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GSC Professor Serves on Local Broadband Committee

The Free Press WV

Rural users have a lower likelihood to have access to a high-speed internet connection according to several recent polls. One local organization is looking to change that.

The Clay-Calhoun-Roane Broadband Development Committee is aiming to help bring affordable, available, and reliable broadband services to the area. This investment in infrastructure can lead to expansions in business and entrepreneurship, broader educational opportunities, better access to tele-commuting and tele-medicine options, and much more.

Serving on the Committee and representing Calhoun County is Glenville State College’s Associate Professor of Physical Science Larry Baker. He, along with others from the county, are working with the Calhoun County Commission to try and make progress toward broadband expansion.

“GSC hopes to release two college degree programs that are 100% online in the near future. It is important our local service area has the bandwidth and access needed to access these courses and obtain a college degree,” said Baker. “GSC has been a leader in pushing for high speed internet access to our local service areas and acting in the best interest of students in the development and implementation of its academic programs and student support services,” he continued.

If you’re interested in helping the committee establish better broadband service in Calhoun County, Clay County or Roane County please visit www.bb4wv.org or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bb4wv.

Schools in 28 Counties to Ask for SBA Funding

The Free Press WV

School superintendents from nearly 30 West Virginia counties will be in the Capital City to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.

In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.

Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.

“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.

Summaries of the projects, in the order they’ll be presented to the SBA on both Monday and Tuesday, are as follows:


LINCOLN COUNTY
Lincoln County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,129,270 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,329,270. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Guyan Valley Middle School (partial), Midway Elementary School,
Hamlin PK-8 School (partial), Duval PK-8 School, and Ranger Elementary.


RITCHIE COUNTY
Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.


WAYNE COUNTY
Wayne County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,686,750 and will be providing $150,000 in local funds for a total of $3,836,750. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a roof replacement to correct indoor air quality and water
infiltration issues at Spring Valley High School.


WOOD COUNTY
Wood County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $8,400,600 and will be providing $1,591,400 in local funds for a total of $9,992,000. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Wood County Technical Center, which include additional space for for expanding enrollment and programs. Also, this will allow Wood County to house all programs within one facility in increase operating efficiency.


WIRT COUNTY
Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.


PLEASANTS COUNTY
Pleasants County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $464,494. They are providing $81,969 in local funds for a total of $546,463. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in order to more adequately address today’s school access safety standards.


MONROE COUNTY
Monroe County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $16,242,000 and will be providing $1,192,000 in local funds for a total of $3,758,000 upon the passage of a local bond issue and is requesting an additional $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $22,192,000. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Peterstown PK-8 School. Should this project be funded, the existing Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School will close and a new 750 student facility will be built in the Peterstown area.


MONONGALIA COUNTY
Monongalia County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $4,024,133 and will be providing $1,341,377 in local funds for a total of $5,365,510. These funds will be used for classroom addition and school access safety upgrades and other building renovations to the existing Morgantown High School.


MINERAL COUNTY
Mineral County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $8,718,368 and will be providing $500,000 in local funds for a total of $9,218,368 for interior renovations at Keyser Middle School, reconfiguring the facilities original open-concept floor plan into
more traditional spaces.


PRESTON COUNTY
Preston County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,292,400 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $1,292,400. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Bruceton PK-8 School and Kingwood Elementary School.


TUCKER COUNTY
Tucker County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $828,647 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $828,647. These funds will be used for a new roof replacement and site drainage improvements to assist with water infiltration issues at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle School.


WEBSTER COUNTY
Webster County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,489,390 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $6,489,390. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Webster County High School. The work proposed includes exterior façade wall repairs, HVAC unit replacement, sidewalk replacement, flooring replacement, door security hardware upgrades, and a middle school gym addition.


CALHOUN COUNTY
Calhoun County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118. These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.


BRAXTON COUNTY
Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.


MASON COUNTY
Mason County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $482,261 and will be providing $53,585 in local funds for a total of $535,846. These funds will be used for building automation and fire alarm system upgrades at Roosevelt Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, and Point Pleasant Middle/High School and Career Center.


KANAWHA COUNTY
Kanawha County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,992,759 and will be providing $1,748,190 in local funds for a total of $8,740,949. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a new roof replacement at Ben Franklin Career Center.


CABELL COUNTY
Cabell County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $6,618,539 and will be providing $6,618,539 in local funds, for a total of $13,237,078. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Highlawn Elementary School on the site of the old Enslow Middle School. The existing Enslow Middle School building, with the exception of the gymnasium, will be demolished in order to build the new 300 student facility within the Highlawn neighborhood.


CLAY COUNTY
Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.


MINGO COUNTY
Mingo County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $916,365 and will be providing $310,000 in local funds for a total of $1,226,365. These funds will be used to transform Gilbert Middle School into a renovated Gilbert PK-8. Should this project be funded, the existing Gilbert Elementary will close.


MERCER COUNTY
Mercer County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $10,704,032 and will be providing $1,500,000 in local funds for a total of $12,204,032 for the construction of a new PK-2 Elementary School. Should this project be funded, at the conclusion of
construction of this facility, Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Elementary will close. Two additional Pre-K classrooms will be included to accommodate additional Pre-K students. Additional space for special education students from this attendance area, that are currently being transported out of area, will also be included to allow for reduced travel times.


TYLER COUNTY
Tyler County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,414,800 and will be providing $157,200 in local funds for a total of $1,572,000. These funds will be used for new roofs at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.


RANDOLPH COUNTY
Randolph County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,178,645 and will be providing $100,000 in local funds for a total of $6,278,645. These funds will be used for renovations and additions to Beverly Elementary School and George Ward
Elementary School to accommodate for the additional students as a result of the closures of Valley Head Elementary and Homestead Elementary Schools.


MARSHALL COUNTY
Marshall County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $693,780 and will be providing $341,713 in local funds for a total of $1,035,493. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, and Moundsville Middle School.


HANCOCK COUNTY
Hancock County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $1,000,000 and will be providing $270,000 in local funds for a total of $1,270,000. These funds will be used for a new roof at Weir Middle School.


HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Hampshire County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $168,562 and will be providing $56,188 in local funds for a total of $224,750. These funds will be used for a partial roof replacement at Augusta Elementary School.


PENDLETON COUNTY
Pendleton County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $2,564,624 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $2,764,624. These funds will be used for new HVAC systems at Pendleton County Middle/High School and North Fork Elementary School.


UPSHUR COUNTY
Upshur County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $546,164 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $546,164. These funds will be used for a roof replacement at Tennerton Elementary School to correct numerous issues which have caused roof leaks in several areas of the building.


WYOMING COUNTY
Wyoming County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,054,500 and is requesting $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $4,054,500. These funds will be used for a roof replacement to correct water infiltration issues and an HVAC system upgrade to improve indoor air quality at Wyoming East High School.


Local funding helps, Blackwell said, but “It’s not required because there may be a county that just has a daggone need that just does not have the revenue to match it in any way, but it’s a desperate need and, I think, the SBA will fund it.”

The SBA meeting for presentations begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

Since 1989, Blackwell said the SBA had allocated more than $3 billion total for school projects across West Virginia.

“That’s a lot of money and a lot of improvements that have been made out in our county school systems,” he said.

2017: The Final High School Football Playoff Ratings from the WVSSAC

CLASS AAA

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1HUNTINGTON16.510033612811748
2MARTINSBURG15.71005708911740
3UNIVERSITY15.210039418611735
4SPRING VALLEY12.6823901669630
5MUSSELMAN11.7823952219324
6CAPITAL11.1733762108427
7PARKERSBURG10.4733542638123
8HEDGESVILLE9.7733332628413
9HURRICANE9.5642452596332
10JOHN MARSHALL8.7733252007215
11WHEELING PARK8.5643242586916
12CABELL MIDLAND7.8554033406018
13GEORGE WASHINGTON7.2552251775715
14SPRING MILLS7.1552112566011
15MORGANTOWN6.6462022594818
16SOUTH CHARLESTON5.8461312614810
17ST. ALBANS5.646023332045
18RIVERSIDE5.246026828845
19RIPLEY4.946024527339
20PARKERSBURG SOUTH4.137019828536
21BROOKE3.837013126336
22BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR3.637013228733
23WASHINGTON3.537021640633
24PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL2.928014734221
25GREENBRIER EAST2.528016233324
26HAMPSHIRE2.428018139321
27WOODROW WILSON1.419011138412
28PRINCETON1.21901353309
29JEFFERSON00100994430

CLASS AA

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1MINGO CENTRAL13.61005632029046
2BLUEFIELD13.61004741089937
3BRIDGEPORT12.6913301338739
4FAIRMONT SENIOR12.2913811348438
5WAYNE11.1913771817833
6JAMES MONROE10.1823541747823
7POINT PLEASANT9.9824161527227
8LIBERTY (Harrison)9.6823512436927
9NICHOLAS COUNTY9.6823411566333
10PHILIP BARBOUR9.1822731886625
11WINFIELD8.7734772006324
12SISSONVILLE8.7732852656324
13KEYSER8.7732991967215
14WEIR8.2733731416913
15BRAXTON COUNTY8.1732842046318
16ROBERT C. BYRD8643492715426
17PIKEVIEW7.873031719654
18LINCOLN7.464031831357
19NORTH MARION764037827557
20INDEPENDENCE6.664019014051
20CHAPMANVILLE6.664029028354
22WESTSIDE6.364027124251
23BERKELEY SPRINGS6.264032024145
24ELKINS655026023348
25SHADY SPRING5.755020318245
26CLAY COUNTY5.364022316345
26OAK HILL5.355022528939
28PETERSBURG4.655028128136
29SCOTT4.346029435333
30HERBERT HOOVER3.237018134527
31GRAFTON3.137017431224
32WYOMING EAST2.328012730618
33LOGAN2.228021441218
34NITRO2.128011936918
34RIVER VIEW2.128013636515
36FRANKFORT1.928024235718
36POCA1.928023340015
38OAK GLEN HIGH SCHOOL1.828018845918
39Lewis County1.319015930112
40EAST FAIRMONT1.11901283379
41MAN HIGH SCHOOL11901212819
42ROANE COUNTY001001523430
42LIBERTY (Raleigh)00100953730

CLASS A

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1EAST HARDY10.91003961216940
2SOUTH HARRISON10.5914381135748
3MIDLAND TRAIL9.4913831346331
4TUG VALLEY9.3913191006033
5ST. MARYS9813761235130
6WEBSTER COUNTY8.9913221725732
7CAMERON7.9914771105425
8MADONNA7.6823001674828
9SHERMAN7.482349985420
10WHEELING CENTRAL7.3642791934528
11SUMMERS COUNTY 7.1642602003932
12DODDRIDGE COUNTY7.182397834823
13POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.2732691774517
14FAYETTEVILLE6.1642442584219
15RICHWOOD6.1642962253625
16WILLIAMSTOWN5.44543192103019
17RAVENSWOOD555021422733
18TYLER CONSOLIDATED4.855036126730
19VAN4.7845025223627
20VALLEY (Wetzel)4.764017521636
21CLAY-BATTELLE4.564031021636
22WAHAMA4.455020920730
23MOUNT VIEW4.246026234230
24WIRT COUNTY3.755023627730
25NOTRE DAME3.646024338824
26MAGNOLIA3.446027327524
27MONTCALM3.2245018520324
28MEADOW BRIDGE2.937012429718
29VALLEY (Fayette)2.837016728621
30TUCKER COUNTY2.337013426218
31PENDLETON COUNTY2.237024630218
32GREENBRIER WEST2.128018030812
33GILMER COUNTY237015131218
34BUFFALO1.928010928915
35TOLSIA1.828015936312
36TYGARTS VALLEY1.428015035812
36PADEN CITY1.428016737712
38HANNAN1.228010634112
38RITCHIE COUNTY1.228012935212
40MOOREFIELD00100754050
40PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC0080642910
40CALHOUN COUNTY00100744680
40HUNDRED0090564130




2017: High school football playoff pairings and times

Dates and times announced for the high school football playoff opening round games.

 

CLASS AAA

Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM

# 15 Morgantown (4-6) at # 2 Martinsburg (10-0)

# 14 Spring Mills (5-5) at # 3 University (10-0)

# 13 George Washington (5-5) at # 4 Spring Valley (8-2)

# 11 Wheeling Park (6-4) at # 6 Capital (7-3)

# 10 John Marshall (7-3) at # 7 Parkersburg (7-3)

# 9 Hurricane (6-4) at # 8 Hedgesville (7-3)

Saturday, November 11 at 1:30 PM

# 16 South Charleston (4-6) at # 1 Huntington (10-0)

# 12 Cabell Midland (5-5) at # 5 Musselman (8-2)

 

Class AA Pairings

# 16 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) at # 1 Mingo Central (10-0)

# 15 Braxton County (7-3) at # 2 Bluefield (10-0)

# 14 Weir (7-3) at # 3 Bridgeport (9-1)

# 13 Keyser (7-3) at # 4 Fairmont Senior (9-1)

# 12 Sissonville (7-3) at # 5 Wayne (9-1)

# 11 Winfield (7-3) at # 6 James Monroe (8-2)

# 10 Philip Barbour (8-2) at # 7 Point Pleasant (8-2)

# 9 Nicholas County (8-2) at # 8 Liberty Harrison (8-2)

 

Class A Pairings

# 16 Williamstown (5-4) at # 1 East Hardy (10-0)

# 15 Richwood (6-4) at # 2 South Harrison (9-1)

# 14 Fayetteville (6-4) at # 3 Midland Trail (9-1)

# 13 Pocahontas County (7-3) at # 4 Tug Valley (9-1)

# 12 Doddridge County (8-2) at # 5 St. Marys (8-1)

# 11 Summers County (6-4) at # 6 Webster County (9-1)

# 10 Wheeling Central (6-4) at # 7 Cameron (9-1)

# 9 Sherman (8-2) at # 8 Madonna (8-2)

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 11

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 11 Games
Gilmer County (3-7) 18 #11 Braxton County (7-3) 27
Meadow Bridge (3-7) 34 Sissonville (7-3) 34
Roane County (0-10) 20 #7 Parkersburg (7-3) 27
 Independence (6-4) 24 Parkersburg South (3-7) 24
#12 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) 20 Tyler Consolidated (5-5) 14
#13 Philip Barbour (8-2) 21 #5 St. Marys (8-1) 55
#8 Doddridge County (8-2) 67 #7 Cameron (9-1) 65
Parkersburg Catholic (0-8) 6 Hannan (2-8) 0
Wirt County (5-5) 8 Tolsia (2-8) 0
#10 Sherman (8-2) 55 #16 Williamstown (5-4) 42
Notre Dame (4-6) 14 Valley (Wetzel) (6-4) 45
Tucker County (3-7) 12 Paden City (2-8) 6
#2 South Harrison (A) (9-1) 40 #6 Webster County (A) (9-1) 8
#6 Liberty Harrison (8-2) 0 Clay County (6-4) 6
#14 Lincoln (6-4) 21 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (3-7) 14
#4 Bridgeport (9-1) 56 Elkins (5-5) 47
#13 Richwood (A) (6-4) 7  
#10 Nicholas County (8-2) 42
BYE WEEK:  Calhoun County, Lewis County, Ritchie County

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Halloween Open House 2017

On Thursday, October 26 the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center held a Halloween Open House.

Over 400 people attended the event.

Ghosts and goblins of all ages visited each lab for a treat.

Thanks to Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center for such a fabulous event.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 10 Games
Gilmer County (2-6) Cancelled East Fairmont (1-8) 7
Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)   Saturday Cancelled  #11 Braxton County (7-2) 48
Clay County (AA) (6-3) 42 #7 Liberty Harrison (8-1) 35
Calhoun County (0-10) 6 Lewis County (1-9) 7
Ritchie County (A) (2-8) 15 #9 Lincoln (6-3) 6
Berkeley Springs (6-4) 57 Philip Barbour (7-2) 27
#1 South Harrison (8-1) 20 #5 St. Marys (7-1) 20
#2 East Hardy (9-0) 41 #13 Ravenswood (5-4) 10
Montcalm (3-5) 7 #7 Cameron (8-1) 52
#6 Webster County (8-1) 39 Bridgeport, OH 6
Notre Dame (3-6) 34 #11 Summers County (5-4) 14
#16 Clay-Battelle (6-3) 20 #15 Richwood (6-3) 28
Tygarts Valley (2-7) 6 Paden City (2-7) 20
Wirt County (5-4) 42 Beallsville, OH 35
#13 Nicholas County (7-2) 45 Mount View (4-6) 16
#12 PikeView (7-3) 14 Meadow Bridge (2-7) 22
North Marion (5-4) 46 Tyler Consolidated (5-4) 51
#15 Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 68 Valley (Wetzel) (5-4) 8
Ripley (AAA) (3-6) 44 Riverside (4-6) 30
Roane County (0-9) 14 #10 Parkersburg (6-3) 44
Parkersburg South (3-6) 28 Preston (2-7) 24
#14 Wheeling Park (5-4) 35 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-6) 3
BYE WEEK:  Bridgeport, Doddridge County, Williamstown

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 9 Games
Hannan (2-6) 6 #12 North Marion (5-3) 28
Gilmer County (2-6) 46 #12 Braxton County (6-2) 30
Calhoun County (0-9) 18 #11 Valley (Wetzel) (5-3) 7
#6 Webster County (7-1) 53 #10 Doddridge County (7-2) 35
Wirt County (4-4) 40 Williamstown (4-4)  
Ritchie County (2-7) 6 Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)    Saturday  
#1 South Harrison (8-0) 43 Magnolia (3-6) 43
#3 St. Marys (6-1) 15 Tyler Consolidated (4-4) 21
Roane County (AA) (0-8) 14 Paden City (2-6) 12
#14 Ravenswood (5-3) 35 Van (4-5) 66
#4 Midland Trail (A) (8-1) 29 Beallsville, OH 25
Nicholas County (6-2) 34 #8 Cameron (7-1) 58
#4 Liberty Harrison (7-1) 14 Valley (Fayette) (3-6) 8
Robert C. Byrd (5-3) 48 Richwood (5-3) 41
#9 Keyser (5-3) 0 Elkins (3-5) 44
#5 Bridgeport (8-1) 30 #11 Lincoln (6-2) 45
Shady Spring (4-4) 31 #8 Hurricane (4-4) 7
Clay County (5-2) 6 #12 Parkersburg (5-3) 35
Philip Barbour (6-2) 24 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) 7
Lewis County (1-8) 22 Brooke (2-6) 28
Greenbrier East (1-7) 12    
Parkersburg South (3-5) 29    
BYE WEEK:  Notre Dame

2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court Have Been Announced

The Free Press WV

Members of the 2017 Glenville State College Homecoming Court have been announced.

  • Kaylee Howard of Hartsford, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming Queen. She is a Criminal Justice major, President of the sorority Delta Xi Rho, and a member of Sigma Pi Xi. Howard hopes to become a social worker or probation/parole officer and eventually work for the FBI. What she likes most about GSC is the small and cozy community where everyone knows one another and you get the opportunity to meet new people. Howard owns three pet goldfish and she is the first floor RA in Goodwin Hall. She is the daughter of James and Tracy Howard. Her nomination was sponsored by Delta Xi Rho.

  • Justin Rader of Craigsville, West Virginia is the 2017 Homecoming King. He is an early education and elementary education major. Justin is also the President of the GSC Early Education Student Group and Kappa Delta Pi. After graduation, Justin plans on moving back to Nicholas County to begin his teaching career. He likes Glenville State because the professors know you by name. Justin is a hardcore WVU fan and has two nieces who are 6 and 1 ½ years old. He is the son Rick Rader and Mary and Butch Fox. His nomination was sponsored by the GSC Early Education Student Group.

  • Kelsey Norris of Fayetteville, West Virginia is the senior princess. Norris is an Elementary and Science 5-9 education major. She actively participates in Pioneers for a Cause and is a member of Chi Zeta Pi. After graduation, her goal is to obtain employment teaching middle school science while working toward her master’s degree in school administration. Norris had the pleasure of being recognized in the Milestone Ceremony in August as one of the first students at GSC to receive her Associate’s Degree during this special ceremony. She is the daughter of Darrell and Regina Hypes.

  • Wiley Raines of Parsons, West Virginia is the senior prince. Raines is a Criminal Justice major and member of Sigma Pi Xi, GSC Student Veterans Association, Hidden Promise, and the American Legion. After completing his degree from GSC, he plans to go to West Virginia State University for a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and ROTC to be a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserves. He graduated with honors as a Petroleum Supply Specialist last fall through the U.S. Army. In July he was awarded his associate degree in general studies with magna cum laude honors. He is the son of Herbert and Deborah Schoonover.

  • Erica Jones, junior princess, is the daughter of James and Shelvia Jones of Big Springs, West Virginia. She is an Early, Elementary, and Social Studies education major. Jones is active in a number of on campus activities in-cluding being a member and secretary of the sorority Chi Zeta Pi, a member of the educational honorary society Kappa Delta Pi, a Hidden Promise scholar and mentor, a Glenville State College Honors Pro-gram student, part of the Call Stars team, and an academic tutor. She is a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. After graduating from Glenville, she would like to find a teaching job close to home. She plans on working toward receiving a masters in special education and then pursuing a doctorate in administration. Jones is sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.

  • Faith Donze, sophomore princess, is the daughter of Brian and Debbie Donze of Saint Albans, West Virginia. She is a secondary math education major and her extra-curricular activities include the Pioneer Wall of Sound Marching Band and playing piano. Donze would like to teach high school math in West Virginia after graduation. What she appreciates most about GSC is the beautiful campus and that it feels like home.

  • Megan Stoffel, freshman princess, is the daughter of Jeremy and Rebecca Westfall of Sandyville, West Virginia. Stoffel is an early and elementary education major. She is also a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, Marching Band (manager), and the High Adventure club. She also likes to write stories and poetry and enjoys drawing. She says that her favorite thing about GSC are the amazing and helpful faculty and staff. Stoffel was sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild.


Court Attendants

  • Jakobi Dye is the son of Stephen and Tia Dye of Glenville, West Virginia. Jakobi is currently in Pre-K and loves all things Scooby Doo. He enjoys playing with Lego’s and Scooby Doo toys. His father serves as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at GSC.

  • Charlotte Smarr is the daughter of Kenneth and Nicole Smarr and Chris and Carissa Queen. She is the granddaughter of Gary and Lisa K. Smarr and Dave and Deborah Hughes. Smarr is currently in kindergarten and participates in twirling and Girl Scouts. She likes to ride her bike, swim, and play with her other siblings. She has shown interest in becoming a teacher when she grows up. Her grandparents Gary and Lisa Smarr both work at GSC, in Public Safety and Dining Services, respectively.

  • Zander Henline is the son of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. He is in Pre-K, likes to play Minecraft, and enjoys swimming, playing outside, and going for walks with his dog, Luna. He wants to be a professor and daddy when he grows up. His father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

  • McKinley Henline is the daughter of Timothy and Meriah Henline of Glenville, West Virginia. McKinley is in kindergarten and loves to draw and paint, spend time with her friends, sing, and help her mom cook. She wants to be a chef when she grows up. Her father is an Assistant Professor of Business at GSC.

For more information about Homecoming Week, visit www.glenville.edu/homecoming or call 304.462.6116.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 7 Games
#14 Doddridge County (5-2) 38 #15 Nicholas County (4-2) 20
Gilmer County (0-6) 6 Braxton County (4-2) 28
#1 St. Marys (5-0) 61 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 54
Calhoun County (0-7) 8 Ritchie County (2-5) 6
Roane County (0-6) 44 #15 Van (3-3)  
#3 Liberty Harrison (6-0) 59 Richwood (2-3)  Saturday  
Southern Garrett, MD 56 Parkersburg Catholic (0-5) 6
Notre Dame (1-6) 7 #4 Madonna (6-0) 43
#3 South Harrison (6-0) 57 #8 Webster County (5-1) 35
Tygarts Valley (1-5)  Thursday 0 Meadow Bridge (0-6) 14
Buffalo (1-5) 0 #10 Cameron (5-1) 58
Williamstown (3-4) 41 Conotton Valley, OH 0
Ravenswood (4-2) 38 #13 Clay-Battelle (5-1) 32
Wirt County (3-3) 14 Paden City (1-5) 7
#5 Bridgeport (6-1) 40 Hundred (0-6)     Forfeits due to lack of players 0
#10 North Marion (4-2) 22 Valley (Wetzel) (4-2) 1
Grafton (3-3) 21 Philip Barbour (5-2) 41
#16 Lincoln (4-2) 42 East Fairmont (0-6) 14
Robert C. Byrd (4-3) 28 Woodrow Wilson (1-6) 8
Elkins (3-3)   Thursday 24 #10 Parkersburg (4-2) 34
Parkersburg South (2-5) 28 Lewis County (AA) (1-6) 6
Brooke (1-5) 7 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-3) 14
BYE WEEK:  None in the Area

ICYMI™: Calhoun Farmer Thinks Small with Microgreens

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While living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, he longed for a slower pace of life in the countryside where he could live off of the land with his wife and four children.

So, they moved; but his picturesque dreams took a very different turn after moving to the Mountain State.

Eventually, the family found themselves in Calhoun County, where their three acres of land were too steep to farm on. Rather than acres of corn and tomatoes, Thiltgen found himself growing trays of tiny, tender, edible greens, called “microgreens.”

“I’d done a lot of research on urban farming and permaculture, so coming to the country I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t have to worry about all of that, I’m going to have all of this space,’” he said.

But it wasn’t really usable space.

“It kind of challenged me. The first thing that came to mind was to use urban farming techniques,” he said.

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Red Cabbage microgreens sold by Tom Thiltgen at the Farmers Market in Charleston.

Instead of thinking big, he started thinking small — really small.

“In the urban farming world, microgreens are a big thing because they don’t need much lighting and there isn’t much startup,” he said. “You just get some trays, pack down the seeds and sprinkle it with some water and it just grows within 10 days.”

He started with sunflower microgreens and first sold them at the Winter Blues Farmers Market in February.

The “tiny but mighty” mini-greens caught on with curious customers. So much so that in April, he quit his job in building maintenance and started growing and selling several varieties full-time.

Since then, he’s held a booth one day each week at Capitol Market, where his farm, “Thiltgen Family Farm,” has built up a loyal customer base.

Now, in a spare room of his home, Thiltgen grows up to 40 trays of little vegetable varieties at a time. The tiny greens germinate from the seeds of vegetables and are harvested at the seedling stage.

His crops appeal to a niche market of curious customers looking to try the next trendy vegetable.

“A lot of people don’t know what it is outside of the health community,” Thiltgen said. “In general, a lot of what I do is educating people. Once they sample it, they’ll buy it.”

Microgreens are surprisingly packed full of flavor, he said, but are more widely known for their extensive health benefits.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, microgreens contain concentrated amounts of many key nutrients needed to be healthy, including vitamins C, E and K.

While many of his customers use his product in soups, stir fry, sandwiches or omelets, he says chefs typically prefer to use it as a garnish. He’s sold to a few local restaurants, including Bluegrass Kitchen and South Hills Market.

His booth turns heads of customers who are curious about the tiny living lettuce. A sign reads, “No need for vitamin pills — microgreens are packed full of nutrients, live enzymes and minerals!”

Thiltgen brings the trays of red cabbage, kale, sunflower and tendril peas and keeps them alive and growing right up to the point of purchase. Then, armed with a pair of scissors, he snips as close to the dirt as he can.

Once harvested, he says the greens keep up to a week in the refrigerator.

Since they don’t keep well and pose a safety risk, large national chain stores don’t sell them — which is why his customers rely so heavily on him.

“It’s like taking medicine, I worry about running out of it,” said Judy Carey, a customer who visits him on a weekly basis. “I’m his biggest fan. I’m always afraid that if I’m not here on Thursday, I’ll have to go a whole week [without].”

Like many Capitol Market customers, Carey was skeptical when she first met him in April. She uses the greens in salads and adds them to most meals.

She will continue to make her weekly trips to visit him until it becomes too cold and Thiltgen can no longer sell outdoors.

Then, Thiltgen will make weekly trips to deliver to loyal customers through the winter. For more information contact Thiltgen via email at or by phone at 304.655.744 or 757.754.8019.

~~  Jennifer Gardner ~~

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 6 Games
#7 Midland Trail (5-0)   #3 Liberty Harrison (4-0)  
Gilmer County (0-4)   #13 Braxton County (3-1)  
Calhoun County (0-5)   #14 Wirt County (3-1)  
#13 Clay-Battelle (3-1)   #16 Doddridge County (3-2)  
Ritchie County (2-3)   Williamstown (2-3)  
Ravenswood (2-2)   #1 St. Marys (3-0)  
Tolsia (1-4)   #15 Summers County (2-2)  
#4 South Harrison (4-0)   #5 Webster County (4-0)  
#14 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (2-2)   Paden City (1-3)  
#6 Bridgeport (4-1)   #11 Cameron (3-1)  
#9 Mount View (3-2)   Parkersburg Catholic (0-3)  
Notre Dame (1-4)   Valley (Wetzel) (2-2)  
Robert C. Byrd (2-3)   #6 James Monroe (4-1)  
Lewis County (1-4)   #5 Nicholas County (4-0)  
East Fairmont (0-4)   Clay County (4-1)  
Lincoln (2-2)   Independence (1-4)  
Petersburg (2-3)   #12 Point Pleasant (AA) (4-1)  
Philip Barbour (3-2)   Parkersburg South (1-4)  
#14 Parkersburg (2-2)      
#12 Wheeling Park (3-2)      
BYE WEEK:  Richwood, Roane County, Tyler Consolidated

Gilmer County Man Admits to Illegal Possession of A Firearm

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Jeremy Allen Wolfe, of Glenville, West Virginia has admitted to illegal possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Wolfe , age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm.”

In November 2014, Wolfe was found in possession of multiple firearms, including three rifles and two shotguns, in Calhoun County, WV.

Wolfe, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, that is, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Gilmer County, WV is prohibited from possessing firearms.

He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 5 Games
Calhoun County (0-5) 0 #15 Braxton County (3-1) 37
Tyler Consolidated (2-3) 63 Roane County (0-5) 16
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 14 Ritchie County (2-3) 0
Clay County (4-1) 38 Doddridge County (3-2) 61
Moorefield (0-5) 3 #16 Ravenswood (2-2) 14
#2 South Harrison (4-0) 48 Williamstown (2-3) 52
Notre Dame (1-4) 26 #7 Cameron (3-1) 12
#4 Webster County (4-0) 48 Shenandoah, OH 28
#4 Liberty Harrison (4-0) 24 Richwood (2-3) 28
#14 Grafton (3-2) 21 #12 Pocahontas County (3-2) 13
#8 Bridgeport (4-1) 34 Paden City (1-3) 54
Robert C. Byrd (2-3) 20 Hundred (0-5) 6
Tucker County (A) (2-3) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 25  (2OT)
Philip Barbour (3-2) 35 Greenbrier East (1-4) 23
Marietta, OH 10 John Marshall (3-2) 40
Parkersburg (2-2) 45 Parkersburg South (1-4) 14
Lewis County (AA)  (1-4) 35    
 Preston (1-4) 14    
BYE WEEK:  Gilmer County, Lincoln, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys, Valley (Wetzel), Wirt County

Glenville State Implements Milestone Initiative to Celebrate Student Success

Forty Glenville State College students recently received their associate degree at the College’s first Milestone Ceremony. While Glenville State College currently marks the beginning of a student’s college experience with Fall Convocation, little has been done to celebrate student accomplishments prior to commencement. “The ‘Milestone Initiative’ is meant to signify important academic events in the life cycle of a student, particularly students that initially intend to complete a baccalaureate degree,” stated Dr. Gary Morris, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Morris further added that creating and encouraging the completion of milestones such as the associate degree has the potential to encourage students to continue on and provides a tangible credential if they opt not to or cannot complete a baccalaureate degree or their next milestone.

“Based on the number of students that transfer or discontinue their studies prior to completing a baccalaureate degree (more than 50% locally and nationally), it makes sense to award students the highest degree or credential possible for which they are eligible,” said Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellett. He also asserted that research by the Lumina Foundation supports this stance by reporting that students who earn an associate degree are 30 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree. “I am very heartened by this positive academic initiative to reward and reinforce positive degree progression and student success. Our faculty and staff are committed to seeing students achieve their educational goals and this initiative is a symbolic and tangible way to recognize progress towards that accomplishment,” Pellett added.


The students who received an associate degree through the first Milestone Ceremony included:

  • Mariah Beam from Weston, WV
  • Jessica Bird from Summersville, WV
  • Julie Bishop from Glenville, WV
  • Ally Brown from Madison, WV
  • Angeles Burgess from Glenville, WV
  • Lauren Chancey from Red House, WV
  • Sara Coombs from Cedarville, WV
  • Hannah Curfman from Weston, WV
  • Bryan Foster from Gassaway, WV
  • Madison Frame from Birch River, WV
  • Travis Gibson from Oceana, WV
  • Ashley Hamilton from Summersville, WV
  • Matthew Herrald from Weston, WV
  • Chelsea Hicks from Big Bend, WV
  • Jaylin Johnson from Glenville, WV
  • Autumn Jones from Brohard, WV
  • Taylor Keenan from Gilboa, WV
  • Donell Lockett from Washington, DC
  • Cameron Loftus from Uneeda, WV
  • Paxton Maher from Buckhannon, WV
  • Ryan Mizia from Salem, WV
  • Matthew Montgomery from Linn, WV
  • Cody Moore from Glenville, WV
  • Mark Moran from Weston, WV
  • Angela Myers from Parsons, WV
  • Kelsey Norris from Fayetteville, WV
  • Kayla Palmer from Montrose, WV
  • Kaitlyn Peyatt from Summersville, WV
  • Kylee Radabaugh from Mineral Wells, WV
  • Wiley Raines from Parsons, WV
  • Megan Ruppert from Salem, WV
  • Marcus Schofield from Mullens, WV
  • Stewart Sink from Normantown, WV
  • Mackenzie Smith from Sylvester, WV
  • Wesley Stauffer from Orrville, OH
  • Sebastian Swartz from Burnsville, WV
  • Miranda Taylor from Sistersville, WV
  • Kelsie Tonkin from Sutton, WV
  • Kahla Von Bergen from Sterling, OH
  • Maren Wentzel from Weston, WV

Some of the students who attended the ceremony are pictured above with Pellett.

According to the 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with an associate degree earn, on average, $126 more per week than a worker with a high school diploma and $50 more per week than a worker with some college credit but no degree. This initiative is supportive of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Master Plan – Leading the Way.

For more information about the Milestone Ceremony, contact Glenville State College’s Office of Academic Affairs at or 304.462.6110.

Opioid Abuse Prevention Games of The Week

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Attorney General Morrisey Announces Gilmer – Wirt As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will feature the Gilmer County vs. Wirt County and Calhoun County vs. Doddridge County gridiron matchups as an Opioid Abuse Prevention Games of the Week.

Throughout each week the initiative engages with student athletes, coaches, school officials and communities across West Virginia. Field representatives discuss the dangers of opioid use with the respective coaches and provide educational material for display and distribution in the schools to foster more discussion of the issue.

The week culminates with the Attorney General’s Office staffing an information booth at each of the select sporting events to distribute opioid abuse awareness materials.

“Alleviating the opioid scourge is vitally important to making our state the best it can be,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This epidemic has taken too many of our young people and left children without parents. As long as we work together, we will make a difference.”

The initiative, now in its second year, is part of a broader partnership to tackle opioid use in high school athletics. It involves the Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the West Virginia Board of Medicine.

“I am excited to be partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to raise awareness for opiate abuse,” said Eric Cheeseman, athletic director at Wirt County High School. “It is my hope that through this initiative we can make students, parents, and our communities aware of the devastation that drug abuse brings.”

Opioid painkillers may temporarily relieve pain, but do nothing to address the underlying injury and can have serious side effects. The medication also carries striking similarities to heroin.

The Attorney General and his partners worry the unnecessary usage of opioid painkillers to treat athletic injuries could lead to increased dependence, abuse and addiction.

This initiative pushes other forms of pain management. Alternatives include physical therapy, non-opioid painkillers, acupuncture, massage therapy and over-the-counter medication.

Parents and caregivers are urged to discuss alternative treatment plans with their child’s healthcare provider. If an opioid proves necessary, they are encouraged to strictly use the medication as directed, closely monitor their child’s use, safely dispose of any unused pills and talk about the inherent dangers of misuse, abuse and sharing.

Attorney General Morrisey Announces Calhoun – Doddridge As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week

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