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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard Facemire presided over a lengthy motion day in Gilmer County on Monday, April 24, 2017 working through lunch and completing a 3 page docket.

•  Two names changes were granted.

•  One fugitive from justice, namely Antoine Calabrese, waived extradition to return to the state of Virginia.

He was represented by Clinton Bischoff and authorities from Virginia have until 4 PM May 02, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.

•  Seven pleas were taken as follows:

•  Charles Pritt

He who was represented by Clinton Bischoff, pled to 1 count of child neglect resulting in injury.

The remaining counts of the indictment were dismissed by the prosecutor.

After the probation officer completes his presentence he will be sentenced May 22, 2017 at 9:20 AM.

•  Matthew Sandy

Accompanied by his attorney, Teresa Monk, entered a plea to 1 count of escape and all other counts of the indictment were likewise dismissed by Gerald B. Hough, prosecuting attorney.

He will be sentenced July 06, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

•  Danny Minigh

Alone with his attorney Brian Bailey, entered a no contest Kennedy plea to 1 count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The other count of his indictment was dismissed and he will be sentenced in BRAXTON COUNTY on July 05, 2017 at 1:30 PM.

•  Richard Williams Jr.

With his attorney, Kevin Hughart, entered a conditional plea to 1 count of brandishing and 1 count of possession with intent to deliver.

His bond was modified to $10,000.00 surety and home confinement with his mother in MD.

Sentencing was deferred for 1 year while he is on home confinement.

•  Patty Reynolds

She pled to 2 misdemeanor counts after an information was filed against her and the previous felony indictment was dismissed.

Her attorney was Clinton Bischoff.

Shannon Johnson was the special prosecutor that prosecuted her case.

She will be sentenced May 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM.

•  Charles Balliett III

He was before the Court with his attorney, Hughart, and pled to conspiracy with the other count of his indictment being dismissed.

He will be sentenced May 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM in BRAXTON COUNTY.

•  Timothy Maxwell-Lanham

He saw 21 counts of his indictment dismissed and was allowed to plead to 1 count of incest.

He will also be sentenced in BRAXTON COUNTY on July 05, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

His attorney is Bryan Hinkle.

•  Central Regional Jail failed to bring William Reynolds so his plea hearing was rescheduled for May 22, 2017 at 9:40 AM.

He is represented by Brian Bailey with special prosecutor Shannon Johnson representing the state of WV.

•  Three juvenile matters were also before the Court.

•  One magistrate appeal was sent to mediation and a bench trial was set before the Judge for June 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

•  There will be a pretrial on August 08, 2017 at 9:00 AM in BRAXTON COUNTY in the case of John Zsigray vs. Cindy Langman.

The trial is set for August 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

•  A suppression hearing will be heard May 02, 2017 at 9:00 AM with the trial remaining on the docket for May 16, 2017 in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins.

Collin is represented by attorney Joseph Spano.

•  Two trials were continued to the July term:

•  State of West Virginia vs. Coy Pritt Jr.

He is represented by Teresa Monk.

•  Tiffany Parmer (Mayo)

She is represented by Timothy Gentilozzi also had her bond reduced to $10,000.00 without home confinement.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Geoffrey Shaffer

He was before the Court for pretrial represented by Jonathan Fittro.

He is scheduled to enter a plea May 03, 2017, but later failed a urine screen and an order was entered for him to be jailed.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Glenville.

•  One juvenile hearing was held.

Four criminal matters were heard as follows:

•  David Curry

He appeared for further arraignment and filled out a new financial affidavit requesting an appointed attorney and Judge Facemire appointed Kevin Hughart to represent him.

He entered a not guilty plea and was released back on $5000.00 surety bond.

He will not have a pretrial but his trial is set for May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

•  Joshua Bohn

He was before the Court for a multi county plea and due to it involving charges in Braxton County it was reset for April 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM in Braxton County.

Jeff Davis represents him in Gilmer County with Andrew Chattin representing him on the Braxton County charges.

•  Richard Williams Jr.

He will enter a plea on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.

•  Steven Gibson

He was before the Court for revocation of probation and Judge Facemire denied the revocation and readmitted him to probation.

His attorney was Bryan Hinkle.

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard several matters in Gilmer County.

•  One guardian petition was granted.

•  Three juvenile matters were heard.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Family Court Judge Steve Jones:

•  Continued one divorce case.

•  Entered an order to pay publication costs in another divorce.

•  Granted a divorce wherein Michelle Goodrich (49) of Glenville, WV divorced Robert B. Goodrich (38) of Grafton, Ohio.

Give Local MOV Fast Approaching

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With $150,000+ in matching funds and prizes available to distribute, the PACF’s Give Local MOV campaign aims to raise at least $300,000 for 42 local nonprofits!  On Tuesday, May 02nd from 12:00am - 11:59pm, you can multiply the impact of your gift to your favorite nonprofits working right here in in the Little Kanawha Area!   Your donations on May 2nd through enable your favorite nonprofits to earn significant matching funds and cash prizes. 

Give Local MOV is powered by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) which provides the secure online giving platform, underwrites campaign costs, and provides education for its nonprofit partners.  Many generous community supporters are supplying the critical matching funds that encourage giving.  In addition to the matching funds, hourly cash prizes sponsored by various local businesses reward nonprofits whose supporters contribute throughout the day.  

Participating nonprofits are initially assigned a share of the matching funds, then, donors who contribute online will have their gifts matched 1:1 up to the allotted share.  Should any organizations not claim their full allocation of matching funds after the 24 hours, the PACF then proportionately allocates the remaining funds among nonprofits that exceeded their initial share.  Our region’s nonprofits address many important issues that affect our community; this is a once-a-year opportunity to help them in a big way!

Participating from Little Kanawha Area:

  • Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc.:  Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. is dedicated to improving the health quality of life of all people in their service area through an innovative delivery system of services and education.
  • Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund:  The PACF’s The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate created the Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund to support the charitable needs of Gilmer County.  Grants from the fund are awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.
  • Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund:  Formed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate Advisory Board, this fund provides grant making resources to Calhoun and Wirt counties.  Grants from the fund are awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.

Visit today to see the full list of sponsors and learn more about all the participating nonprofits.   Then, return to the website on Tuesday, May 02nd to make your online donation.  For more details, contact PACF’s Development and Communications Officer, Julie Boyce at 304.428.4438.

About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit or call 304.428.4438.

Roush Selected as GSC Pioneer Mascot for a Second Time

Matthew Roush, a junior from Beverly, Ohio, has been named the Glenville State College Pioneer Mascot for the 2017-2018 school year. Roush also severed as the Pioneer Mascot for the 2015-2016 school year making him the only person in GSC history to have served two nonconsecutive terms as the Pioneer Mascot.

“What I’m looking forward to the most is helping lead the Pioneers to victory in all sports, and help with school spirit by energizing Pioneer Nation,” said Roush. “I was more nervous during the selection process this time because there was more competition. I made sure that I came in with high energy and the right attitude to embrace the school spirit,” he continued.

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2017-18 GSC Pioneer Matt Roush

The land surveying major is a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams at GSC and a Hidden Promise Scholar Mentor. He says that he hopes to add more school spirit around campus and get students involved in events all around campus. He is the son of Robert and Carrie Roush.

“I’m very excited for Matt to represent Glenville State College as the Pioneer for the 2017-2018 year! His excitement and enthusiasm are overwhelming, and I believe he will bring an infectious Pioneer spirit to the campus,” said Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

As the GSC Pioneer, Roush will attend GSC football and basketball games, tournaments, and other school events. The Pioneer is charged with working with GSC students, faculty, and staff to positively promote and support the college. The official uniform of the GSC Pioneer mascot is a set of buckskins, a coonskin hat, and a musket. The Glenville State College Pioneer Mascot first began rousing the spirit of the student body during the 1933-34 school year. It has been an ongoing tradition for over 80 years.


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There has been considerable angst in the County because of proposed riffs and transfers of school system employees by the Superintendent and Personnel Director.

It is understood that ten employees were on a riff list and ten were slated for transfers.

At a special meeting at 4:00 PM, Monday evening, April 24, 2017, the Gilmer County Board Of Education refused to approve any riffs and transfers, and jobs believed to have been lost were restored.

Members of the school board made it evident that with full authority restored they will watch out for the County’s children and school system employees too.

Thank you GCBOE members.

You gave a highly-needed morale boost to employees after all we have suffered through during the long years of the State’s intervention.

It is a proven fact that high morale is one of the most important ingredients for having high performance schools, and that is what the County’s children deserve.

Employees at all levels will continue to look to the GCBOE to set exemplary leadership standards as demonstrated at the special meeting.

With all of us working together as a dedicated team, from the GCBOE on down, Gilmer County can be a trend setter to have one of the best school systems in WV.

~~  An Observer in the Meeting (Identity on File)  ~~

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I like to thank all the board members for keeping our job. I could not believe that Mr. DeVano had the guts to get the teachers in a circle telling us that he had saved our positions.

By Thankful  on  04.25.2017

He must think the people are dumb. HE was the one recommending the riffs and transfers.

By Jimmy D.  on  04.25.2017

A game changer is about to happen.  New blood as Superintendent, backed by our elected board members, who are our friends and neighbors, and have the best interest of students, staff, and community in their heart.

Yes, our elected board members will correct six years of intervention.  They will need some time to access and repair issues, but they will do their job.

Many of us have faith that issues like this will be dealt with in a fair and professional manner.

By 67 days = no Devano  on  04.25.2017

All I can say their hidden agenda did not work. Now he has to answer the ones they were catering to.

By Ed Watcher  on  04.25.2017

Gabe Devono was ready to stab the employees on his personally hand picked RIFF and transfer list in the back. That was all too clear. 
Then when he gets in a Board meeting and sees he won’t get his way he flips.  Trying to tell the ones he was fine with hurting that he was really on their side all along. Who on earth would be fool enough to fall for that?
The Devono script has always read he’ll do what he pleases when he pleases and if you don’t agree with him you don’t matter to him.
This time, it didn’t happen. Thank heaven Charleston BOE had the good sense to give back control.  Professionals and Service personnel alike have reason to feel their hard work is appreciated.

By Come On June 30  on  04.25.2017

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G-LtE™: Lesbian Couple Suing Over Harassment While Obtaining Marriage License

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When marriage equality became law in their hometown in 2014 following the federal court decision in Bostic v. Schaefer, Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich sought out a marriage license in Gilmer County, West Virginia. They were met with derision, harassment and hatred and refused an application by the county clerk’s office. Sixteen months later (following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges that made marriage equality law of the land nationwide), they tried again and were met with the same level of vitriol and harassment.

Despite that discrimination, they successfully filed for a marriage license application. That success didn’t come without long-lasting repercussions. That’s why Brookover and Abramovich just filed a lawsuit against Gilmer County and several officials that either engaged in or condoned the religion-based harassment they endured throughout the process.

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Writing at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) – the organization helping file the lawsuit – the couple described the level of harassment they endured at the hands of Gilmer County officials:

Sixteen months later – well after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld marriage equality – we went to the courthouse again for a marriage license. This time, we brought family members with us who were excited to take part in our special day.

When we arrived, the same clerk was on duty. When we asked her for a marriage license, she began shouting at us that we are “an abomination.” She yelled that our desire to marry was wrong and that she believed that God would “deal” with us in time. We asked her to stop, and she told us that she has a religious right to talk this way to us.

In the end, she processed our marriage application – but not before we were left shaking and in tears.

When we complained to the county clerk about this abusive behavior, she defended it and said that any future same-sex couples seeking to marry would receive the same treatment – or worse.

No one should be forced to endure the pain and humiliation Brookover and Abramovich experienced in merely attempting to obtain a government-maintained service in their hometown. Religious proselytization has no place in government services. Moreover, using personal religious belief to deny service and harass taxpayers using a taxpayer-funded government role constitutes a serious breach of constitutional duties.

Discussing the lawsuit against Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen, County Clerk Jean Butcher, and Gilmer County, AU executive director Rev. Barry Lynn argued, “Same-sex couples shouldn’t have to run a gauntlet of harassment, religious condemnation and discrimination in order to realize their dreams of marriage.” Lynn added, “Government officials must apply the law fairly to everyone, regardless of religious beliefs. If these clerks are unable to fulfill their duties, they shouldn’t work in a government office.”

Andrew Schneider, executive director of Fairness West Virginia, echoed that sentiment in a statement saying, “West Virginia is a place that’s known for its hospitality and its adherence to the Golden Rule, to treat others as you’d like to be treated. The behavior of the Gilmer County clerks violates those values by perpetuating fear and intimidation in our community.” Schneider added, “LGBT couples in Gilmer County, and across West Virginia, should be free to be themselves when encountering government officials.”

Fairness West Virginia will be serving as co-counsel with AU presenting Brookover and Abramovich’s lawsuit.

In that lawsuit, the two organizations argue in part:

Here, same-sex couples are not afforded the right to marry on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples because officials at the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office intimidate, humiliate, and harass them when they exercise their legal right to apply for and obtain a marriage license. And when a deputy clerk demeans, insults, or chastises a same-sex couple attempting to obtain a marriage license, County Clerk Jean Butcher defends their behavior because it is consistent with her personal religious convictions.

When Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen saw that a same-sex couple was applying for a marriage license, she did not provide the license on the same terms as for opposite-sex couples. Instead, Allen launched into a tirade of harassment and disparagement. She slammed her paperwork down on her desk, screaming that the couple was an “abomination” to God and that God would “deal” with them. Her rant continued for several minutes. Another clerk joined in, encouraging Allen’s attack on Amanda and Samantha by shouting “it’s [Allen’s] religious right” to harass same-sex couples while performing the official state duties of the Clerk’s office.

Throughout the attack, Amanda remained silent and shaking; Samantha was brought to tears.

When Samantha’s mother later called County Clerk Butcher to report the abusive attack on her daughter and her daughter’s fiancée, Butcher said that the couple deserved it and that the next same-sex couple who attempted to get a marriage license in Gilmer County would get the same or worse.

That’s not all.

After issuing the marriage license, and in a further attempt to deter the couple from marrying, Allen told Amanda and Samantha that officials in Gilmer County had stopped performing marriages after the County had become legally required to recognize same-sex marriages and that no one in Gilmer County would marry the couple.

The lawsuit summarizes the harassment and discrimination concluding:

Amanda and Samantha were made to wait some sixteen months after their initial, lawful application for a marriage license because they were improperly turned away by Defendant Allen. Not only did they suffer emotional distress because of the wrongful denial, but during the intervening period they were denied all the legal (as well as emotional) benefits of marriage, including benefits and privileges under federal and state law; legal rights to make healthcare decisions rights for one’s spouse; legal rights and presumptions concerning the ability to hold real property, bank accounts, and other property in common; important and valuable rights under West Virginia’s estate and intestacy laws; and a host of other privileges under West Virginia family law.

Moreover, the Clerk’s Office is located in the Gilmer County Courthouse, where other government services are provided.

Amanda and Samantha must visit the Courthouse every year to pay property taxes on their automobiles.

Amanda and Samantha are in the process of looking for a house to purchase and, should they do so, will need to visit the Courthouse every year to pay property taxes.

Samantha wishes to register to vote in Gilmer County but fears that she will be harassed once again by Allen at the Courthouse.

Amanda and Samantha reasonably fear that, because of the unconstitutional policies of the Gilmer County Clerk, they will be deprived of equal access to government services in the Gilmer County Courthouse. And they reasonably fear that, when they are forced to enter the Courthouse, they will again be harangued and mistreated by Clerk’s Office personnel.

You can read the full complaint HERE .

Using personal religion to discriminate and harass others using a government position is unconstitutional. It not only violates the Establishment Clause, but also deprives victims their Equal Protection and Due Process rights.

That county officials admitted publicly they would treat all same-sex couples similarly strengthens the case – particularly since federal courts have repeatedly ruled that LGBTQ status cannot be singled out as reasoning for offering differential treatment in government services.

While this should be an open and shut case, given the current federal administration it could become a drawn out affair if the Sessions Justice Department decides to weigh in on the county’s behalf.

~~  Tim Peacock ~~

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before June 19, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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


Kevin Jensen Matthew Jensen 6751 South Lamar
Littleton, CO 80128
Joanne Collins Jason Drennen 2445 New Holland Road
Wagener, SC 29164
Gladys M. Ellison Patricia A. Golden 525 Kanawha Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Jeffrey Greenlief Tessa Greenlief 374 Flint Rock Hill
Petroleum, WV 26161

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : April 20, 2017

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Wellspring Family Services Appoints New Leader in New Martinsville and Harrisville

Wellspring Family Services, the community-based counseling division of Crittenton Services, Inc., is proud to announce a new site director at its Wetzel County and Ritchie County locations.

Lya Burgess, a native of Doddridge County, is the site director for both the New Martinsville and Harrisville offices. Burgess brings 22 years of therapy practice to the position. Prior to joining Crittenton, she conducted a private practice in New Martinsville. She said, “I’m excited to take on a new challenge. At Wellspring, I have the opportunity to bring behavioral health services to more West Virginia families.”

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Burgess earned a Regents BA from West Virginia State University, with an emphasis in Human Services. She went on to earn her MSW from West Virginia University in 1995. Burgess has been a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) in West Virginia since 2001. In her free time, Lya enjoys participating in horse shows with her quarter horse, Reggie, and spending time with her two dogs.

Wellspring Family Services offers outpatient and in-home counseling services to children, families and adults for more than 30 years. Wellspring therapists assist individuals and families struggling with behavioral health issues like depression, behavioral problems, addiction, divorce, parenting concerns, problems at school, family relationships and emotional issues. Most insurance plans are accepted, including all WV Medicaid managed care providers. Last year, more than 1700 clients chose Wellspring Family Services as a mental health provider. Wellspring currently has 7 offices serving 21 counties in West Virginia.

The New Martinsville office is located at 761 Third Street and serves clients in Wetzel and Tyler Counties. The Harrisville Wellspring office is located at 2479 Ellenboro Road and serves clients in Ritchie, Doddridge and Gilmer Counties.

For more information, call 1.800.280.2229 or visit

Society of American Foresters Holds Meeting at GSC

Glenville State College recently hosted a two-day meeting of the West Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The West Virginia group is part of the Allegheny Chapter, which also includes members from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Chapter has around 1,100 professional foresters as members in those five states. The theme of the meeting was technology.

As part of the schedule, the meeting included a field trip for participants where timber sale preparation, stiltgrass control, and non-timber forest products were discussed. Presentations on various forest technology applications and research findings were conducted. The group also learned about activities that have been taking place throughout the West Virginia Division. Glenville State College’s Forestry Program was highlighted as well.

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SAF meeting attendees and GSC students watch as a drone (upper right-hand corner) takes flight outside the Waco Center

Members in attendance were able to view a drone flight demonstration. In forestry applications, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are used for ultra-high resolution aerial photography. These aerial photos improve all aspects of forest management and can be integrated into a geographic information system. Drones are being used in experiments to estimate forest volumes and can also monitor forest health and detect insect and disease damage. Faculty members in GSC’s Land Resources Department are working to acquire drone technology.

“The Waco Center at Glenville State College was a great place to hold the meeting since it has a large meeting room and ample parking. Of course, Glenville is also centrally located in the state. Current students and faculty were able to connect and network with alumni, foresters, researchers, and other attendees. Many alumni had not been on campus since the completion of the Waco Center and they were pleased with the new facility,” said GSC Associate Professor of Forestry and meeting host Dr. Brian Perkins.

Attendees were eligible to earn Continuing Forestry Education credits through the SAF’s Certified Forester program that encourages lifelong learning and professional development.

Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.

GSC last hosted the meeting in 2013.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Monday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Family Court Judge Steven Jones presided over Family Court in Gilmer County.

Two divorces were granted:

•  Christina Wilson (43) of Troy, WV divorced on April 10th Jason Wilson (40) also of Troy, WV.

•  Jason Anderson (38) of Glenville, WV divorced on April 12th Lee Ann Anderson (32) of Charleston, WV.

Glenville Resident Named Irene McKinney Fellow at WVWC

Rachel Receives Fifth Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship
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Virginia “Ginny” Rachel, a 2015 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, has been awarded the fifth annual Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship.  Rachel, of Princeton, WV, received her bachelor’s degree from Concord College in 2001. For the past two and a half years, Rachel has been working as a traveling adjunct instructor.

Next year, Rachel will be teaching two Composition II courses as well as Introduction to Literature.  She will be working under the supervision of Jesse van Eerden, MFA director.  During her tenure as a student in the MFA program, Rachel worked with short stories until the shape of her writing became a novel in her thesis, How Small the World.  Her characters survive together in Piney Oak, a fictional West Virginia town where they explore a sense of place through various perspectives.

Returning for the MFA’s cross-genre option in the fall of 2016, Rachel developed a new interest in creative nonfiction.  She is excited for the opportunities this fellowship will bring.

“I am extremely thankful and thrilled to have received the Irene McKinney Fellowship so I might have the experience of working with students and faculty at Wesleyan,” she said.  “I am excited to have the opportunity of a year to focus on teaching and to learn as much as I can in the process.”

The Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship is available to all graduates of the College’s MFA Program for up to three years after graduation.  The fellowship honors the founding director of the College’s MFA Program, Dr. Irene McKinney, Professor Emeritus and West Virginia Poet Laureate, who passed away in 2012.

For more information on the MFA program, please contact Director van Eerden at .

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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The Gilmer County Circuit Court Judge Jack Alsop presided over Court at his regular monthly motion day on Monday, April 10, 2017.

•:  He heard 6 juvenile matters.

Two sentencing hearings were scheduled namely:

•:  Eric Williams

He was before the Court for sentencing represented by Thomas Kupec.

Judge Alsop reset his case for an evidentiary hearing to determine restitution to victims and to be sentenced on May 08, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

•:  Michae Puffenbarger

She was before the court for his 3rd violation of probation.

Judge Alsop left open his amount of restitution and sentenced him 1-10 years in the penitentiary with further hearing to be held May 08, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

He was represented by Christopher Pritt.

•:  One guardian hearing was held with Mary Beth Snead being appointed as guardian ad litem to represent the infant.

The matter was reset for April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

•:  State of West Virginia vs. Chris DeBarr

He made admissions and his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 1-10 in the penitentiary with recommendation of drug treatment.

He was represented by Christopher Moffatt.

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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March 06, 2017
7:00 p.m.


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

Pledge of Allegiance


Led by the Boy Scout Troop

I. Call to Order

II. Public



A. Approval of Minutes – February 06, 2017


Minutes for the February 06, 2017, meeting were reviewed and placed on file for audit.

III. Reports

B. Financial


The budget is currently at 68.21% of fiscal year with revenue at 77.74% and expenditures at 62.00%. The book keeper requested a transfer of funds to the following:


$9000 from 700 - Police Dept to 750 - Street Dept


$6200 from 699 - Contingency Fund to 410 – City Council ($3000) and 413 – Treasurers Office ($3200)


$1000 – Coal Severance to 916 – Library


Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve the transfer of funds. Councilman Walters seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The budget workshop went well and the new budget will be submitted to the State Auditor’s office for approval. Council will meet on April 18 to Lay the Levy.


Councilman Walters made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

C. Street report


Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report and noted the workers installed the LED lights in the stoplight.

D. Police


Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He requested executive session to discuss personnel matters.


Council will go into executive session at the end of the meeting.

E. Glenville Utility


Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the February 28 meeting.


There were three (3) service line leaks that were repaired.


On sewer side, the new pump installation was completed at the lift station at Fitzwater’s on Rt. 5E.


There was approximately 300 ft. slip behind Western Auto and the pipe was replaced.

F. Recorder


Nothing to report.

G. Mayors Comments

- Update Municipal Ordinance Penalty Phase

Still in progress

- City Wide Clean Up – April 08

Make It Shine is scheduled for April 08 at 9:00 a.m.


Volunteers will meet at the football field and cover the city limits.


This will take approximately 2 hours.


The GSC football team will volunteer.

- Pi 5K Run 9:00 a.m. – (Route may change) Saturday March 18th

There will be a change in route for 5K run due to the bridge being out on Sycamore.


They will begin at the WACO center to Sycamore Road and return.

- Update on Camp Workers

Lost 2 camp workers last fall. Now have a new worker with hope to get a second worker.


Mayor has sent a letter to FCI-Gilmer requesting second worker.

- Laying of Levy April 18th

Council will meet to Lay the Levy on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m.

- Resolution (guardrails installed on Route 5 going East)

The resolution was read on behalf of the citizens in Gilmer County that Glenville City Council supports this idea.


Mayor Fitzpatrick signed the resolution.

Councilman Wiant made a motion to move into executive session at 7:11 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Councilman Wiant made a motion for council to move out of executive session at 7:27 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Councilman Walters made a motion to approve Chief Huffman to hire Mr. Gandy as the new police officer. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve Chief Huffman to participate in Drug Take-back Day. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

IV. Unfinished Business



V. New Business


Councilman Wiant asked about the River Clean Up project through grant money. He suggested trees under the bridge would be a good area to clean up and noted the project should start this week. Mayor Fitzpatrick will talk with Eric Squires.


Councilman Walters asked about the decision for the River Street property. It had been previously suggested to become a community garden and Mayor Fitzpatrick would like to continue with this.


Councilman Wiant understood the walkway on old bridge is scheduled for possible repair.

VI. Other Business to come before Council



VII. Next council meeting


April 03, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Meeting to Lay the Levy – Tuesday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m.

VIII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.


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