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Can Corridor H Work Resume Soon?

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State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith said the state is working with its contractor on the Corridor H project to address environmental issues that led to a recent cease-and-desist order from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Speaking with MetroNews during an appearance in Beckley Tuesday, Smith said the order filed against Kokosing Construction Company shows the system is working.

“We work in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection. We work with the Mon Forest (Monongahela National Forest) there. There were concerns about water quality and it shows the system is working that we had those entities and ourselves stop the contractor and do a time out and say let’s get on top of this,” Smith said.

According to the DEP order, Kokosing allowed too much sediment to leave its construction sites in Randolph and Tucker counties. The company blames excessive rain in the area.

“There were sedimentation issues that had arisen because of rainfall and the contractor is ultimately responsible for that,” Smith said.

Kokosing is working to correct the issues. Smith said Tuesday he’s hopeful the road work can resume soon.

“I know our folks are working with the contractor to get things going,” he said. “That’s a very important project to us so we want to get it going as soon as we can.”

~~  Jeff Jenkins ~~

Wild Game is a Nutritional, Natural Source of Protein

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West Virginia’s abundance of wildlife and hunting seasons provides opportunities for many families to fill their freezers with highly nutritious wild game.

Wild game provides a low-fat, high-protein alternative to beef or other commercial meats. For example, white-tailed deer (venison) contains fewer calories and approximately five times less fat than the equivalent serving of beef.

“Wild game that is legally harvested during one of West Virginia’s hunting seasons provides a healthy source of protein for many West Virginians,“ said Tyler Evans, wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “Many West Virginians incorporate venison, wild turkey and other wild game into their diets on a regular basis.“

Hunters and their families are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state’s abundant supply of wild game. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program processes deer for needy families and individuals in the Mountain State.

Since the program’s inception in 1992, approximately 979,549 pounds of venison have been donated. In 2017 alone, 554 deer (19,702 pounds of nutritious venison) were donated to the HHH Program and contributed to approximately 26,269 family-style meals.

For more information about the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program, please visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov or call the DNR district office in French Creek (304.924.6211).

West Virginia’s only Shakespeare Troupe to Perform Hamlet at GSC on Sunday

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Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Antic Disposition Tour of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Their season of performances will make a stop at Glenville State College on Sunday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The performance is provided free courtesy of GSC’s Theater Department and the Student Activities Office.

Hamlet has the world at his feet: He is young, wealthy, and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home, he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed, and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order, he faces a stark choice of submitting or raging against the injustice of his new reality. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own morality in an imperfect world.

The Rustic Mechanicals, co-founded by Young and Celi Oliveto, is the state’s only professional Shakespeare troupe. Now in their fifth season, The Rustic Mechanicals have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of nearly thirty West Virginia artists.

Daniel Crowley headlines the production in the eponymous role of Hamlet.

“This is the most challenging role I have ever tried to wrap my mind around,” said Crowley. “Every time I encounter the text I discover a new motive, tactic, double entendre, or meaning. I completely understand why it is the Holy Grail for young actors.”

Audiences will also see Sarah Smith as Ophelia, Josh Brooks as King Claudius, Cassandra Hackbart as Queen Gertrude, John O’Connor as the doting Polonius, and Sean Marko as his son Laertes. Justin Grow and Kyle Stemple will appear as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as well as Marcellus and Barnardo. James Matthews is taking on the roles of the Ghost, the Player King, and the Gravedigger while Sarah Young will appear as Horatio. Rounding out the cast is Samantha Huffman as the Player Queen and a servant.

Young directs the production with Technical Direction by David Byard, Costume Design by Jason Noland, Fight Choreography by Millie Omps, Dramaturgy by John Shirley, and with Tommy Schoffler serving as the production’s Movement Coach and Celi Oliverto serving as the troupe’s Acting Coach.

“It’s an honor to work with such talented, dedicated individuals,” said Young. “This show requires actors to put themselves in really difficult situations emotionally. To tell this story, people need to perform outrageous, almost fantastical situations but root all their emotional content and behavior in reality. It’s a challenging piece, and I’m grateful that these Mechanicals are more than up to the challenge.”

For more information about The Antic Disposition Tour of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, email or call 1.855.VTC.8588.

“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”

WVSBA Conference focus on county board excess levies well-received

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The West Virginia School Board Association’s (WVSBA) October 13 county board member training session devoted to school district excess levies was well-received.

“Without a doubt this program proved to be powerful both in terms of information provided as well as guidance - practical, tried-and-true strategic guidance - for county boards,” according to Howard O’Cull, WVSBA Executive Director, who developed the program.

According to O’Cull the “key” to the program’s success included a multi-phasic format for exploring excess levies, including historical foundations, election patterns regarding excess levies, and various legal considerations, including limitations on direct county board members’ involvement in levy elections, especially in terms of use of public resources, and standards and practices for excess levy campaigns.

“I also believe the stakeholder focus group - a small but diverse group of folks - greatly informed the program,” he said.

The focus group was conducted by Matt Price, Vice President, Research for Finn Partners, Washington, DC. Scott Widmeyer, Founding Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer/Washington Finn Partners served as press secretary for former Governor Jay Rockefeller.

One-day, one topic training sessions.

According to O’Cull the conference had been scheduled for mid-September but was rescheduled due to weather considerations, based on consultations with state Homeland Security. The October 13 session garnered several county board members’ comments about use of a one-day training session providing in-depth discussion about a particular topic.

He said several county board members mentioned “understanding student academic achievement, how to interpret student testing and assessment data, and what role the county board has in terms of student achievement ‘involvement.’”

“We will explore this format. Other areas quickly come to mind, including school finances, county board roles and responsibilities, community involvement strategies…Again, this field is ripe and members, I think, appreciate the format, especially if a multi-dimensional approach is used,” said O’Cull.

The association executive director said he would be providing this recommendation to the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee (TSRC) which is to meet in November.

Candidates Are Cautioned on Political Sign Placement

State-Owned Right of Way’s Are Off Limits for All Signs
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WV Secretary of State is issuing a friendly reminder to all candidates and political committees regarding the placement of signs on state-owned property.

According to West Virginia State Code, political signs are not permitted on state property which includes rights of way and roadsides.

Those who are convicted of violating this section of Code are guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $100 per occurrence (per sign). At the same time, Warner admonishes people from removing or destroying campaign signs that are properly displayed.  “Taking someone else’s sign or destroying a sign amounts to theft or destruction of property, and can be a criminal offense,” Warner said.

Warner said that his Elections Division has notified all candidates of the prohibition, and guidance is available in candidate guides his office provides to all candidates.  Candidates are responsible for the placement of their signs no matter who places the signs for the candidate.

“Inevitably, some candidates or their supporters will place signs on state-owned property despite the law and despite our advice not to do it,” Warner said.  “They do so at their own risk and subject themselves to penalties of the law.”

In addition to State Code 17-19-1, the WV Department of Highways issued their own advisory defining what is prohibited as it relates to political signs.  That advisory is as follows:


DOH RULES FOR SIGN PLACEMENT

—Signs or posters cannot be placed on or above a Division of Highways right of way, which normally stretches 20 feet from the center line of a public road. Distances do vary, however, so please contact the West Virginia Division of Highways if you are uncertain.

—Signs or posters near rights of way must comply with the outdoor advertising statute in Chapter 17, Article 19, Section 1 of the West Virginia Code, and must also conform to any municipal ordinances regulating outdoor advertising.

—Signs or posters cannot be placed on Division of Highways traffic control signs nor block such signs, and cannot obscure the view of any connecting road or intersection.

—Signs or posters cannot be placed on elements in nature, such as rocks or trees.

—Avoid placing materials on fence posts, utility poles or other stationary objects on private property without consent of the property owners.

—Political overhead banners cannot be erected over any county, state, or federal highway.


Any candidate or political committee with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the WV Secretary of State Elections Division at 304.558.6000.

To report a problem or violation, contact the WV Secretary of State Investigations Division at 1.877.FRAUD.WV.

For more information on the WV Department of Highways’ Outdoor Advertising Laws, contact the DOH Traffic Engineering Division at (304) 558-3063.

Mentor Program Supports County Teacher Retention

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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will provide Mentor Program sessions for more than 150 teachers this fall to assist counties as they support new teachers. Participants are experienced teachers who provide school and county-based support. Strengthening support for new teachers is critical for recruiting and retaining teachers. The first of three sessions begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Conference Center in Morgantown on October 16-17, 2018.

The Mentor Program is an important part of the teacher support structure in the state. Counties rely on training to build leadership capacity among their experienced teachers, and it is vital to retention efforts at the local level. Research has shown one of the main reasons teachers leave the profession in their first five years is a lack of support. The Mentor Program helps teacher-mentors coach their mentees through critical areas to establish sound instructional and classroom management skills that are the foundation of teaching success.

WVDE’s Mentor Program is guided by the belief that learning to teach is a career-long developmental process that involves a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and reflecting. Educators who complete the two-day session, earn the basic mentor credential. They also join a support structure that helps guide new teachers along their journey to become veteran and effective classroom leaders.

“The Mentor Program is critical because it helps counties increase teacher retention and quality by reducing teacher turnover,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “Many of our county superintendents are finding it increasingly difficult to keep teachers in the classroom, and programs such as this are effective in building a sustainable support structure for teachers.”

In addition to the Morgantown session, the WVDE will host mentor sessions in Charles Town, October 23-24; Flatwoods, November 13-14; and in Charleston, December 4-5. Mentor teachers only need to attend one of these sessions to receive basic certification. In addition, WVDE will host its Teacher Academy for new teachers in Flatwoods and Charleston. The Academy provides a pathway of professional learning for less experienced educators to become highly effective classroom teachers.

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 December 17, 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
Ellis H. Mick Sharon M. Taylor 1227 Heaters Fork Road
Burnsville, WV 26335
Robert Joseph Minigh Idris Lavonne Minigh
Robert Eric Minigh
790 Level Run Road, Cedarville, WV 26611
3276 Middle Fork Lee Crk Rd, Belleville, WV 26133
Lula Irene Bush Karen Lay 943 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Jeanette Pierce Dolores Jurkiewicz 2588 Chestnut Lick Road
Normantown, WV 25267


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 18, 2018

PSC Encourages Consumers to Take Advantage of Budget Billing Plans

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As cold weather approaches, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia encourages consumers to take advantage of budget billing and average monthly payment plans offered by utility companies.  Budget billing plans average total annual usage into more manageable monthly bills, eliminating sharp increases ratepayers experience during winter heating and summer cooling seasons.

To determine a budget billing plan, your electric or natural gas utility company will review your usage history, evaluate anticipated energy prices and establish an average monthly billing amount.  Most plans are reevaluated and adjusted annually.

The specifics of budget billing plans vary between utility companies.  Contact your utility providers to ask about the budget periods and plans they offer.


Contact Information for Electric and Gas Utility Companies

Appalachian Power Company: 1.800.956.4237

Wheeling Power Company: 1.800.956.4237

Monongahela Power: 1.888.544.4877

Potomac Edison Power: 1.888.544.4877

Black Diamond Power: 304.683.5281

Craig.Botetourt Rural Electric: 1.800.760.2232

Harrison Rural Electrification Association: 1.800.540.4732

Mountaineer Gas: 1.800.834.2070

Dominion Energy WV: 1.800.934.3187

Blacksville Oil & Gas Company: 304.584.4545

Bluefield Gas Company: 304.325.9164

Consumers Gas Utility Company: 304.523.9223 (Huntington); 304.523.9223 (Spencer); 1.844.267.6872 (Pennsboro)

Lumberport.Shinnston Gas Company: 304.584.4545

Peoples Gas: 1.800.400.4271

Union Oil & Gas: 304.586.2151

Youth, Class Q/QQ, and Class XS Deer Season to Open

October 20, December 26–27

The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with a Class Q/QQ permit and senior citizens with a Class XS license will soon be underway.

The first segment of the season is October 20. The second segment is December 26-27. Hunting is permitted on private and public lands in counties that have a firearms deer hunting season.

Youth hunters ages 8-17 may participate in this special antlerless deer season. Hunters ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult who may not hunt or possess implements for the taking of wildlife. Hunters ages 15-17 must comply with all licensing requirements. Senior hunters who have a Class XS lifetime hunting/trapping/fishing license may also participate in this special antlerless deer season.

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“This special split antlerless season provides an excellent opportunity for parents and other mentoring adults to pass on the safe habits and traditions of hunting to youth hunters,“ said Tyler Evans, Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist. “This season also provides an excellent opportunity for seniors and other eligible hunters to take to the woods at a time when there is not as much hunting pressure.“

All hunters participating in this season, as well as accompanying adults, must wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange.

Nonresident youth hunters must be properly licensed (Class XXJ License and CS/LE Stamp, Class AAHJ License and CS/LE Stamp, or Class DT License), and all accompanying nonresident adults must also be properly licensed (Class E License and CS/LE Stamp).

The daily bag limit for this special antlerless deer season is one antlerless deer per day, for a total of three antlerless deer that may be harvested during this season. These deer will not count toward a hunter’s annual deer season bag limit. Class N/NN stamps are not required for this special season.

Each deer must be field tagged and electronically registered within 24 hours of the close of each segment of the split season, and before pursuit of any additional deer. Deer may be checked online at wvhunt.com, by calling 1.844.WVCHECK or by visiting a license agent.

Please refer to the 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for additional details. Hunters may also direct their questions to any of the six DNR district offices.

Jeanette Riffle: Frost On The Pumpkin

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We haven’t had frost yet, but it could be coming in by Wednesday night according to the weather forecast. I remember when Mom gathered her pumpkins in and stored them under my bed when I was growing up. I was a teenager and was doing exercises where you bend over to touch your toes and saw something under my bed on newspapers. Mom thought it was so funny when I yelled at her about all those pumpkins under my bed. She said she didn’t have room in the cellar for them. I saw my Grandmother Stewart dig up some cabbage one time that she had buried down in the bottom by the barn. She said she dug a hole, lined it with straw and put the cabbages down in that, covered them up with straw and shoveled dirt over everything.

Whenever she wanted some cabbage, she just went down there and dug one up.  My husband’s Grandpa Charlie Riffle of the Bear Fork, buried potatoes and apples. He didn’t have a cellar.  A lot of the old folks buried potatoes. If you bury apples, you have to hand pick them so there are no bruises. One bad apple will spoil the whole bunch.

It’s time for pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls and pumpkin cookies. I have a recipe for pumpkin cobbler but it is more like a cake with a crunchy topping.  It’s nice to light the oven again and not worry about it making the house too hot. Some people raise butternut squash for their pies; my Mom for one. She cooked the pie filling on top of the stove and poured it into a prebaked pie shell. Mom and my grandmas really didn’t have many recipes. They just knew how to cook and bake to make things taste good. I do the same thing but I do use recipes for some things and try new recipes now and then. When I was a small child, Mom had a lot of the depression year’s meals that she grew up with and they were delicious. She would say that her Aunt Alpha Stout could make gravy out of anything. We were there one time when she did that and I watched her make a skillet of poor man’s gravy and she just added all the things from the previous meal that would taste good in a gravy. Then she made a big pan of biscuits to go with it. Mom said that when she was growing up her Aunt Lula Lowe was always good for her creamed tomatoes, fried potatoes, and hot biscuits. They butchered a pig in the fall and when it was gone they had that meal to fall back on. They had the sausage patties to go with the creamed tomatoes meal when it was available. I still make that now and then. That was one of my favorites that Mom made.

My great nephew, Stewart Fitzwater, is being ordained a Baptist minister next Sunday, and we ladies will be cooking and baking for the luncheon that will follow the morning service. All the preachers in the association will be there to help ordain him.  Stewart, his wife, Michelle, and baby Landon, have been a blessing to our church. Until next time, enjoy the fall foods that we Appalachians have access to this time of year

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote

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Secretary of State Mac Warner is issuing a statewide reminder that the last day to register to vote in order to participate in the November 6th General Election is fast approaching.

October 16th is the last day for an eligible citizen to register to vote.

Online registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m. October 16th. 

Voter registrations sent in by mail must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on the 16th.

To register to vote online or to update your current voter registration, go to www.GoVoteWV.com.

Secretary Warner encourages citizens with questions to contact their county clerk or to call the WV Secretary of State Elections Division at 304.558.6000. 

A listing of all county clerks can be found at https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/CountyClerkDirectory.aspx.

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. R.W. Minigh, Absent. Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser, Toni Bishop, Steve Shuff, Terri Stalnaker, Shelly Mason and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None - At this time, Mr. Shuff and Mrs. Bishop shared information with the board concerning activities since the beginning of the new school year.


CONSENT AGENDA


Minutes:

The minutes of the September 4th and September 10th, 2018 were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


Student Transfers:

Transfers were approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0. Field Trips (Out-of-state): There were no out-of-state field trips.


Volunteers:

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


Treasurer’s Report:

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave information on the balance sheets. The report was approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.


Professional Leave Requests (Out-of-state):

There were no out-of-state leave requests.


NEW BUSINESS


Policy 2120 was approved

Policy 2010 and 2080 was placed on a 30-day review and on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart with motion passing 4-0.


Van purchase:

The board gave permission for Mr. Frashure to check options for a new Van purchase and to bring the information back to the board at the next meeting. The motion that was made by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Dave Ramezan, passed 4-0.


Driver’s Education Car:

Superintendent Lowther was given permission to pursue information for the lease/purchase of a driver’s education car, to share with the board at the next meeting, on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


OLD BUSINESS

None


Executive Session:

At 5:39 p.m. a motion to go into executive session was made by Doug Cottilll and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.  At 7:00 p.m. the board returned from executive session on a motion Tammy Stewart seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


PERSONNEL

A motion was made by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Devin Shackleford to approve the following personnel agenda, with motion passing 4-0:


SERVICE PERSONNEL

Terri Stalnaker Classroom/Transportation Aide, GCES, 2018-2019.  Caitlyn Walker Rescission of Termination and acceptance of resignation.  At 7:00 p.m, Dave Ramezan left the room and Tammy Stewart moved that the following extracurricular position be approved. Motion was seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 3-0. Mr. Ramezan returned to the meeting at 7:01 pm.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Janette Ramezan After-School Tutor, GCHS, 2018-2019


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 7:07 pm on a motion by Devin Shackleford seconded by Tammy Stewart . Motion passed 4-0.

WV Legislative Update

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As I write this column Sunday evening, Jean and I are spending more time together this weekend.  When the weather turned from summer to fall, our furnace decided it had other plans.  So we’re gathered around the electric space heater until the furnace gets diagnosed, as we’re not quite cold enough to use the woodstove or fireplace yet.  Meanwhile, I’m pleased to report the well-known Powell’s Mountain goat was out and about on Sunday afternoon.

I’ve touched base in this column on multiple occasions regarding the dilemma with roadside litter and trash that seems to be worse than ever in various parts of central West Virginia.  While DOH has a full plate as a result of the unforeseen road emergency situations in addition to normal maintenance, help is needed.  Many concerned citizens from across the district have offered to assist, which is civic pride at its best.  However, due to Federal regulations, citizens and groups cannot volunteer on local roads but not the Interstate highway.  Meanwhile, the litter is a detriment to visitors, residents and businesses.

I had a conversation last week with Jeff Sandy, Cabinet Secretary for the WV Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety regarding my long-standing request for crews from Central Regional Jail to assist in public works projects, including litter and trash.  Among the factors that have held up utilizing non-violent inmates from the regional jail has been the lack of sufficient personnel to supervise.  After the changes made by the Legislature to bring salaries up substantially over the next three years, hiring has increased and the employee vacancy level is dropping.

As the issue of sufficient supervisory personnel is beginning to be resolved, one additional important component remains, but should be resolved soon.  That is the issue of high-tech screening of inmates upon returning from outside work details.

Body scanners are soon to be installed in our regional jails and other correctional facilities.  A few were recently put into service.  Sadly, this has become a necessity for the security of guards, staff and inmates.  In the past, inmate crews did a great job in filling the gap on public works projects for towns, counties and litter control details.  Unfortunately, the good work by the majority of the inmates was cancelled by some inmates that used families and friends to drop contraband – tobacco, drugs and other items – in areas where they were working.  Ultimately many of these banned items were smuggled into the correctional facilities, creating a dangerous environment.

Secretary Sandy explained that these scanners are extremely accurate and effective in detecting materials that may be on or in someone attempting to enter the facility.  Once this device is installed and correctional officers are trained in its use, the ability to accurately monitor any and all materials and substances that inmates or others may attempt to smuggle is greatly enhanced.

It’s truly sad that our taxpayer resources must be spent on expensive countermeasures of this type.  Equally sad is the fact that it has become necessary that honest citizens have to go through metal detectors in public buildings, at airports and other locations.  Such is the price of safety in today’s world.  As hard as we work to protect the public, there are bad actors out among us that are attempting to defeat the systems designed to protect us. 

Once scanners are in place, let’s hope we can soon see some visible benefit from our tax dollars in work crews deployed from the regional jails.  Considering taxpayers end up footing a bill for each inmate of nearly $49 dollars per day, we need and deserve some return on our investment.

Finally, while on the subject of things we shouldn’t have to do but now have become a necessity, I spoke with Justin yesterday regarding an “active shooter” training drill held at a school in Huntington last Saturday.  This was an elaborate, well-planned drill, paid for by homeland security grant funding to better prepare law enforcement, hospitals, emergency responders, Cabell County school personnel, teachers and students for the unthinkable tragedy that unfortunately happens more and more in today’s world.

Nearly one hundred high school students participated, along with teachers and school service and central office personnel.  Injuries were simulated - from broken bones, cuts, and fatalities.  Simulated gunfire and explosions were employed, along with drone surveillance, ambulance transportation to emergency rooms.  Parents participated met those with and without simulated injuries at a triage point away from the school.  It was a comprehensive, real-time drill in the most realistic terms possible.

Listening to his discussion of the events of his day, it was apparent that they were prepared in most areas; more work needed in others.  Training and preparing for the unthinkable is now more important than ever.

Whenever we think “it can never happen here”, we’re taking a big risk.  We always need to support our schools, firefighters, emergency responders, law enforcement, educators, hospitals, medical personnel and others with our financial support, our encouragement, and when called upon, our time and talents.  This is part of what it takes to make good communities truly great. And great communities are where people want to live and where businesses want to locate.

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

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

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

New WV Voters Pulled Between Feeling Alienated and Desiring Change

New and newly motivated voters may have a huge impact in West Virginia this year - if they turn out.

The Secretary of State’s office reports almost 60,000 new voters have registered in time for next month’s election, and this where dozens of state legislative races were last decided by fewer than 1,000 votes.

West Virginia University freshman Ryan Cox said he feels alienated from politics and what he called the “rapid-fire scandals.“ Still, he said he’ll vote for the first time this year, because he doesn’t like the direction the country took in 2016.

“It seems slightly unreal,” Cox said. “Still, in spite of being independent and against the party system, I’m leaning towards Democrat, because it sounds like Republicans are just currently a bunch of crooks and idiots.“

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West Virginia generally has one of the lowest rates of voter turnout in the country.


The Republican Party says West Virginia has benefited from the country’s move to the right. The President had a 62 percent approval rating here in the last publicly released poll.

The last day to register to vote in Virginia is this Tuesday, October 16.

Cox said the ugly and partisan nature of politics has left a bad taste in his mouth. He said the number of things he sees as going wrong isn’t overwhelming, but the overall picture can feel discouraging.

“More pointless than intimidating; it seems that everyone in Washington is currently either greedy, a liar or some mix of those,” Cox said. “And it’s not likely to change anytime soon.”

West Virginia county voting rolls were “cleansed” of old names this spring and summer, for the first time in years. Voting-rights groups have urged folks to make sure they’re registered by going to the Secretary of State’s website.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

WV’s New Partnership with Bethesda Softworks

Tourism Office announces plan to promote the highly-anticipated Fallout 76, an upcoming West Virginia-based video game

The Free Press WV

Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Tourism Office today announced a partnership with award-winning video game publisher Bethesda Softworks® for promotion of its upcoming release of Fallout® 76, an online open world video game set in post-nuclear West Virginia.

The video game, which was announced in June via a trailer set to a 1940s- inspired version of John Denver’s famous “Country Roads,” is the latest game in the iconic Fallout series and will be the largest and most ambitious yet.

“It’s finally time the rest of the world sees what a gem West Virginia is,” said Gov. Justice. “For years, I’ve been saying we have it all: beautiful scenery, the best people you could ask for and more. And now, we get to share a piece of that with people all over the world through the unique lens of this video game.”

The Tourism Office, in partnership with Bethesda, will be creating advertising strategies to both educate players about West Virginia’s unique landscape and culture, as well as offer them an open invitation to visit the state over the coming months. The game promises to be an international sensation for players, and the Tourism Office is capitalizing on the opportunity to reach a new, engaged audience.

“I think the world was caught by surprise when Bethesda released the trailer with an eerily beautiful post-apocalyptic West Virginia set to a slightly more futuristic version of our state’s anthem,” said Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “In just a matter of hours, the internet was abuzz with West Virginians excited to see a glimpse of home and gamers excited to learn more about their new, beautiful virtual destination.”

Since the trailer’s release in June, Fallout fans all over the world have been strategizing for the highly anticipated November release of the game. Many have spent countless hours watching the trailer and speculating about which parts of the state will be featured, with dozens of locations and folklore monsters already named.

“Our goal is to welcome each and every one of the game’s players to Almost Heaven,” said Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “Bethesda has been a terrific partner since day one. They’ve really embraced West Virginia and its beauty. We believe this unique partnership has tremendous potential to bring folks to visit the Mountain State.”

More details on the promotional partnership will be announced in the coming weeks. Cross promotion will include advertising and touring opportunities.

For more information, visit WVtourism.com/Fallout76.

Fallout 76 launches November 14, 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, and PC. For more information, visit http://www.fallout.com.


AboutZeniMax Media Inc.


ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington DC with international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, PCs, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, ZeniMax Online Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited, and ZeniMax Australia Pty Ltd. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.


AboutBethesdaSoftworks


Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under theBethesdalabel include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, The Evil Within™, Prey® and RAGE®. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.


AboutBethesdaGameStudios


Bethesda Game Studios is the award-winning development team known around the world for its ground-breaking work on The Elder Scrolls series and the Fallout series. Creators of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, the 2006 ‘Game of the Year’; Fallout® 3, the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’; The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, the 2011 ‘Game of the Year’; Fallout® 4, the winner of more than 200 “Best Of” awards including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year; and Fallout Shelter™, the award-winning mobile game with more than 100 million users. Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished game development studios. For more information on Bethesda Game Studios, visit www.bethesdagamestudios.com.

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Mavis May Wade

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Weston, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Eldercare Nursing Home Facility in Ripley. She was born in Kistler, WV on August 22, 1930 a daughter of the late Keenan and Georgia Morgan Abshire [ .... ]  Read More

Charlotte June Barnette

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Jane Lew, WV unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018 in the comfort of her own home. She was born in Weston, WV on October 06, 1941 a daughter of the late Arnett and Helen Bailey Frashuer [ .... ]  Read More

Marsha Jean Keene

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Robert Leroy Collins

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Pullman, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Robert was born April 30, 1934 on Gnats Run near Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Ray and Ana Marie (DeMoss) Collins [....]  Read More

Joey D. Lamp

The Free Press WV Age 51, of Big Springs, WV, passed away on Sunday, October 07, 2018 at Charleston Area Medical Center-Memorial. He was born on June 29, 1967 in Grantsville, WV, a son of the late James Husk and Hazel Madeline Husk Lamp of Grantsville, WV [....]  Read More

Guy Gordon Schoolcraft

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Orma, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Gordon was born on September 30, 1925, the son of the late Harley and Louise Schoolcraft [....]  Read More

Herschel Franklin Yost

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Chloe, WV passed away early Monday morning October 15, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on July 18, 1933, to the late Thomas “Tom” Yost and Evelyn “Maude” Vincent Arnold of Chloe, WV [....]  Read More

Priscilla Iris Smith Hechler

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Seminole, FL., passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018 at home under the care of her sister Phyllis Owen and hospice. She was born on February 8, 1957 in Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Claude William Bill

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Weston, WV passed from this life on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. His parents, Claude R. and Myrtle M. Reising Bill, welcomed him to the world in Sewickley, PA, on August 08, 1942 and have surely rejoiced as they welcomed him to Heaven [ .... ]  Read More

Thaney Neomi Sprouse

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 surrounded by loving family. In Brownwood, TX, on February 15, 1943, Thaney was one of twelve children who blessed the lives of the late Carson and Whitty Tabor Walters [ .... ]  Read More

Millard Ray Wiant

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Spencer, WV, passed away October 03, 2018, at home. Ray was born July 01, 1936, at Glenville, WV, the son of the late Ray and Katrina Powell Wiant [....]  Read More

Jackie Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Grantsville, WV passed away at her home on October 12, 2018. Jackie was born in Calhoun County, WV on August 13, 1932, a daughter of the late Mary Edith Gainer and was the last member of her immediate family [....]  Read More

Patricia Irene Pyatt Jenkins

The Free Press WVAge 79, formerly of Cairo, WV, flew up to Heaven into the arms of Jesus to join her great granddaughter Cailyn Renea Lynch on October 13, 2018, after a long battle with Dementia/Alzheimers. Patricia was born October 24, 1938 to Nathan Chester Pyatt and Clarestine Dulane [ .... ]  Read More

Rodger William Byrd

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Smithville, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 12, 2018, at his residence. Rodger was born January 31, 1952 at home in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Glenmer “Dude” and Dolly (Pugh) Byrd [....]  Read More

Tayula Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport. She was born September 12, 1938 in Webster Springs, WV, the daughter of the late Agreat Cogar & Madelyn Smith Cogar Jenkins [ .... ]  Read More

Icie Marie Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born in Weston, WV on April 28, 1963 a daughter of the late Harold William and Vernie Mae Ables Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Timothy Paul Crutchfield

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Burnsville, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was born in Gassaway, WV on June 24, 1958 a son of the late Paul Lionel and Edith Rosemary Riffle Crutchfield [....]  Read More

Hubert Forest Foster

The Free Press WV Age 92, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 05, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on July 05, 1926 a son of the late Raymond C. Foster and Rose Williams Karfelt [....]  Read More

Margie Ellen Smith

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Camden Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. She was born in Clay County, WV on December 12, 1956: daughter of the late Leeroy Crihfield and Mary (Meadows) Crihfield Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Dayton Leon Ables

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sutton, West Virginia passed away on October 04, 2018 after a long battle with Mystania Gravis. Known as Rivers to his friends, he was born at home in Gilmer County, West Virginia on February 05, 1944 [....]  Read More

Noah (Junior) Heater

The Free Press WV Born May 06, 1944 in Burnsville, WV passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. He is the son of the late Howard “Foss” Heater and Irene “Sis” (Helmick) Heater [....]  Read More

Francis J. “Frank” Lydon

The Free Press WVAge 71, of 5598 Churchville Road, Camden, WV passed away October 10, 2018. He was born on November 24, 1946 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Myrtie Given

The Free Press WVAge 86, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio. She was born June 15, 1932 in Sutton, WV to the late John and Floda (Belkamp) Dennison [ .... ]  Read More

John Franklin Deem

The Free Press WVPassed away October 10, 2018 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital. Frank was born March 20, 1928 in Harrisville, WV. He was the son of Lyla Matheny and Fulton S. Deem [ .... ]  Read More

Oran L. “Jim” Siers

The Free Press WV Age 82, resident of Cross Lanes, WV, formerly of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday, October 09, 2018, after a short stay at Teays Valley Center. Jim was born April 10, 1936, in Floe, WV, a son of the late Orla Siers and Ora Boggs Siers [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Stansberry

The Free Press WV Age 86 of Stuart Avenue, West Union, WV passed away on Tuesday October 09, 2018 in her residence. She was born on October 07, 1932 at Sunnyside, Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Avery and Pearl Wolfe Fleming   [....]  Read More

Herbert Hoover Tolliver

The Free Press WVAge 89, formerly of Crawford, WV, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2018, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg. He was born November 06, 1928, in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Hugh and Ora Heavner Tolliver [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Everrett Marks

The Free Press WV Age 17, of Barberton, OH, died suddenly September 30, 2018 as a result of a house fire. He was born March 31, 2001 at Barberton, OH, the son of Ernest Russell Marks and Sheila Ann Marlin Marks of Barberton, OH   [....]  Read More

James Leroy Bennett

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Belpre, OH, formerly of Leatherbark Community, Ritchie County, WV, passed away at his residence on October 08, 2018. He was born August 6, 1938 at Smithville, WV, the son of the late Homer R. and Hazel D. Kirby Bennett.  [....]  Read More

Oella Virginia Elder

The Free Press WV Age 96, of Cairo, WV, passed away October 06, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 8, 1922 at St. Marys, WV the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Cora Alice Seevers Cunningham   [....]  Read More

James Roger Fallon, II

The Free Press WVAge 48, of Monroe Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 08, 2018 at his home following a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on November 26, 1969: son of the late Roger Fallon and Darlene (Suttle) Fallon [ .... ]  Read More

Deborah Lee Perris

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Canonsburg, PA , formerly of Weston, WV, passed away on Sunday, October 07, 2018 in Family Hospice Center Pittsburgh, PA following an extended illness. She was born in Grundy, VA on September 24, 1952: daughter of the late Ernest Keene and Roma (Baldwin) Keene [ .... ]  Read More

Warder Lee “June” Stout, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 89 of Grassy Creek, WV passed away on Thursday October 04, 2018 at his home. June was born May 31, 1929 in Sutton, WV and was the son of the late Warder Lee Stout Sr. and Eliza J. Davis Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Lois Lucille Oldaker

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, October 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She was born July 31, 1932 in Buckhannon,WV,  a son of the late Russell L. and Monta Blanche Waugaman Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Gale Pifer

The Free Press WV Age 70, departed this life on October 05, 2018 at Morgantown WV. He was born June 16, 1948, in Ritchie County, WV the son of the late Donald Ray and Anna Mae Nichols Pifer   [....]  Read More

Mozelle “Tootie” Justice

The Free Press WVAge 72, passed away October0 6, 2018 at the home of her niece, Tina (John) Cottrell, of Weston, WV. She was born on December 04, 1945 a daughter of the late Andrew and Mabel Sears Green [ .... ]  Read More

Edward Joseph “Pop” Snyder

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Grantsville, WV, escaped this mortal realm on Monday, October 01, 2018. He was born July 01, 1949, a son of the late Peter Joseph Snyder and Delcie “Peggy” Spurrier (Teal).  [....]  Read More

Shirley Corbin

The Free Press WVPassed away on September 27, 2018, in Evergreen, Colorado, after a battle with bone cancer. Shirley was born December 28, 1936, a native of West Virginia, born and raised in Calhoun, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Herman Frederick Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 94 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) graduated to heaven at 1:03 PM; Thursday, October 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness. He was born October 25, 1923 in the Leopards Run Community of Braxton County, WV; son of the late Arthur and Carrie Gerwig Nutter [ .... ]  Read More
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Jo Ann Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 63 of Tanner, WV; departed this life peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on November 25, 1954 in Lorraine, OH; daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boggs Skidmore [ .... ]  Read More

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Rose Martz

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Jane Lew, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October ,04, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born in Seaford, DE, on August 10, 1926, a daughter of the late Robert Oliver Boyce and Lila Friedel Boyce [ .... ]  Read More

Leona B. Sears

The Free Press WV Age 84 of Chloe, WV passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 06, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, while surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 20, 1934 at Oka, a daughter of the late Samuel B. and Monie M. Burns Conley [....]  Read More

Minnie Esther Greathouse

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Spring Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 05, 2018 in Genesis Healthcare of Glenville, WV following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 27, 1932: daughter of the late Clarence Edward Rexroad and Nora Adeline (Starcher) Rexroad [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Dale Dillon

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Birch River, WV, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, October 05, 2018 at Webster Nursing and Rehab. Center, Cowen, WV.  He was born December 27, 1949 in Sutton, WV to the late Jessie B. King and Ruby Dillon [ .... ]  Read More

Glen V. Fowler

The Free Press WV Formerly of Grantsville, WV went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, September 29, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Marietta, Ohio with his loving wife by his side. Glen was a life long resident of Grantsville, WV, the son of Levi Franklin and Elfie Barr Fowler [....]  Read More

Lula Irene Bush

The Free Press WVAge 95 of Cox’s Mills, WV departed this life on Wednesday evening, October 03, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center. She was born November 19, 1922 in Weston, WV; daughter of the late Ellet and Mary Westfall White [ .... ]  Read More

Pearl T. Gaston

The Free Press WV Age 96 of Normantown, WV departed this life on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. She was born August 11, 1922 in Normantown,WV,  daughter of the late Evert and Rhoda Phillips Turner [....]  Read More

Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Glenville, West Virginia passed peacefully at her home on September 27, 2018, with Harry, her husband of 54 years, by her side. She was born in Ashland, Kentucky, on December 22, 1938, the daughter of Samuel and Mary Musen Buckley [ .... ]  Read More

Priscilla Harris Workman (Lake)

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Fisher Hollow Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on September 17, 1927: daughter of the late George Vinton Lake and Victoria (Keith) Lake [ .... ]  Read More

Christine Marsh

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Jackson Mill Community, Weston, WV went home on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her home. She was born in Grantsville, WV on February 15, 1937: daughter of the late Arles Cross and Cora (Butcher) Cross [ .... ]  Read More

Denzil Earl Rose

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Walker, WV passed away September 29, 2018 at the Worthington Healthcare Center. He was born on December 07, 1939 in Calhoun County, WV and was the son of the late Russell and Mildred Nutter Rose [....]  Read More

Gerald Glen Smith

The Free Press WVGerald Glen Smith, 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away, as a result of a heart attack, Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at his residence. He was born January 16, 1947 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of late Paul and Opal Dolly Snyder Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Virginia Hart “Ginny” Yeager

The Free Press WV Age 69, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born June 30, 1949 in Gassaway, WV to R. Glennard Hart and Beatrice Dona Hamric [....]  Read More

Joann Dawson

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Grantsville, WV went to her heavenly home on September 27, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 11, 1943 in Big Bend, WV to the late Shirdie and Eulah Hosey Richards [....]  Read More

Lois E (Kerns) Cottrell

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Elizabeth WV passed away September 27, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born in Ritchie County, WV the daughter of the late Delbert and Chloe (Williams) Kerns [....]  Read More

Paul “Joe” J. Brown

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care Nursing Home. He was born at Dille, WV on July 15, 1945 to the late Thomas Brown and Rosalee (James Brown)  [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Lou Seese

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Pine View Continuous Care in Harrisville, WV. Mary Lou was born February 05, 1936 on Buck Run near Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Okey E. and Cora E. (Thomas) Monroe [....]  Read More

Arlene McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on September 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 28, 1928 at Mt. Zion in Calhoun County, WV to the late Joseph Hall and Allie Whytsell Hall Butler [....]  Read More

Lennie Earl Hartshorn, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Bolt, WV, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018, at home. He was born in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Everett and Josie Sturm Hartshor [....]  Read More

Goldie Estella (Cowger) Moats

The Free Press WVAge 101, of Sutton, WV passed away, September 25, 2018, at the Clay Health Care Center, Clay, WV.  She was born in Webster County, WV on March 31, 1917 to the late David Cowger and Leonora (Bickel) Cowger [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

However, there have been promises and attempts more than I care to remember.

Canaan Valley, GSC deal.  Broadband to every holler.  Near twenty years ago.

Ole Joe spent money made promises. 
Little Missy Moore got on that wagon too.

Seems so much of this money chatter comes just before election time?
We be waitin’ though, but won’t hold our breath.

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County EDA Receives Community Block Grant'.

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The expectation is that the new board will provide a “tell it as it is”  status report on current student achievement with a comprehensive plan for improvements.

The plan should include a firm commitment for accurate progress reports at scheduled intervals.

If nothing is done by the board that would be a way to skirt accountability for the County’s school system.

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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If the board wanted you to have the info—you would get it.

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Could the Board get Mrs. Mason’s report summarized and put on the GFP? This should be some of the most important information in years all citizens have a right to know.

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

That means the 5 Supreme Court Judges will be beholding to the Governor?

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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Something is wrong with the way storm water all of a sudden rushes down hill from GSC’s parking lot located at the front of the administration building.

Down hill from the south corner of the lot runoff is so bad during storms to make rocks wash out to litter the unnamed steep street up hill from property formerly owned by the Barker’s.

Rocks and other debris are beginning to deposit over a drain at the entry of the steep hill to cause more water problems.

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Students Travel to Berlin'.

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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We know that there were problems with accurate tracking of BOE finances, but nothing has been heard about what was found, who was responsible, and corrective measures to be taken. Board is requested to get a report out to the public. Nothing unreasonable about this good government request.

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Accountability, you say?

When is the last time your heard that word used with any GC elected?

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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It was apparent to citizens that under intervention the State practiced Machiavellian divide and conquer with the previous board and it never recovered from that type of treatment.

With a new board the county has a fresh start. Let us hope that it will function in a highly effective manner to include openness to keep the public fully informed.

By New Start on 08.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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The “Opportunity” comment should be addressed by Mr. Cottrill. He is the new board president and it is his responsibility to set an example of effective leadership.

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Why doesn’t Gilmer County do the same? Dr. Manchin has a long standing reputation for working closely with his boards and they function together as effective teams.

In Harrison County the public is kept fully informed of the goals and progress in attaining them.

When school systems lack well defined goals that eliminates objectiveness for evaluating performances of superintendents and boards too. The result is the elimination of accountability.

A major negative result of a lack of fully disclosed goals is lost opportunities for citizens, including business leaders, teachers, and parents, to do their maximum to contribute to improved schools.

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Noticed today that merchandise on sale at Foodland is shown on the GFP. Makes it easier to shop to get genuinely good deals. Thank you Morris family and the GFP.

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The past couple months—-the first in likely 10 years, we have been filling a grocery cart at Foodland.
Usually shopping meant a trip to Weston or Gassaway, once in a while Clarksburg.
We certainly enjoy shopping and visiting right in Glenville.
Especially with the many visible improvements.
Why now, there is even and electric ‘buggy’ for those who need it.
The entire community and surrounding areas are enjoying Mr. Morris newest good deed!

By Yes---MANY happy Gilmer shoppers! on 08.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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In a couple years we will be right back where we are today.
Here come the payback and favorites appointments.
Several are all ready lining up for a gig even be it a short one.
Nothing changes in West Virginia.

As far as the ones run off.  They will get a bonus, maybe even a cush job, as well as sweet
retirement deal.
Its the West Virginia way.

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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This supreme court debacle exposes where a LOT of West Virginia’s problems come.

Nepotism and cronyism.  Plain and simple.
I would vote for almost anyone who does not have tie to our state.

Never thought I’d ever say that.
We need the BEST elected for our offices.

Its clear that isn’t the case.  For a long time.
Flip-floppin-party-jumpers need to stay home.
We don’t want your ilk.  Big Jim included.

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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While GSC struggles to survive why not apply a college version of the Foodland model?

Offer academic programs in high demand, affordable to students, and second to none in quality in WV or better yet not available anywhere else in the State.

It does not require having an MBA degree to figure that out as a recipe for success. Works in business all the time for talented entrepreneurs.

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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If misconduct being reported about WV Supreme Court justices is truthful there could not be better way to cast suspicion on top-to-bottom corruption within WV’s legal system including what the State Bar is supposed to do to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

The justices should receive the highest punishment allowable. What a black mark on WV. Couldn’t make it up.

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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To say that the Foodland Store is a major improvement is an understatement. It is kept well stocked with no empty shelves as a result of vastly improved inventory, reordering, and shelf stocking approaches, exceptionally clean store with excellent lighting, there is a price range to choose from for many items, milk does not spoil within 3 days after you get home, prices are fair to make it obvious that price gouging does not exist, and the staff is always friendly and noticeably committed to assist customers. Even the sharp dress code and personal conduct of employees demonstrates that teamwork and pride exist for being on a winning team. No more having to drive to Flatwoods or Weston to shop on a routine basis. Thank you I. L. Morris family.

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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One bad apple spoils the barrel.
Looks like that old ‘saw’ is proven
right again!  M-T the barrel!

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yeah, Manchin and former democratic governor Wise pretended to be deer hunters. They both know to be otherwise is political poison in WV. Mr. Morrisey being a republican will work hard for our 2nd amendment rights, whether he is a hunter or not, he does not have to pretend.

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

And you know that’s not safe or reasonable for stop/go/loaded bus.

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

GC board of Ed? 
Is that the case?
What say you?

By parent on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019'.

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Give the man the credit due him.

AG Morrisey has done a lot of work in support of 2nd amendment rights for West Virginia.

Reciprocal carry with many states as well as support of WV conceal carry.

Senate candidate Manchin worked former NYC Mayor Bloomberg (yes, that gun grabber) to raise money
to limit gun rights.

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yep, ole Menace Catch-em…got caught and retired. Just a move to try to save his guilty butt?  lol

The so called “supreme gang” rolled the dice and played their game.  They knew.

Caught now, bringing shame to the good people of West Virginia.

Stirring up memories of A.J.Manchin and his ‘departure’.

Even brings up the memories of Governor getting his ‘due’ and being sent off to prison for a few years.

Pretty obvious, neither party is “quality” minded when they give us their candidates?

Or maybe its the “best” they have to offer??

By Harold on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The democrats whine about partisanship but they go against the will of the people. I choose to not carry on most occasions, but remember it was a Republican led legislature who voted to allow us to carry if we feel the need.

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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There was a comment about need to be on a school board for 1-2 years before learning how to be an effective member.

Having been on a board for 22 years and observing how newly elected members respond I agree with the statement.

After getting elected it is normal for new members to feel overwhelmed with all the rules, regulations, and procedures in effect to address proper functions of school boards.

A new board member has two options. One is to simply show up at meeting as a seat warmer to get a pay check for doing nothing.

The second choice is to accept that being on a board is a serious responsibility with children’s futures at stake and it takes hard work and dedication to learn roles and responsibilities to carry out.

Consider personnel actions as one example. To attempt to protect as much independence as possible it is common for some superintendents to be parsimonious with material shared with boards.

To overcome this constraint new board members should demand written documentation on personnel information they are entitled to review before voting on a superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

What if there is not official documentation in your county defining a board’s entitled access to personnel information?

Instead of wasting money on lawyers to provide guidance get your board to submit a formal request to your superintendent to provide WV’s rules for boards applicable in all of the State’s 55 school systems.

The information exists and it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel to waste time and money.

By Welcome New Board Members on 08.10.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The new school board is commended for deciding to assign Mr. David Ramezan to serve on the audit committee and to be the rep to the Career Center.

There are expectations for the new board to produce and the decisions demonstrate openness to assigning the best people to serve in special capacities. 

We expect Gilmer County to be a WV front runner in educating our kids and that includes using finances optimally to get the most for education dollars and to provide superior career training for students electing to go that route.

By Audit and Career Center Assignments on 08.08.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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New board members know from initial training that an individual member has no more authority than a dog on a tight leash.

This means that individual members are not authorized to give orders to any employee in a school system, all directives must be through a majority board member vote directly to a superintendent reporting to a board, and that individual is held accountable for carrying out directives.

The message is that boards govern and superintendents administer.

If there is failure for a superintendent to perform as a board directs that can result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation and in some cases be grounds for insubordination with penalties.

Two major problems with boards are failures to give a superintendents timely and clearly defined objectives for administration of a school system and failures to document substandard superintendent performances when annual reviews occur.

The clear separation of authority of boards versus superintendents mentioned above is designed to prevent tendencies by some board members to attempt to engage in personal micromanagement in school systems.

Imposition of the necessity of a majority board vote for what a superintendent is supposed to do functions to promote thoughtful input from all elected members to contribute to wiser school system decisions to lessen internal conflicts.

By Kanawha County Observer on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

By Orlando on 08.07.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is commonly heard that when the State was in control sensitive records in the school board office were shredded, hard drives were removed and replaced with clean ones, and selected telephone records were eliminated.

Mr. Cottrill a request is made to you and Ms. Lowther to get straight answers to the community.

Involving unbiased and competent investigators should occur. Board office employees who were there when the State was in control know one way or another what happened, but they may be reluctant to provide information out of fear.

If community perceptions turn out to based on facts what are the legal implications, exactly what records were destroyed, and why did the destruction occur?

This concern is too important for the category of “forget the past and move on”.

The “forget and move on” attitude seems to be code for cover up because it is repeated too often in Gilmer County.

By Provide The True Facts on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Gilmer.  Do not expect much from your new board of ed.  Think you have 3 new members?  It will take them a year at least before they get the idea of what they can and cannot do.

I believe some of your new board is connected to previous members who are likely owned by some faction with questionable intentions.  Left overs from your days of intervention I’d guess.

Good luck!  Gilmer BOE.  You will need it.

Citizens and school staff.  Hold your board members feet to the fire and do the job right.

That’s what it will take you.

By Lewis County on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Saw that a Mr. Paine was suggested for the assistant GCHS principal. If hired it would be helpful for the County to see printed background coverage for the person to get to know about him. The information would introduce him to those of us who do not know the gentleman.

By GCHS Needs Improved on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There is more scandal in the GCBOE and WVDE than people realize.

The entire local BOE that worked under Blankenship know just how many files and documents the had to run through the paper shredder..

Most likely Manchin’s cousin, state appointed superintendent, Devano did the same thing?  How about it, GCBOE employees?  You know.

The West Virginia Department of Education gave Gilmer the biggest scandal, the biggest black eye, of the past 100 years.

Now, when will your flood zone built school flood, Gilmer County?  Everyone knows it not ‘if’ but ‘when’?

THERE WAS *NO* ACCOUNTABILITY AND *NO* OVERSIGHT BY THE WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION. 

If they claim there was, then the only other possible reason for the multiple failures, can be nothing other than complete incompetence?  Thank you WVDE.

By Kanawha on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Solid reporting about the BOE in the Democrat related to the no-excuse budget tracking scandal verifies that criticality important information was kept from the previous school board and the public.

GFP readers were warned for years that withholding of key information was occurring. Those who attempt to keep up on BOE business have a legitimate reason to question how much other information was kept secret during intervention.

Student achievement, personnel actions including involvement of nepotism and favoritism, and administrate decisions associated with consolidating schools are among subjects being questioned.

There was an underground effort in the County to discredit those in the past who questioned irregular activities under intervention. They were attacked by calling them busy bodies.

The excess levy was passed because we wanted to help children. With the recent budget scandal we question if that money was spent on its intended purpose in the past.

Henceforth we want every excess levy penny to be accounted for. If the money was misspent in the past we want that exposed.

We are counting on Mrs. Lowther and the new BOE to end secrecy. That expectation is reasonable for the benefit of the County’s children and taxpayers.

By BOE School Finances Scandal on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Far, far worse with contractor work at the new grade school. We learned early not to rock the boat when we noticed problems with contractors. Should be a record if paper work and hard drives are still available.

How about checking on this on Mr. Cottril?

We were warned not to say anything to anyone about the new school being too small while knowing that Leading Creek was built too large and it still has vacant rooms.

The State was in total control from start to finish with everything and local involvement was forbidden. You see what that got us, and we will be paying the price for years to come.

By Classified Staff on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Reference in the Democrat to the County’s mess about the school budget because of improper record keeping is a red alarm.

It is evident what the previous school board was faced with during intervention with the State keeping sensitive information secret. What else will emerge from the wood work?

Who are the candidates and their special qualifications for the assistant principal job at the GCHS? The selection will be one of the most important ones in the near future to help get the school back on track with a winning administrative team.

Will politics and taking care of special families be put aside on this one or will we have business as usual?

By BOE Tracker on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Yes, “The State Was Fully Responsible” for the immense waste of tax dollars in both Lewis and Gilmer counties.

There are a few who know well the story.  None with backbone to tell it.

No investigative news source to dig the truth for public information.

Millions of dollars lost.  The trail leads straight to the West Virginia Board of Education.  With willing underlings to help every step of the way.

By Kanawha on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Service personnel spoke out clearly and often about shoddy work at the GCHS. They were not listened to and worse yet they were told to keep quiet. There should be a detailed accounting of where all the County’s facilities money went after intervention, who was involved with project oversight, who got money, and what went undone and botched. Take the issue to Governor Justice. He would get involved as he battles corruption, waste, and mismanagement. Start with Leading Creek, go on to the Arbuckle site, on to Cedar Creek, and finally to Hays City. The horrible story is there and it must be exposed.

By The State Was Fully Responsible on 08.02.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If board members are only permitted to see names for personnel being recommended by the superintendent without reviewing all applications themselves how do they know before voting that the best applicants are recommended by the superintendent?

Sounds like personnel decisions are really a token procedural formality made to look like an objective way of doing business with full involvement of the board.

By Doesn't Make Sense on 08.01.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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