to do my part to help the team grow.“

According to Stone, growing up in a military household has been a key ingredient in her basketball and academic success. She notes that discipline has always been an important part of the Stone Family.

“Things like life structure, treating others with respect, going after concrete goals…all of these things have been instilled in me by family,“ Stone said. “I was taught that you steer clear of trouble and stay focused on the task at hand.“

For Re’Shawna Stone the Lady Pioneers and Kim Stephens, the future looks very very bright.

 

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In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check

Leading U.S. companies and trade groups have committed to welcome more new hires with criminal backgrounds. These employers represent more than half the U.S. workforce.

Nearly 1-in-3 American adults may have some kind of criminal record. But Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO at the Society for Human Resource Management, said employers are looking to access the talent pool of more than a half-million people re-entering society each year.

“And the person who is recently returning to society - who wants to stay out of jail, out of prison - has an opportunity to become a productive, tax-paying citizen,” Taylor said. “So it is a win, win, win.“

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The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world,
but a number of states and companies are taking steps to make it easier for ex-offenders to get jobs.


Because people with jobs are far less likely to return to prison, Taylor said taxpayers also could save the tens of thousands of dollars each year it costs to incarcerate a single person. Some employers have shied away from hiring people with criminal backgrounds because of concerns about increased liability and work-related crimes.

West Virginia lawmakers have taken several steps to help reformed nonviolent offenders get work, including legislation just approved to make it easier to expunge nonviolent criminal records. And Taylor said he’s hopeful that the pledge taken by IBM, Walmart, the National Restaurant Association, National Retail Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce will convince more employers to give workers a second chance.

All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.

According to a recent poll, more than 80 percent of managers say they value workers with criminal records as much as or more than workers with clean records. The overall incarceration rate in the U.S. is 700 per 100,000 people. In France, by comparison, just 100 people per 100,000 are in the criminal justice system.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~


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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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

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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before May 13, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Ruth Claire Garrett Rick J. Garrett PO Box 369
Glenville, WV 26351
David Thomas Lewis David T. Lewis Jr. PO Box 312
Dalton, OH 44618
Eleanor G. Lewis David T. Lewis Jr. PO Box 312
Dalton, OH 44618
Mildred E. Dye Michael L. Dye 609 McKee Road
Washington, PA 15301


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : March 14, 2019

Did You Spring Forward?

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Today we spring forward, setting our clocks ahead one hour.

This annual ritual reminds us that warmer, longer and sunnier days are right around the corner.

Take a few simple steps now to ensure your home is ready for a splendid spring.

March is a great time in West Virginia to start preparing your garden for the growing season ahead. Buds are blooming, leaves are appearing and bulbs are bursting from beneath the soil.

Now is the time to search for those shears.

Deciduous dormant plants should be pruned before they leaf out.

Bare root plants can be planted now, as well, before the weather warms and their leaves appear.

Now is the time to get a jump on weeds and pests so they are less of a problem when temperatures rise.

Pull small weeds before the roots grow bigger and before they begin to drop their seeds.

As your plants begin to leaf and bloom, hungry snails will become attracted to them.

Get rid of these pests now before they have a chance to ruin your precious plants.

Don’t forget to fertilize.

Add fertilizer to your roses as they start to leaf out.

Fertilizing fruit trees and blooming shrubs as the weather warms will enhance their beauty later in the season.

Spring is a season of fresh starts, so start the season with a fresh home.

Look online for spring cleaning checklists.

Now is the time to tackle those tasks you plan to get around to “one of these days.”

As the sun floods in those freshly washed windows, winter accumulations of dust and dirt show.

Take the time now to dust ceiling fans and light fixtures, art displays and collections of china or crystal.

Clean door trim, base boards, switch plates and door knobs.

Polish that silver and clean those blinds and window coverings.

Think about little things that bother you that you simply haven’t gotten around to doing and do them.

Ohio River Pollution Rules Watered Down

A multi-state group has loosened pollution-control limits on the Ohio River, although not as much as initially proposed. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO - pronounced or-SAN-koh) met yesterday. Comments from Mary Agularia (AG-yoo-LAIR-ah), coordinating committee, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has loosened pollution-control limits, although not as much as some had feared. ORSANCO will now permit the eight states in its purview to opt out of its water-pollution rules. An initial proposal would have done away with the multi-state limits entirely, and rely only on federal Environmental Protection Agency and individual state regulations. Mary Agularia of Cincinnati is with the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign. She says they’re concerned about a possible patchwork of weaker standards among states.

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The Ohio River watershed contains most of five states and parts of eight others.


“There’s several pollutants that the eight states do not monitor that the ORSANCO commission does monitor, and those are some of the worst carcinogens. There’s been so much polluting by the industries that we have to have someone to hold them accountable.“

With the E-P-A and states setting their own standards, critics argued ORSANCO should focus its efforts on monitoring and spill response. But amid federal efforts to weaken clean-water protections, Agularia says this is no time for ORSANCO to shed its duties. The commission met yesterday in Covington, Kentucky.

The Ohio River is consistently ranked as the most polluted in the country, with an estimated 30-million pounds of toxic chemicals illegally dumped into its waters each year. While several chambers of commerce and manufacturing groups supported dropping the standards, Agularia notes there was business opposition, including from groups like craft brewers.

“There’s five million people that rely on their drinking water from the Ohio River. And just imagine if you were in business trying to use that water to sell your beer and you can’t, because it’s become so polluted. So, this affects everybody.“

ORSANCO came into existence nearly 60 years ago. Supporters say since the Ohio River is heavily industrialized and goes from Pittsburgh all the way to Missouri, dealing with its pollution still requires a multi-state organization.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has loosened pollution-control limits, although not as much as some had feared.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Highmark Foundation now accepting applications for 2019-2020 School Grant and Awards Program

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The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 School Grant and Awards Program, which will make available a total of $425,000 for schools grades K-12 in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies.

“Our schools have a tremendous holistic opportunity to be the foundation for systemic improvement in children’s health,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “We are very pleased with the impact the School Grant and Awards program has had in its first six years and are looking forward to expanding that impact to include school-based health initiatives.  We encourage all eligible schools to apply and partner with the Highmark Foundation to create a healthier and safer school environment.”

Public, private, parochial and charter schools and vocational high schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) are invited to apply for the three offerings of the Highmark Foundation’s School Grant and Awards Program:

  • School Grant Program funding supports evidence-based programs that address the following priority areas: bullying prevention, child injury prevention, environmental health, healthy eating and physical activity. New this year is the addition of the category school-based health.  Programs in this area will focus on activities addressing vaccination campaigns including Human Papillomavirus (HPV) awareness and education, school-based health screening support for school nurses and medication/prescription support, and support services for children with chronic illness.   Schools are eligible for grants up $7,500.
  • Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards recognize the important role school nurses play in adolescent health and wellness. Up to 15 school nurses will be presented this honor, accompanied by $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources.
  • Supportive Services Health Grants are part of a strategy to support economically disadvantaged school districts and high-needs schools with financial assistance to meet basic health requests. Schools must meet strict criteria to be eligible. Child Health and Wellness grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to schools to assist with the purchase of items impacting students’ supportive, social and health needs. School Equipment and Supplies Challenge grants will match up to $2,500 for the purchase of specialized equipment or supplies that enable school nurses to better perform their valuable services. Proof of matching funds from other sources must be included in the application.
  • All applications must be submitted online by March 29, 2019

Now entering its seventh year, the Highmark Foundation’s School Grant and Awards Program has provided more than $2.2 million of support to schools in communities served by Highmark Inc. in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The link to the online application can be found at https://highmarkfoundationrfp.versaic.com


About the Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities throughout the areas served by Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.  We fulfill our mission by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs aimed at improving community health.  Central to the Foundation’s mission is identifying and continuously re-evaluating our region’s prevailing health care needs. By doing so, the Foundation remains at the forefront of those needs, well equipped to pinpoint issues that most urgently need support.

New Congress Presses Interior on Cancellation of Strip-Mine Health Study

The new Democratic leadership in Congress is investigating why the Department of the Interior stopped a major study of the health impacts of mountaintop removal and other surface mines.

After researchers found much higher rates of cancer, birth defects and other health problems near surface mines, the U.S. Interior Department directed the National Academy of Sciences to run a thorough study. Interior stopped that study in 2017 after Donald Trump became president.

But West Virginia University’s Michael McCawley, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health sciences, said it’s important to find out what’s causing the serious health problems for people living near the strip mines.

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According to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee,
countries with mountaintop removal mines have a more than
40 percent higher rates of birth defects.


“That seems to be an epidemic of cancer cases, as well as a number of other diseases,” McCawley said. “That’s important to the people in the southern portion of West Virginia; it’s important to the people of the state of West Virginia.“

At the time, Interior said canceling the study was a cost-saving move. Press reports suggest it came after meetings with coal-industry lobbyists. Last week, the new chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee formally requested Interior turn over all documents related to the cancellation.

Interior has said ending the study saved a little more than $500,000, after having already spent nearly as much on the study prior to its cancellation. To McCawley, the cancellation looked a lot like politics getting in the way of badly-needed scientific research.

“People say, ‘Well I don’t want to hear the answer to that,‘ or, ‘I don’t want to discuss this as a possibility,’” he said. “Science needs to be done in the public interest and given the opportunity to find the truth.“

According to McCawley, the best existing theory is that surface mining releases micro-particles - one-thousandth the size of a human hair or smaller - into the air. He said these cause inflammation in the tissues of people who breathe or absorb them. And he said they may well be a problem far beyond the coalfields.

“I have served on the World Trade Center Study Commission and seen many of the same sets of diseases in that population that we were seeing in southern West Virginia,” he said.

More information from the House Natural Resourse Committee is available here.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls

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The demand the huge Atlantic Coast Pipeline was intended to meet is disappearing, according to documents from the corporations behind the project.

Dominion and Duke Energy own almost all of the pipeline, as well as the electric utilities it would supply with natural gas. When applying for a federal permit, they argued it was needed to meet rising electricity demand in North Carolina and coastal Virginia.

But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.

“Dominion is not projecting any increase in natural-gas demand until 2032,” Kunkel said. “Duke is still planning to build some natural-gas plants, but most of that has shifted to the late 2020s.“

The energy companies say they need more pipeline capacity to move fracked gas out of the Marcellus and Utica fields of northern West Virginia, where the price for it is artificially depressed by a transportation bottleneck.

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Dominion is now telling regulators in Virginia that it expects
demand for electricity from natural gas to stay essentially
flat for the next decade and a half.


The 600-mile pipeline across the three states has faced a number of setbacks, including lawsuits by landowners and conservationists. It was recently announced that the total cost of the project would rise to $7.5 billion, and its opening would be delayed until 2021.

If the builders can get state utility regulators’ approval, they can shift the full expense of the line onto ratepayers, along with a guaranteed profit. But Kunkel said investors in the utilities may be starting to worry about the financial risks.

“The project has been delayed by these court challenges, it’s also over-budget,” she said. “And if the state regulators say, ‘You clearly don’t need all of the gas capacity that you signed up for here; we’re not going to let you charge it to your ratepayers,‘ then that would be a very significant blow.“

Kunkel said the incentives tend to make utilities and pipeline companies overestimate demand and overbuild capacity. She said that’s becoming a more serious issue as climate change poses increasing risks.

Kunkel helped write the analysis for a report from IEEFA and Oil Change International.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Glenville State Graduate Appears on Wheel of Fortune

A Glenville State College alumna won big on a recent episode of Wheel of Fortune.

Amy Perkins, a Special Education teacher at Flatwoods Elementary School, graduated from GSC in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education.

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Perkins grew up watching the Wheel of Fortune with her family, so when the Wheelmobile came to the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Nitro, West Virginia, she knew she had to audition. Perkins had auditioned previously but did not advance in the casting process.  The iconic show, which received over a million applications last year, is highly competitive and looks for applicants who are enthusiastic and logical thinkers. Of the million applicants last year, less than 600 were chosen to be on the show.

Nearly two weeks after auditioning, Perkins finally received her letter. She had been chosen as a contestant and would be flown out to California for filming in December.

While on the show, Perkins beat out her two competitors and continued to the bonus round. While she did not win the bonus round, she walked away with a whopping $17,150 in winnings. “It was such an amazing experience,” said Perkins. “I don’t even know how to explain it.”

When the show aired on television in late January, Perkins had a watch party with family and friends. She recalls it feeling as if she was seeing the episode for the first time, despite having solved the puzzles as a contestant. While this was a dream come true for Perkins, she hopes that her experience also serves as an inspiration to her students. “I want them to know that anything they want to do, they can do,” she said.

Trump Admin Losing Enviro Fights in Court

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The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken public health and environmental regulations are being roundly defeated in the courts, according to a new report. Its findings show that the administration is unlikely to become “tired of winning” any time soon.

The law firm Earthjustice has filed 118 lawsuits challenging a multitude of deregulatory efforts, from opening Atlantic coast waters for offshore drilling to delaying the ban of a deadly pesticide. Attorney David Baron from the Earthjustice D.C. office said of the 17 lawsuits that have resulted in major court decisions so far, the administration has won only one.

“They’re just taking a ‘slash and burn’ approach to dismantling these legal protections - without analysis, without facts and without legal support,” Baron said. “And that’s why we have courts, to hold government officials accountable when they act irresponsibly and illegally. And that’s what’s been happening here.“

The administration has claimed in many of the cases that environmental regulations hinder industries such as coal mining. But federal figures show the retirement of coal-fired power plants has actually increased under President Donald Trump.

Among the challenges ahead is Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Baron noted that the EPA itself estimated the rule would save 11,000 lives every year.

“Now these guys have come in and they’re trying, through the back door, to dismantle those protections,” he said. “It makes no sense, it’s not lawful. And we’re going to fight it all the way.“

Mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants travels far from the original source and is absorbed by fish that are eaten by consumers.

Baron predicted the administration’s losing streak will continue, because much of the policy is based on ideology, and often ignores science showing regulations are needed and are working.

“They’re trying to blind themselves from the very facts they need to make the decisions to protect ourselves and future generations,” Baron said. “And the courts are going to see that and they’re not going to let it go forward.“

More information is available at Earthjustice.org.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Governor Justice invites President Trump to West Virginia for State of the Union Address

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Governor Jim Justice today announced that he has extended an invitation to President Donald J. Trump to hold the State of the Union Address in West Virginia.

“I called the President yesterday to convey our invitation for him to come to West Virginia to give the State of the Union Address in our State Capitol. Giving the speech in a state full of people who love their country would truly reflect his focus on the forgotten men and women of America,” Governor Justice said.

“No matter where he chooses to have the speech, I want the President to know that he is always welcome in the Great State of West Virginia.”

Before extending the invitation, Governor Justice consulted with Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, and he expressed full support of the invitation.

Martin Luther King, Jr: A Dream of Hope

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  • A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

  • A lie cannot live.

  • A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

  • A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

  • A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

  • A right delayed is a right denied.

  • A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.

  • A riot is the language of the unheard.

  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

  • All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

  • Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

  • An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

  • An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

  • At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

  • Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

  • Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

  • Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

  • Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

  • Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

  • He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

  • History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

  • Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

  • I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  • I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

  • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

  • I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.

  • I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  • I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

  • I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

  • I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

  • I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.

  • If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

  • If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

  • If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

  • In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  • It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.

  • It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

  • Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?‘

  • Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?

  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

  • Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

  • Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

  • Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

  • Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

  • Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

  • Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

  • One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

  • One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

  • Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

  • Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.

  • Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.

  • Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

  • Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

  • Seeing is not always believing.

  • Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

  • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  • That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

  • The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

  • The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?“ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?“

  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

  • The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

  • The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

  • The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

  • The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

  • The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.

  • The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

  • The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

  • The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

  • The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

  • The time is always right to do what is right.

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

  • The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

  • There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

  • There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

  • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

  • War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

  • Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

  • We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

  • We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

  • We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

  • We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.

  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

  • We must use time creatively.

  • We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

  • We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

  • We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

  • Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

  • When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

~~  Martin Luther King Jr.  ~~

Martin Luther King Jr.: We Are Killing the Dream‏

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people,
the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-historic “I Have a Dream” speech which envisioned a world in which blacks and white would work together in harmony for the cause of freedom. Four years later, just prior to his assassination, King’s dream had expanded beyond issues of equality to encompass broader concerns about the destructiveness of war, poverty and materialism—and it is this dream that is not being realized today.

Just consider: Since 2001, more than $1 trillion has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time that taxpayer dollars are being used to fuel the war machine, 20% of children and 23% of the elderly live in poverty. A 2009 study estimates that 3.5 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of hunger in the U.S. And in terms of race relations and inequality, while we have made progress in some areas, we are severely deficient in others. For example, having a black president does not seem to have improved conditions for the majority of blacks in America. Black household income is roughly 61% of white household income, a five percent improvement from what it was in 1969. Although African-Americans account for only 12% of the population, they make up 44% of the nation’s prison population. Unlike the national unemployment average of 10%, joblessness among blacks is closer to 16% and a staggering 34.5% for young black men. And with the housing market tanking, some of the highest foreclosure rates have been in communities with large black populations.

Clearly, while those claiming to honor King’s legacy pay lip service to his life and the cause for which he died, they have done little to combat the evils about which King spoke and opposed so passionately. Instead, they’re busy bickering, sniping and trying to score political points off their adversaries. A prime example is the recent ruckus stirred up by Fox News host Glenn Beck’s decision to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In response to Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, which is co-sponsored by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and will feature war hawk Sarah Palin, civil rights activist Al Sharpton and others are planning to unveil a four-story monument to King in conjunction with counter-marches and demonstrations to “reclaim the dream.”

It is telling that these disparate groups of people, both claiming to honor King, are attacking one another. Yet this is where both Beck and Sharpton seem to be missing the point: war rallies and monuments do little to honor King’s legacy. Indeed, those truly wanting to honor King’s memory would do better to take part in a peace march or go work in a soup kitchen. Or if you need inspiration from the man himself, read King’s “Silence Is Betrayal” speech, in which he directly attacked the war policy of the American government, especially in regards to the Vietnam War.

Delivered by King at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 04, 1967—exactly one year before he was assassinated—the speech was condemned by many black and white leaders, as well as major publications such as Time and the Washington Post. Although many of his prior supporters deserted him for his remarks, King was resolute in his convictions, and his stance and speech proved to be prophetic.

Forty-three years later, King’s remarks remain painfully relevant to American policies today. In fact, if you were to replace King’s references to the Vietnam War and communism with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and terrorism, you would find that very little has changed in the intervening years.

The following is an excerpt from this historic speech:

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” We in the West must support these revolutions. It is a sad fact that, because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries…. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft-misunderstood and misinterpreted concept—so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force—has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John:

Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says: “Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.”

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.

We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world—a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.

~~  By John W. Whitehead ~~

College Students Are Reminded to Protect Personal Information When Applying for Financial Aid

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds students with plans to attend college to safeguard their personal information as they apply for financial aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), necessary to qualify for financial aid, requires students to provide a vast quantity of personal information. Scammers recognize that reality and look for ways to take advantage of the situation.

“Scammers may take advantage of the personal information required to apply for financial aid,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “That’s why it is so important for students to protect themselves as they look to continue their education in hopes to advance learning and future career opportunities.”

Students should file their FAFSA application as soon as possible for states, colleges and scholarship programs that award aid on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To avoid compromising sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable data, applicants should verify the validity of the recipient, especially since scammers can use a fake seal and other tools to pose as a government official.

Students should never share their Federal Student Aid identification number. The FSA ID gives students access to Federal Student Aid’s online services and can serve as a legal signature.

Applicants also should not overlook the word “free.” While some agencies or companies may charge to fill out the required paperwork, applicants should remember they can do it themselves at no cost.

West Virginia students have until spring to apply for state aid. Specifically, the Promise Scholarship deadline expires March 1, and the state’s Higher Education Grant Program deadline expires April 15.

Students will need to use 2017 tax information to complete the 2019-20 form.

Every student, even those who think they may not qualify for federal grants, should apply. Many colleges and states use FAFSA forms to award other grants and scholarships.

Consumers with questions about a potential financial aid scam can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1.800.368.8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304.267.0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

Nine Years Later, Watchdogs Watch for Reforms to Citizens United

Critics of the Citizens United court decision say it’s resulted in an explosion of dark money in the political system, possibly even from foreign sources. But some see hope in a new package of reforms just passed by the U.S. House.

The Supreme Court handed down the Citizens United decision nine years ago this month. Sheila Krumholz is executive director at the Center for Responsive Politics. She said she thinks the court didn’t realize how big an impact it would have to create a loophole for anonymous donors to fund and influence American political campaigns.

Krumholz said secret money can have long strings attached.

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Since Citizens United nine years ago, watchdogs say there has been
an “explosion” of anonymous, so-called “dark money” flooding into American politics.


“We can’t know if it comes from Russia or Saudi Arabia or China or from Nevada,” Krumholz said. “Troubling enough that corporate interests might hold such sway - or unions. But even more troubling is the notion that our sovereignty could be at risk.“

Citizens United lawyers argued donations are a form of free speech. Watchdogs cite the campaign finance reforms in the We The People Act, which just passed the House. Some say it includes needed tightening of the laws.

The new Democratic leadership in the House specifically chose the We The People Act as the first piece of legislation the body would take up and pass. It looks unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, and even less likely to receive the signature of President Donald Trump if it reaches his desk.

But Adam Smith, strategic partnership director with the group End Citizens United, said it’s a once-in-a-generation anti-corruption package - in part because of its campaign-finance rules.

“Things like requiring dark-money groups to disclose their donors, matching small donations with public funds, empowering those small donors,” Smith said. “And it also restructures the Federal Election Commission so that there’s really enforcement and accountability for people who break campaign-finance laws.“

The We The People Act also includes provisions to make it easier to vote and prevent voter suppression. And it tightens ethics rules for officeholders - requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns and forbidding members of Congress from serving on corporate boards.

Detailed, specific political spending records are available at OpenSecrets.org.

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The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV was called home on Friday, March 15, 2019 from the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. Sue’s parents, the late Doyl D. and Lora L. Rylee James, greeted her with loving arms when she was born on April 18, 1947 in Salus, Arkansas [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Lynn Davis

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 3, 1941: son of the late Ancil Davis and Zina (Buukhammer) Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Gregory Allen Stark

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Camden, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Morgantown, WV on December 16, 1959: son of the late Charles Stark and Joan (Feagans) Stark [ .... ]  Read More

Rebecca Jane Cullen

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Vienna, WV passed away March 12, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born August 23, 1950 in Weston, WV, the daughter of the late John Thomas and Martha Margaret Jarvis Cullen [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Alfred Maxwell

The Free Press WV Age 66 of Charleston, WV; departed this life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston following an extended illness. He was born February 23, 1953 in Grantsville, WV; son of the late Janis Maxwell Martin [....]  Read More

Arthur F. Cokeley

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2019, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Arthur was born April 20, 1929 in Cairo, WV a son of the late Samuel H. and Mary (Harden) Cokeley [....]  Read More

Eva Anderson Stout

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 09, 2019 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a sudden illness. She was born November 12, 1944 in Monroe County, WV; daughter of the late Eulice and Virginia Wykle Anderson [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Robert Satterfield

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 25, 1947 in Grafton a son of the late Daniel L. Elizabeth June Arnold Satterfield [ .... ]  Read More

Edith “Eadie” Joan Dallas

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Jane Lew, WV passed away surrounded by loving family on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born on August 20, 1951 in Melrose Park, Illinois a daughter of the late Edward Joseph and Eunice Elizabeth Kangas Wendt [ .... ]  Read More

Doris “Geneva” Case

The Free Press WV Age 85 of Stoneville, NC passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 AM after a short illness at Moorehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, NC. Geneva was born June 05, 1933 at home on Tate Creek, Glendon of Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Lanty Nathan (Nick) Gibson

The Free Press WV Passed away at his home in Webster, FL after a long illness on March 08, 2019. Nick was born January 26, 1954 to Lanty Junior Gibson of Little Birch, WV and Anna Jane (Arthur) Crouse of Yuma, AZ [....]  Read More

Doris J. Powell

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Akron, OH went home to be with the Lord, March 06, 2019 which was her 85th birthday. She was one of eight children born to Joseph and Jennie Costilow in West Union, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Canfield Norman Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 09, 2019 at her sisters home in Wooster, OH. She was born November 06, 1944, in Canfield, WV to the late Ira & Maude White Canfield [....]  Read More

Eleanor Shock

The Free Press WVAge 99, a lifelong resident of Normantown, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Hubbard House in Charleston, WV following a short illness. Eleanor was born October 19, 1919, the daughter of Marion Lee Brown and Oleta Miller Brown who preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

Herbert Lee Pridemore

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2019 at the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV. Herbert was born on January 28, 1941 in Madison, WV, the son of the late Hobert Lee and Dusty Mae Gibson Pridemore [....]  Read More

Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Stonewood, WV passed away after a brief illness on Friday, March 08, 2019 at her daughter’s house surrounded by loving family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Barberton, OH on March 05, 1965 the daughter of Joy Gregoire DeFazio of Stonewood and the late Charles H. Gilchrist [ .... ]  Read More

Alexander Russell Trefz

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV transitioned to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents when he was born in Weston, WV on May 17, 1937 [ .... ]  Read More

Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

The Free Press WV 26 day old infant daughter of Mark and Lori Hainaut, Burnsville, WV joined the angels on Monday, March 4th at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Mitsuko Paula Whipkey

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Vienna, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV and Riverdale, GA, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Marietta, OH. She was born on June 18, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan and was the daughter of the late Keikichi and Mito (Nakamura) Kobayashi [ .... ]  Read More

Jennifer Lane (Gibson) Grimm

The Free Press WV Age 39, of Laurel, MD passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019. She was born June 30, 1979 to Regina Lynn (Gibson) Loudermilk of Sutton, WV [....]  Read More

Ernestine Yvonne Walker

The Free Press WVA82, of Belpre, OH went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on March 03, 2019. She was born on Middle Run in Gilmer County, WV a daughter of the late Robert and Edith (Weaver) Moss [ .... ]  Read More

Hartzel Ray Jordan

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Walkersville, WV passed away under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor on Tuesday, March 05, 2019. He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 08, 1935 a son of the late Dave Nile and Rose Lee Cogar Jordan [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie Lou Lytle

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Frametown, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 04, 2019 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born November 22, 1942, in Clay, WV, the daughter of the late William & Goldie Hietsel Duncan [....]  Read More

James Bert “Jimmy Bert” Scott

The Free Press WV Age 82 of Alma, WV departed this life on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on August 02, 1936 in West Union, WV a son of the late Bertie Guy and Donna Bonnell Scott [....]  Read More

Byron D. McCoy

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Vincent, OH, passed away Thursday February 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Sutton, WV, a son of the late I.O. “Mac” and Audrey (Fox) McCoy [ .... ]  Read More

Robert F. “Bob” Morris

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Seville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster. Bob was born January 02, 1932 in Dille, WV to Gene Craft and Lilly Hanshaw and was raised by his grandparents, Dwight and Genevieve Morris [....]  Read More

Earl L. Stonestreet

The Free Press WV Age 95 of Rootstown, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at his home. He was born March 22, 1923, in Gassaway, West Virginia, to parents Letcher and Anna (Carroll) Stonestreet [....]  Read More

Ronnie Dean Lesher

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Sutton, WV was called Home on Thursday, February, 21, 2019 after a courageous fight with Lung Cancer. He was born in Logan, WV son of the late Albert and Katherine (Smith) Lesher [ .... ]  Read More

Katharine “Kate” Anna Belle Smith Linger

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Buckhannon, WV left to be with her Lord and Savior from the comfort of her home on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. She was born in Weston, WV on October 23, 1926 a daughter of the late Clarence and Gertrude Bell Cosner Smith [ .... ]  Read More

L. Ernest (Sonny) Haught, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Smithville, WV passed away on February 23, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center surrounded by his family. Sonny was born December 06, 1935, in Smithville, WV, to L.E. Haught, Sr., and Ethel B. Parks Haught [....]  Read More

Mary Elizabeth Carman

The Free Press WV Age 82 of Bryant, passed away on February 16, 2019 as a result of a long battle with Parkinson’s.  Mary was born on February 10, 1937 in Gassaway, West Virginia to the late David Henry and Aleen Smith Baker [....]  Read More

Jack Norman Blazer

The Free Press WVAge 71 of New Milton, WV passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Jefferson Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.. Born in Hammonton he lived most of his life in the Folsom area before retiring to West Virginia in 2006 [ .... ]  Read More

Phyllis A. Mayes

The Free Press WV Age 85 passed away Friday, February 15, 2019. Phyllis was born in Duck, WV and had lived in Northfield Center for over 45 years [....]  Read More

Sherry Pauline Noble

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 16, 2019 in the comfort of her own home. She was born on October 01, 1958 a daughter of the late Paul Dewitt and Ruth Louise Mize Noble [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Jean Gallaher

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, went peacefully to sleep on February 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by her husband and two daughters, as was her wish. Barb was born November 22, 1951 in Bay Village, Ohio, the eldest child of the late Sarah (Sally) A. Brown and Charles (Blake) B. Pendergrass [ .... ]  Read More

Bernice Riddle Stump

The Free Press WVAge 94, formerly of Russett, WV went to be with the Lord February 12, 2019 at Macclesfield, NC. She was born July 16, 1924, a daughter of the late Ralph and Daisy Smith Riddle [ .... ]  Read More

Frederick John Morris Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 86 of Weston WV passed away February 12 2019 at home with family and the guidance of Hospice. Fred was born January 13, 1933, in Keene NH to the late Frederick J. Morris, Sr. and Emma Hodgman Morris [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis Earl Collins

The Free Press WVAge 76 of Verona, NY, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital while in WV visiting family. His parents, the late Alfred Collins and Hazel Cable welcomed Lewis to the family on March 20, 1942 in Vienna, NY [ .... ]  Read More

Clem “Bud” Morris Weaver

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Little Hocking, Ohio passed away February 07, 2019 at home. He was born July 27, 1929 at Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Jackson Woodford and Oleta M. Frymier Weaver [....]  Read More

William E. Lancaster

The Free Press WV Age 83, resident of Phenix City, Alabama, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Columbus Hospice House. Lancaster, son of the late Leslie Lancaster and Lorene Frame Lancaster, was born October 29, 1935 in Gassaway, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Beulah Mae Hall

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Virginia, went to be with the Lord on January 24, 2019. She was born on February 03, 1937 to the late Lawrence Johnson and Myrtle Phipps of Clintwood, Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Final Goodbye

The Free Press WV Roll call of some who died in 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Ora Day Seese, Jr.

Nathan Andrew Branham

Robert Jay Hicks

Shirley Ray Rhodes

Arley R. Layne

Amanda Rebecca Atkinson

Readers' Recent Comments

Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

By Kudos To School Board on 03.21.2019

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

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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“All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.“

This is a patently false statement.  Heyman does this frequently.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 03.19.2019

From the entry: 'In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check'.

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So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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