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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

Mother, Student Sue Calhoun Board, Principal Over Alleged Bullying

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A Calhoun County mother and her minor son alleges that a school board and principal failed to stop student bullying.

HS, a minor by and through his parent Melissa Starcher filed a complaint July 27 in Calhoun Circuit Court against Calhoun County Board of Education and Calhoun County Middle/High School Principal Melanie B. Arthur alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that HS was a victim of “consistent and repeated acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and sexual assault” from several students while attending Calhoun County Middle/High School. The plaintiffs allege that it is their belief that the bullying students have not been disciplined.

The plaintiffs hold Calhoun County Board of Education and Arthur responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to keep the school free form harassment, intimidation and bullying.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorney’s fees and such other fair and just relief. They are represented by Kevin S. Kaufman of Kaufman & McPherson PLLC in Bridgeport.

Calhoun Circuit Court case number 17-C-15

30 Counties Included in Severe Thunderstorm Watch

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch at 12:40 p.m., an upgrade on a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday.

The counties of BARBOUR, BROOKE ,  CABELL, CALHOUN, DODDRIDGE, GILMER, HANCOCK, HARRISON, JACKSON, KANAWHA, LEWIS, LINCOLN, MARION, MARSHALL, MASON, MONONGALIA, OHIO,  PLEASANTS, PRESTON, PUTNAM, RITCHIE, ROANE,  TAYLOR, TUCKER, TYLERUPSHUR, WAYNE, WETZEL, WIRT,  and WOOD are all included in the watch.

“We’ve got a strong cold front baring down over the area,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said. “The front has triggered storms that’ll be moving through. Any thunderstorm is likely to bring very heavy rainfall at the risk of flash flooding. There’s also the potential for damaging wind gusts as the storms move through.”

“They are fast moving, so we’re not expecting storms to linger through the night. After early evening storms, just a couple of leftover showers.”

Further south, the watch includes the counties of Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, and Upshur. In total, 30 West Virginia counties are listed under the watch, which expires at 9:00 p.m Tuesday night.

“It is a large watch area that extends 30 counties,” Larson said. “It also extends from here north through all of Western Pennsylvania. And north of there it becomes a tornado watch across western New York state. ”

“So, widespread area of severe weather today as this strong cold front moves through. The front dropping down from Ontario. It’ll be moving across New York state, Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and, of course, here through West Virginia.”

Larson said the rain will be heavy and the winds could be damaging, but said widespread flooding isn’t expected.

“There’s going to be heavy downpours, and there’s often the risk of flash flooding when this occurs,” he said. “The one saving grace is that the storms will be fast moving. It’s not the type of situation where storms stall and linger over a given community for hours on end. That’s when we have the real high risk of flooding. That’s not the case with these storms.”

Additionally, Larson said the speed with which the storms are likely to move will help avoid the risk of widespread flooding — but said the risk of flash flooding does exist.

“Quick downpours, certainly flooding in poor drainage areas, certainly the risk of flash flooding, but I don’t think we have rain lasting long enough for there to be widespread flooding,” he said.

It remains unclear exactly how strong wind speeds are projected.

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Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

Student Success Summit To Focus On Collaboration Across Education Systems

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Nearly 500 education administrators, teachers, students, military leaders and community group members will come together this week to tackle education issues in the Mountain State.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the West Virginia Department of Education will host the seventh annual statewide Student Success Summit on Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Morgantown.

The Summit focuses on encouraging collaboration across the full length of the education pipeline.

Representatives ranging from pre-school teachers to college presidents to student leaders are expected to be in attendance.

“This Summit offers a unique opportunity for collaboration across the entire education spectrum in West Virginia,” Dr. Paul Hill, HEPC Chancellor, said. “By joining forces with our elementary, secondary, workforce, military and community partners, we are advancing a holistic, lifelong approach to learning — one that focuses on meeting the unique needs of our students to ensure they fulfill their potential.”

This year’s event will feature more than 60 sessions that focus on sharing practical ideas that can have an immediate impact in classrooms and on campuses across the state.

“Our ultimate measure of success lies in our ability to prepare our students for the 21st century world of work,” Dr. Steven Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, said. “To move our state and our economy forward, we must empower all students to be lifelong learners who succeed in the workforce and contribute to their communities. Achieving that goal means starting early — as young as pre-school — and supporting our students every step of the way.”

Seven high schools — Calhoun County, Herbert Hoover, Lewis County, Scott, Spring Valley, Tolsia, and Wayne County — will send teams of students to participate in a focused Youth Summit track of the conference. Students will learn leadership skills and strategies to build and strengthen a college-going culture in their communities. They will present what they have learned during the morning plenary session on Thursday.

The Summit is sponsored by the Commission and the Department of Education, with support from the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and the State’s military service units. Registration is free and open to the public.

To learn more, visit www.cfwv.com.

Sunday Storms Could Cause Flash Flooding

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More than two dozen counties in West Virginia are under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain could cause flooding along small streams and poor drainage areas, meteorologists said.

The counties under the watch include: Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur Barbour, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

Normantown 4-H Club Visits Cabot Recycling Station

The Normantown Knights 4-H Club visited the Cabot Recycling Station, near Grantsville, on July 17th. Kim Solomon provided the group with a tour. The club learned that nearly everything they come in contact with is recyclable. The members were able to see how the different types of recyclables are sorted and processed. One of the highlights of the trip for the kids was seeing how aluminum cans are crushed and compacted into a small cube. The members all felt recycling was something they would like to begin doing as a group and as individuals.

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First Row: Kyle Norman, Hannah Beckner, Lindsey Cottrill. 
Second Row: Caleb Cottrill, Hailey Norman, Allison Wood. 
Third Row: Kim Solomon, Cabot Recycling Station Employee, Marshall Cottrill.


The kids were all surprised to learn that of all types of recyclables that are dropped off at that Station, cardboard boxes are the most common item. They also learned several other interesting facts, including thirty-six recycled pop bottles can make one square yard of carpet, and recycling one ton of old paper saves 7,000 gallons of water. The 4-H members were amazed with all of the information that they learned while visiting the Recycling Center. They are all hoping to make changes in their family life that will help with the recycling effort to save our world.

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The 4-H members see how cans are crushed and compacted into small cubes


Following the trip to the recycling center, the group held their July meeting at a local playground and then went to Gino’s Pizza for lunch. The kids all had a fun and educational trip and the club encourages other clubs, schools and organizations to schedule a tour of the Recycling Station. If you are in the Normantown (Stumptown, Shock, Rosedale, Normantown, Steer Creek) area and would like to join the Normantown Knights 4-H Club, please contact Julie Beckner at 304.354.9343 or contact your local county Extension Office to find a club available in your area.

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 July 26th.  For additional information, please contact the PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438.

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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 nonprofit 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 $40 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.

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