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G-FYI™: Changes Made in Way Judges, Magistrates Are Elected

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A big change is in store for voters who head to the polls in May. The Primary Election, to be held on Tuesday, May 10, has traditionally been about political parties choosing their party nominees to face off in the November General Election.

For many offices this is still the case, but it is no longer true when it comes to the election of our judges from the State Supreme Court of Appeals to local magistrates.

As a result of changes in the state code enacted by the West Virginia Legislature last year, all judicial seats are now non-partisan. That is one big change in that it means that our judges will be elected in May as opposed to November.

Another change that resulted from the legislation is that circuit judges and magistrates will be elected by division. In Gilmer County one circuit judge will be elected from division one and one from division two. The same is true with magistrates, one will be elected in division one and another in division two.  A division is not a geographical district but is a position.

Traditionally multiple candidates might have run for these positions and the top vote getters from the group would be elected to the positions. This is no longer the case. With two circuit court divisions and two magistrate court divisions in Gilmer County the candidate with the top vote in each division will be elected.

Based on the filings for the office of circuit judge, both Judge Richard Facemire in division one and Judge Jack Alsop in division two will be re-elected as neither has any opposition. The same is true of Magistrate Carol L. Wolfe. No one filed to run against her in division one and as such she is running unopposed.

Incumbent Magistrate Alton L. Skinner II is being challenged for the division two position by Clarissa G. Ferrell and Pam Cutlip. The division two winner for magistrate will be the top vote getter in the race between Skinner, Ferrell and Cutlip.

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Judicial Circuit 14, Division 2 has 2 candidates filed:  Judge Jack Alsop and Hiram “Buck” Lewis IV.  Only one candidate will be elected in May.

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Happy Golden Anniversary to Don and Carol Beamer

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“Don and Carol Beamer, formerly of Glenville, recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at their home in Alton, Virginia.

They were married on December 31, 1965 in Sutton, WV in a small ceremony at the home of a local preacher.

Don and Carol’s marriage has been blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

They fondly recall their family and friends in West Virginia and would like to thank all who wished them well on their Golden Anniversary.

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools Closing 2 Hours Early  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

 

Please Send us your closings and delays:  ‘tellus@gilmerfreepress.net’  or   304.462.8700

CommunityConcerns™: Can Glenville State College Survive Its Downward Enrollment Trend?

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Glenville State College’s continued existence is vital to Gilmer County and central West Virginia. There is controversy about GSC’s enrollment.  GSC’s officials tend to cite enrollment to be approximately 2,000 students.

The GFP obtained enrollment information from West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) for the College’s full time equivalents (FTEs) from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2014. FTEs are defined as the total credit hours taken by all students divided by 15. 

Headcounts normally cited by officials represent all students who sign up for any number of credits to be as small as one credit per semester. This accounting method results in higher enrollments being reported.

FTEs are used by the WV Legislatures to compare enrollments at the State’s colleges and universities.  The approach was decided on to have a standard measure for comparisons relating to a student load of 15 credits considered to equate to being a full-time student.

Total operational money taken in by institutions correlates to the total credit hours paid for by all students to make FTEs more meaningful than simple head counts.  The following graph published by the HEPC is an example of a picture being better than 1,000 words to express GSC’s FTE trend.

Credit Enrollment: Glenville State College
Fall Headcount

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The FTE value for the fall of 2015 was estimated from sources to be 1251. By using that value FTEs from the fall of 2010 (1474) to the fall of 2015 (1251), GSC’s enrollment declined 15.1% over the past five years. If more accurate information is available from the HEPC for the fall of 2015 it should be used to revise the graph.

The often asked question is what are the FTEs for those who take courses on GSC’s Glenville campus?  Also, there is a question about how much students at the federal prison contribute to GSC’s FTEs? If those students are included what is the FTE trend if they were not included?

Glenville State College: Degrees/Certificates Conferred
AY 2010 through AY 2014

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Based on the understanding of available FTE information GSC’s enrollment is dwindling rapidly. What is being done to reverse the trend to shore up GSC’s chances for survival while there is increasing competition among WV’s institutions of higher learning to recruit from declining numbers of WV’s college bound?

Fall-to-Fall Retention in HEPC Institutions
First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen
% of Cohort Returning Following Fall

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Dr. Barr and GSC’s Board of Governors deserve credit for implementing the Hidden Promise Scholar Program that is providing educational opportunities for WV’s students. The challenge is what can be done in addition to ensure that GSC survives?

Promises without results, rosy scenarios to convey that everything at GSC is fine without the existence of verifiable information to back up the accuracy of assessments, and rhetoric will not save the College.
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The best we can tell the FTE count was 1474 the fall of 2010.

It fell to 1251 for the fall of 2015.

The decline of 223 is a 15.1% decrease of FTEs in five years.

The development does not mesh with GSC’s claim that everything is just fine.

If the FTE decline interpretation is incorrect GSC can change it. Accurate information is hard to come by on the hill.

By Concerned GSC Faculty  on  02.08.2016

How did Dr. Barr come up with his “GSC has increased enrollment of over 400 students in the past ten years” statement?

Is this headcount, FTEs or what?

The community hears that approximately 300 inmates at the federal prison signed up for classes.

That aids in getting money for GSC and the prisoner deserve to be educated, but is the arrangement one GSC can take credit for through excellent recruiting or is it based more on proximity to the prison?

There certainly won’t be a 24 to 1 benefit to cost ratio to WV for GSC’s educating prisoners, but with the long sentences most of them will be residing in WV for a long time.

By Roy Posey  on  02.08.2016

After hearing denial that the FTE information was bogus it was checked.

Go on Mozilla and search——Glenville State College full time equivalent trend 2010-2014,

Click on Enrollment-WVNET where GSC is mentioned.

Click on the 2010-2014 white box for #12 in the orange section to access the FTE graph.

Other information could be checked too.

The information was published by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission and it is official.

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City of Glenville Police Report - January 2016

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - January 2016
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and Improper Display N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning Issued for Speeding  and Cited for No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt Warning Issued for No Proof of Insurance and Arrested for Driving while Suspended 3rd Offense N. Lewis Street
Loose Dog Complaint Huffman Unable to locate dog Center Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning issued for No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
DOS Huffman Unattended Death, Death notification delivered to Webster County Sheriff’s Department to be delivered to next of Kin Academy Drive.
Diesel Fuel in Roadway Huffman Fire Department had already contacted DOH and were taking care of Traffic control W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Garrett Criminal Investigation Started Sunoco
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Inmate Transport Huffman/Williams Transported inmate from CRJ to Circuit Court for Sentencing Flatwoods
Warrant Service Huffman/Williams Warrant Served female transferred to CRJ custody at courthouse Magistrate Court
Assist EMS Garrett Lifting Assistance River Street
To Fast for Roadway Conditions Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist GSC Public Safety Garrett Assisted Public Safety with a room Search Goodwin Hall
Alarm Investigation Huffman/Williams Everything ok Employee didn’t get alarm turned off in time Calhoun Banks
Speak to an officer Huffman/Williams Wanted to discuss a civil matter McDonalds
Parking Complaint Garrett Owner was located and vehicle was moved W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Garrett CI Started for Stolen License Plate W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted Sheriffs Department with Active Domestic Vanhorn Dr.
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Ok owner was having trouble with key pad Ramsey Associates
Speak to an Officer Huffman Spoke to female about the issue she was having with a rooster advised her to contact her landlord and see if they would block the area where the rooster was getting in under her house W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman/Williams Accident Report Completed Warning Issued for failure to Maintain Control N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject about damage to her truck done by stray cats incident report filed for insurance purposes Howard Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning for Defective Equipment and Cited for failure to produce operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Welfare check Garrett Located female and transported her back to callers residence W. Main Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Garrett Accident Report Completed Howard Street
Stop Sign Violation Huffman Cited for Stop Sign Violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration, Failure to Produce Operators, and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Ok Owner didn’t get the alarm shut off in time W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP and GCSO on Active Domestic Elm Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Garrett Vehicle Unlocked Nursing Home
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited for talking on a Cellphone while driving and No Seatbelt Warning Issued for Failure to Carry operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited for Talking on Cellphone while driving and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist WVSP Huffman/Williams Deployed K9 for vehicle Search Dollar General
Remove a Subject Garrett Subject left residence without incident Dolliver Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Intoxicated Subject Huffman/Williams Located Subject on Walnut St and transported him to the Conrad Motel Walnut Street
Assist another Agency Huffman/Williams Assisted WVSP and GCSD with an Active domestic one female was arrested by GCSD Rocky Fork
Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Cited for Stop sign Violation and Failure to Produce Operators Walnut Street

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 02.05.16 - Today

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION  
AGENDA for REGULAR MEETING
February 05, 2016, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse – Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


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


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS


IV. APPOINTMENTS

              10:00 Historical Society Committee-Discuss Holt House


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

              3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations: 

                    a)  Board Seats open on the:

                          i. Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation

                          ii. Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center

              4)  Budget Revisions

              5)  Budget Control Report-None

              6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

              7)  Approve County Commission Minutes-None

              8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes: 

                    a)  Gilmer County Board of Health minutes-December 07, 2015

                    b)  WesMonTy RC & D Board of Directors minutes-November 17, 2015


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              a)  Levy request from: Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department and Gilmer County Ambulance Authority

              b)  WV Risk Pool Insurance Proposal for FY2016-2017


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

              a)  Proposed Settlement of Estate of Willard F. Cottrill

              b) Set Board of Review and Equalization

              c)  Resolution for Records Management and Preservation Board Grant


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X.    ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING:  February 19, 2016

4-H Stories From The Heart

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Many amazing 4-H stories are “out there” just waiting to be written up so they can be shared with future 4-H’ers and long-time supporters. The task force is eager to have ALL STATES represented in the upcoming volume of “More 4-H Stories From The Heart”. Please email or call the Gilmer County Extension Office at 304.462.7061, if you are interest in authoring a story.  In turn, the task force will contact interested individuals with additional details about submitting a story for consideration.

  • We want stories of 1,000 words or less that are inspiring, funny, “tear jerkers”, and more. (1,000 words is about two typed pages if single-spaced. If someone is speaking, 1,000 words will fill about 10 minutes.)

  • We want heartfelt stories that document 4-H’s positive impact on your life or the life of someone close to you.

  • Stories written in first person are usually best.

The Taskforce cannot promise all stories submitted will be used. Selected stories will be edited for “readability”, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Authors of selected stories will be asked to review and provide written permission to use the edited version of their story.

Proceeds from eventual book sales will be used to create an endowment for the National 4-H Hall of Fame to assure this valuable recognition will continue long into the future. However, the book is not just about fundraising. We also want to document the impact 4-H has had on thousands of young people, volunteers, staff and donors. These stories “from the heart” do an excellent job of explaining why 4-H has been and continues to be the best youth development program in the world.

Current 4-H’ers, alumni, faculty, and staff are all invited to submit stories. If you or anybody is interested, they can send me an e-mail at call the Gilmer County Extension Office at 304.462.7061 and the task force will contact them with additional details.

Please help us recruit potential authors.

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Moody’s Downgrades Glenville State College’s (WV) 2011A Bonds to B1; Outlook Negative

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Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the rating on Glenville State College’s (GSC) 2011A lease-backed bonds to B1 with a negative outlook from Ba2.

The downgrade results from a substantial deterioration in operating performance and liquidity, with very limited remaining cash on hand.

The downgrade also reflects expectations of ongoing financial pressure resulting from softening student demand, diminishing state funding, and a relatively inflexible expense base.

The B1 rating further incorporates the university’s high leverage, with a complex debt structure, including the potential for debt acceleration.

Debt service on the 2011A bonds is subject to annual appropriation and the lease agreement can be easily terminated. Given financial and market challenges, the debt structure heightens the risk that the college will be unable to make debt service payments.

The B1 rating favorably incorporates the role Glenville State plays in meeting state educational and economic development policy objectives in a relatively rural region of West Virginia (Aa1 negative) and oversight by the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). HEPC (Aa3 stable) has provided extraordinary support to some other universities during periods of financial distress.


Rating Outlook

The outlook remains negative based on expectations of ongoing operating volatility, potentially leading to further deterioration in flexible reserves and weaker coverage of debt.


Factors that Could Lead to an Upgrade

  •  Sustained improvement in student demand and operations

  •  Significant growth in spendable cash and investments providing stronger coverage to debt and operations


Factors that Could Lead to a Downgrade

  •  Failure to balance operations and stabilize cash flow in FY 2016 and beyond

  •  Any acceleration of bank debt or failure to make debt service payments

  •  Continued weakening in student demand and weaker occupancy of housing

  •  Disruption or material reductions in state funding


Legal Security

The 2011A bonds are secured by a limited pledge and payable from lease rental payments made by GSC to the Glenville State Housing Corporation. Payments are subject to annual appropriation by the college, which can cancel the Lease Agreement by providing the Corporation 30 days notice. In this case, the college has no constitutional or statutory obligation to make payments following the cancellation of this agreement. These bonds are effectively subordinated to the privately placed bank debt which holds security interests in various revenue streams. The bonds are additionally secured by a deed of trust on the project, which has a lease term of 99 years. There is no debt service reserve fund.


Obligor Profile

Glenville State College is a small, regional public college located in central West Virginia, between Charleston and Morgantown. The college had fall 2015 enrollment of 1,251 full-time equivalent students and FY 2015 operating revenue of $22 million.


Methodology

The principal methodology used in this rating was Global Higher Education published in November 2015. An additional methodology used in this rating was The Fundamentals of Credit Analysis for Lease-Backed Municipal Obligations published in December 2011. Please see the Ratings Methodologies page onwww.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.


Regulatory Disclosures

For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody’s rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the credit rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular credit rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider’s credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.

Regulatory disclosures contained in this press release apply to the credit rating and, if applicable, the related rating outlook or rating review.

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Please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on www.moodys.com for additional regulatory disclosures for each credit rating.

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Another devastating coffin nail for GSC and central WV!

Moody’s disclosed that GSC’s full-time student numbers (FTEs) are 1251. This ends the game playing with GSC’s claims of enrollment near 2000.

FTE’s are used as standard measures instead of headcounts. College officials like to cite head counts because they are always larger than FTEs to make enrollments look rosier.

One FTE equates to 15 hours of credit taken and total FTEs determine how much money is taken in from all students from enrollment.

What more proof is needed to conclude that GSC is in serious trouble and its administrators failed Gilmer County and Central WV?

Saving GSC if the prison came in was one of many broken promises those in power made when they were lobbying to get the prison located in Gilmer County.

The question more than ever is what is being done to save GSC? Can it be done with the same management including the existing Board of Governors?

By GSC Needs New Maganegent  on  02.03.2016

Many GSC Alum have seen this for years.
Nothing new here.
Because of political correctness no one speaks out.

By same o same o  on  02.03.2016

Alumni who keep track of GSC’s news know the following facts.

+ There was an earlier Moody’s report to give GSC an undesirable bond rating for money borrowed for the new construction because there was uncertainty that the debt could be repaid.

+ An official on the outside team that gave GSC accreditation the last time reported afterwards that accreditation should have been denied because of the College’s unfixed problems.

+ The recent Charleston audit report on financial waste contained verification that GSC was one of two WV colleges identified as candidates for closing.

+ Today’s GFP posting verified that Moody’s had downgraded GSC’s bond rating again to a more undesirable B1 to prove that the financial status is worsening.

+ Moody’s stated that causes of the alarming B1 rating related to cash flow problems from inadequate enrollment and GSC’s new construction not being filled to produce adequate funds to repay bond debt.

Citizens know that when the County Commission authorized GSC to take on the bond debt a default would cause a foreclosure.

With foreclosure the lending bank would assume ownership of the new construction paid for with bond money authorized by the County.

GSC’s problems are not going to go away without significant redirection to keep the it open.

Recruiters from other WV colleges and universities are fully aware of GSC’s predicament.

They will use the bad information to lure students away to worsen the College’s enrollment problems to make the financial status more of a crisis than it is today.

GSC’s administrators owe the County and central WV an immediate action plan for solving the College’s problems while there is still time for corrective actions.

Effective leadership capable of solving the problems needs to emerge at the College and it cannot be directed to temporary band aids.

By Mad Alumni  on  02.03.2016

Has the recent spurt of new apartment construction around town cut down on numbers of students not staying in GSC’s housing?

It could be that students share costs of the privately owned apartments instead of staying in campus housing.

Would someone check this out? Maybe direct competition with the College is hurting it by cutting off cash coming in for student housing.

Something is happening. Citizens hear that the College let 20-30 employees go to make up for recent budget cuts imposed by the State.

The State’s budget cuts alone do not explain why the B1 bond downgrade occurred when employees were laid off to compensate for the funding loss.

Dr. Barr could help clear up confusion by explaining reasons for the B1 downgrade.

By Keep Digging  on  02.03.2016

When the College’s officials gave their hard sell for authorization of County bond money for student housing they claimed that it was needed to take care of overflow from Pickens Hall.

Soon as the new dorm went in Pickens Hall went unused so what caused the planning problem?

Pickens Hall could have been remodeled for a fraction of the cost of the new dorm.

Estimates were that the costs would not have exceeded $10,000,000.

The new dorm’s cost was close to $30,000,000 in bond money. Do the math.

By Do The Math  on  02.03.2016

With the cash flow as tight as has been rumored, would you expect ‘rob peter to pay paul’ be the order of the day?

Keep an eye on the scholarship money now.

You can tell the FTE’s have been dropping the past couple years because of the lessening of the campus parking issues too.

Next will have iron bars, chain link and razor wire around Pickens Hall for the new arrivals in order to pay those bills?

By need more lipstick  on  02.03.2016

GSC has a credibility problem in addition to its staggering financial woes.

Remember GSC’s promises about 24/7 health care at Minnie Hamilton in the Waco Center?

Soon as bond money was authorized by the County Commission for the move from MH’s building where the County’s school system’s offices are located now that was the last we heard of 24/7.

Anyone who goes to MH at the Waco Center knows that there are staffing problems to include chronic turnover.

Worse yet the level and quality of health care have not improved compared to what MH provided before its move to Waco.

The benefactor of the MH move was GSC by getting a paying customer for empty space in the Waco Center.

Everything that happens in Gilmer County in one way or another relates to the money trail.

One thing not counted on by the controlling clique is that Gilmer’s citizens have superior memories. The chickens have come home to roost!

By More Gilmer County Deception  on  02.04.2016

It was very clear on the first trip to Minnie Hamilton at the Waco Center, that medical service was taking a big step backwards.

After years of our family using Minnie Hamilton we were done.  Glad it happened like it did.

We found a much better place to do the doctoring.

By one trip all it took for us  on  02.04.2016

The Hur Herald recap and the Moody’s report about GSC relate to something in common.

The plight of the County’s school system with intervention and GSC’s tenuous status link to control by a small clique of the same people making decisions secretly behind closed doors.

Abuse of power, control of the majority by a minority, and attitudes of supreme mental superiority are some of the behavioral patterns citizens have observed from the clique.

Someone pointed this out earlier to make it worth repeating.

Simply because some people in the County have excess money, to equate to political clout and power over others, that does not mean that they possess the knowledge and wisdom to automatically know what is best for educating our children!

Anyone who believes that the clique knows best look at some of the many adverse developments from intervention.

We have the Cedar Creek SNAFU, a new consolidated school on an old dump along the river, and the new Leading Creek school with five unused classrooms.

Throw in the WVDOE’s spending our school system’s reserve money, taking out a million dollar debt for Gilmer County to pay off, and teachers being paid for not teaching because there are no students in unused classrooms at Linn.

Consider too the impact of the County’s consolidated grade school on students who will have to endure long bus rides.

Educators know from studies that long rides have a negative impact by wearing students out, particularly the youngest ones, by the time they get to school to detract from classroom learning.

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Saw Dr. Barr’s reply to the waste in WV State government report in which GSC and Bluefield were singled out for scathing criticism.

He refereed to 400 more students at GSC over the past 10 years.

How many of them are prison inmates with nothing to do with recruiting West Virginians?

Business people have not observed any up-spurts in students coming to Glenville.

Another question is the FTE count. Are the reported 400 students FTEs or head counts?

It makes a difference for the money flow into GSC from tuition payments. 

Another question is what is the percentage of non-occupancy for the new student student housing built with bond loans the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Regarding the 12% increase in applications Dr. Barr cited, what counts is how many will enroll.

A few years back under another president the town was informed to expect to be overrun by new students and housing was going to be a major problem.

The optimism was based on numbers of applicants. That turned out to be a disappointment because there were mostly no-shows.

The bond repayment issue is an alarm call to many.

Instead of the payment being covered with existing funds as a result of sound management, is it not true that a local benefactor had to come forth with the payment money to compensate for GSC’s financial shortfall?

Dr. Barr had to be positive in citing numbers the best he could and that is understood.

The challenge to him is what is being done to ensure that GSC will be unique among WV’s other small institutions to guarantee its survival?

WV is in financial trouble and decisions for funding higher education will have to be based on defensible facts to let investment grade institutions be top competitors for dwindling resources.

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Winter Admissions Day Planned at GSC

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Glenville, WV – Glenville State College invites future Pioneers to attend the upcoming Winter Admissions Day on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. on the GSC campus.

The day’s schedule starts with check-in on the third floor of the Mollohan Campus Community Center, followed by a GSC Presentation at 9:30 a.m. and campus tour at 10:00 a.m.

During the presentation learn about various degree programs offered at GSC, activities for students, financial aid, and more.

Prospective students and their families are then invited to the Snowball Tailgate at 11:00 a.m. at the Waco Center parking lot.

As our guests, you will have free admission to the tailgate which includes a BBQ lunch, ice skating rink, live music, and more.

After the tailgate, cheer on the Pioneer basketball teams as they take on their conference rival West Liberty University. Lady Pioneers play at 2:00 p.m. and Pioneers play at 4:00 p.m., both on McPherson Court in the Waco Center. Free admission is also included for both games.

For more information about GSC Winter Admissions Day and to sign up, contact the Admissions Office at 800.924.2010.

The Holt House: Your Support Is Needed

Come to the County Commission meeting at 10 AM Friday, February 5th, 2016 and help the Gilmer County Historical society.

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The Holt House


The meeting is to decide the “future of the Historical Society and the Holt House Museum.“

The more people who come, the better. 

 

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One of the living history programs the society sponsored.

GSC Forest Technology Student Receives Scholarship

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College sophomore Lyndsee Gay learned recently that she is the recipient of a scholarship from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association. Along with the $1,500 scholarship, she has been invited to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s 23rd Annual Conference, Exposition, and Trade Show that will be held in September in Annapolis, Maryland.

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“I am very honored to have received this scholarship and I am looking forward to attending the conference to learn more about erosion and sediment control this September,” said Gay. She says much of the conference will focus on erosion and sediment control which are two important factors that she would be monitoring in her future career as a forester.

A notification from the chapter president noted Gay’s hard work, dedication, and excellent recommendations as factors in her receiving the scholarship. Gay is from Marlinton, West Virginia and is earning a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Forest Technology. She is the daughter of Bryan Gay and Selina Clifton-Gay.

Student Organization Collecting Warm Clothing at GSC

GLENVILLE, WV - Students in the Glenville State College Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) student organization are collecting winter weather gear that they plan to donate to the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg and Christian Help Inc. in Morgantown. They are asking for donations of gloves, scarves, blankets, socks, winter coats, hats, hand warmers, and more.

In the future they plan to continue making donations to the two missions at least twice per semester. The group is also planning to help the Parkersburg mission serve meals from their newly constructed soup kitchen that is slated to open in April.

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Members of Glenville State College’s Baptist Campus Ministries group at a recent campus event they sponsored


“Our group is blessed to be able to help the less fortunate in this small, but hopefully impactful, way. It brings to mind the quote from Mother Theresa ‘small things done with great love will change the world.’ BCM tries to operate by the motto ‘Changing Lives that Change the World’ and we are hoping to change some lives for the better by providing these warm coats and hats this winter,” said BCM Associate Lance Linden.

Donations can be dropped off during regular BCM meetings on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Mollohan Campus Community Center on campus. You can also contact BCM staff advisor Jenny Boggs at 304.462.6186 for more information.

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So nice to see the college kids doing a good work.
Also very nice to see one of WV’s poorest counties be able to help others.

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Glenville City Council Meeting - 02.01.16 - Tonight

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AGENDA

Glenville City Council
February 1st 2016
7:00 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance


I.    Call to Order


II. Public


        A. Approval of Minutes – January 4th   2015   -  Minutes of last meeting

III. Reports

        B. Financial

        C. Street Report

        D. Police-

        E. Glenville Utility-

        F. Recorder - 

        G. Mayor’s Comments :

                  • Pi Day Race held in downtown Glenville on the 12th of March 10:00 a.m. (GCHS Math Dept.)

                  • Appoint member to the Solid Waste Authority

                  • THANK YOU to our St. Dept. and Utility Dept. for all their hard work during the snow storm

                  • Dedication of plaque in Memory of Pedro Montgomery

                  • Congratulations to Gina Taylor on the birth of her second child

                  • THANK YOU to those citizens who assisted their neighbors during and after Winter Storm Jonas

                  • Ward 3 Councilperson


IV. Unfinished Business:


V. New Business :


VI. Other Business to come before council


VII. Next council meeting – March 7th at 7:00 p.m.


VIII. Adjourn

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