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Local Foods and State Parks are a Healthy, Wealthy Combination

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My grandmother always said, “Health is wealth”. No surprise there, healthy bodies lead to a higher standard of living, as well as more career opportunities. Without good health, physical barriers are hard to overcome, and full lives remain out of reach. But I don’t think grandma meant wealth was only achieved through physical fitness. Healthy minds are just as important to our happiness, as we look to for a balance between body and soul. Now this may vary from person to person but one way to live a more complete life is to appreciate the little things we often overlook. In such a globalized world, daily habits or familiar experiences can be taken for granted as we forget to connect with local resources in our pursuit of happiness.

A friend of mine recently said for him, good mental health can be achieved by sitting on a river bank at dusk; talk about a tranquil, picturesque scene. I challenge you to heed his advice. Take a moment and admire the old growth forests in our state. Imagine what those old trees have seen and the stories they could tell. You will then notice the small birds that have landed in those canopies for a quick rest on their great migration. Those same trees also provide shelter to animals, as well help the soil survive heavy rains and keep the rivers cool for our trout. When surrounded by nature, it is easy to forget how many Americans do not have access to such a resource.

In West Virginia, our citizens are already blessed with immense wealth. Not because of the health status of our people but because the abundant access to nature through the state park system. Our parks are treasures that many states lack and many of us overlook. Escaping the daily stresses of our lives is achievable in only a short drive from any city in the Mountain State. If you need some tranquility and peace, you can find it with a quick hike in any one of our 37 state parks. There is no doubt we can do a better job highlighting the quality of our parks, but we would be missing a great opportunity to combine our access to recreation with other healthy habits.

Healthy eating habits are one area, we as West Virginians, could do a better job of reinforcing. These habits start with eating fresh, local, healthier produce. To increase access to these products, we must teach producers and chefs to work together. We cannot promote localized eating if we do not have the capabilities of meeting increased demands. The chef and the farmer must understand the logistics of each operation. For the first time, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Farmers Markets Association are teaming up to tackle this challenge. By creating an avenue for producers and restaurants to work together, we are starting the conversation of how to increase the access of fresh foods to our citizens.

Hosting farm-to-table dinners at states parks is a clear win for the Mountain State. Combine fresh food with exploring natural treasures and you have a recipe for healthy living. Healthier citizens lead to happier, fuller lives. We believe finding this balance can only lead to great things for West Virginia. Partnerships like this can and will help West Virginia combat rising health care costs while providing some much-needed diversification to our economy. This type of out of the box thinking that will help turn our state around.

The famous America landscape architect John Nolen once said, “Simple recreation in the open air amid beautiful surrounding contribute to physical and moral health, to a saner and happier life.” Let’s follow Nolen’s advice. Let’s work towards a healthier West Virginia by utilizing the great outdoors to inspire healthier lives.

Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

Jeanette Riffle: Only in West Virginia

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I saw a title like that this week on FB in my news feed. One of my nieces came upon a cow in the middle of the road. She stopped and got a picture of it. Good thing it was a two lane country road. Someone commented that they came upon a cow one time that had been hit. A cow is big. That probably tore the vehicle up and poor cow. Someone hit a big mother bear on I-79 recently and then a baby bear was seen wandering around looking for food at the Flatwoods Walmart. It was thin. The last we heard, the DNR was trying to get it down out of a tree at another location where it had been spotted. It needed to go to a vet. It was very malnourished. Maybe it will get back to good health and will end up at the West Virginia Wildlife Center. We were talking about cows in the road and it reminded our son of that time he and his Dad were out and coming back through Grantsville. They came upon a horse and a donkey going into town. The horse was leading the way and the donkey was following along behind. They weren’t in the road. Myron said the horse acted like it knew to get over on the birm and out of the way of vehicles. We thought that was so comical of them going into town just like they knew the way, and we wondered if they had been there before and smelled food before the farmer rounded them up and maybe they were trying to get back to try and get something to eat.

Usually by July we start hearing of bear sightings and we have. One of the preachers in our Baptist association had been out and was coming home one day this past week and he came upon a big bear in the middle of the road at Orma. He said it looked to be about 300 pounds. He stopped and it just lumbered on across the road and up a hill. Other people are seeing bears in my circle of friends on FB. One friend from church said bear tracks had been seen by her mothering law’s house, on the left fork of Steer Creek, up from Normantown. The guys say that bears are hungry and wandering around looking for food. There was one spotted near a house down the road from us, recently. Until next time, drive safely and watch out for animals in the road. Our son and granddaughter were home this past week and they went shopping to Glenville one day and he came back telling us about all the rabbits he saw and two groundhogs in or near the road.

Take care and God bless!

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In my efforts to inform through this space, I always attempt to balance the positive and negative, while keeping the information I provide in a timely manner as received throughout the week, whether at the Capitol, home in central West Virginia, or on the road at meetings and fact-gathering events.  I must say that some of the information out of the Capitol last Thursday definitely marked a sad day for our State.

First, the impeachment investigation by the Legislature began at 10 AM with the House Judiciary Committee interviewing witnesses, reviewing investigative reports of potentially illegal acts, fiscal irresponsibility, and a host of other issues conducted by one or more justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.  Only a day earlier, Justice Ketchum resigned prior to the proceedings set to begin.  The facts need unearthed and as more details emerge as a result of this investigation, it casts a dark shadow over the integrity of our State’s highest court.  The Judiciary investigation lasted until 8 PM Thursday and all day Friday.  The Judiciary Committee will reconvene this Thursday for an unspecified number of days.  Evidence gathered will be reported to the full House when the Judiciary investigation is complete.

One hour earlier on Thursday, I was attending a combined meeting of the Select Committee on Flooding and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.  The meeting was called to hear sworn testimony from former and current officials from the WV Development Office, Department of Commerce and Rise WV, who had been issued subpoenas to testify regarding the alleged mismanagement of flood relief aid from the 2016 flood.  As the meeting went continuously until late afternoon, the facts that emerged were disturbing.  For instance, over $21,000 was spent on a multi-day retreat at Stonewall Resort by Commerce officials; the fact that after two years, less than 10 houses were completed for residents in need; of the $149 million that is available for flood aid, only $1.4 million has been spent – mostly on meetings, and an out-of-state consultant.  Many residents in need have been waiting an extended period for promised assistance.  Under questioning by committee members, blame was often pointed toward the federal regulations and red-tape, but it is becoming apparent that the folks in charge were either not equipped to handle the program, grossly negligent, or just incompetent.  Our citizens deserve better and the fact that it took this long for the Governor’s office to make changes is also disturbing.

This is a terrible and serious lapses in responsibility by a state agency and one that is especially damaging to thousands of West Virginians have been waiting for over two years for assistance. Meanwhile, top officials in the Department of Commerce have either been fired or resigned, with more changes likely. 

As previously mentioned Governor Justice has now placed the program under the oversight of General Hoyer and the WV National Guard.  Aid is now moving - quickly and efficiently.  The Adjutant General’s staff is following through with his orders and he’s monitoring events multiple times daily.  This is great news, indeed.

The other good news coming out of the committee investigation the affirmation of the outstanding job that volunteer groups, churches, and faith-based organizations have led the way since the flood in meeting most of the needs to date:  the after-flood mud removal; bridge repair and replacement; removal of carpet, drywall and furniture; assistance in remodeling and in some instances, building an entire new home.  This is truly the spirit of helping those in times of need and all West Virginians owe a debt of gratitude to all those that volunteered in any capacity to assist those who were in need.

To conclude this week, I received confirmation from Speaker Armstead that he has appointed me as one of the three members of the House of Delegates to serve on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.  I appreciate the support of both Speaker Tim Armstead and Minority Leader Tim Miley in agreeing to my appointment.  The other House members are Education Committee Chairman Espinosa (Jefferson Co.)  and Delegate Atkinson (Roane Co.)

I have great respect and admiration for WVU, as our flagship land grant institution and for Marshall, our other major university.  They are both vital to our economy, research, medical care, development and education in West Virginia.  However, Glenville State and each of our other regional colleges and universities also contribute greatly to the greater good of all West Virginians.  This certainly includes our vital community and technical colleges.

Aside from central and southern West Virginia, I sometime hear those representing other regions of the state asking “Do we have too many colleges and universities in West Virginia?”  This usually comes from those that live in the shadow of or in close proximity to either WVU or Marshall.  I believe the question we should be asking is: “What can we do to increase the college-going and college graduation rates in West Virginia?  How can we make certain that no one of any age is denied the opportunity for a college education, due to finances, geography and responsibilities to families and employment? How can we make all our institutions stronger and more versatile to provide a well-educated workforce?’

I do not know the timeframe, format or plans are for the commission, but I look forward to the challenge.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.


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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

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Pat’s Chat

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This Chat is being written and sent to the newspapers a little late to be published by some, but I decided this is important and I want to share it.

Harry (Sonny) Wiant, Jr. (my brother who will be 86 on November 04) had what they called a “mild stroke” over a week ago and it was scary for a while since he is our healthiest sibling, it seemed.  I sent out urgent requests for prayer and in a very few days he was back mostly to himself.  That was a relief to us and we are still praying that he will be able to go back to his wonderful Aljoya condo in Mercer Island, WA.

My point to writing today is to hopefully give some insight to those who feel it is somehow a denial of faith to go to the doctors, to use treatments or to take medicine that God has provided through doctors and scientists to alleviate pain and illness.  The following reading will show that the Bible does not teach this.

“King Hezekiah falls ill, and unusual events accompany his healing.  [Read 2 Kings 20].  You will notice in this case the promise of healing came at once, even before the prophet Isaiah had time to get out of the palace, and that the king was instructed by the prophet of God to cooperate in the work of heling by putting a plaster or poultice of figs on the boil which was afflicting him.  This showed no lack of faith.  It was ordered from the same source that gave the promise of recovery.

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“Let us continue to study Christ’s ministry of healing power.  And let us not forget that it is not a denial of our faith to make use of the remedial agencies available—-the things that God has provided to alleviate pain and to aid nature in her work of restoration.  God could have cured Hezekiah instantly, but specific directions were given regarding natural treatment in his case.  On one occasion Jesus anointed a blind man’s eyes with clay.  The cure was wrought only by the power of Christ, yet He made use of simple agencies of nature.  When we have prayed for the recovery of the sick and have asked God’s blessing on the means which He Himself has provided, we can work with all the more hope and energy and thank God for the privilege of cooperating with Him.

“After we have prayed, let us have faith in God, whatever the outcome.  If bereavement comes, let us remember that the bitter cup is held to our lips by our Father’s hand.  Should health be restored, let us not forget that the person healed is placed under added obligation to the Lord.  He is healed to help; he is saved to serve.  His added days of life and health are for a purpose, and that purpose is to glorify God and to do good to others.”  (Walking through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, Day 197, page 210)

When my husband, John Ridpath, was ill seven years before he died, we made arrangements for him to go the Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital in Wildwood, Georgia, (which you can look up online).  Their price was very reasonable and their care included doctors, therapists, healthful food and lifestyle.  He had several issues, but after about 28 days there, he was off all his prescriptions except one, if I remember right, took several supplements they had suggested, had lost several pounds, had an arsenal of healthy recipes, including John Ridpath’s Famous Chili, walked daily, and did very well (as long as he stayed on the regimen they suggested).  There are several such Centers across the country which help people using natural remedies along with prescriptions if their doctors see that they need them.  They are what in Adventist circles are Self-Supporting Institutions (not part of the Seventh-day Adventist system).  A man in our SDA church at Braxton had a relative who was about to lose his leg to diabetic problems.  He was convinced to go to Wildwood, and they healed the leg with natural remedies in a relatively short time and gave him back his life!

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West Virginians Watch Pre-Existing Conditions Suit With Dread

Some West Virginians with chronic illnesses are dreading a federal lawsuit over the rule that insurance companies have to cover pre-existing medical conditions.

The suit was filed by the attorney general of Texas, but the U.S. Department of Justice and West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey have joined it. It aims to overturn part of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits health-insurance companies from denying coverage or charging customer’s more for illnesses such as asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Culloden teacher Brianne Solomon has lupus, a serious auto-immune disease. She could lose coverage for a prescription that cost $360 every 90 days.

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“There is no way I could afford that. I wouldn’t be able to keep the prescriptions that basically maintain my general level of health with the disease,” Solomon said. “And people die from lupus. You can die from complications of this disease.“

The suit argues that ending the rules would let insurers offer cheaper plans. Critics say without regulation, insurers could offer what’s been called sham insurance, which looks good but actually covers very little.

By one count, 45 percent of West Virginia residents have a pre-existing condition.

According to Washington Post projections from a study by the Harvard Medical School, for every 500 people who gain health insurance coverage, one death per year is prevented. Solomon said without the insurance rules, people like her could be squeezed out of the market - forced to delay or do without medical care they need, but can’t afford.

“I’m dreading what would happen,” she said. “If pre-existing conditions were off the table, I can’t even imagine what my out-of-pocket costs would be then. I’m sure I would be what they call choked out.“

The suit has been described as a long shot, but if it fails there may be other attempts to overturn that part of the Affordable Care Act.

Without the nationwide rules, insurance regulation could return to the states. Governor Jim Justice and GOP leaders in the Legislature have said they sympathize with people who have pre-existing conditions, but none of them has put forward plans to address the issue.

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Grants Available From Community Foundation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) of Doddridge County, Ritchie County, and the Little Kanawha Area is currently accepting applications for grants for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application deadline is midnight on September 15. Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates through one online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Application. 

To access the online application form, visit the Grants section of the Foundation’s web site, www.pacfwv.com/Grants.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio). 

Priority counties for Foundation grant support are: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties.

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, and capacity building projects, and, under special circumstances, operating support. 

Submitted applications are considered for support from a wide variety of grant funds available through the Foundation to support charitable projects throughout the region.

The Foundation recently made two important changes to its grantmaking program:

  • The maximum grant request size has been raised to $15,000.
  • The allowable grant period is 12 months; proposed projects must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.

The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide additional information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com/Grants to access the grant guidelines and application. 

For more information, contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

 

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West Virginia Library Commission Announces Grants to Public Libraries

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The West Virginia Library Commission has presented $187,180 in state grants to 47 public libraries in the state. 

The grants were awarded in June, based on facility, programming, and collections proposals from each library. 

The maximum award is $5,000 per library.

29 grants were awarded for facility maintenance, 9 for collection development, 9 for programming improvements, and 3 for other service enhancements. 

The following libraries received grant funding for their individual projects: 

Belington Public Library $5,000
Boone-Madison Public Library $3,125
Brooke County Public Library $1,000
Buffalo Creek Memorial Public Library $5,000
Burnsville Public Library $5,000
Capon Bridge Public Library $2,500
Chapmanville Public Library $5,000
Cheat Area Public Library $5,000
Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library $4,495
Clay County Public Library $5,000
Craft Memorial Public Library $4,000
Craigsville Public Library $5,000
Fayette County Public Library $3,900
Fort Ashby Public Library $4,460
Gallaher Village Public Library $3,500
Gassaway Public Library $1,000
Gilmer Public Library $5,000
Greenbrier County Public Library $4,340
Kingwood Public Library $2,889
Lowe Public Library $4,000
Lynn Murray Public Library $4,000
Mary H. Weir Public Library $5,000
Mason City Public Library $4,000
McDowell County Public Library $5,000
Mingo County Public Library $4,500
Monroe County Public Library $4,501
Morgan County Public Library $5,000
Moundsville-Marshall County PL $5,000
Paw Paw Public Library $5,000
Piedmont Public Library $5,000
Pioneer Memorial Public Library $500
Pocahontas County Public Library $5,000
Putnam County Public Library $5,000
Raleigh County Public Library $4,500
Ritchie County Public Library $5,000
Roane County Public Library $5,000
Ronceverte Public Library $1,059
Rupert Public Library $1,200
Russell Memorial Public Library $1,500
Southern Area Public Library $4,250
Summers County Public Library $5,000
Summersville Public Library $5,000
Sutton Public Library $2,461
Tyler County Public Library $2,000
Upshur County Public Library $5,000
Valley Head Public Library $3,500
Webster Addison Public Library $5,000

“These grants reflect the critical needs in West Virginia’s public libraries,” said Karen Goff, Executive Secretary of the WVLC. “They will allow libraries to improve their facilities, as well as enhance the programs and services they provide to state residents.”

The 2018 state grants represent a $77,087 increase over the WVLC’s 2017 awards.

WVDEP’s REAP Program Announces More Than $85,000 in Litter Control Grants

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced the recipients of the fiscal year 2019 Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Litter Control Matching Grants.

The 31 recipients were approved for $85,117.72 in grant funding. Funding for the litter control program is generated through civil penalties imposed on litter violations, as well as state agency facility recycling revenue as described in West Virginia Code §22-15A-4 and §22-15A-5.

Town of Anmoore: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for litter and recycling triple unit receptacles for the town parks.

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for “No Littering” signage for the county-wide litter program.

City of Bluefield: $4,125.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures around the city.

City of Buckhannon: $3,500.00
The funding will be used for the city-wide property cleanup program and anti-litter educational materials.

Town of Buffalo: $3,157.00
The funding will be used for dumpster rental fees, landfill fees, personnel wages and mass mailings for a town cleanup event.

Clay County Commission: $2,569.80
The funding will be used for litter receptacles and promotional items for the county cleanup program.

Town of Clendenin: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for anti-littering signage, litter and cigarette receptacles.

Town of Delbarton: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for litter and cigarette receptacles throughout the town.

City of Dunbar: $5,000.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the city.

City of Grafton: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees for a town cleanup.

Hancock County Solid Waste Authority: $1,296.00
The funding will be used for personnel wages for the county-wide open dump and roadside litter cleanup program.

Jackson County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for educational materials and a county-wide cleanup event.

Kanawha County Commission: $3,500.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees, advertising and wages for deputies to issue citations and work county cleanup events.

City of Kenova: $2,947.62
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the city.

City of Kingwood: $5,000.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the city.

McDowell County Commission: $5,000.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the county.

McDowell County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages.

Mercer County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees for cleanup events.

New Martinsville Parks and Recreation: $1,197.00
The funding will be used for litter receptacles and liners for the city parks.

City of Parkersburg: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for fencing to contain litter and protect wetlands at the city recycling center.

Pleasants County Commission: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for personnel wages for the county-wide illegal dump remediation program.

Preston County Solid Waste Authority: $2,088.00
The funding will be used for fuel for the Litter Control Officer vehicle for the county-wide program.

Putnam County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages for the county-wide litter control program.

Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority: $3,800.00
The funding will be used for a dump trailer for the county-wide litter control program.

Region VIII Solid Waste Authority: $1,900.00
The funding will be used for travel, conference space rental and meeting supplies for regional litter control workshop events.

Wayne County Commission: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages for the county-wide litter control program.

Webster County Commission: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages for the county-wide litter control program.

City of Weston: $1,393.00
The funding will be used for litter receptacles for the city-wide litter program.

Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages and fuel for the Litter Control Officer’s vehicle for the county-wide litter program.

Wood County Solid Waste Authority: $1,143.80
The funding will be used for gloves and trash bags for cleanup events.

Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for fuel, tires and maintenance for the Litter Control vehicle for the county-wide litter control program.

State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education

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State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine presented the 2018 State of Education during the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) meeting today. The report provided an overview of the educational activities, progress, achievements and challenges of the past school year as well as an outlook of the year to come.

The purpose of the report is to give an accurate and constructive review of public education and depict how the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and WVBE are addressing the needs of students as they prepare to enter college or the workforce.

“Many great things are happening within West Virginia’s public schools that may go unnoticed, and it is important to take time to share that information because there are so many teachers, students and communities working hard for educational success,” Paine said. “We also realize that there are significant challenges that require our continued dedicated attention and effort. For example, we’ve fought against unsatisfactory math achievement for far too long, and we have developed a comprehensive plan to address this,” Paine explained. “This and other areas of critical need are addressed within the report,” he said.

The report highlights successes achieved during the 2017-18 school year through the combined effort of many people, partnerships, agencies and communities. West Virginia has the third highest graduation rate in the country at 89.4 percent; it ranks sixth in the nation for quality and access to early education programs due to its support of Universal Pre-K; and the state’s commitment to Career and Technical Education (CTE) is resulting in more students earning industry-recognized credentials while still in high school.

The WVBE and WVDE have worked closely with Governor Jim Justice to support his vision and passion for education. This includes providing a fair and accurate accountability system for public schools, restoring control to the local level and reducing redundancies in services. These are among the measures taken to create a climate that is more conducive to school and student growth.

The WVDE has also implemented intensive programs to support students at-risk of dropping out, developed partnerships to reduce remediation at the college level and launched CTE initiatives that provide options and real-work experiences for students who prefer a career pathway.

“We continue to explore ways to meet the state’s economic demands through high-quality learning systems,” Paine said. “Working together, we are creating a culture of career readiness, skill development and proven practices that allow our education system to fuel the state’s economy and develop the emerging workforce,” he said.

The State of Education report also highlights educator preparation and leadership development and outlines public funding for education. The complete report can be found by visiting, https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018stateofed-report.pdf.


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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman  on  07.14.2018

Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability  on  07.16.2018

What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig.  on  07.17.2018

The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

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Growth in FFA Programs

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In response to the announcement of FFA participation reaching an all-time high in West Virginia, Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt released the following statement:

“Jason Hughes and our agriculture teachers have done a tremendous job recruiting and training our future farmers. It is evident West Virginia contains the home-grown talent needed to expand our agricultural industries. In addition to inspiring the next generation of producers, FFA programs teach invaluable life skills to our students. Those involved in FFA learn everything from leadership to public speaking. No matter their career path, these students benefit from being a member of a West Virginia FFA chapter.”

As FFA programs continue to see growth, Commissioner Leonhardt plans advocate for additional funds needed to fully repair and upgrade the Cedar Lakes Conference Center.

“The annual FFA convention showcases the importance of the Cedar Lakes to our state. As FFA membership has increased, the program has outgrown the facilities. To ensure the conference center continues to serve future generations as official home of the West Virginia FFA, we hope to work with the Governor and our Legislature to find additional funds. We will save the state money by making necessary upgrades now.”

Commissioner Leonhardt’s goal is to have the center become self-sufficient and remove the need for additional general revenue appropriations. Leonhardt believes Cedar Lakes can play a vital role in growing West Virginia’s agriculture industries. 

“Eating from a safe, affordable and abundant food supply is important to the state’s economy and the personal health of our citizens. The Cedar Lakes facilities will be critical to our mission of increasing access to fresh, healthy foods.”

There are currently 68 high schools and 10 middle schools with FFA chapters. Total membership is at 5,360 students.

Almost Half of Legislature Voted Against Every Conservation Proposal

A voting scorecard by the West Virginia Sierra Club shows record levels of opposition to conservation measures by state lawmakers.

Jim Kotcon, who chairs the Sierra Club West Virginia’s political committee, has been tracking votes on a wide range of environmental legislation for more than 20 years.

He says the worst score previously recorded was three years ago, when 11 legislators voted against every environmental proposal.

Kotcon says this year there are six times as many – far worse than any previous year.

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Much of West Virginia’s self image is defined by its
connection to the state’s wilderness.
But a new voting scorecard shows record
opposition to conservation legislation.


“Unprecedented in that so many of the legislators scored a complete zero,” he states. “We always see a few people that are voting against the environment every time, but we had 70 names on our list that is almost half of the state Legislature.“

Many in the state Legislature argue that loosening environmental regulations is a way to increase economic growth.

Critics of that view argue it doesn’t actually translate into more jobs.

The annual scorecard looks at every recorded vote, including votes on support for state parks and clean water rules.

Kotcon says there are 13 state lawmakers who voted green about two-thirds of the time. He calls them the clean 13.

“There were six state senators and seven state delegates who rank above 60 percent,” he states. “But for these people, the air we breathe and the water we drink would be in much worse shape.“

Kotcon says at the federal level, 4 out of 5 members of the state’s congressional delegation scored zero.

The full list is at the Sierra Club West Virginia website.

DHHR Announces Availability of $1 Million in Ryan Brown Funding

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced funding availability totaling $1 million to expand substance use disorder (SUD) residential treatment services in Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Roane counties. The funding is supported by the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund as part of a comprehensive statewide plan to combat the opioid epidemic.

The Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund, also known as House Bill 2428, mandates that DHHR identify need and allocate additional treatment beds in the state. These beds are intended to provide SUD treatment services in existing or newly constructed facilities. 

“DHHR’s mission is to join with communities and families in providing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence,” said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch. “An expansion in SUD treatment services will result in a decrease of overdose deaths as well as a decrease in economic costs to the State.”

In December 2017, DHHR awarded Ryan Brown funding to SUD programs in six regions. As a result of legislative action, Region Seven was added comprising of Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Roane counties. 

DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities is soliciting applications from vendors who can provide SUD residential treatment services in the designated geographic area by adding to existing programs or developing and implementing new capacity.

The funding is available for one grant and will be awarded based on accepted proposals that meet all required criteria. Proposals must be submitted by August 10, 2018.  Proposal details and requirements are available online: dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf/afa

Lewis County Grand Jury Indictments

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A Lewis County grand jury indicted 41 individuals when it convened this week with Judge Kurt W. Hall presiding.

Among those indicted are several of the 17 individuals of Lewis, Upshur and Marion counties arrested in April on drug-related charges after several months of investigation, including:

  • Joshua Alan Osborne, 29, of Farmington, on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine

  • Joshua Ryan McGuire, 31, of Weston, on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school

  • Steven Nicholas Lockhart, 26, of Weston, on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, methamphetamine

  • Cody Allen Richards, 23, of Alum Bridge, on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school

  • David Lynn “Pack Rat” Pickens, 62, of Ireland, on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana

  • David Neal Hicks, 55, of Weston, on four felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school

  • Dana Erik Anderson, 27, of Hundred, on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine

  • Chasity Marie Knapp, 41, of Jane Lew, on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine

  • In relation to a January 2016 drug bust that led to seven arrests, Brent Radcliff II, 34, of Weston, was indicted on one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, methamphetamine.

  • Also indicted was Nicholas Grant Cutlip, 54, of Weston. Cutlip was indicted on one felony count of retaliation against public officers and employees. He was previously arrested in July 2014 after 84 meth labs were discovered in his Weston home, two of which were operating at the time.

Beware! Improper Home Canning Techniques May Cause Foodborne Illnesses

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Dr. Mark Povroznik, Chief Quality Officer, informs us about staying safe from foodborne illnesses

Dr. Mark Povroznik, Chief Quality Officer at United Hospital Center, grew up canning foods and he understands the benefits and risks associated with food preservation.

“This annual tradition is a fun time to have the family together,” said Dr. Povroznik. “Telling stories and ending up with a product that we can savor all year long is well worth the time.”

Canning holds many merits, but if someone is not vigilant, an unwanted outcome may develop. Dr. Povroznik said that Botulism may containment your food, but precautions can help prevent this.

Some proper techniques include:

  • Start with a clean jar that is heated to prior filling, which helps speed up the canning process

  • After filling the jar, the rim needs to be wiped clean, and the lid heated to provide a proper seal

  • Place the rings on the jar “Finger Tight,” not “Grip Tight,” so air can escape

  • Follow the recommended cook time, from when the water comes to a boil and not when you first put the jars in the water

  • Once the jars are removed, place them on a towel to cool; hearing a pop as the jars cool indicate that a satisfying seal has occurred, and those that do not seal can be placed in the refrigerator to be used up first

  • Finally, remove the rings once the jars have cooled and are sealed for storage

Dr. Povroznik recommends that a novice read from a number of reputable websites or publications before starting. He also advocates that investing in the correct equipment is essential to proper canning.

“Be highly aware of low-acidic foods that are at the highest risk for spoilage and Botulism. Some of these foods include green beans, beets, potatoes, essentially all meats, and certain tomatoes,” said Dr. Povroznik. “The proper way to process these foods is by a pressure canner.”

Canning presents an opportunity to preserve an individual’s creation in the comfort of their home. By being-budget friendly and providing health benefits, canning has transitioned in a way that allows someone to control the quality of the food they consume.

 

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On behalf of the family and friends of Beryl D. McCord, deceased, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Lewis County Honor Guard, the Lewis County ROTC, Reverend Martin Wine, Pastor Robert Mitchell and Lee Ellyson of Ellyson Mortuary Inc. for your help during Beryl’s memorial service at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery.

You were amazing. Thank you.

Patrick Wine

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The Free Press WVAge 75, of Town Run Road, Weston, West Virginia, left this earth and has updated her address to the Graceland in the sky and is now reunited with the love of her life Oras “Buck” Hefner, whom she married on September 16, 1964 [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis Jewell Villers

The Free Press WVAge 88 years of age, departed this life on July 08, 2018 in a Hospice room at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born at home on Little Creek in Calhoun County, WV on June 15, 1930, a son of the late Walter and Carrie (Cooper) Villers [ .... ]  Read More

Kevin “Porky” Showalter

The Free Press WVAge 43, of Sutton, WV passed away July 09, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born August 05, 1974 at Gassaway, WV to the late Lynn Howard Showalter and Sandra Sue (Bright) Showalter [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Lou Casto

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Crooked Fork Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at her home following a brief illness. She was born in Upshur County, WV on November 25, 1955: daughter of the late Betty Lou Rivers [ .... ]  Read More

Forest Junior Morris

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Millstone, WV passed away on Sunday, July 08, 2018 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV following a short illness. He was born May 29, 1934, a son of the late Dessie Morris Wilford [ .... ]  Read More

George F. Winspear

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, July 08, 2018 at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew, WV. He was born October0 2, 1938 in New York, NY, a son of the late George G. and Aglae Gates Winspear [....]  Read More

Adele Stanley McDougal

The Free Press WV Today Heaven gained a new soprano. Adele Stanley McDougal passed away in the comforts of her own home surrounded with love. Addie was born April 14, 1934 in Pullman, WV [....]  Read More

James Lee King

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Broad Street Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, July 07, 2018 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 25, 1965: son of the late Harold King and Catherine (Bleigh) Gower [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Ruth Burns-Boone

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2018 at age 84.  She was born to the late Jack Carl Burns and Mae Minney-Burns on March 30, 1934 [ .... ]  Read More

James Norman Flesher

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Buckhannon, WV departed this life on Saturday, July 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. He was born April 13, 1940, in Weston, WV, a son of the late John and Helen Kniceley Flesher [ .... ]  Read More

Dorothy Pauline Dotson

The Free Press WVAge 102, formerly of Calhoun County passed away July 08, 2018 in Bradenton, Florida. She was born January 14, 1916 in Kanawha County, WV, daughter of Dwight Lyman and Opha Mae Hylbert Walker [ .... ]  Read More

Autumn Nicole Means

The Free Press WVAge 27, of Weston, EV passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018. She was born September 13, 1990, a daughter of Clinton Wade Means and the late Betty Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Bergin Sleigh Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 84, passed away at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 05, 2018. She was born May 22, 1934 in Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Lawrence Burke Riley, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Weston, WV passed away July0 4, 2018 at Wyngate Senior Living Community in Weirton, WV following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV April 10, 1935, a son of Lawrence Burke Riley, Sr. and Alice Edwards Riley [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin Elijah Kelley

The Free Press WVInfant son of Travis Kelley and Daisy Posey, passed away Thursday, July 05, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born June 25, 2018 in Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

John William Oliver

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Weston, WV passed away at 1:14 PM on Thursday, July 05, 2018, surrounded by loving family. He was born in Weston, WV on March 20, 1942 a son of the late William Walter Oliver and Katherine Mildred Ervin Oliver [ .... ]  Read More

Russell Scott Porterfield

The Free Press WV Age 46, of 2nd Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 01, 2018 at home. He was born in Richwood, WV on March 08, 1972, to his parents John and Phyllis Porterfield of Jane Lew, WV [....]  Read More

Joseph Alexander Colkett

The Free Press WVAge 28, of Parkersburg,WV passed away July 05, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born October 19, 1989 at La Union Copan Honduras the son of Stephen Vernon and Diana Patchell Colkett of Harrisville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Royal Donavon Cox II

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Cottageville, WV, passed away July 03, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1953 at Parkersburg, WV, the son of Royal Donavon Cox I of Pullman and the late Mary Virginia Tanzey Cox [....]  Read More

Linda Lou Toothman

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Harrisville, WV passed away July 04, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. She was born June0 8, 1951 at Fort Campbell, KY, the daughter of the late Hobert Ray and Tencie Pearl Eakle Reed [....]  Read More

Doit Leon Koppler

The Free Press WVCaptain U.S. Army (Retired), age 80, of New Milton, WV departed this life on Monday, July 02, 2018.  He was born in Wabash Township, IL on December 24, 1937, a son of the late Leon F. Koppler and Lila J. Lee Morrison [ .... ]  Read More

Faye Ellen Holmes

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Gassaway,WV,  passed away July 04, 2018 at home. She was born April 24, 1950 in Rome, NY daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson and Marion Vancourt [ .... ]  Read More

Gladys Squires

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, July 02, 2018, at Mansfield Place in Philippi, WV. She was born July 26, 1923, in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Oral B. and Sadie Nutt Lake [ .... ]  Read More

Dianna Lynn Smith

The Free Press WV Age 68, of West Union, WV, passed away July 03, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. She was born November 29, 1949 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Raymond P. and Margaret L.Metz [....]  Read More

Georgia “Ginger” Whitehair Atkinson

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Tuesday July 03, 2018 at her residence. She was born on July 15, 1939 in Ritchie County a daughter of the late George D. and Nina (Jewel) Whitehair [ .... ]  Read More

Phyllis E. Frame Wickline McCormick

The Free Press WV Age 87, was born on February 16, 1931 and celebrated the meeting of her Savior on June 30, 2018 after a long illness [....]  Read More

Philip David Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 59, of the Little Bull Run community of Glenville, WV passed on June 29, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones after a battle with cancer.  He was born to Mary Helen McLaughlin Skidmore and Scott Skidmore at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up in the Cedarville/Copen Communities [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald W. “Ron” Collins

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Arnoldsburg , WV passed away quietly at his home on July 03, 2018. He was surrounded by family. He was born June0 6, 1939 in Freed, WV, a son of the late Willie and Nancy Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Ray A. Watts Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Haddox’s Run, Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 in Parkersburg, WV. He was born on Tuesday, March 21, 1939, in Lincoln County, WV, a son of the late Samuel and Pearl Watts [....]  Read More

Carolyn Sue (Sprouse) Peters

The Free Press WVAge 70 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at United Hospital Center.  She was born July 22, 1947 in Butcher Forks, Gilmer County, WV, daughter of Wilbur and Mae Frashure Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Janet (Stump) Sturm

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Powells Point, NC, departed this life July 03, 2018 at Wyngate Senior Living surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 09, 1935 in Stumptown, WV, the daughter of the late Victor and Ina (Fowler) Stump Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Bratton Groves

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Sutton, WV passed away Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born August 06, 1928 in Braxton County, WV to the late Charles Bratton & Lydia Margaret Eagle Groves [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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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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Pam,
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’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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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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