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GSC Annual Jazz Band Concert - November 14, 2012

The Gilmer Free Press

The annual Glenville State College Jazz Band Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The set will feature familiar classics by the Average White Band, Count Basie Band, Glen Miller Orchestra, and many more.

“This is a very varied program with a little something for everybody! The concert will feature several student soloists; please join us,” said GSC Jazz Band Director Dr. David Lewis.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

Weston: Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Craft Show - 11.09.12

The Gilmer Free Press

The tenth annual Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Craft Show will be held on Friday, November 09, 2012 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital boardroom and classroom from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The public is invited to check out the local crafts, baked goods and jewelry, just in time for Christmas.

Gilmer County Recreation Center: Bluegrass Sing - 11.10.12 - Saturday

The Gilmer Free Press

The GSC Bluegrass Band will be performing at the Gilmer County Recreation Center on Saturday November 10, 2012.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM.

The band will play from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

Food will be prepared on the grill and be available for purchase.

There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Come on out and enjoy the evening with us.

All proceeds will go to the Gilmer County Recreation Center for general cost, repairs, and maintenance.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Any questions regarding the event can be made to Lisa K Smarr by calling 304.266.0020.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - The Morning After

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Some quick observations on the election

—Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin beat Republican Bill Maloney by a more substantial margin yesterday that in the special election last year.  Tomblin won last year by 7,500 voters, but this time by more than 31,000 votes. 

—Maloney underperformed—or Tomblin over performed—in several key counties: Berkeley, where he beat Tomblin by fewer than 800; Wood, where Maloney won by just 33 votes.  Additionally, the Maloney camp fell below their goals in Monongalia County (Maloney’s home county), Morgan and Jefferson.

—Tomblin did not win his home county of Logan by the same 12-1 margin as he did last year, but he still did quite well. Tomblin got 79% of the vote in Logan County.

—Republican Attorney General candidate Patrick Morrisey’s home county of Jefferson and neighboring Berkeley County were decisive in his victory over long-time incumbent beat Democrat Darrell McGraw.  Morrisey won by about 13,000 votes, roughly his margin of victory over McGraw in those two counties.

—One of the more surprising outcomes of the night was the fourth place finish by Democrat Tish Chafin in the state Supreme Court race.  Many political observers thought Chafin, who spent heavily and campaigned hard, would win the second seat. Instead, Republican Allen Loughry prevailed, meaning there are now two Republicans (Loughry and Brent Benjamin) on the five-member court.

—The biggest political shake-up was in the West Virginia House of Delegates.  Seven incumbents—six Democrats and one Republican—lost.  The Republicans gained eleven seats in the House, narrowing the Democratic advantage to 54-46. 

—The GOP added three seats in the Senate, but the Democrats still hold a commanding 25-9 advantage.

—President Obama did not fare was as well in West Virginia this election as he did four years ago.  In 2008, Obama lost the state with 304,000 votes (43%).  Yesterday, President Obama finished with just over 230,000 vote (36%).  Obama did not win any of the state’s 55 counties.  The closest he came was in Jefferson, where he got 47% of the vote.

—Despite reports of long lines at some polling places, turnout does not appear to have been exceedingly large.  About 640,000 West Virginians cast ballots, for a turnout of close to 52%.  That’s lower than 2008 when 711,000 voters went to the polls for a turnout of nearly 59%.

Gilmer County Recreation Center/GSC Bluegrass Band - Saturday, 11.10.12

If you missed the concert for the GSC Bluegrass Band, we have you covered.

The Bluegrass Band will be performing again on November 10, 2012 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM and the band will be play from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

It is a great way to spend a Saturday night.

The Gilmer Free Press
Members of the GSC Bluegrass Band
(L-R) Robbie Mann, Toni Doman, Jordan Young, Laiken Boyd,
Ryan Spangenberg, and Richie Jones


Admission for the concert is $5.00 per person, $8.00 for two tickets, and free for children under five.

This is going to be a fantastic night.

Outside under a tent you will be able to purchase, hot off the grill, Italian pepper/onion sausage sandwiches, chips, and a drink before and during the concert.

The first 25 people through the door will receive a small gift from the Recreation Center.

Come out and enjoy an evening of music, and some great food.

It is quickly becoming an evening you won’t want to miss.

Lisa Smarr – Director 304.266.0020

OddlyEnough™: Roane County Doctor Facing Charges After Having His Tongue Bitten Off

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A Roane County doctor/minister had part of his tongue bitten off but he is the one police are charging with assault.

He also faces separate charges of brutally beating a teenager at the church he operates in Spencer.

Dr. Kenneth Seen, age 52, of Spencer, WV was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of battery, assault and child abuse creating the risk of injury. Authorities believe he stuck his tongue in an elderly patient’s mouth, and the man then bit off a “significant” portion of Seen’s tongue.

The investigation began on September 18 when Yvonne Wright came to the State Police detachment in Spencer to report a doctor at Roane General Hospital had assaulted her father on August 31, said Sgt. F.L. Hammack.

John Shafer, age 77, a long-term patient at Roane General who suffered from dementia and Parkinson’s Disease, was transferred back to the Roane County hospital from Cabell Huntington Hospital after being treated for a broken hip, according to a complaint filed in Roane Magistrate Court.

He was confined to bed and immobilized at the time, Hammack said.

Hospital workers told Wright her father bit the tongue of his attending physician, identified as Seen. Wright said the nurses on duty cleaned blood from her father’s face and removed an item, which Hammack said was part of Seen’s tongue, from Shafer’s mouth.

Seen was treated at Roane General and later Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital.

Shafer, who did not want to discuss the incident at the time, suffered no injuries in the ordeal. He died October 26.

Troopers obtained a search warrant for Seen’s medical records. Seen’s statement on the incident was included in the report.

Seen told physicians that Shafer motioned for him to come close, and then grabbed his tongue, pulling Seen closer to him. After that, the doctor’s “memory fades,“ according to the complaint.

“His statement claimed he just remembered pain and blood,“ Hammack wrote in the complaint.

Dr. Jason Fincham, an emergency room doctor who treated Seen’s injuries, told authorities he doctor had a “significant portion” of his tongue bitten off.

“When presented with Dr. Seen’s statement of how it happened, Dr. Fincham stated that it could not be true,“ Hammack wrote.

Fincham said for Seen’s account to be true, Shafer would have also bitten his own finger. Shafer showed no injury. Fincham said Shafer would not have been able to pick up any item, “let alone grab Dr. Seen’s tongue and hold on to it,“ the complaint said.

Nurses who tended to Shafer and Seen said Shafer was never aggressive toward them before or after the incident. He said the nurses all agreed that Shafer was not physically able to grab the doctor.

Seen apparently told CAMC doctors a different story about the matter, according to the complaint. Details of the differing story weren’t available.

“We started investigating and four search warrants later, all of the evidence suggests Dr. Seen’s account is untrue,“ Hammack said. “Dr. Seen placed his tongue in the victim’s mouth. There is no way Dr. Seen’s account is true.“

Seen was charged with battery, a misdemeanor punishable by no more than one year in jail and a fine of no more than $500.

Hammack said the alleged crime was sexual in nature but that there was no law on the books to cover that type of crime.

Seen also faces assault, battery and child abuse charges for an alleged incident that occurred October 07 at the church in Spencer where Seen is pastor.

Spencer police asked Hammack to look into the matter because the victim, a 14-year-old boy, is the son of a city employee.

The boy told Hammack that Seen picked him and his brother up to take them to church at the Christian Society of Roane County in Spencer. He said he was sitting on a ledge over the entrance and had his knife and cellphone when Seen told him to come down.

The teen said he complied but when he went back up to get his items that Seen grabbed him and threw him to the ground. He said Seen got onto his back and began punching him repeatedly.

Seen then allegedly took the boy to a back room of the church and shoved him against a refrigerator. The boy said Seen used a profanity and slapped him across the face.

Three other teens who witnessed the incident gave Hammack the same account. No other adults were around at the time of the incident.

Seen is the father of Adam K. Seen, age 25, and Jacob T. Seen, age 23, who both were sentenced in June to federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

The brothers admitted to having more than 600 images of child porn in their possession. Adam Seen worked as an information technology specialist for Roane County Schools before his arrest.

Hammack said the investigation is ongoing.

Kenneth Seen was free on bond Thursday.

Calls to Roane General Hospital were not immediately returned.

~~  Ashley B. Craig - Daily Mail   - 11.01.12~~

Ritchie Judicial Candidate Previously Cited For Conflicts Of Interest

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The WV Record Reports:


Prior to the current ethical violations leveled against him, records show several times in his nearly 30-year career, a Ritchie County attorney, and candidate for circuit judge, was warned about conflicts of interest in cases he handled.

In April, the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, the prosecutorial arm of the state Supreme Court, filed a six-count statement of charges against Ira M. Haught. The statement, which acts like an indictment for disciplinary purposes, accuses Haught, a sole practitioner in Harrisville, of, among other things, deceiving investigators as to whose interest he was representing in a property transfer in Doddridge County.

A review of Haught’s disciplinary file show that at least five times the Board cautioned Haught about the conflicts of interest in his cases. Two of those came very early in his practice, and centered on legal matters involving his father.

In fact, the first one resulted in formal disciplinary action, and a warning that has gone unheeded.


Three between 2001 and 2007

Most recently, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Court’s investigative arm, opened a complaint against Haught on September 06, 2007 at the request of Keith White, a St. Marys attorney. According to the complaint, Haught represented Allen R. Lacaria and Megan Smith in a real estate purchase contract that involved Earl and Lurri Craddock.

Apparently, Earl Craddock spoke with Haught about the contract before retaining White. Though he said a review of his appointment book and time records disputed that, Haught withdrew as Lacaria’s and Smith’s attorney after the matter came up in the course of the contract discussions.

In closing the complaint on January 31, 2008, Chief Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel Rachael L. Fletcher Cipoletti expressed concern about Haught “lack[ing] an appropriate and sufficient mechanism for conducting checks for conflicts of interest in his office.” Provided he could give proof within the next 30 days he instituted a way to check conflicts of interest, Cipoletti said ODC would not refer his case to the Board.

Two months prior to the complaint in the Lacaria-Smith-Craddock real estate case, William E. Edwards alleged Haught created a conflict of interest in taking his ex-wife, Janet, as a client in their divorce despite first speaking with him. According to his complaint, William first spoke with Haught about representing him in the divorce the previous January, but didn’t have enough money to retain him.

After he obtained the necessary funds, Haught told William to return, and he would file his divorce. Before he could do that, William says Janet retained Haught.

Despite having no notes or recollection of ever speaking with William, Haught, in response to the complaint, filed a motion to withdraw as Janet’s attorney. In closing the complaint on August 22, 2008, Cipoletti reminded Haught “of his obligation to perform appropriate conflict check procedures when accepting new clients” and warned him “that failure to do so in the future may result in appropriate disciplinary action.”

More than six years earlier, John W. Martin of Waverly accused Haught of failing to timely disclose a potential conflict of interest in defending him in a property damage lawsuit filed in 2000 by Drilco Oil Products in Wood Circuit Court. When Drilco refused to cap a well on property he purchased, Martin removed the well’s pumping unit, and placed a barricade around the well.

After Judge George Hill ruled in Drilco’s favor following a one-day bench trial on October 25, 2001, Martin the following December filed his complaint against Haught. In it, he alleged Haught neglected the case, failed to return phone calls and omitted telling him he received royalty payments from a leasehold interest Drilco had in Gilmer County.

In response to Martin’s complaint, Haught admitted to receiving the royalty payments from Drilco’s Gilmer County interest. However, he added that he completely explained that to Martin prior to the trial, and it did not effect his representation of him.

Though it did determine Haught receiving royalties from Drilco while fighting against the company in court a conflict of interest, the Board’s investigative panel said it was “limited in nature” and Martin was not harmed by it. However, in closing the complaint on March 27, 2003, Allan N. Karlin, the panel’s chairman, warned Haught about potential conflicts, and encouraged him to obtain waivers in writing to avoid misunderstandings.


Two Involving Dad

A decade earlier, Haught, while serving as the county prosecutor, apologized for his behavior in a case involving his father, Warren.

According to the complaint, Haught on August 29, 1991, moved to dismiss a speeding ticket against Warren in Ritchie Magistrate Court. When the magistrate’s assistant refused to accept his motion without specifying the reason why, Haught wrote on the form “because I want to.”

Later, he said then-Judge Sam White said he would not appoint special prosecutors to cases in magistrate court, and the magistrates informed him if a prosecutor failed to appear for a hearing on misdemeanor a case, they would not hesitate to dismiss it. Along with his apology, Haught assured the Board should a potential conflict arise, he would disqualify himself from the case, and seek the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Two years after he was admitted to the Bar, Jeannette E. Kincaid of Wheeling filed a complaint against Haught accusing him of helping his brother, Barry, to prepare “deeds and other transfers to defraud her and her creditor rights against the brother’s property.” According to the complaint, Kincaid obtained a judgment against Barry on June 17, 1983.

In response to Kincaid’s complaint, Haught admitted he made the transfers, but at the request of Warren. The transfers, he said, were conducted to “‘clean up some loose ends remaining from the [business] merger,’ of the family businesses.”

According to the complaint, a subsequent lawsuit was filed by one of the banks that held the note to some of the property. Because of an apparent conflict he had by representing Warren while serving as a bank trustee, Haught was named as a co-defendant.

In closing the complaint on November 04, 1988, the Board determined there was insufficient evidence to prove Haught committed fraud by transferring the property. However, because he committed a technical conflict of interest in helping his father do it while serving as the bank’s trustee, the Board admonished him for his actions, and warned him “to avoid future violations of ethical rules.”

A hearing on the statement was tentatively scheduled for October 31. However, it was continued on a motion by Haught so his new attorney could become familiar with the case.

Previously, Haught was represented by former Wood County Prosecutor Ginny A. Conley. Now, he is represented by Ancil Ramey, a former Court Clerk, now with Steptoe and Johnson.

In Tuesday’s general election, Haught, age 53, a Republican, is seeking to fill the unexpired term of Judge Robert Holland, who died two years ago. Former Pleasants County Prosecutor Tim Sweeney, age 55, who was appointed to fill the vacancy by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, is his Democratic opponent.

The Third Judicial Circuit includes Pleasants, Ritchie and Doddridge counties.

A hearing has been rescheduled for December 05 and 06 at ODC’s office in Kanawha City.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals case number 12-0528

~~  Lawrence Smith - WV Record  ~~

GSC Hosting West Virginia Marching Band Invitational - 11.03.12 - This Saturday

The Gilmer Free Press

Glenville State College’s Ike & Sue Morris Stadium will be filled with the sound of music on Saturday, November 03, 2012.

That will be the site of the inaugural West Virginia Marching Band Invitational (WVMBI) sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Glenville State College for this statewide marching band invitational. The response from high schools around the state has been phenomenal, and we know that this program can continue to grow,“ said the Commissioner.

Twenty-seven high school marching bands with approximately fifteen-hundred musicians, color guards, twirlers, majorettes and drum majors from across the state will be performing at the first WVMBI.

Competing bands will be organized into four classes (A-4A). These classes will be grouped into two divisions (A and 2A in Division II and 3A and 4A in Division I). Bands will be organized into classes based on school size, not band size.

Awards will be given to schools for performance within their respective classes, divisions, and overall. Both divisions will have a Division Grand Champion who will be eligible for Overall Grand Champion.

The Overall Grand Champion and First and Second Runners-Up will receive cash prizes. This is one of the largest invitational in the state and the only statewide invitational.


The bands competing in Division I are:

•  Brooke
•  Cabell Midland
•  Capital, Elkins
•  Greenbrier East
•  Hampshire County
•  Parkersburg
•  Princeton
•  St. Albans


Division II bands include:

•  Bluefield
•  Gilmer County
•  Harman
•  Liberty-Harrison
•  Magnolia
•  Nicholas County
•  Phillip Barbour
•  Poca
•  Ravenswood
•  Richwood
•  Ritchie County
•  Roane County
•  Scott
•  Sherman
•  Sissonville
•  Tygarts Valley
•  Valley-Wetzel
•  Wahama


The GSC Marching Band will be an integral part of the festival.

The GSC Drum Line and the entire GSC Marching Band will be performing at 2:45 PM.

Members of the band will serve as hosts for each of the high school bands, allowing the college students to talk with the high school students about college, music education, and their experiences at GSC.

The Glenville State students will, where possible, be paired with their high school alma maters.

“The GSC Department of Fine Arts is very appreciative of Commissioner Smith’s dedication to this great event and for the opportunity to host. This is a wonderful opportunity for the music students of West Virginia. It is also a fantastic learning opportunity for the GSC Music Majors as they will be with the bands all day and will ‘wear many hats’ the day of the event to help make sure it flows and is a success” stated Lloyd Bone, GSC Assistant Professor of Music, Marching Band Director, and Fine Arts Department Chair.

The WVMBI is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM and last until approximately 7:30 PM.

At 6:30 PM there will be an all bands finale.

The awards presentation will begin at 6:45 PM with West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin presenting the awards to the winning bands and individuals.

The WVMBI will also help promote the division’s educational ‘VH1 Save the Music Foundation’ program which provides free music instruments to middle schools throughout West Virginia.

“One of the most important missions we have at the Division of Culture and History is to encourage our young West Virginians to appreciate and participate in the arts. We want them to know the personal satisfaction they can find in discovering their own creative spirits and to become lifelong supporters of the arts.

I believe that it is vital for us to encourage young students to find an art form that they enjoy. Studies show that students with arts background are more confident and have more self-discipline. These traits, which help improve their overall scores and commitment to education, are invaluable tools for their future success. More than that, a love of art – whether it is performance or visual art – enhances a person’s appreciation of their environment and the world,“ said Reid-Smith.

Admission for the event is $6.00 for ages 12 and up and $3.00 for children 11 and younger.

The official West Virginia Marching Band Invitational program, featuring photos of all high school bands and the GSC Band, will available for be $4.00.

For more information about the 2012 West Virginia Marching Band Invitational including the performance schedule visit www.wvculture.org/agency/wvmbi/2012wvmbi.html or call Bone at 304.462.6341.

Gilmer County Recreation Center: Bluegrass Sing - 11.10.12

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The GSC Bluegrass Band will be performing at the Gilmer County Recreation Center on Saturday November 10, 2012.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM.

The band will play from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

Food will be prepared on the grill and be available for purchase.

There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Come on out and enjoy the evening with us.

All proceeds will go to the Gilmer County Recreation Center for general cost, repairs, and maintenance.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Any questions regarding the event can be made to Lisa K Smarr by calling 304.266.0020.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Storm Throws Campaigns a Curve

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The final days before an election are critical, especially in close races.  Candidates make their final, frenzied push while voters cast their ballots through early voting or make up their minds for Election Day.

However, Hurricane Sandy has thrown a curveball into this election.

The historic storm has blanketed large swaths of the state (particularly the eastern mountains) in heavy snow, and the snow continues to fall.  As of Tuesday, an estimated quarter-million power company customers were without electricity. 

Roads are treacherous; many schools and businesses are closed.

No doubt tens of thousands of West Virginians are more worried about the electricity than the election. Candidates will have trouble getting the attention of voters in the hardest-hit communities.

A dent in turnout would hurt Democrats more than Republicans. Democrats have a decided edge in registration and a large turnout typically helps Democratic candidates pull ahead of their Republican challengers.

Governor Tomblin has suspended his campaign activities because of the storm, but perhaps ironically, he’s in the media far more now than he was before.  He’s been all over radio and television (even the Weather Channel) with storm information.

And it’s certainly appropriate for the state’s Governor to take the lead during times like these.

It will be interesting to see how voters respond.

Some voters may see Tomblin as being “in charge” during a time of crisis.  Voters tend to migrate toward leaders, men and women who step up and take responsibility when there are challenges.

However, this is the second time in four months that West Virginia has been hit by a devastating storm.  The June derecho left thousands of West Virginians frustrated over how long it took to restore electricity and basic services.

If it’s a tough slog back to normalcy this time, voters could take it out on the Governor.  It won’t be the Governor’s fault if the power is not back on by Election Day, but his name is the one on the ballot. 

That’s the other side of the double-edged sword of responsibility during a crisis.

Political candidate appearances are typically associated with smiles and handshakes.  After all, campaigns are supposed to be about optimism and the future. 

That’s a tougher sell right now, since thousands of West Virginians will spend the time between now and Election Day cold, wet and tired.

Upcoming Movies - 11.02.12

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Flight

Opens Friday, November 02, 2012 | Runtime: 2 hrs. 18 min.

R - Intense Action Sequence, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Language and Sexuality/Nudity

Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he’s managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober—but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Genres: Drama

 

 

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Wreck-It Ralph

Opens Friday, November 02, 2012 | Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.

PG - Some rude humor and mild action/violence

Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of always being the “bad guy” and losing to his “good guy” opponent, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Finally, after decades of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides to take matters into his own hands. He sets off on a game-hopping trip to prove that he has what it takes to be a hero. However, while on his quest, Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Director: Rich Moore

Genres: Animated, Comedy, Family

 

 

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The Man with the Iron Fists

Opens Friday, November 02, 2012 | Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min.

R - Language, Brief Drug Use, Bloody Violence and Strong Sexuality

In 19th-century China, a stranger (RZA) settles in a jungle village and becomes its blacksmith. Radical tribal factions force him to fashion elaborate tools of destruction, and the clans’ conflict soon erupts into a full war. Knowing he must take action, the blacksmith channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. Fighting beside iconic heroes, the blacksmith harnesses this incredible power to defend his adopted people from an army of soulless villains.

Cast: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, RZA, Cung Le, Byron Mann

Director: RZA

Genres: Action/Adventure

Trillium 2013: Call For Submissions

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The Trillium, GSC’s literary arts journal, is open for submissions for the 2013 issue.

All GSC students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members are invited to submit visual art, poetry, fiction, or song lyrics.

The deadline for submissions is December 07, 2012.

All submissions should be sent as an attachment (.doc, .rtf, or .pdf) to “Trillium@Glenville.edu”.

All submissions should include an official Trillium submission form, sent as an attachment along with the work.

Copies of this form can be found at www.glenville.edu/life/trillium.php, or by request from “Trillium@glenville.edu”.


We are looking forward to viewing your creative work and we hope that you will be able to join us in the spring for our annual Trillium reading!

To those submitting lyrics, we hope you will perform your song at the reading as well!

We hope you’re as excited as we are,

Megan-Lynnette Rollins
Editor

GSC Theatre: Night of The Living Dead - This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

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GSC Hosting West Virginia Marching Band Invitational - 11.03.12

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Glenville State College’s Ike & Sue Morris Stadium will be filled with the sound of music on Saturday, November 03, 2012.

That will be the site of the inaugural West Virginia Marching Band Invitational (WVMBI) sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Glenville State College for this statewide marching band invitational. The response from high schools around the state has been phenomenal, and we know that this program can continue to grow,“ said the Commissioner.

Twenty-seven high school marching bands with approximately fifteen-hundred musicians, color guards, twirlers, majorettes and drum majors from across the state will be performing at the first WVMBI.

Competing bands will be organized into four classes (A-4A). These classes will be grouped into two divisions (A and 2A in Division II and 3A and 4A in Division I). Bands will be organized into classes based on school size, not band size.

Awards will be given to schools for performance within their respective classes, divisions, and overall. Both divisions will have a Division Grand Champion who will be eligible for Overall Grand Champion.

The Overall Grand Champion and First and Second Runners-Up will receive cash prizes. This is one of the largest invitational in the state and the only statewide invitational.


The bands competing in Division I are:

•  Brooke
•  Cabell Midland
•  Capital, Elkins
•  Greenbrier East
•  Hampshire County
•  Parkersburg
•  Princeton
•  St. Albans


Division II bands include:

•  Bluefield
•  Gilmer County
•  Harman
•  Liberty-Harrison
•  Magnolia
•  Nicholas County
•  Phillip Barbour
•  Poca
•  Ravenswood
•  Richwood
•  Ritchie County
•  Roane County
•  Scott
•  Sherman
•  Sissonville
•  Tygarts Valley
•  Valley-Wetzel
•  Wahama


The GSC Marching Band will be an integral part of the festival.

The GSC Drum Line and the entire GSC Marching Band will be performing at 2:45 PM.

Members of the band will serve as hosts for each of the high school bands, allowing the college students to talk with the high school students about college, music education, and their experiences at GSC.

The Glenville State students will, where possible, be paired with their high school alma maters.

“The GSC Department of Fine Arts is very appreciative of Commissioner Smith’s dedication to this great event and for the opportunity to host. This is a wonderful opportunity for the music students of West Virginia. It is also a fantastic learning opportunity for the GSC Music Majors as they will be with the bands all day and will ‘wear many hats’ the day of the event to help make sure it flows and is a success” stated Lloyd Bone, GSC Assistant Professor of Music, Marching Band Director, and Fine Arts Department Chair.

The WVMBI is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM and last until approximately 7:30 PM.

At 6:30 PM there will be an all bands finale.

The awards presentation will begin at 6:45 PM with West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin presenting the awards to the winning bands and individuals.

The WVMBI will also help promote the division’s educational ‘VH1 Save the Music Foundation’ program which provides free music instruments to middle schools throughout West Virginia.

“One of the most important missions we have at the Division of Culture and History is to encourage our young West Virginians to appreciate and participate in the arts. We want them to know the personal satisfaction they can find in discovering their own creative spirits and to become lifelong supporters of the arts.

I believe that it is vital for us to encourage young students to find an art form that they enjoy. Studies show that students with arts background are more confident and have more self-discipline. These traits, which help improve their overall scores and commitment to education, are invaluable tools for their future success. More than that, a love of art – whether it is performance or visual art – enhances a person’s appreciation of their environment and the world,“ said Reid-Smith.

Admission for the event is $6.00 for ages 12 and up and $3.00 for children 11 and younger.

The official West Virginia Marching Band Invitational program, featuring photos of all high school bands and the GSC Band, will available for be $4.00.

For more information about the 2012 West Virginia Marching Band Invitational including the performance schedule visit www.wvculture.org/agency/wvmbi/2012wvmbi.html or call Bone at 304.462.6341.

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