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Youth Football Teams and Cheer Squads Donate to the UHC Cancer Center to Make an Impact

Bridgeport, WV — Team members from each Bridgeport youth football team and cheer squad visited the Cecil B. Highland & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center recently to donate $500 in support of breast cancer programs at the hospital. 

“We wanted to shed a different light on breast cancer by making an impact on a life that is fighting the disease,“ said Lisa Hinzman, Bridgeport Youth Football Fundraising Coordinator.  “This is really hitting home with many of us on the team as most know somebody affected by cancer.“ 

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Players raised funds through t-shirt sales, old team jersey sales, spirit shop sales at games and very giving parents.  The fund raising project was to help make an impact on those affected with breast cancer, as well as a way to educate the team about the disease. 

Each team also showed their support this season by wearing a pink ribbon on their helmets. The pink ribbon is the nationally-recognized symbol of breast cancer awareness.

“We are incredibly proud of these Bridgeport youngsters and the great partnership they have created with the cancer center,“ said Peggy Johnson, RN, BSN, navigator for breast health.  “Together we are making a difference with the funds they have raised to enhance and expand the navigational services offered at UHC.”

Cheerleader Remembers Normantown’s 1945 Run to Title

As high school state basketball tournament action heats up in Charleston, 87-year-old Morgantown resident and former Normantown High School cheerleader Betty Cross recalls her school’s memorable run to the state title 70 years ago.

In 1945, Normantown High School, a small high school in Gilmer County that only had a little more than 100 students at the time, had a Cinderella season en route to an improbable state title in hoops. Cross, whose maiden name was Betty Jean Whitesel, was one of only two cheerleaders at the school. She fondly recalls her neighbor and one of the players on the team predicting a state tournament victory before the season.

“One of the players who left next to me and I lived in Gilmer County close to the school, and he said to me, Betty Jean, we’re going to win this tournament,” she recalled this week when speaking with MetroNews.

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Much like Hickory High in the famous movie “Hoosiers”, Normantown beat several larger schools on their way to capturing a championship which at that time was played in Morgantown. Cross remembers how large the crowds were that showed up to watch the games, despite a premium on gasoline at the time.

“The gymnasium was filled to overflowing in Glenville when they played the sectional. The same thing in Clarksburg when they played WI in the regional,” Cross said. “And I think they had more people in the fieldhouse in Morgantown at that time for the tournament than there had ever been before.”

The Vikings won three games in Morgantown including two in the same day with the championship coming over Logan.

How was such a tiny school able to pull off a run to a state championship? Cross said that the Normantown Vikings team that year was known for their slow deliberate style of play and cool demeanor on the court.

“They were very stable in their play,” she recalled. “They never went wild or anything, they just contained. They played that slow, controlled type of basketball. And I can’t remember a time where they were flustered.”

Cross said she has fond memories of the championship season, which was her junior year at Normantown. She noted that, remarkably, herself, 9 of the 11 players on the team, the manager, and the other cheerleader, Jean Robert Pitts, were all members of the junior class.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Cheerleading Coach - All Schools

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
Elementary Cheerleading Coach
Glenville Elementary School
Sand Fork Elementary School
Normantown Elementary School
Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600


SUBMIT: Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351


CLOSING DATE:  Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


E15-001-07
Posted: 09-24-14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Cheerleading Basketball Coach

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
                                Elementary Cheerleading Basketball Coach
                                    Glenville Elementary School
                                    Sand Fork Elementary School
                                    Normantown Elementary School
                                    Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.

SALARY: County Supplement - $600

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -  3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-001-04
Posted: 09.16.14

GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts - 08.04.2014 - 08.06.2014 - Starting Today

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GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts - 08.04.2014 - 08.06.2014

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GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

Sports Brief - 07.29.14

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►  GCHS VARSITY CHEER TRYOUTS:  GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

 



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►  MARSHALL-GROOMS DISMISSED:  Marshall has dismissed running back Kevin Grooms following his arrest.

The Marshall athletic department issued a statement saying Grooms was dismissed Saturday for a violation of team rules and policies. The department said it would have no further comment.

Western Regional Jail records show Grooms was charged with domestic assault, burglary, petit larceny and fleeing on foot. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

Last November, Grooms was arrested on domestic battery and obstruction charges and was suspended from the team indefinitely.

Grooms led Marshall as a freshman in 2012 with 737 rushing yards. He ran for 503 yards during an injury-plagued season in 2013.

 



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►  VIKINGS’ RUDOLPH SIGNS EXTENSION:  The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a contract extension on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old Rudolph caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.

“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings. I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal,“ Rudolph said.

The 2012 Pro-Bowl MVP has already racked up 15 scores, ranking him fifth in Vikings history for tight ends.


►  BROWNS’ PINKSTON NOT MEDICALLY CLEARED:  Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared for training camp.

The Browns and Pinkston’s agents released a joint statement Monday, but did not include details about the fourth-year veteran’s condition.

“Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities,“ the statement read. “The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect their wishes to not provide any further details at this time.“

Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011, then battled a blood clot in his lung the following year and played just six games. He sustained a significant ankle sprain during the 2013 preseason and played just three games upon his return in November.


►  REDSKINS SIGN LB BROWN:  The Washington Redskins signed linebacker Everette Brown to an undisclosed deal on Monday.

Brown was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has since appeared in 38 career games with three starts for the Panthers (2009-11), San Diego Chargers (2011-12) and Dallas Cowboys (2013).

Brown, who also spent time on the rosters of the Detroit Lions (2012) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013), has recorded 59 tackles (42 solo) with seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and an interception.

Last season, he appeared in seven games for the Cowboys and notched a sack in his season debut versus Minnesota in Week 9.


►  RAIDERS SIGN DEERING:  The Oakland Raiders signed safety Jeremy Deering on Monday.

Deering was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May before being waived later in the month.

In four seasons at Rutgers, he played in 48 games, seeing action at running back, wide receiver, kick returner and safety. He finished his collegiate career with 130 rushes for 578 yards and two touchdowns, 21 receptions for 415 yards and one touchdown, 41 kickoff returns for 1,100 yards and one touchdown and 45 tackles (28 solo), one interception and one pass defensed.


►  PANTHERS’ WHARTON TO ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT:  Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton will announce his retirement in a press conference at Carolina Panthers training camp on Tuesday.

Wharton was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was a starter for the Panthers for eight seasons before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals prior to the 2012 season.

The 33-year-old blew out his knee in the preseason and did not appear in a regular season game for the Bengals that year.

Wharton returned to the Panthers last season and started 12 games. For his career, Wharton started 111 of 115 games.

 



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►  JUDGE RULES AGAINST DONALD STERLING:  Judge Michael Levanas ruled against Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to prevent the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge favored with Donald Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling on all counts in the tentative ruling, upholding the removal of her husband as trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, on grounds of mental incapacitation.

“We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible,“ the NBA said in a statement.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making offensive racial remarks about African-Americans.

She got authority to remove her husband from the trust that owned the franchise when doctors found out that he had signs of Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to manage his affairs.

Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical examination.

The Donald Sterling ban came after an audio recording in April by TMZ.com surfaced of Sterling scolding his young girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games.


►  LAKERS HIRE BYRON SCOTT AS THEIR NEW COACH:  The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed Byron Scott to a multi-year contract as head coach on Monday.

The former Lakers guard has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $17 million deal to replace Mike D’Antoni in Los Angeles.

“After an extensive and thorough search, we’re proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach,“ said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. “Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward.“

Scott was fired in April 2013 at the end of his third season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He has also coached the Nets and Hornets since a 14-year playing career that included three NBA title runs with the Lakers in the 1980s. Scott has a coaching record of 416-521.

D’Antoni resigned as Lakers coach in April after one of the worst seasons in franchise history and less than 18 months after he was brought in to replace Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season.

Kobe Bryant’s rookie season came with Scott on the floor in his final NBA season with the Lakers. Now, Scott has a chance to coach Bryant.

“I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family,“ said Scott. “I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves.“


►  LAKERS SIGN WESLEY JOHNSON:  The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Wesley Johnson on Monday.

General manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement. Terms of the agreement were not released, although multiple reports have it at just under $1 million for one year.

“I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season,“ Kupchak said.

Johnson, like many other young Lakers last season, had a breakout year playing under former head coach Mike D’Antoni. Johnson averaged career highs with 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while appearing in a team-high 79 contests.

A four-year vet out of Syracuse, Johnson spent his first two seasons with the Timberwolves after they made him the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and a year with the Suns before signing with Los Angeles last offseason.

 



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►  PADRES SHELVE QUENTIN, ACTIVATE GYORKO:  The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list and activated infielder Jedd Gyorko from the DL.

Quentin has a sore left knee and last played Saturday against Atlanta. He has struggled mightily in 50 games this season after starting the year on the DL because of a bruised knee, batting just .177 with four homers and 18 runs batted in.

Gyorko had been sidelined since June 6 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He missed 44 games because of the injury and hit .294 in six games of a rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso after batting just .162 in 56 games for the Padres.

San Diego also optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to El Paso to make room on the 25-man roster for pitcher Jason Lane, who was scheduled to start Monday against the Braves in place of Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has a sore left oblique.

Lane, a former outfielder with the Houston Astros, will make his first big league start as a pitcher. The 37-year-old lefty was 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts for El Paso and made two relief appearances for the Padres in June, surrendering just one hit in 4 1/3 innings.


►  ORIOLES PLACE MCFARLAND ON BEREAVEMENT LIST:  The Baltimore Orioles placed relief pitcher T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list and recalled pitcher Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk.

McFarland, a lefty, has gone 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles this season.

The right-handed Guilmet has posted a 5.23 ERA in 10 games with the Orioles this season, striking out 12 batters and walking two in 10 1/3 innings.


►  CUBS TRADE BARNEY TO DODGERS:  The Chicago Cubs have traded infielder Darwin Barney and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.

Barney was designated for assignment on July 22 after batting .230 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.

The 28-year-old Barney has a career batting average of .244 with 88 doubles, 18 home runs and 146 RBI in 542 games with the Cubs. He won the 2012 National League Gold Glove after tying a major league single-season record with 141- consecutive errorless games at second base.


►  PHILS RELEASE OF GWYNN:  The Philadelphia Phillies released outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. on Monday.

Gwynn had been designated for assignment last Monday.

The 31-year-old hit just .163 with three RBI in 67 games as a reserve outfielder.

His father, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, passed away on June 16.


►  D-BACKS ACTIVATE PACHECO:  The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder/outfielder Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers.

Pacheco is hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a double and two runs scored in eight games for the D-backs since being claimed off waivers from the Rockies on June 12. In 30 games this season between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, he is batting .250 with seven doubles and eight RBI.

Evans hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 18 games for the D-backs this season.


►  RAYS ACTIVATE PERALTA:  The Tampa Bay Rays activated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment on Monday.

Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 games this season.

Bedard went 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for the Rays this season. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.


►  A’S PLACE GENTRY ON DL:  The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand on Monday.

Gentry was batting .264 with 10 RBI and 18 stolen bases over 80 games with the A’s this season. This is Gentry’s second stint on the DL as a lower back strain put him on the shelf at the beginning of the season.

To take Gentry’s spot on the roster, Oakland selected outfielder Billy Burns from Double-A Midland. The A’s will make a move to clear a spot for Burns on the 40-man roster later Monday.


►  CISHEK, DEGROM SHARE NL WEEKLY HONORS:  Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek and New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom have been named co-National League Players of the Week for the period ending July 27.

In five appearances last week, Cishek converted a major league-best five save opportunities. The 28-year-old right-hander fanned eight in five innings of work and allowed just two hits while tying for the major league lead in pitching appearances.

The rookie deGrom tied for the National League lead in wins and innings pitched last week, going 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, allowing one run on 13 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks over two outings.


►  SANTANA EARNS AL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:  Cleveland Indians infielder and designated hitter Carlos Santana was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Santana batted .556 (15-for-27) with three doubles, six homers and 10 RBI on his way to his first career Player of the Week honor and second straight for the Indians—Jason Kipnis won the award last week.

Santana led all hitters in batting average, homers, hits, runs scored (8), total bases (36) and slugging percentage (1.333) for the week

The 28-year-old slugger became the first player this season to hit five home runs in a single series when the Indians lost three out of four games to the Kansas City Royals to end the week.

Houston’s Jose Altuve, Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Sale of the White Sox, Boston’s David Ortiz and Zach Britton of the Orioles were all considered for the award.


►  YANKEES RECALL ALMONTE, DFA FRANCIS:  Before Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment.

Almonte has appeared in 10 games for the Yankees this season, going 4-for-25 with one homer.

The Yankees had acquired Francis from the Oakland Athletics earlier this month. The left-hander went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two relief appearances for New York.


►  ROYALS ACQUIRE KRATZ, HENDRIKS FROM BLUE JAYS FOR VALENCIA:  The Kansas City Royals have acquired catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Danny Valencia.

Valencia hit .282 with two homers and 11 RBI in 36 games for the Royals this season.

Kratz has split time between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo this season. In 34 games for the Jays this year, he hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBI. He was traded to Toronto this offseason from the Phillies’ organization, where he spent three years.

Hendriks made 16 starts for Buffalo this season, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA. The young righty went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto this year.

The Royals will recall infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Catcher Brett Hayes was designated for assignment.

 



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►  MOORE, LATTA NAMED WNBA PLAYERS OF WEEK:  Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore earned her third straight WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week award, the league announced Monday.

Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta was named the Eastern Conference’s best performer for the past week.

Moore averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, helping the Lynx go 3-0 and clinch a playoff berth. In a 112-108 double-overtime win over the Atlanta Dream, Moore scored 48 points, the second-highest total in a game in league history.

Latta averaged 20.3 points in three wins for the Mystics. She also led the East with 5.3 assists per game.

 



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►  BLUE JACKETS RE-SIGN TYRELL:  The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract.

Tyrell was acquired from Tampa Bay in a March 5 trade and has yet to suit up for Columbus. He spent most of the 2013-14 season in the American Hockey League and appeared in seven games for the Lightning.

The 25-year-old Alberta native has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in 132 NHL games, all with the Lightning.


►  RED WINGS SIGN TATAR TO 3-YEAR DEAL:  The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Tomas Tatar to a three-year contract on Monday.

Tatar, 23, had 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games for the Red Wings last season. He ranked second on the team in goals and third with a plus-12 rating.

In 100 career games, all with Detroit, the Slovakian has registered 24 goals and 47 points.


►  MAPLE LEAFS BRING IN WINNIK:  The Maple Leafs signed Toronto native Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract on Monday.

The 29-year-old forward set career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while playing 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.

For his career, Winnik has totaled 49 goals and 101 assists in 490 games with Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim.

 



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►  CLARK MOVES INSIDE TOP 100 OF WORLD RANKINGS:  Tim Clark earned his first victory in four years at the Canadian Open on Sunday, and that win moved him inside the top 100 of this week’s world rankings.

Clark birdied five of his last eight holes to rally past third-round leader Jim Furyk and earn his second career win on the PGA Tour. His first win came at the 2010 Players Championship.

With that victory, Clark vaulted 78 places up the rankings from 153rd to 75th.

The top five players in the rankings remained the same, with Adam Scott maintaining the top spot ahead of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

Furyk’s third runner-up finish of the season jumped him up two spots to eighth, causing Jason Day and Tiger Woods to each drop a place and they sit at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson maintained their positions from 11th through 14th.

Hideki Matsuyama moved up a pair of slots to 15th, while Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell both fell a spot to 16th and 17th. Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Steve Stricker all held firm to round out the top 20.


►  NOT MUCH CHANGE IN WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS THIS WEEK:  With the International Crown in action last week, there was barely any change to this week’s women’s world rankings.

Stacy Lewis, who was a member of the United States team that was eliminated after the third round of the International Crown, remains in the No. 1 slot, followed by Lydia Ko and Korean team member Inbee Park.

Suzann Pettersen remained at No. 4, Lexi Thompson is still No. 5 and this year’s U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie stayed put at No. 6. Karrie Webb, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Cristie Kerr rounded out the top 10.

Anna Nordqvist, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas, Amy Yang, Jessica Korda and Catriona Matthew are 11 through 17 respectively, the same spots they were in last week.

The first change in the top 20 was at 18 and 19. Sun Ju Ahn and Na Yeon Choi swapped spots with Ahn taking over at No. 18 and Choi dropping a spot to No. 19. Rounding out the top 20 is Azahara Munoz, who is No. 20 for another week.

Julie Greciet, who earned her first LET victory at the Sberbank Golf Masters in the Czech Republic on Sunday, jumped 163 spots from No. 346 to No. 183.

 



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►  PAUL MILLSAP ADDED TO U.S. TEAM:  Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap was added to the men’s national team on Sunday.

USA Basketball made the announcement a day before the team begins preparations for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Las Vegas.

Millsap was added after star forwards Kevin Love and Blake Griffin recently withdrew.

 



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►  GINEPRI ADVANCES IN D.C.:  Veteran American Robby Ginepri was an easy first-round winner Monday at the $1.4 million Citi Open tennis event.

The qualifier and 31-year-old Florida native got past Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

The one-time world No. 15 Ginepri is rewarded with a match against top-seeded Czech star Tomas Berdych.

An all-American affair saw Tim Smyczek douse qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-0, while France’s Benoit Paire took out Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-0.

In another all-American matchup, Rajeev Ram outlasted Jared Donaldson by a 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5 score. American Donald Young moved on with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Yuichi Sugita of Japan.

Other first-round wins came from Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, Slovak Lukas Lacko, Russian Evgeny Donskoy and Australians Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic.

Three-time champion Juan Martin del Potro, who is not defending his title this year, beat two-time runner-up John Isner in last year’s D.C. finale.

The top seeds this week are the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych and rising Canadian Milos Raonic.

This week’s U.S. Open Series winner will earn $316,400.


►  KUZNETSOVA WINS D.C. OPENER:  Former top-five star Svetlana Kuznetsova was an easy first-round winner Monday at the Citi Open, a U.S. Open Series tennis event.

The sixth-seeded Russian and two-time Grand Slam champion routed Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

Third-seeded Alize Cornet of France was upset by American wild card Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, and seventh-seeded American Madison Keys was also an early casualty on Monday as she suffered a 7-5, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Japan’s Kurumi Nara.

In the last match of the evening, eighth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea outlasted Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Meanwhile, American Vania King drubbed Canadian wild card Francoise Abanda 6-2, 6-0.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend bounced back from a first-set loss to nab a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over German Julia Goerges, and Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win over American qualifier Tornado Alicia Black.

Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata whipped American Alison Riske 6-0, 7-5.

Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova beat German Andrea Petkovic in last year’s finale to capture her second straight title in the nation’s capital.

The top seed this week is Czech Lucie Safarova.

The 2014 D.C. champion will claim $43,000.


►  AUSTRIA’S THIEM ADVANCES ON HOME SOIL:  Heavy Austrian crowd favorite Dominic Thiem was a hard-fought opening-round winner Monday at the Kitzbuhel Cup tennis event.

The fifth-seeded 20-year-old outlasted Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 40 minutes on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium. Heavy rain delayed play for about an hour after the second set.

In the second game of the match, Souza walked off the court after being warned by the chair umpire for taking too much time between serves.

Souza sat on his chair for several minutes, but decided to continue after the umpire refused to call the supervisor.

Meanwhile, Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez upset eighth-seeded rising Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Also on Day 1, Spaniard Pere Riba handled German Dustin Brown 7-6 (8-6), 7-5; Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer topped wild card fellow countryman Gerald Melzer 6-2, 7-6 (7-1); Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas overcame Croatian qualifier Viktor Galovic 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2; and Czech Jiri Vesely dismissed German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4.

The top seeds in Kitzbuhel are German 2012 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber and Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who is the reigning champion. Granollers beat Argentine former champion Juan Monaco in last year’s finale.

This week’s winner will claim $104,000.

 



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►  NINE SET TO GO IN WEST VIRGINIA DERBY:  Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s in Trouble heads a field of nine 3-year-olds for Saturday’s 45th running of the 1 1/8- mile, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park.

Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar’s in Trouble will start from post 4 with Alan Garcia aboard the colt for the first time.

Vicar’s in Trouble, trained by Mike Maker, comes into Saturday’s race off a third-place finish behind Jessica’s Star in the Iowa Derby on May 31. The colt began the year by winning the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds followed by a third in the track’s Risen Star Stakes.

After his victory in the Louisiana Derby, Vicar’s in Trouble finished last in the 19-horse Kentucky Derby. He has three wins and three thirds in seven lifetime starts for $813,900.

Candy Boy, trained by John Sadler, has drawn the outside post in the nine- horse field with Corey Nakatani back to ride the colt for the first time since the debut start more than 11 months ago.

Owned by C R K Stable, Candy Boy was second to Shared Belief four weeks ago in the Los Alamitos Derby. The colt won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes to begin the year and was third behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby. Candy Boy was sent off at 9-1 but could do no better than 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

Candy Boy has two wins and three seconds in nine career starts for $525,600.

Here is the field for the West Virginia Derby from the rail out: Key for Success, Rex Stakes; For Goodness Sake. Brian Hernandez Jr.; Classic Giacnroll, Kendrick Carmouche; Vicar’s in Trouble, Alan Garcia; Tapiture, Rosie Napravnik; Gold Appointment, Rex Stokes; Divine View, Kerwin Clark; Only I Know, Christian Pilares and Candy Boy, Corey Nakatani.


►  PALACE MALICE LEADS POLL HEADING INTO WHITNEY:  Palace Malice, undefeated in four starts this season, tops the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll going into Saturday’s Whitney Invitational at Saratoga.

Owned by Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice received 32 first-place votes from the 38 cast and has 373 points for a 50-point lead. The 4-year-old colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, is expected to be favored for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney.

“It’s a huge race,“ Pletcher said. “The horse is doing fantastic. He’s off to a great start this year, and we’re just hoping for more of the same from him. He’s been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the way he ran here the last two years, so we’re excited about the Whitney.“

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is back in training at Saratoga and is probable to start in the coming weeks. Trained by Charlie LoPresti for Morton Fink, Wise Dan has five top votes and 323 points for second behind Palace Malice.

“I’m not trying to set him down to make the Fourstardave,“ said LoPresti. “If he just jumps up and is dragging us around and acting like he has to run, we’ll run. If he doesn’t run in the Fourstardave (Aug. 9), maybe he’ll run in the Bernard Baruch (Aug. 30). He’s been through a lot. I’m sure there will be people that say, ‘That wasn’t one of his blistering works, he’s not the old Wise Dan.‘ He had colic surgery nine weeks ago; I wouldn’t want him to do something like that, and I wouldn’t make him do something like that.“

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is third with a single first-place vote and 283 points.

Leading older female Close Hatches is fourth with 200 points followed by Game On Dude (132), Haskell winner Bayern (126), Shared Belief (109), Jim Dandy champ Wicked Strong (98), 3-year-old filly Untapable (85) and Lea (71).

The National Poll continues through the Breeders’ Cup on November 01.

 

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
Philadelphia at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, SNY, DSS
Arizona at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM - FS-Arizona, Ohio, DSS
Washington at Miami, 7:10 PM - MASN2, FS-Florida, DSS
Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, WGN (America), DSS
Atlanta at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - SportSouth, SportsNet LA, MLB Network, DSS
St. Louis at San Diego, 10:10 PM - FS-Midwest, San Diego, DSS
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, CSN-Bay, MLB Net, DSS


American League
LA Angels at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - FS-West, MASN, DSS
Seattle at Cleveland, 7:05 PM - ROOT-Northwest, SportsTime Ohio, DSS
Chicago WSox at Detroit, 7:08 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-Detroit, DSS
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 PM - SNET, NESN, DSS
NY Yankees at Texas, 8:05 PM - FS1
Oakland at Houston, 8:10 PM - CSN-California, Houston, DSS
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 PM - FS-North, Kansas City, DSS


Interleague
Milwaukee at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM - FS-Wisconsin, SunSports, DSS


WNBA
Connecticut at Atlanta, 12:00 PM - SportSouth, NBA TV
Washington at New York, 7:00 PM - MSG, NBA TV
Chicago at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - ESPN 2
Seattle at Tulsa, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television
Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - ESPN 2


International Soccer
EuroAmerican Cup: Universidad Catolica vs. Valencia CF, 7:55 PM - beIN Sport

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WVSSAC Works to Improve Athlete Safety

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The WVSSAC Sports Medicine Committee is continuing discussions on health and safety related issues for student athletes in member high and middle schools. The committee, consisting of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, physical therapist and chiropractors meets several times each year.

The WVSSAC has been a national leader in developing the return-to-play protocol for athletes who have been identified with signs or symptoms of a concussion. The committee has turned its attention to developing a template for schools to review their emergency action plans during interscholastic activities.

This emergency action plan would include sudden cardiac arrest awareness and the use of AED’s.  Dr. Greg Elkins of Hamlin, a member of the National Federation of High School State Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, as well as the WVSSAC Sports Medicine Committee, said, “The development and implementation of emergency action plans (EAPs) for interscholastic practices and games is extremely important for us in West Virginia where very few schools have athletic trainers for all sports. Understanding and practicing what to do in an emergency can decrease the time before treatment is started which has been proven to save lives.”

Gary Ray, SSAC Executive Director said, “We need to provide the leadership to ensure that our student athletes and fans attending the games are as safe as possible. This committee is invaluable in researching and recommending the necessary direction to provide a safe environment. Any activity has inherent risks but with the assistance of these medical professionals we hope to minimize that risk”.

Recently the Sports Medicine Committee developed guidelines for heat and hydration and reviewed the annual physical exam forms to include information to parents about concussions. The committee is studying the impact of the new program implemented by U.S.A. Youth Football, “Heads Up Football,” which hopes to change coaching techniques, as well as player and parent attitudes towards football safety at all youth levels.

Dr. Dan Martin, Professor of Exercise Science and Athletic Training at West Virginia Wesleyan College, annually collects data from member schools to examine the nature and severity of interscholastic related injuries during competition and practice. This information helps the committee to discuss potential high risk behaviors and recommend changes to the rules governing sports activities.

Ray said, “This may well be the most important committee that serves the WVSSAC. Without their leadership and dedication, we could not be able to provide coaches, officials, school administrators, athletes and parents the most updated information regarding sports related health and safety issues”.

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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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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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