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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 94, passed away December 08, 2017 in Marietta, OH. Mary was born April 27, 1923 in Harrisville, WV but lived most of her life in Williamstown.

James E. Pfaff

The Free Press WVAge 74 of Parkersburg, WV and Pullman, WV passed away at OSU Wexer Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on December 08, 2017.

Rodney Alan Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away at 3 PM on Friday, December 08, 2017 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport in hospice care, with his loving family by his side.

Zona “Zonie” Maxine Timms

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Hinzman Street, Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 7:30 PM on Friday, December 08, 2017 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

Ruth Emogene Quinn Bennett

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Summersville, WV passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at the Summersville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

Helen Summers Cokeley

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 07, 2017 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV.

Thomas Anthony Coughlin

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Weston, WV, formerly of Cottage Avenue, passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial of Weston following an extended illness.

Jim Smith

The Free Press WVA native of Gilmer County, WV, Smith had a long career in education on the local and state levels.

Readers' Recent Comments

The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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