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Grant award to Normantown Historical Community Center

We are pleased to announce the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has made a grant award of $8,400.00 to the Normantown Historical Community Center to improve handicapped accessibility to the Cafeteria located on the second floor of the building. 

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The award was make possible by grants from the PACF’s affiliates, the Ausenheimer Memorial Trust for $5,000 and the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation for $3,400.

The Normantown Historical Community Center located in the former Normantown High/Elementary School filed a request for funds to perform three goals:

(1) to provide a stairway lift for those who have trouble walking up the 22 stair steps to reach the cafeteria,

(2) to renovate two rest rooms making them handicapped accessible, and

(3) to purchase a food slicer and a food mixer to assist workers in preparing meals.

The grant award is a partial funding of the estimated $11,119.00 request but with good bidding on the installation of a stairway lift, we hope to be able to do one of the other proposed improvements.

We are very grateful to the PACF and its affiliates for this very generous award. Dr. Gary G. Smith and wife Wilma attended an outstanding grant award ceremony at North Bend State Park November 30, 2017 and received an information packet on the various requirements for fulfilling the projects funded.

This information will be presented to the NHCC Board of Directors at their December 12, 2017 meeting.

The Normantown Historical Community Center was formed last spring and purchased the Normantown School property from the Gilmer County Board of Education to establish a Community Center for the various communities the school served, basically Center District of Gilmer County including Cedarville, Cedar Creek, Rt. 33/119, Steer Run, Steer Creek, Normantown, Lockney, Shock, Rosedale and all the inter connecting roads included.

The major goals of the NHCC are as follows:

  • A youth center for learning various sports activities such as basketball and baseball and for after school tutoring and extended learning activities
  • A meeting place for Boys/Girls Scouts and 4H Clubs,
  • A center for adult learning such as computers, crafts, and healthy living issues
  • A senior center for exercising for healthy living and for providing nutritious meals and socializing activities
  • A center for performing arts and learning heritage music
  • A variety of other youth, adult, and community activities
  • A center for distribution of commodities- foods for the needy
  • A center for childcare services for working mothers
  • A Meeting place for the Normantown High School Alumni Association
  • A Museum facility for storage, display, and public view of the Normantown Schools historic materials, trophies, and other memorabilia such as the historic all class 1945 State Basketball Championship memorabilia and the 1966 FFA International Land Judging trophy and memorabilia.

Both of these accomplishments represent once in a lifetime historic events for the State of WV, Gilmer County, as well as Normantown High School that will never happen again.

Mr. Blair Wright is President of the NHCC and does a great job keeping everything moving.

Scholarships Available for Area Students

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has launched its 2018 Consolidated Scholarship Application!  The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.  To apply, students must visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships.  This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 01, 2018.

During the PACF’s 2017 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded over $319,000 to our region’s students.  These awards were made possible by many generous donors who established scholarship funds with the Foundation to help our local students fulfill their educational goals.  Each year, more than 200 community volunteers residing throughout the PACF’s service area assist the Foundation in reviewing the submitted scholarship applications.

“With hundreds of applications, we are very grateful for the volunteer support that we receive each scholarship season,” said the PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler.  “It is awe-inspiring to work with donors who are passionate about our region’s next generation and helping them achieve their post-secondary education goals.”

To learn more about the 2018 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing .

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 12.15.17

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
AGENDA for REGULAR MEETING
December 15, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS


IV. APPOINTMENTS


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

    Discussion and/or action on:

          1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

          2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

          3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

              a) Board Seats open on the:

          4) Budget Revisions

          5) Budget Control Report - None

          6) Approve Invoices for Payment

          7) Approve County Commission Minutes-November 17 and December 01, 2017

          8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

              a) Wes-Mon-Ty RC & D Board of Directors minutes-October 23, 2017

              b) Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Yearly Totals


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

          a) EMPG Grant Application

          b) Holiday Schedule for Christmas

          c) West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Grant


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

    Discussion and/or action on:

          a) Letters for Levies on the May 08, 2018 Primary Election ballot:

              Excess Levies:

                  Gilmer County Health Department
                  Gilmer County Senior Center
                  WVU Extension Service
                  Gilmer County Public Library
                  Gilmer County Parks and Recreation

          b) Board of Education on ballot for Levy-May 08, 2018 Primary Election

          c) Hope Inc. – Letter for continuation of office space


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS

          a) FYI- 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

          b) Flood Insurance Quote for Holt House


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X. ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING:
Regular Session on January 05, 2018

Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct

Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations.

This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference in New York, demanding that Congress take action.

We speak with one of them: Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant for North Carolina and from Gilmer County, WV when Trump owned the pageant.

We are also joined by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and we play an excerpt from the Brave New Films documentary “16 Women and Donald Trump.”


The Transcript:

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women. This is New York’s Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaking Monday on CNN.

SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: President Trump should resign. These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Senator Gillibrand joins Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden in calling on President Trump to step down. Meanwhile, 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Working Group are also calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations against Trump.

AMY GOODMAN: This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment held a news conference in New York on Monday, demanding Congress take action. The women shared accounts in which they said Trump groped, fondled and forcibly kissed them. Monday’s news conference was held by Brave New Films, which released the documentary 16 Women and Donald Trump in November.

JILL HARTH: He groped me. He absolutely groped me. And he just slipped his hand there, touching my private parts.

TEMPLE TAGGART: He turned to me and embraced me and gave me a kiss on the lips. And I remember being shocked and—because I would have just thought to shake somebody’s hand. But that was his first response with me.

JESSICA LEEDS: It was a real shock when all of the sudden his hands were all over me. But it’s when he started putting his hand up my skirt, and that was it. That was it.

KRISTIN ANDERSON: The person on my right, who, unbeknownst to me at that time, was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt. He did touch my ###### through my underwear.

LISA BOYNE: As the women walked across the table, Donald Trump would look up under their skirt and, you know, comment on whether they had underwear or didn’t have underwear. I didn’t want to have to walk across the table. I wanted to get out of there.

KARENA VIRGINIA: Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I felt intimidated, and I felt powerless.

MINDY McGILLIVRAY: Melania was standing right next to him when he touched my butt.

JESSICA DRAKE: When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission. After that, I received another call from either Donald or a male calling on his behalf, offering me $10,000. His actions are a huge testament to his character, that of uncontrollable misogyny, entitlement and being a sexual assault apologist.

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: I’m, you know, sitting there in my robe and having, you know, my makeup and hair done and everything, and he comes walking in. And I was just like, “Oh, my goodness!” Like what is he doing back here? I saw him walk into the dressing room.

TASHA DIXON: He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked. Waltzing in, when we’re naked or half-naked, in a very physically vulnerable position.

SUMMER ZERVOS: And he came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me towards him. He then grabbed my shoulder, and he began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast. And I said, “Come on, man. Get real.” He repeated my words back to me—”Get reeeeeal”—as he began thrusting his genitals.

AMY GOODMAN: That’s an excerpt from the documentary 16 Women and Donald Trump. The women are now calling for a congressional investigation into sexual misconduct by President Trump. Last year, several Republican lawmakers distanced themselves from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign following the release of the 2005 videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women.

Trump responded this morning on Twitter to the allegations, writing, quote, “Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia—so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.

Well, for more, we’re joined by Samantha Holvey, former Miss North Carolina. She was a U.S.—Miss USA contestant in the pageant that Trump owned. She’s one of the 16 women who has accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, and she spoke out at the news conference on Monday.

Welcome, Samantha, to Democracy Now!

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: So, you just—we just played the video, of which you’re a part. Can you talk about your experience of Donald Trump and then what he’s saying—”I don’t know them, I never met them”?

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: So, the first time I met Donald Trump, we were in New York City doing a media tour, all 51 of the Miss USA contestants. And we were at Trump Tower. They lined us all up, and so he could meet all of us. And I’m thinking this is going to be a meet and greet, you know, lots of eye contact. That was not the case at all. He walks by, and by every one of us, or at the very least me. He just looked me up and down like I was a piece of meat. There was no “Hi. How are you doing? Are you excited to be here?” None of that. I was just a piece of meat that was his property. And I thought, “Oh, goodness. I hope I never have to deal with him again. I don’t want to be around him.”

And then finals night rolls around. And I’m, you know, in hair and makeup. I’ve got curlers in my hair, nothing but a robe on. I’m just 20 years old. And he comes waltzing in to hair and makeup and is just looking around, not talking to us, asking us how we’re doing. And by the way, you know, Miss USA was not my first pageant. I’ve been—I’ve competed in other pageants. And the directors, no men were ever backstage. So this is not something that happens.

So, I see him walk in to hair and makeup, and he’s looking us all over. And then he waltzed right into the dressing room, where we have two big security guards making sure that nobody but female contestants and chaperones are allowed in there. But he walks right on in.

And to hear him talking about he’s never met any of us—you know, this is what happens every year. It wasn’t just 2006. He bragged about this on Howard Stern. And silly me, I should have been watching Howard Stern, because he bragged about it the year before I competed at Miss USA. So this was a known thing that he did. And so, it’s just amazing to call me a liar, when I’m just verifying his own words.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders responded to the allegations against Trump during Monday’s press briefing. This is what she said.

PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: As the president said himself, he thinks it’s a good thing that women are coming forward. But he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn’t determine the course. And in this case, the president has denied any of these allegations, as have eyewitnesses. And several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the president’s claim in this process. And again, the American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in that process.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Samantha, your response to Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement? Also, you initially raised these allegations, as did many of the women, last year during the campaign. What’s the change now, the decision now to come to this press conference yesterday?

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: You know, it was a tough decision to come back out, because I did get a lot of backlash last year when I spoke out, and so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through all of that again. But when the—the idea was that all of us would come together, that all 16 women would come together, and seeing us as a group, seeing us there supporting each other, as well as telling our stories, there’s power in numbers. And that’s what I was just hoping, that maybe this year it would be different, since the climate is different.

AMY GOODMAN: Yesterday, I went to the news conference, Samantha. You were there, along with Jessica Leeds, a woman who says Donald Trump attacked her, sitting next to her in first class in a plane, groping her, until she got up and left. And this is Rachel Crooks, who also spoke at the news conference with you, who said Trump forcibly kissed her, against her will, in 2005.

RACHEL CROOKS: About 12 years ago, as a young receptionist in Trump Tower, I was forcibly kissed by Mr. Trump during our first introduction. Mr. Trump repeatedly kissed my cheeks, and ultimately my lips, in an encounter that has since impacted my life well beyond the initial occurrence, in feelings of self-doubt and insignificance I had.

Unfortunately, given Mr. Trump’s notoriety and the fact that he was a partner of my employers, not to mention the owner of the building, I felt there was nothing I could do. Given this hostile work environment, my only solution at the time was to simply avoid additional encounters with him.

I do realize that, in the grand scheme of things, there are far worse cases of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. But make no mistake: There is no acceptable level of such behavior.

That some men think they can use their power, position or notoriety to demean and attack women speaks to their character, not ours, which, believe me, is a tough lesson learned. In my case, I only felt the redemption of knowing it was not my own flaws to blame, when I read the account of Temple Taggart, whose story had so mirrored my own that I finally felt absolved of the guilt that I had somehow projected an image that made me an easy target. Instead, this was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump.

AMY GOODMAN: Rachel Crooks. Now, Donald Trump has just fired back this morning on tweet. Five senators have called for him to resign. He fired back at New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, after she joined the four other senators and at least 56 lawmakers in the House who have called for a congressional investigation into the sexual misconduct accusations against him. This morning, Trump tweeted, “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

I want to bring—I want to bring Cecile Richards into this conversation, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, CEO of the organization, as well. As you listen to Samantha and Rachel, some of the 16 women who have accused Donald Trump, and then see what he is tweeting today, attacking the senators, particularly the female senator, of the five—

CECILE RICHARDS: Correct.

AMY GOODMAN: —who are calling for him to resign, with sexual innuendo in his tweet, your thoughts?

CECILE RICHARDS: Well, first, I just think Samantha is extraordinarily brave, and the other 15 women, because you can see now why women don’t come forward. I think, obviously, it’s time for an investigation of Donald Trump. And the fact that he is in fact going after women, I think, is going to embolden women. I mean, you know, as difficult as this is to experience, the outpouring of women now supporting each other and telling their stories is like nothing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, including women that we see at Planned Parenthood.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the impacts across the spectrum in terms of Washington itself, in terms of lawmakers now, as more and more calls for investigations of individual lawmakers are occurring.

CECILE RICHARDS: Right. Well, I think this is—I mean, the story that Amy refers to this morning of now women in Congress finally saying, who have been—you know, have basically suffered this kind of treatment for their entire careers, are now saying it’s time to investigate this, and holding people to a standard, is incredibly important. I don’t think any of us saw this happening. And ironically, I believe the president is actually encouraging more women to now stand up and come forward, particularly—and I’m sorry that he said this about Samantha—the fact that he’s actually saying that he doesn’t even know who these women are, trying to essentially erase them in every way. And it’s because women are saying “Enough” and standing with each other that I think we’re going to see change.


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Gilmer County Senior Center 25 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes’ Winners for Year 2017

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Gilmer County Senior Center 25 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes’ Winners for Year 2017
Date Prizes Value Winners
December 01, 2017 Gift from Burnsville NAPA $80, Gift Card from Bruffey Trucking $25, Gift from Deb’s Dyes & Doos $25, Two Buffet Dinners to Weston Steak House $30, Gift Certificate from Go Mart $50, Gift from SJMH $50 Honey from Wayne Cottrill $15 $275 Suzetta Burton
December 02, 2017 Hand Crafted Swing by Don Bailey $125, Tools from Glenville NAPA $20, Fruit Basket from Foodland $20, Gift from Ann King in Memory of Lorin $50, Gift Card from PDC $50 $265 Judy Stalnaker
December 03, 2017 Avon Gifts from Betty Riffle $75, Gift from Shelly De Marino $25, Primitive Item from Rustic Treasures $40, Filled Car Care Bucket from Advanced Auto $50, Vera Bradley Backpack from Caplan’s $98 $288 Annette Bame
December 04, 2017 Glenville State College Season Tickets $125, Gift from Glenville Hardware $25, Gift Card from Doug Facemire $50, Gift from Bruffey Trucking $25, Subscription to Glenville Democrat 33 $258 Cody Moore
December 05, 2017 Tupperware Gifts from Charlene Snyder $75, Gift Card from Naomi Hinzman $25, Gift from Paula Stout $30, Gift from Mike Romano $50, Gift Certificate from Cornerstone Café $25, Copper Fryer $20 from Mescal Kuhl , Vera Bradley Lunch Bag from Caplan’s $34, Value Meals from Mc Donalds $12 $271 Hazel Tingler
December 06, 2017 Cookware from Brenda McCartney $100, Gift from Anonymous $50, Gift Certificate to Whitney’s Ice Cream Shoppe $25, Gift Certificate from Shear Bliss $25, Gift Card from PDC $50 Jack & Ann Frymier in Memory of Buck Frymier $50 Gift $300 John Nicholson
December 07, 2017 Stanley/ Fuller Gifts from Karen Elkin $75, Gift Certificate to Grapevine Primitives $25, Gift Certificate to Cutting Edge $25, Gift from Betty’s Floral Designs $15, Pampered Chef from Connie Stewart $75, Gift Card from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital $50 $265 Debbie Bush
December 08, 2017Gift from Bill Stalnaker in Memory of Betty Stalnaker $100, Lowes Card from Jack McCartney $50, Gift from Sallie Mathess $100, Value Meals from McDonalds $24 $274 Patty Little
December 09, 2017 Golf Passes from Glenville Golf Club $64, Gift Card from Kevin Paxton $25, Gift Card from Gladys Burton $25, Gift from Misty Pritt $50, Gift Card from Roger Hanshaw $50 24” Television from Lloyd Cayton $100 $314 Devin Shackleford
December 10, 2017 Gift from Brent & Jean Boggs $100, Gift from Modern Beauty $50, Gift Certificate to 33 Club $25, Subscription to Glenville Pathfinder $33, Gift Card from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital $50 $258 Linda Norman
December 11, 2017 Gift Certificate from Dr. Dan DeMarino $60, Gift Card from Jennifer Short $50, Gift from Hardmans $27, Gift from John Moss in Memory of John & Lucy Moss $50, Gift in memory of William”Bill” Frymier $100 $287 Cris Putnam
December 12, 2017 Gift From Eva Stout $100, Bissel Vacuum from Becky & Bobby Wine $55, Gift from Radabaugh Environmental $40, Gift from Greg James in Memory of Helen James $30, Jellies Gift from John Bennett $60 $285 Jessica Drake
December 13, 2017 Gift from Ronnie & Nancy Frashure $50, Gift From Waco $50, Gifts from Riverside Farm $ 40, Gift from Wendling’s $25, Lottery Tickets from GCSC $50, Vera Bradley Ornaments from Caplan’s $38, Value Meals from McDonalds $24, Garden House from Lloyd Cayton $25 $302 K.P. Goodnight
December 14, 2017 Gift From United Bank $100, Tupperware from Mandy Frymier $48, Gift fromJackie Bush, Judy & Sandy Williams $50,Gift Certificate to 33 Club $25, Gift Card from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital $50 $273
December 15, 2017 Gift from Marty Collins $100, Gift from Anonymous $50, Gift from Ken Townsend $25, Vera Bradley Jewelry Bag from Caplan’s $38, Olive Garden Card from Bert & Melissa Jedamski $50, Frame $10 from Susie Sandy $273
December 16, 2017 Gift from Mike Romano $50, Primitive Gift from Somerville Exxon $50, Gift from Dollar General $35, Vera Bradley Purse and Wallet from Caplan’s $108, Honey Basket from Bobbie Cottrill $50 $293
December 17, 2017 Western Auto Gift Certificate from Larry Chapman $100, Gift Certificate from Lucky Eye Care $99, Gift Certificate to 33 Club $25, Gift from Doug Facemire $50, Calhoun Gilmer Career Center Welcome Sign $50, Jack & Ann Frymier in Memory of Buck Frymier $50 Gift $374
December 18, 2017 Gift from Larry Gerwig $50, Mary Kay from Doris Adams $119, Gift Certificate to Wendling’s $25, Gift Certificate from Smokehouse BBQ $20, Vera Bradley Macaroon Rose Sets from Caplan’s $120 $334
December 19, 2017 Gift from Ruth Baughman in Memory of Raymond $100, Mary Kay from Sondra Gordon – Nosseri $175, Gift from Anonymous $50, Lottery Tickets from GCSC $50 $375
December 20, 2017 Gift from Jackie Bush, Judy & Sandy Williams $50, Gift from Marsha Arden in Memory of Kathy Mumbauer $50, Gift from Jackie Broome $200, Cabela’s Card from Bert & Melissa Jedamski $50, Gift from Marcie Fowler $25 $375
December 21, 2017 Gift Certificate to 33 Club $25, Cash from Tomblin’s Service Station $50, Aroma of the Indies Coffee $75, Quilt from Gilmer County Senior Center $250 $400
December 22, 2017 Gift from Calhoun Banks $200, Gift From Ed Broome, Inc. $200 $400
December 23, 2017 Tires from Glenville Auto $500, Gift Card from Alton Skinner $25 $525
December 24, 2017 Computer from Randall Jones $500 $500
December 25, 2017 Television from GCSC $500, DVD Player from GCSC Card Committee $80 $580

Oil and natural gas property taxes to provide $96 million to county governments in West Virginia

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Property taxes on oil and natural gas production will provide county governments in West Virginia with just over $96 million to fund local school systems and vital community services.

“All counties in the state receive a portion of severance tax monies from oil and natural gas production.  Additionally, those counties where natural gas and oil production is occurring have received hundreds of millions of dollars in the way of property tax receipts over the past several years,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).  “Although the amount of property taxes may fluctuate year over year due to many factors including commodity prices, West Virginia producing counties continue to receive significant funds generated from the development of our oil and gas resources.”

The information is based on data from the West Virginia Division of Tax & Revenue.

The top five counties generating the largest amount of oil and gas property taxes for 2017 include: Wetzel ($15,375,578); Doddridge ($15,165,626); Marshall ($10,553,516); Harrison ($8,846,064); and Ohio ($7,170,770).

“The price of natural gas has seen an uptick over the last several quarters and we hope that trend continues,” Blankenship said.  “If it does, we’ll see property tax receipts rise, providing more resources for schools and to provide services to residents of our counties and municipalities.”

Oil and natural gas property tax assessments are based on the production and pricing of the resources from the tax year two years prior. Property tax assessments for 2017 are based on the production and pricing levels which were realized in 2015. To access the list of 2017 county oil/gas property tax information, click here.

In addition to production-based property tax receipts, gas producing counties receive significant monies from property taxes on other industry segments, like pipelines, compressor stations, and extraction and fractionation facilities.

For additional information, contact Anne Blankenship at 304.343.1609.

By county 2017 oil and gas property taxes for tax year 2017

Oil and Gas Property Tax / Tax Year 2017

CountyAmount
Barbour$885,393
Berkeley$374
Boone$932,048
Braxton$157,408
Brooke$2,434,165
Cabell$210,452
Calhoun$376,387
Clay$287,995
Doddridge$15,165,626
Fayette$254,779
Gilmer$483,437
Grant$1,101
Greenbrier$5,110
Hampshire$2,362
Hancock$11,171
Hardy$1,527
Harrison$8,846,064
Jackson$757,700
Jefferson$10
Kanawha$2,323,693
Lewis$832,084
Lincoln$1,415,227
Logan$1,646,018
Marion$3,298,952
Marshall$10,553,516
Mason$107,358
McDowell$2,070,939
Mercer$105,738
Mineral$1,851
Mingo$1,452,948
Monongalia$749,727
Monroe$860
Morgan$962
Nicholas$82,911
Ohio$7,170,770
Pendleton$11,947
Pleasants$149,185
Pocahontas$1,904
Preston$207,925
Putnam$624,542
Raleigh$761,658
Randolph$114, 559
Ritchie$5,993,762
Roane$569,002
Summers$4,845
Taylor$1,273,297
Tucker$34,897
Tyler$5,263,545
Upshur$820,570
Wayne$925,034
Webster$27,282
Wetzel$15,375,578
Wirt$165,379
Wood$176,318
Wyoming$1,152,391
TOTAL$96,280,283

Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17

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MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, November 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President, R.W. Minigh.


ROLL CALL

Members present: Norma Hurley, David Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour, R.W. Minigh and Patricia Lowther, Secretary.  Others present: Becky Minigh, Dan Minney, Joe Frashure, Shelly Mason, Toni Bishop, Nasia Butcher, Patty Montgomery and Kayla Montgomery.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

R.W. Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Norma Hurley moved that the Minutes of November 13, 2017, be approved. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

Student Transfers

None.

Out-of-State Field Trips

There were no Out-of-State Field Trips.

Volunteer:

Volunteer, Terri Beverage, was approved on a motion by Norma Hurley Seconded by Mike Triplett 5-0.

Financial Report

After discussion and questions answered by the Treasure, Norma Hurley moved to approve the Financial Report. Carl Armour seconded the motion, 5-0.

Professional Leave Requests

There were no Professional Leave Requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP

Dr. Armour gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center report including the Simulated Workplace updates, Security program’s process of installation, Personal finance class concerns which included no credit for taking the course, Drug testing for students, the Small Housing project, and the fish huts to be build at Cedar Creek State Park with a memorandum of understanding with the State..

There was no RESA 7 meeting this month.


NEW BUSINESS

The Air Quality Testing was discussed and Mr. Frashure distributed a quote from Pinnacle for testing samples in the amount of $3250. The board requested that Mr. Frashure obtain additional quotes from the State. This item was postponed until the next regular board meeting.

 

Activity Bus Costs were discussed and it was agreed that $45,000 be added to the levy call to cover the costs needed to provide transportation for students after school for tutoring, extra-curricular activities, etc.

 

The board decided to add $40,000 to the levy call to supplement a 3 year-old program for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Levy funding was also discussed to supplement Energy Express in the amount of $10,000.

 

A walk-through was conducted at Gilmer County Elementary on July 15, 2017 and again during the Thanksgiving break to address any concerns for repairs still needed at the school. There are still four concerns that need addressed and City Construction is sending someone to make the repairs on November 30th or December 1st. The board will be updated at the next meeting.


OLD BUSINESS

Williams & Shriver Invoice- Dave Ramezan made a motion that this invoice should still not be paid at this time until all problems at Gilmer County Elementary School are addressed and fixed/repaired. The board is waiting on details of the invoice from Wiliams & Shriver. Mike Triplett seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.


PERSONNEL

At 7:20 p.m. Dave Ramezan moved that the Board enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

 

The Board returned from executive session at 7:40 p.m.on a motion by Norma Hurley, seconded by R.W. Minigh, 5-0.

 

Dave Ramezan moved to approve the personnel agenda as presented by the Superintendent with the exception of posting the 4th grade position at GCES. The Superintendent will explore reassignment of teachers for this position. R.W. Minigh seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

 

Patty Montgomery, 5th grade Teacher, GCES for the remainder of 2017-2018, Amanda Williams, Substitute Teacher, 2017-2018, Resignation of Bethany Frymier, 4th grade Teacher, GCES, effective 12.22.17, Maternity leave request for Julie Perrin effective 12.28.17 for 8 weeks, Dendra Miller, Secretary III, GCES, 2017-2018.


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Mrs. Shelly Mason gave a power point presentation on the STAR Assessment Data which the board enjoyed tremendously followed by information on the ‘Whole Child’ by Mrs. Toni Bishop.


ADJOURN

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m. on a motion by Norma Hurley seconded by Dave Ramezan, 5-0.

 

The next Regular Meeting of the Board will be December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before February 12, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Thomas Franklin Moore, Jr. Lesa Lou Kirkley 1160 Wrenwood Dr.
Lancaster, SC 29720
Freddie Joe Montgomery Marilyn Sue Montgomery 2981 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
Paul E. Nagy Debra Ann Nagy 4239 US Hwy 33W
Glenville WV 26351
Patrick Lee Stout Christine D. Stout 986 Upper Level Run Road
Cedarville, WV 26611
James Harvey Mounts Thelma Jean Butcher 4540 WV Hwy 47W
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : December 14, 2017

James Moore Selected as Dean of the Faculty at WVWC

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West Virginia Wesleyan College has named James H. Moore, Ph.D. as Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Moore, who currently serves as the Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and Chair of the Music Department, will begin his new duties on January 02, 2018.

“Dr. Moore has shown exceptional leadership as Faculty Chair and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities,” stated President Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D. “His enthusiasm for education, passion for Wesleyan, tireless work ethic, and drive for excellence will serve him well as the College’s new Dean of the Faculty.”

Dr. Moore joined the faculty at Wesleyan in 2006 as a member of the Department of Music, serving in various capacities including Instructor of Trumpet, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Since 2011, he has served as chairperson of the Music Department, working to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region. During his tenure at Wesleyan, Dr. Moore has served as Faculty Chair, Faculty Representative to Community Council, and Chair of the Think Tank on Enrollment Challenges. Additionally, he was a member of the Faculty Staff Compensation Committee, Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee, Marketing Steering Committee, Faculty Senate, and Curriculum Council.

He has secured over $27,000 in funding for Wesleyan’s jazz ensembles from the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival’s “Music in the Schools” grant program, as well as $675,000 from the West Virginia State Department of Education to host the Governor’s School for the Arts on Wesleyan’s campus each summer from 2014-2016.

A trained musician, Dr. Moore has conducted numerous Wesleyan ensembles, including Big Band I, Little Big Band, Small Jazz Ensembles, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, and Trumpet Ensemble. Prior to his work at Wesleyan, he served as a graduate student assistant to the Director of the University of Pittsburgh International Jazz Archives and William R. Robinson Digital Recording Studio and Adjunct Lecturer and Interim Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University.

Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community where he is a member of RH Factor – the Roger Humphries Quintet, the 21st Century Swing Band, and leads his own quartet. In addition to his work in Pittsburgh, he performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia as well as many over collaborative ventures in that city. He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, and appeared on Bob Mintzer’s GRAMMY nominated album For the Moment. In 2015, Dr. Moore shared the stage as a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, members of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods for the reprisal of the famous Charlie Parker with Strings material and the equally notable Clifford Brown with Strings repertoire. This was the final performance of Master Woods’ career.  Dr. Moore also appears regularly as a conference performer, adjudicator, clinician, and guest lecturer.

Dr. Moore holds an M.M. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

GSC Brass Ensemble to Perform at Charleston Town Center

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The Glenville State College Brass Ensemble will once again entertain shoppers and guests at the Charleston Town Center Mall on Saturday, December 16 with a selection of holiday music.

The ensemble is under the direction of GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Department Chair Dr. Lloyd Bone and consists of 20 students. They will be performing from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Macy’s Court in the mall on what is expected to be one of the top three busiest shopping days of 2017.

“As always, this is a big honor. We have developed a large following of people who come out from all over the Charleston area and beyond to see us every year. This is one of my favorite performances of the year as I love Christmas music and we perform for very large crowds and get to see lots of GSC alumni. Also, it is always such a great day as the Charleston Town Center Mall employees, staff, and office personnel are so cordial, professional, and accommodating. In addition, the students always put on an excellent performance and represent GSC at a very high level,” said Bone.

For more information about the GSC Brass Ensemble or music degree programs at GSC, contact Bone at or 304.462.6340.

Jeanette Riffle: First Snow, December 09, 2017

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We had flurries one evening, but Saturday night we had snow to lay on and our new pup was excited to death! He looked up at the sky and watched that white stuff coming down and he decided to taste it. He stood on his hind feet, opened his mouth up wide and was catching snowflakes. Rascal has been a “little rascal” but he is comical at times. He stands on his hind feet at night to make himself look bigger and he barks and growls at deer across the creek. Duane had the leaf blower out this week, and he stood up like that and barked at it. We have never had a dog that acts like this one. He will be six months old the first week of January but is already as big as a fox hound. Long legs and big paws make him look like a hound, but he is lab/border collie mix. Black and white with tan legs.

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Little by little we have been getting ready for Christmas and are just keeping it simple.  Our son and granddaughter are planning on coming home. We started downsizing last year with the tree. Instead of the big green artificial tree, we got a white table top one. It is different but very pretty with red decorations. Really everything shows up better on that white background.

I remember a Christmas when our son was in 5th grade, that he wanted homemade ropes and gingerbread ornaments on the tree. Back then we went somewhere and purchased a real tree. I popped corn and bought bags of cranberries and we strung them up with a darning needle and strong thread and made pretty red and white ropes for the tree. We baked gingerbread men and hung them on the tree with ribbons, and of course ate some, too. Best I remember, we did use the store-bought icicles and a star at the top of the tree. That tree was different but was tempting not to eat on it if we were hungry. After Christmas we took the tree out in the back yard for the birds to enjoy the popcorn and berries. That drew a lot of birds and I could see them out the kitchen window. Dad wanted a homemade tree one year for Christmas, but Mom was too busy for all that hard work of stringing up cranberries and popping corn to string up. I made the chain ropes for him. Take crayons and color in the lines of lined notebook paper. Then cut on the lines and cut strips of paper to glue, end to end and one circle inside another until you get a big rope of them to wrap around the tree. Grandmother Stewart had told me that Dad’s sister, Bea, made those when the kids were growing up.

We are planning on going to the Christmas program at Rosedale Baptist Church this coming Saturday evening at 5:30. They always have a good one. The Lord has blessed with a lot of talent, there.

Until next time, stay well and keep warm. God bless!

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Driving without Headlights Garrett Warning Mineral Road
Trespassing Garrett Subject given a warning Pioneer Village
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Mineral Road
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Suspicious Person Garrett/Gadney Everything ok Go Mart
DUI Garrett Suspect Arrested for DUI Go Mart
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Drug Complaint Huffman K-9 Deployed Foodland Plaza
Inactive Domestic Huffman Female Subject filed a DVPO Pine Street
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS on a referral Center Street
Unattended Child Huffman/Gadney Child was located by a concerned citizen, child was returned to its mother Hardman’s
Cell Phone while Driving Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Assist fire Department Huffman/Gadney Assisted GCVFD on a Structure fire W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP with a K9 Deployment WV HWY 18
Missing Persons Garrett Subject was located that was put in NCIC as a missing Persons Glenville
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Failure to Yield the right of way Huffman Cited for Failure to yield the right of way and failure to signal W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Expired MVI Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Campus Police with a possible MVC Linn Street
Expired Registration Garrett Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and No Proof of Registration College Street
Expired Registration Garrett Warning N. Court Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Walnut Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Gadney Warnings Issued for Speeding and Defective Equipment Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Issued for Defective Equipment and Cited for No Proof of Insurance Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warnings Issued for Defective equipment and Improper Use of Lighting equipment E. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
No Proof Of Insurance Garrett Cited for No Proof of Insurance and No Proof of registration Pioneer Way
Battery Gadney Juvenile Petitions filed College Street
Suicidal Tendencies Gadney Individual was transported to the hospital by EMS College Street
Expired Registration Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Attempted Armed Robbery Huffman/Gadney One Suspect arrested and warrants obtained for a second suspect E. Main Street
Possession of Marijuana less than 15 grams Gadney Cited Rollyson Street
Runaway juveniles Gadney One juvenile returned to his parents and CPS removed the second juvenile Go Mart
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equip Garrett Warning Foodland
Defective Equip Garrett Warning Medical drive
Defective Equip Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equip Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equip Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equip Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis
Defective Equip Gadney Warnings for Defective Equipment and Failure to Change Address Fairground Road
Animal cruelty Gadney Dogs Removed and Warrants Issued Elm Street
Suspicious Person Gadney One Subject Transported to hospital by EMS College Street
Serve Warrants Huffman 1 subject arrested on 3 felony warrants and transported to CRJ Magistrate Court
Serve Warrants Huffman 1 subject arrested on 2 misdemeanor warrants Magistrate Court
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Sycamore Trailer Park

GSC Professors Travel to Roane County for Literature Fair

Earlier this semester, Glenville State College faculty members Dr. Matthew Thiele and Jennifer St. Clair traveled to Roane County, West Virginia to serve as judges for literacy projects prepared by first through eighth grade students.

The students were judged by an oral presentation and a display which they prepared with specific information about their chosen book and its author. The countywide competition included students from four schools in Roane County who were vying for the chance to move on to the next stage of competition.

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Roane County students discuss their literary presentations with judges, among them is GSC’s Jennifer St. Clair (right)


“I really enjoyed talking to the students about their books. It was fun to see the kinds of books the students chose. Some of them wore costumes related to the books they were presenting - one student was dressed as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series and another was dressed as a character from the film Frozen. Students were awarded points for not relying on notes, and many of the students had an impressive grasp on the details of the books they presented,” Thiele said.

A teacher from Geary Elementary/Middle School invited St. Clair and Thiele to be judges for the competition, an invitation that they both “delightfully volunteered to participate in.” They judged the presentations alongside of two school administrators from Parkersburg.

Pat’s Chat

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Someone noticed that I left some very important information out of this paragraph in December 03, 2017 Pat’s Chat:  “Sad to add to this that another Burnsville High School classmate died on November 20th, 2017.  Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti funeral Home in Weston on November 28.  Interment followed at the K of P Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.  He was in my brother, Sam Wiant’s class and Sam always looked forward to seeing [him] at the annual Friday afternoon dinner and reunion.”  Many people simply don’t READ my Chats, they just skim them.  Calvin Williams, who was at the funeral for Eloise Williams Everett on Saturday, December9, told me about the missing information in the Chat.  Martha Bell Taylor was also there and she said she hadn’t noticed anything missing.  When YOU read it just now, did you notice anything missing?  I didn’t add his name, Jimmy Barnett!  I think it may be about time for me to retire from doing the Chat, what do you think?

I want to tell you that the funeral for Eloise Everett was very well done.  Her daughters are beautiful and her sons strong and handsome.  We had very little contact over the years since we graduated in l951, but it is nice to see that her life seems to have been a rewarding and pleasant one.  I am so glad I attended her funeral.

My brother, Harry (Sonny) wrote that years ago Pat and Mary Ann had paper dolls and sometimes the dolls were found beheaded!  “The family puzzled for years about who would have done this terrible deed?” he wrote.  (We didn’t wonder, really.  It was same person who used to chase our girlfriends, Diana Kay and Beatrice Ann Kelley around with the hatchet he got for Christmas saying that he was going to cut their heads off!)  Robin, my daughter, remembers that her brother, Scott, took apart one of her talking dolls to see how it talked.  It was the kind you pulled a string and she would talk.  Well, she never talked again!  Brothers can be so bad, right?  Yet life would be dull without them and I love them so much now and miss them.  Sonny is across the country in Washington State and Sammy is in New Market, Virginia.  We don’t get to see them nearly enough anymore, but Mary Ann and I live only five tenths of a mile apart from each other here in Buckhannon, WV.

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Darlene Parker and Sheri-Lyn Sapp took some of the children from our church to St. Joseph’s Hospital to deliver baskets of baby needs they had put together for new babies.  Sheri-Lyn took some pictures which I am sharing.  Robert Michael Furr, Annie Furr, and Bridgett Cutright are shown as they brought the baskets.  Before they could enter the unit, though, the nurse gave Annie a mask because she had a runny nose.  Everyone was happy.

I like to read, especially f the story is not long and involved and would keep me from the tasks at hand, or worse, keep me from getting enough sleep.  “Best Little Stories from the American Revolution” by C. Brian Kelly is a book of just such stories.  Near the end of the book is a short story about Jack Jouett of Virginia, sometimes called the Paul Revere of the South because of his forty-mile nighttime ride in June of 1781 to warn Thomas Jefferson that a British raiding party was on its way to Charlottesville in an effort to capture him.  Jefferson was the outgoing governor of Virginia, a member of the rebel Virginia legislature who had been driven out of Richmond.  The husky young Jouett – six feet four or so – eluded the raiding party that day (although Daniel Boone did not and was held overnight in a coal cellar and paroled the following day).  Jouett was westward-minded and followed Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road into Kentucky blue-grass country.  Now, here is the part I want to quote because it brought to mind a picture that made me laugh.

“On the trek west through the untrammeled wilderness of the day, it is said, Jouett was startled one day to hear a woman screaming in distress.  Hurrying forward to a lone cabin in the woods, he found she was being beaten by her husband.

“Leaping into the fray, he knocked down her consort-assailant, only to have the wife turn on him with a long-handled iron frying pan, which she brought down on his head with considerable force.  So much force, in fact, that his head punched out the bottom of the pan leaving Jouett with an iron ring around his neck.  He had to travel another thirty-five miles to find a blacksmith who could free him of his frying-pan necklace.”  I would love to hear from any of my readers who have ever heard of Jack Jouett or the comical picture of him with his iron-ring necklace.

Every true Christian has a right to be happy, and ought to be happy.  Faith in God should bring joy.  Why not?  Our sins are forgiven!  Happy Holidays, Everyone!  Christmas and New Year’s and all the in-between days put your confidence in Jesus and look for joy.

Maranatha

Gilmer County Natives Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Two Gilmer County natives have recently completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

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Morgan Allen of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and General Math-Algebra I (5-9) at Gilmer County Elementary and Gilmer County High School with Kim Cottrill and Kelly Barr. Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Glen and Kay Allen of Normantown.

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Tonya Lyons of Sand Fork completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Lewis County High School and Robert L. Bland Middle School with Doug Seckman and Sarah Lough. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of David and Roseanna Lyons of Sand Fork.

Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

These students participated in GSC’s December Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 09.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

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Anonymous Bidder Buys German Village for Under $165K

The Free Press WVThe village of Alwine boasts 20 residents and a dozen or so buildings

Hezbollah rally attracts thousands as Trump’s Jerusalem fallout continues

The Free Press WVThousands of Hezbollah supporters joined a fiery rally in Beirut on Monday as the movement’s leader urged Palestinians to rise up after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

In Putin’s heartland, apathy and disappointment rule

The Free Press WVThree months ahead of Russia’s presidential election, apathy and disappointment pervade incumbent Vladimir Putin’s heartland.

Japan Buying Missiles That Can Strike North Korea Bases

The Free Press WVBut defense minister says it will still mainly rely on U.S. protection

N. Korea Says War Is Now Unavoidable

The Free Press WV Pyongyang threatens U.S. with ‘mighty nuclear force’

Pope: Deliver Us From Bad Translation of Lord’s Prayer

The Free Press WV Francis wants to reword ‘lead us not into temptation’ line

Angry worshippers lash out against Trump across Muslim world

The Free Press WVLarge crowds of worshippers across the Muslim world staged anti-U.S. marches, some stomping on posters of Donald Trump or burning American flags in the largest outpouring of anger yet at the U.S. president’s recognition of bitterly contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Palestinians protest Trump move on Jerusalem

The Free Press WVHundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump over his widely denounced decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Emperor’s Memoir, Written at MacArthur’s Request, to Be Sold

The Free Press WVJapanese Emperor Hirohito’s recollections could fetch as much as $150K

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital

The Free Press WVDefying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy and formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Clifford S. Vankirk, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78 passed away at 4:35 AM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 after valiantly fighting his fourth battle with cancer since 2004.

Michelle Roberta Moore

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Buckhannon, WV passed away at 4:01 AM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

Michael Ross Neal

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Koontz Dr. Weston, WV passed away at 9:33 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Indian Fork Road in Doddridge County, WV.

Donald Franklin Deem

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Harrisville, WV, passed away December 14, 2017 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

Chalmer S. Rhodes

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Gassaway, WV passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, WV.

James Leland Callis

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Edwin J. Hannah

The Free Press WVHe was born May 27, 1955 in Grantsville, WV a son of the late Argle Hannah and Mary (Wilson) Starkey.

Thomas Lee Riffle

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Kermit H. Mick

The Free Press WVHe was born in Burnsville, WV on July 24, 1931 to the late Walter and Edith (Moore) Mick.

Andrea “Andy” Jean Whitman Cragg

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Ellicott City, MD passed away Monday November 27 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by loving family.

Alvin Finley Daubenspeck III

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Cairo, WV, died December 12, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

Greggory Mykle Hall

The Free Press WVAge 31, of Beech Lick Road, Horner, WV passed away unexpectedly at 1:10 AM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a brief illness. He had a lot of life in his years, just not enough years in his life.

Glenn Lee Rogers Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 11, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Linda L. Greenlief Nolan

The Free Press WVAge 64 of Jane Lew, WV formerly of Glenville, WV departed this life on the evening of Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness.

Lettie May Pridemore

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Marshall Clayton Napier

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 09, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Ray C. Jones

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Greenwood, WV, departed this life on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV.

Ruby Lucille Mihlbauer

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 09, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 30, 1923, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late James Andrew and Minnie Amanda Davis.

Mary Elizabeth Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 94, passed away December 08, 2017 in Marietta, OH. Mary was born April 27, 1923 in Harrisville, WV but lived most of her life in Williamstown.

James E. Pfaff

The Free Press WVAge 74 of Parkersburg, WV and Pullman, WV passed away at OSU Wexer Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on December 08, 2017.

Rodney Alan Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away at 3 PM on Friday, December 08, 2017 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport in hospice care, with his loving family by his side.

Zona “Zonie” Maxine Timms

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Hinzman Street, Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 7:30 PM on Friday, December 08, 2017 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

Ruth Emogene Quinn Bennett

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Summersville, WV passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at the Summersville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

Helen Summers Cokeley

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 07, 2017 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV.

Thomas Anthony Coughlin

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Weston, WV, formerly of Cottage Avenue, passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial of Weston following an extended illness.

Jim Smith

The Free Press WVA native of Gilmer County, WV, Smith had a long career in education on the local and state levels.

George Alexander Pavlidies

The Free Press WVAge 50, of Davidsonville, MD, departed this life on Saturday, December 02, 2017, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore due to various immunological complications. He waged a valiant 11-month struggle to overcome b cell lymphoblastic lymphoma that included a bone marrow transplant on November 16, 2017.

Nancy Jo Peggs McCord

The Free Press WVAge 62 of Glenville, WV departed this life at 1:40 AM;  Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

Danny Lee Thomas

The Free Press WVAge 60, of French Creek, WV, passed away Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at his home.

Eloise Mae Everette

The Free Press WV“Ellie Mae”, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Pittsboro, North Carolina on November 25th, 2017.

Edith Mae Phillips

The Free Press WVAge 89, of French Creek, WV, passed away Saturday, December 02, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV.

Randy William Cochran

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Clarksburg, WV (Arlington Addition), passed away on Friday, December 01, 2017, at the WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, following an extended illness.

Deborah Lynn Hamrick

The Free Press WVof Herold Road, Sutton, WV went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

Carl Dexter Cunningham, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 77, of White Sulphur Springs formerly of Hettie, Braxton County, WV, peacefully went to be with the Lord from his earthly home on Saturday, December 02, 2017.  Carl was born on January 23, 1940, in Hettie, Braxton County, WV, to the late Charles Ercel and Lula Ann Blagg Cunningham.

Pamela Suzette Rowan

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Friday, December 01, 2017, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born August 20, 1949, in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late Laco and Gladys June Young Hyer.

Esta Ellen Finchman

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Soperton, GA, passed away on Friday morning, November 24, 2017 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin. She was born in Braxton County, WV and had been a lifelong resident of the Spencer area until moving to Soperton in 2005.

Maxine Smith

The Free Press WVWent home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 18, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born June 21, 1932 in Rosedale, West Virginia to Albert and Drusia Fisher.

Deloris Carol Harris

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Mobile Estate, Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Howard Page Campbell

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Birch River, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Ansted Center, Ansted, WV.

Mary Melline Engle

The Free Press WVAge 97, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Camden Clark Medical Center.  She was born May 26, 1920, in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of Wilford and Madge Goff Bush.

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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