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Women in Slacks !

Women wearing anything but skirts was “de rigueur” before WWII when they were expected to stay in the home, cooking and cleaning. But in 1941, when the war effort took the men from factory jobs, America’s women stepped in to keep the production of firepower going and win the war. “The hand that rocks the baby can also run the drill press” headlines touted at the time.

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Crawling around ships and aircraft to bolt and rivet couldn’t be done in skirts and that is how women in slacks became practical - and fashionable. “Rosie the Riveter” was born, and she brought the beginning of many more changes to American women’s lives. Nineteen WV Rosies were celebrated in Charleston in May and now plans are underway for a large bell to be installed to celebrate them here in Gilmer County.

We can all endorse this project with a contribution to the matching grant for: WV Rosie the Riveter Bell, PO Box 163, Glenville, WV 26351.

Jeanette Riffle: Memories of First Day of School

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There was no kindergarten back in 1950 when I started school. I was going to turn six the last of September so Mom started me to first grade at Normantown High School, when I was five. School started in September back then. The school bus came by about 8:20 a.m. and there was a bus house down by the Chestnut Lick bridge above Lockney, just in sight of where we lived. First day of school, Mom took me down to the bus house and talked to an older girl who lived on Chesnut Lick and asked her to help me on the bus and show me where my room was at school. Her name was Gracie May Yeager. She was in sixth grade and that worked out good because her room was next door to mine. She and her friend, Alice Jones of Lockney, would come in my room at recess and talk to me. Everything was new and I didn’t know anyone.  Charlotte James was my teacher.  I can’t remember anything about lunch time until fifth and sixth grades. We must have carried a sack lunch.  I remember a new lunch pail in fifth grade and   what Mom fixed me. I never got tired of it. I got a deviled egg sandwich, banana, snowball cupcakes and a thermos of chocolate milk.

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We had a nap time every afternoon and I remember sitting at a big wooden table with my arms folded up over the top for a pillow. My favorite toy was the Chinese Calculator. It was a big square wooden thing with colorful balls strung up on wooden rods and I enjoyed moving those pretty plastic balls along the rods. Each ball had a big hole in the center which made it easy to move on the rod. My husband said about every school had those and no one could figure out how to play that game. No one explained to me that it was a game or how to play it.

I just enjoyed moving those bright colored balls back and forth and lining them up.  We had reading circle and Miss James read us stories from the Dick, Jane and Spot series. Spot was their dog.  I remember a book called, See Spot Run. I was used to story books at home but this one was simple and it taught us how to recognize the letters of words and put them together in a sentence. The pictures were colorful and interesting to look at.  Some children have already gone back to school and some will be starting tomorrow on Monday. Most of them have to get up very early to catch their bus. Many things have changed over the years. Until next time, enjoy the nice cool fall like mornings and evenings we have been having. It seems like everything has been a month early this spring and summer but I will take an early fall any time to get away from heat and humidity.

Take care and God bless!

G-LtE™: Gilmer Family Wonders….

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We keep hearing rumors(?) about law enforcement ‘availability’ in both town and county.  Can this be true?

Its being stated that the Sheriff Department is unable to hire any deputies, hence, there is no sheriff coverage in the night time hours?

Similar chatter claims to town police force available in the late night hours as well?

We all realize we live in a changing world, are these rumbles fact or fiction?  Citizens also understand that college towns present their own unique situations.

Are we safe in Gilmer?

~~  Gilmer Family Wonders?  ~~

Welcome Back to School and College - Students, Teacher, and Staff - 2017-2018

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2017-2018

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2017-2018

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 Robbie Bee
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

#67 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 4:37 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#66 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Gilmer Straight 3:27 Gilmer Elementary (Load Elementary)
7:00 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary (H.S. Transfer #73)
7:18 Sliding Turnaround 3:42 Mud Lick
7:35 Lynch Run Turnaround 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:40 Mud Lick 4:04 Sliding Turnaround
7:50 Gilmer Elementary 4:22 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:20 Ellis 3:35 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Hub Cab Corner 3:40 VanHorn Drive
7:37 Hacker Run 4:00 Hacker Run
7:57 VanHorn Drive 4:07 Hub Cap Corner
8:02 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:32 Right Fork Ellis
#62
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 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 GCHS
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.
#75 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 Robbie Bee
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
7:07 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:12 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:17 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:23 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:30 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:40 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
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:07 Shock 3:37 GCHS
7:16 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:05 Mouth of Grass Run
7:21 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:32 Mouth of Grass Run 4:15 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 Woody McCullough
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

Jeanette Riffle: Grand Champion Steer

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Pictured is Kraden Mitchell, son of Richard and Angela Stewart Mitchell of Frametown. Kraden’s angus/char, weighing in at 1, 225 pounds at fair time, won Grand Champion Steer at the Braxton Co. Fair of 2017. He named the steer, Fred.  Kraden also won ribbons and plaques besides highest gain of weight for his steer. He is my great nephew on the Stewart side. He is my brother, Elder Roger Stewart’s, grandson. Marina Marks Stewart is his grandma. Marina is a daughter of the late Geraldine Marks who wrote the column, “Around the Kitchen Table.”

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There have been lots of fairs and festivals going on in Gilmer and Braxton counties. Lots of reunions and family get togethers. People have gone on vacations and some have taken day trips. Right now, we are having fall like weather and it makes everything more tolerable to be outside. Farmers are in hay and gardens are flourishing. Housewives are canning and freezing food for the winter.  It’s a busy time of year.  We are still having the thunder storms nearly every week. I can remember when we were growing up that Mom and Dad made us kids go to bed during a storm. They thought the feather pillows would protect us from lightening. Aunt Bea Stewart Watson, said that my Grandfather, Frank Stewart, would put a feather pillow up over the phone on the wall. He was afraid of lightening running in on the phone. Another belief was that if you were out in a car, the rubber tires would protect you. Mom always got us quiet. Old folks believed that noise attracted lightening. Another belief was that you had to stay out of water, not only out of the creek, but also in the house. Don’t even have your hands in water.

Our son was always fascinated by a storm. We were on a camping trip, in a campground, up in northern Michigan one time and it came up a thunderstorm during the night. I woke up and checked on him. He wasn’t in his bed.  I opened the camper door and saw him sitting out on the picnic table in that rain, all excited and watching the sky. I yelled at him to get back inside the camper and asked him why he was out there in that storm. He said he just wanted to see what was going on.  We got him back to safety. He was probably about 8 or 9.  Some boys do not fear anything and he was one of them. I think he had guardian angels watching over him or he wouldn’t be here.  When we first moved back to the farm at Shock, we had a tin roof on our trailer and I always enjoyed the sound of rain hitting on the tin roof. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they like to hear that. That’s all for this week, folks.

Until next time, take care, stay safe from the storms and God bless.

Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

GSC Jazz Students to Perform with Award-Winning Musician

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On Saturday, August 05 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. award-winning pianist Dr. Monika Herzig and her fusion band, Time Flies will perform at Washington Square in Clarksburg, West Virginia. At the conclusion of the concert Glenville State College Jazz Band members will join Herzig and her band on stage for an end-of-evening jam session.

The evening will focus on fusion which is the blending together of different styles and genres of music for an improvisational expression. The show is sure to please rock, jazz, and general fans of music.

This opportunity for GSC students sparked after Jason Barr, GSC Director of Jazz and Commercial Music, shared the stage with Herzig and her band in April 2017 while she was playing in Bridgeport, WV. After the performance, Barr was hopeful for an opportunity for his students to work with Herzig. With the help of the West Virginia Jazz Society’s America’s Jazz Crossroads Fund, which the Glenville State College Foundation and the Dominion Foundation contribute to, Herzig and The Time Flies Band will be able to stay in the area for another performance during their summer West Virginia tour.

Attendance to the Washington Square event is free of charge but reservations are required and can be made by emailing or by calling 304.622.7100. If you are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live on the GSC YouTube channel. For more information, contact Barr at or at 304.462.6350.

GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2017-2018

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2017-2018

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 Robbie Bee
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

#67 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 4:37 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#66 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Gilmer Straight 3:27 Gilmer Elementary (Load Elementary)
7:00 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary (H.S. Transfer #73)
7:18 Sliding Turnaround 3:42 Mud Lick
7:35 Lynch Run Turnaround 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:40 Mud Lick 4:04 Sliding Turnaround
7:50 Gilmer Elementary 4:22 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:20 Ellis 3:35 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Hub Cab Corner 3:40 VanHorn Drive
7:37 Hacker Run 4:00 Hacker Run
7:57 VanHorn Drive 4:07 Hub Cap Corner
8:02 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:32 Right Fork Ellis
#62
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 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 GCHS
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.
#75 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 Robbie Bee
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
7:07 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:12 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:17 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:23 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:30 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:40 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
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:07 Shock 3:37 GCHS
7:16 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:05 Mouth of Grass Run
7:21 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:32 Mouth of Grass Run 4:15 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 Woody McCullough
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

Glenville State’s HSTA Camp Encourages New Generation of Investigators

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Around 70 high school students from throughout the state had the chance to be real-life forensic scientists this week as part of the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) camp at Glenville State College.

Students spent the first half of their week reviewing mock crime scenes, analyzing evidence and interviewing suspects and witnesses in order to solve a string of faux murders.

“They spent the week actually processing the evidence, making comparisons to the fibers, determining the blood type of the murderer, determining the DNA of the murderer and making the comparisons,” said coordinator Kevin Evans, professor of chemistry at Glenville State College. “They are presenting their evidence in front of a mock judge, asking for an arrest warrant for the suspect they believe committed the five murders.”

Genevi Babati, a sophomore at Martinsburg High School in Berkeley County, hopes to one day have a career in forensics and says the HSTA camp gave her a great foundation of knowledge.

“We learned how to calculate time of death, how to draw fingerprints, how to use footprints to get a rough estimate of height, and how to set up a crime scene and investigate,” Babati said. “We had five staged murders, and we have been trying to figure out who murdered them and what the murderer’s motive was. We had to narrow it down from so many people to one suspect.”

After spending a week at the camp, Babati said she’s excited to begin looking at college programs and said she may consider Glenville State’s program.

“Everybody’s really nice here, especially the staff,” she said. “They all feel like people you can become friends with.”

Encouraging students to continue onto college is the overall intent of the HSTA camp, Evans said.

This is the sixth year that Glenville State College has offered the HSTA camp, and they tend to target minority students or students of low-income families who wouldn’t have the experience otherwise.

“The HSTA program is trying to identify students in high school that have incredible potential but may be underrepresented,” he said. “About 73 percent of the students, I believe, are going to be first generation college students, we hope. The hope is to kind of encourage them to go to college and also then consider a career in the health sciences.”

West Virginia University, Marshall University and West Virginia State University also offer HSTA camps, making the experience accessible to high school students in all areas of the state.

“And so as they progress through their high school career, they get experience at these colleges, hoping that that will encourage them and motivate them to go onto college and hopefully to get a degree in the health sciences,” Evans said.

By hosting the annual camps, each college also has the chance to show off what they have to offer students who chose to continue their education.

“They’ve been through lots of our buildings, they get to see the equipment, and they get to meet with several of the faculty on staff,” Evans said. “It’s a great way of recruiting these students to check out Glenville State College.”

In fact, 99 percent of students who have graduated from the HSTA program went to college, and 91 percent of those students have earned a degree from a West Virginia College, Evans said.

“Those are phenomenal numbers to have that kind of success,” he said. “I think the program is very worthwhile and is truly making a difference in the young lives of students throughout West Virginia.”

~~  Brittany Murray ~~

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

GSC Athletic Director to Take New Position in Florida

Marcal Lazenby will leave his position as Glenville State College’s Athletic Director, effective August 4. The announcement comes as he prepares to take a position as Director of Compliance at Saint Leo University in Tampa, Florida.

Lazenby has worked at GSC since 2009, first as an Assistant to the President, before serving as an Academic Coordinator for the College Completion Center and later as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academics and Diversity and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. He served as Interim Athletic Director for one year before assuming the role full-time in 2016. Lazenby is also a GSC alumni having graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree.

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During his time at GSC, he has worked to assure college, conference, and NCAA Division II athletic and academic compliance and helped to expand athletic fundraising. Lazenby, in his role as GSC’s first African-American Athletic Director, saw the establishment of several new programs and community outreach initiatives, helped to implement a new Athletic Department website, and oversaw multiple facilities upgrades. He was also a member of the Minorities Opportunities Athletics Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, was a vice chair for the Mountain East Conference Compliance Committee, and served as an executive member of GSC’s Hidden Promise Scholarship Committee.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lazenby came to Glenville State in 2003 where he was a member of the Pioneer Football team. He was the starting offensive guard on the 2008 WVIAC Conference Champion Football team. He was also a three time All-Conference player and an All-Region player.

“We congratulate Marcal on taking this next step in his professional career. Although the Pioneer family will miss his presence on campus and his leadership of the athletic department, we are excited with him as he makes this move. I certainly wish him well,“ said Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

The College has named Rusty Vineyard as Vice President for Student Life and Athletics. He will begin his duties August 02.

West Virginia Rosie the Riveters to be Honored in Glenville

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The four women on the left – Emily Withers, unknown, Nora Jones and Ruby Coberly - all temporarily left West Virginia during WWII to work at the Glenn L. Martin Aviation plant in Baltimore.

The mother of Senator Sue Cline (right) joined them there to produce thousands of aircraft that allowed the allies to win the war. 

Other West Virginia women worked at defense plants in Akron, Pittsburgh and throughout the nation

Gilmer County girl scouts have done bell-ringing events for them in the past.

Now a permanent monument to the “West Virginia Rosies” is being planned for unveiling Veteran’s Day in Glenville in November.

The public is invited and more information will follow.

This photo was taken recently in Charleston where 19 living Rosies were celebrated by Thanks! Plain and Simple, the WV organization that honors the women who were so vital in that victory.

GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students

Members of the local community are invited to help welcome new students to Glenville State College (GSC) as they spend the weekend becoming acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 14. To help the new students learn about the Glenville community—including local businesses, churches, and other groups that might interest them—GSC is hosting a Community Fair.

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New students meet with members of various community organizations at last year’s Community Fair


The event will take place on Sunday, August 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn near GSC’s Clark Hall. Representatives from community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce themselves to the new students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information. The annual event is an opportunity to show new GSC Pioneers what the community has to offer them.

“This is a very exciting time in the lives of these students, and we are giving local residents the chance to introduce themselves and their organizations to them. We are more than excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Tuesday, August 07. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Walters at or 304.462.6416.

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