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Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

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Ten students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.


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Kaitlyn Bircheat of Chapmanville, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Jane Lew Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and Tracy Alfred.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Steve and Dewana Bircheat of Chapmanville, West Virginia.


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Brittany Burdette of Ripley, WV completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Lesley White and Grace Harris.

Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter Julie Burdette and Alex Buchanan of Evans, West Virginia.

She is engaged to be married to Spencer Steele, who is a recent GSC graduate.


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Meghan Harubin of Normantown, WV completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Davis Elementary School with Melissa Duckworth and Paula Frame.

Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor.

She is the daughter of Chuck and Kathy Harubin of Normantown, West Virginia.


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Jerrica Hilbert of Saint Albans, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School with Chris Hodges and at Mineral Wells Elementary with Beth Buskirk.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Jerry and Sherry Hilbert of Saint Albans, West Virginia.


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Charles ‘Chuck’ Lynch of Sissonville, WV completed his student teaching in Biological Science (9-adult) and General Science (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Travis Fisher and Monica Haley.

Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Jeff Hunter were his GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Dana and Tami Lynch of Sissonville, West Virginia.


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Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek, WV completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School with Judy Leggett and Shaylyn Dabbs.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were his GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Randall and Kathy Reid of Clear Creek, West Virginia.


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Sara Rollins of Macfarlan, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Chris Hodges and John Bugby.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Terry and Vicki Rollins of Macfarlan, West Virginia.

Rollins was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


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J’Aime Shearer of Weston, WV completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Amber Frashure and Lora Stump.

Dr. Shara Curry and Connie Stout-O’Dell were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Barnes of Horner, West Virginia.

She currently resides in Weston with her husband William and daughter Madison.


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Kimberly Smith of Harrisville, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Lewis County High School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Roanoke Elementary School with Whitney Ballard and Allen Heath.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Amy Floyd of Coxs Mills, West Virginia.


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Tiffany (Young) Somerville of Linn, WV completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Debbie Adams and Debbie Moss.

Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor.

She is the daughter of Larry and Robin Young of Sand Fork, West Virginia.

She currently resides in Linn with her husband Taylor.


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

West Fork Conservation District Farm Field Day Event!

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The West Fork Conservation District encourages producers and students to attend the 2017 “Grazing Management Strategies” Field Day on Friday July 21st, and Saturday July 22nd, 2017. This field day will be for producers interested in learning about improving grazing practices and soil health, to make their operations more productive and profitable!

What are we talking about? The WFCD, along with WVU Extension, and The Natural Resource Conservation Service, will welcome renowned key note speakers, Mr. Greg Judy, and Dr. Matt Poore, who will come together to educate West Virginia’s local beef producers about extending forage production, successful cattle handling, and many other key features to successful farming.

Rancher and public speaker, Greg Judy, has given numerous talks and seminars all over the US, New Zealand & Canada, teaching the benefits of holistic high density planned grazing, leasing land, multi-species grazing, custom grazing, agroforestry and wildlife management. Mr. Judy will talk about “securing and developing economical grazing leases and mob grazing.”

Dr. Matt Poore, a Professor at North Carolina State University and Extension Beef Specialist, will teach about “making adaptive grazing work for you while maintaining soil health”.

There is something for everyone in this field day, and you do not want to miss these once in a lifetime keynote speakers! (Please note that you will need to pre-register with the District office to attend these events).

The field day will be a two-day event, with a dinner meeting featuring both Mr. Judy and Dr. Poore, taking place Friday, July 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at the Doddridge Co. Park on Snow Bird Road in Doddridge County, WV.

Saturday, July 22nd, will be a day filled with a morning seminar and an afternoon pasture walk, featuring Mr. Judy, Dr. Poore and West Fork’s NRCS District Conservationist, Jeff Griffith. Saturday’s event will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Maxwell farm, owned by John & Sue Ann Spiker, in Doddridge County, WV.

RSVP’s, including payment to attend, will need to be made by July 14th, 2017, and should include the number attending and the events that you wish to attend. We hope to see all of you out there for a chance to take away some great information and make great connections! To register, or for more information on this event, please contact WFCD at
304.627.2160 x 4.

Bone Receives GSC Faculty Award of Excellence

Glenville State College’s newest Faculty Award of Excellence recipient is Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone. He received the award at the 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor. The GSC faculty ranks are full of so many talented people who have been recognized nationally and internationally in their fields. There are so many deserving faculty and I am honored to represent all of them. However, it must be stated that awards like this do not happen in a vacuum. I would never have gotten to this point without the help of so many people. I first must thank my incredible wife of 22 years Susan and my children Casey, Tobias, and Phineas. They have sacrificed hundreds of hours of me being away. They are the ultimate blessing. Also, my previous teachers R. Winston Morris and Timothy Northcut and the fantastic mentorship from colleagues and friends. Also, our students and alumni. I would have never received this award without all of their hard work, care, passion, and love. Lastly, my mother and father who sacrificed so much for me to be in music; I will never be able to thank them enough,” Bone stated.

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr with Dr. Lloyd Bone (right)


A nomination from a current student called Bone, “the most influential and passionate instructor I have ever had” and noted that he, “loves and supports his students 100%, every day.” Another student said, “you will rarely find someone as open, accepting, warm, or inviting as Dr. Bone – he always has something encouraging to say to everyone.”

Bone has been a faculty member at GSC since 2004. In addition to his teaching duties, he also directs the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band, the Brass Ensemble, and the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. He has published the world’s first guide book for the euphonium, led several groups of GSC students around the world to meetings of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and was nominated for a Music Educator Award by the Grammy Foundation®. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Euphonium Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015. Shortly after arriving at GSC, Bone began the GSC Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival which will enter its tenth year this coming spring. The event has become very popular and attracts students from all over West Virginia.

Bone has led the Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble to five straight invitations and performances to the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Something that, in the history of the conference, only a small number of schools around the world have accomplished. He also was personally invited as a guest artist to these conferences in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013. The Ensemble also performed at the 2007 United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C., the 2013 Midwest Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Illinois State University, as well as several West Virginia state music conferences.

Due largely to his efforts, the GSC Brass Ensemble is invited annually to perform on the busiest shopping day of the year (the Saturday before Christmas) at the Town Center Mall in Charleston. The yearly repeat performances have garnered a popular following from shoppers all over the Charleston region who come out to hear the band perform.

During his years at GSC, Bone has been involved in numerous campus committees and social organizations such as the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Education), Baptist Campus Ministry, and as and a Cheerleading advisor. Along with members of the marching band, Bone has been to all home football games and GSC Homecoming Parades over the past 13 years, including when two of his children were born during the week of Homecoming. He directed GSC’s Pep Band for seven years, attending numerous men’s and women’s basketball games. However, according to Bone, his favorite part of being involved is through recruiting for the whole of GSC. “When I go out to speak to a high school band I am talking to potential students for all departments and often much more so than music as most bands usually only have a few students looking to major in music. I love representing the campus in this regard as my fellow faculty are so very easy to brag about with potential students!” he added.

“My favorite thing about teaching at GSC is hands down the students. We have the best students. They are some of the hardest working, determined, and caring individuals I have ever known. What many of them overcome to attain their education is just awe-inspiring. In short, our students are just blessings!” he said.

Each spring, the campus community is invited to nominate an outstanding faculty member for this award. Faculty Award of Excellence recipients must be full-time and have taught at GSC for at least two years to be eligible. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 16, 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.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Ida Belle Davisson Judith Leggett 302 Walnut Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Darren W. Pritt Richard Pritt 7259 Rosedale Road
Shock, WV 26638
Shirley P. Wilson Don Arna Wilson 173 Robin Lane
Mt. Clare, WV 26408
H. Darrell Woofter aka Harvey
Darrell Woofter
Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351
Leamon Otto Turner Sheila K. Davis 122 Laurel Run Road
Camden, WV 26338
Donald Robert Kelble Eileen Kelble 420 Kelble Hollow Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Howard L. Raines Elsie D. Raines 2543 Gassaway Road
Normantown, WV 25267
Douglas Allen Broome Edward A. Broome PO Box 131
Glenville, WV 26351
Charlotte G. Thompson Anita T. Simpson 805 Hale Street
Glenville, WV 26351


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 18, 2017

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday May 08, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Glenville


•  Eight juvenile matters were heard, 5 were rest for June 12, 2017 in the afternoon with the afternoon’s docket on this date were cancelled.


•  The case of State of West Virginia vs. Michael Puffenbarger

It was reset for an evidentiary hearing because he disputed the amount of restitution.

His hearing is now set for June 12, 2017 at 10:50 AM.

His attorney is Christopher Pritt.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Williams

He was sentenced to 1-10 years in the penitentiary with restitution being set at $26,380 for all victims in the matter.

He was represented by Thomas Kupec.



On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard 4 cases in Gilmer County.


•  Two fugitives from justice were before the Court, both being represented by Paul Knisely.

Edward Jackson waived to return to Ohio and authorities there have until 4 PM May 25, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.

Gregory Bolden was before the court wanted by the state of Michigan and he refused to waive extradition so Judge Facemire directed the prosecuting attorney to seek at governor’s warrant and the state has 60 days to obtain that and then another hearing will be set.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

He entered a Kennedy no contest plea to sexual assault in the 3rd degree with the remaining 29 counts being dismissed by the prosecutor.

He will be sentenced in Braxton County at 2:30 PM on July 05, 2017.

His attorney is Joseph Spano.


•  State of West Virginia vs. David Curry

He pled to 1 count of failure to meet an obligation to provide support to a minor.

His sentencing is set for July 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM following Mike Haley, probation officer, doing presentence investigations on both defendants.

Curry was represented by Paul Knisely also.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 11,539 Spring Turkeys In 2017

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Spring turkey hunters harvested 11,539 gobblers this year, an increase of more than 11 percent from 2016, according to preliminary numbers provided by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The harvest is the largest since 2006 when 11,735 birds were harvested, and is more than 18 percent above the 10-year average.

“Weather conditions were variable across the state during this year’s spring gobbler season, so it’s nice to see hunters were able to get out and enjoy some successful hunting, which is reflected in the harvest numbers,” said Mike Peters, DNR game bird biologist.

Five of the six DNR districts reported increased harvests over last year.

District 4 was the only district in which fewer birds were harvested than in 2016.

District 1 again recorded the most birds harvested this year (2,578), followed by District 6 (2,250), District 5 (2,090), District 4 (1,858), District 3 (1,733) and District 2 (1,030).

The top five counties with the largest harvests were Preston (475), which was up more than 100 birds from last year, Mason (448), Jackson (408), Wood (380), and Harrison (327).

Youth hunters harvested 458 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 15.

Those numbers are included on the accompanying table.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

162

178

127

165

204

Brooke

104

84

67

78

100

Hancock

110

110

89

98

106

Harrison

355

264

247

286

327

Marion

218

149

170

192

256

Marshall

300

220

174

207

255

Monongalia

262

174

199

197

266

Ohio

131

91

109

111

113

Preston

403

344

333

371

475

Taylor

103

87

72

101

135

Tucker

57

88

82

90

97

Wetzel

256

203

168

196

244

District 1 Subtotal

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,092

2,578

Berkeley

98

112

124

115

147

Grant

129

129

131

161

145

Hampshire

124

138

156

170

184

Hardy

129

135

116

132

132

Jefferson

60

57

82

79

114

Mineral

87

96

118

134

132

Morgan

54

62

64

54

64

Pendleton

117

95

94

88

112

District 2 Subtotal

798

824

885

933

1,030

Braxton

238

175

194

197

209

Clay

147

68

83

101

120

Lewis

221

180

194

211

249

Nicholas

221

164

213

330

311

Pocahontas

160

130

145

144

143

Randolph

217

186

225

250

248

Upshur

262

229

231

228

303

Webster

118

113

114

156

150

District 3 Subtotal

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,617

1,733

Fayette

287

244

239

292

278

Greenbrier

299

245

242

308

269

McDowell

308

215

218

200

177

Mercer

177

170

161

176

192

Monroe

206

212

181

184

192

Raleigh

277

214

231

283

279

Summers

258

209

199

219

209

Wyoming

291

255

257

320

262

District 4 Subtotal

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,982

1,858

Boone

230

159

138

157

157

Cabell

138

80

110

114

176

Kanawha

332

231

227

285

319

Lincoln

213

178

169

215

228

Logan

246

181

172

181

165

Mason

370

293

314

378

448

Mingo

141

93

91

131

143

Putnam

225

150

181

210

268

Wayne

144

103

108

139

186

District 5 Subtotal

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,810

2,090

Calhoun

179

135

128

145

164

Doddridge

138

126

118

137

160

Gilmer

191

147

124

132

143

Jackson

326

293

264

302

408

Pleasants

83

73

71

80

89

Ritchie

326

245

218

216

263

Roane

236

232

210

231

256

Tyler

211

136

144

182

181

Wirt

193

177

153

174

206

Wood

294

271

248

328

380

District 6 Subtotal

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,927

2,250

State Total

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,361

11,539

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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•  May 10, 2017 -  Joshua Jackson of FCI Gilmer divorced Sylvia Jackson of Columbus, Ohio


•  May 15, 2017 -  Emily Stuart (26) of Shock, WV divorced Jerama Stuart (23) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Rocky Jamison (60) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Wendy Jamison (34) of Weston, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Felicia Hall (27) of Glenville, WV divorced Daniel Ray Hall (29) of Cox’s Mills, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kimberly Hess (27) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Jeremy Hess (30) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kristan Ramey (29) of Glenville, WV divorced Eric Ramey (38) of Glenville, WV

Canfield Receives Student Leadership Award at GSC Commencement

Samuel Canfield, a 2017 Glenville State College graduate, was presented with the Student Leadership Award at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06. He is the son of Patty Wilson and Jerrell Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia.

In nominations for the award, faculty members called Canfield “a natural leader” with “the qualities and self-confidence to lead” adding that he, “wears his many personal and intellectual virtues lightly, remaining always a humble and likable young man.” Another nomination called him, “the exemplar of the great things about Glenville State College students.” Yet another faculty member praised his, “impeccable work ethic.”

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr presents Sam Canfield (right) with the 2017 Student Leadership Award


“I am truly blessed to receive this award and am so happy that my professors thought so highly of me to recommend me for the award,” Canfield said. “It was awesome to have my name called at the ceremony…I had chills.”

For the future, Canfield plans to obtain a Ph.D. in ecology and continue into a career related to ecology or the environment.

During his time at GSC, Canfield served as president of the Alpha Iota chapter of the science and math honorary society Chi Beta Phi. “Being president allowed me to organize scholarship fundraisers and showed me that I have leadership potential,” he said. Canfield also participated in Bible Centered Ministries (BCM) and the Wesley Foundation; both of which, he said, provided a space and direction for him to develop his relationship with Jesus Christ. He also was involved in Student Support Services and GSC’s Hidden Promise Consortium. “Those programs have given me so much guidance and support over these four years that I will not forget about,” he added.

In his spare time he enjoys nature hikes, playing card and video games, hunting and fishing, and different sports.

“My favorite part about being a student at GSC was that the classes were small and I could get to know my professors really well. I will miss all my friends and professors…we have had a lot of laughs,” he said. “The most important lessons I have learned at Glenville are to be confident in your abilities, as a student and person, and to be humble. If you do not have confidence in what you do or say, then it is a lot harder to succeed. However, if you are not humble alongside your confidence, then your confidence causes you to fail as well.”

Canfield joins 43 other graduates who have received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award at GSC since 1977. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.

Head Start Continues to Serve in Gilmer County

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Did you know that all of Gilmer County’s Pre-K classrooms include Head Start services?

Any eligible 3-5 year old child can be enrolled, and Head Start staff work with the school and the family to make sure each child can be successful.

It’s a terrific partnership between Central WV Community Action, Inc. and the Gilmer County Board of Education.

Head Start is more than 50 years old, and many things have changed during that time. 

West Virginia now offers free preschool to all four year olds.

Teachers must have a Bachelor’s degree and Teacher Assistants must be certified.

The required hours and minutes of the school year have lengthened.

The cost of operations has grown significantly, yet the amount of the Head Start program grant has increased little in recent years. 

To be more efficient with the Head Start program resources, the agency will shift services this fall by closing its Gilmer County Parks and Recreation site.

The Parks Board has been a terrific friend to the program over the years, and we’re incredibly thankful for their support.

And now, as pre-K education continues to evolve in West Virginia, we’re proud to work even more closely with the Board of Education in support of our Head Start families.

For more information or to enroll a child in the Head Start program, please call 304.622.8495 x1.

Shannon Cunningham

Executive Director

Central WV Community Action, Inc. 

Several GSC Artists Featured in Buckhannon Art Exhibit

Three Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts students and two alumni were recently featured in an exhibit titled ‘The Importance of Dreams.’

The Artist Collective of West Virginia, the Blaxxsmith Shop in Buckhannon, West Virginia, and Alien Gold collaborated to hold the art exhibition.

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(L-R) Ezekiel Bonnett, Heather Coleman, Ryan Spangenberg, Sarah Normant,
Heather Chambers, Danielle Shepherd, and Christopher Cunningham at
‘The Importance of Dreams’ exhibit opening | Photo by Mike Normant


An opening reception took place on Friday, April 07 at the Blaxxsmith Shop.

GSC students Heather Chambers, Chris Cunningham, and Danielle Shepherd, GSC alumni Sarah Normant and Ezekiel Bonnett, and GSC Academic Support Center employee Heather Coleman all had work showcased in the exhibit.

In preparing for the show, the students learned more about being ‘gallery ready’ with their work in addition to networking, communication with clients, sales and commission, how to create business cards, how to sell their work and show professionally, and the communication process with gallery owners. Coleman said, “The students had a very enriching educational experience at this gallery.”

Each student had two pieces in the show including oil paintings, collage, ceramics, and glass sculpture. GSC Assistant Professor of Art Chris Cosner is a member of the Artist Collective.

The exhibition was on display Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

New Roof at Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation are so happy to have the help from this Glenville Boy Scout Troop.

They came and put on a new metal roof on a leaking building that needed attention badly.

Without there volunteering to do this I’m not sure when enough funds would have been raised to get it done.

It also helps one of the scout members to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

Thank you Glenville Scout Troop for all your hard word at the recreation center.

Thank you Darrel Ramsey / Director

DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County

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In the middle of declining revenue and population, staffing cuts, and the looming threat of a state takeover, the Randolph County Board of Education is hoping their choice for the county’s next Superintendent of schools will right the ship.

But that won’t be easy–and Gabriel Devono knows that.

“There’s some situations with personnel that we’ll have to look at,” the outgoing Gilmer County Superintendent said. “Maybe do some attrition or some vacancies that are there that we won’t hire back teachers, which will help us in personnel.”

That’s one of many difficult choices the new Randolph County Superintendent will face when he assumes that role on July 1 later this year. Outgoing Randolph County Superintendent Pam Hewitt already made recommendations for major staffing cuts, a majority of which were approved by the Board of Education last month, that could trim close to $875,000 off the budget.

But Devono is accustomed to difficult choices, he said. He joined the Gilmer County school system in 2014, appointed by the State Board of Education to try and steer Gilmer County back into local control.

“I came in 2014 and set four goals to myself and accomplished all four goals,” he said. “On January 9 of this year, they gave us control back, and that was the last goal.”

Devono has a long history in education. He spent 14 years in Virginia, but returned to West Virginia as an assistant principal in the early 2000’s. He served in a stint as assistant Superintendent in Lewis County before eventually taking over as the director of the state’s largest Regional Education Service Agency (R.E.S.A. 7). With a number of teachers in the family, a brother who is the Superintendent in Monongalia County, and a nephew on the Harrison County Board of Education, Devono said it was fair to call public education the “family business.”

“The big thing our parents always made sure that we had the education,” he said. “That’s one thing they always told us. They can take anything away from you, but they can’t take away your education from you. That’s something that my brother and I and my sister instilled within our kids.”

Unlike his time in Gilmer County, Devono hasn’t yet set a specific list of goals for his future in Randolph County. Rather, he wants to start by reviewing the budget and spending time with the school system’s most important resource: the staff.

“I told them in my interview, if you want a Superintendent that deals with text messages and e-mails then you don’t want me because I don’t like to sit behind a desk,” he said. “I want to be out supporting my staff and my teachers along with getting to know my kids.”

Randolph County faces a number of serious issues. The county failed to carry over the standard amount of cash reserves from the previous fiscal year. Mixed with serious damage to Homestead Elementary School, voters failing to pass a levy on three different occasions in less than 12 months, and the overall declining enrollment, budgetary concerns reign supreme.

“I’ll look at the budget,” Devono said. “I’ll work with Brad Smith there. He’s an excellent treasurer and see where we need to go and how we can do some cuts.”

His experience in Gilmer County in bringing the school back to local control is one potential asset he can bring to Randolph County. But, he said, the other asset he’ll bring is his penchant for transparency.

“I went out in the community,” Devono said. “I had community meetings and got to know the people in the community and always kept them abreast. That’s something that I feel like I need to do when I get to Randolph County too.”

Devono said he expects to begin a tour of the school system next month.

~~  Alex Wiederspiel ~~


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Sadly this gent lives in some alternate universe?
Claims to be transparent?  BS Does not know the meaning of the word.

Going to work with his new employer on finance?  He sure didn’t work with the board in Gilmer County on finance.  They could not even get a simple school equipment inventory listing.
Never mind financial info.

Even after repeated requests to Charleston from his handlers. 

The honeymoon in Randolph will be short.  The spots will show through in six months.  Hewitt will start looking good again.

By L.L. Pantsafire  on  05.13.2017

It is difficult to express how to feel about Gabriel’s departure.  But one thing can be said, he knows how to blow his own horn.

Given that on every occasion he informed the OEPA that Gilmer was not ready for return of control.
Given there are many, many video tapes of meetings where Board members begged for transparency, accountability and honesty from his office.
Given that Gilmer County had a 2 million dollar surplus at the start of intervention which no longer exists and is now a million in debt.
Given Devono’s multiple statements in the newspapers and public meeting insisting Gilmer’s Board should extend his contract.
And given the only way jobs were saved at the end of his time here was for the Gilmer County Board of Education having the backbone to say NO to his “penchant” for RIF without reason.

Given

By Gilmer's Truth Set Him Free  on  05.14.2017

If he’s not in the office and you can’t get him by email or text you might find him at the golf course with your transportation director or you might not find him at all.  At least that’s been the Gilmer experience.
Or, he might be watching your county truck haul a pool filter. Find the truth of who winds up with it. If you need pictures they’re around. Not everyone approves corruption.
Hard to tell you Randolph, what perk do you have to keep him busy?  Maybe a spa package at the lodge that never ends? 
Better buy a couple black trench coats. Flunkies required to dress to match.  Will soon find a couple of your office employees no longer stay in the office because this one is afraid to travel alone.Watch for three black crows entering your school buildings. It is the signature move.
Teachers and staff, get ready. The truth is not in your new super.

Folks here recognize who wrote this narcissistic claptrap.

By AW SHUCKS ON YOU  on  05.14.2017

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By WEINERSPEIL, WORDS FAIL US  on  05.14.2017

Gilmer County wanted you to go out the door with a whisper. Just keep still and let him go was the word. Let him tell them what he wants to believe. And that’s how it was going.
Now he uses this free press to exit with fabrication and seeking personal glory for what was done here in the name of intervention?
Listen up Randolph County, the only community Gabe Denono ever talked to here is the one that runs the town.You’ll get the same thing.
Read the exit report of the WVOEPA.  He did not bring us back to local control.  Our board fought for it.
This is the man who was going to sue the State Board if they didn’t give him a two year contract.

You can tell how much he thinks of you by how your financial plight is laid out here for all to know. There’s 13 county school systems under fund balance watch right now. The State Board will have no interest in taking over a broke county and yet he threatens you.

Bad enough the local paper has spread his and the BBB (Bill- Bo Buddies) lies. Does he expect the voice of free people, the GFP, to do that too?

When this guy Gabe goes on his tour of your county next month, does he expect to be paid by our district to go tour yours? Whose going to mind the store?  Nothing new about that but you will get used to it.

By Luck and Love to Randolph BOE  on  05.14.2017

Alex Weiderspiel has been “used” by Superintendent User.  The list is long of Gilmer people who also got drawn in.  Now it appears Randolph will be added to the list of victims?

By Randolph Gets Hot Potato  on  05.15.2017

Gilmer County is positioned for a new start for our school system.

We have suffered badly from raw politics, betrayal, back door deals, control by the elites, and harmful effects from conflicts of interest.

We need the highest quality administrator we can get to take over for a fresh start to never again permit what the County experienced during intervention.

GCBOE, it is up to you now. Keep ugly politics and other side issues out of it. If you do you will get firm backing of Gilmer County to include better chances of us voting for more money to fund the schools.

By Citizens Want GCBOE To Do Its Job  on  05.15.2017

The GCBOE has members with tight ties to some school system employees.

When decisions of any kind are being made which involve those employees the community expects board members in those situations to remove themselves from all involvement.

Appearances and public perceptions are important and the community expects the highest of standards to be followed for ways school board business is conducted.

Is this an unreasonable expectation for elected officials who are supposed to have the public’s trust?

By Nuff Said  on  05.15.2017

So long as board members aren’t taking a profit renting their real estate to the superintendent or raking it in by selling their various wares to employees. And, so long as they don’t vote illegally to hire somebody and follow the policies of the WVDE, THIS Gilmer board is doing just fine.

By More Than Nuff Said  on  05.16.2017

Conduct may not be technically illegal, but it could be unethical to fail the WV common sense smell test.

Good tests for anything going on would be being comfortable with reading about the details in the Charleston Gazette and getting an OK from the WV Ethics Commission.

One of the most common causes of ethical problems is when disgruntled job applicants file complaints after information leaks.

An ounce of prevention is always worth more that a pound of cure.

By Charleston DOE Employee  on  05.16.2017

What does not pass the WV Common Sense “Smell Test” is any employee basing a complaint on a one sided, sputtering, “leaker” with an ax to grind.  Always good advice to remember the court house door swings both ways.

Gilmer County employees are pretty wise folk and generally do not like being pulled into personal, panic mode nonsense. Don’t know how it works in Charleston.

So easy to get an opinion from an ethics commission attorney these days. Just a click of the mouse. Would not doubt responses to any question or accusation, no matter how uninformed,how ridiculous, are in the works.

By We've Been Threatened By Professionals  on  05.16.2017

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Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Supports Gilmer County Elementary School

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) recently awarded a $400 grant to Gilmer County Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to help purchase staff t-shirts that will help promote school unity and spirit. LKACF advisory board members Martha Haymaker and Bob Radabaugh attended the April 24 PTO meeting to present the grant.

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(L-R) Vickie Allman, Tanya Stewart, Bob Radabaugh, and Sharon Jones


The role of the Gilmer County Elementary School’s PTO is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school to maximize student’s experiences.  Having recently opened its doors for the first time, the new school’s PTO recognizes that now is the time to unify and celebrate. 

“The staff members really appreciate the unity the t-shirts have created,” said Shelly Mason, Assistant Principal and PTO member.  “Staff wear the t-shirts on Fridays and the students’ haven taken note.  Recently, a first grade student happily said, ‘All the teachers are dressed the same—everyone is a twin!“

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia. LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds amounting to nearly $34 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Ten students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

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Glenville State College 2017 student teacher interns (L-R) Brittaney Burdette, J’Aime Shearer, Jon Reid, Tiffany Somerville, Jerrica Hilbert, Meghan Harubin, Chuck Lynch, Kim Smith, Sara Rollins (not pictured: Kaitlyn Bircheat)


Kaitlyn Bircheat of Chapmanville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Jane Lew Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and Tracy Alfred. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Steve and Dewana Bircheat of Chapmanville, West Virginia.


Brittany Burdette of Ripley completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Lesley White and Grace Harris. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter Julie Burdette and Alex Buchanan of Evans, West Virginia. She is engaged to be married to Spencer Steele, who is a recent GSC graduate.


Meghan Harubin of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Davis Elementary School with Melissa Duckworth and Paula Frame. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Chuck and Kathy Harubin of Normantown, West Virginia.


Jerrica Hilbert of Saint Albans completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School with Chris Hodges and at Mineral Wells Elementary with Beth Buskirk. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jerry and Sherry Hilbert of Saint Albans, West Virginia.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Lynch of Sissonville completed his student teaching in Biological Science (9-adult) and General Science (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Travis Fisher and Monica Haley. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Jeff Hunter were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Dana and Tami Lynch of Sissonville, West Virginia.


Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School with Judy Leggett and Shaylyn Dabbs. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Randall and Kathy Reid of Clear Creek, West Virginia.


Sara Rollins of Macfarlan completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Chris Hodges and John Bugby. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Terry and Vicki Rollins of Macfarlan, West Virginia. Rollins was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


J’Aime Shearer of Weston completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Amber Frashure and Lora Stump. Dr. Shara Curry and Connie Stout-O’Dell were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Barnes of Horner, West Virginia. She currently resides in Weston with her husband William and daughter Madison.


Kimberly Smith of Harrisville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Lewis County High School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Roanoke Elementary School with Whitney Ballard and Allen Heath. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Amy Floyd of Coxs Mills, West Virginia.


Tiffany (Young) Somerville of Linn completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Debbie Adams and Debbie Moss. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Larry and Robin Young of Sand Fork, West Virginia. She currently resides in Linn with her husband Taylor.


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

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