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Thanksgiving 2017

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On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for

Our blessings all year through,

For family we dearly love,

For good friends, old and new.


For sun to light and warm our days,

For stars that glow at night,

For trees of green and skies of blue,

And puffy clouds of white.


We’re grateful for our eyes that see

The beauty all around,

For arms to hug, and legs to walk,

And ears to hear each sound.


The list of all we’re grateful for

Would fill a great big book;

Our thankful hearts find new delights

Everywhere we look!
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As we take a break from everyday life to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to contemplate the holiday’s meaning.

We’ve all heard the tale of the Thanksgiving celebrated in 1621 by early European settlers in the New World at Plymouth, in what’s now Massachusetts, but the date of our nation’s first Thanksgiving is subject to scholarly debate.

Leap ahead two centuries and we find one of our most-revered presidents had a hand in today’s holiday of thanks. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation in 1863 that fixed the date in which all states would celebrate Thanksgiving, thereby bringing together various celebrations that had become a regular occurrence across the nation since the early 19th century.

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving much as we do, but in October. Our cousins in the United Kingdom celebrate the Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving around the time of the autumnal equinox.

Germans celebrate the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival in early October – a celebration that’s more about religion than about feasting as it is here in the U.S. The Japanese celebrate Labor Thanksgiving Day – a national holiday established while American soldiers occupied Japan after World War II and designed to recognize workers, but which derives from an ancient Shinto harvest celebration. It happens around the time of our own holiday.

Today in the U.S., we often gather with family and friends; watch football; take part in pick-up games with our children and/or friends; and feast on turkey, or ham, with all the fixings, and indulge in pies of various kinds – or some combination of all of these things.

Thanksgiving in modern America has come to signify the calm before the retail storm that is Black Friday, our now-traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Even that’s cut short these days by the many stores that open sometime Thanksgiving afternoon or night to get a jump on the holiday shopping frenzy that helps to drive our nation’s economy.

Most of all, though, we should give thanks for the people in our lives, our families and friends; we should give thanks for what we have, be it our jobs, our homes or our possessions, modest though those possessions may be for many among us; and, if we are so inclined, we should give thanks to our God above – regardless of our religion – for this life that we have, and strive to make the most of that life to make this a better world for everyone.

We wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.

Burnsville Lake Spoocktacular Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

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2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court Have Been Announced

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Members of the 2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court have been announced.

  • Kaylee Howard of Hartsford, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming Queen. She is a Criminal Justice major, President of the sorority Delta Xi Rho, and a member of Sigma Pi Xi. Howard hopes to become a social worker or probation/parole officer and eventually work for the FBI. What she likes most about GSC is the small and cozy community where everyone knows one another and you get the opportunity to meet new people. Howard owns three pet goldfish and she is the first floor RA in Goodwin Hall. She is the daughter of James and Tracy Howard. Her nomination was sponsored by Delta Xi Rho.

  • Justin Rader of Craigsville, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming King. He is an early education and elementary education major. Justin is also the President of the GSC Early Education Student Group and Kappa Delta Pi. After graduation, Justin plans on moving back to Nicholas County to begin his teaching career. He likes Glenville State because the professors know you by name. Justin is a hardcore WVU fan and has two nieces who are 6 and 1 ½ years old. He is the son Rick Rader and Mary and Butch Fox. His nomination was sponsored by the GSC Early Education Student Group.

  • Kelsey Norris of Fayetteville, West Virginia is the senior princess. Norris is an Elementary and Science 5-9 education major. She actively participates in Pioneers for a Cause and is a member of Chi Zeta Pi. After graduation, her goal is to obtain employment teaching middle school science while working toward her master’s degree in school administration. Norris had the pleasure of being recognized in the Milestone Ceremony in August as one of the first students at GSC to receive her Associate’s Degree during this special ceremony. She is the daughter of Darrell and Regina Hypes.

  • Wiley Raines of Parsons, West Virginia is the senior prince. Raines is a Criminal Justice major and member of Sigma Pi Xi, GSC Student Veterans Association, Hidden Promise, and the American Legion. After completing his degree from GSC, he plans to go to West Virginia State University for a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and ROTC to be a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserves. He graduated with honors as a Petroleum Supply Specialist last fall through the U.S. Army. In July he was awarded his associate degree in general studies with magna cum laude honors. He is the son of Herbert and Deborah Schoonover.

  • Erica Jones, junior princess, is the daughter of James and Shelvia Jones of Big Springs, West Virginia. She is an Early, Elementary, and Social Studies education major. Jones is active in a number of on campus activities in-cluding being a member and secretary of the sorority Chi Zeta Pi, a member of the educational honorary society Kappa Delta Pi, a Hidden Promise scholar and mentor, a Glenville State College Honors Pro-gram student, part of the Call Stars team, and an academic tutor. She is a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. After graduating from Glenville, she would like to find a teaching job close to home. She plans on working toward receiving a masters in special education and then pursuing a doctorate in administration. Jones is sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.

  • Faith Donze, sophomore princess, is the daughter of Brian and Debbie Donze of Saint Albans, West Virginia. She is a secondary math education major and her extra-curricular activities include the Pioneer Wall of Sound Marching Band and playing piano. Donze would like to teach high school math in West Virginia after graduation. What she appreciates most about GSC is the beautiful campus and that it feels like home.

  • Megan Stoffel, freshman princess, is the daughter of Jeremy and Rebecca Westfall of Sandyville, West Virginia. Stoffel is an early and elementary education major. She is also a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, Marching Band (manager), and the High Adventure club. She also likes to write stories and poetry and enjoys drawing. She says that her favorite thing about GSC are the amazing and helpful faculty and staff. Stoffel was sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild.


Court Attendants

  • Jakobi Dye is the son of Stephen and Tia Dye of Glenville, West Virginia. Jakobi is currently in Pre-K and loves all things Scooby Doo. He enjoys playing with Lego’s and Scooby Doo toys. His father serves as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at GSC.

  • Charlotte Smarr is the daughter of Kenneth and Nicole Smarr and Chris and Carissa Queen. She is the granddaughter of Gary and Lisa K. Smarr and Dave and Deborah Hughes. Smarr is currently in kindergarten and participates in twirling and Girl Scouts. She likes to ride her bike, swim, and play with her other siblings. She has shown interest in becoming a teacher when she grows up. Her grandparents Gary and Lisa Smarr both work at GSC, in Public Safety and Dining Services, respectively.

  • Zander Henline is the son of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. He is in Pre-K, likes to play Minecraft, and enjoys swimming, playing outside, and going for walks with his dog, Luna. He wants to be a professor and daddy when he grows up. His father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

  • McKinley Henline is the daughter of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. McKinley is in kindergarten and loves to draw and paint, spend time with her friends, sing, and help her mom cook. She wants to be a chef when she grows up. Her father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

For more information about Homecoming Week, visit www.glenville.edu/homecoming or call 304.462.6116.

West Virginia State Fair Starts Thursday

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Crews with the State Fair of West Virginia are taking extra safety precautions on amusement park rides ahead of Opening Day this Thursday in Greenbrier County following a deadly ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair last month.

“We do not have the ride where that happened, but they are going to take an extra step and do a little bit more testing on some of the rides that we have here,” said Kelly Collins, CEO of the State Fair of West Virginia.

The Fire Ball ride collapsed on July 26 at the fair in Columbus, Ohio. One person was killed and seven others were injured. The ride moves like a pendulum, spinning about 40 feet above the ground.

On Sunday, the manufacturer of the ride told investigators the accident was caused by “excessive corrosion.” Rust caused a support beam to snap off.

Collins said they don’t want the deadly incident to be the focus of the upcoming fair in West Virginia.

“We want people to focus on having fun and making memories with their friends and family. Safety is of utmost importance to us. Accidents can happen, but if you see something that worries you, report it to the State Fair and we’ll check it out,” she said.

Crews have a three-step safety process they have to follow when checking out rides. Collins said:

      (1) they’re always looking at the equipment when it goes on the truck, when they unload it off the truck and as they’re setting them up,

      (2) an outside inspector comes in to examine each inch of the rides and

      (3) no ride opens unless its approved by the state Division of Labor.


The fair opens at 2 p.m Thursday in Lewisburg. Collins said the family-fun event runs for 10 days from August 10-19.<

“We have a great concert lineup, the usual great food is back and we have free entertainment across the grounds for everybody,” she said.

The 2017 Concert Series opens at 8 p.m. Thursday with Aaron Lewis and special guest Ray Scott. Martina McBride and Josh Turner perform on Friday.

A sold out show is expected Friday, August 18 when Brantley Gilbert takes the stage.

Other concerts include the following artists: Casting Crowns, Clay Walker and John Michael Montgomery, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Buckin’ B Bull Ride with Steve Moakler, Luke Combs, Jimmy Fortune and Home Free.

Collins said the fair is a big economic driver for the state. Thousands of people are expected to be in Lewisburg, generating a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia.

“The hotels are full for the week, people are stopping at gas stations, the sales tax from the vendors and the carnival that goes back into the state and people are getting a chance to see the Greenbrier Valley on their way in and come back for a weekend sometime else in the year,” she said.


Special ticket prices are available throughout the week including the following:


—Discount Day: $5 admission, $20 to ride rides all fay from 2-11 p.m. on Thursday, August 10

—Early Bird Special: $1 admission from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday August 16

—First Energy’s Magic Monday, August 14

—Senior Citizen’s Day on Tues, August 15

—Military Discount Day on Thurs, August 17

—Children ages 12 and under will once again get in free all day, every day.


This year’s theme is “Start a Tradition.”

“We’re encouraging people to start traditions with your family or friends. It’s such a family event that everybody of all ages can enjoy. It’s a good family fun time,” Collins said.

For a full State Fair schedule, CLICK HERE.

GCHS Teacher Make Presentation in Nashville, TN

A team of four teachers from Gilmer County High School made a presentation at the SREB’s High Schools That Work Conference in Nashville, TN, on July 14, 2017.  Traci DeWall (Technology Integration Specialist), Brittany Duelly (Math 11-12), Kelly Barr (Math 7) and McKinley Buckley (Social Studies 11-12)  led “Blending at Its Best: Engaging and Differentiating for the 21st Century”.  In their presentation, the GCHS panel explained the data that was derived from student surveys about internet connectivity at home, the types of devices they have, and how they best learn, while teachers were surveyed on their comfort and mastery of using technology in the classroom.  The participants were actively engaged in the exploration of free- or low-cost websites that enhance instruction and learning. Time was spent on the development of key tools, and the participants left with something they could immediately integrate into their classroom.

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(Pictured standing L to R): Traci DeWall (Technology Integration Specialist), Brittany Duelly (Math 11-12),
Kelly Barr (Math 7) and McKinley Buckley (Social Studies 11-12)


“That was the goal of presentation,“ said Mrs. Nasia Butcher, principal, “to ensure that participants left with tools that they could immediately use in their classroom.  Based on the feedback from teachers and administrations, we achieved our goal.  I am very proud to showcase Gilmer County High School and the excellent work our teachers do. I believe that our technology integration is at an appropriate ratio with direct instruction.  Technology was never intended to supplant instruction, it was intended to augment good instruction.  Students still want teacher led instruction, but the integration of technology allows students to do so much more.  I believe we have that balance.“  Other teachers attending the conference were Mrs. Lora Chapman (Computer Applications) and Mr. Jacob Yocum (Social Studies 9-10).

The Southern Regional Education Board works with states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education. SREB helps policymakers make informed decisions by providing independent, accurate data and recommendations. They help educators strengthen student learning with professional development, proven practices and curricula. And they help policymakers, institutions and educators share scarce resources to accomplish more together than they could alone.

SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta. SREB’s 16 member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Their work is funded by member appropriations, as well as by contracts and grants from foundations and from local, state and federal agencies.

GCHS Land Judging Team Qualified for National Competition

The Gilmer County High School land judging team secured a 4th place finish at the State FFA Convention and has qualified to compete at the national land judging competition in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2018. 

The team has been working since early May perfecting their land judging skills. On May 11, the team went to a practice competition in Jane Lew where they placed second in home site evaluation and third in land judging with a combination score that put them in first place for the two contests. Individually, in home site, students placed third through sixth, which gave them a starting point to improve upon. 

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Members of the GCHS land judging team are (L to R):
Jaccob Klapka, son of Jeanette Klapka and John Klapka; Evan Jedamski, son of Melissa and Bert Jedamski; Ashlee White, daughter of Tina and Nelson White; Zane Cogar, son of Sherry and Thomas Cogar; and Marshall Cottrill, son of Dendra Miller and Steve Cottrill; Mr. Nick Cox, GCHS Vo-Ag teacher.


At the regional contest held on June 15 in Flatwoods, the team won both land judging and home site contests.  In land judging, the team had individuals place first, third, fourth and seventh with a total score of 1062 of 1200 possible points. In the home site competition, individuals placed first, second, third and seventh for a total score of 1270 of 1344 possible points.  Winning both of these contests qualified the GCHS team for the state contest.

At the state level held on July 14 in Ripley, WV, the team placed fourth in the home site and land judging contests. With a score of 1016 of 1200 possible points in land judging, and a score of 1198 of 1344 possible points in home site, GCHS team took fourth place and qualified them to compete at the national competition. Ashlee White placed tenth individually in home site and Zane Cogar placed seventh individually in land judging at the state competition.

“I am extremely proud of the effort this team put forth,“ said GCHS teach Mr. Nick Cox.  “The students set high expectations for themselves, and have worked diligently to achieve their goals.  I knew from the first day that this team was special, and that they could qualify for national competition.  They are right where I wanted them to be in their preparation for regional and state competitions.  Now, the real work begins to prepare to compete against hundred of other teams from across the nation.“

Damon West Award Winners Announced

The winners of the coveted Damon West Award for outstanding athletic performance throughtout the four years at GCHS were announced at the GCHS Varsity Sports banquet held on May 23. 

Kylie Shuff won the award for being the outstanding female athlete.  Kylie was named Girls Basketball First Team All-State and First Team All-LKC in 2017; Girls Basketball First Team All-LKC, Second Team All State, MVP Class A Girls Basketball State Championship game 2016. She scored 1,000 career points earned in four years of basketball; she never missed a practice or a game and started every game of her high school career. She has 10 earned letters (basketball, volleyball, softball and track).  two-time state qualifier in track in 2016, and 2nd Team All- LKC Volleyball in 2015. Kylie will be pursuing her academic and athletic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV.

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Trey Shuff was named Damon West Award for outstanding athletic male performance throughout four years at GCHS.  Trey was named First Team All-State Football 2016-17, First Team All-LKC Football 2016-17; All-LKC Basketball 2015-16, All-State Honorable Mention in football 2015-16; First Team All State Basketball 2017, three-time First Team All-LKC 2014-17; Honorable Mention All-LKC football 2015-16 and earned 1,000 career points in basketball. Trey shattered two school records in football, previously held by teammate Austin Ratliff,  in total yards in a single season and total touchdowns in a single season.  He has earned 8 letters and is a WV Promise Scholar.  Trey will continue his athletic and academic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV.

The Shuff twins are the children of Steve and Jesica Shuff of Glenville; grandchildren of Mike Triplett (and the late Kathy Triplett) of Glenville, and Sue Shuff (and the late Bill Shuff) of Ansted, WV.

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GCHS: Riley Fitzwater

Riley Fitzwater, a senior at Gilmer County High School, was honored at the Sports Banquet held on May 23 for being named the 2016-17 Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year in girls basketball and awarded First Team All-State Girls Basketball honors for the 2016-17 season.

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She was also First Team All State Team Captain for the 2016 girls basketball championship team.

She reached the 1,000 points career mark in her senior season. 

Riley will continue her academic and athletic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV. 

She is the daughter of Wriston and Julia Fitzwater of Stouts Mills, WV.

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Broadside Writing Contest

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HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program seek to honor the writing practice with an annual broadside series and contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by West Virginia letterpress company Base Camp Printing.  The contest began April 1 and will run through midnight on June 01, 2017.

Those interested must anonymously submit one poem of any form or flash prose piece in fiction or nonfiction of 200 or fewer words to www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit, along with a $15 entry fee.  Mail or email submissions will not be accepted.  Previously published entries cannot be submitted for this contest, however simultaneously submitted work is accepted as long as the MFA program is notified if the work is accepted elsewhere before the close of the contest.  There is no limit on the number of entries.

The first round of judging will be performed by HeartWood editors, and approximately twenty poems and/or flash prose pieces will be chosen as finalists and forwarded to author Maggie Anderson, contest judge, for the final round of judging.

A $500 cash prize and 25 copies of the limited-edition letterpress broadside will be awarded to the winner, and all entrants will receive a copy of the winning print.  The winner and honorable mentions will be publicly announced in the October 2017 issue of HeartWood. All entries will also be considered for publication in HeartWood.  The winner’s broadside will be printed and mailed in October, as well.

Maggie Anderson is the author of five books of poems, most recently Dear All, (Four Way Books, 2017) and five edited or co-edited volumes of poetry. She was the founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and founder and editor of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press. Anderson was also the Director of the Northeast Ohio MFA in creative writing from 2006-2009 and is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as grants from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts. She is Professor Emerita in English of Kent State University and currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Additional questions may be directed at Jessie van Eerden, MFA director, at .

GSC Class of 2017 takes part in Commencement Ceremony

Glenville State College’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 06, 2017 in the college’s Waco Center.

The Glenville State College Class of 2017 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2017 is made up of approximately 110 students who hail from throughout West Virginia and nine other states.

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr delivers his keynote address


Retiring Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr delivered the keynote address to graduates and guests. Barr, who has been at the helm of the nearly 145 year old institution since 2006, is retiring at the end of the current academic year.

In his address Barr likened himself to the spring graduates, noting that he too is preparing to make a big adjustment in his life. “I, like you, will soon depart this campus for new adventures. I’ve come to respect and love the students and faculty who make this campus come to life,” he said. Barr also compared the junction in the graduate’s lives to the single traffic light in downtown Glenville; “We approach that single stoplight one more time and ask – ‘where do we go next?’ – this is a time for us to think ahead and move forward.” President Barr also repeated a favorite line in which encouraged the students to endeavor to “make the world a little better place.”

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President Barr with Faculty Award of Excellence recipient Dr. Lloyd Bone


The title of Faculty Emeritus was bestowed upon retiring professors Dr. Milan Vavrek and Wayne de Rosset. In addition to teaching in the Department of Land Resources, Vavrek has also served as the College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 2015. de Rosset leaves the institution after 43 years of service in the Department of Language and Literature. The College’s Board of Governors also recognized Senior Vice President for Student & External Relations James W. Spears with Vice President Emeritus status and President Barr with President Emeritus status. Additionally, GSC Foundation Board Treasurer Mary Lee McPherson was presented with an honorary degree.

Eleven members of the GSC Class of 1967 returned to campus and were honored as fifty year graduates; seven of those participated in the official ceremony on Saturday. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony.

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President Barr with Student Leadership Award recipient Samuel Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia


Individual awards also were presented during the ceremony to an outstanding faculty member and graduate. Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone received the 2017 Faculty Award of Excellence and the 2017 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior biology and chemistry student Sam Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia.

“Each of you should take great pride in your success. You should leave this occasion proudly and ready—or nearly ready—to take your places in the world. At Glenville State, you have committed your time, your energies, and your passions in the successful pursuit of the knowledge and skills to be productive citizens,” said President Barr in closing comments to the graduates.

Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 14, 2017. For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, visit www.glenville.edu or contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at 304.462.4128.

GCHS: Principal’s List - 3rd Nine Weeks - 2016-17

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GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S LIST
3rd Nine Weeks
2016-2017
7th GRADE 10th GRADE
Anderson, Kaitlyn Bossert, Logan
Facemire, Elijah Bostic, Josiah
Ferguson, Carrah Chapman, Lindsay
Hamric, Ean Cottrill, Marshall
Liu, Justin Frymier, Autumn
Minigh, Lilly Hardman, Faith
Mohr, James Mohr, Madison
Moyers, Autumn Murphy, Caitlin
Price, Scott Page, Daydra
Taylor, Emma Phares, Logan
White, McKinzie Powell, Brianna
Snyder, Kaylene
Wood, Sierra
8th GRADE
Arbogast, Paige
Bourn, Shayla 11 TH GRADE
Eberly, Arista Cain, Ruthann
Fox, Emma Coleman, Madison
Frymier, Allyson Evans, Ashley
Gray, Jada Garrett, Allie
McCumbers, Sara Junkins, Nicholas
Mohr, Eve Moore, Courtney
Phares, Rachel Moore, Keaton
Stanley, Kenya Moss, Miah
Nielsen, Christian
Richison, Allex
9th GRADE Self, Hunter
Clegg, Kelsey Skidmore, Mary
Cogar, Zane Wanstreet, Haley
Finley, Rhea Wellings, Bayley
Furr, Jagger Wimer, Tyanna
Garcia, Savanna Wright, Sada
Johnson, Jaycie
Langford, Alyssa
Lemon, Hunter 12TH GRADE
Miller, Clifford Allison, Dillon
Morris, Maria Arden, Jacob
Pyles, Samantha Aviles, Sarah
Roberts, Payton Butler, Jacob
Watkins, Kerry Cottrill, Lydia
Wine, Katelyn Crouch, Morgan
Ferguson, Chandler
Fitzwater, Riley
Furr, Madisyn
Gwinn, Abigail
Haley, Cole
Hardman, Lauren
Jenkins, Janeeva
Law, Dalton
Moore, Tyler
Pritt, Nathan
Roberts, Bryce
Somerville, Carly
Springer, Carter
Watkins, Colleen
Wine, Caleb
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GCHS: Honor Roll - 3rd Nine Weeks - 2016-17

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GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
HONOR ROLL
3rd Nine Weeks
2016-2017
7th GRADE 10th  GRADE
Barnhouse, Gabriel Baringer, Kathryn
Barr, Caleb Barnhouse, Ezekiel
Butler, Garrett Bill, Johnathan
Carr, Christopher Bossert, Morgan
Chapman, Jacob Cole, Tiffany
Conrad, Alex Frame, Joey
Gee, Shelby Gillespie, Adam
Hamric, Tristan Greenlief, Logan
Hardwick, Jacob Grove, Hannah
Hess, Kathryn Klapka, Jaccob
Landis, Jesse McCune, Clayton
Marks, Geraka Moore, Cheyenne
Matheny, Matthew Phares, Hailey
McHenry, Taylor Poole, Isaac
McWhirter, Keely Pyles, Brandon
Morgan, Malaysia Raulston, Cassandra
Self, Levi Rose, Dalton
Stewart, Amiah Smith, Donald
Wellings, Laurann Steele, Chase
Young, Lucas Wagoner, Austin
Watts, Garrett
Yoak, Morgan
8th GRADE
Canfield, Logan
Cawthon, Caliegh 11th GRADE
Clark, Athena Black, Victoria
Collins, Zachery Brodeur, Naomy
Drake, Trevor Brown, Jordan
Frame, Christopher Goodrich, Trayton
Gibson, Autumn Haley, Gunnar
Grove, Corbin Jedamski, Evan
Lang, Rachel Jordan, Marea
Law, Tierra Lamb, Samantha
McHenry, Nicholas Loyd, Raven
Moss, Kyle Marks, Jesse
Talbott, Brittany Murphy, Cynthia
Wellings, Ty Paxson, Devin
Persinger, Jacob
Price, Emily
9th GRADE Roberts, Maggie
Arbogast, Kyle See, Ashley
Fitzwater, Brady Self, Matthew
Haley, Ty Skinner, Caleb
Harper, Jonathan White, Ashlee
Helmick, Trevor Wine, Cassidy
Hinter, Hannah
Lambert, Tori
Liu, Andrew 12th GRADE
McVaney, Shawn Cogar, Abigail
Minney, Hannah Copeland, Tiffany
Persinger, Briar Dickey, Dalton
Phares, Ethan Duskey, Brittany
Sanders, Hannah Frame, Justin
Skeens, Makayla Gibson, Caleb
Starsick, Macee Hardman, George
Sumpter, Rebecca Hedges, Daniel
Tomblin, Anthony Helmick, Danny
Wellings, Grace Jones, Alex
Yoho, Anna Maxwell, Shayna
McNeely, Tristan
Montgomery, Jason
Rader, Whitney
Shuff, Kylie
Shuff, Trey
Tanner, Lucas
Wiant, Brittany
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Pearl S. Buck Writing Contest Open To High School, College Students

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All students attending a West Virginia high school or college are invited to compete in the annual Pearl S. Buck writing contest.

Dr. Melanie Page, West Virginia University’s Vice President for Creative Programs, announced the contest. Awards of $1,000 each will be given to an undergraduate and graduate student winner, and a high school winner will receive $250 and a scholarship to the WVU English Department’s Summer Scholars program, which has a $600 value.

Applicants must submit an original writing in any literary genre (e.g., fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essay, children’s literature, playwriting, blog, etc.) no later than April 15, 2017. Word maximum is 10,000.

Contest details and submission portal can be found HERE .

The late Miss Buck is one of only two American women to win both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes for Literature. In 1892, she was born in her mother’s ancestral home, now a museum complex, in Hillsboro in Pocahontas County. Later, she wrote over 100 books dealing with both the Eastern and Western cultures and their peoples, and have been translated into 60 foreign languages.

This contest and other related Pearl Buck activities are a joint project of the West Virginia University Libraries-Pearl Buck Manuscripts Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Pearl Buck Birthplace Foundation and WV Wesleyan College.

Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC

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Nine students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

  • Ezekiel G. Bonnett of Coxs Mills graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic’s and Digital Media Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with minors in Psychology and Sociology.

  • Monica D. Bush of Big Springs received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Sarah A. Chapman of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology.

  • Larisa D. Gray of Coxs Mills graduated Magna Cum Laude and from the Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Math (5-adult). She was also a graduate of GSC’s Honors Program.

  • Samantha J. Gregory of Cedarville received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work.

  • Monica A. Harper of Linn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Information and Media Studies.

  • Maggie B. Lilly of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Landman Technology and minors in Business and Environmental Science.

  • Athena V. Morris of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi-Categorical Education (K-6).

  • Kyle M. Troutman of Troy graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Science degree in Forest Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Forest Technology and a minor in Environmental Science.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia. The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

 

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Happy New Year 2017

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Every New Year brings us not only opportunities but challenges as well.

As we enter 2017, the challenges we face at The Free Press loom large.

The threats to our community freedom and the right to speak about your concerns are greatly increasing.

But as the Apostle Paul tells us, the key to winning any struggle is running the race to the end.

That is why we are so thankful to our readers and supporters who are committed to staying in the battle for the long run.

We have faith that not only what we are doing is right, but that in the end we will prevail.

Thank you and God bless you, for running the race with us.

Your faithful prayers and support make it possible for us to finish the race and protect the cherished God-given freedoms we all rely on.


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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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