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The Soil Trailer Arrives at Gilmer County Elementary Grade School

The soil Trailer is a 16-ft trailer that serves as a soil, water, and agricultural mobile-learning unit.

As you enter the soil trailer you immediately see circular domes holding microorganisms that are lit up with glowing purple lights and roots coming down from the ceiling.

Looking around the trailer you see blue crayfish on the wall, or check out the three-eyed salamander in the polluted side of the pond.

There’s a turtle poking its head down from the center of the trailer, like it’s looking down on the kids (the turtle has become very popular with the students).

The sculptured interior walls and ceiling depict agricultural specialty crops, a water quality wall, the effects of litter and contamination on aquatic life, and much, much more.

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A carrot, onion, ginseng and other root vegetables are carved and painted to look real on the right-hand wall.

The left-hand wall holds many insects normally found in the ground, like a centipede, a cicada, and ants digging tunnels.

The Gilmer County Farm Bureau was able to rent this mobile unit for two days for all of the students attending Glenville Elementary School through a grant program from Wes-Mon-Ty RC&D.

The soil trailer is created and operated by Aimee Figgatt, District Manager of the Capitol Conservation District.

The day started off rainy but that did not stop each grade from doing an exercise inside the class room before making their way to the trailer, designed to feel as if you are underground.

Farm Bureau members Dr. Patrick Nestor, Ann Nestor, Chester Sholes, and Keith Cole volunteered for two days taking groups of students through the trailer, along with school volunteers Lula Godfrey and Tammy Foster.

Kelly Sponaugle, a soil scientist from Shady Springs, and originally from Cedarville, volunteered his time teaching some of the classes. Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins assisted with this event. It was a terrific day for the students to be able to have an educational, hands-on experience.

Thank You, Gilmer County Farm Bureau, for sponsoring this event!

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Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors Attend West Virginia Agriculture Day at the Legislature

On February 22, 2017 Conservation Supervisors for Gilmer County, Jane Collins and Larry Sponaugle, attended West Virginia Agriculture Day at the Legislature in Charleston. 

The morning started with a Farm to Table Breakfast for House of Delegate Members and Senators.

The event was hosted by the WV Conservation Districts and WV ACD.

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(L-R) Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins- Conservation Supervisors for Gilmer County
Brent Boggs - Member of the House of Delegates


All of the food for the breakfast, including the butter, was produced in West Virginia:  potatoes were grown by U.S. military veterans working in conjunction with the WV Potato Project in Raleigh County; the apples came from a farm in Martinsburg; 21 dozen free range eggs were from a farm near Charleston; and a whole hog was donated from a farm in Putnam County.

Newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt spoke at the breakfast along with Brian Farkas, State Conservation Executive Director, who did a presentation on Conservation. 

After the breakfast, House of Delegate members and Senators were available for Supervisors to discuss the future of agriculture in West Virginia. 

For the public, many Conservation Districts and organizations had displays around the rotunda supporting Agriculture.  It was a busy day at our State Capitol.

Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 05, 2017

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 05, 2017
 
Closings and Delays
Early Dismissal
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic 
Gilmer County Schools   Closing at 12:30 PM
Braxton County Schools   Closing 1 Hour Early
Calhoun County Schools   Closing at 12:00 PM
Doddridge County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Lewis County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Ritchie County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Barbour County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Clay County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Harrison County Schools  
Nicholas County Schools  
Pleasants County Schools   Closing at 1:00 PM
Roane County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Tyler County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Upshur County Schools   Closing at 1:00 PM
Webster County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wetzel County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wirt County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wood County Schools  
Please Send us your closings and delays:  ‘tellus@gilmerfreepress.net’  or   304.462.8700


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Merry Christmas 2016

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GCHS: Honor Roll - 1st Nine Weeks - 2016-17

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GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
HONOR ROLL
1st Nine Weeks
2016-2017
7th GRADE    10th  GRADE
Bancroft, Trinity Barnhouse, Zeke
Beall, Ryan Bill, Jonathan
Black, Elizabeth Boggs, Maysen
Carr, Christopher Bossert, Morgan
Chapman, Avery Cole, Kendrick
Chapman, Jacob Facemire, Lucas
Conrad, Alex Frame, Joey
Gee, Shelby Frymier, Autumn
Hamric, Tristan Grove, Hannah
Hardwick, Jacob Huff, Hailey
Hess, Kathryn Klapka, Jaccob
Landis, Jesse Lake, Kevin
Marks, Geraka McCune, Clayton
Matheny, Matthew Moore, Cheyenne
McHenry, Taylor Page, Daydra
McVaney, Alexis Phares, Hailey
McWhirter, Keely Poole, Isaac
Minigh, Lilly Powell, Brianna
Morgan, Malaysia Rose, Dalton
Rice, Jailyne Sipling, Shayla
Self, Levi Steele, Chase
Stewart, Adam Wood, Sierra
Towner, Karma Yoak, Morgan
Wellings, Laurann
Williams, Destiny 11th GRADE
Young, Lucas Bennett, Rachelle
Black, Victoria
8th GRADE Brown, Jordan
Arbogast, Paige Glass-Hotch, Emmie
Burkhammer, Brianna Haley, Gunnar
Canfield, Logan Jedamski, Evan
Clark, Athena Jordan, Marea
Collins, Zachery Moore, Courtney
Frame, Christopher Murphy, Cynthia
Frymier, Allyson Nicholas, Taylor
Gibson, Autumn Nielsen, Christian
Gray, Jada Paxson, Devin
Greenlief, McKayla Persinger, Jacob
Grove, Corbin Price, Emily
Harubin, Aidan Self, Hunter
Lang, Rachel Skinner, Caleb
Law, Tierra Wine, Cassidy
Mathess, Taylor
Miller, Seaira 12th GRADE
Moss, Kyle Aviles, Noah
Newman, Joshua Crouch, Morgan
Ratliff, Landen Gibson, Caleb
Talbott, Brittany Gumm, Brody
Taylor, Dakota Helmick, Danny
Wellings, Thomas Lowe, Steven
Williams, Tori Maxwell, Shayna
Meadows, Tyler
9th GRADE Montgomery, Jason
Appleby, Elizabeth Roberts, Bryce
Finley, Rhea Shuff, Trey
Fitzwater, Brady Swiger, Kerri
Furr, Jagger Tanner, Lucas
Garcia, Savanna Watkins, Colleen
Harper, Jonathan Wiant, Brittany
Hinter, Hannah
Stewart, Christopher
Sumpter, Rebecca
Waddell, Harley
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GCHS: Principal’s List - 1st Nine Weeks - 2016-17

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GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S LIST
1st Nine Weeks
2016-2017
7th GRADE    10th  GRADE
Anderson, Kaitlyn Bossert, Logan
Beron, Ryan Chapman, Lindsey
Facemire, Elijah Cole, Tiffany
Ferguson, Carrah Hardman, Faith
Hamric, Ean Mohr, Madison
Liu, Justin Murphy, Caitlin
Mohr, James Phares, Logan
Moyers, Autumn Raulston, Cassandra
Price, Scott Snyder, Kaylene
Stewart, Amiah
Taylor, Emma 11th GRADE
White, McKinzie Allison, Dillon
Brodeur, Naomy
8th GRADE Cain, Ruthann
Bourn, Shayla Evans, Ashley
Cawthon, Caliegh Garrett, Allie
Drake, Trevor Junkins, Nicholas
Eberly, Arista Lamb, Samantha
Fox, Emma Loyd, Raven
McCumbers, Sara Marks, Jesse
McHenry, Nicholas Moore, Keaton
Mohr, Eve Moss, Miah
Phares, Rachel Peters, Dalton
Stanley, Kenya Richison, Alex
Roberts, Maggie
9th GRADE Skidmore, Mary
Clegg, Kelsey Wanstreet, Haley
Cogar, Zane Wellings, Bayley
Haley, Ty White, Ashlee
Johnson, Jaycie Wright, Sada
Langford, Alyssa
Lemon, Hunter 12th GRADE
Liu, Andrew Arden, Jacob
Miller, Clifford Butler, Jacob
Morris, Maria Cogar, Abigail
Phares, Ethan Cottrill, Lydia
Pyles, Samantha Ferguson, Chandler
Roberts, Payton Fitzwater, Riley
Sanders, Hannah Furr, Madisyn
Watkins, Kerry Hardman, Lauren
Wellings, Grace Jenkins, Janeeva
Wine, Katelyn Jones, Alex
Yoho, Anna Law, Dalton
McNeely, Tristan
Moore, Tyler
Page, Ryan
Pritt, Nathan
Rader, Whitney
Shuff, Kylie
Sirbaugh, Lukas
Somerville, Carly
Springer, Carter
Wine, Caleb
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Gilmer County Pre-School Registration

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2016-2017

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2016-2017

Run times are approximate and subject to change.
All Students need to be at designated bus stop
at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick up.

GLENVILLE AREA

#65 Darrel Ramsey
MORNING EVENING
7:05 County Line 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Robert’s Service Center 3:37 GCHS
7:35 River Street 3:42 Mineral Road
7:45 Sycamore Road 3:47 Sycamore Road
7:50 Mineral Road 3:57 River Street
7:55 GCHS 4:12 Roberts Service Station
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 County Line
#69 John Isenhart
MORNING EVENING
7:15 Trace Fork 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:25 Tanner School 3:33 Watch Me Grow Daycare
7:37 Mouth of Third Run 3:35 Main Street (Elem. Only)
7:50 GCHS 3:39 GCHS
7:55 Main Street (Elem. Only) 3:55 Mouth of Third Run
7:58 Watch Me Grow Daycare 4:07 Tanner School
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Trace Fork
#63 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork

SAND FORK AREA

Glen Greathouse
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Turkey Fork Turnaround 3:27 GCHS
7:12 Tolar Fork Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Dusk Camp Turnaround 3:47 Duck Run Turnaround
7:34 Low Gap 3:57 Edna Street
7:40 Edna Street 4:03 Low Gap
7:50 Duck Run Turnaround 4:11 Turkey Fork Turnaround
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Tolar Fork Turnaround
8:10 GCHS 4:30 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#66 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Gilmer Straight 3:27 GCHS
7:11 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Stout’s Mills 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:26 Sliding Turnaround 4:00 Route 5
7:32 Route 5 4:06 Sliding Turnaround
7:45 Lynch Run Turnaround 4:12 Stout’s Mills
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:24 Ellis 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:34 Hub Cab Corner 3:42 VanHorn Drive
7:39 Hacker Run 3:58 Hacker Run
7:55 VanHorn Drive 4:03 Hub Cap Corner
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:13 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Right Fork Ellis
#62 Randy Hitt
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rocky Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:21 Indian Fork 3:30 Main Street (H.S. Only)
7:24 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge) 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Mouth of Ellis 4:03 Mouth of Ellis
7:57 Gilmer Elementary 4:10 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge)
8:04 Main Street (H.S.Only) 4:13 Indian Fork
8:07 GCHS 4:34 Rocky Fork

NORMANTOWN AREA

#74 Colin Hartshorn
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:27 GCHS
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Stumptown 3:57 Normantown
7:35 Lockney 4:02 Lockney
7:40 Normantown 4:07 Stumptown
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:19 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd.
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd.
#61 Dean Baringer
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Cedarville Store 3:27 GCHS
7:06 Leather Bark 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Little Bull Run (Turnaround) 3:47 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:28 Cedar Creek State Park 3:57 Head of Spruce
7:35 Head of Spruce Run 4:04 Cedar Creek State Park
7:45 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:14 Little Bull (Keysucker’s Turnaround)
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:26 Leather Bark
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Cedarville Store
#63 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Turn at Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork
#70 Mike Hill
MORNING EVENING
7:11 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:16 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:26 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:33 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:35 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:41 Mouth of Grass Run 3:57 Normantown
7:48 Mouth of Cedar Creek 3:59 Steer Run Church
7:54 Brooklyn 4:06 Mouth of Popular Lick
7:57 GCHS 4:16 Mouth of Cross Cut
8:07 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Mouth of Flat Run
#60 Stanley Cottrill
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 GCHS
7:14 Shock 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:01 Mouth of Grass Run
7:25 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:36 Mouth of Grass Run 4:17 Aunt Minnie’s Farm
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Shock
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Rosedale

TROY AREA

#71 Kelvin Sprouse
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Head of Big Run 3:27 GCHS
7:04 End of Coning’s Straight 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:22 Mouth of Hemlock Road 3:45 Dowell (Transfer w/#72)
7:29 Leading Creek Elementary 4:03 Leading Creek Elementary
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w #72) 4:10 Mouth of Hemlock
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:28 End of Coning’s Straight
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Head of Big Run
#73 Sam Perrin
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Ellis Run (Newberne) 3:27 GCHS
7:05 Jesse’s Run 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:14 Newberne 4:00 Leading Creek Elementary
7:37 Leading Creek Elementary 4:23 Newberne
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:32 Jesse’s Run
8:10 GCHS 4:42 Ellis Run (Newberne)
#72 Todd Stewart
MORNING EVENING
6:57 Upper Horn Creek 3:29 Leading Creek Elementary
7:02 Cox’s Mills 3:42 Baldwin Church
7:12 Auburn 3:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ #71)
7:23 Lower Horn Creek 4:11 Lower Horn Creek
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ # 71) 4:22 Auburn
7:52 Baldwin Church 4:32 Cox’s Mills
8:05 Leading Creek Elementary 4:37 Upper Horn Creek

Gilmer County Residents Graduated from GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV—Sixteen students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

  • Hope L. Bossert of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.

  • Andrew B. Butcher of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Land Surveying Technology.

  • Elisabeth A. Coombs of Cedarville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Health Promotion and Psychology.

  • David A. Finley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in English.

  • Robert A. Hensley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Math (5-adult).

  • Jeremy D. Jenkins of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Camden L. Kinder of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting.

  • Ian L. Morris of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management.

  • Emily E. Ramezan of Sand Fork graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Nonprofit Leadership, Health Promotion, and Chemistry.

  • Annetta L. Snyder of Stouts Mills graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in English (5-adult).

  • Taylor C. Somerville of Linn received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Valeri M. Sprouse of Glenville graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership.

  • Abigal L. Stalnaker of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6).

  • Mistie R. Stracher of Tanner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science in Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Mathematics.

  • Curtis R. Sutphin of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Music (PreK-adult) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Music.

  • Tyler N. Wilson of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in Military 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.

Public Notice: Vaccination of Dogs and Cats - June 10-11, 2016

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NOTICE TO PUBLIC

VACCINATION OF DOGS & CATS

Gilmer County Assessor, Gary L. Wolfe, would like to announce that William R Moodispaw, DVM, will be at the following named places on the dates listed below, to vaccinate dogs and cats AS REQUIRED BY WV CODE §19-20A-1.

All dogs and cats, which have reached SIX MONTHS OF AGE AND HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED WITHIN THE PAST 24 MONTHS, are required to be vaccinated before June 01, 2016.

The fee for rabies vaccination will be $8.00 according to WV Code §19-20A-1.

Due to Dr. Moodispaw’s schedule, he will only be at the following locations on the dates and times listed below:


FRIDAY June 10th

08:30 – 09:00 am Mouth of Jesse’s Run
09:15 – 10:00 a.m. Tanner
10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Heiney’s
11:45 – 12:30 p.m. Dawson’s Farm
12:45 – 01:30 p.m. Normantown
02:00 – 03:00 p.m. Cedarville


SATURDAY June 11th

08:00 – 09:00 a.m. Court House
09:15 – 10:00 a.m. Camden Flats
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Sand Fork
11:30 – 12:05 p.m. Mouth of Ellis
12:30 – 01:00 p.m. Somerville Store
01:30 – 02:15 p.m. Troy School

PUBLIC NOTICE: Canvass the May 10, 2016 Primary Election Results

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STATE OF WEST VIRGINA
COUNTY OF GILMER, TO-WIT:


                    I, Larry B. Chapman, President of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, in concurrence with John D. Bennett and Brian Kennedy Commissioners of said Commission, hereby call and appoint a Special Session of the County Commission of Gilmer County to be held at the courthouse in said County on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM, in the County Commission Chambers to transact the following business:


                    Canvass the May 10, 2016 Primary Election Results


Given under my hand this 12th day of May 2016.


                                                          Larry B. Chapman, President
                                                          Gilmer County Commission


Jean Butcher, Gilmer County Clerk

G-LtE™: THE TALE OF LYIN’ BS GILMER COUNTY’S BURDEN

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The original sin: 2011 I am qualified to speak for and support this groups goals.  I will see to it that the Governor does a Blue Ribbon Study of Gilmer County education successes and work with you to stop this consolidation to one school causing the destruction of FOUR communities in Gilmer County. The children won’t be forced to travel.

Result: Change of plans. “I was never against consolidation! I can’t be part of this.  I’ve been elected and put in as President of the board.”  I’ll destroy you.


Local BOE President swears: I have local political influence and will see to it that intervention ends within the first year.  I will be Superintendent and promise to fire the High School Head Administrator.

Result:  Ron Blankenship stays three years and Gabe Devono is appointed by the state as Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools July 1, 2014. The President turns in his resignation but withdraws it. His public goodbye quote regarding Mr. Blankenship? He had “promised the Superintendent to never be an impediment to anything he wanted to do”. Later informed new Superintendent and the Board “they” had been “misled”.


BS continues collecting expense checks for many “principled closed door meetings” no one seems aware of but himself. Once more no communication with local BOE. Even the OEPA and WVBOE begin to see a problem with him. Superintendent approval is guaranteed as BS is put in place over multiple planning committees for more money.

Result: Board President actually says and believes there’s no need to speak with fellow board as he does not feel he “would ever do anything wrong”. Everything is under control. Name dropping constantly. All was done in the name of a local business owner per BS. Leading Creek goes live and more checks collected for Governance Board and RESA meetings with no report to the Board, no report to the public, no report, no accountability, no transparency, really, no board involvement whatsoever. Attempts to personally attack fellow board members in illegal executive session fail.


Sets up a board member to report on questioned educational statistics at the High School. Tells no one.

Result:  When the Head Administrator responds to the report and asks who wanted it done the Presidents participation is revealed.  His response was well yes I did but the board member “WENT TOO FAR!” taking no accountability for his own promotion of board dysfunction. In fact creating and supporting it.


Reports he has it on good authority Gabe Devono will be leaving June 30, 2015. He will be the next Superintendent.

Result:  No change in the takeover status. Gabe still here.


Insists on a move to Minnie Hamilton offices increasing rent to the BOE by four fold.  Funds for education go to support a financially distressed County Commission. Attempts to force an illegal executive session fails. 

Result: No cost savings.  More politics and the pretense of financial control goes back to WVBOE. Medical facility use is now diverted.  A chiropractic office is turned away.


No public information,in fact, board President supports the state appointed Superintendent’s position of no information to the board. The President lets Teachers and Staff know he does not believe control should be returned to the local board. They are not ready. Same thing is told the OEPA afterwards says he is satisfied with the recent audit.

Result: No change in intervention status. One elementary school on a riverbank, in a flood plain and students sent out of county. Money lost. Current attempts to hurt the head High School Administrator are done in the name of protecting made up reports of sexually abused sixth, seventh and eighth grades while the real goal is an attempt to decrease her paycheck in retaliation over an old disagreement going back to a vote of no confidence from the GSC professionals.  Even though he knows doing so endangers any possible future for a High School/Middle School. Seems not to matter, nothing good for the school system appears to matter to President Simmons.


Totally denies actual public board votes to expand minutes request information and items on an agenda took place. Sees and hears nothing that does not support a state agenda and keep him the only one to meet with the Superintendent, the SBA, the BOE or hear of any plans.  Publicly refuses to support expanded meeting minutes or answering the questions of anyone in public delegation or from the board time and time again.

Results:  Public anger, board exasperation. No information.


The Big Question: Why is someone who is very willing to throw Students, Teachers, Parents, BOE staff, BOE members and even local philanthropists under the bus to protect and glorify himself allowed to continue in a leadership position? Why support this farce?


Recommendation: No vote for Lying BS. Show some real support for the capable and honest members of our Board of Education. Send the message it’s time to go BS.


LIAR  fabricator,  fabulist,  fibber,  prevaricator,  storyteller

Related Words: exaggerator,  mythomaniac;  calumniator,  defamer,  libeler,  libelist

slanderer;perjurer;  distorter,  falsifier;  equivocator,  palterer;    talebearer;  
charlatan,cheat,  cheater,  counterfeiter,  cozener,deciever,  defrauder,  
dissembler,  dissimulator,  double talker double dealer,  fraud,  hustler,  knave,  mountebank,  operator,  pretender


~~  Gilmer County Concerned Citizen(s)  ~~

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County.


Two divorces were granted as follows:


•  Tammi Hardman (57) of Tanner, WV divorced Douglas Hardman (57) of Normantown, WV.


•  Crystal Steele (41) of Denver, NC divorced Christopher Steele (41) of Normantown, WV.


•  One divorce was rescheduled after defendant filed an answer.


•  One divorce was dismissed and can be refiled.


•  One domestic violence hearing was continued. One was granted.

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