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Glenville: Free Imagery and Clay Workshop

Ceramic artist Jason Kiley will visit the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center on Thursday, February 21, 2013 to give a free presentation about his art.

Kiley is a ceramic artist who creates working pottery and sculptures. He is the Ceramic Technician at Marshall University in Huntington.

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The Imagery and Clay seminar will take place from 12:30 PM until 1:15 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Gallery.

It will be followed by a workshop and demonstration which will take place from 1:30 PM until 2:15 PM in Room FA 237.

During the artist talk, Kiley will talk about his influences in art and how he uses imagery in his work to create implied narratives. Following his talk, Kiley will go into the specifics on how he puts imagery into ceramic form during the workshop/demo.

“One common thread that runs through all the work that I create is an implied narrative.  Whether I am using two dimensional imagery or three dimensional forms, when viewed together, the imagery seems as if it tells a story.” said Kiley.

For more information on this event, contact GSC Assistant Professor of Art Liza Brenner at “Liza.Brenner@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6346.

GSC Theater Group Members Performing “Robin Hood” - 02.20.13 - 02.22.13

Rehearsals are underway for the Glenville State College Theatre production ‘Robin Hood.’ The play will run Wednesday, February 20, 2013 through Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM each night in the GSC Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.

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•  The lead role of Robin Hood will be played by Shane Lehman, a junior English major from Fostoria, Ohio.

•  Freshman biology major Vincent Nolte from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia will play Will Scarlet.

•  Friar Tuck will be played by freshmen music education major Travis Pierson of Milton (Cabell County), West Virginia.

•  Logan Carpenter, a sophomore elementary education major from Hacker Valley (Webster County), West Virginia will play Much Miller.

•  The role of Little John will be filled by Brandon Nelson, a junior computer and information systems major from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  Marion will be played by GSC 2011 graduate and Hidden Promise Scholar Consortium Coordinator Whitney Stalnaker of Glenville (Gilmer County) West Virginia.

•  Samantha Wolford, a junior mathematics education major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia, will play the role of Gwendolyn.

•  Cecily will be played by Jamie Stanley, a junior psychology major from Point Pleasant (Mason County), West Virginia.

•  Junior natural resource management Brittany Ferguson of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia will portray Alice.

•  Kayla Jarvis, a freshman elementary education and early education major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia, will play Gillian.

•  Traci Kelley, a freshman criminal justice major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia will perform as both Mathilda and Mrs. Aristocrat.

•  The role of Peter will be played by Patrick Montgomery, a theater volunteer from Sand Fork (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  Robert Hensley, a general studies freshman from Dundalk, Maryland, will play the role of both William Makepeace and Mr. Aristocrat.

•  Jonathan and Jenny Summers will be played by Sebastian and Isabel Morris, theater volunteers and children of GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department Chair Dr. Gary Morris who is also in the production. All three are residents of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  Dr. Morris plays the role of Robert Summers and the Bishop of York.

•  Prince John will be played by Elderied McKinney, a senior management major from West Bloomfield, Michigan.

•  The Sheriff of Nottingham will be played by Eric W. Jones of Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia, a freshman management major.

•  Jace Parker, a sophomore English education major from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia will play the role of Bad Friar.


GSC Professor of Communications Dennis Wemm said, “The play will be presented in two formats. A longer version will take place in the evenings that will include the entire show and be geared toward college students and community members. A shorter free version will also take place for elementary school students during the daytime.”

Wemm says the story is about one of the greatest characters of English folk legend. It has been made into endless legends, story collections, plays, movies, ballets and operas. The performance is recommended for ages 13 to adult.

General admission is $3.00, and GSC students with IDs get in for free.

For more information, contact Wemm at “Dennis.Wemm@glenville.edu” or call 304.462.6323.

WV Record: Court Ruled Man Owed Gilmer Public Service District’s Court Costs

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The WV Record Reports:

The state Supreme Court ruled last year that a magistrate was correct to not only dismiss a Gilmer County man’s breach of contract suit against the county’s public service district, but also order him to pay court costs.

The court on May 29 upheld Gilmer Circuit Judge Richard A. Facemire’s ruling affirming Special Magistrate Richard G. Postalwait’s October 07, 2010, decision dismissing John Zsigray’s suit against the Gilmer County Public Service District.

In a unanimous, four-page memorandum opinion, the court agreed with Facemire that Postalwait properly determined Zsigray, 58 and a Glenville resident, lacked standing to sue GCPSD, and did not abuse his discretion in ordering Zsigray to pay $671.

Memorandum opinions are issued by the Court in cases that would not be significantly aided by oral arguments and present no new or significant questions of law.

According to court records, Zsigray’s wife, Jeannie Marsh, on an unspecified date signed a contract to have GCPSD install a tap on their property. Only Marsh’s signature was on the contract.

After the tap was installed on the wrong property, Zsigray on January 28, 2010, filed suit for recovery of the fees Marsh paid GCPSD. When he filed the suit, Zsigray only listed himself as a plaintiff.

Following motions filed by GCPSD, Gilmer magistrates Robert Minigh and Carol Wolfe voluntarily recused themselves from the case. On an unspecified date, Postalwait, a magistrate from neighboring Calhoun County, was appointed to hear it.

According to court records, at a July 19, 2010, pre-trial conference, Postalwait entered a scheduling order that included a trial date for later in October. On September 22, 2010, Zsigray filed motion to include Marsh as a co-plaintiff.

On the day of trial, GCPSD objected to Zsigray’s motion on the grounds it was not served with it. Postalwait dismissed the case, and ordered Zsigray to pay the $671 tab to summons a jury.

Immediately, Zsigray appealed Postalwait’s decision to Gilmer Circuit Court. Following a Nov. 29, 2010, status conference hearing, Facemire not only upheld Postalwait’s decision, but also ordered Zsigray to pay an additional $145 for appealing it.

In upholding Facemire’s and Postalwait’s rulings, the court made reference to its opinions in the 2002 and 2010 cases of Findlay v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Carper v. Watson. Since Zsigray not only lacked standing to file the suit, but was also warned at the pre-trial conference about it, the court said Postalwait correctly dismissed the suit when Zsigray failed to add Marsh by the trial date and assess him court costs for essentially filing a frivolous suit.

“In the present case,” the court said, “[Zsigray] had neither standing nor a legally protected interest.

“Moreover, [his] pro se motion to add his wife as a plaintiff was not filed in accordance with the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure for Magistrate Courts, as he did not serve the motion on opposing counsel.”

“Given the facts of this case, this Court finds no error in the circuit court’s decision to affirm the magistrate court’s dismissal of this action.”

GCPSD was represented by former Gilmer County Prosecutor Shelly Morris DeMarino. She was paid $1,803 to defend it in Zsigray’s suit.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, case number 11-0577
Gilmer Circuit Court, case number 10-CAP-30

~~  LAWRENCE SMITH ~~

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OddlyEnough™: Moron ATF Agent Seizes 30 Toy Guns! Says They Can Be Converted!

This is unbelievable.

If this nation is in such bad shape that our government employees are this stupid, heaven help us!

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Audit Slams Router Purchases

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We don’t expect the government to be perfect or even terribly efficient, at least by private sector standards, but it should at least perform due diligence when spending taxpayer dollars.

However, a just-released report by the West Virginia Legislative Auditor finds that the state’s Office of Technology (OT) and the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) failed miserably on a multi-million dollar purchase of Internet routers for public schools, libraries and state police barracks.

First, the background:

In 2010, the state paid $24 million in federal stimulus money to Cisco for 1,164 Internet routers.  A router is a piece of equipment that connects computer networks.

Charleston Gazette reporter Eric Eyre began investigating the purchases, revealing that the state significantly overspent for routers that provided much more capacity than most of the locations required, now or in the future.

That triggered an investigation by the Legislative Auditor.  Its report details just how poorly the deal was executed and how much money was wasted.

The audit found:

–The majority of the routers were way over the needed capacity and thus unnecessary.

–The state could have saved at least $8 million by following Cisco’s own literature recommendations and bought lower capacity routers that would have easily met the Internet requirements.

–The routers don’t work with the state police voice over Internet (VoIP) phone system, so they have been installed in only two locations.  The state will have to spend another $85,000 to buy additional equipment to make them work.

–Some state agencies did not do a proper survey before the purchases to find out the kind of routers needed.

–The State Purchasing Division allowed the Office of Technology to bypass state law in purchasing the routers from Cisco without going through the bid process.  Competitive bidding could have saved the state millions.

How did this happen?

Clearly, several state agencies involved in the router deal dropped the ball.  However, the audit also points a finger at Cisco, suggesting that the company showed a “wanton indifference to the interests of the public.”

“The Legislative Auditor believes that Cisco sales representatives and engineers had a moral responsibility to propose a plan which reasonably complied with Cisco’s own engineering standards,” the report says.

Perhaps, but up-selling is nothing new, and with billions in federal stimulus money being pushed through, it’s doubtful West Virginia is the only place where taxpayer dollars have been wasted.

However, as the audit reveals, in this case our state government was either negligent or a willing participant in this fiscal fiasco.

G-otcha™: Buckwild Cast Member, Two Others Arrested for Drugs

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Amin,  Salwa
Height: 5’  2"
Weight: 115 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.29.1988
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-56-59 NICHOLAS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $200,000.00

 

Salwa Amin, a member of the cast of the hit MTV show “Buckwild,” was arrested Sunday evening, along with two other people, by members of the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.

Amin was arrested along with Shawn Booker, age 42, of Detroit, Michigan and Jason Jones, age 31, of Summersville, WV.

All three are charged with possession with intent to distribute and three counts of conspiracy.

Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam said Monday members of the task force learned from a confidential drug informant a load of drugs was coming into the area from Michigan on Sunday.

Officers staked out a home in the area and observed the vehicle with Michigan plates roll up.

Observing officers watched heavy foot traffic in and out of the home indicating drug activity and obtained a search warrant.

“When they executed the search warrant they found these three individuals in a shed outside the residence,” said Milam.

“The search resulted in a purse belonging to Salwa and oxycodone was found in her purse.  Shawn Booker was in possession of a large amount of money and inside the shed were three packages of heroin.”

Milam said they learned from one of the three there was a plan to further distribute the drugs in the area.

“The Jones subject gave a statement and indicated both Amin and Booker had travelled here for the purpose of distributing those narcotics to people in the county,” Prosecutor Milam said.

All three individuals were arraigned before a Nicholas County Magistrate Monday morning.  Bond is set for all three at $200,000 each.  They are lodged in the Central Regional Jail at Flatwoods in lieu of bond.

A preliminary hearing will be set for all three within 10-days.

Amin is one of the nine young people featured on the hit MTV series which follows their lives in and around Kanawha County and other locations in West Virginia.

The arrest comes a week after MTV announced plans for a second season for the series.

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Booker,  Shawn  Laprell
Height: 5’  8"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.17.1969
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-52-55 NICHOLAS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $200,000.00

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Jones,  Jason  Daniel
Height: 6’  0"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.27.1981
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F- NICHOLAS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $200,000.00
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WVAFT Calling for Better Fund Distribution in Education

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The head of the West Virginia Federation of Teachers says the legislature and the Tomblin Administration have a tremendous opportunity to change the state’s education system for the better.  However, Judy Hale says there are key steps in the process.

She believes the top priority of any reform should be the reallocation of the money already being spent on education in the state.

“Taxpayers in West Virginia have been very generous to education,  I don’t think there’s an issue about being enough money for a pay raise.  I think there is an issue about how that money is distributed,”  said Hale.

Governor Tomblin has already proclaimed there will be no pay raises with so much pressure on this year’s budget.  Hale believes there’s plenty of money for raises without any new funding.  She is critical of top-heavy administration in the RESA’s, the state Department of Education, and among county administrators. 

“We need to take the RESA money and put it in the counties,”  she said. “We need to put it at the school level where principals and teacher leaders should be making decisions about what should be done in that school.”

Governor Tomblin is expected to base his education reforms at least partially on an education audit of the state.  The results of the audit are startling about the state’s education system.

“Why don’t we take this audit and use it as an opportunity to redistribute the money that is available ,”  Hale explained. “So we can begin to have competitive pay and put highly qualified teachers in our classroom.”

The teachers unions have sacred cows of their own.  Using seniority as a pay scale has long been basis for teacher pay.  Some believe it should transition to merit pay with bonuses and other lucrative ways to improve the salaries of educators.  But Hale defends the seniority status as a pay scale.

“There is no research that says any kind of seniority law improves academic achievement,” said Hale. “Doing away with it, making it more, there’s no research that says it’s going to approve academic achievement.”

She said the union would be more inclined to support some of the more controversial measures, such as year round school, if it is the will of the schools and the community to go in those directions and to apply for innovation zone programs to implement those measures.

~~  Chris Lawrence - WVMN ~~

OddlyEnough™: WV BOE President Had Phares in Mind Before Firing Marple

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Emails between the president of the West Virginia Board of Education and acting superintendent Jim Phares show the possibility of replacing then-Superintendent Jorea Marple was being discussed two months before she was fired in a public vote that shocked Marple’s supporters and two members of the board.

The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail obtained emails dating to September under a Freedom of Information Act request. The requests were made in November, but the documents weren’t turned over until Thursday.

Board President Wade Linger says he asked Phares for a biography in September because he was aware of his credentials. But he also says the idea of replacing Marple goes further back, to the review of a March 2012 education-efficiency audit.

Marple was fired November 15, 2012, five months after a positive performance review. Her attorneys say she will sue. The parents of a student have also sued, arguing the board broke open-meeting laws.

Linger denies any wrongdoing.

Phares and Linger worked together in Marion County, but Linger denies the appointment was either predetermined or politically motivated. He also says though the idea may have been his, he couldn’t have acted without majority approval from the board.

“I don’t know how anybody could say that we were somehow buddies or something like that,“ he said. “I’ve only known him in a professional way.“

Linger and Phares also exchanged emails a week before Marple’s termination, discussing the audit recommendations.

Phares had publicly complained about a state data system, and Linger, who has a background in technology, was of similar mind.

Shortly after Marples was fired, Phares announced his plans to resign as Randolph County Schools’ superintendent. But Linger warned him by email to hold off.

“I am being told that it is a bad idea for you to take any kind of resignation action whatsoever until after the WVBOE takes official action offering you the position,“ Linger wrote. “The concern is that your doing so will create the appearance that I am overstepping my authority by offering a position on my own.

“Even if you and I know that is not true, it most certainly can and will be (spun) that way,“ he said. “I don’t need that extra hurdle to jump, and it will definitely harm my chances of convincing the Board to support me on this.“

Phares was unanimously appointed and sworn in the following month.

Lingers said the board had been frustrated by Marple’s response to the audit, and he felt it was his duty to “start looking for a change in leadership.“ He defended requesting Phares’ biography, saying it would have been irresponsible to recommend a termination without having a replacement in mind.

“I would think that the public would expect that the president of the board would do what I did,“ he said.

Marple and her supporters, however, were crying foul within minutes after the firing. Board members Priscilla Haden and Jenny Phillips resigned shortly after voting against the termination.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - USPS Bags Saturday Service

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The United States Postal Service is under a financial weight that must feel like a postman’s mail bag at Christmas.

The USPS loses $25 million every day and has run $41 billion in the red over the last five years.  The decline in the demand for snail mail (particularly the most profitable First Class mailings), and the economic downturn have contributed to the spiral toward financial collapse.

Postal Service mail volume has dropped from a peak of 213 billion pieces in 2006 to fewer than 180 billion today.

Additionally, the USPS is required by law to pre-fund retiree benefits, at a cost of about $5 billion annually.  That guarantees the solvency of the retirement programs for generations to come.  It’s possible that the payment schedule could be spread over a longer period, easing the annual burden, but that would take an act of Congress.

But in the meantime, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has proposed modifying Saturday delivery.  Mail carriers would no longer deliver regular mail and periodicals on Saturday, although packages–including prescriptions—and priority mail would still show up in the mailbox.

Naturally, this is controversial.

West Virginia 3rd District Congressman Nick Rahall is particularly upset.  He told me on Metronews Talkline Thursday that Donahoe is willfully ignoring an appropriations rider that Congress has passed every year since 1986 that requires 6-day mail delivery.

“They’re taking the law into their own hands,” Rahall fumed.  “We just can’t stand by and allow this to occur.”

But the Postal Service is in a tough spot.

Congress separated out the old Post Office Department in 1971, creating the current USPS, a quasi-public/private agency that is supposed to pay its own way.  Since then, the USPS has struggled to operate like a private business while continuing to answer to the whims of Congress.

As one former postmaster told me, it’s like trying to run a business with 500 CEO’s.

Postmaster Donahoe can expect a fight, but he’s on the right track.  Cutting the Saturday service will save about $2 billion a year.  That doesn’t solve all the financial problems, but it’s a start.

Donahoe should also take a hard look at the employee costs, which make up 80 percent of the Postal Service’s budget.  The agency may be able to close some post offices.  And Congress should review the amortization schedule for the pension benefits.

Changes are necessary if we want to keep this vital service.  The Saturday cut will upset a lot of folks, but as Donahoe accurately said, “It’s a reasonable business action and common sense; when revenue drops you have to make changes.  You can’t run away from it.”

Washington could use more of that kind of thinking.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - The Scouts Punt… for Now

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The Boy Scouts of America Wednesday did what many of us do when faced with a tough decision: they put off making it.

Now the Scouts say they’ll decide at their annual meeting in May whether to lift the ban on gay scouts and leaders.

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” the Scouts said in a statement.

Evidently, the Scouts are struggling with the issue.

On one hand, the Boy Scouts are a private organization.  A 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirmed that, saying the Scouts could not be forced to admit homosexuals if doing so detracted from the organizations “expressive message” included in its code of conduct.

The Scouts are supported by a number of religious organizations, many (but not all) of whom regard homosexuality as immoral.

However, on the other side are a growing number of organizations and companies that support the Scouts who want to remove the ban.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Two prominent members of the Scouts’ board, Ernest and Young, LLP, Chief Executive James Turley and AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson vowed last year to work internally to make the Scouts more welcoming to gays.”

America is slowly becoming more accepting of homosexuality.  A key indicator is whether people believe sexual orientation is a matter of birth or lifestyle.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that the percentage of Americans who believe people are born homosexual has risen from just 20 percent in 1985 to 41 percent today.  Those who believe a person is born gay are more likely to accept homosexuals for who they are, rather than believe they can or should change.

The mission of the Boy Scouts is to instill values in young people.  The Scout Law speaks of honor, duty to God and country, to be physically strong and mentally awake, and morally straight.

The last requirement invites objections from those who believe adherence to a moral code is incompatible with homosexuality.  However, it’s worth noting that there are young men who have achieved the revered status of Eagle Scout who are gay.

The Boy Scouts, as a private organization, do not face a legal obligation to be as accommodating as public institutions.  Therefore, the Scout leaders who want to keep the ban may prevail.

However, the country’s views on homosexuality are evolving, and it’s likely that eventually—whether later this year or sometime thereafter—the Scouts will catch up.

MTV Picking Up WV Reality Show ‘BUCKWILD’ for 2nd Season, Drawing 3M Viewers per Episode

MTV says the new reality show about some wild young West Virginians will be picked up for a second season.

“BUCKWILD” has drawn criticism from a variety of quarters, including Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, for what some see as a stereotypical, negative portrayal of the state’s youth.

The half-hour, 12-episode series follows nine friends who find crazy ways to fill their free time, from clubbing in Morgantown to turning dump trucks into swimming pools.


Since its premiere last month, it has become the No. 1 original cable series on Thursday nights for 12- to 34-year-olds.

MTV says it pulls in an average of 3 million viewers per episode.

The season one finale with two back-to-back episodes begins 10:00 PM Thursday, preceded at by cast interviews starting at 8:00 PM Eastern.

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