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MEC Rookie of the Year Putting Her Stamp on GSC

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Glenville State guard Re’Shawna Stone is the Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year for 2019. The award caps off what has been an amazing season for the Lady Pioneers, and the dynamic freshman from Waynesville, Missouri.

In helping lead the GSC team of head coach Kim Stephens (the 2019 MEC Coach of the Year) to a 30-3 record, the MEC regular season championship, MEC Tournament Championship,  and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. Stone has averaged 17.2 points per game, second on the team. She leads the team with 116 assists (3.5 apg), and also is averaging a solid 4.3 rebounds per game. She was also named the MEC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.6 points in the tournament to go along with 4.6 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists.

Stone’s journey to the hills of Central West Virginia has included several stops along the way. Her childhood has included the multiple stops that are common in a military family. Her father, Anthony Stone, has served throughout his career in the U.S. Army. Anthony, along with his wife Rachel, both were raised in the beltway metro area…Anthony in D.C. and Rachel in Bronx, New York.

Anthony Stone and his family were stationed in Fayetteville, North Carolina when Re’Shawna was born. She lived there until the age of two, and Anthony was deployed to Afghanistan during this period. At the age of three, the family moved to Germany, where they would spend the next three years. In the final year of their time in Europe, Re’Shawna entered her first year of pre-school.

“I really don’t remember very much about those early moves, and I was really young when we lived those years in Germany,“ Stone said. “It became something that you just got used to…everywhere we would go and every new school I would go to, I was always fortunate to make a lot of new friends.“

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At the age of five, Re’Shawna moved with her family to El Paso, Texas. The family would remain stationed there until she 12 years old and in the sixth grade. She began playing youth sports during her time in El Paso, playing both soccer and basketball. She attended Tom Lee Elementary School, and was enrolled at Nolan Richardson Middle School when Anthony was again transferred.

“I was in the sixth grade when we moved to Missouri,“ Stone said. “The school systems were set up differently in each state. In Texas, you are in middle school in the sixth grade, but in Missouri you are still in elementary school. So I did one more year before going back to middle school.“

Stone attended Wood Elementary which was on the base at Fort Leonard Wood. She then attended Middle and High School at Waynesville MS & HS, as the family remained in Missouri for six years. She played basketball in both the seventh and eighth grade. She rose to one of the leaders on the team as an eighth grader on a team that was below .500.

In high school, Stone made an immediate impact, starting as the team’s point guard as a freshman. She produced a solid prep career, passing 1000 career points her junior year, and making all-conference each year. As a senior, she eclipsed the 1500-point mark, and made the Missouri All-State team. Plus, she was drawing attention from dozens of successful college programs.

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“My dad was away for two deployments during my basketball career in Texas,“ Stone said. “It was very hard for me with my dad being gone during that time…my mom was amazing during that time. She was a tremendous support for me and my sisters.“

Stone created a profile on the NCSA recruiting site as a junior, and relied on those hits for much of her contacts and correspondence. As her senior year began to wind down, she had her choices narrowed to six possible schools; three in Division I and three in Division II.  The D-I choices included Robert Morris, Hampton, and Mt. St. Mary’s. The D-II choices were three of the national powers in the division; Drury (MO), Lander (SC) and Glenville State.

Eventually, Stone decided that she wanted a smaller school. This narrowed the choice to two; Drury and GSC. It was a very trying and tough time for the young star…she had developed a strong friendship with Coach Scott Stephens at Glenville, the assistant coach and Kim’s father. He had been recruiting Re’Shawna and selling her on the role she could play in the up-tempo style of Lady Pioneer basketball.

Drury, however, was much closer to home.

With family and geography becoming the key to the decision, Stone was leaning heavily towards Drury. This is when fate intervened. It would be the U.S. Military that ultimately made the decision for Re’Shawna.

“Last summer, my parents received the news they had been hoping for…they were going to get to go home,“ Stone said. “My dad’s retirement was approved and the family was moving back to the D.C. area at Andrews Air Force Base. It all happened so fast, and it was a very exciting time for all of us.“

Suddenly, Drury was no longer the school “closer to home.“ Stone chose Glenville and signed with the Pioneers!

“It was such a crazy time…we all moved together,“ Stone said. “We did it within 30 days…they moved me in here in my dorm, and they went on to D.C. and moved in.“

Now, the entire Stone family is on the East Coast. Re’Shawna’s sister Desiree is now 22 and a senior at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Her younger sister Aiyana is now eight.

“I knew right after my visit this was going to be the place,“ Stone said. “GSC and Drury both made me feel wanted, and after visiting, I knew they would treat me well here in Glenville. I am able to stay focused, and I am playing in a winning program with a great history.“

The results came quick and often. Stone has produced several big plays both offensively and defensively for the Lady Pioneers. She is only one of several true freshmen that have been key contributors for the team during this amazing run…other young stars such as Zakiyah Winfield and Taychaun Hubbard have also produced solid rookie campaigns. The future looks very bright for the program.

Coach Kim Stephens, who now has a blistering 85-11 career record in three seasons, has often cited Stone and her key contributions during Lady Pioneer victories. She notes that her basketball IQ and her decision making ability is way beyond her 19 years.

“My game is more about being aggressive and driving to the basket,“ Stone said. “I can occasionally hit a three, but that is not really my game. I work to give the team a lot of energy on the defensive end, and offensively I try to put in a lot of work on driving, hitting the pull-up jumper, and identifying the passing lanes where I can hit open teammates.“

Stone has had some amazing games this season and has been a thorn in the side of West Liberty University. In her four games this year against the Hilltoppers she has averaged 24.0 points in their meetings with a career high 30 points coming in their meeting in the MEC Tournament Semifinal matchup.

Majoring in Sports Management, Stone states that she wants to remain involved in sports in some fashion later in life. Right now, her immediate goals are to help her team win the MEC Tournament, and advance in the NCAA Tournament.

“I really try to work on my game in practice, but it is also important to me to grow as a person each day,“ Stone said. “From a basketball standpoint, I realize that we are a young team, and I want to do my part to help the team grow.“

According to Stone, growing up in a military household has been a key ingredient in her basketball and academic success. She notes that discipline has always been an important part of the Stone Family.

“Things like life structure, treating others with respect, going after concrete goals…all of these things have been instilled in me by family,“ Stone said. “I was taught that you steer clear of trouble and stay focused on the task at hand.“

For Re’Shawna Stone the Lady Pioneers and Kim Stephens, the future looks very very bright.

 

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Gilmer County Board of Education Special & Regular Meeting Minutes

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SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, February 25, 2019 – 4:30 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 4:30 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart. Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther, absent.

Others present: Becky Minigh, Joe Frashure and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


2019-2020 CALENDAR

Joe Frashure gave information on the new draft calendar and noted there was only one change made since the last special meeting. The September 18, 2019 PLC day was changed to September 11, 2019.

The board had a few questions about the calendar, which Mr. Frashure answered, and noted that it will be listed on the agenda for approval at the next regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

With no other business, R.W. Minigh moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Doug Cottrill at 4:40 p.m. Motion passed 5-0.



REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart. Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther joined the meeting by phone due to a recent surgery.

Others present: Becky Minigh, Toni Bishop, Clay Chesser, Shelly Mason and Joe Frashure.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The Minutes of the February 11, 2019, regular and special meetings were approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 5-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

None


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

None


VOLUNTEERS

None


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser reported on the financial status of the county board. Dave Ramezan moved to approve the 21st Century technology budget. Devin Shackleford seconded. Motion passed 5-0. The remainder of the treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh, as presented by Mr. Chesser. Tammy Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

None


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)


Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Report

Dave Ramezan gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center report. He informed the board that Mr. Snyder was off work due to an illness and Robbie Bee was employed to teach the class until he returned. He updated members on the current SBA project which included changes to the fire alarm system and that there were locks and cameras that are not functioning. The center will be conducting interviews for A/E firms on 02.28.19. He reported the possibility of sophomores and possibly freshmen attending the career center. The students would have to complete a simulated workplace/interview process. He noted that there would be a hunter education class on March 12th and a food handler’s class for students on March 14th. On March 18th, the Retired Teachers will be meeting at the center at which time the food service class would be preparing something for them.


Principal Updates:

Tammy Stewart read a letter from Mr. Shuff, due to his absence. He wanted the board to know that S.A.T. School Day Test preparations had begun; training of staff and meeting with students for the March 27th administration of the exam was underway. He noted that course selection and scheduling for next school year is way ahead of schedule as meetings with students are going extremely well.

The staff is in the midst of retention SAT Meetings with students and their parents/guardians.

Basketball season is over for all of the teams and its now on to baseball, softball, and track.

Mr. Shuff wanted the board to know that they are welcome to visit Gilmer County High School anytime. He stated he was very proud of his staff and most importantly his students.

Mrs. Bishop appeared before the board to update them on the elementary school. She stated that the 3-6 graders had completed interim testing. She reported on the elementary tournament, which was enjoyed by some board members, and that the team, Sky, had won the championship. The Wildcat Pack collected food for the Thomas Center, the students and staff had honored their counselor, Teresa Goodnight, during the week of February 04-08, Read Aloud Volunteers had visited the classrooms during the week of 02.11-02.15, a DJ Dance for the whole school was held on 02.14, the GSC Bluegrass staff visited the school on 02.21 and 02.22 and had square dancing with the students, which was greatly enjoyed. This week is Read across America and they have different themes all week that the students will enjoy.

Mrs. Bishop also had questions about the ALC, which the board stated they would discuss later in the meeting. Mrs. Lowther, who had joined the meeting by phone due to recent surgery, relayed to Mrs. Bishop that there had been a meeting on 01.31.19 with Shelly Stalnaker and that she was working on the overcrowding issue.


PRO Updates:

The board discussed possible grants for a PRO officer.


ALC- Elementary

The board is researching ideas for an Alternative Learning Center to be used by Gilmer County Elementary. Ms. Lowther is working with state department officials.


Safety Update:

Tammy Stewart reported on the safety meeting that was held at Gilmer County High School and that there had been an active shooter training held for the purpose of educating the staff on procedures in the event that this would happen. R.W. Minigh stated that there should be a state policeman placed in each school for the student’s safety. He noted that the community was lucky to have Sgt. R.P. Smith as a part of our school community and was thankful for his continued presence in our schools. The next safety meeting will be on March 5th at 9:00 a.m.


2019-2020 Mowing

Mr. Frashure spoke to the board concerning a mowing bid placement for the 2019-2020 school year. He stated that our maintenance department was unable to keep up with it due to all the weedeating involved. The board gave him permission to solicit bids and to bring them back to them at the March 25th meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

The 2019-2020 school calendar was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 5-0.

There was no action taken on the City Cruiser.

A new Gilmer County School LOGO, designed by Dave Ramezan, was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh, seconded by Doug Cottrill. 5-0.

No action was taken on the Senate Bill 451 Resolution.

Stop The Bleed- A new nationwide movement to control bleeding, in case of a mass shooting or other disaster, has been implemented across the country. The board has approved initiating this movement in our schools which will provide items such as gloves, gauze, tourniquets, shears, pads, etc. to be used to possibly save lives. On a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by Tammy Stewart, the board passed the motion at a cost of $3,421.00. 5-0.

At 6:02 p.m. Devin Shackleford moved that the board enter into executive session. R.W. Minigh seconded the motion. 5-0.

At 6:47 p.m. Devin Shackleford moved to return from executive session, seconded by R. W. Minigh. 5-0.


Superintendent’s Evaluation

President Cottrill announced at this time that the board had given Ms. Patricia Lowther a satisfactory evaluation. Dave Ramezan made a motion to accept the evaluation followed by a second from Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.


PERSONNEL

None


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Ms. Lowther thanked the board for their support and advised them that she would return for a follow-up visit to her doctor on March 7th to determine her return-to-work date.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Doug Cottrill questioned as to whether or not the board was doing enough for the ‘kids in Gilmer County’ during the opioid crisis.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh. 5-0.


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Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

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GSC Criminal Justice Professor Earns Doctorate

Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Kenneth Lang, has joined the minority of adults with a doctorate or professional degree in the United States.

A Maryland native, Lang always had an interest in law enforcement and was hired by the Havre de Grace Police Department in 1989. After two years, he set his sights on the Baltimore County Police Department, one of the top twenty largest police agencies in the nation. Lang worked within the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) for twenty-five years; fifteen of those spent in violent crime investigation.

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Lang’s time with the BCoPD led him to become a certified instructor for the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions where he found his passion for teaching. He completed his master’s degree in 2013 and began working full-time at the University of Valley Forge, establishing their criminal justice program. Lang was then hired at Glenville State College where he was selected to build up the newly instituted field forensics concentration within the criminal justice program. During this time, Lang enrolled in Walden University to pursue his doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a criminal justice concentration. He began his dissertation, Valuation for Ex-Offender Motivations for Participation in Restorative Justice Praxis, in February 2017.

“After my police retirement, I learned about and developed a high curiosity for the concept of restorative justice. I have found that it is a complicated concept, but thought that it might be connected to my curiosity with offenders who repeatedly reoffended and have disconnected themselves from their family, friends, and society as a whole,” said Lang. “Studies have indicated how restorative justice has a positive impact on offenders, helps to reduce recidivism rates, and brings about higher satisfaction rates with victims, offenders, and community members. I frequently refer to these concepts during classroom instruction and remind students that the overall goal of the criminal justice system is to keep offenders from re-offending and to help them become productive members of our society.”

Lang encourages all students to finish their college education. “Once I completed my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration I was invited to local colleges and universities in the Baltimore metropolitan area and featured as a guest lecturer. When I finished my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration more doors of opportunity availed themselves to me. Some of these opportunities have included working with major television networks on new proposed shows. It is important to continually push yourself to gain wisdom, knowledge, and discernment as these characteristics will lead to opportunities that will change your life and positively impact many others,” said Lang.

Lang has published a series of true crime books that recount his experiences as a homicide detective including Walking Among the Dead: True Stories from a Homicide Detective, Standing in Death’s Shadow: More True Stories from a Homicide Detective, and Death Comes Uninvited. He also appeared on the “Dollars & Sense” episode of Forensic Files where his investigation of a Baltimore County murder was featured. Lang has been named one of Columbia Southern University’s top 25 alumni and will also be presenting at the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice Conference in Denver, Colorado this June.

WV Legislative Update

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Having a week at home to begin unraveling the legislative session results, it also presented an opportunity to catch up on projects at home that have been on hold for a few months, including getting some attention for a painful knee – a reminder from railroad days.  Also, I’m almost certain this is the longest stretch of dry weather I can recall since early September of last year.  We may actually get to plow the garden in the next few days, barring a downpour.

One of the primary themes during the legislative session, while many high profile bills made headlines, revolved around the condition of our secondary roads – specifically the potholes, ditches, slips, slides and crumbling roads.  This focus was welcomed by me, as I’ve been hammering a succession of DOH commissioners and governors for several years regarding the lack of sufficient funds on the county level to repair our secondary roads and bridges.  These are the roads where we live and work and they’ve been nickel and dimed for too many years by the reluctance of governors and leaders from both parties to put money where it’s needed.  My support for the recent constitutional amendment was predicated on freeing up additional maintenance dollars for secondary roads.

One of the centerpieces of Governor Justice’s Roads to Prosperity plan and the subsequent passage by voters of the road bond amendment was the fact that bond funds for new road construction or reconstruction of federal highways – which gets a big federal/state match on dollars – would also enable more to be spend on routine maintenance of our non-federal highways throughout West Virginia.

With that backdrop, Governor Justice held another press conference last Wednesday in order to provide details of how he and his administration planned to deal with the escalating calls to address the secondary road situation.  He also used the event to name an interim Transportation Secretary.  Days earlier, he dismissed his Transportation Secretary/Highways Commissioner, professional engineer Tom Smith.

Personnel issues are the Governor’s prerogative, so we’ll see how his DOT and DOH leadership change turns out.  Meanwhile, I applaud the stated efforts by the Governor to pour more resources into secondary road maintenance.  As last year was one of the wettest on record and much of the paving, maintenance and construction season was cut short, the needs are far greater than we’ve seen in several decades.  However, the Governor’s dilemma is how to shift dollars set aside for bond projects or future bond payments to maintenance.  Also, he mentioned using surplus dollars from the budget, but that would only go so far, as one-half of any surplus must go to the Rainy Day Fund.

I do not personally know the Governor’s selection for DOT Secretary, but I do know it has been reported that he does not have a background in highway construction or maintenance.  As WV Code mandates that the DOH Commissioner has experience and expertise in this regard, this will necessitate hiring a separate Commissioner of Highways instead of hiring one person to fill both positions.  The additional cost will likely be in excess of $100,000 per year.  That could fill lots of potholes, pull and open ditches or maybe fix a small slip that will move you, your family or a school bus safely each day.  Every dollar in helps and getting dangerous situations fixed is of the highest importance to those that use our roads daily.  I hope in the midst of this overhaul, districts and county DOH offices are given more latitude in doing the repairs that are needed without the red tape of getting approval from Charleston at every turn.  Likewise, the sharing of basic maintenance equipment between counties has been, in my view, a hindrance to getting jobs done sooner rather than later.


Thirty four enrolled bills await action by the Governor.  He has signed fifty-two bills to date, including these bills since last week:

  • SB 424 Supplemental appropriation to Civil Contingent Fund
  • SB 435 Supplemental appropriation to State Department of Education and Vocational Division
  • SB 677 Supplemental appropriation to Division of Health and Division of Human Services
  • SB 678 Supplemental appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to Office of Technology
  • SB 679 Supplemental appropriation to Division of Finance
  • SB 680 Supplemental appropriations to various divisions in DMAPS
  • SB 681 Supplemental appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to Educational Broadcasting Authority
  • HB 2665 Supplemental appropriation for PEIA Rainy Day Fee
  • HB 2667 Supplemental appropriation to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Division of Corrections
  • HB 3135 Expiring funds to the balance of the Department of Commerce, Development Office

Three bills have been vetoed, including one last week: HB 3148 - Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services.  I suspect these funds ($53 million) earmarked to pre-fund Medicaid next fiscal year will make their way to road maintenance in the short term.

Finally, congratulations to the GSC Lady Pioneers for an outstanding 30-3 season.  While our Pioneers fell to California University of Pennsylvania 87-77 in the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals last weekend at the Waco Center, this was their second consecutive 30-win season.  Congratulations to the players and coaches for another outstanding campaign.  We’re proud of your accomplishments, on and off the court.

Likewise, congratulations to the Webster County Highlanders on their undefeated 28-0 season and winning the Class A Boys State Basketball Championship last weekend at the State Tournament.  Great job!

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; Please send your inquiries to my home office as well:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

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

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


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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

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GCHS: Honor Roll - 3rd Nine Weeks - 2018-19

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GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
HONOR ROLL
3rd Nine Weeks
2018-2019
7th Grade
8th Grade
Anderson, Kara Amos, Riley
Ball, Dakota Arden, Lucas
Bourn, Elijah Ball, Brianna
Brenwald, Jozlyn Bill, Vanessa
Casto, Dyson Bourn, Ashlyn
Frashure, Bayley Brannon, David
Gibson, Kaley Cogar, Cole
Gray, Alena Drennen, Cassandra
Hough, Mya Harubin, Ryleigh
Junkins, Christopher Jenkins, Taylor
Norman, Jackson Kumpis, Mykolas
Puchalski, Madison Marsh, Anthony
Putnam, Morgan McCord, Jacob
Ratliff, Jessica McCord, Seanna
Richards, Kiley McHenry, Harlee
Snider, Casey Miller, Samuel
Sprouse, Sydney Pendergrass, Justin
Starsick, Stevie Peters, Haylea
Taylor, Mikayla Rutherford, Merideth
Thompson, Courtni Simmons, Tessa
Smith, Morgan
Snyder, Daisy
Thompson, Elexis
Wine, Christian
Wood, Allison
9th Grade
10th Grade
Anderson, Kaitlyn Canfield, Logan
Barger, Layna Cawthon, Caliegh
Barnhouse, Gabriel Clark, Athena
Beron, Ryan Clevenger, Misty
Carpenter, Ryan Dobbins, Damon
Carr, Christopher Drake, Trevor
Chapman, Jacob Eberly, Arista
Conrad, Alex Fox, Emma
Facemire, Elijah Frame, Christopher
Ferguson, Carrah Frymier, Allyson
Gee, Shelby Gibson, Autumn
Gonzalez, Sean Gray, Jada
Hamric, Ean Grove, Corbin
Liu, Justin Helmick, Warren
Matheny, Matthew Lang, Rachel
McWhirter, Keely Law, Tierra
Minigh, Lilly McCumbers, Sara
Mohr, James McHenry, Nicholas
Morgan, Malaysia Mohr, Eve
Moyers, Autumn Moss, Kyle
Price, Scott Phares, Rachel
Stewart, Adam Poole, Jacob
Stewart, Amiah Stanley, Kenya
Taylor, Emma Wellings, Thomas
Thorne, Carissa Williams, Tori
Wellings, Laurann
White, McKinzie
Young, Lucas
11th Grade
12th Grade
Clegg, Kelsey Barger, Emily
Cogar, Zane Barnhouse, Ezekiel
Dobbins, Michaela Bossert, Logan
Finley, Rhea Bossert, Morgan
Fitzwater, Brady Chapman, Lindsay
Frederick, Jared Cole, Tiffany
Furr, Jagger Cottrill, Steven
Garcia, Savanna Facemire, Lucas
Hale, Natalie Frame, Joey
Haley, Ty Frymier, Autumn
Harper, Jonathan Grove, Hannah
Hinter, Hannah Hardman, Faith
Hottle, Jonathan Jones, Machaela
Johnson, Jaycie Lipscomb, Johntae
Jones, Indica Miller, Colten
Langford, Alyssa Mohr, Madison
Lemon, Hunter Moore, Cheyenne
Liu, Andrew Page, Daydra
McCord, MacKenzie Phares, Hailey
McHenry, Cameron Phares, Logan
Miller, Clifford Pritt, Richard
Minney, Hannah Pyles, Brandon
Morris, Maria Rose, Dalton
Phares, Ethan Roy, Michael
Pyles, Mikala Smith, Donald
Roberts, Jon Snyder, Kaylene
Skeens, Makayla Watts, Garrett
Stewart, Christopher Wood, Sierra
Sumpter, Kandus
Thomas, Holt
Watkins, Kerry
Wellings, Grace
Wine, Katelyn
Yoho, Anna
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Glenville State Graduate Receives WV History Hero Award

Each year, West Virginia recognizes the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to preserve our state’s rich history. These individuals are recognized as History Heros. This year, a Glenville State College alumna has been honored with the prestigious award.

Vickie (Fulks) Baker is a 1990 graduate of GSC’s education program with a specialization in mathematics and general science. She taught middle and high school for seventeen years and is currently employed by the West Virginia Department of Education as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) State Coordinator. Her husband, Larry Baker, is a 1988 graduate of GSC and an Associate Professor of Physical Science at the College.

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(l-r) Roane County Historical Society President Rich Greathouse,
2019 History Hero Vickie Baker, and Delegate Martin Atkinson


Baker was nominated for the 2019 History Hero recognition by the Roane County Historical Society as a result of her work in organizing a local chapter of National Society Daughter of American Revolution (NSDAR). NSDAR is a national lineage society which strives to promote patriotism through education and community service and support veterans and active service personnel. As part of the organization process, Baker worked with ladies interested in proving their lineage to a supporter of the American Revolution. These supporters may have fought in the continental army or local militia, or they may have provided support for those fighting by providing supplies or paying taxes to fund the army. Proving your lineage involves documenting birth, death, and marriage for each generation.

“The nomination for this recognition is very meaningful because it represents the amazing support of the Roane County Historical Society. Their backing throughout the process of organizing the chapter was very appreciated,” said Baker.

She hopes to be able to inspire other individuals interested in pursuing research of their family history. “As descendants learn the history of their ancestors, they begin to connect to the history which shaped the ancestor’s life. Looking at history through the lens of a family makes the history meaningful,” said Baker. “Individuals interested in becoming involved in their local history can begin by becoming involved with their local historical society.”

Baker was honored at the West Virginia State Capital Complex during the celebration of the Twenty-Third Annual West Virginia History Day on Thursday, February 21, alongside 38 others who were nominated by organizations around the state.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before May 13, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Ruth Claire Garrett Rick J. Garrett PO Box 369
Glenville, WV 26351
David Thomas Lewis David T. Lewis Jr. PO Box 312
Dalton, OH 44618
Eleanor G. Lewis David T. Lewis Jr. PO Box 312
Dalton, OH 44618
Mildred E. Dye Michael L. Dye 609 McKee Road
Washington, PA 15301


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : March 14, 2019

Mike Kellar Named Pioneer Head Football Coach

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Glenville State College and the Pioneer Athletic Department are excited to announce Mike Kellar as the new Head Football Coach for the Pioneers. Kellar becomes the 25th head coach to lead the Pioneers.
“I am truly excited to be back at Glenville; it’s where it all started for me back in 1989 and I feel like there is some unfinished business. I want to thank GSC President Tracy Pellett, Athletic Director Jesse Skiles, and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I also want to thank Roger Waialae and Lynn Ullom and everyone at West Liberty for this past year. I can’t wait to get back to Glenville and get to work,“ Kellar stated.
Kellar comes into the position with 51-35 (.593) career record as a head coach at the NCAA Division II level with stops at California (PA), Concord, and Lenoir-Rhyne (NC). Before breaking into the head coaching ranks, he made his mark as offensive coordinator for a trio of NCAA Division II playoff squads, including a pair of California (PA) teams that advanced to the national semifinals. As a head coach or assistant coach he has been part of seven conference championship teams.

He comes to the Pioneers after serving as the Offensive Coordinator of the West Liberty University Hilltoppers for the 2018 season. The Hilltoppers averaged 25.0 points per game and 327.5 yards per contest this past season.

“We are getting a seasoned and experienced coach that has been very successful as a head coach at multiple stops. I’m also very excited that we are getting a former Pioneer player who has ties to North Central West Virginia,“ said GSC Athletic Director Jesse Skiles.

The Shinnston, WV native was a starting quarterback at Glenville State in 1989 and later at Fairmont State during the early 1990’s. After graduating from Fairmont, Kellar traded his playing cleats for a headset and whistle and spent the next eight seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Falcons. He helped lead Fairmont to a pair of WVIAC championships.

Kellar left Fairmont for a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Northern Michigan before beginning a record-setting five-year run as offensive coordinator at California (PA) in 2004 when the Vulcans rolled to four straight PSAC West titles, two NCAA Division II regional crowns, and picked up two ECAC Lambert Trophies.

In 2009 Kellar made his head coaching debut and executed an impressive turnaround with the Concord University program that had gone just 1-21 over the previous two years. Kellar posted a 6-5 record in his first year in Athens and led the Mountain Lions to an 8-3 mark in 2010 with the No. 4-ranked offense in the nation.

Kellar then returned to California (PA) in 2011 as associate head coach under the legendary John Luckhardt and took the head coaching reins when Luckhardt retired after the 2011 season. Kellar posted an impressive 31-12 record in four years at the helm of the Vulcans, once again producing some of the most prolific offensive teams in the region, before moving on to Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015.

California averaged more than 30 points a game in nine of Kellar’s 10 seasons as head coach or offensive coordinator with the PSAC West powerhouse. His teams saw seven of their players earn All-American status while at California.

“We are extremely excited and thrilled to be getting such a decorated football coach at Glenville State College. Mike Kellar has had a great coaching career and we are ready for an exciting 2019 season and many more to come,“ stated GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

A 1994 graduate of Fairmont State, Kellar also holds a master’s degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University. He and his wife Missy have four children, Diedra, Jarrod, Anthony, and Jacob.

GILMER LIBRARY DIRECTOR RECEIVES CERTIFICATION, HAS WORKS PUBLISHED

Gilmer Public Library Director Lisa Hayes-Minney was recently awarded her Basic Library Certification from the West Virginia Library Commission. Her coursework included 26 training sessions in the following core areas: Fundamentals of Librarianship, Collection Development, Organization of Materials, Management, Programming & Services, and Technology.

West Virginia State Code requires that all library directors in the state complete eight continuing education hours a year, but in a little over two years, Minney has completed more than fifty continuing education hours to achieve this certification.

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Minney was hired as an Assistant Librarian at Gilmer Public Library in November 2016 and was promoted to Library Director in September 2018. In addition to her studies related to Library Science, Minney has an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Journalism, and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.

Also, Minney has three essays appearing in upcoming publications. Her essay “Shaken Foundations” will be appearing in the anthology Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene, to be released in April 2019 by Bartram Publishing. Her essay “Mental-pause” is included in Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility, due out in June 2019 from Cynren Press. Her essay “Little One” was a finalist in the Recovery Contest by Memoir Magazine, and will be appearing in a special online edition to be released within the next few weeks.

Minney is the facilitator of Gilmer Public Library’s “Creative Play for Adults” sessions, which encourage adults to re-connect with and nurture their creative side, held at the library every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  She also leads the library Writer’s Group, which meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

For more information about these or other programs and services available from Gilmer Public Library, visit their facebook page, their web site at gilmerpublib.org, stop in the library, or call 304.462.5620. For more information about Lisa, visit www.LHayesMinney.net.

Central SilverBacks See Success at Youth Wrestling States

The Central SilverBacks youth wrestling team ended a great season by placing 7th as a team out of 91 teams statewide at the West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association state tournament.

The team is made up of wrestlers from Birch River and surrounding central West Virginia areas.

Twenty-four (24) wrestlers qualified for the state tournament with sixteen (16) placing in the top eight of their division. Of those sixteen (16), ten (10) placed in the top 4.

Some wrestlers competed the next weekend in the Mountain State Novice Championship which is held for wrestlers with three or fewer years of wrestling experience.

Gavin Holcomb, Jett Hines, Coleman Tyree, and Remington Huffman all came home as Mountain State Novice Champions. Mason Smarr and Shae Hines both finished the day 4th in the state.


“We have a great bunch of coaches and parents who are willing to travel to get the kids the best competition” Coach Matt Campbell noted. “I’m really proud of our kids’ accomplishments this season. Our experienced wrestlers have shown great leadership and our novice wrestlers have surpassed our expectations.”

Coach Tony Frame notes that the team has continued to have tremendous amount of success with wrestling in and out of West Virginia.

As a team, they continue to push the bar of what a youth wrestling team should be. What Coach Frame is most proud of is not the success, but the improvements that he’s seen this season from each and every one of the kids. “I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate our coaches that continue to volunteer countless hours all year long. They make all this success possible for our wrestlers.”

Central will continue to practice throughout the year. Competition will slow down as summer comes and then football season kicks off. The wrestling facility is centrally located in Birch River where everyone is welcome to come and improve their skills. Follow the team’s Facebook page to get updates on practice times and announcements.

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Lady Pioneers Tops Charleston For MEC Title

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Junior guard/forward Emily Stoller caught fire in the fourth quarter connecting on three consecutive 3-point field goals and a pair of free throws to help top-seeded and 18th-ranked Glenville State break open a tight game with second-seeded University of Charleston and claim a 78-69 victory in the championship game of the Mountain East Conference Basketball Tournament Sunday afternoon at WesBanco Arena.

Stoller, who scored 11 of her 21 points in a 2:24 span late in the fourth against Charleston’s 2-3 zone, which earlier in the second half had given the Pioneers some fits on offense, helped Glenville go from being up four to up nine with just 31 seconds remaining.

“It’s all heart,” Stoller said. “I’ve played the game since fourth grade and it all goes back to having heart for the game and a desire to win. You’ve gotta put all of your effort out there.

“I wanted those shots believe me. I was calling for it.”

The win, which was the 20th in a row for the Pioneers, improved Glenville State to 29-2 on the year. The victory also gave Glenville, which was ranked second this week in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Rankings, the automatic bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The 64-team bracket for that tournament will be announced at 10 p.m. Sunday evening.

“Charleston is a phenomenal team,” GSC coach Kim Stephens said. “They’re one of the best teams we have faced and once of the best Mountain East teams I have seen. It’s hard to beat three times. It’s really hard to beat great teams three times. They gave us a game. We knew it was going to be a game.

“I was really proud of our effort down the stretch. We had a cold spell, got a little nervous and that’s youth and the inexperience of playing with one another. We stepped up, though, made big plays like we have all year and I’m incredibly proud of that.”

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Charleston which fell to 25-6. The Golden Eagles were ranked seventh in the latest Atlantic Regional Rankings and will learn their fate for the national tournament Sunday night.

“First of all I’m just crushed for the players in the locker room,” UC coach Becky Burke said. “There’s no question we pride ourselves on playing really hard, defending, following a game plan and executing what we ask them to do. I thought we sold out today doing that.

“We made adjustments at halftime, our girls bought in and executed it to perfection. We guarded, we sat down, did things we needed to do and to be quite frank it gave them fits. I thought we had them confused and rattled for a long portion of that game.

“We went to a 2-3 zone and we’ve probably played about five possessions of zone all year. To do it like we did today for 20 minutes is a credit to our players. We did have a couple of mental breakdowns late, sucking in a little too far on the weak side and Stoller hit some big threes for them. There might be a couple of their kids you can lose, but Emily Stoller’s not one of them. The kid is a baller. She’s fun to watch and she made some big shots in big moments for them. Ty Armstrong was huge for them too. Those two made 10 threes between the two of them.”

Glenville State never trailed in the contest. Junior guard Ty Armstrong and freshman guard Re’Shawna Stone, who were both all-tournament selections, set the tone early for the Pioneers combining for 23 of their team’s 43 first-half points as GSC opened a 43-33 lead at the half.

“I had confidence in my shot,” said Armstrong, who finished with a team-high 23 points. “Coach is always telling me ‘Shoot the ball. Shoot the ball.‘ I had confidence in my shot so I just started shooting. I was seeing it go in so I just kept shooting.”

Stone, who added 17 points, 15 of which came in the first 20 minutes, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She says Sunday it was important against UC for Glenville to take control early.

“I knew we had to throw the first punch because obviously they were going to come back with a run,” Stone, who averaged 19.7 points in GSC’s three tournament wins, said. “We just had to come out strong first.”

Early in the third quarter Glenville extended its lead to 15 at 50-35, but UC’s aggressive zone defense began causing the Pioneers problems and the Golden Eagles clawed their way back into contention. Led by senior guard Raziyah Farrington and senior forward Dionna Sanders Charleston outscored Glenville 18-7 in the final 7:21 of the third quarter and 8-5 in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to cut the Pioneers lead to 62-61.

“Changing up our defense rattled them a little and we got a lot of stops and Brooklyn (Pannell) had two big steals during that stretch so that gave us momentum for our offense to start flowing,” Farrington, an all-tournament selection who set a MEC title game record with 28 points, said. “We also rebounded well out of our 2-3 zone and that was big for us to get those rebounds.”

Farrington scored 14 points in each half for UC and also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists.

“I’m so glad she’s a senior,” Stephens said with a laugh. “She’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen at this level. What’s remarkable about her is she’s so in control. She doesn’t throw up anything wild, get out of control or take bad shots. She’s smooth and she can score anytime she wants.”

Sanders, who had just four points in Charleston’s first two tournament games, exploded for 25 points and 14 rebounds in the title contest. Her 14 rebounds were an MEC championship game record.

“I just knew I had to be aggressive and rebound for us to have a chance,” Sanders said. “I was just doing my job.”

When Charleston cut the Pioneers’ lead to one GSC’s Abby Stoller nailed a corner 3-pointer to halt the Golden Eagles’ surge with 4:10 to play. Then her sister, Emily Stoller, took over and helped the Pioneers claim their second straight MEC Tournament title and the program’s third overall.

Joining Stone, Armstrong and Farrington on the eight-member all-tournament team were UC’s Brooklyn Pannell, West Liberty’s Morgan Brunner and Marissa Brown, Concord’s Andreanna Pool and Shepherd’s Kayla Tibbs.

Pannell claimed the Heart and Hustle Award for the tournament, while Brunner received honors for having the tournament’s highest scoring average (26.5).

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Glenville State Lady Pioneers Advance to MEC Championship

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The No. 18 Glenville State Lady Pioneers advanced to the MEC Championship, for the second straight year, on Saturday as they defeated the West Liberty University Hilltoppers, 98-85.

Glenville State (28-2) forced West Liberty (21-9) into 26 turnovers and converted them into 26 points on the way to the victory.

The Lady Pioneers jumped out to a 10-2 lead while the Hilltoppers started just 1-of-7 from the field with 6:34 to play in quarter number one. Glenville State then held a six point lead at the media timeout, 12-6.

After the timeout, West Liberty went on a 9-6 run as they cut GSC’s lead to three, 18-15. However, the Lady Pioneers retaliated scoring the last four points of the quarter bringing the score to 22-15.

In the second, the pace would favor the Lady Pioneers as we went up and down. Glenville State eventually made some separation as Taychaun Hubbard netted two free-throws as the Lady Pioneers held their largest lead of the game to that point by 11, 40-29 with just 1:39 left until the half. Glenville State and West Liberty then traded four of baskets as GSC led at halftime, 44-33.

In the first half, GSC shot 40 percent from the floor while West Liberty shot 38 percent. However, both teams struggled from behind the arc as they combined going 2-for-22 from three. The Lady Pioneers went just 1-for-9 from deep while the Hilltoppers went 1-for-13.

In the third, Glenville State came out and turned up the defensive pressure while firing on all cylinders as they went on a 15-3 run and raced out to a 23 point lead 59-36 with 6:28 to play. The Lady Pioneers then stretched their lead to 26 points, largest of the game, at the 3:54 minute mark 67-41. However, the Hilltoppers ended the third outscoring the Lady Pioneers 11-3 as they cut GSC’s lead to 16 points 75-59 as the game headed into the fourth.

West Liberty, with their hot shooting, started the fourth on a 18-8 run cutting the Lady Pioneers lead to just six, 83-77 with 3:13 to play. The Hilltoppers further cut the lead to just four at the 1:47 minute mark at 85-81. Ty Armstrong drilled a huge three-pointer for GSC as she put them back up by seven, 88-81 with just over a minute to play.

Glenville State finished off the Hilltoppers as they connected on their free-throws down the stretch to claim the 13 point win, 98-85.

The Lady Pioneers shot 46 percent from the field and 22 percent from deep hitting 5-of-22 three-pointers. The Hilltoppers shot 45 percent in the contest and 31 percent from deep going 9-for-29.

GSC outscored WLU in the paint by eight 58-50 while also winning the rebounding battle by six, 47-41.

Re’Shawna Stone scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Lady Pioneers while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Ty Armstrong, who hit a huge shot for GSC, finished the day with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Blazie Burgess continued here strong play in the tournament as she scored 13 points while Zakiyah Winfield chipped in with 10 points.

West Liberty was led by Marissa Brown as she poured in a game-high 32 points and 15 rebounds as he posted a double-double.

Glenville State (28-2) will now play for the MEC Championship on Sunday, March 10th at 1 p.m. from inside the WesBanco Arena. They will face the winner of No. 2 Charleston/No. 3 Concord game.

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 04, 2019
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, Dean and Bone present. Councilwoman Taylor was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

Mr. Corcoran addressed council inquiring about the City’s contract with the current trash service. He noted there continues to be a monthly fuel surcharge assessed even though fuel prices have dropped. Mayor Fitzpatrick will call MSW to check on this.

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that according to Robert’s Rules of Order guidelines, it is not necessary to note who seconded on a motion for a small group meeting, so this will be omitted as we move forward.


A. Approval of Minutes – January 07, 2019

The minutes from the January 07, 2019, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

The City’s budget is currently at 60% of the fiscal year with 71.48% revenue and 54.44% expenditures. Councilman Bone made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the street report with council. He noted that the City has been fortunate to have good street workers.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He noted the new police cruiser has been decaled with ghosted graphics. A quote has been received for new lights, radio, and complete installation of radar, cameras, etc. and will not exceed $7000. The estimated total for this new vehicle will be approx. $36000. Mayor Fitzpatrick added we will receive reimbursement of 35 percent of total cost from the USDA Grant.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on January 23. There were three small water leaks, 1 inch line on Rt 33, 2 inch on Spring Street, and 10 inch on Vanhorn Drive that goes to the tank. Nothing to report on sewer side.


Recorder

The recorder reminded council that Saturday, February 09, was the Special Levy election and stated that council would canvass this election on February 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Mayor Comments

* Decaled City Cruiser

* February 9th Election Day

* Canvas votes/ballots on the 15th of February

* Budget meeting

The first meeting to work on next year’s budget will be March 07 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. We must submit our budget to the State Auditors office by March 28.

* Reminder to council to look for street light outages in their wards and get the pole number if possible so repairs can be made. Councilman Bone noted that there is a street light out near the GSC Administration Building. Chief Huffman will get the pole number.


III. Other Business

None


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be March 04, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.

Bledsoe Named to All-MEC Second Team

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Notre Dame’s Will Vorhees has been selected as the 2018-19 Mountain East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, while West Liberty’s Will Yoakum (Freshman of the Year) and NDC’s Tim Koenig (Coach of the Year) also received top honors from the league.

Vorhees, a senior from Lima, Ohio, averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds in his final season with the Falcons. The three-time first team All-MEC selection finished the regular season third in the country in scoring and seventh in rebounds. He scored more than 20 points a league-best 23 times and his 20 double-doubles are second-best in the NCAA. Vorhees, a four-time MEC Player of the Week and a three-time USBWA National Player of the Week, became the first player in MEC history to record over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career. He’s the leading active scorer in NCAA Division II.

Yoakum, a native of Delaware, Ohio, contributed 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds and started all 27 games for the Hilltoppers this season. He is the second-leading scorer for a West Liberty squad that leads the nation in scoring. He ranks in the top 10 in the league in field goal percentage (7th, 54.9) and free throw percentage (8th, 84.3),

Koenig earns his first MEC Coach of the Year honors after leading Notre Dame to a 20-8 record and a 16-6 mark in conference play. In just a season after the Falcons went 4-18 and missed the MEC Tournament, he guided NDC to its first 20-win regular season in program history and its highest finish in the MEC standings (fourth).

The league also announced the 2018-19 all-conference teams. In addition to Vorhees, who earned first team honors in 2016 and 2017, Tommy Bolte of Concord repeats as as first team selection. Fairmont State’s duo of Jason Jolly and Vonte Montgomery moved up from the second team a season ago and earned a spot on the first team this year. West Liberty’s Dalton Bolon and Eric Meininger were also first team picks, along with Charleston’s Drew Rackley and Notre Dame’s Larenz Thurman.

Players from eight different institutions comprise the second team: Phil Bledsoe (Glenville State), Thomas Lang (Shepherd), Malik Jacobs (Urbana), Lamont McManus (Charleston), Briggs Parris (UVa-Wise), Jair Rodgers (Concord), Gus Stone (W.Va. State), Will Yoakum (West Liberty).

Winston Burgess (Shepherd), Kenzie Melko (Fairmont State), Devon Robinson (Charleston) and Clay Todd (W.Va. Wesleyan) earned honorable mention recognition.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.

2019 All-MEC First Team
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Dalton Bolon West Liberty So. G 6-4 Gnadenhutten, Ohio
Tommy Bolte* Concord Sr. G 6-1 Chillicothe, Ohio
Jason Jolly Fairmont State Sr. G 5-7 Ashburn, VA
Eric Meininger West Liberty Sr. F 6-5 Centerville, Ohio
Vonte Montgomery Fairmont State Sr. G 6-1 Cleveland, Ohio
Drew Rackley Charleston Jr. G 6-2 Zanesville, Ohio
Larenz Thurman Notre Dame Jr. G 6-1 Wilimington, DE
Will Vorhees** Notre Dame Sr. F 6-8 Lima, Ohio
* First team in 2018
** First team in 2016 and 2017
2019 All-MEC Second Team
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Phil Bledsoe Glenville State Jr. F 6-6 Wheeling, WV
Thomas Lang Shepherd Jr. G 6-0 New Market, MD
Malik Jacobs Urbana Sr. F 6-2 Fairborn, Ohio
Lamont McManus Charleston So. C 6-6 Waldorf, MD
Briggs Parris UVa-Wise Fr. G 6-4 Boones Mill, VA
Jair Rodgers Concord Jr. G 5-11 South Bend, IN
Gus Stone WV State Jr. G 6-5 Baltimore, MD
Will Yoakum West Liberty Fr. G 6-5 Delaware, Ohio
2019 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Winston Burgess Shepherd Sr. F 6-6 Stafford, VA
Kenzie Melko Fairmont State So. F 6-4 Morgantown, WV
Devon Robinson Charleston Jr. F 6-4 Cleveland, Ohio
Clay Todd WV Wesleyan Jr. G 6-2 Oakland, MD
Player of the Year: Will Vorhees (Notre Dame)
Freshman of the Year: Will Yoakum (West Liberty)
Coach of the Year: Tim Koenig (Notre Dame)

Previous Winners
Player of the Year
2014: Cedric Harris (West Liberty)
2015: Seger Bonifant (West Liberty)
2016: Seger Bonifant (West Liberty)
2017: Matt Bingaya (Fairmont State)
2018: Haywood Highsmith (Wheeling Jesuit)
2019: Will Vorhees (Notre Dame)

Freshman of the Year
2014: Thomas Wimbush (Fairmont State)
2015: Pat Moseh (Wheeling Jesuit)
2016: David Dennis (West Liberty)
2017: Luke Layhew (West Virginia Wesleyan)
2018: Dalton Bolon (West Liberty)
2019: Will Yoakum (West Liberty)

Coach of the Year
2014: Jim Crutchfield (West Liberty)/Dwaine Osborne (Charleston)
2015: Kent McBride (Concord)
2016: Dan Sancomb (Wheeling Jesuit)
2017: Jerrod Calhoun (Fairmont State)
2018: Ben Howlett (West Liberty)
2019: Tim Koenig (Notre Dame)

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

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SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, February 11, 2019 – 4:30 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order at 4:34 by Doug Cottrill, President. Those present were R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Tammy Stewart and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. Devin Shackleford, absent.

Others present: June Nonnenberg, Joe Frashure, Myra Miller, Steve Shuff and Rob Smith.


DELEGATIONS

None


2019-2020 CALENDAR

Mr. Frashure presented the 2019-2020 calendar with explanations to the board.


ADJOURN

R.W. Minigh moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 4-0.


APPROVED: February 26, 2019

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The Free Press WVAge 63, of Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 25, 2019. He was born in Weston, WV on February 21, 1956 the son of Geneva “Genny” Osteen of Florida and the late Reverend Glenn U. Kirkpatrick [ .... ]  Read More

L. Ernest (Sonny) Haught, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Smithville, WV passed away on February 23, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center surrounded by his family. Sonny was born December 06, 1935, in Smithville, WV, to L.E. Haught, Sr., and Ethel B. Parks Haught [....]  Read More

Doran Lynn Zirkle

The Free Press WVAge 63 years, a resident of Mabie, WV passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at his home. He was born July 17, 1955 in Elkins, WV a son of the late Russell Zirkle and the late Iris Simmons Zirkle [ .... ]  Read More

Sherry Pauline Noble

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 16, 2019 in the comfort of her own home. She was born on October 01, 1958 a daughter of the late Paul Dewitt and Ruth Louise Mize Noble [ .... ]  Read More

Lt. Col. David T. Bennett

The Free Press WV USAF Retired, passed away at The James Cancer Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. February 15, after an extended illness [....]  Read More

Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her residence in Camden Flats, with her loving husband and children by her side. She was born September 11, 1936 in Tanner, WV; daughter of the late Eustace and Ploma Grogg Frymier [ .... ]  Read More

Mary “Katie” Catherine (Godfrey) Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 74, 0f Glenville, WV went to Heaven, on Thursday, February 07, 2019 at the Glenville Center, Glenville, WV following an illness. She was born on August 14, 1944 in Copen, WV to the late Donald Lovell Godfrey and Margret “Maggie” (Ball) Godfrey [ .... ]  Read More

Donna Fay Grogg

The Free Press WVAge 74 of Kanawha Street, Glenville, WV; gained her angel wings on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness. She was born August 02, 1944 in Parkersburg, WV;  daughter of the late Arley and Ivy Boyce Bush [ .... ]  Read More

Tiffany Ann Kimble

The Free Press WVAge 32 of Glenville, WV; departed this earthly life on Thursday evening, January 24, 2019 at her residents following a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease. She was born on September 18, 1986 in Clarksburg, WV; Tiffany is the daughter of Kathy Kimble of Glenville and the late Frank L. Kimble [ .... ]  Read More

Harold Lee James

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on the evening of Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. He was born June 08, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, son of the late Butcher and Lauuna Bennett James [....]  Read More

Mary L. Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin, WV. Born August 23, 1935, in Charleston, WV; she was a daughter of the John R. and Lessie B. Ranson Gillespie [....]  Read More

Thomas Jefferson Luzader

The Free Press WVAge 98 of 33 Gateway Lane,Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday January 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM; at Genesis Health Care Center following an extended illness. Tommy was born September 12, 1920 in Glenville WV.  He was the son of the late Raymond and Melva Danley Luzader [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Frashure

The Free Press WVAge 60 of Sheridan Street, Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly on the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 21, 1958 in Weston, WV; daughter of the late Leo and Lizia Radcliff Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Buddie Ross Cain

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tanner, WV; got the ultimate healing from his cancer on Wednesday evening, January 09, 2019 at the Miletree Center Nursing Facility in Spencer, WV; following a short battle with cancer. He was born December 05, 1938 in Tanner, WV; son of the late Hartzel and Glenda G. Ferguson Cain [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away on January 10, 2019 surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin. She was born August 23, 1935 in Charleston, WV to the late John R. and Lessie B. (Ranson) Gillespie [....]  Read More

Esther Alice Murphy

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Glenville, WV passed away on January 01, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following a lengthy illness. Esther was born on December 26, 1928 in Glenville, WV to Ira and Jesse (nee Kelley) Murphy [ .... ]  Read More

Wanema Pritt

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Vienna, WV passed away December 22, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility. She was born on November 30, 1932 in Glenville, WV and was the daughter of the late Audie and Winnie Jones Davidson [....]  Read More

Lois Louise Corder

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born June 21, 1931, in Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Eli Hugh and Iona Kidd Ours [ .... ]  Read More

Marvin Lee Gaines

The Free Press WVAge 68, of New Milton, WV, and formerly of Charleston, WV, went to be with the Lord due to a tragic tractor accident on December 16, 2018. He was born in Glenville, WV on May 03, 1950, the son of the late Homer Lawson Gaines and Opal Sanders Gaines [ .... ]  Read More

Rose Ada Ball

The Free Press WV Age 67 of East Valley Drive, Glenville, WV, departed this life suddenly on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness. She was born January 12, 1951 in Cabin Creek, Kanawha County WV, daughter of Thelma Webb Conley of Smithers WV, and the late John Conley [....]  Read More

William Russell “Wild Bill” Cottrill

The Free Press WV Got on his dozer and headed off to Heaven on December 14, 2018 at 6:15 AM at his residence where he wanted to be. He was born April 23, 1955 at Shock, (Gilmer County) WV, to the late Russell Cottrill and Violet Howes Cottrill [....]  Read More

Gary Wayne Smarr

The Free Press WVAge 53 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born April 23, 1965 in Braxton County, WV, son of Dora Reed Smarr of Glenville, and the late Murl Junior Smarr [ .... ]  Read More

Earl Cleo Peters

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 2:20 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 following an extended stay at Genesis Glenville Center. He was born in Sand Fork, WV on April 08, 1926 the son of the late Albert and Dorothy McHenry Peters [ .... ]  Read More

Seymour Settle

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Newark, WV departed this life December 01, 2018. He was the son of the late Otho and Goldie Campbell Settle of Apple Farm, WV [....]  Read More

Lulu Elaine Sprouse Morris

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Cox’s Mills, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV,  went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her residence on Garfield Run Road with her loving husband and daughters by her side. She was born February 24, 1936 in Lockney, WV, daughter of the late Edgar Lytle & Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Edward Durgett

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Spruce Run Road, Glenville, WV; formerly of New Jersey, departed this life in the early morning hours of Friday, November 30, 2018 at his home with his living wife by his side. He was born March 14, 1947 in Waldwick, NJ; son of the late William and Margaret Zurawski Durgett [....]  Read More

Gary Eugene Layne

The Free Press WV Age 54, of Glenville, WV went Home to be with the Lord at 7:25 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in Weston, WV on April 02, 1964 to Sharon Yvonne Layne Riffle [....]  Read More

Goldie Marie Holmes

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sand Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston. She was born August 01, 1944, in Sutton,WV,  the daughter of the late Minter & Rhoda Lewis Cottrill [....]  Read More

Carol E. Kimble

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at her residence, following a short illness. She was born June 13, 1935 in Rosedale, WV; daughter of the late Trader and Thelma Ferrell Tallman [ .... ]  Read More

Dessie Louise Wolfe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her living family. She was born April 12, 1923 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Willie L. and Blanche Ellyson Jones [....]  Read More

Travis Lee Kelley

The Free Press WVAge 31, Glenville, WV passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born July 12, 1987, in Buckhannon, WV to Michael Lee Kelley and Carol Louise (Brown) Kelley who survive [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Lee “Bobby” Woodford II

The Free Press WVAge 45 of Linn, WV departed this life unexpectedly on Friday October 26, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Wood County, WV son of Robert L. Woodford of Williamstown, WV and the late Lorena Clark Woodford [ .... ]  Read More

Rolland “Pod” Ernest Miller II

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Claudia Lane, Flatwoods, WV floated to Heaven to be with the Angles on Monday, October 22, 2018, at his home with his wife and son by his side. Pod was born on May 23, 1952 in Glenville, WV, the son of the late Rolland Ernest Miller I and Kathleen (Boggs) Miller [ .... ]  Read More

Morris Edwin Lay

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Smithsburg, MD, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at his home. Born in a log cabin in Pine Knot, Kentucky, Morris was the second of three children to parents, E. Manuel Lay and Kizzie Kathren (King) Lay [ .... ]  Read More

Marie Chapman

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Gassaway, WV on June 06, 1941 a daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Bell Carr Skidmore [ .... ]  Read More

Millard Ray Wiant

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

Tayula Cogar

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

Herman Frederick Nutter

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

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

Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich

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

Rondall Joe Miller

The Free Press WV Age 74 of Normantown, WV passed away at 3:00 PM on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Morgantown. Rondall was born in Doddridge County, WV, on February 24, 1944, a son of Joseph Avender Stout and Delena Miller [....]  Read More

Irene Webster

The Free Press WV Age 92, of Parkersburg, WV passed away September 22, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born November 19, 1925 at Tanner, WV to the late Roscoe and Olive Gainer Webster [....]  Read More

Nyal “Jeff” Hay’s Jeffries

The Free Press WVBorn May 03, 1929 passed away September 18, 2018 at his residence. He was the son of Dorsey and Irma (Collins) Jeffries [ .... ]  Read More

Edwin “Ed” Paul Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Washington, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 09, 2018, surrounded by his family at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 13, 1957, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ralph C. Ellyson and Boneva “Bea” (Davis) Ellyson [ .... ]  Read More

Artenis “John” Johnson

The Free Press WV88 years old, of Frametown, WV, passed away after a short illness on September 05, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. John was born at Williams River, WV to Charlie and Olive Johnson on June 01, 1930 [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie M. Drake

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Glenville, WV, passed away September 06, 2018, at the Glenville Health Care Center, Glenville, after complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 15, 1922, at Walton, WV, the daughter of the late Preston Murphy “Pat” and Lessie Virginia Starcher Larch [ .... ]  Read More

Robin Carol Wade

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Christiansburg, VA, departed this life Wednesday morning, August 22, 2018 in the care of Heritage Hall in Blacksburg, WV. Born in Nashville, TN on August 20, 1952, she was a daughter of the late Robert Dean and Janet Carolyn Hull Arnold [ .... ]  Read More

Billy Joe “Bill” “Pops” Reaser

The Free Press WVAge 80 years, a local businessman and a resident of Elkins, WV departed this life Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2018 at Mon Health Systems at Morgantown WV. He was born Tuesday, November 09, 1937 at Glenville, WV a son of the late Cecil Sherman Reaser, Sr. and Idra Orvilla Adams Reaser [ .... ]  Read More

Claude S. “Bud” White Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Friday, August 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1935, in Baldwin, WV, a son of the late Claude S. White Sr. and Mae Brady White [ .... ]  Read More

Nancy Jean Carter

The Free Press WV Age 66, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in her sleep at Glenville Center in Glenville, WV on July 21, 2018 [....]  Read More

Nelson “Tinker” Reed

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV, a hopeless flirt, avid hunter (he particularly loved stalking game from the front seat of his car or the plastic chair in the back yard), unwilling farmer, mealconnoisseur, expert hugger, questionable dresser, accomplished recliner rider, devotee of The Western Channel and RDTV, lover of bluegrass and old-time music, and all-around cantankerous old fart, went to that Great Coon Hunt in the sky on July 26, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

By Kudos To School Board on 03.21.2019

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

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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“All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.“

This is a patently false statement.  Heyman does this frequently.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 03.19.2019

From the entry: 'In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check'.

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So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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