Gilmer County Clerk: 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 December 18, 2017  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.


Lorous I. Roberts Angela Isenhart 510 Jackson Street
Glenville WV 26351
Flora B. Putnam Lester Joe Putnam 307 East Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351
Stephen L. Putnam 22991 US Hwy 195S, Ireland, WV 26376

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 19, 2017

2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court Have Been Announced

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Members of the 2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court have been announced.

  • Kaylee Howard of Hartsford, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming Queen. She is a Criminal Justice major, President of the sorority Delta Xi Rho, and a member of Sigma Pi Xi. Howard hopes to become a social worker or probation/parole officer and eventually work for the FBI. What she likes most about GSC is the small and cozy community where everyone knows one another and you get the opportunity to meet new people. Howard owns three pet goldfish and she is the first floor RA in Goodwin Hall. She is the daughter of James and Tracy Howard. Her nomination was sponsored by Delta Xi Rho.

  • Justin Rader of Craigsville, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming King. He is an early education and elementary education major. Justin is also the President of the GSC Early Education Student Group and Kappa Delta Pi. After graduation, Justin plans on moving back to Nicholas County to begin his teaching career. He likes Glenville State because the professors know you by name. Justin is a hardcore WVU fan and has two nieces who are 6 and 1 ½ years old. He is the son Rick Rader and Mary and Butch Fox. His nomination was sponsored by the GSC Early Education Student Group.

  • Kelsey Norris of Fayetteville, West Virginia is the senior princess. Norris is an Elementary and Science 5-9 education major. She actively participates in Pioneers for a Cause and is a member of Chi Zeta Pi. After graduation, her goal is to obtain employment teaching middle school science while working toward her master’s degree in school administration. Norris had the pleasure of being recognized in the Milestone Ceremony in August as one of the first students at GSC to receive her Associate’s Degree during this special ceremony. She is the daughter of Darrell and Regina Hypes.

  • Wiley Raines of Parsons, West Virginia is the senior prince. Raines is a Criminal Justice major and member of Sigma Pi Xi, GSC Student Veterans Association, Hidden Promise, and the American Legion. After completing his degree from GSC, he plans to go to West Virginia State University for a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and ROTC to be a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserves. He graduated with honors as a Petroleum Supply Specialist last fall through the U.S. Army. In July he was awarded his associate degree in general studies with magna cum laude honors. He is the son of Herbert and Deborah Schoonover.

  • Erica Jones, junior princess, is the daughter of James and Shelvia Jones of Big Springs, West Virginia. She is an Early, Elementary, and Social Studies education major. Jones is active in a number of on campus activities in-cluding being a member and secretary of the sorority Chi Zeta Pi, a member of the educational honorary society Kappa Delta Pi, a Hidden Promise scholar and mentor, a Glenville State College Honors Pro-gram student, part of the Call Stars team, and an academic tutor. She is a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. After graduating from Glenville, she would like to find a teaching job close to home. She plans on working toward receiving a masters in special education and then pursuing a doctorate in administration. Jones is sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.

  • Faith Donze, sophomore princess, is the daughter of Brian and Debbie Donze of Saint Albans, West Virginia. She is a secondary math education major and her extra-curricular activities include the Pioneer Wall of Sound Marching Band and playing piano. Donze would like to teach high school math in West Virginia after graduation. What she appreciates most about GSC is the beautiful campus and that it feels like home.

  • Megan Stoffel, freshman princess, is the daughter of Jeremy and Rebecca Westfall of Sandyville, West Virginia. Stoffel is an early and elementary education major. She is also a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, Marching Band (manager), and the High Adventure club. She also likes to write stories and poetry and enjoys drawing. She says that her favorite thing about GSC are the amazing and helpful faculty and staff. Stoffel was sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild.

Court Attendants

  • Jakobi Dye is the son of Stephen and Tia Dye of Glenville, West Virginia. Jakobi is currently in Pre-K and loves all things Scooby Doo. He enjoys playing with Lego’s and Scooby Doo toys. His father serves as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at GSC.

  • Charlotte Smarr is the daughter of Kenneth and Nicole Smarr and Chris and Carissa Queen. She is the granddaughter of Gary and Lisa K. Smarr and Dave and Deborah Hughes. Smarr is currently in kindergarten and participates in twirling and Girl Scouts. She likes to ride her bike, swim, and play with her other siblings. She has shown interest in becoming a teacher when she grows up. Her grandparents Gary and Lisa Smarr both work at GSC, in Public Safety and Dining Services, respectively.

  • Zander Henline is the son of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. He is in Pre-K, likes to play Minecraft, and enjoys swimming, playing outside, and going for walks with his dog, Luna. He wants to be a professor and daddy when he grows up. His father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

  • McKinley Henline is the daughter of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. McKinley is in kindergarten and loves to draw and paint, spend time with her friends, sing, and help her mom cook. She wants to be a chef when she grows up. Her father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

For more information about Homecoming Week, visit or call 304.462.6116.

GSC to Host 70th Chi Beta Phi National Conference

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Glenville State College will be hosting the 70th annual Chi Beta Phi National Conference later this month. Chi Beta Phi is an interdisciplinary scientific honorary for undergraduate students and is an affiliate society of The American Association for the Advancement of Science. The organization aims to promote interest in science and to give recognition to scholarly attainment in science.

Chi Beta Phi LogoThe conference will take place in the Glenville State College Science Hall on Saturday, October 28. The schedule includes a greeting from the GSC chapter president, committee assignments, committee meetings, a guest speaker, presentations, and concludes with an awards presentation.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Ross Conover who will be discussing sparrows in the Colorado Rockies. Conover is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountain wilderness in upstate New York. He is currently conducting research out of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in the Colorado Rockies on high elevation sparrows and the semi-aquatic American Dipper.

Glenville State College’s Alpha lota Chapter of Chi Beta Phi has been active since 1964. Advisors include GSC Associate Professor of Physical Science Larry Baker and Associate Professor of Mathematics Paul Peck.

Visit for more information about the National Conference.

GSC to host WVCFF Forester

On Wednesday, October 18, Glenville State College will host Russ Richardson, a West Virginia forester with 30 years of experience, for a conversation about his background and an inside look at the industry. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Land Resources area of GSC’s Waco Center. It is free and open to the public.

The seminar will include a traditional discussion followed by an outdoor session (weather permitting) where Richardson will lead attendees into the woods to talk about his ideas about consulting forestry and to answer questions.

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Richardson (center) in the woods near Widen, West Virginia

Dr. Brian Perkins, GSC Associate Professor of Forestry, facilitated the presentation. “GSC’s Department of Land Resources is happy to host Mr. Richardson as part of the West Virginia Consulting Forestry Forum series. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about forestry consulting and for others in the community to ask questions,” Perkins said.

The West Virginia Consulting Forestry Forum aims to compile information about the art and technology of private consulting forestry in order to serve the needs of future generations of woodland owners and forestry professionals.

For more information about the consulting forestry seminar, call 304.462.6373.


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September 04, 2017
7:00 PM

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

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kaydee and Lacie Martin.

I. Call to Order

II. Public

Certificates of Appreciation (Kaydee and Lacie Martin) - Kaydee and Lacie Martin were awarded a certificate of appreciation for recognition of 70 hours of volunteer service to the City of Glenville for planting and watering the flowers downtown.

A. Approval of Minutes – August 07, 2017

Minutes for the August 07, 2017, meeting were reviewed and placed on file for audit.

III. Reports

B. Financial

The book keeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the financial summary to council. He noted that the book keeper had initially paid the street paving costs from the proposal, however, the final cost for paving was approximately $38000, less than the amount reported at the August meeting, and has been paid. The budget is currently at 18.08% of fiscal year with revenue at 14.49% and expenditures at 16.42%. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial summary as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

C. Street report

The street report was provided to council for review. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that there was a large tree in an alleyway in Camden Flats. Cooks Tree Service has provided an estimate of $1100 for complete tree removal. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve this tree removal at a total cost of $1100. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

D. Police

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He stated the new officer had 24 days remaining in the academy and is doing very well. He will be placed with a current officer for one week when he returns to duty and will then be released to work his shift. Chief requested council consider paying the $100 membership fee for the Chief of Police fees which provides discounts for training and the annual conference. Mayor Fitzpatrick agreed to pay this membership for Chief Huffman.

E. Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the August 23 meeting of the Utility Board. There were minor water leaks with a few minor sewer problems. He noted the annual audit began last week and will continue this week for both the Utility Board and City.

F. Recorder

Nothing to report.

G. Mayors Comments

- Recommendations to Library Board Daniel Smith and June Nonnenberg

Request to appoint Daniel Smith to the Library Board and reappoint June Nonnenberg for another term. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the appointment of Daniel Smith and reappointment of June Nonnenberg to the Library Board. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

- Update August Meetings (Mayor)

Attended the Board of Directors meeting for the WV Municipal League in August.

- City Cruiser

Applied for a grant for a new cruiser. Current cruiser has high mileage. The grant application was submitted last week.

- 2017 Municipal Fees have been invoiced

Municipal fees have been invoiced and have received several to date.

- $1100.00 to cut tree on Camden Flats (alley)

Covered under Financial Report

- Recap Congressman McKinley’s visit

Congressman McKinley recently visited Glenville. He worked with Mayor Fitzpatrick providing assistance with grant application for a new police cruiser by writing a letter of recommendation which was included in grant packet. They also talked about dredging of the river. Congressman McKinley noted the Army Corp of Engineers plan to dredge around the state this year.

- Explanation on paving amount

Covered under Financial Report

- 5K Glow Stick Run 22nd of September

A request for approval to hold a 5K Glow Stick Run on Friday, September 22 with the route beginning at the City Park, up Sycamore to Recreation Center, and return. The Fire Depart will provide assistance. The Glenville Pony League is also requesting to hold a 5K Run/Walk on November 4 with the same route. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve both 5K runs. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

- GCHS Homecoming Parade October 6th (5:00 p.m.)

- GSC Homecoming Parade October 21st (10:00 a.m.)

Request received to have Homecoming Parade for Gilmer County High School on October 06 with the street blocked at 4:00 p.m. and Glenville State College on October 21 with the street blocked at 8:00 a.m. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the GCHS and GSC Homecoming parades. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

IV. Unfinished Business


V. New Business


VI. Other Business to come before Council

Councilwoman Huffman noted a culvert on Norris Road with trees coming into the road. Mayor Fitzpatrick will check and trim back the trees if possible.

VII. Next council meeting – October 02, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

VIII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM

New 4-H Office in Glenville

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation are busy with upgrades and improvements to our facilities ever growing further use for our customers.

This will be the new home of the WVU 4-H office .

We were able to purchase one of the double wide from Gilmer County Board of Education this past September.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for the purchase .

Help to make this project possible are the fine young men and women from Gilmer County’s High School Ag-Mechanics class under the direction of Mr. Nick Cox.

They started digging the footers last week and we hope to pour concrete on Tuesday .

Again thank you to both entity’s for your support for our community recreation center for without groups as yours we would have to dig a little harder to make this happen in the time frame given.

Thank you
Darrel Ramsey/Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Gallery Exhibit Featuring Early Appalachian Photography to Open at GSC

Selections from the Glenville State College Archive will be on display for a gallery exhibit during Homecoming week. The theme of the exhibit will focus on early Appalachian photography and will include several prints from glass negatives, equipment used during the process, and even some of the original glass negatives themselves. The show will feature four different collections: the Byron Turner Glass Negative Collection, the Early Gilmer County Collection, the Gainer Family Glass Negative Collection, and the Pickle Street Glass Negative Collection.

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One of the photos included in the Early Appalachian Photography Exhibit
reproduced from a glass negative from the Gainer family collection

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, October 17 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Gallery. The show will be open the remainder of Homecoming Week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily and prior to the Bluegrass concert on Saturday, October 21 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Beyond Homecoming Week, the gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The gallery is also open one hour prior to most musical performances in the Fine Arts Center.

The Byron Turner Glass Negative Collection was preserved by Glenville State College’s former chemistry instructor, Byron Turner. Turner used the glass negatives as a project in his classes to demonstrate what chemicals were used to make the glass negatives and preserve the picture. The Early Gilmer County Collection was found in the Archives of Glenville State College. It dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Gainer family collection contains donated prints from glass negatives provided by the Gainer family. The pictures were taken by Lloyd Gainer and are from around 1902. The pictures were preserved by West Virginia State Folk Festival founder and 1924 Glenville Normal School graduate Patrick Gainer. The Pickle Street glass negative collection was brought in from the auction house on Pickle Street in Lewis County, West Virginia. The negatives were found in an old barn and later donated to GSC.

“This gallery exhibit will show you what was important to past generations in Appalachia through photography. I hope that the cultural perspective provided gives attendees a better understanding of central West Virginia. It also provides you with more of an appreciation as to what people had to go through and how challenging it was just to take a picture,” said GSC Librarian and Archivist Jason Gum.

During the opening reception, there will also be a book signing for GSC’s recent history book, Preserving and Responding. Gum and the college’s Public Relations Specialist, Dustin Crutchfield, authored this work.

The exhibit will be on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Friday, November 03.

For more information about the gallery exhibit or the book signing, call 304.462.6163.

GCEDA Broadband Public Meeting Notice

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As the lead economic development arm of the the Gilmer County Commission the GCEDA’s President Jeff Campbell provided the following information at last weeks County Commission meeting:

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will be making an application, on behalf of the County, for a West Virginia Development Office Community Development Block Grant for Broadband Planning.

The WVDO has set aside $700,000 of funds for this year with grants due by October 31, 2017. 

A broadband planning grant for a county may be between the amounts of $50,000 to $75,000. 

The GCEDA has budgeted for the 2017 Fiscal Year - $10,000 to pursue a broadband grant/project a portion of which will be used for a consultant to handle the grant application and the remainder as a match on the grant to ensure we receive one. 

The majority of the county has negligible broadband, with the exception of those areas around the College or where Shentel has service. 

The planning grant would be used to create a engineering design for a wireless broadband project for Gilmer County, like Upshur/Randolphf/Barbour consortium.

The Upshur/Randolph/Barbour consortium was awarded a grant from the USDA for $3.0M for a fixed wireless solution which will serve 9,000 residents and businesses with between 10 and 100 megabyte downstream service from tower based wireless internet.

The application is currently underway with an initial public meeting on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00 pm at the Glenville Inn. 

This is one of two mandatory meetings required by the CDBG process and will inform the public of the grant opportunity and take public comments. 

We would request all the Commissioners make the meeting if possible, but at least one attend. 

A second mandatory public meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm at the Glenville Inn where the application will be presented and further comments taken. 

Additionally the County Commission will need to adopt a Resolution at its second October meeting on October 20th in support of the grant application.

Jeff Campbell
President GCEDA


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Now there’s a simple way to be a life changer. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, ask people to prepare a shoebox that is packed with toys and school supplies for children all over the world.

The boxes are collected at area collection centers, then transported to regional centers, then to the national center in North Carolina to be shipped world-wide.

Camden Flats Baptist Church will be the area collection center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year in our area.

Last year’s shoeboxes were monumental in sharing the Gospel and making Christmas brighter for children and families all over the world.

Only God knows the impact that OCC has had in leading people to our Savior.

It is estimated that for every shoebox, seven people will be exposed to the Gospel.

Just last year the number of shoeboxes packed were: 

      -11.6 Million World wide

      -906,000 from the Great Lakes Region: West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana

      -9,400 from Parkersburg area 10 counties

      -380 boxes from Glenville

This is a great church and family project to help kids in countries world-wide to find the real meaning of Christmas.

Classrooms at school, civic, and youth organizations are participating this year as in the past.

We are in hopes to exceed last year’s numbers.

So how can your church and organization get involved?

1. Go to Operation Christmas Child - to get details about packing boxes.

2. Set a goal for your organization of how many boxes you will pack.

3. Prepare your boxes for National Collection Week November 13-20 and bring them to Camden Flats Baptist Church, the collection center to eventually be delivered to the national center in North Carolina.

4. Contact me with your goals so we can adequately prepare shipping boxes for expected shoeboxes.

5. If possible include the $7.00

Please let me know the name of your church or organization, contact person, and the number of shoeboxes you have set as a goal.

You can contact me by: Sending a postcard to Camden Flats Baptist Church, PO Box 45, Glenville, WV 26351.

Send me an email at: ‘’ Call the church and leave a message 304.462.5200

We can even have someone come to your church or organization to share about OCC

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or be of assistance.

Working Together,
Pastor Dwight Goff,
Area Collection Coordinator,
Operation Christmas Child

Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association Helps the Fire Pit Project at GCPR

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center has received $500.00 dollar donation to help with the construction of a new pavilion with in ground cooking fire pit from the Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association.

This donation will help to offset the cost of the projected $3,000.00 pavilion project.

4-H uses the in ground cooking fire pit for there annual pit pork roast fund raiser dinner as well as a unit of out door cooking during there week long camp each summer at the recreation center.

We thank the 4-H leaders for there heartfelt donation to make this new and improved cooking pit a success.

Thank you

Darrel Ramsey /Director

Former Glenville State Professors, Staff Members Return to Campus

Glenville State College recently welcomed former employees back to campus for a Retirees Luncheon. The event provides a chance to recognize those who have devoted years of work to ensure the success of the college and build the culture of caring that makes GSC so unique.

Nearly every office and academic department across campus had representation from the group that assembled to reminisce and share memories. Many of the former professors and staff members who attended are also Glenville State College graduates.

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Some of the retired Glenville State College employees and their guests who returned to campus for a luncheon

Those in attendance include: Rick Accord, Professor Emerita Janet Bailey, Professor Emeritus Ralph Bame, Bill Bonnett, Carla Conley, Dr. John Curran, Arleta Davis, Sherry de Rosset, Professor Emeritus Wayne de Rosset, Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Evans, Ray Fitts, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gary Gillespie, Debi Jenkins, Layne Jenkins, Garry Kight, Professor Emerita Yvonne King, Wilda Kuhl, Karen Lay, Brenda McCartney, Professor Emeritus Charles Scott, Professor Emeritus Rick Sypolt, Professor Emerita Dr. Barbra Tedford, and Ginny Yeager.

“I’ve said before that we stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before us here at Glenville State, and when you talk to our retirees it is easy to see the origins of the greatness and best this institution has exhibited. These folks carried on the traditions that they learned from their predecessors and then in turn passed it on to our current workforce. Their caring and thoughtful nature illustrates what our graduates have said for years, that Glenville State College feels like a home away from home. I think that is a true testament to the work of our former faculty and staff. It was a privilege to be able to host and have them back on campus for lunch and fellowship,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 25, 2017 – 4:30 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. by Vice President, Norma Hurley.


Members present: Norma Hurley, Dave Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent. Others present: Nasia Butcher and Becky Minigh.


Becky Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Mrs. Hurley informed the board that she had a request to run the Excess Levy election in November 2017. She distributed a draft Class II publication, as required by law, to board members along with the Election Calendar and other information pertaining to the excess levy election. After much discussion, the Board decided to gather additional information and further discuss the topic at the October 09, 2017 regular board meeting.


Mike Triplett moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m. Carl Armour seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

APPROVED: October 09, 2017

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 25, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM by Vice President, Norma Hurley.


Members present: Norma Hurley, Dave Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent.

Others present: Nasia Butcher, Becky Minigh, Joe Frashure, Colin Sprouse, Dan Minney, Caitlyn Walker, Amos Walker, Darrel Ramsey and Joe Spradling.


Darrel Ramsey led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Nasia Butcher Darrel Ramsey At this time, Carl Armour made a motion to extend the time for the double-wide trailer to be relocated to the Gilmer County Recreation Center, now located at the former Normantown Elementary site, to December 31, 2017. Motion passed 4-0.

CONSENT AGENDA Dave Ramezan moved that the Minutes of September 11, 2017, Volunteers and the Treasurer’s Report be approved. There were no Student Transfers or Out-of-State Field Trips. Mike Triplett seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.


There was no reports.


Approval of Bus Purchase- Mr. Frashure explained the number of busses in Gilmer County’s bus fleet and condition of them. He also explained the funds to purchase a new bus. On a Motion by Mike Triplet and a second by Dave Ramezan, the board voted to approve Mr. Frashure’s request to purchase an additional bus. Motion passed 4-0.


Approval to permit 6th graders to move up to middle school basketball, GCHS - On a motion by Dave Ramezan, approval to permit 6th graders to move up to middle school basketball was given. Carl Armour seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.
Lease Agreement with Northside Chevrolet for Driver’s Education Vehicle - A lease agreement for $1.00 with Northside Chevrolet for the driver’s education vehicle was approved on a motion by Mike Triplett and a second by Dave Ramezan. 4-0.


Norma Hurley moved to approve the Professional portion of the personnel agenda as presented by the Superintendent. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 4-0. Lindsey A. Kimble - Sub Teacher, 2017-2018 Lois Stewart - Sub Teacher, 2017-2018 Shannon Wine – Sub Teacher, 2017-2018 Jennifer Sager – Resignation, Music, Theatre, Band Director, eff. 09.11.17 Shannon Wine – Academic Coach, Grad 20/20, Credit Recovery, SAT Coordinator, eff Approval to post the following positions: Academic Coach, Graduation 20/20, Credit Recovery, SAT Coordinator, GCHS, 2017-2018, Asst. Principal, Gilmer Co. Elementary School, 2017-2018, and Music, Theatre, Band Director, GCHS, 2017-2018.


Norma Hurley inquired of Caitlyn Walker and her School Service Personnel Representative, Joe Spradling, whether or not they would like to discuss the personnel matter concerning Caitlyn in executive session or in public. They elected to discuss it in public. At 7:00 p.m., and after much discussion, Norma Hurley moved to enter into executive session to discuss the service personnel issue. Motion was seconded by Dave Ramezan. 4-0. At 7:22 p.m. the board returned from executive session on a motion by Mike Triplett and second by Dave Ramezan. 4-0. At this time, Norma Hurley made a motion to allow Caitlyn Walker, Payroll Supervisor, to return to work on September 26, 2017 under her current probationary contract, with the conditions that she will be evaluated by the Superintendent in collaboration with the Personnel Director, Judy Stalnaker, and that they will clearly advise her of her duties that she will perform. Dave Ramezan seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.


The Superintendent had no updates at this time.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

The next Regular Meeting of the Board will be October 09, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

APPROVED: October 09, 2017

Halftime Heroes Honored at GSC Football Game

Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett and Vice President for Student Life and Athletics, Rusty Vineyard, honored three individuals through GSC’s ‘Half-time Heroes’ initiative during the Pioneer Football game on Saturday, October 7. Cheryl McKinney, Richard Turner, and Dennis Fitzpatrick were recognized and thanked for their efforts on campus, in the community, and in GSC’s service area. Half-time Heroes are individuals who bring recognition to GSC through their dedication and civic duties, which enhances the overall image of Glenville State College.

“I am proud to recognize these three Pioneers as a small token of our appreciation for all of their hard work. One of the best parts of being President at Glenville State College is having the opportunity to work with such great faculty, staff, community leaders, alumni, and donors. The individuals we’ll be honoring as Half-time Heroes work tirelessly to make this campus and our community better places,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

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(l-r) Rusty Vineyard, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Richard Turner, Cheryl McKinney, and President Pellett

McKinney is a resident of Glenville, West Virginia and has worked at Glenville State College for 34 years where she serves as an Associate Professor of Business and Chair of the Department of Business. McKinney is a tenured accounting professor, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She also performs with the student and alumni members of GSC’s Percussion Ensemble which is directed by her husband John, GSC class of 1973 and GSC Associate Professor of Music. Additionally, she was recently elected President of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Turner is a resident of Normantown, West Virginia and has worked at Glenville State College for 17 years. He serves as a Maintenance Worker in the college’s Physical Plant and is known for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. Turner does his job with pride and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure a job well done. He was recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year in 2014.

Fitzpatrick, GSC Class of 1973, is a resident of Glenville, West Virginia and served in various capacities at Glenville State College for over twelve years before retiring in 2011. These positions included stints as Athletic Director and Head Coach of the Lady Pioneer Basketball Team. Fitzpatrick is currently serving as the Mayor of Glenville and has been since 2013. His current term runs through mid-2019.

“Alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are vital to the success of Glenville State. We know that this campus has great people and it is my hope that, through initiatives like these, that everyone understands how important they are to us. The recognition of good deeds and outstanding work is something that we should all do more frequently,” Pellett added.

The college also recognized area first responders during the game.

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