GSC Concert Band Wraps up Successful Semester

For students, faculty, and staff who perform with, direct, and organize Glenville State College’s Concert Band, the spring 2018 semester has been a busy one. For the first time since the 1970’s, the Concert Band went on tour, traveling to southern West Virginia. While visiting Logan County, the band performed two shows, a day concert for Chapmanville High School students and another in the evening for members of the community.

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Daniel While ’97 conducting the 10th Anniversary GSC Honor Band

As part of the tour, band members served as guest clinicians for Chapmanville High School, Logan High School, and Lincoln County High School band members. GSC students held workshops and mentored the high school students on their concert band state ratings music.

Derrick Lowe, a senior instrumental music major at GSC and a 2013 graduate of Chapmanville High School, was one of the GSC students who served as a clinician and had a featured solo in each of the concerts. “Returning to my hometown and performing with possibly one of the top concert bands in the state was a great time and simply amazing. Now performing a solo – that was nerve-racking because two music teachers that I highly respect were right in front of me. Getting to work with the different high school bands was a day filled with good music and, for me, nothing beats that,” said Lowe.

Recently, the Concert Band hosted the 10th Anniversary Honor Band at GSC which featured 100 middle and high school students from fifteen schools throughout West Virginia. Most of the bands that participated in the event were directed by Glenville State alumni. This year’s honor band was conducted by Daniel White, a December 1997 GSC graduate, and Director of Bands at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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GSC Concert Band during a performance at Chapmanville High School

“Conducting the Glenville State College Honor Band was an honor and a privilege. GSC is an excellent place to hone one’s musicality and, as an alumnus, I hope each student who participated will seriously consider Glenville to further their education,” said White.

“Our annual Honor Band is not only an educational experience for those who participate, but it also serves as a major recruiting event for GSC. It has become very popular and is a wonderful way for us to introduce GSC to students from around West Virginia. The many Glenville alumni that come back to campus with their students is truly remarkable and it creates a sense of pride for them,” said Department of Fine Arts Chair and Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone.

For more information about the GSC Concert Band or Honor Band, contact the Department of Fine Arts at 304.462.6340.

Popular Television Series Explores Bluegrass Music with GSC Alumni, Students

Several current students, graduates, and mentors with Glenville State College’s Bluegrass Music Program were recently featured in an article and accompanying video produced by CNN for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series.

Earlier this month the video crew trailed several musicians in order to see a glimpse into Appalachian culture through the lens of bluegrass music. Throughout the interviews featured in the article, readers are introduced to the various ways someone traveling through the West Virginia hills might come into contact with bluegrass music; from local radio station programming and informal jam sessions to full-scale concerts with an admission fee.

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In a screen capture from the video, GSC’s Dr. Megan Darby speaks about bluegrass music during an interview filmed for the Parts Unknown series

GSC’s Director of Bluegrass Music Dr. Megan Darby serves as the narrator for the feature video that accompanies the piece.

“I’m very pleased with how the story and video turned out. We were honored to be a part of it and hope that people who read the article or watch the video learn a little something about traditional and bluegrass music,” Darby said. “We would love to see someone be motivated to take a road trip of their own because of seeing this video and want to join us at one of the various performances. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the joy and history of bluegrass music spread to new ears.”

GSC’s Bluegrass Program Founding Director Buddy Griffin and renowned regional musician and square dance caller Mack Samples are featured in the video along with GSC bluegrass alumni Laiken Boyd, Luke Shamblin, and Trisha Anderson. Additionally, current student Josh Pitcock was highlighted during a portion of the video that was filmed at the Alpine Theatre in Ripley, West Virginia.


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his still shot from the Parts Unknown video shows current GSC student Josh Pitcock on stage at the Alpine Theatre

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In the video Darby mentions GSC’s traditional on-campus degree that it has offered for many years. Glenville State College also recently announced that it will begin offering a four-year bluegrass music degree online.

“We’re trying to preserve bluegrass music but at the same time we know that you have to be innovative to better serve students. We can utilize technology in ways that wouldn’t have been possible even a few years ago and, to me, that’s truly exciting. I invite anyone who wants to know more about bluegrass to consider signing up for our in-person or online courses for the fall,” Darby said. “Our program teaches students about bluegrass music directly from the masters. That is so unique for a program like ours and, in my opinion, is the only way to learn.”

For more information about the Bluegrass Music Program at GSC, contact Darby by e-mail at ‘’ or call 304.462.6347.

Music Education Students Hold Senior Recital at GSC

Glenville State College music education students Morgan Dolly and Faith Smith, both from Petersburg, West Virginia, held their joint senior recital on Saturday, April 07 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Dolly performed on the trumpet and Smith on the baritone saxophone.

Outside of the classroom Dolly serves as the President of the GSC’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education and is a member of the GSC marching band and the jazz combo. After graduation from GSC, she plans to pursue a career in teaching and obtain a master’s degree in conducting. She is the daughter of Dale and Marlene Dolly.

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(l-r) Morgan Dolly and Faith Smith

“I can’t thank the outstanding faculty at Glenville State College enough - especially Mr. [Harry] Rich and Dr. [Lloyd] Bone for helping me excel in my studies, become a better musician, and making Glenville feel like home my first day on campus. I will cherish my time at GSC forever and the many memories that I’ve made here,” said Dolly.

“Morgan Dolly was, and is, a very focused musician, she grew tremendously as a performer, as a musician, and as a professional. Her work ethic is to be admired. Her recital went very well and I am very proud of her. I have every reason to believe that she will be an excellent music teacher—dedicated, smart, and with a curiousness to continually improve professionally,” said GSC Professor Emeritus Harry Rich.

Smith is also a member of the GSC marching band and after graduation she plans to begin work on her master’s degree and become an elementary school principal. She is the daughter of Jamie Cook and Tammy Eckard.

“I began playing the baritone saxophone only a year ago, and with taking off a year I essentially started playing the baritone saxophone with minimal saxophone knowledge. My recital showcased the many hours and all of the hard work that I put into learning a new instrument,” said Smith.

“Faith is one of the hardest working and most dedicated students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching.  She worked incredibly hard for this recital and played as well as she did because she does not accept mediocrity.  She sets a very high bar for herself and does not give up easily,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music Jason Barr.

For more information about these recitals or the Department of Fine Arts at Glenville State College, visit or call 304.462.6340.

GSC’s Megan Darby Successfully Defends Dissertation

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Megan Darby, Glenville State College Assistant Professor and Director of the Bluegrass Music Degree Program, has successfully defended her dissertation at Walden University. This achievement caps her four year journey in pursuit of a Doctor of Education degree, which will officially be conferred upon her in late April.

The title of her dissertation, ‘Challenges to Student Success in an Introductory Music Theory I Course,’ hints at her primary interest in completing the study, which was to find ways to help music degree students be more successful in their programs.

“Music Theory I is tough for a lot of students, and it’s one of the first courses they take for their programs. If we can help them do better in that course, we can help them be more successful overall,” Darby said.

As part of her research, Darby generated a plan for helping students based on the data she collected and analyzed. “The plan is to activate a Music Theory I lab course to give students extra support for the concepts they’re learning in the class. It is quite likely that we can have the lab in place for the fall 2018 semester at GSC,” Darby added.

Since Darby began directing the Bluegrass Music Degree Program in 2010, she has revised the curriculum and implemented new courses and student opportunities. Under her guidance, students have been accepted into recording, engineering, and International Bluegrass Music Association internships, provided opportunities to join Hospice Bedside Singing, asked to play for RFD TV and showcases, and invited to tour. The program has been recognized at the Grand Ole Opry, the World Famous Station Inn, and WSM Radio. Her students also have recorded at Tom T. Hall and Miss Dixie’s and Rickey Wasson’s state of the art studios.

Darby has already begun working on her next project. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to revise and help grow the Bluegrass Music Program here at GSC and to provide students with unique opportunities, certainly, but I am especially excited to be developing the world’s first online Bluegrass Music Degree Program. My parents took me to my first bluegrass festival at Renfro Valley, Kentucky when I was only four months old. By the time I was five, I was playing the fiddle. To say that bluegrass music is my life is an understatement, and to have this opportunity is a dream come true. GSC is going to make history, and I’m proud to be a part of that,” said Darby.

“I extend my most sincere congratulations to Megan for reaching this tremendous milestone. Glenville State College is lucky in that we get to benefit from the passion and enthusiasm that she shows for preserving and teaching bluegrass and traditional music and we have no doubt that she will continue to make the College proud. I, along with the rest of our faculty, congratulate Dr. Darby on this special moment,” said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Morris.

Darby received a Bluegrass Certification from GSC in 2006 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in 2011. She completed a Master’s in Education and Instructional Technology from Marshall University in 2013. In addition to three other previous CDs, Darby also recorded a fundraising album with Buddy Griffin, GSC’s Bluegrass Program founding director in 2017. In 2018, she was selected as a featured artist by GHS Strings. She and her husband Bryan have two daughters, Presley and Piper.

GSC Brass Ensemble to Perform at State Music Conference

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On Friday, March 09 Glenville State College’s Brass Ensemble will perform at the West Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The group is directed by Dr. Lloyd E. Bone, Jr. and will feature the full Brass Ensemble as well as the Trumpet and Tuba and Euphonium Ensembles. Professor Emeritus Harry Rich directs the Trumpet Ensemble, Bone directs the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble.

The conference is an annual event and is the largest of its kind in West Virginia. The performance is by invitation only.

“This is an honor as this marks the fourth time in the past five years that a music ensemble at GSC has been invited to perform at our annual state conference. The Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and the Brass Ensemble have all been invited previously,” said Bone, who also serves as chair of the Department of Fine Arts.

For more information regarding the state music conference performance, call 304.462.6340.

Renowned Flautist Lindsey Goodman to Hold Master Class

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On Monday, February 19, Lindsey Goodman will present a flute master class from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Goodman will be on campus to work with GSC flute majors. Additionally, the Department of Fine Arts is opening the class up to high school flute players for no cost.

Goodman, a renowned flautist and a 12 season principal flute player for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, recording artist, teacher, and clinician. She is also an adjunct faculty member for West Virginia State University and Marietta College.

She first got her start as an adjunct instructor of flute for Ashland University through the 2013-2014 school year as well as doing private teaching lessons in Goodman Flute Studios. She teaches a variety of levels starting with beginners through professionals that are in the central Ohio region. Goodman is a sought-after clinician for master classes and presentations on music careers, entrepreneurship, electroacoustics, chamber collaboration, and commissioning. Throughout her last eight seasons she has been able to reach students in thirty-three universities across two different countries.

For more information or to RSVP for the master class, call 304.462.6340.

Andrews to Present Faculty Lecture on Jazz

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Kyle Andrews ’13, instructor of music at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will present “Jazz is Dead: Long Live BAM” as part of the spring Faculty Lecture Series on Monday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts (PAC).

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be a discussion about the word “jazz” and its reception among jazz musicians throughout the past century. Andrews will play a portion of an important 1958-film titled The Cry of Jazz and discuss the BAM movement led by trumpet player Nicholas Payton.

“This lecture is important for anyone who listens to American music,” Andrews said. “Though jazz music is the focus of this discussion, these themes cut through virtually every moment of American musical history. Name a style or genre of music has a lot of repercussions, and many of them are not always obvious. This discussion will focus on jazz, but it is a conversation that is readily applicable to any genre/style/era of American music.”

Jazz musician, drummer and educator Andrews began playing in his hometown of Shepherdstown, WV and has since performed in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York City, and the greater North-Central West Virginia area. He holds a bachelor of music education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master of music in jazz studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator in and around the state of West Virginia, and his articles and reviews have been published in Modern Drummer Magazine. With interests and pursuits in both performance and scholarship, Andrews hopes to help students to not only perform at their highest possible level but also to think critically about their relationship with music and the world around them.

Join the Wesleyan community for additional lectures this semester on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Additional lectures will be given on March 12 by Jessica Scott, assistant professor of gender studies, and on April 9 by Dr. Joanna Webb, assistant professor of chemistry. For more information on additional cultural events at Wesleyan, please visit

GSC’s David Lewis Releases Album of New Age Tracks

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Glenville State College Associate Professor of Music Education Dr. David Lewis recently released a CD of instrumental music, featuring 13 tracks he personally composed and performed. The CD, titled ‘Before the Flood,’ features more recent songs and some that are up to 30 years old. Lewis says that he was able to transfer the older pieces, which were recorded on tape, to a computer before editing and enhancing them.

“None of the tunes were written for any specific purpose, although several of them ended up sounding like little soundtracks. That’s how I came up with most of the names for the pieces, what the sound of the finished project brought to mind…the play of water at a riverbank or little kids out trick-or-treating in 1965 or a saxophonist in a dimly-lit nightclub or the uncertainty of an approaching storm front,” he said.

Lewis recorded all of the music featured on the CD, mostly consisting of keyboards and saxophones. A few of the songs have been adapted for multiple performers and have been played by students on campus in the past.

Dr. Lewis is in his tenth year at GSC. He was a high school music teacher and band director in central Pennsylvania for 24 years before coming to Glenville State. He grew up in Indiana County, PA and pursued bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate from Shenandoah University. He and his wife, Belinda, reside near Buckhannon, WV.

The album can be found by visiting the online independent music store, CD Baby, or by searching ‘Before the Flood’ within the iTunes store.

Click the players below to hear two songs from the album:



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GSC’s Megan Darby a featured GHS Strings Artist

Glenville State College’s Miss Megan Darby has recently joined the ranks of over 200 other musicians who have a featured artist profile on the GHS Strings website.

Darby is the Director of the Bluegrass Music Program at GSC.

The endorsement will provide benefits to the GSC Bluegrass band by offering quality, brand name strings at a reduced artist price, along with welcome packages to the bluegrass students geared toward their instrument and string preference.

GHS Strings will also provide banners to display on campus and other complimentary merchandise.

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“I want to play an instrument that I love to play and that I like the sound of. Having an endorsement through GHS Strings allows for that. I have used the Bobby Osborne Signature Set on my Gibson F5L mandolin for a while now and I have played them on most of the shows that I have done and on our recent recording,” said Darby.

GHS Strings is a nationally known company that manufactures strings for guitars, mandolins, banjos, and other instruments.

Visit to view Darby’s GHS Strings artist profile.

For more information on the Bluegrass Music Program at GSC, contact Darby at or 304.462.6347.

GSC Jazz Band Hosts Fourth Annual Christmas Concert

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The Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts announces the fourth annual Jazz Band Christmas Concert on Friday, December 01 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

This year’s performance consists of two sets. The first set will include classic jazz band and swing music. After a brief intermission, the concert will resume with a set of Christmas classics played in a jazz style. Several of GSC’s talented student soloists will be featured, including Breanna Bennett and Christian Bryant. GSC Academic Success Counselor Jeremy Carter will also be featured on a selection on trombone.

“The purpose of this concert is to expose our little part of West Virginia to a uniquely American musical idiom in the live performance of jazz music,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Jason Barr. “At the same time, we want the community to come together to celebrate another great American tradition – enjoying the holiday season!”

The concert is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from the concert will help support the jazz ensembles at GSC.

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

Merical, Lowe to Serve as Co-Field Commanders for GSC’s Marching Band

Two Glenville State College students will be serving as co-field commanders for the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band this semester. Evan Merical, a Millwood, West Virginia native, and Derrick Lowe, who hails from Chapmanville, West Virginia, will share the field commander duties. Together they are tasked with ensuring rehearsals run smoothly, helping the band director lead the band, and to keep up the morale of the band’s members.

“Being given the opportunity to be one of Glenville State College’s field commanders is a true honor,” said Merical. “There are many musicians in our department that are beyond capable of serving and to be selected out of a field with such strong talent is an honor and blessing.” Lowe echoed his sentiments saying, “I feel proud and honored to be a field commander of the marching band. It’s amazing to be in front of the band and have your head bombarded by all the beautiful music as they perform.”

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Glenville State College students Evan Merical and Derrick Lowe will be serving as co-field commanders for the Pioneer Marching Band this year | Photo by GSC Professor Emeritus Jim Meads

Both students have a strong appreciation when it comes to the musical arts. “My inspiration for music comes from a little church in Logan County called Orville Holiness Gospel Church. Until after a surgery, I was deaf for the first five years of my life. However, I remember distinctly being drawn toward the music because it was the first thing I technically ‘heard’ – I felt it more than anything. The energy behind the drums and just watching fingers make simple chords and feeling that sound…that was when music became more than just something to listen to. Music became a best friend to me,” Lowe said.

“We all as individuals have something that allows us to temporarily get away from all the stress of college classes, jobs, and our day-to-day lives. For myself, and many others in the Fine Arts Department, that ‘something’ is music. It allows us to express ourselves in ways words cannot,” said Merical.

The pair will trade off field commander duties and collaborate during performances. “We plan to share the duties by working together to accomplish and surpass the goals expected of us. From my perspective, Derrick is great at many of the things I am weaker at, and that only makes us more capable of success,” Merical said. “Evan is a really great guy and he’s easy to work with. If I don’t know an answer to a question, he usually does. It’s a pretty nice balance between the both of us,” Lowe added.

Merical, whose primary instrument is the alto saxophone, has been playing for 11 years. In addition to studying music performance at GSC, he’s also a business student working on majors in accounting, management, and marketing. After graduation he plans to find employment while working toward either a Master’s in Business Administration or a Master’s in Accountancy from Auburn University. He is the son of Connie and Willard Merical.

In addition to playing piano and guitar, Lowe mainly plays trombone – something he’s been doing for around nine years. The music education major also enjoys singing. After graduation he plans to continue on to graduate school for composition and arranging. He is the son of Alice and Denver Lowe.

“Evan and Derrick are conducting both themselves and the band with great professionalism. They are truly a dynamic duo!” said Marching Band Director Dr. Lloyd Bone.

For the innumerable followers of GSC’s Marching Band, the duo say to expect a great field show this year with many of the selections in tribute to the famous musicians lost in 2016. “Fans can expect the most diverse show that they’ve seen since in a while,” Lowe said. “And we may need to change the name from ‘Wall of Sound’ soon…we’re definitely something bigger than a wall this year. And it is glorious.”

After expressing interest in serving as field commander, the applicants take part in an audition day where they try out in front of a guest adjudicator. Candidates are expected to conduct a prepared piece and also to answer questions in regard to band leadership.

Dulcimer Maker Jim Good of Roane County Received the 2017 Vandalia Award

Jim Good, of Roane County, received the 2017 Vandalia Award on Friday, May 26, during the annual Vandalia Gathering at the State Capitol this year. The Vandalia Award is the highest folk life award that is presented by the state of West Virginia.  It celebrates the heritage, spirit and wonder of West Virginians who are dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of folk life traditions.

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Jim and Betty Woods maintain a 40-year instrument-making tradition at The Dulcimer Shoppe

For over 44 years, Good has been playing and making dulcimers in the hills of the Mountain State. A native of West Virginia, Good’s dulcimers have gained an international reputation. His work is a tribute to his creativity, ingenuity and talent.

Handcrafted with his own touch with native West Virginia hardwoods and exotic woods, these instruments produce one of the most unique sounds in the world. And, while exceptional musicians treasure the dulcimers made by Good, there are many young musicians whose first – only – and favorite dulcimer have come from Mastertone Dulcimers. He handcrafts each dulcimer with a beautiful arched top and bottom, producing one of the finest and most unique sounds of any dulcimer in the world.

Jim and his wife, Brenda, have been inducted into the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair Hall of Fame for their four decades of work with that event. Their dulcimers have won numerous awards and are cherished by some of the greatest dulcimers players in West Virginia and around the world. They have shared their dulcimers with the public at nearly every Vandalia Gathering since the first one in 1977.

The mountain dulcimer is one of the only musical instruments that emerged from the mountains of Appalachia and one of the few instruments that originated in the United States.​

Bone Receives GSC Faculty Award of Excellence

Glenville State College’s newest Faculty Award of Excellence recipient is Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone. He received the award at the 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor. The GSC faculty ranks are full of so many talented people who have been recognized nationally and internationally in their fields. There are so many deserving faculty and I am honored to represent all of them. However, it must be stated that awards like this do not happen in a vacuum. I would never have gotten to this point without the help of so many people. I first must thank my incredible wife of 22 years Susan and my children Casey, Tobias, and Phineas. They have sacrificed hundreds of hours of me being away. They are the ultimate blessing. Also, my previous teachers R. Winston Morris and Timothy Northcut and the fantastic mentorship from colleagues and friends. Also, our students and alumni. I would have never received this award without all of their hard work, care, passion, and love. Lastly, my mother and father who sacrificed so much for me to be in music; I will never be able to thank them enough,” Bone stated.

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr with Dr. Lloyd Bone (right)

A nomination from a current student called Bone, “the most influential and passionate instructor I have ever had” and noted that he, “loves and supports his students 100%, every day.” Another student said, “you will rarely find someone as open, accepting, warm, or inviting as Dr. Bone – he always has something encouraging to say to everyone.”

Bone has been a faculty member at GSC since 2004. In addition to his teaching duties, he also directs the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band, the Brass Ensemble, and the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. He has published the world’s first guide book for the euphonium, led several groups of GSC students around the world to meetings of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and was nominated for a Music Educator Award by the Grammy Foundation®. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Euphonium Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015. Shortly after arriving at GSC, Bone began the GSC Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival which will enter its tenth year this coming spring. The event has become very popular and attracts students from all over West Virginia.

Bone has led the Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble to five straight invitations and performances to the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Something that, in the history of the conference, only a small number of schools around the world have accomplished. He also was personally invited as a guest artist to these conferences in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013. The Ensemble also performed at the 2007 United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C., the 2013 Midwest Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Illinois State University, as well as several West Virginia state music conferences.

Due largely to his efforts, the GSC Brass Ensemble is invited annually to perform on the busiest shopping day of the year (the Saturday before Christmas) at the Town Center Mall in Charleston. The yearly repeat performances have garnered a popular following from shoppers all over the Charleston region who come out to hear the band perform.

During his years at GSC, Bone has been involved in numerous campus committees and social organizations such as the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Education), Baptist Campus Ministry, and as and a Cheerleading advisor. Along with members of the marching band, Bone has been to all home football games and GSC Homecoming Parades over the past 13 years, including when two of his children were born during the week of Homecoming. He directed GSC’s Pep Band for seven years, attending numerous men’s and women’s basketball games. However, according to Bone, his favorite part of being involved is through recruiting for the whole of GSC. “When I go out to speak to a high school band I am talking to potential students for all departments and often much more so than music as most bands usually only have a few students looking to major in music. I love representing the campus in this regard as my fellow faculty are so very easy to brag about with potential students!” he added.

“My favorite thing about teaching at GSC is hands down the students. We have the best students. They are some of the hardest working, determined, and caring individuals I have ever known. What many of them overcome to attain their education is just awe-inspiring. In short, our students are just blessings!” he said.

Each spring, the campus community is invited to nominate an outstanding faculty member for this award. Faculty Award of Excellence recipients must be full-time and have taught at GSC for at least two years to be eligible. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.

GSC Choir to Perform in New York City

Members of Glenville State College’s Chamber Singers group have been invited to perform a choral concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, New York. Their performance is scheduled to take place on June 01, 2017. 

The performance was arranged after Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Teresa Dody submitted an application for the group to perform at the historic cathedral. This included sending a photo of the group along with a recording and information about the ensemble. The recordings are then screened to choose the groups to be invited. St. Patrick’s has a history of fine musical performances and GSC’s Chamber Singers will be appearing as part of their Guest Choir Concert Series. The GSC Choir is also featured on St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s website.

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Members of GSC’s Chamber Singers (l-r) with statue Jordan Pierson, Derrick Lowe, Dravin Gibson; middle Clayton Swisher, Travis Myers, Erica Taylor, Trevor Wood, Lindsey Travis, Zaon Starseed, Scott Barber, Christian Bryant; front Sarah Brunty, Breanna Bennet, Faith Smith

“Our students are looking forward to the honor of performing such a concert series in one of our country’s most beautiful cathedrals,” said Dody. “Some are hoping to see a Broadway show, visit the National 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and experience a vibrant, adventure-filled city! I formerly lived in NYC and have performed there as a soloist many times so for me, it is exciting to show them my old home.”

The Chamber Singers are currently fundraising to help to cover the costs associated with the trip. Anyone interested in helping with the fundraiser can contact Dody by e-mail at , by calling her office at 304.462.6345, or the Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

New Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Program to Be Offered at GSC

Glenville State College will soon be home to a new concentration of study in its Fine Arts Department. The Jazz and Commercial Music Studies program is being designed for the student musician who also has a desire to study the business aspects of the music industry. In addition to the core music curriculum, students will be immersed in the study of jazz and American popular music history and theory. Additionally, students will be trained to improvise in a variety of styles including swing, bop, blues, fusion, and R&B.

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Glenville State College students showcasing their musical skills during a Jazz Band performance

Creativity and musical individuality will be explored through courses in composition and arranging. These skills will be on display as students perform in various jazz ensembles throughout the semester.

Along with the performance aspect in this concentration, students will also learn about the performance industry through various courses in music business, music technology, and recording/engineering.

“Whether students are looking to enhance their performance skills or if they’re interested in operating effectively within the music business, the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies concentration is designed to develop creative, well-rounded student musicians,” said GSC Fine Arts Department Chair Dr. Lloyd Bone.

The program should be available beginning in the fall of 2017.

For more information about any of the programs of study in the Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6340.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.


From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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