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West Virginia Library Commission Announces Grants to Public Libraries

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The West Virginia Library Commission has presented $187,180 in state grants to 47 public libraries in the state. 

The grants were awarded in June, based on facility, programming, and collections proposals from each library. 

The maximum award is $5,000 per library.

29 grants were awarded for facility maintenance, 9 for collection development, 9 for programming improvements, and 3 for other service enhancements. 

The following libraries received grant funding for their individual projects: 

Belington Public Library $5,000
Boone-Madison Public Library $3,125
Brooke County Public Library $1,000
Buffalo Creek Memorial Public Library $5,000
Burnsville Public Library $5,000
Capon Bridge Public Library $2,500
Chapmanville Public Library $5,000
Cheat Area Public Library $5,000
Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library $4,495
Clay County Public Library $5,000
Craft Memorial Public Library $4,000
Craigsville Public Library $5,000
Fayette County Public Library $3,900
Fort Ashby Public Library $4,460
Gallaher Village Public Library $3,500
Gassaway Public Library $1,000
Gilmer Public Library $5,000
Greenbrier County Public Library $4,340
Kingwood Public Library $2,889
Lowe Public Library $4,000
Lynn Murray Public Library $4,000
Mary H. Weir Public Library $5,000
Mason City Public Library $4,000
McDowell County Public Library $5,000
Mingo County Public Library $4,500
Monroe County Public Library $4,501
Morgan County Public Library $5,000
Moundsville-Marshall County PL $5,000
Paw Paw Public Library $5,000
Piedmont Public Library $5,000
Pioneer Memorial Public Library $500
Pocahontas County Public Library $5,000
Putnam County Public Library $5,000
Raleigh County Public Library $4,500
Ritchie County Public Library $5,000
Roane County Public Library $5,000
Ronceverte Public Library $1,059
Rupert Public Library $1,200
Russell Memorial Public Library $1,500
Southern Area Public Library $4,250
Summers County Public Library $5,000
Summersville Public Library $5,000
Sutton Public Library $2,461
Tyler County Public Library $2,000
Upshur County Public Library $5,000
Valley Head Public Library $3,500
Webster Addison Public Library $5,000

“These grants reflect the critical needs in West Virginia’s public libraries,” said Karen Goff, Executive Secretary of the WVLC. “They will allow libraries to improve their facilities, as well as enhance the programs and services they provide to state residents.”

The 2018 state grants represent a $77,087 increase over the WVLC’s 2017 awards.

Card of Thanks

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Card of Thanks

On behalf of the family and friends of Beryl D. McCord, deceased, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Lewis County Honor Guard, the Lewis County ROTC, Reverend Martin Wine, Pastor Robert Mitchell and Lee Ellyson of Ellyson Mortuary Inc. for your help during Beryl’s memorial service at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery.

You were amazing. Thank you.

Patrick Wine

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 04, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – May 7th, 2018

The minutes from the May 07, 2018 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

 

II. Reports


Financial

We are currently at 92.88% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 100% and expenditures at 95.08%. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the financial statement as presented. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

The current Street Dept. Supervisor has resigned to take another job. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that he had just hired a new street worker, Scott McCullough, at $9 per hour and Scott will be on probation status for 90 days. The hourly wage will increase to $10 per hour following the satisfactory probationary period.


Police Report

Chief Huffman was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council. Mayor Fitzpatrick will follow up with city police regarding procedure for pulling over vehicles along road for safety concerns.


Glenville Utility

A three-inch water line leak was repaired on Beverly Drive. A recent water plant inspection was completed with no violations. There was a sewer leak on a service line on Mineral Road that was corrected.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments

 

* 5K Run


Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that FRN has requested permission to hold a 5K run on August 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The City will help patrol this event.


* Folk Festival – Street Closure


The Folk Festival Committee submitted a letter requesting street closures throughout the week for the annual Folk Festival. The City will close Court Street from Main Street to back of United Bank on Monday for construction of the platform for square dancing, close Main Street at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and 3:00 p.m. on Friday with street closure all day on Saturday. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Folk Festival Committee will pay $150 for use of the City Park to cover electricity and water. Mayor Fitzpatrick reminded council that he will be traveling to Weirton to attend a WV Municipal League quarterly meeting and will attend the annual training meeting for Flood Plain Management on June 11. Council has already approved his travel reimbursement for expenses.


* Part-time workers for Festival (3)


Requested approval to hire three (3) part-time workers at minimum wage for approximately 30 hours each to work during Folk Festival. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to hire three part-time workers at minimum wage for approximately 30 hours each for Folk Festival. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Ribbon cutting for the Pioneer Stage Blue Grass building on the 20 th/6 p m.


GSC President Pellett requested Mayor Fitzpatrick attend the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bluegrass building (the old Midland Building) on Wednesday, June 20.


* Parade 23rd at 11:00


The Folk Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11:00 a.m.


* Gadney returning in June


Officer Gadney will return to duty the 18th of June following additional military training.


* Bullet Proof Vest Approval


Chief Huffman has requested the purchase of a new bullet proof vest at a total cost of $1340 to replace his current one. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the purchase of a new bullet-proof vest for Chief Huffman. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Reed double wide


Burk Reed would like to place a double wide trailor near his garage on Walnut Street following the purchase of his current property for the new round-about location. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the placement of a double wide home at this new location. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Mayor Fitzpatrick requested Councilman Wiant send him the pole number for the street light that is currently out so he can follow up on this for repair.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council

None


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be July 02, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.


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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen  on  07.11.2018

Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader  on  07.14.2018

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Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards

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Citing declining enrollment, and increasing reliance on that enrollment rather than the state Legislature for funding, plus competition for students from West Virginia and Marshall universities, a report recommends merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.

The document, from the Colorado-based nonprofit National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, labels those four schools “Medium Risk to High Risk” in sustainability, saying they’re “sustainable in the short-term, but their futures are uncertain.”

The REPORT recommends this move, in the short-term for Bluefield and Concord and in the long-term for Glenville and WVSU, and suggests “initially” retaining the separate boards of governors for Fairmont State, Shepherd and West Liberty universities, “but with additional powers regarding governance of institutions explicitly delegated” to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

The recommendations include “leaving open” that Concord and Bluefield “could become a single accredited institution” and “the potential of including New River Community and Technical College within the new structure while retaining its unique mission as a community college.”

The report, which includes several other recommendations, also lists negative effects of the state government’s decisions to separate community colleges from public 4-year schools, weaken the power of the HEPC, decentralize governance and cut higher education funding.

And at a time when the presidents of WVU, Marshall and Concord are to co-chair Gov. Jim Justice’s newly formed group to study the funding and sustainability of higher education (the HEPC was already studying a possible funding formula), the report notes that a “major obstacle to collaboration with West Virginia University or Marshall University is a fear that the larger institutions will collaborate only out of their self-interest to stifle competition or ultimately take over the smaller institutions.”

“With West Virginia University admitting more than 35 percent of high school graduates in 22 counties, it seems improbable that all these students would have been the top-performing students in their counties,” the report states. “The more selective institutions are dipping deeper into their applicant pools to the detriment of the regional institutions. ... In the absence of some external forces, this predation will continue.”

“We have not previously seen the report, so we can’t react in detail,” WVU Communications Office Senior Executive Director John Bolt said after being sent the report late Tuesday afternoon. “Nevertheless, I can say without equivocation that West Virginia University is not predatory.”

“It is not appropriate to comment until I have had an opportunity to read and thoroughly review the report,” said Bluefield President Marsha Krotseng, to whom the Gazette-Mail also sent the report late Tuesday.

In a statement, Concord President Kendra Boggess suggested that the data in the report are accurate, but said a Bluefield/Concord consolidation is “only one potential option that should be considered.”

The report says that, “in the longer-term, as suggested by the Consolidated Financial Index, all the regional institutions are at risk of failure. However, that risk varies significantly.”

The report defines “regional institutions” as all public four-year schools but WVU, Marshall, their branch campuses and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Lewisburg.

“NCHEMS’ observation is that for the institutions at highest risk, Bluefield State College and Concord University, the challenges are so serious that only a major restructuring will preserve postsecondary education opportunity for students in Southern West Virginia,” the report states. “Implementing this restructuring will require external pressure, leadership, and on-going facilitation to mandate and implement a consolidation of academic, student and administrative capacity of the two institutions.

“Nevertheless, forces at both institutions continue to resist needed changes,” the report states. “Bluefield State College continues to pursue construction of a residence hall, with partial support from a local foundation, with hopes that this will enable the institution to recruit and retain more students. This while Concord has empty dormitory space.”

The report goes on to state that, “Without immediate action to mandate that these two institutions pursue an integrated approach to their future, each institution will continue on its downward trajectory.”

The report, dated April 3, is labeled draft and was obtained from the HEPC by the Gazette-Mail through an open records request.

Neither NCHEMS Vice President Brian Prescott nor HEPC Communications Director Shelli Dronsfield said they’re anticipating any changes to the report. Dronsfield said it hasn’t been released because the HEPC staff is still developing an executive summary and response to the report, planned to be presented alongside the report to the HEPC board in August.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD  on  07.05.2018

Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure.  on  07.05.2018

Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC  on  07.06.2018

“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC  on  07.08.2018

There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist  on  07.08.2018

Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

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GSC Awards Scholarships to Gilmer County Student

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Glenville State College student Samantha Lamb of Sand Fork has been awarded the Fred H. and Lucy Francis Killingsworth Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship from the GSC Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic school year. She will be majoring in English and is the daughter of Tracy Rexroad.

The Fred H. and Lucy Francis Killingsworth scholarship fund was established to be used for educational purposes and granted to worthy students chosen by the Glenville State College Scholarship Committee. Preference is given to students who reside in Gilmer County, West Virginia.

The John C. Shaw Scholarship was established in 1985 by John C. Shaw, who was the President of Glenville State College from 1901-1908. This scholarship is awarded to academically talented freshmen from West Virginia.

“The Glenville State College Foundation is excited to be able to award scholarships to these very deserving students,” said Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the GSC Foundation David Hutchison. “Our extended Glenville State family has been very generous which makes our impact that much more meaningful. From our Day of Giving to our new crowdfunding campaigns - I am truly impressed and grateful to our donors, their families, and all who have stepped up to make more opportunities for current students.”

For more information about Glenville State College Scholarships, contact the GSC Foundation at 304.462.6380.

Skiles Named Athletic Director at GSC

Jesse Skiles has been named Glenville State College’s new Athletic Director. His new appointment will take effect July 1.

“I am excited about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to working not only with our great coaches and student athletes, but also with our alumni and supporters. Glenville is truly a special place for me with so many good people and I look forward to being a part of Pioneer Athletics in this new role,” Skiles said.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia and a DuPont High School athlete, Skiles ran track and cross country at Glenville State during his college career. The 1987 GSC graduate was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the College’s Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000, is very knowledgeable in the institution’s history of athletics, and has served on the Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett (left) with newly named Athletic Director Jesse Skiles


He coached college track and cross country for 29 years before retiring to return to his alma mater earlier this year when he accepted the Director of Athletic Fundraising position within the College Advancement Office.

As a head coach, Skiles presided over two dynasties; the Glenville teams of the late 80’s and the West Virginia Wesleyan College teams over the last 26 years. In all, his teams have won 64 conference titles and he has been named Coach of the Year 53 times.

On four separate occasions, Skiles’ teams won all four league titles in the same academic year: 1995-96, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2014-15. His 1988 Glenville Cross Country Teams both finished Top 25 in the Nation (Men 19th; Women 25th).

“When you are working for your alma mater, there is certainly an added fire and motivation. My plan as Athletic Director is similar to what my objectives were as a head coach, both here and at Wesleyan; to challenge for championships and to do so with strong academic teams in a family atmosphere that is strongly tied to the community,” Skiles said.

“I’m pleased to have Jesse Skiles leading our Athletic Department. He’s a Glenville State graduate, brings a wealth of institutional athletic information with him, and knows how to foster a spirit of competitive excellence. What I’m most excited to see is Jesse’s future-focused vision for what Glenville Athletics can become. I have no doubt about where we’ll go and the things we’ll achieve with him at the helm,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Longtime Glenville State College Alumni Director to Retire

After over 45 years as an employee at Glenville State College, Debra (Reed) Nagy is retiring. Throughout her decades of service to Glenville State, she has worked with eight different college presidents, two of GSC’s Community & Technical College provosts, helped hundreds of staff, faculty, and administrators, and interacted with countless students, alumni, and friends of the college.

In 1973 she came to GSC as secretary and bookkeeper for the campus Bookstore which, at the time, was operated by the College. She was promoted to store manager in 1975 following the retirement of one of her mentors, Nellie Engelke, and while assuming the role which included being the store’s sole buyer, she also continued her secretary/bookkeeper duties. Nagy’s efforts in the store over the years saw revenue increase to $1 million, due in part to former GSC President William K. Simmons’ approval of a mid-1990s expansion of the Bookstore that brought increased square footage and expanded inventory. She also ran Central Supply, located just off the Bookstore from 1987 until 2000, this being a centralized location that college staff frequented for their office supplies.

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After the College opted to outsource Bookstore operations in 2000, Nagy served as Special Assistant to the President/Coordinator of Alumni Affairs for a year before being tapped to serve as Business Manager of GSC’s Community and Technical College which was headquartered, at the time, in Summersville although classes were offered in Braxton and Lewis Counties as well. She commuted to the Summersville campus during the 2001-2002 fiscal year and, although back on campus and serving in the Business Manager for Special Projects capacity, when the state legislature mandated that community and technical components be severed from GSC’s main operations by 2003, Nagy worked with the College’s Business Manager and with the CTC Provost in what would become a two-year process to close out operations and divide enrollment between Glenville State and the newly formed New River Community and Technical College.

In the fall of 2003 and while still retaining her Business Manager for Special Project duties, she was again appointed Coordinator of Alumni Affairs and the following spring also took on the additional duties of Facilities Manager/Scheduling including Facilities Rental.

She was able to relinquish her Business Manager for Special Projects duties in 2007 after having been named Director of Alumni Affairs in addition to being named Special Assistant to the President again in 2006, this while still retaining her facilities scheduling and rental duties.

With the exception of the time that she was heavily involved with GSC’s Community & Technical College component, Nagy has coordinated the college’s special events including Homecoming, the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, Commencement Exercises, and other major events since 2000. Many on and off campus also consider her to be GSC’s unofficial historian because of her wealth of institutional memory and her passion for the institution, her motto being that, “you can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”

“I’ve truly enjoyed my years at Glenville State College,” she said. “My first 27 years in the Bookstore put me in touch with so many of our students and alumni. As I’ve changed jobs, many of them have kept in touch, and as Alumni Director, I’ve not only been able to use the Alumni House as their information center on campus and the bridge between their new life as graduates and their alma mater but to reminisce with so many of them about their time at GSC and to keep up with where they are and what they are doing.”

Nagy completed her College Business Management Institute Certification from the University of Kentucky in 1978 after having attended these classes in the summers of 1976, 1977, and 1978. She also received her College Business Management Institute Refresher Certification in the summer of 1988.

She is lifelong a resident of Gilmer County and was married to her husband Paul for 35 years until his passing in May 2017. They have a son, Paul III, who resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

“Frankly I have a hard time imagining Glenville State College without Deb Nagy,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett. “Debbie is someone who dedicates her time to make sure that things run smoothly for the rest of us; I think that says a lot about her. More importantly, I don’t know that you could find a bigger advocate for Glenville State, our alumni, and the preservation of our college’s rich history. My hope is that she’ll remain an active participant in our alumni and college events even if she isn’t holding office hours anymore.”

Her last day will be June 30, 2018 although she hasn’t ruled out possibly working as a consultant for the college from time to time.

GSC’s Stephens Named MEC Women’s Sports Coach Of The Year

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Glenville State’s Kim Stephens has been named the Mountain East Conference Women’s Sports Coach of the Year for 2017-18.

Stephens, in her second season at her alma mater, directed the Pioneers to a 31-2 season on the hardwood. Glenville State became the first program—men’s or women’s—to navigate conference play with an undefeated record at 22-0 en route to a second-straight regular season conference title.

The Pioneers then went on to win their first MEC Tournament title since 2014. GSC amassed a 30-game winning streak (second longest in the country) during the season and ascended as high as No. 4 in the national rankings.

Stephens is 55-8 during her two seasons at Glenville State, including a 40-4 mark in conference play. She has led GSC to the NCAA Tournament in each of her first two seasons.

The MEC Women’s Sports Coach of the Year is selected by a vote of institutional administrators and the conference office.


Previous Winners

2014-15: Jenna Eckleberry (Basketball, Shepherd)

2015-16: Christy Benner (Volleyball, Wheeling Jesuit)

2016-17: Steve Warner (Softball, West Virginia Wesleyan)

2017-18: Kim Stephens (Basketball, Glenville State)

GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Program has recently relocated to The Pioneer Stage at 10 East Main Street in downtown Glenville. The Pioneer Stage will serve as GSC’s Bluegrass Music Education Center.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the center to mark its opening and to help kick-off the West Virginia State Folk Festival. During Folk Festival weekend, the Pioneer Stage will be the site of a Youth Bluegrass Camp (Saturday, June, 23 and Sunday, June 24), the second series of youth camps sponsored by the GSC Bluegrass Program this summer.

Additionally, visitors can enjoy the first ‘We, too, are Appalachia’ events at The Pioneer Stage during the West Virginia State Folk Festival; the Festival takes place Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24. A photography exhibit, including items from the GSC Robert F. Kidd Library Archives Fern Rollyson Collection, will be on display Thursday, June 21 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Stage. Buddy Griffin’s presentation on the influence of Appalachian music will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, also at the Pioneer Stage. Complementary bottled water will be available throughout the festival while supplies last.

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Bluegrass Students during an informal jam session at The Pioneer Stage


“I can’t express my gratitude to the students and parents from Normantown Christian Academy who have volunteered countless hours helping us prepare the center for this opening. I would also like to thank Glenville Foodland and everyone in the community who donated bottled water for us to distribute during the Folk Festival. In bluegrass music, we share many of the Folk Festival values such as preserving old time and cultural traditions,” said GSC Director of Bluegrass Music Dr. Megan Darby.

For more information about the ribbon cutting ceremony or any of the events taking place at The Pioneer Stage during the West Virginia State Folk Festival weekend, contact Darby at or 304.462.6347.

The ‘We, too, are Appalachia’ project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Director of International Programs at GSC Visits China

Glenville State College Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs Dr. Megan Gibbons recently spent time in China as part of the Confucius Institute of West Virginia University which hosted a delegation of education administrators from the Mountain State. The group consisted of four representatives from primary schools, three from middle and high schools, and three from colleges and universities who were invited to participate in the twelve-day visit. The trip was designed to explore possible collaborations between educational institutions in West Virginia and in China and to allow the representatives to learn firsthand about Chinese culture through language, art, history, food, geography, and more.

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Dr. Megan Gibbons with students from Huidi 1st Primary School

Gibbons had the opportunity to visit five educational institutions including two universities, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics and Tianjin University of Science and Technology. While visiting these universities, she was able to discuss the possibility of arranging faculty/student exchanges, as well as developing virtual exchange opportunities through GSC’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Program with university officials.

The group was also able to take part in cultural sightseeing at The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Tianjin Museum, Tianjin Art Museum, Jin Mai Tower in Shanghai, and a night cruise on the Huangpujiang River in Shanghai.

“Everything about this trip was memorable from Shanghai’s magnificent illuminated nighttime skyline to the Confucius Institute Headquarters’ interactive displays about Chinese paper cutting and the Peking Opera. Tianjin surprised us with its understated beauty and with its parks full of choral groups, ballroom dancers, and practitioners of tai chi. The food was plentiful and delicious even if our chopstick skills never quite mastered those never-ending noodles. The people we met – professors, administrators, teachers, students, tour guides, even strangers in the streets – were welcoming and kind,” said Gibbons.

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Members of the West Virginia delegation enjoying a night cruise on the Huangpujiang River in Shanghai


A highlight of the trip came when musicians in the National Band of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics performed a special arrangement of Take me Home, Country Roads (one of West Virginia’s official state songs) for the group on traditional Chinese instruments. Elementary student also sang songs, performed dances, and offered the delegation hand-made gifts of paper fans and sculptures.

GSC students who are interested in studying abroad in China should contact Gibbons in the Office of International Programs at or 304.462.6321.

Gilmer County Energy Express is almost here!

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Students will attend this program, geared for students entering grades first through sixth, beginning June 18th at Gilmer County Elementary School.

Mentors are busy planning drama, art and reading activities to engage with their students, while the Community Coordinator is beginning to receive and make phone calls for volunteers to assist with Read Aloud and One-on-One reading in the classrooms.

If you have questions, please contact the Gilmer County Energy Express Site Coordinator, Cherri West at 304.462.7338.

Thank You: The family of Kenny Landis

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The family of Kenny Landis would like to thank everyone for all of the thoughts and prayers during Kenny’s illness and after his passing. We are grateful to Ellyson Mortuary and The Upper Steer Run Baptist Church for such a beautiful memorial service and use of their facilities. Also, we appreciate Pastor Roger Stewart for the comforting words that were spoken, Paul Wine for the opening and closing of the grave, our family who served as pall bearers and all of the people who helped with the dinner after the service. It was especially thoughtful of our family, friends, churches, and the community of Normantown and surrounding areas to send flowers, food, cards and donations. Kenny would always have a smile on his face when I would tell him he had “fan mail”. He would be encouraged after reading the kind words of love and support.

Thank you to his friends on C-Team and the Maintenance Team and to all of his friends and co- workers at Weyerhauser. Your kindness and generosity to Kenny and our family will not be forgotten. We appreciate Braxton County Memorial Hospital employees and the Business Office for all they have done.

Kenny loved life, family, friends and his community. He will be missed but not forgotten thanks to people like you. He was a good, kind, loving man with a big heart. Our family has lost a precious gift here on earth. We love and miss Kenny greatly, but through our faith we know that we will be with him again one day.

ICYMI™: Who’s Who business awards announced

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West Virginia may be blessed with vast reserves of coal and natural gas.

But, according to state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher, “Our greatest resource, without question, is the people of West Virginia.”

While the statement applies generally, Thrasher was referring specifically to the 14 West Virginians honored Tuesday at the Who’s Who in West Virginia Business awards in Charleston. The awards are given out each year by The State Journal.

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Thrasher, who was keynote speaker at the event, said he knew most of the award winners personally. Years ago, he said, one of them hired him.

Then again, Thrasher said the corollary also applied.

“(Award winner) Al Schopp fired me years ago,” Thrasher said. “I got rehired, but that guy knows how to fire someone.”

Along with Schopp, who is chief administration officer for Antero Resources, Who’s Who honored Toyota West Virginia President Leah Curry; West Virginia University Institute of Technology campus President Carolyn Long; Clay Marsh, dean of WVU’s Health Sciences Campus; MVB Financial bank President and CEO Larry Mazza; Charleston real estate mogul Brooks McCabe; Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader; state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby; attorney Debra Scudiere; Dominion Energy Vice President Brian Sheppard; Hino Motors Senior Vice President Steve Stalnaker; Leah Summers, Mylan Pharmaceuticals employee and executive director of the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization; and Kip Wiseman, director of the Gestamp plant in South Charleston.

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What the honorees have in common, Thrasher said, is they all have an “exponential” impact in driving the state forward.

“They have impacted tens of hundreds of thousands of people,” Thrasher said. “These people are special, and want to impact lives in a positive way.”

Thrasher had greater praise for North Central West Virginia oil baron and philanthropist Ike Morris, the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

“Ike Morris showed me how to live life,” Thrasher said.

He said Morris showed him how to work hard and give back to the community.

Morris, now 80, first came to West Virginia in the early 1960s with a broken-down oil service rig and a beat-up pickup truck. He built a company called Waco Oil & Gas, and he has become one of the most active philanthropists in and around the Glenville area and North Central West Virginia.

Morris has given more than $10 million to Glenville State College and has built sports centers and baseball fields in the name of the family and his wife, Sue.

“I met my wife at a convenience store,” Morris recalled in a video biography. “The first time I met her, I said I was going to marry her.”

In the video, Morris said he was an expert at wooing women. The video then cut to a shot of Sue, who said Morris used to drive down the road in his pickup truck and slap the side to get her to look at him.

Morris said it was easy to give back to the community once he became a successful businessman and entrepreneur.

“There were so many people giving to me,” he said.

It was a theme he repeated in accepting the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

“You know, there’s only two kinds of people,” Morris said. “There’s givers and there’s takers. You all have got to be givers. Makes you feel good. Makes you just feel wonderful.

“I just want people to keep giving. Do it, and do it right here in West Virginia.”

The award event’s gold sponsor was Mylan. Silver sponsors were Huntington Bank, Bowles Rice and LOC Investment Advisers.

~~  Rusty Marks - The State Journal ~~

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 August 13, 2018  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
Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper Sheryl Smith 326 Little Bull Run
Glenville, WV 26351
Frances Chadwell Ronald G. Chadwell
Lois A. Cruz
4580 Clay Road, Spencer, WV 25276
6 Main Ave, Weston, WV 26452
Danny H. Furr David S. Furr 2965 US Hwy 33W
Glenville, WV 26351
John William Freshour John David Freshour 10730 Parkersburg Rd
Sandyville, WV 25275


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : June 14, 2018

The Gilmer County Farmers’ Market Hosts Annual Summer Kids’ Day

The Gilmer County Farmers’ Market in Glenville invites everyone to come out for its annual Summer Kids’ Day on Saturday, June 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There will be face painting, cookie decorating, jewelry making, games and prizes, arts and crafts projects, free hot dogs for the kids, the new GCFM wildlife coloring book, and lots of great door prizes.

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For more information, contact the Gilmer County Economic Development Association at 304.462.8098.

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Constance Cecilia “Connie” Ables

The Free Press WVAge70 of Jakes Run Road, Glenville WV; she went to join her beloved husband Jearl (Cussy) Lee Ables on July 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness [ .... ]  Read More

Leon Minney

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness. Born January 17, 1938 in Glenville, WV, Leon is the son of the late Ezra and Josephine Stull Minney [....]  Read More

Norma Ruth Burns-Boone

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2018 at age 84.  She was born to the late Jack Carl Burns and Mae Minney-Burns on March 30, 1934 [ .... ]  Read More

Philip David Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 59, of the Little Bull Run community of Glenville, WV passed on June 29, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones after a battle with cancer.  He was born to Mary Helen McLaughlin Skidmore and Scott Skidmore at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up in the Cedarville/Copen Communities [ .... ]  Read More

Ray A. Watts Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Haddox’s Run, Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 in Parkersburg, WV. He was born on Tuesday, March 21, 1939, in Lincoln County, WV, a son of the late Samuel and Pearl Watts [....]  Read More

Donna Lou Duelley

The Free Press WV Age 52 of Grass Run Road, Normantown, WV; departed this life at 12:17 PM; Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston, WV; following an extended illness. She was born on October 19, 1965 in Gassaway, WV; daughter of the late Paul and Virginia Burns Jenkins [....]  Read More

Linda Marie Carder

The Free Press WV Age 64 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on the morning of Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. Born November 17, 1953 in Glenville, Linda is the daughter of the late Luther and Hallie Lynch Heater [....]  Read More

Cecilia “Nicole” Jackson Smarr

The Free Press WVAge 28 of Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Grantsville, WV; following a short illness. She was born July 26, 1989 in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of Dennis and Kimmy Miller Jackson [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Vincent Reaser

The Free Press WV Age 91 departed this life at the Genesis Health Care Glenville Center on June 25, 2018 after a long illness. Born October 10, 1926 in Gilmer County, WV, Donald is the son of the late Dorsey Lee and Mamie Alice Langford Reaser [....]  Read More

Clarice Evelyn Roberts

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Belpre, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Belpre Landing Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born on August 03, 1926 in Glenville, WV a daughter of the late Ulysses and Estie (Pagg) Sandy [....]  Read More

Roland “Sam” Miller

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Little Hocking, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Heartland Of Marietta. He was born on October 05, 1935 in Glenville, WV and was the son of the late William and Inez (Powell) Miller [....]  Read More

Raymond Clyde Golden

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Klines Run Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, June 08, 2018 at Glenville Center following a brief illness. He was born in Beech Bottom, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Scott Samuel Golden and Nellie Gray (Ables) Golden [ .... ]  Read More

James “Pag” Watson Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Gilmer Station, WV, passed away on June 07, 2018 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 02, 1935, in Braxton County, WV to the late Dick Wines and Ann Conrad [....]  Read More

Danny Eugene Laxton

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away June 05, 2018 at home. He was born June 11, 1946 at Elkview, WV, a son of the late Ulysses McKinley and Cora May King Laxton [ .... ]  Read More

Price Powell Rush

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Normantown, WV passed away at his home on May 22, 2018. He was born February 03, 1940 in Milborn, AK, a son of the late Amos and Lorain Jones Rush [....]  Read More

Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Glenville, WV; formerly of Normantown, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born January 23, 1940 at Lockney, WV, Carol is the daughter of the late Edgar Lytle and Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

David Charles Pritt

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Sand Fork, WV, went to be with the lord in the early morning hours of Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born April 19, 1947 in Glenville, WV, David is the son of the late Ralph and Ruby Lamb Pritt [ .... ]  Read More

Teressa Ann (Jenkins) Stump

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Clarksburg, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV gained her angel wings and went to be with our Lord on May 18, 2018 at home after a short illness [....]  Read More

Walter “Beep” Toppings Jr.

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be Lord on May 17, 2018 at the Miletree Nursing home in Spencer, WV. He was born on June 01, 1930 in Logan County, WV to the late Walter Toppings and Alberta Mae (Stallings) Toppings [ .... ]  Read More

Goldamurl (Jenkins) Ireland

The Free Press WV Age 92, longtime resident of Weston, WV, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Genesis Healthcare of Glenville following an extended illness. She was born in Orton, WV on June 29, 1925: daughter of the late Arch and Lena (Smith) Jenkins [....]  Read More

Woodrow Wayne Blake, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78 years of age, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley. Born on February 22, 1940 in Exchange, WV, he was the son of the late John Ruben Blake and Belle Nicholson Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Jean Fisher Young

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Charleston, WV passed away April 19, 2018 at Hubbard Hospice House.  She was born November 29, 1926 in Glenville, WV. Her parents were Janet Frances Westfall Fisher and Elias Harold Fisher [ .... ]  Read More

Charles E. Harold

The Free Press WVAge 91, a long-time resident of Glenville, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, May 03, 2018, at Cedar Grove Senior Assisted Living in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Born May 18, 1926 in Roane County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Kelley S. Harold, Sr. and Ethel G. Keen Harold [ .... ]  Read More

William B. Miller, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Coolville, OH died Monday April 30, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Glenville, WV a son of the late William B. Miller, Sr. and Carice Inez (Powell) Miller [....]  Read More

Michael Lynn Lattea

The Free Press WV Age 48 of Lynch Run Road, Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of March 27, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief illness. Born February 20, 1970 in Lewis County, WV, Michael is the son of the late Lewis and Evelyn Singleton Lattea [....]  Read More

Linda Davis

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness. Born April 29, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, Linda is the daughter of the late Oliver C. and Ruth Barnes Davis [....]  Read More

Charles Tomey

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Genesis Health Car, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born October 21, 1946 in Linn, WV. Charles is the son of the late Howard and Eva Leeson Tomey [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Wine

The Free Press WV Age 67 of Toler Run Road (Dusk Camp Community, WV) departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness. Born February 04, 1951 in Gilmer County, WV, Betty Lou is the daughter of the late Parker and Wilda Collins Queen [....]  Read More

Kathryn Marie Hamner

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Glenville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 06, 2018 at Glenville Nursing & Rehab. Center, Glenville. She was born June 13, 1948 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Walter Barker and Mary Helen Stonaugle Barker Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Walter Dale Stout

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Morgantown, fWV, ormerly of Glenville, WV passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Mon Health System Hospital. Dale was born May 8, 1926 in Morgantown, WV son of the late Gerald G. and Lovada Burrows Stout [....]  Read More

Bertha Jane McCune

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Ripley, WV died Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV. She was born February 11, 1925, a daughter of the late Lon and Ora Deuley Wilson [....]  Read More

Sarita Marie Prince

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Broad Run Church Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 6:45 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Weston, WV on March 19, 1957 a daughter of the late Roderick Ray Given and Norma Marie Goldsmith Given [ .... ]  Read More

James David Fox

The Free Press WVAge 66 of Lost Creek, WV passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, March 19, 2018.  He was born at Hinton, WV on March 24, 1951 a son of the late David M. and Edna P. Patty Bennett Fox [ .... ]  Read More

John Michael “Mike” Peters

The Free Press WVAge 53, was turned out to greener pastures just before sunrise on Friday morning, March 16, 2018 from his family farm on Sand Fork Road in Linn, WV.  On July 01, 1964 God looked down upon the earth and thought, “They need another farmer, a caretaker of the land.” So he sent a son to Earl Cleo Peters of Glenville and the late Lena Elizabeth Persinger Peters, who raised him to fulfill that role [ .... ]  Read More

Boneva B. “Bea” Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Edgewood Road, Glenville, WV; formerly of Weston, WV; departed this earthly life on the evening of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her residence, where she wanted to be, following a brief illness, and surrounded by her loving family. Born March 25, 1928 in Baldwin, WV, (Gilmer County), Boneva is the daughter of the late Aubrey S. and Floda L. Baker Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Betty J. Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Cedarville, WV, went to be with her lord and savior on the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her residence with her loving children by her side. Born August 21, 1934 in Boone County, WV, Betty is the daughter of the late Rex and Virginia Sigmond Ulbrich [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Ann Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life at 6:44 PM; Sunday, March 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 22, 1968 in Weston, WV, Shirley is the daughter of the late Oscar Dennison and Martha Alice Riffle [....]  Read More

Loretta Ann Smith

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Mt. Zion, West Virginia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 21, 2018 following a long illness. She was born to Annabelle and Everett Crites on October 24, 1957 in Ashtabula, Ohio [ .... ]  Read More

Kennith Lee Straley

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, surrounded by family at Camden-Clark Medical Center. Kennith was born May 25, 1951 in Glenville, WV, the son of the late George Stillman Straley, and Edith Bessie (Montgomery) Straley [ .... ]  Read More

Meloney Jo Davis

The Free Press WVAge 47, of Grantsville, WV passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. Meloney was born August 04, 1970 in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of Gloria Villers and the late William Villers, Sr [ .... ]  Read More

Cecil Raymond Reed

The Free Press WV Age 76 of Auburn, WV; departed this life at 5:09 AM; Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born June 12, 1941 in Gilmer County, WV, Cecil is the son of the late Hazel and Goldie Butler Reed [....]  Read More

Kenneth Lee Page Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 66 of Normantown, WV; departed this life on Tuesday night, February 06, 2018 at his residence with his family by his side. Born June 25, 1951 in Elyria, Ohio, Kenny is the son of the late Kenneth Lee Sr. and Delight Bowser Page [....]  Read More

Lyla Jean Sharps

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Glenville, WV departed this life in the early morning hours of Monday, February 05, 2018 at her residence in Camden Flats, following an extended illness. Born February 07, 1936 in Apple Farm, WV; (Calhoun County), Lyla is the daughter of the late Edwin E. and Lurland Robinson Stump [....]  Read More

Nila Lee Smith

The Free Press WV Age 86, formerly of Vienna, WV passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, after a brief illness. She was born on April 19, 1931, to Clay and Esther Francis of Grantsville, WV who preceded her in death [....]  Read More

Coy S. Wilfong Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 61 of Portsmouth, Ohio, formerly of Dusk Camp, WV; departed this life suddenly on Saturday, January 27, 2018 Portsmouth Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born March 02, 1956 in Weston, WV;  Coy is the son of the late Coy Sulvanus Sr. and Clyda N. Rowh Wilfong [ .... ]  Read More

Stacie Lynn Williams

The Free Press WVAge 42, of Cowen, WV passed away Thursday January 25, 2018 after a brave fight with cancer for four and a half years.  Stacie was born June 16, 1975 in Summersville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Jennings Terry Starcher

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, departed this life on January 16, 2018 at his home following an extended illness.  Terry was born March 26, 1952 in Canton, Ohio, a son of the late Edwin Neil Starcher and Wilma McGraw Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Virgil Ray Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 59, of Vienna, WV, passed away at Marietta Memorial Emergency Department on January 14, 2018. He was born in Glenville, WV on December 11, 1958, and was raised by Cora Schoolcraft Wagoner [....]  Read More

James B. “Bud” Spaur

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life suddenly on the afternoon of Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Sand Fork. Born September 22, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV, Bud is the son of the late Charles D. and Retha Gregory Spaur.  [ .... ]  Read More

Bobby Neil Hartshorn

The Free Press WVGod has chosen the day January 13, 2018 to be the day that he took his child Bobby Neil Hartshorn home to be with him to begin his eternal life, with his loved ones by his side. Bobby was born on January 05, 1955 to Oval Tom and Leone Fogle Hartshorn of Grantsville WV where he grew up and started his earthly life [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Lee McCullough

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Glenville after a courageous battle with aggressive cancer.  Born March 7, 1967 in Elyria, OH, Michael is the son of Betty Wolfe McCullough of Glenville and the late Paul McCullough who departed this life on October 29, 2004 [....]  Read More

Frank Edward Wise

The Free Press WVAge 57 of Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Thursday January 11, 2018 at his residence in Glenville. Born May 31, 1960 in Pennsylvania, Frank is the son of the Kenneth Wise of Bradley Gardens, NJ;  and the late Ann E. Newell Wise.  [ .... ]  Read More

Clyde Chester “Micky” Parsons Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 52 of Charleston, WV, departed this earthly life to join his daddy in heaven on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Clyde was born on November 22, 1965 in Weston, WV, son of Harold and Betty Blankenship Lowther of Cedarville, WV and the late Clyde Parsons [....]  Read More

Rondle Lee McCumbers Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Normantown, WV departed this life Saturday, January 06, 2018 surrounded by family. He was born January 10, 1935 in Stumptown, WV. Rondle was the son of the late Thomas Andrew McCumbers and Edna Ernie (Hardway)McCumbers.  [....]  Read More

Judith Elaine (Davis) Whitworth

The Free Press WVAge 67 of Moulton, AL, passed away Friday, December 30, 2017 at her home with her husband and step-daughter by her side. Judy was born in Glenville, WV on October 08, 1950, She is the daughter of the late Herbert Eugene and Anna Rosalee Teter Davis.  [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Edward Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 63 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on Thursday evening, December 28, 2017 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown…  Read More

James C. Smith

The Free Press WVJim was born on February 17, 1933, in Cedarville, WV to parents Myrtle and Clavel Smith….

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Linda L. Greenlief Nolan

The Free Press WVAge 64 of Jane Lew, WV formerly of Glenville, WV departed this life on the evening of Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness.

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Readers' Recent Comments

The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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