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GCHS 2015 Graduation - Friday Night

At 7:30 PM tonight, Gilmer County High School’s Class of 2015 will take their next step into the journey to tomorrow as they receive their diplomas in the annual Commencement Ceremony.

This year’s Commencement Ceremony will be held at Glenville State College’s Waco Center on Mineral Road in Glenville, WV.

GCHS Graduation will begin at 7:30 PM, doors will open at 6:30 PM.

All parents and guests must enter through the front entrance of the WACO Center.

A reception honoring the Class of 2015 will be held following graduation.

The public is cordially invited to join the celebration to commemorate the achievement of this milestone in the lives of these students.

The following three students are graduating at the top of their class from Gilmer County High School in Glenville, West Virginia.

All three are Top Scholars and have earned a GPA of 4.00.

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Katie Benson is the daughter of Neal and Renita Benson of Glenville, West Virginia.

Katie is the President of the Student Council and Vice-President of the National Honor Society.

She played volleyball and runs track.

Katie has been accepted in the Honors Program at Glenville State College, where she plans to attend and to major in Elementary Education.

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Zachary Chapman is the son of Jim and Lora Chapman of Burnsville, West Virginia.

While in high school, Zach ran Cross Country and Track and was a member of the Varsity Boys Basketball team.

He was active in Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation, Zach will attend West Virginia University where he has been accepted into the Honors Program and will dual major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

 

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Trevor Wright is the son of Willard and Michele Wright of Glenville.

He is a senior at Gilmer County High School who has participated in the National Honor Society as well as the school concert and marching band.

He plans on attending Glenville State College upon graduation and pursing a degree in education.

The following students are graduating with Highest Honors:

  •  Matthew Montgomery

  •  Cody Croasmun

  •  Jaylin Johnson

  •  Katelyn Miller

  •  Emerald Domas


The following students are graduating with High Honors:

  •  Linda Miller

  •  Carissa Wood

  •  Jordanne Pritt

  •  Wesley Self

  •  Dakota Prevatte

  •  Sebastian Morris

  •  Michaela Ferguson

  •  Terri Cottrill

  •  Shelby Wine


The following students are graduating with Honors:

  •  Markeem Morris

  •  Jenna Arden

  •  Kyle Collins

  •  Sharon McCumbers

  •  Latisha Riffle

  •  Clara Meadows

  •  Leslie Hickman

  •  Christina Carafelli

  •  Nicholas Persinger


The following students are also candidates for graduation this year:

  •  Taylor Ashley
  •  Sabrina Bailey
  •  Aubrey Blizzard
  •  Taylor Carder
  •  Austin Conrad
  •  Adam Cottrell
  •  Justen Crouch
  •  Tabatha Curry
  •  Ashley Davisson
  •  Anthony Dean
  •  Nicholas Fields
  •  Kristen Fisher
  •  Curtis Fisher
  •  Dakota Fox
  •  Jacob Frashure
  •  Brandi Frye
  •  Jesse Gillespie
  •  Steven Godfrey
  •  Cory Grogg
  •  William Hull
  •  Bradley Jenkins
  •  Tammy Jenkins
  •  Austin Johnson
  •  Gwendolyn Jones
  •  Ciara Junkins
  •  Tia LaGrone
  •  Devin Leahey
  •  Michaela Luzader
  •  Tyler McNemar
  •  Seka Miller
  •  Charles Moore
  •  Carmen Murphy
  •  Chelsea Oiler
  •  Austin Ratliff
  •  Kyle Sandy
  •  Isaac Sealey
  •  Dillon Self
  •  Kayla Stewart
  •  Valerie Smith
  •  Jessica Welch
  •  Hailey Wilson

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Gilmer County Family Court Report - 05.13.15

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Gilmer County Family Court Judge Larry Whited took the following actions Wednesday, May 11, 2015:

One divorce was granted:


    •  Tammy Shiflet (50) of Glenville, WV divorced Larry Shiflet (56) of Normantown, WV


    •  On May 13, 2015 Shelley Lyn Pickens(52 ) of Annville, PA divorced James Alan Pickens (53) of Racine, OH.


    •  Also on May 13, 2015 Glendon Guy Ashley (48) of Glenville divorced Tressa Kay Ashley (46) of undisclosed address.


    •  One divorce was dismissed because parties failed to appear.


    •  One contempt petition was dismissed for the second time due to not submitting the final order to consider with the petition.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 05.14.15

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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 12, 2015  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
Belinda Lee Settle Robert E. Parsons 2152 Gassaway Road
Normantown, WV 25267
Kenton R,. Frymier Kenton R. Frymier Jr. 3180 Newberne Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Thomas E. Jolliff Margie L. Jolliff 43 Right Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384
Virginia West Lucy Ann West 406 Dolliver Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Naomi Ruth Down Karl M Wagner, Jr. 6893 Harding Hwy
Mays Landing, NJ 08330


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 14, 2015

CommunityConcerns™: Students and Parents Concerned about Mascot

The following mascot images were sent out to all the Gilmer County Elementary Schools asking principals to have their students select one mascot image they like best and to vote for it.

The votes have been recorded and forwarded to the GCBOE Office.

Option 1

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Option 2

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Option 3

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Following was the accompanying instructions to each principal:

Attached are our three “options” for the Gilmer Elementary Mascot design as voted on by our planning committee. (GCHS students created these designs initially.)

During the last meeting, the committee elected to have all Gilmer students in grades PreK-6th vote to choose “the one” out of three for our new elementary school. This design will be used in the future for may purposes such as a graphics on the inside of the building on walls, letterhead, student materials, and more.

Can you please have all of your students vote (PreK-6) to help with this process?

Please send me the attached chart filled in with your school results on or before our June 1st administrative meeting.


FYI – in case you have questions through this process…

*The name of the school will be Gilmer County Elementary.

*The wildcats will be our mascot.

*Black, blue, and silver will be the school colors.

These images were shown to the students in Pre-K to 6th grade.
Here are some of the responses from the student after they saw the images to their parents and friends:

“oh, that is scary!!“

“too mean and scary”

“that thing looks evil”

“none are good to vote for”

… and the list goes on.


We have heard many reactions to the mascot choices which due to the vast numbers we feel there is a real Community Concern.

The Concerns are NEITHER criticizing the artistic ability of the designer, NOR are taking away from the artistry of the images at all. However, these designs seem much too fierce of an image for an elementary school mascot!!!!

Who decided these were the best images to choose and show to students?

If our young students’ reactions are any indication, we feel the new school’s mascot needs further thought and review before a final decision is made.

We feel it is very important to inform the ADULT citizens of this county about this.

We are sure the majority of parents and taxpayers are unaware of this decision being made by the children and “new Gilmer Elementary School Committee”!

The following are some of the images submitted to us by the citizen:

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Oh those images are horrid!!! Lets compete in games and tournaments and not keep score as well. What are we turning in to, a bunch of panty waist milksops?

By Retired Ed  on  05.20.2015

What do we want for a mascot a cute little bunny rabbit, what is the point of a mascot? I am a product of the Gilmer Co. school system, The old Glenville High School mascot was the Red Terror. Opposing team members were intimidated and reeled in horror upon looking over at our sideline and seeing a heathen injun wielding a homatawk.

By Retired Ed  on  05.20.2015

The original choice is just another example of a Simmons led committee showing no connection to students prek-6. The logo chosen appears almost violent in nature. It wouldn’t even set a good example for the high school. Looks more like a saber tooth tiger than a wildcat.

By P Lowe  on  05.20.2015

Those images scare ME!  Maybe the paw print ??  Seems the least threatening.

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PACF ISSUES GRANTS FOR THE AREA

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PARKERSBURG, WV—The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced its grant awards for spring 2015.

The Foundation awarded a total of $224,823 through the Spring Community Action Grants program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.


AREA GRANTS:

    •  Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society - $2,592 to renovate the museum basement to mitigate water infiltration.

    •  Ellenboro Elementary School - $500 to purchase art supplies to incorporate art instruction into all classrooms.

    •  Gilmer Public Library - $3,250 to the development of mini-libraries throughout the county.

    •  North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation - $3,960 to install culverts on the North Bend Rail Trail.

    •  Ritchie County Middle School - $600 to support teacher training on literacy.

    •  Roane County Schools - $4,800 to upgrade Wifi infrastructure.

    •  The Wirt County Missional Group - $2,200 to purchase a cargo trailer for food transportation.

    •  West Central Beekeepers Association - $3,000 to assist local beekeepers in rebuilding bee colonies.

    •  Ritchie County Middle Schools - $800 to support teacher training on literacy

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) awarded works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.

PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.

PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.

For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

GCHS Graduation Class of 2015

At 7:30 PM on Friday, May 22, 2015, Gilmer County High School’s Class of 2015 will take their next step into the journey to tomorrow as they receive their diplomas in the annual Commencement Ceremony.  This year’s Commencement Ceremony will be held at Glenville State College’s Waco Center.

A reception honoring the Class of 2015 will be held following graduation.

The public is cordially invited to join the celebration to commemorate the achievement of this milestone in the lives of these students.

The following three students are graduating at the top of their class from Gilmer County High School in Glenville, West Virginia.

All three are Top Scholars and have earned a GPA of 4.00.

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Katie Benson is the daughter of Neal and Renita Benson of Glenville, West Virginia.

Katie is the President of the Student Council and Vice-President of the National Honor Society.

She played volleyball and runs track.

Katie has been accepted in the Honors Program at Glenville State College, where she plans to attend and to major in Elementary Education.

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Zachary Chapman is the son of Jim and Lora Chapman of Burnsville, West Virginia.

While in high school, Zach ran Cross Country and Track and was a member of the Varsity Boys Basketball team.

He was active in Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation, Zach will attend West Virginia University where he has been accepted into the Honors Program and will dual major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

 

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Trevor Wright is the son of Willard and Michele Wright of Glenville.

He is a senior at Gilmer County High School who has participated in the National Honor Society as well as the school concert and marching band.

He plans on attending Glenville State College upon graduation and pursing a degree in education.

The following students are graduating with Highest Honors:

  •  Matthew Montgomery

  •  Cody Croasmun

  •  Jaylin Johnson

  •  Katelyn Miller

  •  Emerald Domas


The following students are graduating with High Honors:

  •  Linda Miller

  •  Carissa Wood

  •  Jordanne Pritt

  •  Wesley Self

  •  Dakota Prevatte

  •  Sebastian Morris

  •  Michaela Ferguson

  •  Terri Cottrill

  •  Shelby Wine


The following students are graduating with Honors:

  •  Markeem Morris

  •  Jenna Arden

  •  Kyle Collins

  •  Sharon McCumbers

  •  Latisha Riffle

  •  Clara Meadows

  •  Leslie Hickman

  •  Christina Carafelli

  •  Nicholas Persinger


The following students are also candidates for graduation this year:

  •  Taylor Ashley
  •  Sabrina Bailey
  •  Aubrey Blizzard
  •  Taylor Carder
  •  Austin Conrad
  •  Adam Cottrell
  •  Justen Crouch
  •  Tabatha Curry
  •  Ashley Davisson
  •  Anthony Dean
  •  Nicholas Fields
  •  Kristen Fisher
  •  Curtis Fisher
  •  Dakota Fox
  •  Jacob Frashure
  •  Brandi Frye
  •  Jesse Gillespie
  •  Steven Godfrey
  •  Cory Grogg
  •  William Hull
  •  Bradley Jenkins
  •  Tammy Jenkins
  •  Austin Johnson
  •  Gwendolyn Jones
  •  Ciara Junkins
  •  Tia LaGrone
  •  Devin Leahey
  •  Michaela Luzader
  •  Tyler McNemar
  •  Seka Miller
  •  Charles Moore
  •  Carmen Murphy
  •  Chelsea Oiler
  •  Austin Ratliff
  •  Kyle Sandy
  •  Isaac Sealey
  •  Dillon Self
  •  Kayla Stewart
  •  Valerie Smith
  •  Jessica Welch
  •  Hailey Wilson

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting - 05.18.15 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, May 18, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. APPROVE 2015-2016 BUDGET


V. CONSENT AGENDA

      A. Minutes: April 14, 20,21,30 May 01, 2015 (Regular & Special)

      B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

      C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

      D.  Accounts Payable

      E.  Student Transfers

      F.  School Volunteers

      G.  Field Trips


VI. NEW BUSINESS
      A.  Adopt State Policy 2419

      B.  Dinsmore & Shohl

      C.  County Office

      D.  Groundbreaking

A list of invoices is available for review in the Central Office.


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
      A. Summer School-Cherri West

      B. Smarter Balance Testing

      C. Financial Information


VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

      A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – April 21, 2015

      A. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


IX. ADJOURNMENT

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Is there some legal problem about to surface?

Under “new business”, item B - Dinsmore & Shohl

Isn’t that a law firm?

Whats going on now?

By citizen  on  05.18.2015

Wouldn’t consider anything done by the state appointed super to be what the average citizen in Gilmer calls legal unless by definition not by intent. These days is it safe to say if it takes a lawyer to get it done the deal will be darn right shady?

Previously reported on the GFP that Devono wants to move the offices over to the Health Center after years of telling us they were going to use the Glenville Elementary building? Anyone’s guess but odds are he’s going to sell all of our school buildings he can? Anyone’s guess as to who would want Glenville Elementary and which board members would say fine?

GFP please hurry and post the video for last nights board meeting. That should cast some light on the subject.

By Reader 76  on  05.19.2015

Citizens believe that the Minnie Hamilton move to the WACO Center was made to get badly needed revenue for GSC and the consequence was lost income for public health services in Gilmer County.

It seems that there is an attempt to use public education money to compensate for the move to WACO mistake. Sounds like a bailout scheme for a bad decision made by the County Commission.

Where does rent money go now for space the Board Office occupies in the annex and if that space is vacated what will that loss of money do to the County?

Everything in Gilmer is connected and when one change occurs something else is affected. There is more to this story than citizens are being told.

If anything with Gilmer going from five schools to two and losing students to Lewis County there may be less need for staffing in the County’s school board office to require even less space in the future.

We need to go slow on this one and to flesh out all the facts to get everything out in the open for citizens to know.

By R. Ashcraft  on  05.20.2015

Keeping GES was the best chance for a competition gymnasium.  Surely they wouldn’t want to pay rent forever?  That is the newest building. Anybody thinks the SBA has gobs of money better think again. The new school boom is over.

McDowell is in desperate need.  So is Wayne County.  They have buildings sliding into the river or falling down! Fayette is still working to save themselves from forced consolidation. All the intervention counties including the ones with control returned still have state appointed superintendents who are making unilateral community decisions about schools that the local boards were elected to make!

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Huck Receives Student Leadership Award at GSC Commencement

GLENVILLE, WV – Kayleigh Huck, a 2015 Glenville State College teacher education graduate, was presented with the Student Leadership Award at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9. She is the daughter of Steve and Maria Huck of Delaware, Ohio.

“It was a complete surprise when my name was called at commencement. I have been part of a lot here at Glenville State, but when I was sitting among so many other amazing graduates and friends - I didn’t expect my name to be called. It was a true honor and blessing to be seen as a student worthy of the Student Leadership Award and receiving it meant so much to me,“ Huck commented.

Nominations from faculty members touted her multiple accomplishments and activities around campus and described her as possessing a, “drive for excellence.“

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr (left) with Kayleigh Huck


That description should come as no surprise for someone who has participated in cross country, softball, and track and field as a student athlete. She also served as a Resident Assistant for two and a half years, was a member of the science and math honorary Chi Beta Phi, and was elected homecoming queen in 2014. All of that in addition to preparing for degrees in Elementary Education (K-6), General Math-Algebra l (5-9), and Science (5-9).

“Being a multiple sport athlete while being a full time student was extremely challenging but it taught me many important skills such as organization and time management which will be crucial for me in the future. Even though at times I felt overwhelmed, I loved being able to participate in so many activities which allowed me to meet so many amazing people,“ said Huck.

She plans on substitute teaching in the Glenville area for the remainder of the current school year. After that she hopes to find a teaching position in either mathematics or science in Gilmer or a surrounding county.

“My favorite thing about GSC is how friendly and welcoming everyone in the community is. I always knew I wanted to come to a smaller college and when I was touring for athletics about six years ago I went to many different schools, but from the moment I stepped foot on Glenville’s campus I knew this was where I wanted to be,“ Huck said. “Everyone was so happy and welcoming and it made me feel like these people cared about me and my education. That was really important since I was going to be about five hours from home.“

“I have to thank my parents, sister, family, and boyfriend for their never-ending support. My parents have raised me to be strong-willed and a dreamer; they taught me to always be accountable and never rest until the job is done. To my sister for always pushing me to be the best role model I can be; she constantly reminds me that I have the power conquer any challenge that comes into my life. To my boyfriend for his constant support. And to the rest of my family for the motivation to be the best person I can be. I am extremely grateful!“ she concluded.

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Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 05.15.15 - Today

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION  
AGENDA for REGULAR MEETING
May 15, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office – 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


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


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS


IV. APPOINTMENTS

              9:15   Linda Shinn- Colonial Life

              9:30 Jo Ann Stewart- Proclamation -National Community Action Month


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

              3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations: 

                    a)  Board Seats open on the:

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

                          ii. **Recreation Center-DeKalb/Troy

              4)  Budget Revisions

              5)  Budget Control Report:  NONE

              6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

              7)  Approve County Commission Minutes for 05.01.2015

              8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes: 

                    a) Gilmer County Board of Health Minutes for March 24, 2015

                    b) Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Yearly Total Report

VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              1. Gilmer County Office of Emergency Service Director – Publish in newspaper

              2. Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority Grant: Basement Project Reimbursement

              3.  Petition to Enforce-Unsafe Buildings & Lands Complaint #2014-05

              4. Josephine Adams Estate

              5. Family Court-Reimbursement for space utilization    

VII. NEW BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

              1. 2007 Durango Sheriff Vehicle-Publish in Newspaper for Sale

              2. Oath and Certificates for Land Books


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS

      1)  Air Conditioning Unit– Annex Building


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X.    ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING:  June 05, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Retirees Return to GSC for Recognition, Lunch

GLENVILLE, WV - With nearly 60 people in attendance, Glenville State College’s president recently welcomed former employees back to campus for a Retirees Luncheon. The event, according to President Peter Barr, was a chance to honor those who devoted years of work to ensure the success of the college. “These individuals built the culture that lets our students know we care. I appreciate all of the things that they’ve brought to this campus over their many years of accumulated service,“ he said.

The crowd included recent retirees and some who had not been back to GSC in several years. Nearly every office and academic department across campus had representation from the group that assembled to reminisce and share memories. Many of the former professors and staff members who attended also were Glenville State College graduates.

Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Kraus explained how she and fellow emeriti professor Dr. James ‘Jim’ Meads had been Glenville classmates before they went on to teach at their alma mater. “Jim and I were students here before we were teachers. Something that always stands out in my mind was when the new library was constructed when I was a student here. I can recall many people forming a line to the new building and working to transfer the materials,“ said Kraus. She said she spends her time these days traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

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(L-R) Phil Rossano, Jim Meads, Harry Rich, Rick Sypolt, Dr. Mike Smith,
Ralph Bame, Dr. John Curran, Bill Bonnett, Dr. Sharon Kraus, Charles Scott,
Yvonne King, George Harper, Linda Riegel, Dr. Kathy Butler,
Dr. David Gillespie, and Dr. Gary Gillespie


Linda Riegel was a professor in the Division of Business at GSC for 21 years before her retirement. “Glenville has a culture about it. When I graduated, being a Glenville grad was a feather in your cap before you ever did anything else,“ she said. Riegel now volunteers her time at an elementary school library and runs 5Ks with her daughter, Taylor.

Many of the attendees held a variety of different positions during their time at GSC. Sherry de Rosset, for instance, retired from GSC’s Robert F. Kidd Library in 2011 but previously served as secretary for the Business Department, worked in the Registrar’s Office, and was originally hired as the campus mailroom and switchboard operator in 1975.

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(L-R) Layne Jenkins, Jim Stalknaker, Mary Alltop, Brenda McCartney, Ginny Yeager,
Karen Lay, Sherry de Rosset, Carla Conley, Wilda Kuhl, Garry Kight,
Eleanor Nicholas, E. Jean Weese, Doris Williams, and Joe Wilmoth


For some, retirement has become busier than day-to-day work life. Several have returned to GSC either as part-time/temporary workers or as volunteers for the college. Garry Kight managed the college Print Shop for 40 years and still left retirement to fill in part time when needed until fully retiring last year. Karen Lay and Carla Conley, the two most recent retirees in attendance at the luncheon, are staying in their previous positions on a part-time basis to train others in the Financial Aid Office. Professor Emeritus Harry Rich taught brass in the Fine Arts Department for 19 years before his retirement but he’s now back and trains current students on the trumpet. Others, like Professor Emerita Yvonne King, volunteer their time to help the GSC Alumni Association.

Those in attendance included: Mary Alltop, Professor Emeritus Ralph Bame, Bill Bonnett, Professor Emerita Dr. Kathy Butler, Carla Conley, Dr. John Curran, Sherry de Rosset, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Dr. David Gillespie, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gary Gillespie, Professor Emeritus George Harper, Layne Jenkins, Garry Kight, Professor Emerita Yvonne King, Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Kraus, Karen Lay, Wilda Kuhl, Brenda McCartney, Professor Emeritus James H. Meads, Eleanor Nicholas, Linda Riegel, Professor Emeritus Harry Rich, Professor Emeritus Phil Rossano, Professor Emeritus Charles Scott, Professor Emeritus Dr. Mike Smith, James Stalnaker, Professor Emeritus Charles ‘Rick’ Sypolt, E. Jean Weese, Doris Williams, Joe Wilmoth, and Ginny Yeager.

For more information about the Retirees Luncheon, contact Special Assistant to the President Debbie Nagy at or 304.462.6100.

City-Wide Yard Sale to Be Held the 2nd Weekend of June

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As warm weather and yard sale season approaches, the City of Glenville will be giving citizens an opportunity to participate in a city-wide yard sale.

There will be a city-wide yard sale the 2nd weekend of June – Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th.  During this time, the city will be waiving the yard sale permit fee.  Please remember that a city ordinance (enacted March 01, 2004) requires those wishing to have a yard sale to fill out an application and pay a $5.00 permit fee.  Nevertheless, the city will be waiving this fee during the city-wide yard sale.

A listing of all yard sales will be published one week prior to the sale.  Additionally, information will be available for any out-of-towners to pick up at City Hall, 20 North Court Street after the deadline to register has passed on the 8th of June. 

Any further inquiries can be made by calling the Mayor’s office.

Remember the old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and take this opportunity to get rid of some things you no longer need.

GCPR: New Side Walks

The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center is
still moving forward with being ADA compliant at the camp.

We are running new side walks to the two Girls cabins.

Funding is from Parkersburg Community Foundation grant we received this spring.

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The work being performed by FCI inmate program and Recreation Center board members.

Thanks to All
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GCPR: New Stalls

The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center has added
8 more stalls to the AG barn for livestock to be housed in.

The Little kanawha Trail Riders Association
donated all the lumber and concrete for this project.

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The Gilmer FCI inmate program were the ones who installed them.

The LKTR had already had 8 stalls done last year.

We would like to thank the trail riders for there donation to the County Recreation Center.
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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 05.11.15

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On Monday, May 11, 2015 Judge Jack Alsop presided over Court and heard a 3 page docket of cases in Gilmer County.


•  Three fugitives from justice waived to return to their states as follows:

1) Eugene Wheeler and

2) Steven Holmes, both waived to return to Pennsylvania

3) Carlton Joyner waived to return to Maryland

All 3 were represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon and authorities in their states have until 4 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to pick them up at Central Regional Jail or they will be released.


•  Twelve juvenile cases were heard.


•  Two names change cases were on the docket, one was granted and the other was reset for Thursday, July 09, 2015 at 10:00 AM and an amended petition must be filed and a guardian ad litem (Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon) was appointed to represent the minors.


Two magistrate appeals were set for hearing:

•  One will be heard as a bench trial on Monday, June 08, 2015 at 1:30 PM.

•  The other will be reset upon receipt of the order.


The civil case of Lori Short vs. William Stalnaker will be heard as a bench trial on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

WVU Extension Service Offering TIMBER Workshop

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West Virginia is the nation’s third most heavily forested state by percentage forest cover and contains some of the finest natural hardwood species in the world.  In addition, these forests serve as important habitat for abundant game and non-game wildlife species as well as some wildlife species of concern.  With private forestland owners responsible for almost 80% of West Virginia’s forests, it is particularly important to develop forest and wildlife management education programs specifically for this audience.  While there are a number of resources available to landowners around the state, very few landowners utilize this assistance and have very little basic knowledge about forest management and harvesting, personal opportunities on their property, and where they can get assistance. 

The TIMBER!!! program will provide woodland owners a better understanding of timber harvesting strategies, the equipment and road systems used, how timber harvests are carried out, and the wildlife habitats produced by timber harvest.  In addition, this program will educate landowners in the sound application of forest and wildlife management practices and direct them to available resources and assistance programs in woodland management. 

The evening workshop will further educate West Virginia landowners on the specifics of various timber harvest strategies, what to expect during a timber harvest, and the resulting impacts on wildlife.  First Dr. David McGill will introduce the common types of timber harvesting used to regenerate or otherwise improve the growth of forests. Second, Dr. Ben Spong will discuss the equipment used and what to expect during a timber harvest.  Finally, Dr. Sheldon Owen will discuss the unique habitats produced by each type of timber harvest and benefits to associated wildlife species.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM, at the Gilmer County Recreation Center and a baked steak dinner will be provided, the workshop is free to attend, however there will be a $5 charge for anyone eating to assist with covering the meal cost.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 15, 2015, to WVU Gilmer/Calhoun County Extension Offices, 304.462.7061/304.354.6332 or .

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES - 04.06.15

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 06, 2015 7:00 PM

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Bennett, and Taylor present. Council members Montgomery and Huffman were absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge was led by the Boy Scouts of America Troop 79.


I. Call to Order

II.  Public

•  John Isenhart came before council to request a waiver from the ATV Ordinance to use his ATV as transportation between his rental properties within the city limits. Mayor Fitzpatrick stated council will take this into consideration and will get in touch with Mr. Isenhart with a decision.

•  Ms. Greenlief came before council to request approval of the Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation followed by the reading of the proclamation. Councilman Bennett made a motion to approve this proclamation. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. Mayor Fitzpatrick signed the proclamation. Ms. Harper requested approval of the proclamation for Alcohol Abuse

•  Awareness Month followed by the reading of the proclamation. Councilman Bennett made a motion to approve this proclamation. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. Mayor Fitzpatrick signed the proclamation.


A. Approval of Minutes — March 02, 2015

Minutes for the March 02, 2015, meeting were reviewed with changes noted and were placed on file for audit.


III. Reports

B. Financial

The budget is currently at 76.71 % of fiscal year. Anna noted we had received notice that our budget was within the guidelines and was approved. The date of April 21 is set for Laying the Levy. Mayor Fitzpatrick stated he has sent a memo to City Hall, Street Department and Police Department to request they discuss with him before spending for the rest of this fiscal year. There is just a small balance left to spend in the Coal Severance fund. Mayor compared the 2008 income to current income for the City and noted this small city has been able to maintain funds and keep the city in the black. Councilman Bennett made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.

Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Mayor Fitzpatrick requested the purchase of a new weed eater with pole pruner, trimmer and blower accessories in the amount of $760.00 and would come out of line item 750 — Street Dept. Councilman Bennett made a motion to allow the purchase of the weed eater and accessories for the Street Dept.in the amount of $760.00. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Mayor Fitzpatrick stated we would have the first reading of the charter amendment to change the terms of office for council members. He requested approval to pay the legal fees from Butcher and Butcher a total of $1095.00 on first billing. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the payment out of the City Hall line item for legal services. Councilman Bennett seconded the motion. Motion passed.


C. Street Report

The street dept. has several future projects including the purchase of hot patch for larger pot hole projects and will use the Water Dept. dump truck for pick up. Another project is the repair of the 1 st avenue culvert that has some slippage possibly using concrete barriers. Also, they are looking at the removal of dead trees on Elm Street.


D. Police

Captain Jenkins provided the police report to council. He stated this month is Click It or Ticket. They will step up patrols for both Click it or Ticket and DUIs.


E. Glenville Utility

Councilman Bennett stated they were finished with the water project. The generator is working, but still waiting on maps of the new system.


F. Recorder

The Recorder stated that the deadline for write-in candidates is April 21.

Everything is on schedule with the election scheduled for June 09.


G. Mayors Comments

1) Make It Shine -April 06-19, 2015

The clean-up is scheduled April 11 at 10:00 AM in Glenville. We will meet the College volunteers at the football field and work around the City. REAP will provide the bags, gloves and pickers for trash pick-up.


2) Reminder if street lights are out, get the pole number and report to City Hall

3) Ditch Lines

Ditch lines were cleaned up on Walnut Street (Pine Street and Walnut Street between Pine Street and the Library).


4) Reminder of College Spring Concert on April 23

The College is asking permission to have a party outside in front of the Physical Education Building and may extend beyond 10:00 p.m. Council approved this request.


IV.  Unfinished Business

None


V. New Business

The Mayor received a letter from the WV State Folk Festival requesting permission to have the parade from the opposite direction (Sycamore up through Main Street). Council approved Councilwoman Montgomery joined the meeting via cell phone.

Mayor Fitzpatrick held the second reading of Ordinance 300-10.

Councilwoman Montgomery made a motion to have the second reading of Ordinance 300-10. No second was made. Ordinance died due to lack of a second.

Amendment of City Charter — to change terms of office for Mayor, Recorder and all Council Members. Councilwoman Montgomery made a motion to have the first reading of the amendment. Councilman Bennett seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Bennett made a motion to waive the reading of the amendment in its entirety. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the first reading of the amendment. Councilman Bennett seconded the motion. Motion passed. The proposed Charter Amendment Ml be on the ballot for the June 2015 election.


Ordinance 100-01 Fines Assessed In Line with the State

Due to an agenda error, we will not have the first reading of the amended ordinance at tonight’s meeting and will be tabled until the next meeting.


VI.  Other Business to come before Council

None


Vll.  Next council meeting — May 04, 2015, at 7:00 PM and Public Comment period at 6:30 PM on ...Amendment of City Charter to change terms of office for Mayor, Recorder and all City Councilpersons.


VIII.  Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:39 PM.

Mural by GSC Art Professor to Go Up in Buckhannon

GLENVILLE, WV - Liza Brenner, an Associate Professor of Art at Glenville State College, soon will have a large mural on display in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

The piece will be a much-enlarged version of one of Professor Brenner’s original artworks.

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This larger version, which will measure 10 feet tall by 25 feet wide, will be a lighted display on the side of a building on Traders Alley off of Main Street in the Upshur County town.

The mural is part of a project designed to bring art to public spaces called Art26201; the number being a nod to the town’s zip code.

Brenner says the idea for one of her paintings to be used first came about when she and Bryson VanNostrand, who is part of ‘Create Buckhannon’ and who serves as the main organizer for the art project, began discussing it.

In an interview with the Elkins Inter-Mountain newspaper Brenner talked about the mural’s subjects – monkeys. As Brenner puts it, “Some of my other paintings were similar and focused on technology and how we’re all turning into monkeys and also featured monkeys.“ The mural will feature a monkey riding a bike, one playing cards, and another hanging from a window with a camera.  Brenner explained, “With this one, I just wanted to do something fun. I love to ride my bike in town and I like monkeys. It’s really as simple as that.“

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Brenner, who lives in Buckhannon, has been a professor at GSC since 2007.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting in 2004 and a Masters of Art in Art Education in 2000, both from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her courses, she serves as the Art Gallery Director at GSC.

Brenner’s art has been featured in galleries in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, and elsewhere. She was invited to participate in an exhibit celebrating West Virginia’s sesquicentennial at the Huntington Museum of Art along with 17 other artists from Mountain State colleges and universities. In 2014 her ‘Liza Brenner: The Red and Blue Series’ show was featured at the West Virginia State University art gallery. Most recently she had pieces on display at the Gallery on 43rd Street in downtown Pittsburgh that were inspired from a trip to Italy where she attended a plein air workshop that focused on painting outdoors; that show wrapped up in April 2015.

Organizers say they hope to have Brenner’s mural installed within the next month.

For more information about her artwork or art programs at Glenville State College, contact Brenner at or 304.462.6346.

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