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GSC’s Mark Jackson to Play in 87th East-West Shrine Game - 01.21.13 - Monday

Glenville State’s Mark Jackson has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game®.

The Game will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, kicking off at 3:00 PM CT and televised live on the NFL Network.

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An offensive tackle from Columbus, OH was a three year starter for the pioneers.  In 2012 he was a team captain, voted Team MVP and was a first team All-WVIAC honoree for the third year in a row.  Jackson was also named t 1st Team All American by the AFCA Coaches and 2nd Team by Beyond Sports Network.

Jackson joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,“ said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.‘“

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

“We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,“ said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children.“

The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can purchase tickets for the January 21, 2012 game online at www.shrinegame.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 727.342.5777.

All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets (price does not include service fees).


About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

Movies This Week – 01.17.13

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Broken City

Opens Friday, January 18, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min.

R - Violence, Some Sexual Content and Pervasive Language

Ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) sees a chance for redemption when New York’s powerful mayor, Nicolas Hostetler (Russell Crowe), calls upon him for a special job. Hostetler thinks his wife, Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is having an affair, and that it might hurt his chances for re-election. However, as Billy starts to investigate, he becomes embroiled in a bigger scandal than he realized. Double-crossed by the mayor, Billy begins a relentless quest for justice.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper

Director: Allen Hughes

Genres: Suspense/Thriller

 

 

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The Last Stand

Opens Friday, January 18, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min.

R - Language and Strong Bloody Violence

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Stormare, Forest Whitaker, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville

Director: Kim Jee-Woon

Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

 

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Mama

Opens Friday, January 18, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.

PG-13 - Violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements

On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone—or something—still wants to tuck them in at night.

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain

Director: Andy Muschietti

Genres: Horror

Google: Doodle Wanted from West Virginia

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Students throughout West Virginia are being asked to draw their best days ever for a chance to see that artwork on Google’s homepage.

Submissions of redesigned Google logos, based on that theme, are now being accepted for the Doodle 4 Google contest.

“It can be an imaginary day, something that may even be impossible or may be possible one day.  It can be based on a memory, so something nostalgic or something that you would like to have happen someday soon,” Google Doodler Mike Dutton said.

His official job title is ‘Google Doodler’ and, in that role, he tells MetroNews he finds inspiration in a lot of places.

“A lot of it comes from the occasion itself.  We look at a lot of these doodles that we do on a quarterly basis and, as we dive into the research, we learn from something new and become inspired by that,” Dutton said.

The 2013 winner will see his or her artwork featured for a day at Google.com.  The student will also receive a $30,000 scholarship and his or her school will pick up a $50,000 technology grant.

The Doodle 4 Google contest is now in its sixth year.

It is open to students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Doodles must be submitted by March 22, 2013.

Katie Couric, Brian Henson and Chris Sanders, the creator of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, will help select the top designs.

For more information on how to submit redesigned Google logos, go to www.google.com/doodle4google.

~~  Shauna Johnson ~~

Gilmer Public Library: WV Reads 150

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Join the West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC), the West Virginia Center for the Book and libraries across the state in West Virginia Reads 150, a fun reading challenge that celebrates West Virginia’s 150th birthday in 2013.

The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) from any source, during the course of 2013, West Virginia’s sesquicentennial year. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction; they must be read between January 01 and December 31, 2013.

People can read 150 books individually, or create teams to read 150 books collectively. Libraries across West Virginia are encouraged to form teams to compete. Teams, which can have up to 15 members, must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by team members.

All ages and groups can participate – friends, coworkers, book clubs, classmates, seniors, etc. If children are too young to read on their own, kids can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.

To participate, sign up at Gilmer Public Library.  Contact the library at 304.462.5620 for more information, or you can check us out on Facebook.

Who Could Run in Rocky’s Place in 2014?

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Now that U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller has announced his retirement, there’s lots of speculation about who will run for the Democratic nomination for that seat in 2014.

Here are a couple names that have come up, in no particular order, and some of their pros and cons.


Carte Goodwin

Pros: He has a jump start because he served for four months as U.S. Senator in 2010 between the time that Robert Byrd died and Joe Manchin won election.  He is part of a family that is well-connected in West Virginia politics.  His wife, Rochelle, works for Senator Rockefeller.

Cons: He does not have personal wealth and would have to raise large amounts of money.  He has only limited political experience and has never run for office.  The other side of being well-connected is that some resent the Goodwin family’s influence in West Virginia politics.


Booth Goodwin

Pros: Just like his cousin, Carte, Booth or someone in his family knows everybody worth knowing in West Virginia Democratic politics.  He has increased his profile dramatically in the last couple of years while serving as the U.S. Attorney for the southern district.

Cons: Like his cousin, Booth cannot write a check for a big campaign.  He has not demonstrated that he can win a political race.  And again, the Goodwin name causes some blowback from those who are suspicious (or jealous) of the family and its politics.


Robin Davis

Pros: Davis, who was just elected to her second term on the state Supreme Court, has proven she can win a statewide race.  She is an effective campaigner who, along with her successful trial lawyer husband Scott Segal, can write a big check for a race.

Cons: Davis would have to give up her seat on the court the moment she declares her candidacy.  She has a ton of Supreme Court opinions that would be fodder for an opponent.


Gaston Caperton

Pros: The former Governor left on a high note after two terms.  Caperton has enough personal wealth to contribute heavily to his own campaign.  Caperton expanded his network of contacts during his tenure as president of the College Board.

Cons: Caperton has been out of the public eye for awhile; it’s been 17 years since he was Governor.  He will turn 74 in 2014, making him 80 years old at the end of the term.


Nick Rahall

Pros:  Rahall has seniority.  The Congressman has represented the third district since the 1976 election.  He would have an advantage in the Primary Election because he has run successfully in his district many times.  He can argue that knows the ways of Washington .

Cons: It may hurt more than help these days to be a Washington veteran.  While Rahall has never lost a race in his district, he is not nearly as well known north of Route 60.  He has taken thousands of votes that could be dissected by opponents.


Wildcard

Pros: Somewhere out there could be a fresh face, perhaps even someone with money.  Think Gaston Caperton in 1988.  Critics will say this newcomer has no experience, but that also means no voting record to be exploited.

Cons: It’s often hard for a newcomer to cut through the clutter.  The media coverage migrates toward the known names.  Who out there with success and money wants to subject themselves to the rigors of a big time political campaign?

So, these are just a few names. What names would you like to submit?

~~  Hoppy Kercheval ~~

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Marple Faces Uphill Battle to Get Job Back

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Former West Virginia School Superintendent Jorea Marple is suing the state Board of Education, claiming she was illegally fired last November.  Marple wants her job back. She adds that she has “suffered humiliation and anguish as a direct proximate result of her termination.”

No doubt Marple has suffered.  Getting fired will do that.  But Marple and a majority on the state Board of Education differed on how to respond to the comprehensive audit of public education.

“Many (board) members found no sense of urgency in the Department (of Education) to address some of the issues that have been outlined,” said Board President Wade Linger.  “Too often, we were told how things can’t change instead of being offered solutions.”

Marple was, like most top administrators, an at-will employee, and therefore not subject to civil service protection.

The at-will doctrine has been an important part of employment law since it was penned in the late 19th century by Horace Wood.  His 1877 treatise reasoned that the relationship between an employer and an employee, unless otherwise specified, can be terminated at any time for any reason.

Many exceptions have been added over the years. For example, an at-will employee cannot be let go because of their skin color or because he/she refuses to do something illegal or as retaliation.

Barring any of the exceptions, however, at-will employees are subject to firing without cause.

That principle was upheld by the West Virginia Supreme Court last year when it sided with the state Division of Culture and History over its firing of Fred Armstrong, the long-time director of Archives and History.

The court ruled that “an at-will employee… may be terminated at any time, without reason, unless this termination violates some substantial public policy (such as any of the reasons mentioned above).”

The state Board of Education could copy and paste the Armstrong ruling in its response to Marple.

Marple’s lawyers may believe they have the advantage, however, because of an earlier state Supreme Court decision.

In the 1982 case “Martha Major v. George DeFrench and the City of Morgantown,” the court overturned the city’s firing of Major.  The ruling–which coincidentally was written by then-Justice Darrell McGraw who is Marple’s husband—expounded on the due process rights of employees and protection of the employee’s reputation.

So, how will this all end?

Marple, as an at-will employee, has a weak argument for getting her job back.  Even if a sympathetic circuit judge sided with Marple, the state Supreme Court’s ruling in the Armstrong case shows the lean of the justices on such matters.

Additionally, it’s hard to imagine that Marple’s reputation has been damaged or that her ability to get another job is in peril.  As the Charleston Daily Mail, which supported the Marple firing, opined, “She retains high regard even of the people who back the board’s action.”

The real issue here is not Marple’s hurt feelings, but rather the quality of public education in West Virginia, and that’s where the state Board of Education has turned its attention.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Senator Wants to Smell the Raoses

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The annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner for West Virginia Democrats was underway at the Charleston Civic Center.  The state’s leading Democrats were rallying the faithful with their best stem-winder speeches.

When it came time for the state’s senior Democrat, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, to take the podium, he passed.  Rockefeller, 75, who has suffered through back and knee pain for years, didn’t feel as though he could stand on his feet for another half-hour.

When a politician forgoes an opportunity to give a speech before an adoring crowd, you know all is not well.

And so when the five-term Senator announced Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2014, you heard people say they were not necessarily surprised.

But I suspect there are more reasons than the increasing physical limitations that contributed to Rockefeller’s decision.  Slowing down causes one to, as Rockefeller said, “recalibrate… to find a new balance for the thing I love—public service, and family.”

Typically, the most insincere sentiment spoken by retiring politicians is that they want to “spend more time with their family.”  It’s great cover for the real reasons powerful men and women move—or are pushed—from the spotlight.

But I believe Rockefeller.

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He and Sharon have four grown children with families of their own and six grandchildren.  “They are endlessly supportive and bring such total joy,” Rockefeller said, as he looked upon many of those family members in the front row during Friday’s announcement.

Interestingly, in a video piece posted on Rockefeller’s website just a few days earlier, the Senator said he was frustrated with political gridlock in Washington, D.C.  “It seems like many of my colleagues have forgotten how to get along with each other,” Rockefeller lamented.

There was a tone of resignation in his voice. Although Rockefeller said in his retirement announcement Friday that he will continue to fight and work for causes he cares about, the weariness is evident.

As one Rockefeller associate put it, would you rather spend your remaining days traipsing through the corridors of the Hart Building (the Senate office building) or playing with the grand kids in your Pocahontas County home?

Another thought is that Rockefeller faces a difficult re-election challenge in 2014.  The likely Republican challenger, Shelley Moore Capito, is a popular Republican Congresswoman.  Rockefeller would not get the usual pass that accompanies a sitting U.S. Senator in West Virginia.

Sure, Rockefeller could win a sixth term, but it wasn’t going to be easy.

In the late Robert Byrd’s autobiography, Child of The Appalachian Coalfields, the iconic Senator waxed eloquently about the stages of his life: “It was a road filled with hopes in the morning of life; preparation when the sun was at its meridian; and service in the long afternoon with lengthening shadows that stretch away to hills of the night.”

Byrd watched the shadows from his beloved Senate, the place where he was truly home, the place where he would spend his final days.

Rockefeller, it would seem, has other plans.

Movies: List of 85th Annual Academy Award Nominations

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Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations:

1. Best Picture:
•  “Amour,“ ‘'Argo,“ ‘'Beasts of the Southern Wild”
•  ‘'Django Unchained”
•  ‘'Les Miserables”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Lincoln”
•  ‘'Silver Linings Playbook”
•  ‘'Zero Dark Thirty”

2. Actor:
•  Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
•  Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
•  Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
•  Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
•  Denzel Washington, “Flight”

3. Actress:
•  Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
•  Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
•  Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
•  Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
•  Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

4. Supporting Actor:
•  Alan Arkin, “Argo”
•  Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
•  Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
•  Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
•  Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

5. Supporting Actress:
•  Amy Adams, “The Master”
•  Sally Field, “Lincoln”
•  Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
•  Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
•  Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

6. Directing:
•  Michael Haneke, “Amour”
•  Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
•  Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
•  Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
•  David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

7. Foreign Language Film:
•  “Amour,“ Austria
•  “Kon-Tiki,“ Norway
•  “No,“ Chile
•  “A Royal Affair,“ Denmark
•  “War Witch,“ Canada

8. Adapted Screenplay:
•  Chris Terrio, “Argo”
•  Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
•  David Magee, “Life of Pi”
•  Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
•  David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

9. Original Screenplay:
•  Michael Haneke, “Amour”
•  Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
•  John Gatins, “Flight”
•  Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
•  Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”

10. Animated Feature Film:
•  “Brave”
•  “Frankenweenie”
•  “ParaNorman”
•  “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
•  “Wreck-It Ralph”

11. Production Design:
•  “Anna Karenina”
•  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
•  ‘'Les Miserables”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Lincoln”

12. Cinematography:
•  “Anna Karenina”
•  ‘'Django Unchained”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Lincoln”
•  ‘'Skyfall”

13. Sound Mixing:
•  “Argo”
•  ‘'Les Miserables”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Lincoln”
•  ‘'Skyfall”

14. Sound Editing:
•  “Argo”
•  ‘'Django Unchained”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Skyfall”
•  ‘'Zero Dark Thirty”

15. Original Score:
•  “Anna Karenina,“ Dario Marianelli
•  “Argo,“ Alexandre Desplat
•  “Life of Pi,“ Mychael Danna
•  “Lincoln,“ John Williams
•  “Skyfall,“ Thomas Newman

16. Original Song:
•  “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,“ J. Ralph
•  “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,“ Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane
•  “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,“ Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri
•  “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,“ Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
•  “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,“ Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

17. Costume:
•  “Anna Karenina”
•  ‘'Les Miserables”
•  ‘'Lincoln”
•  “Mirror Mirror”
•  ‘'Snow White and the Huntsman”

18. Documentary Feature:
•  “5 Broken Cameras”
•  ‘'The Gatekeepers”
•  ‘'How to Survive a Plague”
•  ‘'The Invisible War”
•  ‘'Searching for Sugar Man”

19. Documentary (short subject):
•  “Inocente”
•  ‘'Kings Point”
•  ‘'Mondays at Racine”
•  ‘'Open Heart”
•  ‘Redemption”

20. Film Editing:
•  “Argo”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Lincoln”
•  ‘'Silver Linings Playbook”
•  ‘'Zero Dark Thirty”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Hitchcock”
‘'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
‘'Les Miserables”

22. Animated Short Film:
•  “Adam and Dog”
•  ‘'Fresh Guacamole”
•  ‘'Head over Heels”
•  ‘'Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare”
•  “Paperman”

23. Live Action Short Film:
•  “Asad”
•  ‘'Buzkashi Boys”
•  ‘'Curfew”
•  ‘'Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)“
•  ‘'Henry”

24. Visual Effects:
•  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
•  ‘'Life of Pi”
•  ‘'Marvel’s The Avengers”
•  ‘'Prometheus”
•  ‘'Snow White and the Huntsman”

David McKinley Watching Shelly Moore Capito

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West Virginia’s First District Congressman says he wants any U.S. Senator from West Virginia to hold the line on spending.

“I want to make sure that we have the most fiscal hawk that we can because this county’s got problems right now,” Congressman David McKinley said.

As of now, Congressman McKinley, a Republican, says he likes what he is seeing from Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito who is also a Republican.

Capito has already announced her plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

McKinley, though, is not ruling his own Senate run.  He says a number of people have approached him about the possibility.

“I have told them I am, right now, watching to see what happens with Shelley, how well she continues to maintain a fiscal policy that is good for this country,” the Congressman said on Thursday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“If she is not going to be that fiscal hawk that is going to make sure that we get our spending under control, then we’ll find another candidate.”

Any Republican nominated will potentially face longtime U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat, in the 2014 General Election.

Congressman McKinley is serving his second term in the U.S. House while Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito started her seventh term this month.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - “On the Brink” of Education Overhaul

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House Speaker Rick Thompson was rolling along in his traditional opening day speech of the 2013 legislative session with the usual boilerplate material: work together, a better future, look what we have accomplished together, etc.

But then this line:  “The education system in West Virginia is on the brink of an overhaul.”

In the media we don’t actually “stop the presses” anymore, we tweet breaking news, and several State Capitol reporters latched on to the Speaker’s line, rushing it out to their followers.

Thompson continued to his fellow House members: “It is important that all members of the House of Delegates are up to date and knowledgeable of what the audit recommends and what is needed to improve upon our education environment.”

The language is significant.

Thompson could have ignored the controversial audit, or thrown out some banality about “improving our schools.”  No one would have taken much notice.

But instead he used the word “overhaul.”

The audit found, and the reform-minded state Board of Education agreed, that our public school system is bureaucratically top heavy, badly in need of innovative ways to develop, reward and retain great educators and inadequate in preparing all students for workforce needs and careers.

The status quo isn’t working.

Our students are below the national average in 21 of 24 categories measured by the National Assessment of Education Progress.  One in four high schools students doesn’t graduate on time.

Teachers are hemmed in by an across-the-board pay and benefit schedule that fails to reward excellence.  Local school boards are hamstrung by a litany of rules and regulations that come out of Charleston and Washington.

Local boards are desperate for more control, according to Mercer County School Board President Greg Prudich.

Speaking to lawmakers this week on behalf of the West Virginia School Board Association, Prudich said, “Our association contends the ultimate goal is to vest more power and authority for education decision making at the county level over the next five years, creating precisely the environment called for in the audit.”

Governor Tomblin is expected to propose substantial education reform this legislative session, shifting more control to county school systems and breaking up the antiquated and absurdly restrictive hiring and firing rules.

But the success or failure of any reforms will depend largely on whether legislative leaders are on board.

Senate President Jeff Kessler indicated to me this week on Metronews Talkline that he is.  “You’re going to see some real efforts (to pass legislation) that do make some positive changes,” Kessler said.

And now we see a green light from Thompson, leader of the House, where the stiffest opposition to tangible education reform is likely to appear.

A meaningful overhaul will be difficult, but it’s encouraging that Thompson has his members on the brink.

WVEA Responds to Education Audit

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Many of the recommendations in the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit will likely face opposition from members of the West Virginia Education Association on any road to implementation.

WVEA President Dale Lee was in front of state lawmakers, earlier this week at the State Capitol, to detail the WVEA’s response to the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit.

After seven public forums on the audit’s proposals last fall, Lee says it is clear teachers want pay raises for all educators, across the board.

“Until we address salaries as a comprehensive issue, as a whole, then I don’t think we need to be tinkering with just the fringes of it,” Lee said.

The audit recommends merit pay, meaning the salary for a teacher would be determined using evaluation results that could take into account student performance.

“Per person, everyone said they don’t want to set up a system that creates a divisive atmosphere and no one has seen a merit pay system that is fair and equitable yet…..and improves student achievement,” Lee said on Wednesday’s MetroNews Talkline.

He says teachers also oppose differential pay which would allocate higher salaries to teachers who fill more in demand positions.

Lee says teachers are also rejecting a proposals that would give principals more authority to fire and hire teachers, mandate 180 days of instruction and reduce the weight of seniority in hiring decisions.

You can read the WVEA’s full response to the education efficiency audit at www.wvea.org.

Legislation, based on the audit’s recommendations, is expected to come up when the 2013 Regular Legislative Session begins at the State House on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

Gilmer County: Friends of Library Meeting - 01.21.13

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The Friends of Gilmer Public Library will meet on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the library.

Movies This Week - 01.09.13

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Zero Dark Thirty

Opens Friday January 11, 2013 | Runtime: 2 hrs. 37 min.

Brutal Disturbing Images, Strong Violence and Language

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most-wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative (Jessica Chastain) that proves instrumental in finally locating bin Laden. In May 2011, elite Navy SEALs launch a nighttime strike against bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, killing him.

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt,James Gandolfini

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Genres: Action/Adventure, Documentary, Suspense/Thriller

 

 

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Gangster Squad


Opens Friday, January 11, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.

R - Strong violence and language

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

Cast: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Genres: Drama

 

 

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A Haunted House

Opens Friday, January 11, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.

R - Crude and sexual content, language and some drug use

In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life.

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, Affion Crockett

Director: Michael Tiddes

Genres: Comedy

GSC’s Mark Jackson to Play in 87th East-West Shrine Game

Glenville State’s Mark Jackson has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game®.

The Game will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, kicking off at 3:00 PM CT and televised live on the NFL Network.

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An offensive tackle from Columbus, OH was a three year starter for the pioneers.  In 2012 he was a team captain, voted Team MVP and was a first team All-WVIAC honoree for the third year in a row.  Jackson was also named t 1st Team All American by the AFCA Coaches and 2nd Team by Beyond Sports Network.

Jackson joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,“ said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.‘“

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

“We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,“ said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children.“

The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can purchase tickets for the January 21, 2012 game online at www.shrinegame.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 727.342.5777.

All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets (price does not include service fees).


About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

Gilmer Public Library: WV Reads 150

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Join the West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC), the West Virginia Center for the Book and libraries across the state in West Virginia Reads 150, a fun reading challenge that celebrates West Virginia’s 150th birthday in 2013.

The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) from any source, during the course of 2013, West Virginia’s sesquicentennial year. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction; they must be read between January 01 and December 31, 2013.

People can read 150 books individually, or create teams to read 150 books collectively. Libraries across West Virginia are encouraged to form teams to compete. Teams, which can have up to 15 members, must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by team members.

All ages and groups can participate – friends, coworkers, book clubs, classmates, seniors, etc. If children are too young to read on their own, kids can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.

To participate, sign up at Gilmer Public Library.  Contact the library at 304.462.5620 for more information, or you can check us out on Facebook.

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