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Community Roles Available in GSC Production of ‘The Miracle Worker’

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Auditions will be held for the upcoming Glenville State College Theater performance of ‘The Miracle Worker’ by William Gibson. They will take place on Monday, March 06 and Tuesday, March 07 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium. Many roles are available for men, women, and children in the local community.

The play is an inspiring drama, built around the stories of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. It concentrates on the first month of Sullivan’s move to Alabama, and her struggles with her fears, her past, and the difficulty of teaching a child who has no senses through which to be taught. It also tells the story of a Boston Irish girl facing and adapting to a southern family, and their adapting to her.

The following roles will be open for auditions:

A doctor in his 30’s who treats Helen for a fever; only appears in the opening scene.

Kate, who is Helen’s mother in her early 30’s, lives in the old South; has a large recurring role.

Captain Arthur Keller, a vigorous man in his 50’s; Helen’s father, Kate’s husband, old school Southerner, a Captain in the Civil War; has a large recurring role.

Helen who was struck deaf and blind by a fever she had as an infant; now at the calendar age of seven she rules the household through intelligence and manipulation; the actress could be older than seven, but should be extraordinarily expressive because Helen doesn’t have too many lines; has a very large role.

Martha, a servant child and playmate to Helen; small role.

Percy, a servant child and playmate to Helen, who bullies him; small recurring role.

Aunt Ev, who is Arthur’s sister and in her early fifties; is more concerned with keeping the peace; small recurring role.

James Keller, Captain Keller’s teenage son by his first marriage; comes to a temporary peace with his father and Kate by the end of the play; has a large recurring role.

Anagnos, an instructor at the Perkins Institute for the Blind; he’s been both a teacher and father-figure to Annie; small role, appears in one scene.

Annie Sullivan, who is in her 20’s and is Helen’s teacher; has a severe vision impairment; she’s intelligent, principled, and capable of great love, but not much patience; very large role.

Viney, a servant in her 40’s; Kate’s second-in-command; has a small recurring role.

Blind Girls who are students at the Perkins Institute; Sarah, the youngest, and Beatrice, the oldest, are named; they appear in one scene and all have lines.

A servant and several offstage voices including a doctor, Jimmie Sullivan, and others.

The performances are currently scheduled to take place Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22.

For more information call 304.462.6323.

GSC Theater Presents ‘Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe’

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Student actors in the Glenville State College Theatre present ‘Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe’ by Eric Coble. In this performance, famed American author Edgar Allan Poe defends himself from accusations of madness.

Performances will be held in the Glenville State College Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, February 23-25, 2017. The play contains scenes and suggested violence that may disturb some viewers; therefore it is not recommended for young children.

In the play, the famous author speaks about his life, loves, loss, and how he and his characters’ voices echo through the halls of madness. Four tales of subtle horror and obvious terror are brought to life through the vocal and physical explorations and performances.

‘The Raven,’ Poe’s classic tale of a dark and monotonous nighttime visitor, leads off the performances; this is followed by the tortured brother and sister from ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’ The brave prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition will be haunted forever by his dungeon in ‘The Pit and the Pendulum.’ Finally, the old man with the terrible eye meets his fate in ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.’

The ensemble cast includes (in alphabetical order): Cathy Chambers, Zachary Dotson, Victoria Guillory, Eric Wynnrolf Jones, Andrew Mattox, Chase Rakes, Brittany Robinson, Ceara Scott, Joshua Smith, and Megan Dawn Wright.

The performance is open to the public and is free for GSC students. General admission tickets are $3.00.

For more information, call .304.462.6323.

GSC Theater to Perform ‘The Doctor in Wonderland’

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Students in Glenville State College’s Theater program invite the public to attend their latest production entitled The Doctor in Wonderland by Don Zolidis. Performances, which will be held in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run from Thursday, December 01 through Saturday, December 03. GSC student Brittany Robinson is directing.

The performance, which is a mash-up of the classic BBC show Doctor Who and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, features Doctor What and his companion, Cara, who crash their TARDIS into a planet that bears an odd resemblance to a certain 19th century book. While Alice in Wonderland explores the scene from the eyes of a child, this play contains a modern sci-fi adventure and the ensuing insanity.

Featuring favorite Wonderland characters, the play answers burning questions like ‘Does the Cheshire Cat have hairballs?’ and ‘What’s the difference between a White Rabbit and a March Hare?’ to ‘What’s the Catepillar got in that pipe?’ The play is rated PG-13 for a few adult innuendos and some other adult references.

The performance is open to the public and is free for GSC students, faculty, and staff. General admission tickets are $3.00.

For more information, call 304.462.6323.

GSC Theater to Hold Performance

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Students in Glenville State College’s Theater program invite the public to attend their latest production entitled Apartment of the Feign by Channing Caldwell. Performances, which will be held in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run from Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19.

The play tells the story of an autistic man, Bert, who is alone in the world. He fills his life with imaginary friends because the real people he comes into contact with are a problem: abusive, insulting, and controlling. He is much more comfortable inhabiting the imaginary life in his apartment. The Feign is the play’s word to describe the life of imagination that Bert inhabits.

A young woman who is trying to get away from her drunken boyfriend, hides in his apartment. Liz has lost her brother, who was also autistic, and sets out to help Bert cope with his real world. As they become greater friends, tragedy strikes, and Bert’s world cannot stand up to the pressure.

The play is relatively short, being told in three acts.

The performance is open to the public and is free to GSC students, faculty, and staff. General admission tickets are $3.00.

For more information, call 304.462.6323.

WV Film Office Seeks Vintage Vehicles For Series

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The West Virginia Film Office is seeking vintage car owners for the filming of an upcoming Netflix series, “Mindhunter.”

According to Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office, the series is a crime drama based in the 1970s, so period cars are needed.

There is an open casting call that invites the owners of 1960-1980 model cars to a September 21 filming session in Moundsville. Vehicle owners whose cars are featured on camera will receive payment: $175 for 12 hours parked in the shot, with extra money available if the car is driven in the shot and extra money available if the vehicle owner is cast as a background actor.

“Most of the series will be filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but West Virginia has landed a few films because of our proximity to Pittsburgh,” Haynes said. “This production is also using the Moundsville prison, and a lot of other productions have used the prison, as well.”

“Mindhunter” is directed by David Fincher, who Haynes said “has a stellar reputation in the film industry.” She said to her knowledge, this is the first time Fincher has filmed in West Virginia.

However, production company Stephen David Entertainment has chosen to film several series in the Eastern Panhandle, including “American Genius,” “Making of the Mob” and “The American West.”

Haynes said large productions support the local economy by spending money on equipment rentals, hardware and paint, lodging and fuel, to name a few items.

“Most productions choose to film where there are incentives to film; they go where the money is,” Haynes said. “In West Virginia, there’s a base tax credit of 27 percent based on the spend. Production companies can receive up to 31 percent if they hire 10 or more West Virginia residents. The more they spend in West Virginia, the better the tax credit they get.”

Those interested in bringing their vintage cars to Moundsville on September 21 can submit photos of their vehicles, along with their name and cell phone number, to .

For more casting opportunities, visit

Staff writer Mary Stortstrom can be reached at 304.263.8931 x 138 or

Did You Know?

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The far-left Podemos and business-friendly Ciudadanos parties draw strong support from voters weary of high unemployment and corruption.


The Democratic candidate’s pledge to avoid personal attacks in favor of policy disputes seems to frustrate his aides at times, who have occasionally gone on the offensive on their own.


Walt Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” destroys the previous opening record set by Universal’s “Jurassic World,“ which drew $208.8 million.


Patients who are expected to live the longest are getting a better shot at the healthiest kidneys under new guidelines.


The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state will offer tours of the site where the world’s first atomic weapons were developed and first full-sized nuclear reactor operated.


Accompanied by the sounds of bagpipes and sobs, city officials, family members and police pay homage to two officers shot to death in their cruiser last December.


A fake explosive device forces the jet with 459 passengers to land in Kenya - the fourth such incident for the airline in recent weeks.


Colombian contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as the pageant’s winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize, saying she was the first runner-up.


The nationwide average cost of a gallon of regular falls 4 cents to $2.06, not seen since 2009.


Cam Newton throws for five TDs and Carolina kicks a field goal as time expires to edge New York 38-35 and improve to 14-0.

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GSC Theatre to Perform Beauty and the Beast

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GLENVILLE, WV — Participants in Glenville State College’s Theatre Group are gearing up for their first production of the 2015 fall semester.

They will be performing Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday, September 22, Wednesday, September 23, and Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.

The cast for the performance includes:

  • Katie Miller of Gassaway (Braxton County), West Virginia as Beauty
  • Stephen Boyer of Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia as Beast
  • Robert Hensley of Dundalk, Maryland as the Merchant
  • Sam Edsall of Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia as Wynne
  • Andrew Mattox of Pineville (Wyoming County), West Virginia as Geoff
  • Brittany Robinson of Mabie (Randolph County), West Virginia as Iris
  • Mary Lewis of Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia as Lilly
  • Victoria Guillory of Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia as the Old Woman
  • Tyler Fortney of Elkins (Randolph County), West Virginia as Squire Gregory
  • Jacob Yocum of Elkins (Randolph County), West Virginia as Hector
  • Jeremiah Underwood of Summersville (Nicholas County), West Virginia as The Prince
  • Neysa Brown of Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia as Beast’s servant
  • Choreography for the play was coordinated by Lindsey ‘Luna’ Acree of Ripley (Jackson County), West Virginia
  • Sets were designed by Samantha Wolford of Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia
  • Lighting and sound were designed by Brandon Nelson of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia

In addition to the evening performances, the group plans to host several elementary schools for daytime showings of the play.

The play is a romantic adventure story with a lot of humor.

Families and small children are welcomed to attend.

For more information contact, GSC Theatre Director Dennis Wemm at or call 304.462.6323.

Movie Review: ‘Chappie’

In “Chappie,” a dystopian robot thriller from South African director Neill Blomkamp (“Elysium”), we’re introduced to an awkwardly stiff humanoid with something funny-looking sticking out of his head.

And that’s just Hugh Jackman, who, along with a ridiculous mullet, plays the movie’s wooden, one-dimensional villain. The real automaton hero — a rabbit-eared police droid that develops artificial intelligence and a streetwise swagger after being adopted by a gang of Johannesburg thugs — is Chappie (South African slang for “young man”). As voiced by Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley, Chappie is far more human than even his human nemesis Vincent, a muscle-bound soldier-turned-robot-designer who stomps through every scene like one of his automated combat troops.

In the role of a man who will stop at nothing — including allowing the streets of Johannesburg to descend into chaos in order to create more demand for his product — Jackman is simply painful to watch.

But not as painful as it is to contemplate how naively the film treats the concept of artificial intelligence and robotics. Co-written by Blomkamp with his “District 9” writing partner Terri Tatchell, and set in 2016 — that’s right, one short year from now, in a world that’s gone straight to hell! — “Chappie” imagines a universe in which human consciousness is capable of being uploaded to a thumb drive, and where the Internet, that repository of everything from porn to the owner’s manual for the space shuttle — is all one needs to access the entirety of human knowledge. (Never mind that last month I couldn’t find a 1987 episode of “SNL” that I was looking for.)

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“Chappie” is a ball of contradiction. It takes the concept of “Transcendence,” crosses it with the storyline of “RoboCop,” and then delivers it, seemingly, to the target demographic of “Short Circuit.” It is, in other words, simultaneously dumb, hyperviolent and cutesy.

Why, for instance, do Chappie’s “eyes” — represented by eight-bit black-and-white computer graphics that look like the screens of an old Motorola cellphone — narrow cartoonishly to slits when he gets “angry”? Why does he even have eyes, for that matter? Okay, okay, I get the anthropomorphizing. But a scene where Chappie, who is made out of bullet-resistent titanium, is shown getting some kind of tactile pleasure out of petting a dog is beyond illogical.

There’s more pleasure to be had from watching Chappie’s human caretakers, a couple of criminals called Yolandi and Ninja, who find Chappie and try to enlist him as a partner in crime. Played by non-actors Yolandi Visser and Ninja, a South African rap duo who perform as Die Antwoord (or The Answer), the antiheroic characters are the best thing about the movie, despite being largely unsympathetic (i.e.,they’re murderous thugs). They exude a raw appeal that, if not quite charm, is nonetheless highly watchable.

As Deon, the software engineer who wrote the computer code for Chappie, Dev Patel is adequate, if under-used. When he’s wounded by one of Vincent’s walking death machines — a remotely-operated war drone called the Moose — the scene fails to elicit the pathos it might otherwise warrant, simply because Patel is such a cipher. As for Sigourney Weaver, who plays Vincent and Deon’s boss, she turns in a performance that’s almost as heavy-handed as Jackman’s.

Visually, “Chappie” has the cool and expensive look of a video game. It’s adrenaline-stimulating eye candy. Despite Blomkamp’s efforts to make some kind of commentary about the human soul, which the auteur bolsters with his trademark social consciousness — a tone of preachiness that, after three films, has worn out its welcome — the movie exhibits precious little humanity.

Like Chappie, the movie seems human, but has a cold metal heart.

★ ½

R for violence, obscenity, drug content and brief nudity. 124 minutes

Movie Review: ‘Ballet 422’

Don’t expect explosive outbursts or artistic meltdowns in Jody Lee Lipes’s documentary “Ballet 422.” In this chronicle, the process of bringing a new ballet to the stage is never anything but well-mannered.

The work — the New York City Ballet’s 422nd, hence the title — was choreographed by young company member Justin Peck. The 25-year-old had been toiling away among the corps de ballet when a fortuitous workshop uncovered his wunderkind aptitude for choreography. It was decided that the only new ballet in the company’s 2013 winter season would be Peck’s.

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Lipes’s behind-the-scenes look at the creation of “Paz de la Jolla” covers everything from watching the principal dancers master every turn to politicking with the orchestra to designing the costumes.

But, despite the occasional countdown, there’s no sense of tension. Each player has such a grasp on his or her own job that there’s never any question the production will be ready on opening night. The story has all the turmoil of a movie with the full support of City Ballet’s public relations team.

That’s not to say there isn’t joy to be had. The dancing is beautiful, the music is splendid and some scenes are artistically shot. At one point, Peck is shown rehearsing using his smartphone, which is recording his movements. Later, the camera rests behind him as he sits in the theater watching a tech rehearsal. Only the silhouette of his head is in focus; the blurry images of dancers in the background appear to be literally springing from his imagination.

For fans of dance, “Ballet 422” will produce plenty of pleasures. But as with great ballet, great movies always benefit from a little drama.

★ ★ ½

PG. Contains brief strong language. 75 minutes.

Movie Review: ‘Everly’

The story of a female badass fighting an army of thugs sent by the mobster/lover she’s informing on, “Everly” is a B movie, in air quotes. It’s less an homage to the kind of grindhouse films celebrated by Quentin Tarantino than it is a slavish aping of Tarantino’s postmodern oeuvre itself. The “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker’s bloody fingerprints are all over this film’s corpse.

But director Joe Lynch is no Tarantino. His title character — a vessel of female empowerment along the lines of the vengeful bride of “Kill Bill” — is, to put it as charitably as possible, a crock.

Salma Hayek makes for a game but only fitfully entertaining Everly. She’s the kind of character who, in the good old days, used to be known as a gangster’s moll, but who is here referred to as a “#####” — a term that captures, less euphemistically, the transactional nature of her relationship with Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe), the Japanese criminal she’s been sleeping with and spying on.

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Setting the nasty tone for the tale, “Everly” opens with the sounds of Everly’s off-camera gang rape by Taiko’s goons. Later, when one of those henchmen (Akie Kotabe) — the only one Everly hasn’t killed in the gun battle following her assault — points out that he didn’t join in, Everly responds, “Should I be offended?”


Though meant to be sardonic (I hope), her comment undermines screenwriter Yale Hannon’s message that female power comes from strength, not sex. Equally retrograde are the six sexpot assassins who, one after the other, burst through the door of Everly’s apartment in a variety of skimpy costumes (such as the Sexy Schoolgirl) before getting killed by the heroine.

Yes, it’s all in good fun. And there’s a certain verve to the way Lynch handles the violence, even if he’s less of a stylist than Tarantino. But the film’s brutality — which includes not only the murder of a dog but also a fetishization of torture that borders on porn — is so excessive, even if tongue-in-cheek, that it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Late in the film, one of Everly’s tormentors, a man known only as the Sadist (Togo Igawa), shows up with a bloody, half-naked guy in a cage (Masashi Fujimoto). The caged guy is introduced as the Masochist. But at that point in the movie, you may be forgiven for thinking that was your role.

R. Contains bloody violence and torture, obscenity and nudity. In English, Japanese and Spanish with subtitles.

Movie Review: ‘Road Hard’

Adam Carolla’s brand of humor is particularly suited to the role of the sardonic sidekick or comic foil in talk-show situations. He’s a color-commentary guy, offering wry observations about life, as he did so well on “Loveline” and continues to do on his podcast “The Adam Carolla Show” and his reality series “Catch a Contractor.” Carolla isn’t much of an actor, let alone a leading man, but he tries to be both in “Road Hard,” a tonally confounding comedy that he wrote and directed with Kevin Hench.

The movie bears more than a passing resemblance to Carolla’s life. His character, Bruce Madsen, is famous for being half of the duo behind “The Bro Show,” and his partner-in-crime has moved on to a late-night hosting gig while Bruce’s career has foundered. In real life, Carolla hosted “The Man Show” with Jimmy Kimmel, who now hosts a late-night show on ABC.

But where Carolla has stayed consistently busy, Bruce has found himself back on the stand-up circuit, performing a string of thankless gigs while suffering all the indignities of life on the road, including other people’s carry-on dogs, understocked breakfast buffets and drunk women at bars who offer to perform sexual favors and then proceed to vomit in his hotel room.

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Bruce hates it but keeps going to support his ex-wife and teen daughter, all the while hoping for an easy way out. It would be great if a sitcom gig landed in his lap, for instance, though he doesn’t plan to work too hard to make it happen. In truth, he’s kind of lazy and not particularly likable.

The movie, which is intermittently humorous if never laugh-out-loud funny, flies off the rails in the second half when it shape-shifts into a romantic comedy about Bruce and a woman he meets after one of his shows.

You can make a movie that’s both sweet and crass; just look at Judd Apatow’s comedies. But the mix doesn’t work here, maybe because both the vulgarity and the cheesiness are so amped up. The transition from masturbation jokes — countless masturbation jokes — to scenes of sad-eyed longing is hardly seamless.

If there’s a bright spot in the movie, it’s David Alan Grier, playing a small role as Bruce’s friend who is trying to get his sitcom, “Milk Chocolate,” made. (It’s “Green Acres” meets “Good Times,” he explains.) Grier is a funny guy who also can act. That’s a pretty low bar for a supporting actor, but in “Road Hard” it makes him a champ.

★ ½

Not rated. Contains strong language, nudity and sexual situations. 98 minutes.

Movie Review: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

The notorious larcenist known as Maggie Smith continues her diabolical spree of serial scene-stealing in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a strident, over-plotty sequel to the 2012 surprise hit about a group of aging British ex-pats who move into a charming Jaipur inn to reinvent their golden years.

The “Second Best” installment finds Smith’s character, Mrs. Donnelly, racing down Route 66 in a snazzy Mustang with her Marigold co-manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), on a quest to find corporate underwriting for their next ad­ven­ture in elder-hostelry. Asked how she liked America upon her return to India, Mrs. Donnelly dryly quips, “I went with low expectations and came back disappointed.”

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Such are the withering asides, delivered with lethal aim, that make “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” a fun, if fitfully amusing, diversion, despite being overlong and overloaded with mixed messages, misapprehensions and myriad predictable story lines. Once again directed by John Madden from a script by Ol Parker, the “Second Best” chapter seems aimed at upping the ante in sheer volume and busyness, constantly whipsawing viewers from one character’s arc to another’s. Will Madge (Celia Imrie) finally settle down with one of her two affluent, affectionate suitors? Will Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) finally get the hang of monogamy? Will Doug (Bill Nighy) and Evelyn (Judi Dench) stop hemming and hawing and hook up already?

This fine ensemble of actors manages to enliven even those low stakes with honesty, vulnerability and welcome doses of sex appeal — which also goes for the rep company’s newcomer, Richard Gere, who exudes easy, spontaneous warmth as a last-minute Marigold guest. The putative engine that’s driving the action is Sonny’s engagement to Sunaina (Tina Desai) and their impending nuptials — how else to include the Bollywood dance routine that’s now de rigeur for a film set in India? But the narrative tension that ensues is as weak as the American tea Mrs. Donnelly abhors, and Patel’s overly ingratiating performance quickly palls. Just as with the first movie, what makes the “Second Best” version work at all are the actors older than 35, as well as the splendid scenery and vibrant material culture that shimmers with light, color and rich textures.

Those elements come to life especially when Evelyn walks the Jaipur marketplace in search of fabrics, as part of a new job “liaising” between local artisans and an importer. Most of the Marigold residents have embarked on rewarding new chapters, finding renewed purpose and meaning in careers, romances and philosophical reckonings. It’s no wonder that the “Exotic Marigold” movies have found such love and loyalty from its underserved audience of older filmgoers: Sure, it’s pat and occasionally patronizing and too adorable by half, but it’s also a rare, optimistic portrait of aging that suggests it can be a productive, erotically charged time of life. Thanks to its funny, attractive, emotionally on-point cast, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” puts the lie to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pronouncement about life having no second acts. In fact, it goes one step further to question why on Earth anyone would stop at just two.

★ ★

PG. Contains profanity and suggestive comments. 122 minutes.

Movie Review: ‘Unfinished Business’

For about 15 years now, scientists in the laboratories of Hollywood have been trying to replicate the success of such films as “There’s Something About Mary” and “American Pie” — two movies that, at the twilight of the 20th century, managed to achieve the delicate alchemy of turning base humor into box office gold. Both of those movies found the sweet spot — or, rather, the salty-sweet no man’s land between tender emotion and ##### jokes — that few filmmakers, with the notable exception of Judd Apatow and a handful of others, have been able to consistently hit. (Case in point: “Road Hard,” reviewed on Page 28 of Weekend.)

That’s why “Unfinished Business” is such a pleasant surprise. While by no means a masterpiece, the comedy, by Canadian director Ken Scott, is a careful calibration of crass gags and genuine sentiment that succeeds more often than it fails. It’s hard to imagine a movie that combines a scene set in a gay sex club (featuring numerous shots of male genitalia) with a subplot about parenting, but “Unfinished Business” is that thing.

Somehow, it works.

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The film centers on Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn), a businessman struggling to get his small start-up off the ground. Specializing in the sale of metal shavings called swarf — just the word itself is funny — Dan’s company employs a morose 67-year-old named Tim McWinters (Tom Wilkinson) and a borderline developmentally disabled kid named Mike Pancake (Dave Franco, who is far funnier here than his brother James was in “The Interview.”) As with “swarf,” many of the jokes have to do with Mike’s weird last name.

When the opportunity to close a big deal presents itself, these three misfits set out on a business trip that takes them to Berlin, where they encounter Dan’s former boss (Sienna Miller), who is competing for the same contract.

High jinks, as they say, ensue. Along with the aforementioned sex club scene, there is a protracted business meeting in a coed sauna, a bit of sex and drugs, and a running gag about the fact that the only hotel room that Dan can find in Berlin is a glass-walled “American Businessman” installation in a contemporary art museum. Miraculously, these dumb things are all more amusing than they deserve to be.

Most of the credit goes to Scott, who pulled off a similar trick in “Starbuck,” a surprisingly charming 2011 French-language comedy about a man who discovers that, due to a mix-up at the sperm bank where he was once a donor, he is the father of 142 grown children. Scott attempted a repeat with the English remake, “Delivery Man” (also starring Vaughn), but with mixed success. He’s a smart filmmaker, though, and he knows how to mine genuine sweetness, even out of the most vulgar material. Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) is the screenwriter.

And let’s not forget the cast. Vaughn heads up a strong ensemble that also features Nick Frost and James Marsden as employees of the company with which Dan is trying to do business. Britton Sear and Ella Anderson also shine as Dan’s young children, both of whom are dealing with school bullying while Daddy is away on business. This substantial — and unexpectedly touching — subplot, conducted mostly on video chat, revolves around Dan’s long-distance parenting. Superficially, it has nothing to do with the rest of the story, but it helps to humanize and round out Vaughn’s character in ways that pay off and make us care about him.

Although “Unfinished Business” swerves and wobbles at times, Scott has an assured hand on the wheel. This hybrid vehicle may take an unwise detour here and there — even hitting a mud-filled pothole or two — but in the end you just might find that it’s been an entertaining ride.

Unfinished Business

★ ★ ½

R for a lot of nudity and sexual humor, drug use and obscenity. 91 minutes

Movie Review: ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

On paper, “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” doesn’t sound like much. Except for a couple of short scenes that take place in a hallway, most of the nearly two-hour film’s action — if that’s even the right word for it — occurs in a room the size of a police interrogation chamber, where the title character has petitioned a tribunal of three Israeli rabbis for a religious divorce, or “gett.” Despite the seemingly uncinematic nature of this inert, even claustrophobic scenario, the film mesmerizes, utterly.

That is in no small measure thanks to Ronit Elkabetz in the title role. The actress, who co-wrote and directed the film with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, makes for a luminous onscreen presence. Despite a part requiring long periods of silence, her character’s emotions are as visible — and as changeable — as clouds passing in the sky.

It should be noted that there’s no such thing as civil divorce in Israel, where, even today, the termination of a marriage cannot be granted — or even enforced, regardless of grounds — without the husband’s consent. This is true for all Israelis, whether secular or religious. Needless to say, this could lead to some potentially Kafka-esque impasses, if a husband refuses to grant his wife a divorce.

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That is exactly the predicament in which Viviane finds herself at the beginning of this startling and powerful tale. For reasons that are initially rather opaque, her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) refuses to accept the dissolution of his loveless 30-year marriage, at times not even showing up for the compulsory hearings. Although Abkarian delivers an obstinate, even malevolent portrayal when his character does deign to answer the court’s summons — over the course of a trial that lasts for years, not months — this is not Elisha’s film. Viviane’s lawyer (Menashe Noy) does most of the talking, but it is Viviane who communicates the film’s central message — a searing indictment of patriarchy — if only with her sadly expressive eyes.

There is, of course, a bit of courtroom drama here and there — even, at times, moments of comedy. The testimony of Viviane and Elisha’s neighbors and relatives, for instance, ranges from the amusing to the melodramatic. Is there something going on between Viviane and her attorney? And is Elisha merely a man of devout, if distorted, principle or a psychotic?

Along with Elisha’s intransigence, the unanswered questions are, at times, maddening. More infuriating, however, is the deadlock that keeps this couple from getting on with their lives. Can this marriage be saved? Are you kidding me? It’s like a rotting corpse that hasn’t been buried yet.

It’s not Viviane who’s on trial in “Gett.” Nor is it Elisha, who’s holding her hostage to some muleheaded notion of propriety. Rather, it’s the system that’s perverse, in the way that it treats wives not like people, but property.

★ ★ ★½

Unrated. Contains some crude language. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with subtitles. 115 minutes.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

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

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

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

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

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

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

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

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

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

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

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

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

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

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

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

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Here’s a prediction for you:

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

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

Anyone want to dispute that?


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

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

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

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

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

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

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

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

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

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

By watcher on 10.01.2017

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

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

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

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

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

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

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

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

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

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

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

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

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

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

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

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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