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Genavie L. Richards Freed

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Genavie L. Richards Freed

Age 87, of Big Bend, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior January 04, 2015 at Minnie Hamilton Health Center, Grantsville, WV.

She was born November 22, 1927 to the late Leamon and Clara Lewis Richards.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sylvester O. Richards, Jr.; two grandsons Russ Hardman and Matthew Haines; two sisters and five brothers.

She is survived by six children, Ivan (Ginger) Richards of Belpre, Ohio; Von (Brenda) Richards of Vincent, Ohio; Sophia (Jack) Haines of Canal Fulton, Ohio; Arlene (Rick) Sampson of Grantsville, WV; Darlene (Bill) Cunningham of Big Bend, WV; and Roger Richards of Big Bend, WV; three sisters, Edna Radcliff of Big Bend, WV; Grace Wagoner of Big Bend, WV; and Lily Jean Bush of Parkersburg, WV. Also surviving are many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Homes, Grantsville on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Rev. Carroll McCauley will officiate.

Interment will be in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

Visitation will be held from Noon-2:00 PM Wednesday.

Sue E. Bosley “Granny”

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Sue E. Bosley “Granny”

On December 15, 2014 she passed away at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness with family by her side.

Sue celebrated her 73rd birthday in October with a party surrounded my family and friends.

Sue and her late husband James F. Bosley resided in their home in Flower, WV., where she enjoyed gardening and canning.

One of her greatest joys was her family. Sue especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren whom she loved to spoil.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years James F. Bosley, parents Sylvia Condrad and Gus Mowery, and brothers Harold and Ruhel Conrad.

Sue is survived by daughter Sharon Helmick, granddaughter Crystal Condrad and husband Nick of Orlando, WV; grandson Jamie Singleton and girlfriend Stacey Fisher of Flower, WV; great-grandchildren Nicolas, Emma, Cole and Peyton, brothers Stacy, Gerald and Leonard Conrad, sisters Dolly Meador and Eda Belle Rogers. Also left to cherish her memory are several “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV on Saturday December 20, 2014 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Funeral services will follow at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Eddie Wade officiating at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow services in Hineys Cemetery Glenville, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Bosley family.

Barbara Ellen Butcher

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Barbara Ellen Butcher

Age 54, of Quarry Glenn Dr. Weston, WV passed away in the early evening on Sunday December 14, 2014 in the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center of Elkins, following an unexpected illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on February 19, 1960 a daughter of the late Elmer Ralph Riffle and Mary Ellen Seibel Riffle Westfall, who survives in Weston.

She is survived by two daughters: Kimberly Maries Fisher and husband Jason of Weston, and Christina Marie Dobbins and husband David of Cedarville, WV; five grandchildren: Tyler Sprouse, Brandon Fisher, Kaylee Fisher, Triston Dobbins, and Adalyn Dobbins; one brother, Edwin Ralph Riffle; and companion Randall Scott Warner.

She worked various jobs throughout her life including security and home health care. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

Barbara’s request for cremation has been honored.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 6-7 PM on Tuesday December 16, 2014.

Interment will be held at the Pumphrey Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made at the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Barbara Butcher.

Ray H. Richards, Sr.

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Ray H. Richards, Sr.

Age 89, longtime resident of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community) departed this life on Monday, December 15, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Ray was born August 16, 1925 on Leeson Run, a son of the late George W. and Icie (Cunningham) Richards.

Ray worked for over 50 years as an oil field worker in the area and for most of those 50 years worked for Bud Spencer. He was a proud World War II Army Veteran having served in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and in the Black Forest as a member of the “Big Red One.“

He was a member of the Britton Gospel Mission of West Union, WV (Sunnyside Community).

He greatly enjoyed deer hunting with his boys and going camping and fishing with his family in the mountains.

He is survived by his children, Ray H. Richards, Jr. (Regina) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run); Lucretia J. Doak (James) of Greenwood, WV (Long Run Community); Joseph P. Richards (Wanda) of Parkersburg, WV; Mary E. Schrock (Phineas) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community); Patricia J. Harris (Danny) of West Union, WV, and David L. Richards (close girlfriend, Katie Owens) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community); grandchildren, Ray Richards III, Tina Seckman, Elaine McCormick, Jimmy Doak, Leann America, Harlen Harris, David Lee Richards, Justin Richards, Rosie Schrock, Cody Lones, Janet Hinzman, Eric Richards, and his deceased grandson, Danny Harris; 11 great grandchildren, and his sister, Minnie Jo Wood of Huntsville, NC.

In addition to his parents and his grandson, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lora Gale (Dodd) Richards in 2008; brothers, William “Bill” Richards, Francis Richards, Joe Richards, Porter Richards, Hollie Richards, and sisters, Rachael Dillon, Mary Dodd, and Ruth Mason.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. Gilbert Neely officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by West Union VFW.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Mary Alice McHenry Blake

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Mary Alice McHenry Blake

Age 79, of Brown Ave, Weston, WV passed away at 7 AM Sunday December 14, 2014 in the INOVA Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria VA, following a brief illness.

She was born at Camden, WV on October 19, 1935 a daughter of the late Elmer Warren McHenry and Stella Lamb McHenry Lawrence.

On December 10, 1955 she married Thurman Stanton “Jeep” Blake and they celebrated 27 years of marriage before he passed away on May 21, 1983.

She is survived by four children: Bernard Blake and wife Anna of Weston, Mary Bumgardner and husband Tim of Weston, Sherri Parks and companion Rick Posey of Weston and Terry Blake and wife Louvonne of Fort Belvoir, VA; two brothers: Leo Bernard “Bud” McHenry and wife Alice of Newport News, VA and William “Bill’ McHenry of Fayetteville, NC; three sisters: Ruth Ann Talbott and husband Darrell of Camden, Helen Marie “Dot” Butler of Weston and Carol Frances Bush of Port Deposit. MD; 12 grandchildren: Melissa Parker, Robbie Kelley, Tommy Blake, Amanda Baldwin, Brittani Grogg, Danielle Parks, Tiffani Parks, Brandon Parks, Terry D. Blake, Allison Blake, Jonathan Blake and Nickolas Blake; 11 great grandchildren: Ryan Parker, Terani Parker, Zack Kelley, Cody Kelley, Stewie Kelley, Kelsi Lewis, Ashlynn Blake, Jayson Blake, James Kaiyden Gregory, Avari Nutter and Issac Rice; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Evelyn Hope McHenry and Ada Kathleen “Kate” Hall; one niece, Susan Hall, and one infant brother, Charles Warren McHenry.

Mary Alice was retired from the Weston State Hospital with 28 years of service and was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who were the light of her life.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3 to 7 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Richard Justice officiating.

Interment will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery at Linn, WV.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Blake.

William S. “Bill” Calhoun

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William S. “Bill” Calhoun

Age 94, of Greenwood, WV departed this life on December 14, 2014.

He was born on October 25, 1920 in Pullman, WV the son of the late Willie Guile and Rebecca Dorothy Schmidt Calhoun.

Following the 1991death of his first wife, Mary Margaret Ellifritt Calhoun, mother of his children, he remarried. His second wife, Evelyn Furner Calhoun passed away in July 1999.

Bill leaves behind two daughters, Cheryl Pullen and husband, J. Mark, of Shepherdstown; Barbara Lloyd and husband, Bob of Morgantown; one son, Roger Calhoun and wife, Mary of Scott Depot; one sister, Bettie Fox of Brunswick, GA, two brothers, Jack Calhoun and wife, Doris, of West Union, and Rev. Sam Calhoun and wife, Ellen of Clinton, NJ, as well as four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friend, Dorothy Bode of West Union.

Three siblings preceded him in death: Philip Blair Calhoun, Robert Calhoun and Anita Belle Brown.

Bill was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was past president of the Doddridge County Historical Society. He was member of Mason Friendship Lodge #56 AF & AM, and VFW #3408 West Union.

Bill is a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church and also the Enon Baptist Church in Salem.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Randy Stewart presiding.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the combined Doddridge County Veterans organizations.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 4 PM - 7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Doddridge County Historical Society or the WV Chapter Alzheimer’s Association at 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Calhoun family.

Peggy Sue Adams

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Peggy Sue Adams

Age 56, of Riggins Run Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 22, 1958 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of Rachel Loughery Childers, Salem and the late Charles Childers.

She is survived by her husband David L. Adams whom she married 37 years ago.

Also surviving are one daughter, Dodi Adams Davis and husband Jason Davis, West Union, one son, David L. Adams II and companion Jessie Bickler, West Union, two sisters, June Wilt, Julia Childers, all of Salem, two brothers, Charles “Buck” Childers, Smithburg William Wade Childers, Miletus, three grandchildren, Payton, Davis, Madison Noel Adams and Dalton D. Cork. She was preceded in death by one sister, Beth Ashcraft.

Peggy was a member of the first graduating class at Liberty High School. She had been a laborer for MCT and a member of Ironworkers of American #984. She enjoyed working along her husband on their farm. Peggy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Tom Zimmerman presiding.

Interment will follow on the family farm.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM Thursday until time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mary Babb Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506 or Peoples Hospice,327 Medical Park, Drive Bridgeport, WV 26330-9952.

Spurgeon funeral Home is privileged to serve the Adams family.

Joshua David Frye

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Joshua David Frye

Age 35 of Glenville, West Virginia departed this life suddenly on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Born September 02, 1979 in Tampa, Florida, son of Paula Mazzagotte of Glenville, and John Ray Frye of Melbourne, Florida.

Surviving is 1 son, Bane Zander Frye of Glenville, 1 brother, Anthony Frye of Glenville, paternal grandmother, Hilda T. Frye of Melbourne, FL; maternal grandmother, Maxine Smith of Glenville, and 1 great aunt, Caroline “Skippy” Cusick of Glenville.

Preceding Joshua in death was his paternal grandfather, U.D. Frye,  Maternal grandfather, Nelson Smith and Step-father, Stan Mazzagotte.

Per Joshua’s request his remains will be cremated and a celebration of life will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014 with Rev. Mark James officiating.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM Thursday afternoon at the Mortuary.

Joshua was a talented landscaper for high end homes in Tampa, Florida. He was an expert in Aqua culture, enjoyed fishing, and riding ATV’s whenever possible.

Joshua was a kind and gentle soul. He was loyal, creative, and had a great sense of humor. He was his brothers protector, interpreter, best friend, and companion in a time when Anthony needed it most.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Joshua David Frye with arrangements.

Tommy Gene McHenry

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Tommy Gene McHenry

Beloved husband of the late Marjorie (nee Peters); loving father of the late Brenda K.; brother of Glen McHenry Jr., the late Mary Persinger Riffle, and Lynn McHenry.

Beloved Uncle Tommy was an employee of the Ford Motor Company, a bus driver in the Twinsburg School System.

He was a member of the Calvary Community Church.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, at Noon, Monday, December 15, 2014 with Rev. Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the McHenry Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM - Noon (the funeral hour) Monday at the Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name are suggested to The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 e. 185 St. Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Tommy McHenry with arrangements.

Bernard E. Kelley

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Bernard E. Kelley

Age 84, of Greenwood, WV (Long Run Community), departed this life on Friday, December 12, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Bernard was born February 16, 1930 on Sugar Camp in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late George and Goldie (Blake) Kelley.

Bernard was retired after 31 years of service for Carnegie-U.S. Steel Company of Pittsburgh, PA and later was transferred to the Tollgate, WV division. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Korean Conflict.

Bernard was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church.

He was also member of the Friendship Lodge #56 of West Union, WV AF&AM, and a member of the Pennsboro Commandery. He was also a member of the Doddridge County EMS serving as the past president and on the board of directors and greatly enjoyed camping and fishing. Bernard and his wife Zelma opened their house to over 200 foster children in the area for many many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Zelma E. (Britton) Kelley; children, Richard Kelley (Margaret); Cathy Richards (Ronald); Ruth Ann Richards; Linda Valentine (Todd) and his foster daughter, Sandy Clevenger, all of Greenwood, WV; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Josephine “Babe” Zucosky of Weirton, WV; Carrie Sponaugle of Sugar Camp (Doddridge County); Francis McFerren, of Weirton, WV; Carol Verner of Wooster, OH, and his brothers, Garner “Hoot” Kelley of Weirton, WV and Marvin “Jim” Kelley of Wooster, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George “Burl” Kelley and Dale Kelley.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Randy Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by West Union VFW #3508 and full Masonic rites conducted by Friendship Lodge #56.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Monday, at the funeral home.

Robert Lee Bailey

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Robert Lee Bailey

Age 72, of Gee Lick Rd. Weston, WV passed away at 8:01 AM on Friday December 12, 2014 in United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a brief illness.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on August 25, 1942 a son of the late Lee Mark Bailey and Lucille Virginia Metz Bailey.

He was twice married. First, on September 25, 1961 he married the former Karen Whelan and they were married 21 years before her passing on June 13, 1983. Then, on August 11, 1984 he married the former Jennifer Lynn Alfred, who survives, and they celebrated 30 years of marriage.

He is also survived by five children: Robert L. Bailey and wife Sheila of Jane Lew, Sharon Roush and husband Donnie of Weston, Debbie Spray of Crawford, Holly Harris and husband Mike of Weston and Amber Heater and husband Chris of Jane Lew; two brothers: Samuel L. Bailey and wife Janice of Weston and Larry Metz and wife Helen of Gassaway; three sisters: Judy Pumphrey and husband Bert, Peggy Kniceley and husband Charlie and Jeanne Burke and husband Steve all of Weston; 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was the owner and operator of Baileys Dozer Service and he worked for the WV Dept. of Highways. He was also an honored veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. Bob’s personal slice of heaven and sanctuary was his camp on the Middlefork River, where many family memories were made. He was an ‘Undercover Engineer’ who loved to tinker, fix, repair, restore, and fiddle with various projects, big and small.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Robert Bailey.

Tony Allen Keen

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Tony Allen Keen

Age 43 of Upper Horn Creek Road, Gilmer County, West Virginia departed this life suddenly Wednesday afternoon December 10, 2014.

Born February 17, 1971, in Clay County, West Virginia, son of Shirley Reger, who lives in Clay County and the late Stanley Keen.

Tony worked in the oil fields as a laborer. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, and spending time with his grand-kids.  He liked to work on vehicles, playing video games, singing, and playing the guitar.

On August 17, 2008, he was united in marriage to Norma Shaffer Keen, who survives at their Horn Creek home.

Surviving are 2 step-children, Caryl McPherson of Sutton, WV; and Sherman Lee McPherson of Huttonsville, WV;  5 brothers, Johnny, Ronnie, Stephen, Stanley and Bill Keen, 1 sister, Ruth Windam, and 1 step-brother, Sammy Snyder.

There are also 8 grandchildren surviving, Jacob McPherson, Shaniea McPherson, and Hunter McPherson of Sutton, WV; Shane Lee McPherson Michael McPherson, and Joshua King of Mt. Nebo, WV; Valarie Salisbury of Birch River, WV; and Austin McKinney of Flatwoods.

Along with his father, Tony was preceded in death by 1 step son, Fred S. McPherson Jr., 1 brother, William Keen,  and 1 step-brother, Ralph Snyder.

At the request of Tony, his remains will be cremated and the family will have graveside services at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 to help cover funeral expenses.

Sylvia Jean Cogar

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Sylvia Jean Cogar

Age 53, of Flatwoods, WV Passed away December 08, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born December 01, 1961 in Sutton, WV a daughter of the late Richard and Louise King Smith.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by son, David Shaw; brothers, Johnny Smith and James King; sister, Ida Bell Rose; stepfather, Hurl Richardson.

She is survived by husband, Craig Cogar; son, Thomas Shaw of Sutton; stepdaughter, Dorothy Jarvis of Sutton; four grandchildren, Sabryna, Lauryn, Levi, and Blayne; great grandchild, Jase Charles Coleman; siblings, Dolly Marks of Little Birch, Betty Conner of Little Birch, Barbara Cochran of Sutton, Pliant Smith of Sutton, Rose Dennison of Gassaway, Nancy Wimer of Gassaway, Theodore Smith of Nebraska, Faye Richardson of Sutton, Roy Smith of Sutton, Steve Richardson of Gassaway, Helen Rose of Sutton and Lena Dennison of Little Birch.

Service will be 2 PM Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Burial will be in the Morrison Ridge Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Carolyn Francis Bartlett

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Carolyn Francis Bartlett

Age 73, of Harrisville, WV went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long illness, on December 09, 2014.

She was born May 18, 1941, at Mellin, WV, the daughter of the late Earl Echard and Goldie Ernestine Metz Toothman.

Carolyn will be remembered most as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Together with her husband, they ran the Lindsey Bartlett & Sons family farm and Stout Hardware Company in Harrisville.

She attended the First Apostolic Church of Harrisville

She formerly worked at the Union Bank of Harrisville, and was the 4-H leader for the Washburn 4-H Club for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lindsey Monroe Bartlett; three sons, Lyle Monroe Bartlett of Harrisville, Brian Lynn Bartlett of Cairo, and Loren Shelton Bartlett (Michele) of Harrisville; brothers, Denzil Echard of Parkersburg, David Echard of Cairo, and Mark Echard of Glenville; sister, Kathryn Adams of Harrisville; one granddaughter, Rachel Bartlett; and four grandsons, Ben, Jesse, Hayden, and Landen Bartlett.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Riffle; and brothers, Wayne and Lowell Stephen Echard.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, December 13, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Alan Adams officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spruce Creek Cemetery, Lawford, WV.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM, Friday, December 12, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Harrisville Volunteer Fire Dept., 900 W. Main St., Harrisville, WV, 26362.

Harvey Lee Davisson

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Harvey Lee Davisson

Age 76, of 1294 Right Freemans Creek Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 in Charleston Area Medical Center-Memorial Division of Charleston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 10, 1938: son of the late Hazel Harvey Davisson and Genevieve Marie (Lattea) Davisson.

On December 31, 1963, he married Velma Gay (Riffle) Davisson, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters: Patricia “Trish” (Kenny) Lowther, Sandra (David) Goldsmith and Betty (Roger) Pumphrey all of Weston and four sons: Michael Davisson of Weston, Harvey H. “June” (Doris) Davisson of Walkersville and Billy (Emma) Davisson and Michael (Kayla) Davisson, Jr. both of Weston. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Marsha, Josh, Amber, Brittney, Chris, Tyler, Brandon and Shelbi Davisson, Bradley Goldsmith, Dinhia Lowther and Laura Pumphrey and six great grandchildren: Bryson O’Meara, Wyatt Davisson, Aleah Lorentz, Bronson Marple and Hunter and Riley Davisson. He was also survived by two sisters: Margaret Davisson of Weston and Lucille Davisson of Maryland and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Davisson was preceded in death by one sister: Reva Davisson and one daughter-in-law: Shelly Davisson.

Early in Mr. Davisson’s working career, he worked on the drilling rigs. He later worked for L.J. Gum Company as an equipment operator and mechanic. He retired from Weston Transfer as a mechanic.

Harvey enjoyed rabbit and coon hunting and loved to watch football and NASCAR (Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver). His greatest joy was spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids!

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Harvey Lee Davisson.

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The Free Press WV Age 85 of Stoneville, NC passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 AM after a short illness at Moorehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, NC. Geneva was born June 05, 1933 at home on Tate Creek, Glendon of Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Lanty Nathan (Nick) Gibson

The Free Press WV Passed away at his home in Webster, FL after a long illness on March 08, 2019. Nick was born January 26, 1954 to Lanty Junior Gibson of Little Birch, WV and Anna Jane (Arthur) Crouse of Yuma, AZ [....]  Read More

Charlotte Virginia Smith

The Free Press WVAge 32, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 on Fink Creek in Camden following an accident. She was born in Weston, WV on January 22, 1987: daughter of Larry Snider and Connie (Smith) Snider [ .... ]  Read More

Mary E. Props

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born December 30, 1926 to the late James A. and Ruby Riggs Wilson of Rock Camp [ .... ]  Read More

Doris J. Powell

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Akron, OH went home to be with the Lord, March 06, 2019 which was her 85th birthday. She was one of eight children born to Joseph and Jennie Costilow in West Union, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Canfield Norman Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 09, 2019 at her sisters home in Wooster, OH. She was born November 06, 1944, in Canfield, WV to the late Ira & Maude White Canfield [....]  Read More

Judy Ann Richards

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2019, at her residence. Judy was born February 04, 1955 in Pennsboro, WV a daughter of the late Dale and Mary (Wilson) Weekley [....]  Read More

Maynard G. “Red” Snodgrass

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 11, 2019 at his residence. He was born July 03, 1927 at Hazelgreen, WV, the son of the late William Francis and Lavina Summers Snodgrass [....]  Read More

Eleanor Shock

The Free Press WVAge 99, a lifelong resident of Normantown, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Hubbard House in Charleston, WV following a short illness. Eleanor was born October 19, 1919, the daughter of Marion Lee Brown and Oleta Miller Brown who preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

Francis “Pete” Waggoner

The Free Press WVAge 79, passed Thursday, March 07, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center. Francis was born to the late Harley Lee Waggoner, and Esther Lee Davis, on April 10, 1939, in Macfarlan, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Dean Mason Strickland

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Glenville, WV passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. He was born on January 18, 1939, at Widen, WV the son of the late Ellis and Valeria Strickland. Dean is survived by his wife, Mary Bland Whiting Strickland [....]  Read More

Herbert Lee Pridemore

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2019 at the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV. Herbert was born on January 28, 1941 in Madison, WV, the son of the late Hobert Lee and Dusty Mae Gibson Pridemore [....]  Read More

Viola Elizabeth Richards

The Free Press WV Age 64 of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born April 27, 1954 in Calhoun County, WV a daughter of the late Albert and Bessie (Wells) Davis [....]  Read More

Jayda Rose Lantz

The Free Press WVAge 2 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at home with her family by her side. She was born February 22, 2017 in Bridgeport, WV; the daughter of Rose Lantz [ .... ]  Read More

Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Stonewood, WV passed away after a brief illness on Friday, March 08, 2019 at her daughter’s house surrounded by loving family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Barberton, OH on March 05, 1965 the daughter of Joy Gregoire DeFazio of Stonewood and the late Charles H. Gilchrist [ .... ]  Read More

Alexander Russell Trefz

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV transitioned to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents when he was born in Weston, WV on May 17, 1937 [ .... ]  Read More

Lisa Ann Harris

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Gassaway, WV peacefully passed away and victoriously went to be with the Lord on March 07, 2019. She was born November 17, 1962 in Germany to Ruby Lockard of Gassaway and the late James E. Lockard [....]  Read More

Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

The Free Press WV 26 day old infant daughter of Mark and Lori Hainaut, Burnsville, WV joined the angels on Monday, March 4th at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Michael D. Herron

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Weston, WV, formerly of Charleston, WV son of Willard and Toni Herron of Elkins, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Charlotte, NC [....]  Read More

Carl L. Weese

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Gassaway, WV passed away March 05, 2019 at home. He was born February 05, 1945 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Carrie Muncie Weese and Curtis Weese, Sr.  [....]  Read More

David William Conner

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Sutton, WV went home to be with his Heavenly Father on March 04, 2019 at Clary Grove center in Martinsburg. He was born in Sutton on July 29, 1941 to the late Ira and Elsie Meadows Conner.  [....]  Read More

Mitsuko Paula Whipkey

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Vienna, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV and Riverdale, GA, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Marietta, OH. She was born on June 18, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan and was the daughter of the late Keikichi and Mito (Nakamura) Kobayashi [ .... ]  Read More

Jackie Lee Frazier

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, March 05, 2019 in Seller’s Personal Care Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. He was born in Jane Lew, WV on July 01, 1933: son of the late John P. Frazier and Genevieve (Paugh) Frazier [ .... ]  Read More

Jennifer Lane (Gibson) Grimm

The Free Press WV Age 39, of Laurel, MD passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019. She was born June 30, 1979 to Regina Lynn (Gibson) Loudermilk of Sutton, WV [....]  Read More

Alvy Gary Conrad

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Lewis County, WV on June 25, 1961, son of the late Virgil H. Conrad and Ellen Ruth (Pumphrey) Conrad [ .... ]  Read More

Ernestine Yvonne Walker

The Free Press WVA82, of Belpre, OH went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on March 03, 2019. She was born on Middle Run in Gilmer County, WV a daughter of the late Robert and Edith (Weaver) Moss [ .... ]  Read More

Hartzel Ray Jordan

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Walkersville, WV passed away under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor on Tuesday, March 05, 2019. He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 08, 1935 a son of the late Dave Nile and Rose Lee Cogar Jordan [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie Lou Lytle

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Frametown, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 04, 2019 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born November 22, 1942, in Clay, WV, the daughter of the late William & Goldie Hietsel Duncan [....]  Read More

James Bert “Jimmy Bert” Scott

The Free Press WV Age 82 of Alma, WV departed this life on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on August 02, 1936 in West Union, WV a son of the late Bertie Guy and Donna Bonnell Scott [....]  Read More

Billy Burke Wilson

The Free Press WVPassed away March 03, 2019 at the age of 80 surrounded by family. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Roberta and his daughters, Deb (Frank) Goff and Bea (Mark) Isner [ .... ]  Read More

Lenoris Jean “Joann” Sampson Coen

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Ivydale, WV went to be with the Lord on March 02, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 22, 1939, a daughter of the late Ivan Queen and Georgia Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

John Robert “Bob” Sprouse

The Free Press WVAge 65, of 1185 Loveberry Run Road, passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019. He was born October 28, 1953 to the late John Sprouse and Goldie (Donaldson) Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Sue Kelley

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston. She was born in Lewis County, WV on March 09, 1946 a daughter of the late William H. and Betty Louise Horner Butcher [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Lou Dennison

The Free Press WVAge 62 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness. She was born November 17, 1956 in Glenville, daughter of the late Leland and Mary Morris McCullough [ .... ]  Read More

Byron D. McCoy

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Vincent, OH, passed away Thursday February 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Sutton, WV, a son of the late I.O. “Mac” and Audrey (Fox) McCoy [ .... ]  Read More

James Victor Lambert

The Free Press WVBetter known in the community as simply Mr. Lambert, went to be with the Lord February 17, 2019. Jim Lambert was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen Pearl Lambert (Rhodes); his loving parents, Victor Clyde Lambert and Irene Augusta Lambert (Hardway)  [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Ellen Nicholson

The Free Press WVAge 89, of McCann’s Run, Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at her home on March 01, 2019. Her final days were spent being visited by and surrounded by the love and laughter of her family and friends which is what she enjoyed most in life. She was born on May 23, 1929 at Hyres Run, Burnsville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Dustin Lee “Chucky” Webb

The Free Press WV Age 35, of Normantown, WV, passed away February 28, 2019 at Brohard, WV. He was born February 06, 1984 at Spencer, WV, the son of Ricky Dale and Randi Dee Nelson Webb of Normantown, WV.  [....]  Read More

Charles William Suttle

The Free Press WV Age 92, of French Creek, WV, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at his home. He was born May 25, 1926 in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Claus and Oma Hurst Suttle [....]  Read More

Holly Dale Eagle, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Mt. Zion, WV made his final jump February 27, 2019 into the arms of Jesus, Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV. Holly was born November 02, 1923, a son of the late Holly Dale and Minnie Richards Eagle [ .... ]  Read More

Robert F. “Bob” Morris

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Seville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster. Bob was born January 02, 1932 in Dille, WV to Gene Craft and Lilly Hanshaw and was raised by his grandparents, Dwight and Genevieve Morris [....]  Read More

Margaret J. Tennant Stout

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Morgantown, WV passed away Monday, February 25, 2019. The daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Henderson Tennant, she was born July 12, 1928, in Cassville, WV [....]  Read More

Earl L. Stonestreet

The Free Press WV Age 95 of Rootstown, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at his home. He was born March 22, 1923, in Gassaway, West Virginia, to parents Letcher and Anna (Carroll) Stonestreet [....]  Read More

Mike Haymaker

The Free Press WV Age 77, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019. He was born in Arnoldsburg, WV, a son of the late Francis L. and Imogene Johnson Haymaker [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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