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Stargazers To Gather In Calhoun County This Weekend

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Amateur astronomers will gather near Grantsville this weekend for the fourth annual Calhoun Stargaze.

The two-day, three-night stargazing party is part of an effort to spur economic development in distressed Appalachian communities. It is supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office. Other project partners include the University of Tennessee, Calhoun County, the city of Grantsville, Fairmont State University and West Virginia University Extension.

The event will give local residents an opportunity to interact with astronomers and see planets and stars through world-class telescopes.

The event runs May 19-21. Calhoun County Park, located just south of Grantsville, is one of the darkest spots in the Eastern U.S. It sits on a ridge with an elevation of around 1,100 feet. The park has several ridge top locations to set up on and a large flat open field to potentially handle several hundred observers.

The Milky Way can easily be followed from one horizon to the next. There are just a couple of small light domes. One is to the northeast and one is to the west. The sky from the southwest through the south to the eastern horizon is pitch dark. At 38 degrees latitude, the constellations are higher than experienced at more northern locations.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 11,539 Spring Turkeys In 2017

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Spring turkey hunters harvested 11,539 gobblers this year, an increase of more than 11 percent from 2016, according to preliminary numbers provided by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The harvest is the largest since 2006 when 11,735 birds were harvested, and is more than 18 percent above the 10-year average.

“Weather conditions were variable across the state during this year’s spring gobbler season, so it’s nice to see hunters were able to get out and enjoy some successful hunting, which is reflected in the harvest numbers,” said Mike Peters, DNR game bird biologist.

Five of the six DNR districts reported increased harvests over last year.

District 4 was the only district in which fewer birds were harvested than in 2016.

District 1 again recorded the most birds harvested this year (2,578), followed by District 6 (2,250), District 5 (2,090), District 4 (1,858), District 3 (1,733) and District 2 (1,030).

The top five counties with the largest harvests were Preston (475), which was up more than 100 birds from last year, Mason (448), Jackson (408), Wood (380), and Harrison (327).

Youth hunters harvested 458 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 15.

Those numbers are included on the accompanying table.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

162

178

127

165

204

Brooke

104

84

67

78

100

Hancock

110

110

89

98

106

Harrison

355

264

247

286

327

Marion

218

149

170

192

256

Marshall

300

220

174

207

255

Monongalia

262

174

199

197

266

Ohio

131

91

109

111

113

Preston

403

344

333

371

475

Taylor

103

87

72

101

135

Tucker

57

88

82

90

97

Wetzel

256

203

168

196

244

District 1 Subtotal

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,092

2,578

Berkeley

98

112

124

115

147

Grant

129

129

131

161

145

Hampshire

124

138

156

170

184

Hardy

129

135

116

132

132

Jefferson

60

57

82

79

114

Mineral

87

96

118

134

132

Morgan

54

62

64

54

64

Pendleton

117

95

94

88

112

District 2 Subtotal

798

824

885

933

1,030

Braxton

238

175

194

197

209

Clay

147

68

83

101

120

Lewis

221

180

194

211

249

Nicholas

221

164

213

330

311

Pocahontas

160

130

145

144

143

Randolph

217

186

225

250

248

Upshur

262

229

231

228

303

Webster

118

113

114

156

150

District 3 Subtotal

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,617

1,733

Fayette

287

244

239

292

278

Greenbrier

299

245

242

308

269

McDowell

308

215

218

200

177

Mercer

177

170

161

176

192

Monroe

206

212

181

184

192

Raleigh

277

214

231

283

279

Summers

258

209

199

219

209

Wyoming

291

255

257

320

262

District 4 Subtotal

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,982

1,858

Boone

230

159

138

157

157

Cabell

138

80

110

114

176

Kanawha

332

231

227

285

319

Lincoln

213

178

169

215

228

Logan

246

181

172

181

165

Mason

370

293

314

378

448

Mingo

141

93

91

131

143

Putnam

225

150

181

210

268

Wayne

144

103

108

139

186

District 5 Subtotal

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,810

2,090

Calhoun

179

135

128

145

164

Doddridge

138

126

118

137

160

Gilmer

191

147

124

132

143

Jackson

326

293

264

302

408

Pleasants

83

73

71

80

89

Ritchie

326

245

218

216

263

Roane

236

232

210

231

256

Tyler

211

136

144

182

181

Wirt

193

177

153

174

206

Wood

294

271

248

328

380

District 6 Subtotal

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,927

2,250

State Total

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,361

11,539

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Ten students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

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Glenville State College 2017 student teacher interns (L-R) Brittaney Burdette, J’Aime Shearer, Jon Reid, Tiffany Somerville, Jerrica Hilbert, Meghan Harubin, Chuck Lynch, Kim Smith, Sara Rollins (not pictured: Kaitlyn Bircheat)


Kaitlyn Bircheat of Chapmanville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Jane Lew Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and Tracy Alfred. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Steve and Dewana Bircheat of Chapmanville, West Virginia.


Brittany Burdette of Ripley completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Lesley White and Grace Harris. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter Julie Burdette and Alex Buchanan of Evans, West Virginia. She is engaged to be married to Spencer Steele, who is a recent GSC graduate.


Meghan Harubin of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Davis Elementary School with Melissa Duckworth and Paula Frame. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Chuck and Kathy Harubin of Normantown, West Virginia.


Jerrica Hilbert of Saint Albans completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School with Chris Hodges and at Mineral Wells Elementary with Beth Buskirk. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jerry and Sherry Hilbert of Saint Albans, West Virginia.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Lynch of Sissonville completed his student teaching in Biological Science (9-adult) and General Science (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Travis Fisher and Monica Haley. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Jeff Hunter were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Dana and Tami Lynch of Sissonville, West Virginia.


Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School with Judy Leggett and Shaylyn Dabbs. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Randall and Kathy Reid of Clear Creek, West Virginia.


Sara Rollins of Macfarlan completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Chris Hodges and John Bugby. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Terry and Vicki Rollins of Macfarlan, West Virginia. Rollins was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


J’Aime Shearer of Weston completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Amber Frashure and Lora Stump. Dr. Shara Curry and Connie Stout-O’Dell were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Barnes of Horner, West Virginia. She currently resides in Weston with her husband William and daughter Madison.


Kimberly Smith of Harrisville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Lewis County High School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Roanoke Elementary School with Whitney Ballard and Allen Heath. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Amy Floyd of Coxs Mills, West Virginia.


Tiffany (Young) Somerville of Linn completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Debbie Adams and Debbie Moss. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Larry and Robin Young of Sand Fork, West Virginia. She currently resides in Linn with her husband Taylor.


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

8th Graders Honored For Golden Horseshoe Accomplishments

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More than 200 eighth-graders from across West Virginia were honored at the state Culture Center in the annual Golden Horseshoe ceremony.

The students earned the honor of Knights of the Golden Horseshoe for their knowledge of West Virginia history.

“I am proud of each student who earned this elite honor today,” state School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said. “The Golden Horseshoe recognizes students’ appreciation and understanding of West Virginia and promotes pride in our state.”

The Golden Horseshoe test has been given each year since 1931 in West Virginia. This year marks the 301st anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe tradition that began in the 1700’s when West Virginia was part of Virginia.

A complete list of 2017 winners can be found by visiting HERE.

Report: More Mountain State Students Pursuing Higher Education

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties lead the way in improving college-going rates

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More West Virginia high school graduates went on to pursue higher education last year, according to a report released by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS). The college-going rate increased for the second consecutive year, inching up by 0.3 percent — or 266 students — from 2015 to 2016.

“These gains, while subtle, represent a solid step in the right direction,” Dr. Paul Hill, HEPC Chancellor, said. “For several years, the impact of the 2008 recession led to wide variations in college-going rates, not only in West Virginia but across the nation. Now that the economy is beginning to stabilize, we’re more confident that the small strides we’re witnessing represent genuine progress in creating a college-going culture in West Virginia — a process that takes time and occurs student by student, community by community.”

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties led the state in achieving the highest rates of improvement in college-going rates from 2015 to 2016. Braxton County High School (Braxton), Magnolia High School (Wetzel) and Chapmanville Regional High School (Logan) showed the greatest gains at the school level. Ohio, Mineral and Monongalia counties had the highest rates overall. A complete list of rates by school and county is available at http://www.wvhepc.edu/resources/reports-and-publications/2016-college-going-rate/.

“West Virginia needs more college graduates to grow its economy and invigorate its workforce,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, CTCS Chancellor, said. “I commend those high schools and school districts that are putting a real focus on helping their students pursue some form of postsecondary education. The future prosperity of our state depends on getting more students into college and ensuring they succeed and graduate.”

The 2016 Higher Education Report Card, released last fall by HEPC and CTCS, also outlined gains in college retention and a record number of degrees awarded by the state’s public colleges and universities.

HEPC and CTCS are charged with developing and implementing a five-year statewide strategic plan for higher education that includes a strong focus on improving access to higher education and promoting college completion and success. As part of this process, the agencies have in recent years launched a number of strategies that are proving to have an impact on higher education attainment.

For example, the federally funded “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)” initiative provides college mentoring and planning services to middle and high school students in ten of the state’s most economically challenged counties. The statewide College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) initiative offers information, including text message counseling, to help students navigate the college application and enrollment processes. And recent policy changes overhauling the delivery of developmental education and encouraging students to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester are showing promising results toward raising college graduation rates.

Give Local MOV Fast Approaching

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With $150,000+ in matching funds and prizes available to distribute, the PACF’s Give Local MOV campaign aims to raise at least $300,000 for 42 local nonprofits!  On Tuesday, May 02nd from 12:00am - 11:59pm, you can multiply the impact of your gift to your favorite nonprofits working right here in in the Little Kanawha Area!   Your donations on May 2nd through www.GiveLocalMOV.org enable your favorite nonprofits to earn significant matching funds and cash prizes. 

Give Local MOV is powered by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) which provides the secure online giving platform, underwrites campaign costs, and provides education for its nonprofit partners.  Many generous community supporters are supplying the critical matching funds that encourage giving.  In addition to the matching funds, hourly cash prizes sponsored by various local businesses reward nonprofits whose supporters contribute throughout the day.  

Participating nonprofits are initially assigned a share of the matching funds, then, donors who contribute online will have their gifts matched 1:1 up to the allotted share.  Should any organizations not claim their full allocation of matching funds after the 24 hours, the PACF then proportionately allocates the remaining funds among nonprofits that exceeded their initial share.  Our region’s nonprofits address many important issues that affect our community; this is a once-a-year opportunity to help them in a big way!

Participating from Little Kanawha Area:

  • Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc.:  Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. is dedicated to improving the health quality of life of all people in their service area through an innovative delivery system of services and education.
  • Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund:  The PACF’s The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate created the Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund to support the charitable needs of Gilmer County.  Grants from the fund are awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.
  • Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund:  Formed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate Advisory Board, this fund provides grant making resources to Calhoun and Wirt counties.  Grants from the fund are awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.

Visit www.GiveLocalMOV.org today to see the full list of sponsors and learn more about all the participating nonprofits.   Then, return to the website on Tuesday, May 02nd to make your online donation.  For more details, contact PACF’s Development and Communications Officer, Julie Boyce at 304.428.4438.



About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Scholarships Available through Women’s Opportunity Fund

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the Women’s Opportunity Fund – Linda H. Culp Memorial Scholarship. 

The Women’s Opportunity Fund provides educational resources to non-traditional female students who are working to complete their education or to pursue additional schooling toward higher level career goals, professional certification, or other degrees. 

As a memorial to Linda H. Culp, this fund honors a pioneering and hardworking local leader who mentored and supported other women in accomplishing their hopes and dreams.

To be eligible for financial assistance, an applicant must meet all the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be a female, adult learner who is not a recent high school graduate.
  • Applicant must reside in one of the following counties:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, or Wood counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, or Washington counties in Ohio.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a form of post-secondary education, including bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, certificate programs, or vocational/technical studies in any chosen field.

Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee. 

The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or other education related costs.

To apply, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply

The application deadline is June 01, 2017. 

For additional information, please contact the PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438. 

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Tuesday, March 07, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire began his March, 2017 term of Court in Gilmer County.

First he indoctrinated the grand jurors and after taking the oath administered by the Circuit Clerk, they went to their room to deliberate upon their presentments.

They returned to the Court room at 1:30 PM and returned 12 indictments and 2 no bills were also returned.


•  Indicted were Charles Blair Balliet III of Millstone, WV for 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and 1 count of conspiracy.

His attorney is Christopher Moffatt and he is free on $4,000.00 bond posted by B&B Bonding, and is on house arrest at his father’s home.


•  Also indicted for the same 2 charges was Geoffrey Allen Shaffer of Glenville, WV.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton and he is free on $3,000.00 bond posted by B&B Bonding.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Edward Pritt of Troy, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of child neglect resulting in death and 1 count of child neglect creating risk of injury.

He is represented by Clinton Bischoff and remains in jail unable to post bond.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Coy Pritt, Jr. of Troy, WV

He was indicted for 1 count of child neglect resulting in death and 1 count of child neglect creating risk of injury.

Pritt but he is free on $50,000. Bond posted by B&B Bonding.

He is represented by Teresa Monk.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Tiffany Danielle Parmer (Mayo)

She was indicted for the same 2 charges as the Pritt’s.

She is represented by Timothy Gentliozzi and remains in jail unable to post bond.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Earl Milton Bailey

He was indicted for 1 count of murder and 1 count of wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

He is represented by Jeff Davis and has no bond set at this time.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Jessica Denise Nicholson

She was indicted for 1 count of conspiracy and is represented by Brian Bailey and Perry Bonding posted $5000.00 bond for her.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Matthew Scott Sandy

He was indicted for 1 count of escape and 1 count of destruction of property.

He is represented by Teresa Monk and remains in jail unable to post $150,000.00 cash bond.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Richard Esaias Williams Jr.

He Was indicted for 1 count of armed robbery, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a schedule I controlled substance.

His attorney is Kevin Hughart and he remains in jail unable to post $75,000.00 bond.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Timothy Joseph Maxwell-Lanham

He was indicted to 20 counts of incest and remains in jail unable to post $100,000.00 cash only bond and is represented by Bryan Hinkle.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Danny Minigh

He was indicted for 1 count of sexual assault in the second degree and 1 count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

He remains in jail unable to post $30,000.00 bond and is represented by Brian Bailey.


•  State of West Virginia vs. David Wendell Curry

He was indicted for 1 count of failure to meet an obligation to provide support to a minor.


Arraignments will be held at 9:00 AM on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Glenville on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.


Two fugitives waived extradition to return to their respective states.

•  Samuel Dozier waived to return to MD.

•  Jason Freeman waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Authorities in their states have until 4 PM March 01, 2017 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.

Both men were represented by Tim Gentilozzi.


•  One juvenile matter was heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He failed to appear for the revocation of probation hearing scheduled at 9:30 AM and it was reported that he was being transferred to a hospital in Charleston.

Judge Facemire questioned his girlfriend and informed her that he would continue the matter to February 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM and directed the Clerk to issue a summons to be served upon Adkins to appear.

His attorney is Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  One divorce appeal was heard and counsel were directed to file Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law and then Judge Facemire will make a ruling. Mark Kelley was plaintiff’s attorney and defense attorney was Mark Swartz.



On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the jury trial was cancelled.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Williams

He was before the Court wherein he entered a plea to count 12 of the indictment returned against him for fraudulent schemes wherein he took money from Rick and Desari Garrett for a contract job that was never done.

All other counts of the indictment were dismissed in the plea agreement and he will make restitution to the other victims.

He will be sentenced April 10, 2017 at 9:20 AM after Mike Haley prepares a presentence report in the matter.

Special prosecuting attorney Shannon Johnson of Calhoun County represented the State of West Virginia and Thomas Kupec represented Williams.


•  Also scheduled to be heard today was the preliminary revocation of probation involving John Phillips who is being held at South Central Regional Jail and they failed to transport him.

Judge Alsop reset the matter for Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.


The November 2016 term of petit jury is now over.

March term begins on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 with grand jurors to report when indictments will be presented.



On Monday, February 27, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over his regular monthly motion day in Glenville.

He called the docket for the March, 2017 term and directed issuance of capias’ in the cases from previous terms wherein defendants have never appeared.


•  Four juvenile matters were heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Gibson

He was before the Court for a preliminary hearing regarding revocation of his probation.

Whereupon Gibson made admissions and was sentenced to serve 60 days in Central Regional Jail (with credit for time already served) and then he will be readmitted to probation.

Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon represented Gibson.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Khristopher Speas

He was before the Court with his attorney, Tyler Mason, asking for additional credit for time served on his sentence.

After argument of counsel, Judge Facemire directed he receive the additional credit and the commitment order will be amended.



Om Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Chief Judge Facemire heard 2 juvenile cases were heard.


•  One fugitive from justice waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Deon Ray was represented by Clinton Bischoff and authorities have until 4 PM on March 09, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He was before the Court for revocation of probation.

He made admissions and was sentenced to 60 days in Central Regional Jail, followed by 60 days on home confinement in Clay County and then he will be readmitted to probation until February 22, 2019.

Kevin Hughart of Sissonville was his attorney.


•  A scheduling conference/conference call was held with Shannon Johnson, special prosecutor and Brian Bailey participating. Bailey represents William Reynolds and Clinton Bischoff was present in the Court room representing his client, Patty Reynolds.

Pretrials will be conducted in their cases on March 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM and April 04, 2017 is when their trial is scheduled.



On Thursday, March 02, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard a civil case in Gilmer County.

Glenville State Student Killed in Car Accident

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Ethyn Eric Miller, a freshman at Glenville State College, was killed in an automobile accident on Thursday morning.

The crash occurred on WV Hwy 5 West between Glenville and Grantsville near the Gilmer/Calhoun County line.

Miller, 19, was a May 2016 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was attending GSC as a commuter student. He resided in Grantsville.

“Betsy and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic auto accident that claimed one of our students this morning. The Glenville State College campus community joins our Calhoun County neighbors in mourning with Ethyn’s family today,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

Members of GSC’s Student Government Association are planning a memorial ceremony at an upcoming date. Grief counseling is available to students, faculty, and staff through Tim Underwood, GSC’s on-campus counselor.

The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

Robinson Fund Supports Calhoun Educators

The family and friends of longtime educator Edna Robinson have established a charitable fund honoring her dedication to furthering early childhood education in Calhoun County.

Growing up on a farm on Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Robinson and her eight siblings learned the value of education from their parents, Ollie and Elias Yoak.  Edna Robinson graduated from Glenville State College in 1955, but even before graduation, she had begun assisting her father in his duties as School Master at several one and two-room schoolhouses around the county.

“I remember having to catch the outbound school bus from Grantsville and ride it to the end of White Pine, and then hike over the mountain to substitute teach for Dad at the Oak Hill School,” Robinson said.  “Dad was pretty ill at the time and they didn’t want to make all the kids sick. It was quite a hike but I made it in time.”

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While at Glenville State College, she taught at both Sand Fork and Glenville schools and upon graduation, she continued her passion for teaching at Cabot Station’s two-room schoolhouse.  After successful tenures teaching in North Carolina and Massachusetts, Mrs. Robinson returned to Calhoun County, helping to nurture young minds while teaching at Minnora and finally Pleasant Hill Elementary.  During her tenure at Pleasant Hill Elementary, Robinson touched the lives of hundreds of Calhoun County students (now residents) and was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2004.  In 2005, Robinson retired from Pleasant Hill Elementary.

“I tried my best to not only teach the curriculum,“ Robinson said, “but also to help the children develop the qualities necessary for them to become responsible citizens.“

Mrs. Robinson’s dedication to educating the youth in Calhoun County will continue forever thanks to the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for Education established by her children with the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).  The Fund was created to support early childhood education and youth education programs in Calhoun County, WV, with preference for support to requests and needs from Pleasant Hill Elementary School and surrounding community.

“I have the utmost respect for Mrs. Robinson and what she has accomplished,” said Ron Blankenship, former Gilmer and Calhoun School Superintendent.  “She was an outstanding educator and a real task master.  She has had a significant impact on the lives of many in our community, and through this fund, will continue to do so.”

Persons who wish to honor Mrs. Robinson can make a charitable gift to the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for Education by mailing a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 or by donating online HERE.

Other forms of donation may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.

West Virginia High Schools Recognized for Exemplary Graduation Rates

Seventy West Virginia high schools were recognized for achieving exemplary graduation rates of 90 percent or greater during the 2015-16 school year. Schools were honored by Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff, Nick Casey, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano and the West Virginia Board of Education.

“Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school,” Martirano said. “The high schools here today deserve the praise they are receiving for achieving a 90 percent or higher graduation rate. Our schools see the potential that a high school graduate holds for our state and they, along with the Department of Education and Board of Education, have made it a top priority to ensure our students show up, work hard, and earn a diploma.”

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Gilmer County Superintendent Mr. Devono and GCHS Principal Mrs. Butcher
receiving a plaque in Charleston during a recognition ceremony.


Recent data show more students in West Virginia are graduating from high school when compared to previous years. Several statewide initiatives contributed to the steady increase in the graduation rate. Most notably the creation of the state’s Early Warning System, which tracks 45 different indicators – the most important being attendance, behavior and grades – to identify students at risk of dropping out.

West Virginia’s graduation rate has continued to rise throughout the last several years. Data from the U.S. Department of Education placed West Virginia among the top 20 states for graduation rates in 2014-15, with a rate of 86.5 percent. The average graduation rate in the Mountain State for the 2015-16 school year increased even more to 89.81 percent.

Of the 70 schools recognized, four schools achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent. Those schools include; Union Educational Complex, Harman High School, Pickens High School and Paden City High School.

The 70 schools recognized represent 60.3 percent of the 116 high schools in West Virginia. The overall graduation rate for all West Virginia high schools was 89.81 percent.

 

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Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Fall 2016

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Fall 2016 semester.  To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average.

The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:


Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison, Lawrence C. Wolf


Braxton County: Bridget D. Carr, Dakota S. Johnson, Stacy N. Loyd, Brittany V. White


Calhoun County: Devon T. Toppings


Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Dalton M. Holcomb, Carrie G. Huffman, Andrea P. Litton, Kaitlyn J. Samples


Doddridge County: Joshua L. Smith


Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth


Gilmer County: Jonathan E. Clark, Landon P. Gumm, Michaela L. Gumm, Sean M. Lang, Brett M. Rinehart, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Trevor D. Wright


Grant County: Larissa A. Henry


Greenbrier County: Myka K. Perry


Hardy County: Faith V. Smith


Harrison County: Joseph M. Bush, Cecilia A. Matheney, Megan E. Ruppert


Jackson County: Brittaney M. Burdette, Chelsey Hager, Evan D. Merical


Jefferson County: Jasmine Z. Tarman


Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Jerrica D. Hilbert


Lewis County: James Z. Browning, Daniel C. Conrad, Mariah L. Daniels, Abigail E. Jerden, Torie A. Riffle


Logan County: Hannah P. Runyon, Matthew A. Zachary


Marion County: Phillip J. Poling


Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard


Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg


Nicholas County: Lindsey S. Butcher, Joshua D. Huffman, Eric W. Peyatt, Kathryn G. Waddell


Preston County: Madison H. Null


Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne


Randolph County: Diana R. Miller, Melissa D. Nicholson


Ritchie County: Brianna N. Ratliff, Kimberly A. Smith


Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber


Upshur County: Brandy L. Bachman, Skylar A. Fulton


Webster County: Samuel A. Canfield, Hunter A. Given, Amber N. King, Chelsea E. Rule


Wood County: Michael L. Briggs


Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Raven P. Fatool, Cedric J. Johnson, Kellie N. Kinsinger, Allison A. Parski, John S. Peloro, Victoria L. Peterson, Emily A. Walker, Brian S. Williams

Glenville State College Vice President’s Honor List for Fall 2016

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the Vice President’s Honor List for the Fall 2016 semester.  To be named to the Vice President’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the Vice President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:


Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Brianna A. Shivers


Boone County: Ally K. Brown, Michele L. Epling, Crystal M. Jarrell, Gregory I. Lail


Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Coleden R. Belknap, Tyler K. Cunningham, Kathryn L. Dean, Larissa E. DeLuca, Jacob D. Haymond, Samantha N. Mazzella, Teddy J. Richardson, Cami D. Roberts, Alexis S. Spell, Heather N. Thayer, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Maranda J. Vaughan, Andrea B. Vidal, Brandon M. White, Shanna S. Wine


Calhoun County: Tiffany A. Brannon, Moriah J. CreelFox, Sr., Jared B. Fitzwater, Taylor S. Garrett, Chelsea  R. Hicks, Kelsey E. Jett, Erica N. Jones, Danielle N. Kendall, Cassandra D. Lamont, Johnathan X. Taylor


Clay County: Casey E. Brown, Opalene D. Huffman, William C. Robertson, Sydnee M. Vance


Doddridge County: Joshua M. Pitcock, Lindsey G. Travis


Fayette County: Vladimir V. Iotov, Kelsey L. Norris, Trevor D. Wood


Gilmer County: Anthony K. Aviles, Katelyn S. Benson, Julie A. Bishop, Monica D.  Bush, Madison L. Campbell, Sara B. Coombs, Colby G. Cunningham, Lucas D. DeMarino, Meghan Harubin, Christina L. Jenkins, Jaylin K. Johnson, Amanda R. Lamb, Tonya L. Lyons, Matthew M. Montgomery, Adam H. Moore, Cody M. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Zandel M. Sponaugle, Alexus C. Sprouse, Zaon A. Starseed, Elania N. White, Carrissa M. Wood


Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty, Tina M. Jerman


Hampshire County: Dylan G. Kesner


Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Lia Runyan


Jackson County: Ryan A. Gregory, Kirsten M. Marks, Joel E. McDonald, Sapphire N. Parsons, Clayton Swisher, Bradley J. Titus, Kelly J. Trippett


Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey, Mary E. Lewis, Anthony R. Vazquez


Kanawha County: Faith Donze, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Kayli N. Hudson, Rema K. Jordan, Zachary Lively, Jonathan L. Mullins, Jeri D. Potter, Rebecca E. Wiseman


Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, Jennifer M. Eiler, Destiny L. Grimes, Michael W. Marion, James W. Martin, III, Justin P. Raines, J’Aime L. Shearer, Kelly L. Weaver


Logan County: Kaitlyn A. Bircheat, Alec G. Maynard


Marion County: Morgan P. Hardesty


Marshall County: Logen M. Lemasters


Mason County: Charles B. Walton


Mercer County: Lindsey R. Compton


Monongalia County: Alyssa B. Boback


Morgan County: Michaela A. Munson, Michael I. Pracht, Brady A. Tritapoe


Nicholas County: Autumn G. Barnett, Jessica R. Bird, Marlyn S. Donelson, Zachary G. Dotson, Madison R. Frame, Morgan Francis, Taylor Keenan, William Z. Lyons, Elizabeth M. Messer, Kaitlyn D. Peyatt, Autumn Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer, Nathan S. Spencer, Mason A. Thomas, Samuel P. Whitlock


Pendleton County: Virginia L. Bruce, Raven D. Turner


Pleasants County: Bethany G. Mote


Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto, Isaac C. Hise


Preston County: Kathleen L. Faber


Putnam County: Jacob M. Stover


Raleigh County: Luke D. Carpenter, Kaylee S. Dickenson, Michael A. Layne


Randolph County: Christopher A. Cozad, Angela R. McWilliams, Kathlyne L. Simmons, Christopher D. Varner


Ritchie County: Madison E. Cunningham, Carleena P. Elliott, Olivia D. Goff, Trinity R. Muschweck


Roane County: Georgia B. Bing, Joshua C. Runyon, Bonita J. Schreckengost, James D. Williams


Taylor County: Eva S. Guthrie


Tucker County: John Chambers, Wiley T. Raines, Stephanie R. Williams


Tyler County: Devon J. Harris


Upshur County: Autumn Knight, Belinda L. Lewis


Wayne County: Taylor N. Brumfield


Webster County: Valerie L. Rule, Danielle Williams


Wetzel County: Daniel M. Jackson, Colton L. Ring, Andrew R. Tefft


Wirt County: Micheal L. Morgan, Mary M. Strong


Wood County: Taylor A. Broadwater


Wyoming County: Travis D. Gibson, Kaci M. Mullins


Out of State: Karla Y. Barr, Chandler R. Carrera, Ibrahim O. Ghanem, Dwyron K. Gillard, II, Taylor A. Gilliland, Noah R. Green, Jake Hensell, Justin S. Koogler, Momi P. Lievan, Paris M. McLeod, Anthony W. McPoyle, Emily M. Meyers, Stephen G. Mickle, Art’om T. Rank, John F. Routzahn, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Casey R. Sheaffer, Wesley D. Stauffer, Johnni M. Tillman, Ernesto Torres, Paranda S. Uber, Jack H. Varndell, Timothy G. Wine, Hannah N. Wright

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