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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.

Leon L. Stump

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Leon L. Stump

Age 94, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Providence Health Care Center.

Born February 12, 1920 in Apple Farm, Calhoun County, West Virginia he was a son of the late Farris E. and Hallie Stump and the husband of the late Elizabeth Lucille (DeWeese) Stump who passed away October16, 2006.

He had worked as a cut off operator for B&W and had also worked at the Beaver Valley Country Club.

He was a member of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, James L. and Peggy Stump of Middleton, PA, Robert W. and Dianna Stump of East Palestine, OH, Richard L. Stump of East Palestine, Ronald Stump of Beaver Falls; a very special granddaughter who formerly resided with him, Lenora Lewis; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Ellie And John Elliott of Millstone WV and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Friends were received on Friday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the A.D. Campbell Funeral Home, 1326 Eighth Avenue, Beaver Falls, where funeral services was conducted on Saturday at 12 Noon, with his Pastor Joe Schiren of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Interment followed in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver Boro.

Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the College Hill Church of the Nazarene, 3600 4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

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.

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The Free Press WVAge 67, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Walkersvill, WV on May 11, 1951, son of the late Silbert Harley Workman and Dorthy Dell (Peterson) Workman [ .... ]  Read More

Michelle Lea Maxwell

The Free Press WVAge 46, of Princeton, WV passed away Monday, July 02, 2018.  Born June 13, 1972, in Weston, WV, she was the daughter of William Russell Forinash and Montasue Dotson Forinash of Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Eugene Sinnett

The Free Press WV Age 68, of Harrisville, WV passed away peacefully, July 12, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.  He was born December 27, 1949 in Harrisville, WV, the son of the late Hazel Duelley (Sinnett)  [....]  Read More

Adam Ryan Huntz

The Free Press WV Age 37, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, July 09, 2018. He was born in Buckhannon, WV on September 01, 1980 a son of Michael Lynn Huntz and Judy Kaye Thoms Huntz both of Weston, WV [....]  Read More

Shirley “Dot” Temple (Smith) Anderson

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Tunnel Fork Road, Gassaway, WV went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 05, 2018 at her Residence. Dot was born in Charleston, WV on April 23, 1937 to the late James E. Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Franklin D. Helmick III

The Free Press WV Age 41 of Leesport, PA. departed this world on June 26, 2018. He was born on June 04, 1977 in Reading, PA to Kathleen Peterson Morrison and Franklin D Helmick Jr.  [....]  Read More

Sandra Jean (Ryant) Prince

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Homestead Lane, Heaters, WV slipped away peacefully at her home on June 26, 2018. Sandra was born on March 29, 1950 in Cleveland, OH to the late James Elmer Ryant and Rose (Logo) Ryant [ .... ]  Read More

James A. “Al” Haney

The Free Press WV Age 93 of Chapel Route, Gassaway, WV peacefully departed this life and passed on to eternity on June 25, 2018 [....]  Read More

Benjamin Forrest Carr

The Free Press WV On the morning of July 02, 2018 at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg, WV, Benjamin Forrest Carr was carried home in the arms of the angels. Benny was born September 22, 1938 in Wilsie, WV [....]  Read More

Ruth Ann Hefner

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Town Run Road, Weston, West Virginia, left this earth and has updated her address to the Graceland in the sky and is now reunited with the love of her life Oras “Buck” Hefner, whom she married on September 16, 1964 [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis Jewell Villers

The Free Press WVAge 88 years of age, departed this life on July 08, 2018 in a Hospice room at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born at home on Little Creek in Calhoun County, WV on June 15, 1930, a son of the late Walter and Carrie (Cooper) Villers [ .... ]  Read More

Kevin “Porky” Showalter

The Free Press WVAge 43, of Sutton, WV passed away July 09, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born August 05, 1974 at Gassaway, WV to the late Lynn Howard Showalter and Sandra Sue (Bright) Showalter [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Lou Casto

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Crooked Fork Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at her home following a brief illness. She was born in Upshur County, WV on November 25, 1955: daughter of the late Betty Lou Rivers [ .... ]  Read More

Forest Junior Morris

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Millstone, WV passed away on Sunday, July 08, 2018 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV following a short illness. He was born May 29, 1934, a son of the late Dessie Morris Wilford [ .... ]  Read More

George F. Winspear

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, July 08, 2018 at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew, WV. He was born October0 2, 1938 in New York, NY, a son of the late George G. and Aglae Gates Winspear [....]  Read More

Adele Stanley McDougal

The Free Press WV Today Heaven gained a new soprano. Adele Stanley McDougal passed away in the comforts of her own home surrounded with love. Addie was born April 14, 1934 in Pullman, WV [....]  Read More

James Lee King

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Broad Street Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, July 07, 2018 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 25, 1965: son of the late Harold King and Catherine (Bleigh) Gower [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Ruth Burns-Boone

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2018 at age 84.  She was born to the late Jack Carl Burns and Mae Minney-Burns on March 30, 1934 [ .... ]  Read More

James Norman Flesher

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Buckhannon, WV departed this life on Saturday, July 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. He was born April 13, 1940, in Weston, WV, a son of the late John and Helen Kniceley Flesher [ .... ]  Read More

Dorothy Pauline Dotson

The Free Press WVAge 102, formerly of Calhoun County passed away July 08, 2018 in Bradenton, Florida. She was born January 14, 1916 in Kanawha County, WV, daughter of Dwight Lyman and Opha Mae Hylbert Walker [ .... ]  Read More

Autumn Nicole Means

The Free Press WVAge 27, of Weston, EV passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018. She was born September 13, 1990, a daughter of Clinton Wade Means and the late Betty Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Bergin Sleigh Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 84, passed away at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 05, 2018. She was born May 22, 1934 in Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Lawrence Burke Riley, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Weston, WV passed away July0 4, 2018 at Wyngate Senior Living Community in Weirton, WV following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV April 10, 1935, a son of Lawrence Burke Riley, Sr. and Alice Edwards Riley [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin Elijah Kelley

The Free Press WVInfant son of Travis Kelley and Daisy Posey, passed away Thursday, July 05, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born June 25, 2018 in Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

John William Oliver

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Weston, WV passed away at 1:14 PM on Thursday, July 05, 2018, surrounded by loving family. He was born in Weston, WV on March 20, 1942 a son of the late William Walter Oliver and Katherine Mildred Ervin Oliver [ .... ]  Read More

Russell Scott Porterfield

The Free Press WV Age 46, of 2nd Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 01, 2018 at home. He was born in Richwood, WV on March 08, 1972, to his parents John and Phyllis Porterfield of Jane Lew, WV [....]  Read More

Joseph Alexander Colkett

The Free Press WVAge 28, of Parkersburg,WV passed away July 05, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born October 19, 1989 at La Union Copan Honduras the son of Stephen Vernon and Diana Patchell Colkett of Harrisville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Royal Donavon Cox II

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Cottageville, WV, passed away July 03, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant. He was born March 28, 1953 at Parkersburg, WV, the son of Royal Donavon Cox I of Pullman and the late Mary Virginia Tanzey Cox [....]  Read More

Linda Lou Toothman

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Harrisville, WV passed away July 04, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. She was born June0 8, 1951 at Fort Campbell, KY, the daughter of the late Hobert Ray and Tencie Pearl Eakle Reed [....]  Read More

Doit Leon Koppler

The Free Press WVCaptain U.S. Army (Retired), age 80, of New Milton, WV departed this life on Monday, July 02, 2018.  He was born in Wabash Township, IL on December 24, 1937, a son of the late Leon F. Koppler and Lila J. Lee Morrison [ .... ]  Read More

Gladys Squires

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, July 02, 2018, at Mansfield Place in Philippi, WV. She was born July 26, 1923, in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Oral B. and Sadie Nutt Lake [ .... ]  Read More

Dianna Lynn Smith

The Free Press WV Age 68, of West Union, WV, passed away July 03, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. She was born November 29, 1949 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Raymond P. and Margaret L.Metz [....]  Read More

Georgia “Ginger” Whitehair Atkinson

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Tuesday July 03, 2018 at her residence. She was born on July 15, 1939 in Ritchie County a daughter of the late George D. and Nina (Jewel) Whitehair [ .... ]  Read More

Phyllis E. Frame Wickline McCormick

The Free Press WV Age 87, was born on February 16, 1931 and celebrated the meeting of her Savior on June 30, 2018 after a long illness [....]  Read More

Philip David Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 59, of the Little Bull Run community of Glenville, WV passed on June 29, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones after a battle with cancer.  He was born to Mary Helen McLaughlin Skidmore and Scott Skidmore at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up in the Cedarville/Copen Communities [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald W. “Ron” Collins

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Arnoldsburg , WV passed away quietly at his home on July 03, 2018. He was surrounded by family. He was born June0 6, 1939 in Freed, WV, a son of the late Willie and Nancy Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Ray A. Watts Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Haddox’s Run, Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 in Parkersburg, WV. He was born on Tuesday, March 21, 1939, in Lincoln County, WV, a son of the late Samuel and Pearl Watts [....]  Read More

Carolyn Sue (Sprouse) Peters

The Free Press WVAge 70 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at United Hospital Center.  She was born July 22, 1947 in Butcher Forks, Gilmer County, WV, daughter of Wilbur and Mae Frashure Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Janet (Stump) Sturm

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Powells Point, NC, departed this life July 03, 2018 at Wyngate Senior Living surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 09, 1935 in Stumptown, WV, the daughter of the late Victor and Ina (Fowler) Stump Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Bratton Groves

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Sutton, WV passed away Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born August 06, 1928 in Braxton County, WV to the late Charles Bratton & Lydia Margaret Eagle Groves [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Azalee Carr Perrine

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Elizabeth, WV passed away July 03, 2018 at the Willows Center, Parkersburg, WV. She was born April 15, 1924 in Braxton County, WV to the late William Houston and Anna Iowa Dobbins Carr [....]  Read More

Donna Lou Duelley

The Free Press WV Age 52 of Grass Run Road, Normantown, WV; departed this life at 12:17 PM; Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston, WV; following an extended illness. She was born on October 19, 1965 in Gassaway, WV; daughter of the late Paul and Virginia Burns Jenkins [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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