GSC Pledges Increased Support for Student Veterans

GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College is pledging increased support for student veterans as part of the West Virginia’s ‘5 Star Challenge’ initiative which launched earlier this fall. The Challenge, which calls on institutions to adopt a set of exemplary standards for supporting student veterans, is a tribute to the military tradition of issuing ‘challenge coins’ to service members who embody the values and standards of their military units.

A brief ceremony took place on November 07 during the Military Appreciation Ball that was organized by GSC’s Student Veterans Association. That ceremony included the presentation of the ‘5 Star Challenge’ coin. Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr, a proud veteran himself, said he is happy to see West Virginia’s state colleges and universities banding together to further help student veterans.

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GSC Student Veterans Association President Jon Clark (L) with President Peter Barr (R).
President Barr holds the ‘5 Star Challenge’ coin that Clark presented to him.

In accepting the Challenge, GSC has committed to 1) providing a signed commitment from President Barr to adopt best practices and standards, 2) emphasizing a focus on increasing access and affordability to higher education for student veterans, 3) providing increased academic support including priority registration for classes, 4) enhancing social networks for veterans on campus, and 5) encouraging greater collaboration with community organizations working to meet the needs of military service members. A detailed outline of the Challenge can be found at, the state’s free college and career-planning website.

Currently, Glenville State College has over forty student veterans enrolled.

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A close-up of the ‘5 Star Challenge’ coin

“We are proud to announce that all public four-year undergraduate institutions in West Virginia have accepted the ‘5 Star Challenge,‘“ Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission said. “Their participation in this effort not only acknowledges a sincere commitment to meeting the unique needs of our student veterans, but also results in real policies that will provide tangible benefits to military service members who are pursuing higher education. By providing student veterans with services such as priority registration and building stronger support networks on campus, we are honoring their service to our country and equipping them with the resources they need to succeed.“

The 5 Star Challenge is an initiative of the Office of Veterans Education and Training Programs within the Division of Student Affairs at the Commission and WVCTCS. In addition to issuing the challenge to campuses, the Commission and WVCTCS are committing to providing more resources to help student veterans navigate the higher education system and find support on campus and in the community.

Franklin County Judge Dismisses Trespass Charges Against Glenville Pipeline Surveyors

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Franklin County resident Glenn Frith grimaced Wednesday morning after a General District Court judge dismissed misdemeanor trespass charges against two members of a survey crew working in July for Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC.

“We just don’t have any property rights anymore,” Frith said after the trial. “Money from somewhere has bought off our property rights.”
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Frith said he was disappointed but not surprised by Judge Robert Adams’ decision to dismiss the trespass charges, which stemmed from a confrontation Frith had July 30 with surveyors on his property west of Boones Mill. Frith said Virginia law seems to be on the side of the private company that wants to build and bury a 42-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline through the region.

The controversial law, 56-49.01, allows a natural gas company or its contractors to survey private property even if the owner has denied access. That’s true as long as the company has provided notification required by the law.

To date, the law has survived challenges in federal court and in at least one county’s circuit court. And Adams cited the law’s provisions when dismissing the trespass charges against Nicholas Constantine, 46, of Burlington, New Jersey, and Jeremy Dean, 33, of Glenville, West Virginia.

Both men testified Wednesday that they were working for Mountain Valley Pipeline on July 30 when they walked onto Frith’s land with the intention of surveying it for a possible route for the high-pressure pipeline.

Earlier, Kevin Wagner, a regional land director for Mountain Valley, testified that the company had followed the notification requirements specified by 56-49.01 before launching survey work on Frith’s property.

But Frith has said he thought that a certified letter he’d sent Mountain Valley denying access to his property, along with “No trespassing” signs specifically targeted to pipeline crews, would keep surveyors off his land.

He said later that a lack of clarity about the state law could lead to tragic consequences if Franklin County property owners reacted angrily to survey crews working where they weren’t wanted.

Lawyer Ward Armstrong, a former member of the House of Delegates, was the attorney for Constantine and Dean in court Wednesday. In 2004, when Armstrong, a Democrat, represented Henry County, he voted for 56-49.01.

On Wednesday, he said the law and others like it allow necessary survey work to occur when electric utilities or natural gas companies are studying possible routes for transmission power lines or pipelines. He said society has to decide whether it wants to support utility infrastructure projects that appear to provide a public benefit.

He acknowledged that there is controversy about whether the Mountain Valley project, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia to another transmission pipeline in Pittsylvania County, provides a public benefit to any of the communities through which it might travel.

Regardless, he said, opponents to the law granting survey access or to the pipeline project itself should fight their battles with civil lawsuits and not with criminal charges.

He said Constantine and Dean were simply doing their job, “just trying to put food on the table.” He said both men slept little on the eve of Wednesday’s trial.

Mountain Valley submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month, seeking the commission’s blessing for the 301-mile, $3.5 billion pipeline project — an endeavor that has garnered support and stirred opposition.

Armstrong referenced the latter when addressing the court Wednesday.

“I know that this case generates a lot of emotion,” he said.

Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for Mountain Valley, said she is not aware of any other trespass charges pending against surveyors along the pipeline’s route.

In July, two men working for a Mountain Valley subcontractor pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespass charges in Craig County after using a posted private road to gain access to the Jefferson National Forest.

Cox said Wednesday that Mountain Valley has completed surveying for nearly 80 percent of the proposed pipeline route.

“Some surveying activities can continue while others are seasonal,” Cox said, noting that some surveying will continue through the winter.

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History Awards $162,432 to 41 STEAM Projects

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CHARLESTON, WV – STEAM Power WV grants provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation will contribute $162,432 to 41 STEAM projects throughout WV.

Students at Madison Elementary in Wheeling, Ohio County, will use the arts to learn about solar movement, robotics, garden design and more. Students at Clay Battelle High School in Blacksville, Monongalia County, will explore the chemistry of plant pigments and dyes, while students at Greenwood Elementary School in Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, will discover some of the science behind music. These projects are among 39 schools and arts organizations that will share in the funding for projects that put STEAM Power WV to work for students in communities all across the state.

“The STEM to STEAM evolution is so important for education in West Virginia.  Recognizing that every subject has an arts component opens the door for creativity and imaginative projects that will help students become more curious, more confident and more excited about what they are learning,” said WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

In this new grant initiative, the state arts agency offered up to $7,500 to schools and organizations that integrate the arts in their curriculum and community programming with STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). Additional funding was provided by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts in collaboration with the Governor’s STEM Initiative and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

For more information about STEAM Power WV contact Jim Wolfe, arts in education coordinator for the division, at 304.558.0240 or .

STEAM Power WV grant recipients are as follows:

Berkeley County
  Hedgesville Middle School, Hedgesville, $5,891 for HMS News: Making Our Own Headlines with Creative Media, and Makey Makey Piano.
Mountain Ridge Middle School, Gerrardstown, $5,129 for Mountain Ridge Choir iPad Composition Project.

Cabell County
  Cabell Midland High School Band, Ona, $7,000 for a project combining the study of music with math, science and technology.
  Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, $4,586 for Turn Up the HEAT, in which Mason County middle school students explore the effects of heat on multiple art processes.
  Milton Elementary School, Milton,  $1,698 for Arts and Bots.

Clay County
  Clay Elementary School, Clay, $6,737 for songwriting and movie making curriculum titled Full Steam Ahead.

Gilmer County
  Gilmer County High School, Glenville, $7,000 for curriculum that combines music instruction with math, science and technology.

Harrison County
  Mountaineer Middle School, Clarksburg, $7,072 for The “Art” of STEAM Integration, combining science, technology and math with music instruction.

Jefferson County
  Page Jackson Elementary School, Charles Town, $947 for Using Science to Compose Music.

Kanawha County
  Holz Elementary School, Charleston, $776 for a Lego robotics program.
  Lakewood Elementary, St. Albans, $1,266 for Legos Recreate the World’s Architectural Landmarks.
  Richmond Elementary School, South Charleston, $1,618 for City Planning 2040, a design project incorporating 3D printing.

Lincoln County
  Lincoln County Schools, Hamlin, $6,228 for After-school Publishing, a student-based book publishing program.

Marshall County
  Sherrard Middle School, Wheeling, $7,500 to create and construct an “Urban Tree” sculpture for the school campus.

McDowell County
  Barter Theatre serving Mount View and River View High Schools, $7,500 for Project REAL (Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning).

Monongalia County
  Clay-Battelle High School, Blacksville, $4,824 for exploration of the molecular structure and function of plant pigments;  pigments are used to dye fabric that students can bind in book form or stitch together as a quilt.
  Eastwood Elementary, Morgantown, $5,000 for Wake Up Your Senses, Sleepy Bears, a program that combines STEAM principles with garden-based learning.
  Mountaineer Middle School, Morgantown, $359 for West Virginia Watersheds, a student-community collaboration in which students investigate water quality and create model watersheds.
  North Elementary, Morgantown, $5,000 for SuperSTEAM to the Rescue, a problem-solving project combining visual art,  environmental science and engineering.
  University High School, Morgantown, $5,625 for expansion of the school’s clay studio, with students contributing work to the Empty Bowls project. Collaboration includes environmental science, art,  math, physics, and engineering/technology faculty.

Morgan County
  Greenwood Elementary School, Berkeley Springs, $1,074 for arts integration with the WV Symphony Orchestra’s Student Centered Arts Learning Environment (SCALE) project. 
  Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs, $7,500 for MAC STEAMWorks, a partnership with Morgan County Schools which uses art, animation, dance and music to explore science, technology and math.
  Warm Springs Intermediate School, Berkeley Springs, $1,044 for the collaborative creation of a bottle cap mural, integrating environmental science and art.

Ohio County
  Madison Elementary School, Wheeling, $5,700 for Oglebay Institute STEAM Achievers.
  Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, $3,877 for its Science of Raku Ceramics program, serving high school students in Ohio and Marshall Counties.
  The Linsly School, Wheeling, $800 for Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, combining art, architecture, engineering and math.
  Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, $5,000 for Picking Up STEAM, a project that combines math, modeling, theater and design.
  Woodsdale Elementary School, Wheeling, $2,691 for Artbots, combining computer coding, geometry and collaborative painting.

Pocahontas County
  High Rocks Educational Corporation, Hillsboro, $3,750 for arts education programs including Creative Expressions, Musical Math and The Art of Science.

Putnam County
  Confidence Elementary, Poca, $3,117 for Composting with Confidence, in which students build and maintain three school compost bins.

Raleigh County
  Beckley-Stratton Middle School, Beckley, $7,500 for a 3D Animation/3D Printing Lab in the school’s STEAM Library.
  Liberty High School Fine Arts Department, Daniel, $3,003 for a music composition project in which students apply STEM principles to antique and futuristic musical instruments.
  RESA 1, Beckley, $1,500 for Smart Moves for Education & the Arts in three Raleigh County elementary schools.

Taylor County
  Flemington Elementary, Flemington, $2,805 for a collaborative project with the WV Symphony, integrating literature,  music, physical science, technology and math.

Tucker County
  Tucker County High School, Hambleton, $4,600 for Tiny Houses: Designing Solutions, Building Collaboration, a project in which students investigate the value of art and architecture in designing solutions to economic, energy and environmental challenges.

Upshur County
  Hodgesville Elementary School, Buckhannon, $1,082 for a project examining the art, architecture and engineering of bridges.

Wayne County
  East Lynn Elementary School, East Lynn, $6,758 for a STEAM Powered Science Camp combining robotics, life science, music and art.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation, Charleston, $4,875 for a virtual scavenger hunt that combines STEM disciplines with art lessons and activities.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra $4,000 for its SCALE (Student Centered Arts Learning Environment) project.


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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held his monthly motion day in Gilmer County beginning at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

•  One fugitive from justice hearing was cancelled due to defendant being released from Central Regional Jail because the State of Virginia was no longer interested in pursing the charges against him.

•  Two juvenile matters were heard.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Adam Couch

He was before the court with his 2 attorneys, Kevin Hughart of Sissonville and Brian Bailey of Buckhannon for a hearing to set bond in his case.

Judge Facemire set his bond at $220,000.00 surety and/or cash and home confinement as a condition of bond and not as a credit on his sentence.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He appeared for his arraignment and he will have a pretrial hearing on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

His trial is set for 9:00 AM Tuesday, January0 5, 2016.

His attorney is also Kevin Hughart.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Kevin Curry

He still failed to appear in court so Judge Facemire continued the bench warrant against him and the prosecutor will pursue bond forfeiture.

Curry is represented by Bernie Mauser of Sutton who also has had no contact with his client.

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On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Family Court Judge Larry Whited was in Gilmer County.

He heard 2 matters in Family Court.

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And they had to move the Board of Ed to have the whole upstairs of the annex for it.

By And We Fell For This?  on  11.20.2015

Citizens watched video requests for financial information from the WVDOE for extra expenses to incur for the Minney Hamilton move.

What would you call refusal of the WVDOE to provide the full set of financial information? Is it dishonesty, arrogance or what?

When the WVDOE refuses to give information watch out because it is not good.

Citizens do not understand why the move was necessary in the first place to have 1000 sq ft. of extra space when the County is down sizing its school system, and the WVDOE would not allow us to get needed teachers in our class rooms.

We hear that much of the new space is unused.

Could this MH expense concern be something to put to Dr. Daniel? The decision for the move occurred on her watch.

By Mitch Watkins  on  11.21.2015

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Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 11.20.15 - Today

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November 20, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse – Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV





                  9:15 Chris Brosan- Commercial Dog Breeding

                  9:30 Carol Wolfe – request to use the room that the Board of Education used below the stairs

                  9:45 Kimberly Jenkins – Tax Lien Fund Surplus ready to be distributed


        Discussion and/or action on:

                  1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

                  2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

                  3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                          a)  Board Seats open on the:

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

                                  ii. ii. Ambulance Authority Board of Directors-DeKalb & Glenville Districts

                  4)  Budget Revisions

                  5)  Budget Control Report - None

                  6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

                  7)  Approve County Commission Minutes

                  8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes:

                          a) Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Yearly Totals-Dispatched calls

                          b) Gilmer County Board of Health minutes



        Discussion and/or action on:

                  1) Pitney Bowes Contract- Karen Elkin-Fourteenth Judicial

                  2) Power of Attorney-Excise/State Motor Fuel Tax

                  3) Assessor Gary Wolfe to receive compensation for additional duites




NEXT MEETING: December 04, 2015

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 January 11, 2016  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.


Thelma V. Brady Z. Ann Bee

Deborah Dobbins
1030 Lower Cedar Crk Rd
3951 Lower Cedar Crk Rd
Glenville, WV 26351
Kenneth Edward Coen Rachel Wyre 2778 Widen Dille Road
Birch River, WV 26610
Michael Bruce Adams Annabelle Wimer Adams PO Box 28
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Naomi L. Salisbury Charles G. Salisbury PO Box 97
Glenville, WV 26351
John Paul Roberts Gina L. Schweinsberg 551 Henry Camp Rd
St. Marys, WV 26170
Eloise Byrd Connie Grogg 1068 Newberne Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : November 12, 2015

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Putting in new water line & Gas line to new
Glimer County Elementary School in Glenville
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How about someone informing us what the huge excavation is for at the Hays City school site? It looks like a high volume holding pond.

When the WVDOE told us that the move from Crooked Run to the new site along the river was seamless did that mean that the same type of excavation would have been at Crooked Run or was there a site design change for some reason and what is the extra cost?

This entry falls into the category of need for full and open disclosure by the WVDOE/WVBOE/WVSBA. What a surprise if we would get it with the secret way intervention has been administered from Charleston.

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GSC Group Raises Awareness for Student Suicide

GLENVILLE, WV - Members of the Glenville State College student organization Pioneers for a Cause braved a frosty Monday morning to bring awareness to a somber subject – student suicide. The group covered the campus lawn at Clark Hall with backpacks that included stories of students who had been lost to suicide. The packs and stories were a dynamic way to visually represent the sometimes silent struggle facing students. Nationwide estimates say approximately 1,100 students take their own lives each year.

As part of the awareness event, students who visited the display were able to read the personal stories of a person lost. Additionally, they were encouraged to write a message of encouragement on small yellow flags and place them around the backpack display. Students could then write that same message on a dry erase board, take a photo, and share it on Instagram and other social media using #BeTheVoiceGSC.

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Backpacks dot the lawn near Clark Hall on campus at Glenville State College
during a suicide awareness event

Pioneers for a Cause originally tried to get the nationally recognized ‘Send Silence Packing’ traveling exhibition of 1,100 donated backpacks to visit GSC but were unsuccessful due to the popular exhibit having already been booked for the year. So the student activists decided to make sure that the event happened anyway so they worked to get as many backpacks donated as they could and organized an event themselves. “Suicide prevention is an important topic and it’s everyone’s job. If this event helps to save one life, then we did what we had hoped,“ said Pioneers for a Cause member Jonna Strickland.

The group extends their thanks to those who donated backpacks and supplies, the other student organizations at GSC that helped with setup, and to Michele Toman for donating information and literature. Toman founded the state chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and successfully rallied the West Virginia legislature to pass a bill requiring state school systems to have detailed suicide awareness and prevention programs in place.

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Pioneers for a Cause student group members put the finishing touches
on their suicide awareness event exhibit

The backpack display and information table was up throughout the day on Monday, November 09 and Tuesday, November 10.

Glenville State College students who might be struggling can contact the campus counselor at 304.462.6432 or visit the ULifeline site accessible through

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK(8255).

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Not to minimize the issue of suicide.  But….

Isn’t rape, a much, much bigger issue in the Glenville State College, Gilmer County area?

Especially and specifically, the lack of prosecution of rapes?

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Gilmer County Board of Education Special and Regular Meeting - 11.16.15 - Tonight

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Gilmer County High School
Monday, November 16, 2015 – 4:45 PM Student Hearing
6:00 PM Regular Board Meeting

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President




              A.  Minutes: October 19, 2015

              B.  Student Transfers

              C.  School Volunteers

              D.  Field Trips



              A.  CGCC - Dr. Carl Armour – October 20, 2015

              B. RESA 7 - Dr. William Simmons


              A. Treasurer’s Report

              B. Financial Statement

              C. Check Register

              D. December 09, 2015- 9:00 AM - State Superintendent at Glenville Elementary

              E. Thinking Maps Report

The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, December 21, 2015.


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