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Echard-Zeigler Wedding

Jessica Echard and Bryan Zeigler, both of Reston, Virginia, were united in marriage on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia.

The Reverend Chad Mugrage of First Baptist Church of Marietta, Ohio performed the double-ring ceremony, which included the Marietta College hymn, “Our God Our Help in Ages Past” and a West Virginia state song, “My Home Among the Hills.”

The bride wore a diamond white strapless gown with a jeweled sash and pick up hemline. Satin ribbon trimmed her waltz length veil and rhinestones covered her pearl earrings and back drop pearl necklace. She carried white roses wrapped in a handkerchief given to her by her late grandmother, Iva Ramsey.

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Bridesmaids wore floor length fuchsia satin gowns and groomsmen wore black tuxedos with fuchsia pocket squares.  Kate Meyer, friend and Marietta College roommate of the bride, served as maid of honor.  She was joined by bridesmaids Ashley Buehler (sister) and Joanna Wollersheim (friend).  Brother of the groom, Carl W. Zeigler served as Best Man, joined by groomsmen Chazz Belanger (friend), Chris Cunningham (friend), and Matthew Echard (brother of the bride).

Guests greeted the couple at the Sheraton Reston for a formal evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing.  The couple danced to a special rendition of “At Last” sung by the bride’s aunt, Lois Kay Budd of Navarre, Ohio and received numerous toasts and well wishes.

The bride is a 1999 graduate of Gilmer County High School, a 2003 graduate of Marietta College with a bachelor’s degree in English, and 2012 graduate of Regent University with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.  She is employed as a communications manager. She is the daughter of Mark and Cinda Echard of Glenville, West Virginia.

The groom is a 2000 graduate of C.D. Hylton Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, and a 2004 and 2006 graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor and master’s degree in computer science.  He is employed as a software engineer.  He is the son of Carl and Areta Zeigler of Dumfries, Virginia, formerly of Charleston, South Carolina.

After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple resides in Reston, Virginia.

Experts: Cut, Documentation Key in Buying Engagement Diamond

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Beyond4Cs.com, a trusted site for consumers to do research and get help in buying diamond engagement rings, posted the results of a recent survey performed by 41 industry experts. This survey sheds light on how professionals in the jewelry trade approach diamond buying from the perspective of being a consumer themselves.

For the general public and first time shoppers, this survey presents a rare opportunity to get insights in diamond buying; a process that is often overwhelming and confusing to the layman.

Commenting on the results of the expert roundup, Paul Gian the founder of Beyond4Cs.com said, “Cut was by far the most important factor that the experts consider when purchasing a diamond. However, it is no coincidence that more than half of the respondents list cut as a top priority. This is because cut is really what determines the sparkle and brilliance of the diamond.“

He further added, “Following cut, the importance of a reliable grading report came in as the 2nd biggest factor. This may come as a surprise to many people because it is the experts themselves who are asking for a report now.

Mind you, these are people who either had years of experience or have the ability to grade diamonds themselves. Yet, many would refuse to buy a diamond in a store without the proper documentations and that’s something worth to bear in mind for shoppers.“

Paul Gian also said, “The tables have really turned this time. Besides cut and grading report, there are many other factors that the experts had listed as being important to them. Through this survey, consumers can get a better understanding into the thought process of professionals and hopefully, apply some of this knowledge towards their own purchase.“

To find out more details about the interviews with the industry experts, visit: beyond4cs.com/2014/07/expert-roundup/

Echard-Zeigler Engagement

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Echard-Zeigler Engagement

Together with their parents, Jessica Echard and Bryan Zeigler of Reston, Virginia happily announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding.

The bride is a 1999 graduate of Gilmer County High School, a 2003 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marietta College with a bachelor’s degree in English, and a 2012 graduate of Regent University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is currently employed by Miller & Smith in Tysons Corner, VA.  She is the daughter of Mark and Cinda Echard of Glenville, WV.

The groom is a 2000 graduate of C.D. Hylton Senior High School in Woodbridge, VA, and a 2004 and 2006 graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor and master’s degree in computer science.  He is employed as a software engineer.  He is the son of Carl and Areta Zeigler of Dumfries, VA, formerly of Charleston, SC.

The couple will wed on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at McLean Presbyterian Church with Rev. Chad Mugrage performing the ceremony.  A black-tie optional dinner and dancing reception will follow at the Sheraton Reston.

Evans-Williams

The families of Hannah Danielle Evans and Nicholas Tyler Williams announce the couple’s engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Brian Evans of Elkins, WV and the late Christina Evans. She is a 2008 graduate of Tucker County High School, and she will graduate from Fairmont State University in 2013 with a degree in secondary education with a specialization in social studies. She is the granddaughter of Milton and Eloise Evans of Thomas, Rosalie and Keith Winters of Horse Shoe Run and the late Larry Schoonmaker.

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Her fiancé is the son of Jeff and Maria Williams of Sutton, WV. He is a 2009 graduate of Braxton County High School and is a current student at Fairmont State University, majoring in civil engineering. He is the grandson of Jim and Shirley Williams of Sutton and the late Wesley and Fernie Frame.

A spring 2014 wedding is being planned.

Dye-Beall

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Ashley Ann Dye of Mineral Wells and Larry Dean Beall of Harrisville, WV announce their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Clinton Epler of Parkersburg and Brenda Windland of Mineral Wells.

She is a 1999 graduate of Parkersburg South High School and is employed at Highmark, WV.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of the late Bernard and Mary Ellen Beall of Harrisville, WV.

He is a 1983 graduate of Harrisville High School and a graduate of Glenville State College.

He is employed at Speedway as a district manager.

A July 30 wedding is planned, with a reception to immediately follow the ceremony.

The couple will live in Mineral Wells.

Yeater-Richards

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Barry and Marcie Yeater and Mitchell and Cynthia Richards announce the engagement of their children, Amanda Dawn Yeater and Isaiah Mitchell Lee Richards.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Norma Bowyer of New Milton, David Bowyer of Alma and Orma Yeater and the late Don Yeater of West Union. She is a 2010 graduate of Doddridge County High School and is a senior at Glenville State College.

The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Waveline Swiger and the late Herbert Swiger of Summers and the late Eddie and Neva Richards. He is a 2011 graduate of horizontal engineering from Fort Leonardwood, MO, for West Virginia Army National Guard. He is employed at Blue Dot Energy Services in Bridgeport.

An open church wedding is planned for August 03, 2012 at the Smithburg United Methodist Church in Smithburg.

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West Virginia State Folk Festival 2012
First Wedding in the Gazebo
Downtown Park
Glenville, WV

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Glenville: First Gazebo Wedding at The Folk Festival – 06.22.12

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The First Gazebo Wedding at The West Virginia State Folk Festival will be held this year.

Dotty Burgess and Stephen Carreiro will be getting married in the gazebo, Downtown Park at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 22, 2012.

Nicholas-West

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Melissa Gail Nicholas of Orma, WV and Tracy Trent West of Walker, WV announce their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Denver and the late Missouria Kay Nicholas.

She is a 1995 Calhoun County High School graduate and 2003 Glenville State College graduate with a bachelor’ degree in behavioral science.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Diane Yoak of Walker and Charles West of Chicago, IL.

He is a Calhoun graduate.

A wedding is planned for June 16 at the Nicholas Family Farm.

After honeymooning in Tennessee, the couple will reside in Orma.

Aspy - Conley

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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Aspy, of Beech Lick Run in Doddridge County, WV announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Risley Aspy, to David Cook Conley, son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Ellis Conley of Fairmont and formerly of Elkins.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Helen Cropp Donithan of Salem and the late Bill R. Cropp and Quentin Donithan, and the late Kenneth and Evelyn Aspy, formerly of Clarksburg. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and received her Masters of Physician Assistant in May 2011 from Alderson-Broaddus College.

Her fiance is the grandson of the late Gary and Anna Eloyse Conley, and the late William and Anna Montgomery. He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and will receive his master’s degree in health care administration in May from Marshall University, where he is currently employed.

The wedding will take place on May 26, 2012 at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Scott Depot.

Yost—Wilson

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Billie Yost and Justin Wilson were united in marriage April 07, 2012 in Burnsville, WV.

The bride is the daughter of Deanna Yost of Burnsville and the late William Yost.

She is a graduate of Braxton County High School and Glenville State College.

She is employed by Viking Pool Company.

The groom is the son of Roger and Donna Wilson of Big Bend, WV.

He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Glenville State College.

He is employed by Viking Pool Company.

After a honeymoon to the Florida Keys, the couple will reside in Burnsville, WV.

Long-Smith Engagement

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Thomas Long of New Haven, West Virginia, and Nancy Long of Sutton, West Virginia, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney Michele Long of New Haven, to John Hudson Smith, V, of Hartford. Smith is the son of John Smith IV and Bonnie Smith of Hartford, West Virginia.

Long is a 2008 graduate of Wahama High School and is currently a student at Marshall University majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is currently employed with Bob’s Market and Greenhouses.

Smith is a 2001 graduate of Wahama High School and a 2005 graduate of Glennville State College with a BSBA managment. He is currently employed with American Electric Power at the General James M. Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio.

The couple is planning a July 2012 wedding at the Soul Harvest Church of Mason, West Virginia.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 01.18.12

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Special Family Court Judge Jeff Hall from Webster County presided over Family Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.


•  One divorce was finalized: Robyn Ellison (31) of Burnsville divorced Joshua Ellison (27) of Glenville.


•  A temporary order was entered in another divorce case.

•  One other divorce was granted but the order is still being prepared.

•  One divorce was dismissed.

•  Another divorce hearing was rescheduled prior to the Family Court Judge appearing.


•  At Noon the Judge performed one marriage between James Edward Ash and Susan Shaw.

Goff-Topper

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Together with their parents, Melanie A. Goff and Shawn W. Topper, both of Pullman, WV, announce their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lizetta Goff and the late Roy “Dean” Goff of Pullman. She is the granddaughter of the late Ruth and Joe Goff of Pullman and the late Ernest Henry Clark Sr. and Audra Clark of Cairo, WV. She is a 2004 graduate of Ritchie County High School and 2010 graduate of Bridgemont Community College with an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy. She is employed as a respiratory therapist at Camden Clark Medical Center of Parkersburg.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of George and Jeannie Topper of Pullman. He is the grandson of Joyce Topper and the late George Topper Sr. of Pennsylvania and Delores and Charles Patton Sr. of Pennsylvania. He is a 2007 graduate of Ritchie County High School. He is employed by Serco of Ellenboro, WV.

Langford-Arnedo

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Valerie Ann Langford and Enrique Javier Arnedo Rojas were united in marriage in an afternoon ceremony on October 16, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Church in Ocean Springs, Miss. The Rev. Henry McInerney officiated the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Langford of Pullman, WV. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Enrique Javier Arnedo Ibanez of Madrid, Spain.

The bride was escorted by her father. She wore an ivory trumpet gown with an empire waist and cap sleeves adorned with pearls and crystals with champagne under laying and a chapel train. Her hairpiece was matching pearls and ivory feather, and her wedding necklace and rings were gifts from both families. She carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, calli lilies, roses and assorted greenery in keeping with the fall season.

The bride’s sister, Gloria Marie Bava of Petersburg, WV, was the maid of honor. Friend of the bride, Elizabeth A. Quave of Ocean Springs, Miss., served as a bridesmaid. The attendants wore formal gowns in shades of guava and carried flowers in shades of assorted fall flowers.

The best man was Rafael E. Arnedo Rojas and the groomsman was Benjamin Arnedo Rojas of Madrid, Spain, both brothers of the groom. Serena Marie Bava, niece of the bride, was the flower girl.

She wore a gown in guava and carried a wicker basket of flowers in autumn shades. Nour Zayed, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. Hussain Al-Shibib, a friend of the couple, served as usher.

Participating as readers in the ceremony were sister of the groom, Marina Zayed Arnedo, of Ocean Springs; Carlos Jesus Arnedo, uncle of the groom, of Madrid; and aunt of the bride, June Langford Berkley of Worthington, Ohio. Music for the ceremony was provided by Richard Sawyer, friend of the bride and groom.

Following the ceremony, the couple greeted guests during a patio reception at Gulf Hills Hotel and later hosted wedding guests at a dinner in the banquet room of the hotel.

The bride is a graduate of Ritchie County High School. She attended West Virginia Community College and is certified and has a degree in nuclear medical technology. She is advancing her degree in this field at Ferris State University and is employed as a nuclear medicine technologist at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss.

The groom was educated in Formento de Centros de Esenanza, Colegio El Pardo in Madrid, earning his undergraduate degree in magisterio educacion infantil and his graduate degree in magisterio educacion primaria in Spain. He worked in Ireland prior to earnhing his bachelor’s degree as an air transport pilot in Spain, completing his education in Atlanta, GA.

The couple is planning a honeymoon in Europe this coming summer in conjunction with another wedding reception in Madrid with friends and family from Europe.

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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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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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