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Small Town Monsters working on new film about Flatwoods Monster

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A new film aims to tell the true story behind what happened in a rural, West Virginia town when a group of terrified locals encountered a monstrous being just moments after seeing strange objects in the sky.

“The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear” is a new documentary from director, Seth Breedlove, which will unlock a decades-old mystery that included a government-ordered military examination of a purported alien crash-site, and multiple UFOs seen by countless residents of Braxton County, West Virginia. In the years since their brush with the “Flatwoods Monster”, witnesses have seen their story evolve from a terrifying, true-life event to little more than a fable. Two of the remaining witnesses will set the record straight when the film is released on April 6th.

The “Flatwoods Monster incident” has become one of the most famous legends in modern memory. However, with the Pentagon now opening up about UFO investigations dating back to the 1940’s, the incident can be seen in a new light. In September of 1952 hundreds of people across the United States witnessed glowing objects streak across the skies over much of the Eastern Seaboard. One of the objects in question was seen to land on a hill near the small community of Flatwoods by a group of children. The children and two adults made a journey to the top of the hill to search for the object but instead found themselves face to face with a thirteen foot tall mechanical monster. Later that same evening a branch of the local National Guard unit would be dispatched by Air Force officials to investigate the site of the encounter.

The film, which was shot over the course of eight months between July of 2017 and January, 2018, will also be part of a crowd-funding campaign that has launched.


The film is being released by the award-winning, Small Town Monsters production company, who are responsible for last Spring’s, “The Mothman of Point Pleasant” another documentary centered around a well-known West Virginia legend. The film features an original score composed by Brandon Dalo and cinematography by Zachary Palmisano with special FX by Santino Vitale and fully animated sequences by Chris Scalf.

The Flatwoods Monster will be released on DVD and Amazon next April with a wider digital release planned thereafter. Plans are in place to screen the movie prior to it’s release at HorrorHound Cincinnati, being held March 23-25 . The official premiere will be held at the Elk Theater in Sutton, on April 07 with members of the Small Town Monsters crew taking part in a Q&A following the showing.

To learn more about the movie click HERE.

GSC Theater Performing ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ February 22-23

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Students in Glenville State College’s theater program will be performing ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ as their first full show of the spring 2018 semester.

The performance will run for two evenings, Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

‘Secondary Cause of Death,’ is a murder mystery parody where the audience can imagine the game of Clue brought to life with cases of mistaken identity, accidental murders, explosions, a Nazi invasion, and more. Featured in the play is Colonel Charles Craddock who, despite his large house and assumed wealth, is in need of extra income. For additional cash the Colonel operates a bed and breakfast that also hosts murder mysteries out of his home. Craddock hires the sister of a famed amateur sleuth to entertain his diverse group of guests. Laughter and puzzling twists await audiences of this performance.

The cast includes Joshua Smith as Count Puchlik, Chase Rakes as Colonel Charles Craddock, Shiann Smith as Nurse Ann Parsley, Catherine Chambers as Lady Isadora Pollock, Heather Salsbury as Inspector Pratt, Angie Burgess as Martha Armstrong, Victoria Guillory as Lily Tuthill, Brittany Benson as Captain Henrietta, and Katie Miller as Cynthia Maple.

The play will be presented in the President’s Auditorium in the Heflin Administration Building. Admission is free for GSC students with a valid ID and $3.00 for general admission. The play is rated PG-13 for some suggestive dialog.

For more information about the performance, contact GSC Professor of Communications Dennis Wemm at or 304.462.6323.

WV documentary “Heroin(e)” nominated for Oscar

“Heroin(e),“ the Netflix documentary that highlighted Huntington’s weaknesses as well as its strengths, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.

The film was released in September, giving the world an inside look at how the city is fighting back against its drug problem.

The film is up against four other documentaries: “Edith and Eddie,“ “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,“ “Knife Skills” and “Traffic Stop.“

The documentary follows the lives of three women — Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, Cabell County Family Court Judge Patricia Keller and Necia Freeman, a Realtor who organizes a ministry for sex workers — as they work to aid their community that has been forever altered by the opioid epidemic.

While the drug crisis is not unique to Huntington, the film has highlighted Huntington’s distinctive response, which is shown through the compassion of the three women.

It is because of their different approach on a relatable issue that the film has garnered national attention.

The film is directed by West Virginia native Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

The 2018 Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be awarded Sunday, March 04, with the ceremony airing live at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

AMERICA’S SECRET UFO PAST UNCOVERED IN NEW FILM

New documentary about the fabled “Flatwoods Monster” of West Virginia to be released next April

A new film aims to tell the true story behind what happened in a rural, West Virginia town when a group of terrified locals encountered a monstrous being just moments after seeing strange objects in the sky. The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear is a new documentary from director, Seth Breedlove, which will unlock a decades-old mystery that included a government-ordered military examination of a purported alien crash-site, and multiple UFOs seen by countless residents of Braxton County, WV. In the years since their brush with the “Flatwoods Monster”, witnesses have seen their story evolve from a terrifying, true-life event to little more than a fable. Two of the remaining witnesses will set the record straight when the film is released on April 6th.

The “Flatwoods Monster incident” has become one of the most famous legends in modern memory. However, with the Pentagon now opening up about UFO investigations dating back to the 1940’s, the incident can be seen in a new light. In September of 1952 hundreds of people across the United States witnessed glowing objects streak across the skies over much of the Eastern Seaboard. One of the objects in question was seen to land on a hill near the small community of Flatwoods, West Virginia by a group of children. The children and two adults made a journey to the top of the hill to search for the object but instead found themselves face to face with a thirteen foot tall mechanical monster. Later that same evening a branch of the local National Guard unit would be dispatched by Air Force officials to investigate the site of the encounter.

The film, which was shot over the course of eight months between July of 2017 and January, 2018, will also be part of a crowd-funding campaign launching this Thursday night at 7pm EST. Members of the film crew will be taking part in a Facebook Live Q&A and radio show the same night. The film is being released by the award-winning, Small Town Monsters production company, who are responsible for last Spring’s, “The Mothman of Point Pleasant”; another documentary centered around a well-known West Virginia legend. The film features an original score composed by Brandon Dalo and cinematography by Zachary Palmisano with special FX by Santino Vitale and fully animated sequences by Chris Scalf.

The Flatwoods Monster will be released on DVD and Amazon next April with a wider digital release planned thereafter. Plans are in place to screen the movie prior to it’s release at HorrorHound Cincinnati, being held March 23-25th, 2018 . The official premiere will be held at the Elk Theater in Sutton, WV on April 7th with members of the Small Town Monsters crew taking part in a Q&A following the showing.

To learn more about the movie, as well as other “STM” productions visit http://smalltownmonsters.com

 

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 www.facebook.com/mhcpittsuburgh.

Staff writer Mary Stortstrom can be reached at 304.263.8931 x 138 or twitter.com/mstortstromJN.

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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?”

Yuck.

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.

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

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

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

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

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

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

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

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

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

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

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

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

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

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

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

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

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

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

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

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

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

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

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

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

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

By Good on 06.21.2018

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

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

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

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

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

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

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

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If true, this would be great news!

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

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

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

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Interesting chart.

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

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

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

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

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

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

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

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

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

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

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

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

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

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

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

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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