GSC’s 2016 Homecoming Coronation

Glenville State College’s 2016 Homecoming Court Coronation took place at noon on Monday, October 17 in the campus amphitheater. Kellie Kinsinger and Brod Boswell were crowned queen and king.

2016: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
Week 9 Games
#7 Gilmer County (7-0)   #4 Tolsia (A) (5-1)  
Hannan (1-6)   Braxton County (3-4)  
Webster County (4-3)   Lewis County (4-4)  
Calhoun County (1-7)   Elkins (3-4)  
Ritchie County (0-8)   Doddridge County (4-4)  
#15 Liberty Harrison (5-3)   Valley (Wetzel) (1-6)  
#13 Herbert Hoover (5-2)   Parkersburg Catholic (3-4)  
#16 Roane County (5-2)   #11 Williamstown (6-2)  
#1 Bridgeport (8-0)   #5 St. Marys (7-0)  
#10 Keyser (5-2)   #3 South Harrison (7-0)  
Robert C. Byrd (3-5)   #8 Van (6-1)  
#9 North Marion (5-2)   #6 Cameron (7-0)  
#11 Lincoln (5-2)   #7 Nicholas County (6-1)  
Grafton (3-4)   Midland Trail (4-4)  
Bishop Donahue (5-2)   Tyler Consolidated (4-3)  
Paden City (2-5)   Magnolia (1-7)  
Brooke (1-7)   Richwood (0-7)  
Buckhannon-Upshur (2-4)   Valley (Fayette) (0-7)  
East Fairmont (2-5)   Clay County (2-5)  
Phillip Barbour (0-7)   Shady Spring (2-6)  
Parkersburg South (3-4)   Warren Local, OH  
Greenbrier East (3-4)   Parkersburg (2-5)  

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Chief Judge Jack Alsop presided over his regular monthly motion day due to Monday being a holiday.

Two fugitives waived to return to their respective states, both being represented by Eric Hencil of Clarksburg.

•  Angelo Cruz waived to return to New York and

•  Lindsay Blackmon waived to return to Ohio.

Authorities in those states have until 4 PM October 20th to pick the defendants up or Central Regional Jail will release them.

•  Eight juvenile matters were heard and 2 were rescheduled after new attorneys were appointed in them.

•  The civil case of Brenda Lawson vs. Gilmer County PSD was before the Court for status.

Judge Alsop scheduled the matter for jury trial on January 30, 2017.

Plaintiff is represented by Mark Goldner and defendants are represented by Arden Cogar Jr. And James Stacy II.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Christopher Puffenbarger

He was before the Court and after he signed the sex offender information Judge Alsop informed him that he must register as a sex offender for life.

His attorney was Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

The trial set for trial on Wednesday, was continued until January 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM due to the late submission of evidence by our local state police to the crime lab in Charleston.

Collins’ attorney is Joseph Spano of Charleston.

•  State of West Virginia vs. James Christman

He was before the Court for bond reduction and Judge Alsop reduced it to $25,000.00 with home confinement.

His attorney is David Karickhoff of Sutton.

On Wednesday, Judge Alsop heard more testimony in a juvenile case started on Tuesday.

•  Previously in a case that was heard in Braxton County, Judge Richard A. Facemire sentenced Angel Hart to the penitentiary for 1-5 years after her probation was revoked.

She was represented by Steve Nanners of Buckhannon.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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Several Gilmer County Family Court cases were heard and acted on by Judge Larry Whited.

•  On October 06, 2016 Samantha Dent (32) of Bear, Delaware divorced Dustin M. Dent (34) of Glenville, WV.

On October 12, 2016:

•  One modification was continued.

•  One divorce was continued.

•  Charles Stump (69) of Glenville, WV divorced Sarah Stump (49) of Paducah, KY.

•  Another divorce did not have an order entered in it at this time due to a guardian ad litem representing plaintiff who is incarcerated.

GSC Chi Beta Phi members participate in National Conference

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On Saturday, October 01, 2016, eleven members of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Chi Beta Phi and two other members of the Glenville State College community attended the 69th National Conference of Chi Beta Phi. The conference was hosted by the Zeta Chapter of the organization at the Eshelman Science Center on the Davis & Elkins College campus in Elkins, West Virginia. The faculty members of Alpha Iota Chapter present were Larry Baker (Associate Advisor of the Chapter), Wenwen Du, Kevin Evans, Jeremy Keene, and Paul Peck (Chapter Advisor). Student members who attended the conference were Brianna Caison, Samuel Canfield (Chapter President), Tara Evans, Carrie Huffman, Kelly Weaver, and Zachary White. Professor Alan Daniel and Chris Carver from Glenville State College also attended the afternoon session of the conference.

During the morning session the chapters present gave reports on their activities for the past year. National officers were also elected for two-year terms. The conference then witnessed a presentation by Professor Renaud Stauber of the Davis & Elkins College mathematics department entitled ‘Piezo-electric polymers: Making a space antenna with Saran-Wrap and double-sticky tape.’

In the afternoon session, 22 presentations of student research were made. Glenville State College students gave six of these presentations, the most by any chapter present.

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Caison presented ‘Psychological Pain in the Praying Mantis, Tenodera Sinensis.’ Her research mentor was Professor Daniel. The presentation received a third place award.

Her research took place over a six week period during the summer. “In studying the simplified nervous system of mantids, we can look at things like depression and opioid dependency. We can then hope to use the information on a larger scale as a model for human problems,” Caison said.

She plans on joining the Navy after graduation and eventually becoming a surgeon. Caison credits her advisor and other professors at GSC with helping her work toward achieving her goals. She said they also give the campus and the Science Hall, where she has spent countless hours completing research, a special feel. “They make it a home away from home,” she added.

The five other GSC students also spoke about their various research projects at the conference.

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Canfield presented ‘Bellamya chinensis and Lymnaea stagnalis mortality in the presence of Macrobdella decora.’ He worked with Todd Crowl and Kristin Bahleda at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center East during the summer of 2016.

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Evans presented ‘anti-Markovnikov Hydrobromination of Alkenes.’ Professor Evans was her research mentor. Her research was funded by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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Huffman presented ‘Evolutionary Analysis of Monopyle (Gesneriaceae) from Central America.’ Her research was under the direction of Professor Keene and was funded by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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Weaver presented ‘Optimizing the Reaction Conditions for the anti-Markovnikov Hydrobromination of Alkenes.’ Professor Evans was her research mentor. Weaver’s research was funded by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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White presented ‘Water Use of Mature Oak Trees.’ Glenville State College Professor Rico Gazal was his research mentor. White’s research was funded by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

“The faculty in the Science and Mathematics, Land Resources, and Social Science Departments at Glenville State College are doing an excellent job providing our students with opportunities to participate in STEM-related research. Our faculty are also doing an excellent job helping the students attend professional meetings, such as the Chi Beta Phi National Conference, where the students can present their research experience and results to a broader audience. This is something our faculty are passionate about as evidenced by the number of faculty who went on a Saturday with our students to the Chi Beta Phi National Conference,” said Department Chair and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris.

In the award ceremony at the end of the conference, GSC’s Alpha Iota Chapter was recognized as the Most Improved Chapter. All presenters received a presentation award. National President Bill Pohley announced that Alpha Iota Chapter will host the 70th National Conference of Chi Beta Phi on the Glenville State College campus next fall.

Chi Beta Phi is a scientific honorary for undergraduates. An affiliate of The American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1935, the object of the organization is to promote interest in science and to give recognition to scholarly attainment in science. Members participate together in events of scientific interest and wholesome fellowship. Membership is open to honor students in various scientific disciplines and to faculty members at colleges with local chapters. Alpha Iota Chapter at Glenville State College was chartered in 1964 and has been continuously active since then.

GSC Theater to Hold Performance

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Students in Glenville State College’s Theater program invite the public to attend their latest production entitled Apartment of the Feign by Channing Caldwell. Performances, which will be held in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run from Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19.

The play tells the story of an autistic man, Bert, who is alone in the world. He fills his life with imaginary friends because the real people he comes into contact with are a problem: abusive, insulting, and controlling. He is much more comfortable inhabiting the imaginary life in his apartment. The Feign is the play’s word to describe the life of imagination that Bert inhabits.

A young woman who is trying to get away from her drunken boyfriend, hides in his apartment. Liz has lost her brother, who was also autistic, and sets out to help Bert cope with his real world. As they become greater friends, tragedy strikes, and Bert’s world cannot stand up to the pressure.

The play is relatively short, being told in three acts.

The performance is open to the public and is free to GSC students, faculty, and staff. General admission tickets are $3.00.

For more information, call 304.462.6323.

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 10.17.16 - Today

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, October 17, 2016 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President




          A.  Minutes: September 14,19,28, 2016

          B.  Student Transfers

          C.  Field Trips

          D.  Volunteers


          A.  CGCC – September 20, 2016, August 29, 2016 - Dr. Carl Armour

          B. RESA 7 – September, 2016 -  Norma Hurley



          a. Purchase of School Bus

          A. Treasurer’s Report

          B. Financial Statement

          C. Check Register

          D. Field Trips

          E. Reports

                  1. ACT Information

                  2. Audit – June 2015

The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, November 14, 2016.


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Somebody mentioned committees here.  There’s plenty this Mr Devono appointed.  Planning Committees, Advisory Committee, Strategic Plan Committees, CEFP Committee.  All hand picked by the Gilmer Superintendent and never even discussed with Gilmer’s board.
I asked a board member to see this month’s agenda. It’s public record.  Their copy is just like this one but has all kinds of attachments.That’s the agenda that goes into the minutes but the public never sees the true agenda. That’s unethical, flies in the face of the open meeting laws and plain deceitful. Many county boards give the local papers the list of who they hired, who resigned,who was let go including the names. Lewis, Ritchie, Calhoun, Roane do it for an example. Gilmer County never knows who gets hired except through the grapevine. Gilmer people never know if there is anything they want to attend a meeting and ask questions about because the agenda put to the public doesn’t tell us what is going to be talked about. That’s not right.

By Why Is G Devono Putting Out Two Different Agendas?  on  10.17.2016

I admit, it has been entertaining, to watch a state employee besmearch his own reputation.

It is unsettling though, to watch a state bureaucracy, because of family connections, let one person make fools of the many.

Normal world, business practices, this embarrassment would have had to pack his bags long ago.

But blood is thicker than water, resulting in an attitude of “its okay for him to make a fool out of all of us”.

By no shame WVBE  on  10.17.2016

It is widely known that Devono appoints individuals to secretly serve on his committees.

The membership of every committee Devono appoints should be made known to the public by the GFP and the Democrat. Does anyone disagree?

Meeting notices for all committee meetings should be posted with agendas, and minutes should be available for citizens to read.

The secrecy must end! Five plus years has been enough of it.

We plea to Dr. Cindy Daniel, Devono’s Charleston supervisor, to get committee information disclosed to Gilmer County’s people.

By PLea To Dr. Daniel To Stop Committee Secrecy  on  10.18.2016

One thing left off was Devono’s mentor forced on him by the WVBOE because he lacked superintendent experience.

Not a bad on the job training position if you can get it while being paid more than $120,000 a year in WV’s smallest school system.

By WVDOE Mole Member  on  10.18.2016

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2016: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 8

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
Week 8 Games
Calhoun County (1-7) 6 Grafton (3-4) 13
#5 Gilmer County (7-0) 61 Braxton County (3-4) 30
Ravenswood (4-4) 38 Lewis County (4-4) 34
Doddridge County (4-4) 0 Liberty Harrison (5-3) 35
Wirt County (1-7) 6 Ritchie County (0-8) 6
#10 Williamstown (6-2) 69 Webster County (4-3) 43
#12 Roane County (5-2) 13 #16 Tyler Consolidated (4-3) 33
#14 Lincoln (5-2) 32 #2 South Harrison (7-0) 57
Notre Dame (3-5) 35 #2 St. Marys (7-0) 49
Parkersburg Catholic (3-4) Saturday 14 Magnolia (1-7) 7
Richwood (0-7) 17 #9 Cameron (7-0) 48
Greenbrier West (2-5) 21 #13 Clay-Battelle (6-1) 19
Hannan (1-6) 20 Valley (Wetzel) (1-5) 22
Paden City (2-5) 43 Frontier, OH (2OT) 28
#7 North Marion (5-2) 7 Westside (2-5) 6
#2 Bridgeport (8-0) 35 #8 Nicholas County (6-1) 45
#12 Keyser (5-2) 50 Lincoln County (1-6) 10
Robert C. Byrd (3-5) 7 Clay County (2-5) 13
Buckhannon-Upshur (2-4) 21 #16 Cabell Midland (4-4) 56
#5 University (7-1) 34 Parkersburg (2-5) 8


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September 12, 2016
7:00 p.m.

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

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

Public Comments

No Public

A. Approval of Minutes – August 01, 2016

The minutes from the August 01, 2016, meeting were reviewed.  No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports


The bookkeeper was absent.  The financial report will be presented at next meeting. 

Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that the City had lost the two current FCI-Gilmer Camp workers and a new camp worker has been assigned to us.

Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.  Our new City Officer Steven Ware has been working for one month and was introduced to the council.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick reported that there were 5 water leaks that were repaired.  The check valve on lift station had to be replaced on sewer side.


Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

- Under consideration abandonment of alley (update)

We are still working on the abandonment of the alley on Walnut Street and should have an update next month.

- Bicycle Collection Update (handed out two bikes with helmets)

The City has been collecting bicycles and received bicycle helmets from the FRN thrift store.  Through CRI, we gave out two bicycles and two helmets.

- Blue ribbons in observance of Law Enforcement

Blue ribbons in observance of Law Enforcement will remain up through the month of   September.

- High School Request for Homecoming Parade, September 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Received a letter from Ms. Bush, Student Council Advisor, requesting permission to have the GCHS Homecoming parade at 5:00 p.m.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to allow GCHS to have their homecoming parade at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 16.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.  Streets will be blocked off at 4:00 p.m.

-  GSC Homecoming Parade on October 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Requested approval to have the GSC Homecoming parade on October 22 at 10:00 a.m. Councilman Walters made a motion to approve this request.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.  The streets will be blocked off at 9:00 a.m.

- Two lots deeded to us by Amber Kirsch on River Street

Was contacted by Amber Kirsch from New York City requesting to give two lots on River Street to the city. Suggestion was made to turn it into a community garden.  The property is 100 x 125 and the house will be torn down.  Asked council to think about this.

- Give Away Box in City Square

Marthas and Marys have asked for approval to place a giveaway box in the City Square.  This box will contain supplies including paper goods, personal hygiene items, etc. for needy community members and will be similar to the library box.  Councilman Walters made a motion to approve the placement of the giveaway box in the City Square.  Councilwoman Huffman seconded the motion.  Motion passed.  Mayor Fitzpatrick will check with our insurance agent or Board of Risk regarding coverage if vandalism occurs.

-    Fees for City Park Use

Mayor Fitzpatrick reported that the main fan motor had locked up in the gazebo and the City has no funding set aside for these repairs.  He requested council consider the request to assess fees for park usage to establish a fund to maintain the park.

-    Other Announcements

Received a thank you note from Toni Bishop, Principal of the new Gilmer County Elementary School for the assistance of the city police officers at the beginning of the fall school term at the new school. Received a thank you from Alma Montgomery for the assistance with the water line leak fixed for her over the weekend.

III. Unfinished Business


IV. New Business


V. Other Business to come before Council


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be October 03, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before December 12, 2016  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Dolly Pritt Meador Ronald F. McHenry
Connie Darlene Hardman
5939 US Hwy 33E, Glenville, WV 26351
1171 Joes Run Rd, Burnsville, WV 26335
Charles G. Salisbury Michele Salisbury 1174 Whitney Lane
Westerville, OH 43081
Mary Josephine Ours Linda Sue Reth 791 Helmwood Court
Millersville, MD 21108
William K. Darby Jo Ann Darby 3865 U.S. HWY 33E.
Glenville WV 26351

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 13, 2016

City of Glenville Police Report - September 2016

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - September 2016
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Failure to Yield Huffman Warning E. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
Animal Cruelty Garrett Animals are healthy No Animal Cruelty Issues Walnut Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Driving without Headlights Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Active Domestic Ware All verbal courtesy transport to Powell Street Sycamore Road
Welfare Check Huffman Everything ok E. Main Street
Petit Larceny Garrett CI Started W. Main Street
Welfare Check Garrett Everything Ok River Street
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited N. Court Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Ware Assisted WVSP and GCSD with shooting Dry Fork Road
Serve Warrants Ware Subject arrested and transported to CRJ Howard Street
Stop Sign Violation Ware Cited College Street
Possible intoxicated Driver Garrett Located vehicle subject not intoxicated cited for open container Go Mart
Fireworks Complaint Garrett Located Subjects setting off fireworks behind post office gave verbal warning Powell Street
Suspicious Vehicle Huffman Everything ok  WV HWY 5 E
One Way Street Huffman Warning Pine Street
One Way Street Huffman Warning Pine Street
One Way Street Huffman Warning Pine Street
One Way Street Huffman Warning Pine Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject starting Investigation GCHS
Reckless Driver Complaint Huffman Located vehicle warrants Issued GCHS
911 Open Line Huffman Everything ok they have been having phone trouble for approximately a week Kanawha Street
911 Hang Up Garrett Responded to check on it at request of WVSP everything ok Rec Center
Assist Another Agency Garrett Assisted Campus PD with an intoxicated subject Goodwin Hall
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning for Defective Equipment and Cited for No Proof of Operators 2nd offense N. Lewis Street
Reckless Driving Huffman Cited Walnut Street
No Seat belt Huffman Cited x2 N. Court Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Fraud Huffman Warrants issued Foodland
Stop Sign Violation Huffman Warning for Stop Sign Violation and Cited for No Proof of Insurance High Street
Serve Warrants Huffman Subject arrested on 13 charges Magistrate Court
Capias Huffman Subject arrested on a capias Magistrate Court
Speeding Ware Warning N. Lewis Street
Driving without Headlights Garrett Warning WV HWY 5 E
Speeding Ware Cited for No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Loud Exhaust Ware Cited for Possession of <15 grams N. Court Street
Suspicious Vehicle Ware Everything ok Gilmer Elementary
Assist another agency Garrett/Ware Assisted WVSP with an Altercation Dollar General
Serve Warrants Huffman Suspect arrested on 17 charges Magistrate court
Assist Another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP and GCSD with MVC WV HWY 5 W
Intoxicated Subject Ware Cited for Public Intoxication and Arrested for Obstructing Walnut Street
Speeding Ware Warnings Issued for Speeding and Failure to produce operators W. Main Street
Speeding Ware Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Ware Cited for Speeding and Failure to Produce Operators S. Lewis Street
No Seat belt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt Warning for No Proof of Registration and Failure to Produce Operators Walnut Street
Speeding Ware Cited College Street
Stop Sign Violation Ware Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Ware Cited W. Main Street
Active Domestic Huffman/Ware Everything ok all verbal parties separated Sumac Ct
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD on traffic stop K9 Deployment US HWY 33 E
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding Warnings Issued for Unsigned Registration and Defective Equipment College Street
Stop Light Violation Huffman Cited for Failure to Yield and Warning for Failure to stop on red W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Ware Spoke to Subject about 3 children caller was concerned about their safety while riding their bikes children were riding into the road without looking for traffic drove through area multiple times unable to locate children N. Lewis Street
Reckless Driving Ware Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt and Warning Issued for No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to Subject and advised them the matter was a civil issue and needed to be taken to family court Foodland Plaza
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited Sycamore
Speeding Huffman Cited for Driving while license suspended and Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Altercation Huffman No one in the area upon my arrival Walnut Street
Hit and Run Huffman Spoke to subject charges were refused due to the suspect coming back and individuals exchanged insurance information Go Mart
Parking Complaint Huffman Parking was on private property advised owner they could have the vehicles towed at the owner’s expense. Owner placed notes on both vehicles advising them they would be towed at their expense if vehicles were not moved and if they parked there anymore Whiting Ave
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subjects and advised them that I would work up an investigation report on it but I didn’t believe they had enough for a prosecution for threats and I would speak to the prosecutor to confirm Mountaineer Mart
Possible Counterfeit bills Huffman Bills weren’t counterfeit Foodland
Suspicious Person Garrett Drove through the area multiple times unable to locate subject Dolliver Street
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to subject about a young child walking the streets because se couldn’t get into her house and mother not home.  Mother came and picked the child up Kanawha Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding, Unsigned Registration, and Defective Equipment W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject and attempted to help her get back in her house due to her locking herself out advised her to contact a locksmith River View
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Unsigned Registration, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting Report - 10.07.16

The Free Press WV
October 07, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV


The meeting was called to order by Commission President Larry Chapman. Commissioners John Bennett and Brian Kennedy as well as the County Clerk Jean Butcher were present.



There were not any public comments.


              09:15 Laura Self- Proclamation for October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Laura Self from Gilmer County Health Department presented to the Commission the Proclamation for October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After reading the proclamation the Commission accepted and approved and adopted the proclamation. Gilmer County Health Department can be contacted for help with screening program. Women can contact the Health department by calling 204.462.7351.

              09:30 Larry Cunningham-Safety issues

Larry Cunningham has concerns about safety at the intersection of WV Highway 5 W and Holt Run Road. He indicated there have been several accidents. He said a mirror is needed to help with safety. He offered to provide the mirror if the County or the State provide the pole and installation. He said State should also do something about the speed limit. Several resident as well as buses use the intersection. President Chapman said he had just used the intersection and agreed with the safety issues. He said it is best to start by talking to local State Highway Department Superintendent Rodney Pettit. Mr. Cunningham indicated that this has to be the most dangerous intersection in the county and he is really concerned about this safety issue. He recommended the mirror be installed on the Glenville side of the highway. There is a mirror already on the other side.

              10:00 Bob Hardman-Glenville State College0Tefra Hearing-2009-2011 Series Bond for Glenville State College Housing Corporation

No Show again! for the 5th time. It was noted Bob Harman had called asking to be added to the agenda again and again.

              10:30 Brandy Smith- Proclamation to declare October as Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month

Brandy Smith presented the Proclamation to declare October as Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month. After reading of the proclamation by Commissioner Bennett, the County Commission adopted the proclamation.


        Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

Exonerations and/or Consolidations were approved by the Commission.

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

Several Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements were approved by the Commission.

              3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations: 

                      a)  Board Seats open on the:

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

                              ii. Gilmer County Recreation Center-DeKalb District

There were not any Board Appointments and/or Resignations at this time.

              4)  Budget Revisions

Angel Bell, the Accounting Clerk presented several budget revisions to the Commission and they were all approved. Commission President asked her about the oil severance revenues which is normally received in October. She responded the revenue received is about 50% of last year. The total amount is $47,895.00. On the positive note the Commission had anticipated the decrease and budgeted only for $50,000.00. Angel also gave an update on tax collection for this year. The taxes collected this year so far is $891,080.14 (63% of total). For the same period last year, the collection at this time was $660,313.48 (46% of total).

              5)  Budget Control Report-None


              6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

Commission approved and paid invoices totaling $63,406.12. This total does not include the jail bill because it had not arrived yet.

              7)  Approve County Commission Minutes

Approved the minutes.

              8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes: 

                      a) Gilmer County Health Department minutes-June 14, 2016

                      b) WesMonTy RC & D Board minutes-August 23, 20160

                      c) Gilmer County Public Service District minutes-April 11, 2016, July 11, 2016, July 27, 2016 & August 08, 2016

These minutes have been received by the Commission and they are available at Clerk’s Office for review.


a) Supreme Court Rent

A letter has been received from the Supreme Court not wanting to pay any rent for the space used at the courthouse Annex citing the space is a few square feet short of what they required. In reality, the Supreme Court position absolutely does not make sense because the county has provided a lot of space for the Family Court at the annex. Actually the Family Court is not even using all the space provided by the County and still the Supreme Court does not want to pay rent because they claim they do not have enough space. The county has provided all the space, all the utility as well as special parking spaces and apparently that is not good enough. Commission decided to meet with Mr. Canterberry from Supreme Court to discuss the issue. After contacting Mr. Canterberry, it was noted that his calnder is full for a while. Commission decided to keep contacting, hoping for a meeting as soon as possible.

              b) Update on Jail house boiler steam pipe

The pipe which was leaking has been fixed. However, the person who installed the system has not returned the calls by the county regarding inspection. Commission decided if the person does not respond, an alternative option need looked at before the cold weather arrives.



The Commission has received a letter from State Senate in regard to the traffic light in the county. The bill indicates the traffic light should be changed to flashing Yellow or Red during the slow hours. The letter asked the Commission about their opinion. The Commissioners unanimously stated there is not any issue with the current method of operation with the only traffic light in the county and they have no interest in making any changes.



NEXT MEETING:  October 21, 2016

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~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Really appreciate the good reporting of Commission meetings.
The format with color is very easy to read.  Thank you Free Press.

Seems that Glenville State College Mr. Hardman does not have his act together?  Or is he looking for perfect timing to drop a bomb of some sort.

Requesting to be on the agenda multiple times then being a no-show gives one the impression of being rude, arrogant, no consideration of others.

The Commissioners are owed an apology.

By Gilmer County  on  10.12.2016

It was the commissions idea to persuade an ill educated, vain, superintendent to pay out the children’s money for rent that was never a legal obligation. Isn’t it ironic that the space they moved the BOE office into would have been large enough for the courts?

By Karma Baby  on  10.13.2016

School money was spent on roof work at the old GES so Devono must have something in mind.

Is there a plan to use that building for school board offices as Blankenship had planned?

While on this subject how much school money is being spent to have school board offices in the old Minnie Hamilton building compared to costs in the old GES?

This needs to be answered before voting occurs for extending the excess levy.

We do not want to throw any more good money away when better managements could save money to be used for our children.

By Just Askin  on  10.13.2016

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