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Glenville State Announces Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Milan Vavrek as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Vavrek joined the Glenville State College faculty in fall 2006 and was promoted to full professor status with tenure in 2010. He has served as chair of the Land Resources Department since July 2011 and continues an active research agenda.

A native of northern Ohio who has resided in West Virginia for nearly twenty years, Vavrek earned his baccalaureate degree at Kent State University. He then went on to earn his masters and doctorate degrees in biology from West Virginia University. Before coming to Glenville State, he was the Scott Weathersby Professor in Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University.

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In addition to ensuring that GSC continues to offer high quality academic programs to its students while continuing to explore new programs, Vavrek says he hopes to strengthen faculty and student scholarship, whether that includes performance, artistic works, or scientific research. “We have extremely talented faculty and students at GSC, and we can offer the state and our disciplines so much more.” Moreover, he said, “I would like to encourage a stronger sense of community among our faculty and staff. We sometimes become so involved in our individual departments and lives that we lose sight of the overall campus.”

“I’m pleased and excited to have Dr. Vavrek in this new role. Having worked with him for the last nine years I know he will be an outstanding leader for Academic Affairs at Glenville State College,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

Vavrek assumed his duties on July 01, 2015 after the retirement of former GSC Provost Dr. John Peek.

Glenville State Announces Interim Athletic Director

Glenville, WV – Glenville State College and President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce and appoint Marcal Lazenby, Class of 2008, as Interim Athletic Director effective July 01, 2015. He has served as Assistant Athletic Director since 2010.

Marcal, in his current role as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, he has assured college, conference, and NCAA DII athletic and academic compliance and has played a significant role in expanded athletic fundraising. He is also a member of MOAA and NACDA.

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Marcal is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he came to Glenville State in 2003 where he was a member of the Pioneer Football team. Lazenby was the starting offensive guard on the 2008 WVIAC Conference Champion Football team. Also during his career he was a three time All-Conference player and an All-Region player.

Lazenby expressed excitement and a strong sense of purpose in taking the job, saying that his main priorities will be to provide the ultimate environment for student-athlete success and bring GSC Alumni & fans together. “GSC has a rich and vibrant athletic culture, and I want GSC Athletics to continue to excel in every aspect,“ he said. “It’s time for us to capture the aura, tradition and passion of the Glenville State family, in order to provide the necessary resources for our student-athletes to excel on and off the fields and courts,” stated Lazenby.

Marcal graduated from Glenville State with his Bachelor’s Degree in 2008 and started working at Glenville State in 2009 as an Assistant to the President.

G-LtE™: Did Gilmer County Commission Follow the Rules?

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The Clarksburg Exponent-Telegraph on Sunday, July 26, 2015 published the following article about whether the Harrison County Commission violated the State code in hiring of an County Administrator.

Gilmer County Commission has hired three administrators in past 3 or 4 years!

My question is: Did the Gilmer County Commission Violate section 7-1-1a of West Virginia Code?

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County Clerk: Harrison Commission may have violated state code in hiring of administrator

CLARKSBURG — The Harrison County Commission may have violated a state law that dictates the process for modifying a county’s government when it hired County Administrator Willie Parker in 2013.

That’s according to County Clerk Susan Thomas, who pointed to section 7-1-1a of West Virginia Code, which outlines a series of steps to be followed before altering a county’s form of government — including the hiring of a county administrator. These steps include passing a resolution seeking approval from the Legislature and collecting signatures from 10 percent of the county’s registered voters.

“The way I look at it, they’re violating 7-1-1a and have been since he was hired,” Thomas said. “They never changed the form of government, and I think (Parker) is doing things that are outside the realm of what an administrative assistant would do. He’s making decisions I think that should be made by an elected official.”

The Taylor County Commission recently reversed its decision to hire a county administrator after consulting with prosecutors during a special meeting June 29.

Taylor County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Nines said he informed the commissioners of 7-1-1a of state code as it applied to their hiring of a county administrator.

On June 12, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a memorandum decision in Nicholas County Commission v. Tim Clifford, another case pertaining to 7-1-1a.

In the case, the Supreme Court ruled 3-2, affirming a circuit court ruling that the Nicholas County Commission had hired a county administrator without following the steps outlined in state code for altering the form of county government.

“It is undisputed that the Commission’s actions were taken without complying with the requirements of West Virginia Code 7-1-1a,” the written decision states. “We find no error in the circuit court’s order annulling and vacating the position of county administrator and rescinding the hiring of (Nicholas County Administrator Roger) Beverage based upon its conclusion that the Commission bestowed upon Mr. Beverage as county administrator unfettered discretionary authority as to the affairs and administration of the Commission and, in doing so, changed the existing form of county government without first complying with any of the requirements of West Virginia Code 7-1-1a.”

But Parker and the commissioners who hired him drew distinctions between what transpired with the county administrators in Nicholas and Taylor counties and the situation in Harrison County.

Harrison County had established the position of county administrator prior to Parker’s hiring, a fact both Parker and Commission President Ron Watson were quick to point out.

“The county administrator had always been a part of the county for a number of years,” Watson said.

According to Thomas, the first record she could find of an individual officially holding the title of “county administrator” was James Harris, who was promoted to the position in 1998. Others served in administrative-type roles prior to Harris, Thomas noted.

Based on available records, the county administrator position was vacant from 2006 until 2013, when Parker was hired, according to Thomas.

Section 7-1-1a went into effect in 2008, according to an official with the West Virginia Legislature.

Regardless of whether the position had been created or not, Watson said the duties Parker performs do not constitute an alteration of the county government since there’s no transfer of power away from the county commission.

“In Willie’s case, anything that he has done since we’ve hired him, he’s been directed by the county commission, and he hasn’t generated that on his own,” Watson said. “It may have the appearance that he’s done something (on his own), but I can assure you and anyone else that any action he takes has gotten the approval of a county commissioner.”

Parker echoed that assessment, and he also pointed to Section 7-1-3m of West Virginia Code, which came up during the Nicholas County case and states that county commissions “are hereby empowered to employ, fix compensation for and discharge ... personnel, including specialists and consultants, as may from time to time be necessary to aid (commissions) in exercising their powers or discharging their duties as provided by law and including a county administrator.”

Parker characterized his role as a staff member employed by the commissioners to aid them in carrying out their responsibilities.

“I don’t think the commission has given any level of their constitutional authority to me,” Parker said. “They’ve employed me to provide them recommendations, act on their behalf as they’ve so authorized, which is in line with 7-1-3m.”

Former commissioner Mike Romano said Parker’s role during his time on the commission didn’t violate 7-1-1a as he interprets it.

“The hiring of Mr. Parker as administrator was carefully considered by the commission in that he was hired to fill a role as the manager for the county commission,” Romano said. “He was not delegated any constitutional authority whatsoever, and he answers directly to the county commission in all actions he takes. That really takes the hiring out of the purview of a change in the form of government, because the county commission still maintains full control over all of its constitutionally delegated duties.”

Section 7-1-1a, for its purposes, describes the responsibilities of a county administrator in part as having “the authority to direct the administration of the county government under the supervision of the county commission. The county administrator shall carry out, execute and enforce all ordinances, policies, rules and regulations of the commission.” However, the description goes on to say that the county administrator would have the authority to “appoint or employ all subordinates and employees for whose duties or work he or she is responsible to the commission.”

Parker said he has no authority to hire or discharge staff.

According to the Supreme Court’s decision, Nicholas County officials who had their appeal struck down had made a similar argument regarding their hiring of a county administrator.

“Petitioners argue that the evidence showed that Mr. Beverage was not given all of the powers of a ‘county administrator’ as contemplated by West Virginia Code 7-1-1a because he was not permitted to hire or discharge employees; was not a member of the county commission; and would not have full decision-making authority,” the decision reads.

Thomas said she wants to make sure there’s a clear statutory basis for the duties Parker performs and expressed concern that — without approval from the Legislature and from voters — an unelected official was assuming responsibilities in Harrison County that should fall to the elected constitutional officers.

“I’m very concerned,” Thomas said. “I’m not only concerned as a public official, but I’m also concerned as a taxpayer.”

~~  Jeremiah Shelor ~~

07.27.2015
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Oops Mr. Chapman, better get some signatures changed!

By LOL  on  07.27.2015

Did the county commission of Gilmer follow the rules when they put their administrator on the health center board while she still worked for them? The GCC President bragged in the paper that his board had voted for the MH lease and his fellow commission did the same in last weeks meeting. The administrator is the president of the health center board. Commissioner C is on there as well so that explains that. Funny thing about it is the MH lease wasn’t on the commission agenda so did they follow the rules then? Were they following the rules when they didn’t have a clerk to take minutes during delegation? Heard a lot of serious questions got asked that never made the news.

By No Rules Apply Here  on  07.27.2015

When LC was ‘let off’ the big lawsuit deal spearheaded by Jim James, he discovered in GC the rules do not apply to him. ‘nuff said.

By rules do not apply  on  07.28.2015

Shush! Talk of the Commission is Not allowed

By Hush  on  07.29.2015

Abuse of functions occurs when an official provides proprietary or confidential information, in exchange for interest in any property, transaction or company.
When you become aware of these exchanges and transactions at any level, expose them for what they are and make changes.

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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Judge Jack Alsop held 8 more arraignments for the July, 2015 term of Court:


1) State of West Virginia vs. Damon Rice

He failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest with bond being set at $25,000.00.

His attorney is Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


2) State of West Virginia vs. Teresa Riggs

She entered not guilty pleas and her pretrial is Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM with her trial being Wednesday, October 07, 2015.


3) State of West Virginia vs. Barbara Hess

She entered not guilty pleas and her pretrial is 2:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2015 with her trial being Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

She is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville and will be released after posting a $10,000.00 bond.


4) State of West Virginia vs. David Finley

He enter not guilty pleas and his pretrial is 2:30 PM Friday, September 18, 2015 with his trial being Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

Finley will be released after posting a $10,000.00 bond.


5) State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Clark

He entered pleas of not guilty and his pretrial is 1 PM Friday, September 18, 2015 with his trial on Wednesday, October 07, 2015.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.


6) State of West Virginia vs. Shannon George

She entered not guilty pleas represented by Clinton Bischoff.

Her pretrial is 10:45 AM Friday, September 18, 2015 and trial Thursday, October 01, 2015.


7) State of West Virginia vs. Robert George Jr.

He also entered not guilty pleas and was represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon.

His pretrial is 3 PM Friday, September 18, 2015 and trial Wednesday, October 14, 2015.


8) State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Gilmore

He was represented by Christopher Moffatt of Charleston and entered not guilty pleas.

His pretrial is Friday, September 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM with his trial Thursday, October 08, 2015.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday, July 20, 2015 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard cases in Gilmer County Circuit Court.

Four fugitives from justice waived extradition as follows:

1) Timothy McNair waived to return to the state of Virginia,

2) Donavon Benjamin waived to return to the state of Ohio,

3) Bennie Blackwell waived to return to the state of Ohio, and

4) Michael Walthall wavied to return to the state of Virginia.

All 4 fugitives were represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


Also Judge Facemire heard 7 juvenile cases and granted Stephanie Smarr the right to be released from her GPS in her criminal case.

Smarr was represented by Mr. Bischoff.


Later in the day Magistrate Skinner reported to Karen Elkin, Circuit Clerk that none of the 3 magistrate trials scheduled this week would need a jury.

Thereafter Ms. Elkin put a tape on for the jury recording system directing all petit/magistrate jurors to call back in September regarding future Circuit Court trials and released all of them from calling and/or serving this week.

Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting - 07.20.15 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, July 20, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA - Board Action

        A.  Minutes: June 01, 2015 (Special Meeting)

        B.  Student Transfers

        C.  School Volunteers

        D.  Field Trips

        E.  Policies

        F.  Curriculum


V. NEW BUSINESS


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

        A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – June 16, 2015

        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons

        C. Clarification of Assignments, Roles & Responsibilities of individual board members - request by Carl Armour

        D. Truancy-request by Carl Armour


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION
        A. Monthly Financial Report

        B. Financial Statement

        C. Accounts Payable

        D. Curriculum

        E. 2015-2016 Board Meeting dates


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, August 17, 2015


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 07.17.15 - Today

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
AGENDA for REGULAR MEETING
July 17, 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


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. ** Ambulance Service- DeKalb/Troy

                  4)  Budget

                  5)  Budget Control Report: NONE

                  6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

                  7)  Approve County Commission Minutes: NONE

                  8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes: 
       
                          1. Lewis/Gilmer E-911 Yearly Totals for Dispatched calls

                          2. Gilmer County Health Department Minutes-May 05, 2015

                          3. WesMonTy RC &D Board Minutes-April 21, 2015


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS


VII. NEW BUSINESS

        Discussion and/or action on:

                  1. Gilmer County School requesting rental fees to be waved for the Court House Annex

                  2. Splitting of payroll deductions between pay period and direct deposits into second accounts


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS

                  1. Josephine Adams Estate update

                  2. Petition of Enforce-Unsafe Buildings & Lands Complaint #2014-05


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X.    ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING:  August 07, 2015

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 07.16.15

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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 September 14, 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
Nellajean Bumgardner Donna G. Pugh 845 Treasury Bend Dr.
Charleston, SC 29412
Thural W. Williams Sr. Gladys M. Williams 231 Crooked Fork Rd
Rosedale, WV 26636
Helen Lucille Collins Richard Lee Collins
Danial L. Collins
3582 Rocky Fk Rd, Orlando, WV 26412
PO Box 382, Lumberport, WV 26386
Sylvia B. Dobbins Wesley Junior Dobbinst 212 Nicholas Run Rd
Gassaway, WV 26624


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : July 16, 2015

Search Called Off for Escaped Prisoner from FCI-Gilmer

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SALISBURY, NC  - The search for a man officials say robbed a bank in Davidson County just three weeks after being listed as an escapee from a West Virginia prison was resumed on Wednesday morning, but then was called off by Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, investigators told WBTV that the NewBridge Bank on the 6100 block of Old US Highway 52, in the Davidson County town of Welcome, was robbed Tuesday morning just after 11 a.m. Deputies say a man believed to be 61-year-old Randy Earl Asbury showed a knife to the tellers and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

Early in the afternoon there was a report that vehicle he was in was seen on I-85. Davidson County deputies followed the vehicle out of Davidson and into Rowan County. 

The chase ended at the end of the service road next to the interstate when the vehicle crashed just off the roadway.

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“When he saw it was a dead end, he just drove the car up into the woods,“ Davidson County Lieutenant Kevin Johnson said.

Troopers with the NC State Highway Patrol were lined up along the shoulder of the interstate while the SHP helicopter flew very low over a wooded area right next to I-85. A Salisbury police car was also stationed on the southern end of the area where the search was taking place.

After spending hours searching through the dense woods, deputies called off search until the morning, but were still patrolling the area.

“We’re going to back off and see if he’ll come out. Since the helicopter’s not overhead, see if he’ll just come out,“ Johnson said.

On Wednesday morning investigators with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office were back in the heavily wooded area near I-85, still looking for Asbury.

Crews spent several hours conducting a grid search of the area but told WBTV that they did not find any trace of Asbury.  They described the woods as very thick and impassable in some areas.

East Spencer residents weren’t taking any chances, staying inside with their doors locked.

“I hope they find him. Because he might try to hurt someone in the neighborhood,“ one resident said.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Asbury escaped from Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer in Glenville, West Virginia, on June 24. They say he was released from the prison, but was supposed to report to a halfway house. When he never showed up, he was then considered an escaped inmate.

He was serving time in West Virginia after an arrest from 2003, when officials said he robbed a Lexington bank and tried to run over a Salisbury police officer during a high speed chase.

Asbury will face additional charges for escaping and possibly other offenses.

Davidson County Sheriff’s officials told WBTV that people still need to be on the lookout for Asbury and that he should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone spotting him is urged to call 911.

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Doesn’t look like his “rehabilitation” worked, does it? And it doesn’t seem like he got any smarter over the last 12 years.

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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Thursday, July 09, 2015 Judge Alsop had docket call in the case of


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dwight Bullough

Discussion regarding a pre-trial diversion was heard and the matter is set for Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Bullough is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


•  Three inmates from Mount Olive appeared by video for their hearings.

The case of Charles Emerson has been set for an evidentiary hearing on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

He is represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.


•  The case of Rosendo Contreras will also have an evidentiary hearing on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  The case of Kenneth McCord will have an evidentiary hearing on Thursday, September 03, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

He is represented by Bernard Mauser of Sutton.


•  Karen Burns has been paroled and will not need further hearing in her case.


Mary Starcher appeared by video from Lakin Correctional Center and her attorney did not appear, but copies of her police report will be mailed to her by the Circuit Clerk and if further information is needed Mr. Bischoff will request it.


•  One juvenile was heard and reset for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


•  A bench trial was held in the magistrate appeal case involving William Shock of Shock’s Well Service vs. Deloris Florence

The Judge took the matter under advisement and will render a written opinion in the future.


•  The criminal docket was called and capias’ were continued in 22 criminal matters.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Christina Marks

She had her home confinement and probation revoked and she was sentenced to 60 days in Central Regional Jail with credit for time served.

Then she was readmitted to 1 year home confinement and 5 years probation.

She was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.




On Friday, July 10, 2015 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard 3 juvenile matters in Gilmer County.




Judge Jack Alsop held arraignment and heard criminal matters in Gilmer County on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.


State of West Virginia vs. Dwight Bullough

He accepted a 2 year pre trial diversion and will be under the terms and conditions of probation.

He was represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


Arraignments were held in the following cases:


1) State of West Virginia vs. Damon Rice

He was arraigned and filled out a financial affidavit for court appointed attorney.

Clinton Bischoff of Summersville was appointed to represent him.

He was allowed to post a $10,000.00 personal recognizance bond that is good until 4 PM July 15, 2015 and then he must post a $10,000.00 bond good and sufficient surety to be approved by the Circuit Clerk.

His arraignment was continued until 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.


2) State of West Virginia vs. Teresa Riggs

She was arraigned and was appointed Timothy Gentliozzi of Clarksburg to represent her.

She also had the same bond requirements and her arraignment will also be 9:00 AM Wednesday, July 22, 2015.


3) State of West Virginia vs. Barbara Hess

She was arraigned and Kevin Hughart of Sissonville was appointed to represent her.

Her bond conditions were the same until she flunked her urine screen and was sent to Central Regional Jail until her arraignment on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


4) State of West Virginia vs. David Finley

He was arraigned and Brian Bailey of Horner was appointed to represent him.

After flunking his drug screen he was sent to Central Regional Jail pending further arraignment on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

His bond was set for $10,000.00 pr until 07.15.15 at 4:00 PM.


5) State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Wells Clark

He was arraigned and after completing an affidavit for court appointed attorney he was appointed David Karickhoff of Sutton to represent him.

He posted a $10,000.00 pr bond and had until 4:00 PM Wednesday to post $10,000.00 bond with good and sufficient surety.

His arraignment was also continued to 9:00 AM Wednesday, July 22, 2015.


6) State of West Virginia vs. Shannon George

She also completed a financial affidavit and was appointed Clinton Bischoff to represent her at the continuation of her arraignment on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Her bond arrangement were the same as all the previous indictees.


7) State of West Virginia vs. Robert Lee George Jr.

He was also before the Court for arraignment with like results.

Brian Bailey of Buckhannon was appointed to represent him at further arraignment on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM and he flunked his urine screen and was sent to Central Regional Jail.


8) State of West Virginia vs. Laura Cottrill

She was arraigned and entered not guilty pleas to all counts of her indictment.

Timothy Gentliozzi also represents her and bond was reduced to $25,000.00.

Her pretrial is 9:00 AM on Friday, September 18, 2015 with trial set for Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


9) State of West Virginia vs. Gary Paul Ferrell

He entered not guilty pleas and is represented by Clinton Bischoff.

His pretrial is 9:30 AM Friday, September 18, 2015 with him being the second trial set for Tuesday, September 29, 2015.


10) State of West Virginia vs. Max Beaubrun Jr.

Had his arraignment reset for Monday, August 10, 2015 at 9:40 AM due to the illness of his attorney, Teresa Monk.


11) State of West Virginia vs. Brittney Nichole Nickeson

She entered not guilty pleas and was represented by Clinton Bischoff.

She is set for third trial Tuesday, September 29, 2015 with pretrial at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 18, 2015.


12) State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Michael Gilmore

A new attorney appointed due to him being incarcerated.

Christopher Moffatt of Charleston was appointed to represent him and he will have further arraignment Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


13)State of West Virginia vs. Jeremy Askew

He entered not guilty pleas represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

His pretrial is 10:30AM Friday,  September 18, 2015 with his trial set as the 4th trial on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.


14) State of West Virginia vs. Gary Ackley

He entered not guilty pleas to the 11 counts in his indictment.

His trial is Thursday, October 01, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

And his pretrial is Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

He is represented by Kevin Hughart.

New Nature Trail and Deck at Gilmer County Recreation Center

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board and director Darrel Ramsey are very excited about the progress they are having with the new natural trail being constructed at the Recreation Center with the help of FCI Gilmer inmate program and board member Rick Sypolt.

Funding for this trail was by a grant from the Dominion foundation written by Cindy Wilson, Rick Sypolt, and director Ramsey.

Come by and see the observation deck in person and enjoy the few and relax on the custom bench seating on the observation deck.

Thank you again FCI Gilmer inmate program and Rick Sypolt for your hours of volunteering to make this trail dream a reality for the recreation center .

GILMER COUNTY INTERVENTION STATUS‏

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AT THE JULY 08, 2015 MEETING WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ENTERED EXECUTIVE SESSION AFTERWARDS RETURNING TO REGULAR SESSION TAKING NO ACTION.

SUSAN O’BRIAN OEPA DIRECTOR THEN CAME BEFORE THE BOARD MAKING THREE RECOMMENDATIONS:


1.  AMEND THE GILMER COUNTY MOU’S CONTROL OF FINANCE.


2.  GILMER COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT GABRIEL DEVONO WILL COME BEFORE THE STATE BOARD TO PROVIDE PERIODIC STATUS REPORTS.


3.  FULL OEPA REVIEW OF GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER THE 6TH MONTH STATUS REPORT BY MR. DEVONO TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.


WVBOE MOTION WAS MADE, DULY SECONDED AND PASSED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OEPA DIRECTOR SUSAN. O’BRIAN REGARDING THE INTERVENTION STATUS OF GILMER COUNTY..

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Gilmer County’s School Board had responsibility for less than 15% of the total finances and most of it was for non discretionary spending.

In reality the State makes all financial decisions in intervened counties with expectations for a local board’s after-the-fact rubber stamping. This makes a board’s financial role essentially ceremonial.

The Gilmer board had no authority of any kind to make decisions for facilities. The State wanted to move board offices to a larger and more expensive location to cover for money lost by the Gilmer County Commission.

The Commission had approved the move of the Minnie Hamilton health facility to GSC’s WACO center to give GSC badly needed rent revenue, and the empty medical space was not generating any money.

The State tried to cajole the board to approve the board office move to the Minnie Hamilton space. The reason was that the State wanted to be able to say that it had the board’s backing to take heat off for the move.

Another facet was that the board was not given a full accounting of the costs for the move to be fully informed of the total financial consequences.

Balking occurred, the State was outraged, and the WVBOE penalized the board for not going along in lockstep by stripping it of all authority for finances.

This is one more example of how the WVBOE misuses the public’s scarce education dollars for purposes other than benefiting WV’s school children.

By Charleston WVDE Mole  on  07.10.2015

This is an unambiguous message from Susan O’Brien and the WVBOE that Gabe Devono has absolute dictatorial power to seal the fate for what the OEPA does next.

What clearer order could there be for the board to go along 100% with Gabe or to risk a longer period of intervention?

Be like lemmings going over a cliff or else is what O’Brien and the WVBOE demand. Don’t question the wisdom of anything.

Keep quiet, rubber stamp, let statutes, rules and regulations be broken without a whimper.

Never ask if money being spent will do the most good in improving our education system.

Never ask if the State is bankrupting the County.

Never ask what could be done to increase the pay of our teachers and staffs.

Never ask how the coming 30+ person riff could be eased up to protect our teachers and staffs.

Never ask how the long ride of small children to and from the Hays City school could be dealt with more humanely so the trauma will not have an adverse effect on learning.

Never ask for information about finances, personnel or anything else to try to be an informed elected official.

Never ask for specifics regarding how the County’s school system is any better off following intervention. 

Above all else, never question what could be done to do better in preparing Gilmer’s students for college and careers.

If 50% of the high school’s grads cannot do math and read that outcome must be supported as entirely acceptable as boasting occurs about the quality of the County’s school system under intervention.

By Benny Foats  on  07.10.2015

Right on time to stop the flow of information about Minnie Hamilton debacle.

Will the State use this to hide what they spend because they gave themselves full control of where to spend it?  If this happens it is time for FOIA requests.

Seems no one on the Gilmer Board was going to be allowed to question or say no to anything about where the money went despite what the MOU said.  What control did they have to begin with?

By WV Politics Business As Usual  on  07.10.2015

What is meant by item # 1 ?
Amend MOU about finance?

By reader5  on  07.10.2015

Very little information here.
Dr. Simmons promised when he was elected to school board, he knew all the “big boys” in Charleston, and would soon get our schools back.

Think that’s over three years ago now.  What is up with that?  That’s why many we know voted for him?

By W.E.S.  on  07.10.2015

Reader 5 it means the state took back control of what little finance they had said the board would have control of.

By No Checks & Balances Now  on  07.10.2015

The Gazette, Mail and Public Broadcasting reported on the state board election of officers that all three officers received only one nay vote which came from Dr. William White of Bluefield. White, who caveated his no vote by saying he still intends to work with the team in full cooperation, said he could not vote for board leaders who were nominated after private discussions.

White said a select group of the board’s nine members were included in conversations about the nominees for the posts before the meeting. He said he was not interested in one of the positions, nor did he believe the outcomes would have been different had an open conversation taken place.

“It’s about transparency,” he said after the meeting. “All nine members’ voices should have been heard.”

By How Can They Judge Gilmer?  on  07.10.2015

Was the black member of this board included in the “meeting before the meeting”?

By apology needed ?  on  07.10.2015

Imagine that. After the way Gilmer County has been treated a member of the WVBOE has the nerve to complain about the lack of transparency in that organization.

By E. Rupert  on  07.10.2015

And back it goes to the Gilmer County Commission.  Could this be the reason no videos have been allowed on the Free Press since Commission members switched seats for the President position? 

Mr. Chapman, can you please explain to the citizens why the videos and meeting minutes are unavailable to the citizens since you took over?

By Videos show it's true  on  07.10.2015

Yes Mr. White, it is about transparency.  How many of the Gilmer County Board of Education members did you speak with before you voted to amend?
Kudos to you for speaking out and revealing how corrupt actions by WVBOE can be.
Shame on you for not asking for more information from the true stakeholders before making a decision about Gilmer County.
That’s how intervention gets started and never stopped. WVBOE talks at the people you all should be talking with.

By Not Surprised  on  07.10.2015

Wonder how new BOE President Green feels now that the public knows his selection boiled down to a closed door negotiation and not votes for his leadership capabilities?

By More Technology?  on  07.10.2015

Rule #1 for intervention is shut up and sit down.

Rule #2 Refer to rule #1

Gilmer knows Board Super called Charleston to bring the OEPA in while the Board President chimed in. If they can’t tell you what to do then Charleston will!

Gilmer BOE have you had enough of the ex-GSC Pres yet?

By It's Time For a Change  on  07.11.2015

Thank you Mr. White for your bold step for what is right for West Virginia education.

Sadly, in GC the same situation happens time and time again.

Watch and listen to the local board meetings and you observe that Gabe Devano and Bill Simmons do the same thing.

All board members are to be participating in discussion and decisions.

Decisions that should be made by the board have all ready happened prior to the meeting.

It is clear with Simmons as board president, nothing is better in GC education.

Anyone in disagreement, post your list of improvements.

By the click runs WVBE  on  07.11.2015

It ought to be obvious by now that the state of WV and the federal government have decided that they know more about education than parents and teachers know.  The state is not going to give up control and will eventually take over all WV districts, unless the WV Board of Education is disbanded totally and stripped of all of its powers.  It is not an elected board and has no right to control one dollar of taxpayer funding.  If local people control education, it works.  It does not take new, fancy buildings or the latest computer technology to provide quality education.  It takes dedicated teachers who can inspire students to want to learn.  Nothing else.

By Karen Pennebaker  on  07.11.2015

The Click Runs comment is one of the best so far to expand to everything involving intervention.

It would be informative to Gilmer County if Charleston would give a detailed report for everything positive it has achieved the past four years to prove that its intervention has improved educations of our children and the County’s school system in general.

This invitation is extended to Ms.O’Brien, Mr. Greene, Ms. Daniel, and Dr. Martirano.

Our legislators are invited to participate in the opportunity and so is Mr. Gabriel Devono.

By Art Bowers  on  07.11.2015

West Virginia Board of Education President is quoted, November 2012, publicly stated and publicly published:

“it is paramount that the public voice continues to be heard”.

It did not state ‘except Gilmer County School Board’

By Beall Family  on  07.11.2015

Devono should have to justify how the Minnie Hamilton move will benefit our children in addition to giving the full truth about the financial costs compared to how they are now.

We hear reference to taxation without representation and this move is a prime example of it while needs of our children go unfilled.

No wonder the State does not want Gilmer’s board to ask questions and for its members to blindly support the move.

The WVBOE has shown its dictatorial colors once more with this decision. Keep quiet or we will pounce on you is the message to Gilmer County.

By Mike Foster  on  07.12.2015

Local residents remember the mid-90’s when one almost destroyed Glenville College.
What is happening with our local schools is simply history repeating itself.

Another trail of destruction and additional human casualties.

Some people never know they are being used and laughed at by the same people.

By $500,000.00 law suit was paid out  on  07.12.2015

Dare we ask the who, what and where of such a large payout?  And on a Sunday??

By Curious  on  07.12.2015

Would venture a guess GSC staff, administrators, could connect the dots back to days of yore.

By just saying  on  07.12.2015

Extravagant and unnecessary spending on administrative furnishings when academics lack adequate funding.  Where have we heard that before?

So willing to spend other peoples money but didn’t think to hire an office space designer and get an assessment to see if the current space is being utilized to its maximum efficiency?

By D R Flack  on  07.13.2015

The GFP is the only way Gilmer County gets real news. How about Curious explaining the significance of the reference to Sunday and the payoff? Sounds like there is important information out there the rest of us do not have.

By K.F. Allan  on  07.13.2015

No oversight by State.
No demographics study to determine school placement needs.

Let Blankenship and Simmonds find the BEST location.

Might have prevented the West Virginia State Board of Education’s big blunder with their purchase of the Crooked Run site?

Never learn from there past experiences?  Just keep repeating the same old blunders?

In order to frost our WVBOE cake, we will build a new elementary school, next to a river, in a flood zone, on top of a known dump site? 

Same location that the West Virginia School Building Authority rejected when John Bennett was Gilmer Superintendent.

Brilliant move.

By see what the PhD. boys bought you  on  07.13.2015

Who is the bright star that decided to jump rent cost from about 600 dollars to almost 3000 dollars when its projected in the next 2 years we will DECREASE almost 200 students?

By taxpayer  on  07.13.2015

Court house officials report that it is about $2400 more a month and there is about 1,000 sq. ft. more space.

Renovation and remodeling costs must be paid, costs for a new telephone system too after more than $150,000 was already paid in the annex.

The new space must be rewired for computers and there are more costs plus 30+ school system personnel will be riffed when Gilmer goes from 5 schools to 2.

Why the sudden need for more office space at extra costs when we are downsizing?

Only unaccountable bureaucrats who spend public money recklessly would come up with something like this.

No wonder OBrien at the WVOEPA and the State Board took it out on the County when some board members asked questions.

They did not want the public to know how Gilmer’s money is being mismanaged.

The move is Mr. Devono’s baby so let him explain
the State’s way out of this newest blunder thanks to intervention.

By Bert McMasters  on  07.13.2015

There is a mystery. Last year after the State changed to Republican there was a report that the new WV Legislature was investigating what happened with the County’s money to include the Cedar Creek flop leading to building the new school east of town.

Then word was circulated by a local person with Charleston pull that leverage was used to cancel the investigation.

Republican members of the new WV Legislature involved with managing the State’s finances should explain what happened. Were they scared off?

By Ralph Page  on  07.13.2015

Paper reported per the Commission meeing that the BOE had 1025 feet upstairs in annex and the lease at MH printed here showed over 3200 feet.  Big, big, big increase for a small county that already has all but about four people in private offices if you go take a look around at the annex.  Seems the Superintendent feels more office administrators or “directors” are the way to go.  Why is that?  Why do they have to be right next to him?  Shouldn’t literacy grant and Teaching coaches have offices at the schools? (or should I say school?)

By Chuck Alexander  on  07.14.2015

The accountability failure comes from the top. Our elected finance officials in Charleston in particular have failed us.

The Senate Chair of Finances is Senator Hall and the vice chair is Senator Walters.

On the House side the Chair is Delegate Nelson and the vice chair is Delegate Ashley.

Those officials could demand an investigation of what happened in Gilmer County including mismanagement at Cedar Creek and other examples including wasted money for the move to the old Minnie Hamilton facility.

By P K. Wells  on  07.14.2015

Every person at the WVBOE and DOE is paid with dollars or fees in some form or another collected from the public.  Why is it there are no answers coming from Charleston as to what has improved since intervention?  Speak with your representatives on the local board.  You will learn only one is ever invited to discuss any issue.  Only one gives his opinion without talking to the others.  Only one is appointed to planning committees.  Only one voice is ever heard. History repeats itself.

By Learned the Hard Way  on  07.14.2015

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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

The Gilmer Free Press

On Tuesday, July 07, 2015 the July term of Court opened with Judge Jack Alsop indoctrinating the grand jury and they returned 15 indictments as follows:


1) State of West Virginia vs. Damon W. Rice of 211 Bailey Street, Glenville, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of delivery of a controlled substance.


2) State of West Virginia vs. Teresa Ann Riggs of 3350 Lower Cedar Creek Road, Glenville, WV

She was indicted for 3 count of delivery of a controlled substance.


3) State of West Virginia vs. Barbara Michelle Hess of 511 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV

She was indicted for 3 counts of delivery of a controlled substance.


4) State of West Virginia vs. David Asa Finley of 793 Messenger Road, Glenville, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance.


5) State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Wells Clark of 144 Watercrest Drive, Glenville, WV

He was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance.


6) State of West Virginia vs. Shannon Lynn George of 13 South Lewis Street, Room 217, Glenville, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance, 1 count of conspiracy and 3 counts of possession of a controlled substance.


7) State of West Virginia vs. Robert Lee George Jr. of 13 South Lewis Street, Room 217, Glenville, WV

He was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance and 1 count of conspiracy.

The above 7 people do not have attorneys nor are under bond but should appear for arraignment at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Circuit Court.

8) State of West Virginia vs. Thomas Junior Shaw of 3850 Airport Road, Sutton, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and 1 count of conspiracy.

He is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville and his bond is set at $100,000.00.


9) State of West Virginia vs. Laura Ann Cottrill of Gilbert, WV

She was indicted for 1 count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of conspiracy, 1 count of petit larceny and 1 count of trespass in structure.

She is represented by Timothy Gentilozzi of Clarksburg and her bond is set at $50,000.00.


10) State of West Virginia vs. Gary Paul Ferrell of 3989 Trace Fork Road, Tanner, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of failure to register upon release from incarceration and 1 count of failure to provide sex offender registration change of information.

He is represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


11) State of West Virginia vs. Max Guy Beaubrun Jr. of 601C Mineral Road, Glenville, WV

He was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance.

He is represented by Teresa Monk of Walton.


12) State of West Virginia vs. Brittney Nichole Nickeson of 18 East Main Street, Apt. F, Glenville, WV

She was indicted for 1 count of unlawful assault, 1 count of unlawful restraint, 2 counts of conspiracy and 1 count of assault.

She is represented by Clinton Bischoff and her bond is $30,000.00.


13) State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Michael Gilmore of HC 58 Box 102 Mill Creek, WV

He was indicted for Driving while license revoked for DUI third or subsequent offense.

He is also represented by Teresa Monk and his bond is $15,000.00.


14) State of West Virginia vs. Jeremy Bruce Askew of 2922 Pearl Street, Anderson, Indiana

He was indicted for 1 count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, 1 count of conspiracy, 1 count of petit larceny and 1 count of trespass in structure.

He is represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.


15) State of West Virginia vs. Gary Lee Ackley of 104 Johnson Street, Grantsville, WV

He was indicted for 11 counts, namely:

a) driving under the influence of alcohol–3rd offense

b) Fleeing with reckless disregard

c) Fleeing while driving under the influence

d) Driving while license revoked for DUI

e) hunting while under the influence of alcohol

f) loaded firearm in/on a vehicle

g) shooting across or in public road

h) hunting or pursuing wildlife on Sunday

i) Hunting during closed season

j) hunting deer with improper caliber ammunition

He is also represented by Kevin Hughart and bond was set.


Nine civil matters were also heard as follows:


1) Nobody appeared in the case of Credit Acceptance Corp vs. Roy D. Wiant Jr.

And there was no service in the matter.


2) In the case of Debra Swick vs. JW Ebert Corp and McDonald’s

A pretrial will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM and trial is set for Tuesday, February 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


3) In the matter involving Michael J. Wheeler vs. William F. Foster

A pretrial hearing was set for Friday, January 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM with trial being on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM.


4) GMH Gas Co. Inc. Et al vs. William Cottrill et al

Had a lengthy hearing with several participants on conference call.

A further hearing will be held in the matter on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


5) Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Elizabeth Mongold

Judge Alsop entered a default judgment order in the matter.


6) Travis Wells et al vs. State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co.

Was rest for arguments on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM.


7) Van Ramsey II vs. Van Ramsey Sr.

Case is set for pretrial on Friday, March 04, 2016 at 2:30 PM and trial is set for Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM.


8) Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Roger Dale Fisher

Has no service in the case yet.


9) Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Rosa Lee Lee

Will have default judgment entered in the case after she admitted she owed the debt.




On Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Judge Alsop heard 3 juvenile matters.

He will return for hearings through 2:00 PM on Thursday.




On Friday, July 10, 2015 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire will preside over cases.




Judge Alsop will return to Glenville on Monday, July 13, 2015 for his regular motion day.




Tuesday, July 14, 2015 will be arraignment day.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 petit/magistrate jurors will report for indoctrination.

PROPER DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

The Gilmer Free Press

(July 08, 2015)

Submitted by Patricia A Lowther
Director of Special Programs
Gilmer County Schools

Policy 4350 is based on requirements of Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended. Requirements specific to records of identified exceptional students are incorporated into this policy.

Records must be maintained for 5 years following the student’s graduation. At that time, public notification shall inform parents/eligible students of timelines when personally identifiable information collected, maintained, or used is no longer needed to provide educational services to the student.

If notification is not received from the parent/eligible students requesting that the documentation be mailed to them, records will be destroyed in a timely fashion.

Any student who graduated in 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009 from Gilmer County High School and received special education services while attending elementary or high schools (this includes the gifted program), may contact the Director of Special Programs at 304.462.7386 x 105 or 106, to make arrangements to pick up your file or have it mailed.

If notification has not been received at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office by Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM, then the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 graduating class special education files will be destroyed. If you are aware of someone who graduated with this class whose records we may be holding, please notify them so they may contact our office before the deadline.

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