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GSC & BCHS Sign Landmark Agreement to Speed Time to College Degree for High School Students

Glenville State College has offered dual credit courses at schools throughout West Virginia years, but seniors have never been able to graduate from high school and college simultaneously – until now.

At a signing ceremony held Monday, May 21, Glenville State representatives joined Braxton County High School administrators and Board of Education members to formally acknowledge a new agreement.

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(l-r) Braxton County Schools Superintendent David Dilly and
Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett put pen to paper and officially sign the agreement


The initiative provides a framework for high school students enrolled at Braxton County High School to potentially graduate concurrently with their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Glenville State.

“This agreement allows us to join forces with our partners at BCHS to help propel high school students into college graduates without them ever needing to set foot on a college campus. This presents a tremendous opportunity for students who can now maximize their time to yield two credentials – a high school diploma and a two-year degree – all while still in high school,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

The courses are available to BCHS students at a reduced, dual credit rate. Additionally, GSC is the only higher education institution in the Mountain State authorized to make Pell Grant funds available to dual enrollment students, which could allow eligible students to realize significant reductions in their out-of-pocket costs for the courses and degree attainment.

“Students who opt to take these courses while they are still in high school are positioning themselves to save time and money, which is a smart move and allows them to begin a college career, if they so choose, with a leg up on other students,” said Braxton County Schools Superintendent David Dilly.

The program is scheduled to begin in the fall.

For more information contact GSC’s office of Off-Campus Programs at 304.462.6270.

Pat’s Chat

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We had a celebration during our Fellowship Dinner at church for our two high school graduates, Angie Scott and Ike Petty.  Their cake was decorated with two graduate hats.  Angie and her family attended and Ike’s family came, too.  They are no longer children!  They are young adults.  We wish them well as they step out into new roles in life.  We pray for their safety and success.

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?Graduate cake with two of the hats to represent the two graduates from Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist church family.


Courtney Eskew was one of the creators of Noah’s Ark as a float for the Strawberry Festival and it won FIRST PLACE!!  Their group is called Focus 412 like (as in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.“  They are with the Church is Full Gospel, led by Pastor Chad Lewis.  This fantastic “Ark” is made with toilet paper and paper towel rolls, which my family saved for them for several weeks, as I am sure all their church members also saved.  Notice the balloon and paper “water” and the “clouds” floating up at the top, the animals (represented by animal masks on each of the lucky Ark inhabitants).  A marvelously crafted float.  I am proud of those young people!

Only eight people were saved on the ark, even though Noah preached for 120 years and tried to help them be ready.  I am sure many people were “saved” but laid to rest before the final destructive flood came, and now God’s everlasting gospel has to be preached to all nations, and people groups to help them prepare for the second coming.  It is God’s will that everyone be saved as it says in I Timothy 2:4, and “to come unto the knowledge of the truth.“  It is so sad that some will refuse to listen.  There are two forces in the world we live in.  Number One, we have God’s loving mercy and grace and Number 2, we have the created being, Lucifer, who chose to leave God and were finally forced to leave Heaven and come to this earth.  Sadly, members of God’s new creation chose to listen to him, Lucifer, also called the devil and Satan, and one-third of God’s angels who chose to follow him.  Flip Wilson was right about there being an evil “force” - but he was wrong when he said, “The devil made me do it.“  No, the devil tempted him, but it was his choice to follow him instead of the loving God.

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Pastor Rick Cutright and his wife, Bonnie with Angie Scott, one of the graduates.


Jesus will soon be coming back to collect His people prior to re-creating the earth to a beautiful planet it used to be, without all the water that now covers it.  The devil is so mad at God because he is confined to earth and cannot go to meetings in Heaven anymore as you can read about in the book of Job, or visit other planets.  He is trying to get his revenge because he knows he has only a short time before the lake of fire will “devour, some translations say consume” him (see Revelation 20:9) and those who choose to follow him.  His revenge is to pull God’s children whom the devil knows God loves so much, away from Him and into the “pleasures” of sin.  God is for us, the devil is against us, and it will be OUR choice where we end up.  Either in the Lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:41) or in the earth made new where God’s children will live eternally, with ability to go the other planets or explore the galaxies.  If you do not know God, you can easily find Him.  Read Jeremiah 29:13 - which says you will find Him when you search for Him with all your heart.  He has the whole book (Bible) full of directions, and the “recipe” for eternal life is in there - the book that Satan has tried numerous times to destroy.

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The Scott family, back row, Angie’s mother Wanda, brother Barry, father Bucky.
Front row seated, Angie, her grandmother, Betty Shock, and sister Courtney.

 

The Lake of fire is called eternal because it cannot be quenched.  It will devour, consume into ashes whoever chooses to refuse God’s rescue.  It will burn only as long as there is something to be devoured or consumed.  The Bible is clear that in the New Earth there will be no more pain or death,(see and memorize Revelation 21:4), so to believe that a loving God would torture people eternally for their short life of sin, or long life of sin is just one of the devil’s many lies.  Read the Bible and find the truth. 

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Ark from Strawberry Festival, first place


Maranatha

WV Legislative Update

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The traffic seems worse each time we make the trip south, but it was well worth the inconvenience last weekend, as we celebrated two birthdays and a graduation.  Our daughter, Jessica and eldest grandson Collin have birthdays just two days apart, so we always try to visit for a few days on or near their birthdays.  Meanwhile, our nephew, Jacob Walker, graduated from Firefighter Training School in Charleston, SC last Friday, so we attended his graduation and his taking the oath of Firefighter.  The small class of 18 – including Chris McGee, a West Virginia native of Boone County and Huntington firefighter – completed the lengthy training together with Jacob.

The rumored on again and off again special session was indeed called by Governor’s proclamation late last week.  However, the anticipated original reason for the call – modifications to the sports betting legislation to include an “integrity fee” to professional sports – was not included, due to an outpouring of negative reactions by legislators and the gaming facilities that are likely to purchase a license to participate.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court paves the way for states to begin this activity.  For better or worse, it’s about to begin in our State, possibly by July 1.

What was included on the call is as follows, taken from the Governor’s proclamation:

May 20-22, 2018 Special Session Agenda & Summaries


1.        Department of Arts, Culture & History

This bill moves the Division of Culture & History from the recently eliminated Department of Arts because of the recent approval of Enrolled Committee Substitute for HB 4006 (2018). The new state entity will be the Department of Arts, Culture & History. The Commissioner of Culture and History will become the Curator of Arts, Culture & History. The Curator will report directly to the Governor.


2.        Survivor Benefit Retroactive

This bill amends the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 625 (2018). The bill allows for a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2018. It eliminates the one-payment requirement. It provides a distribution of payments consistent with intestate statutes if there is no beneficiary designated by the decedent.


3.        Fleet Bill Clean Up

This bill addresses technical issues and clarifies language to the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for House Bill 4015 (2018) that reformed the management of state vehicles. The bill removes ambiguous language related to traffic citations and perjury. It cures conflicts related to the promulgation of legislative rules. It also fixes an erroneous code citation.


4.        Human Trafficking Bill Clean Up

This bill provides clarifying language and addresses technical issues contained in Enrolled Committee Substitute for HB 4169 (2018). The bill modifies the type of business or establishments required to post human trafficking notices. It also modifies the criminal penalties for violating the section.


5.        Physical Therapy Compact Bill Clean Up

This bill addresses technical issues in the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for SB 456 (2018). The bill conforms the provisions of the model act provided by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission to allow West Virginia to become a participating member.  Otherwise, West Virginia cannot participate in the multi-state licensure compact.


6.        Tax Sale Notice/ Issuance of Deeds

This bill moves timeframes and dates for the notice/issuance of deeds sought by a purchaser of property at a tax sale. The dates must be moved to provide more time to perfect service of notice to redeem for land owners. There was a recent federal court ruling requiring additional notice to be given which is not accounted for in our current statutory timeframes.


7.        Supplemental Appropriation Bills

A.        DHHR supplemental

This supplemental appropriation bill addresses technical issues in the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for SB 152- the Budget Bill. The supplemental appropriation bill includes language erroneously left out of the budget bill that funds the tobacco education program.

B.        DMAPS supplemental

This supplemental appropriation bill appropriates $555,000 to the Adjutant General’s Military Authority – Surplus account.  These funds will be used for the following:

  • $55,000 to contract for a feasibility study to validate prior findings of the WV Army National Guard regarding design and construction of a new facility to house multiple DMAPS agencies; and
  • $500,000 to fund Partnership Coordinators to develop defense industry opportunities for WV businesses.  Their priority over the next few years will be building opportunities with Qatar.


Also, this supplemental appropriation bill appropriates $495,000 to the Division of Justice and Community Services’ Law Enforcement Training – Surplus account.  These funds will be used for the following:

  • $255,000 for the WV State Police Academy staffing; and
  • $270,000 for 2 Basic classes at the WV State Police Academy.

A final bill was added to the agenda regarding banking regulations for the medical cannabis, but as it was not included on the call from the Governor, it will take two-thirds of members from each house to sign a petition to take up the bill.  The special session will run concurrently with the May interim meetings on the same dates, thereby avoiding additional expense to taxpayers.

To conclude this week, I join with all our citizens to offer our heartfelt congratulation to the Class of 2018 grads from BCHS and GCHS.  We’re proud of your accomplishments and look forward to great things in the next chapter of your lives. 

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

West Virginia 2018 spring turkey harvest largest in 15 years

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According to preliminary data gathered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 percent increase over 2017.

This year’s harvest also is more than 10 percent above the 10-year average, said Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

All but two DNR districts reported an increase over 2017 harvest figures. Districts 4 and 5 were the only two districts with fewer harvested birds this year. Counties in District 1 harvested the most birds again this year with 3,416, followed by District 6 (2,651), District 5 (1,811), District 4 (1,515), District 3 (1,805) and District 2 (1,076).

The five counties with the largest harvest were Preston (553), Mason (468), Jackson (460), Harrison (440) and Marshall (417).

Youth hunters harvested 431 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 14. Those numbers, along with county totals, are included in the table below.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

178

127

165

204

250

Brooke

84

67

78

100

174

Hancock

110

89

98

106

87

Harrison

264

247

286

327

440

Marion

149

170

192

256

330

Marshall

220

174

207

255

417

Monongalia

174

199

197

266

346

Ohio

91

109

111

113

145

Preston

344

333

371

475

553

Taylor

87

72

101

135

189

Tucker

88

82

90

97

89

Wetzel

203

168

196

244

396

District 1 Subtotal

 1,992

 1,837

     2,092

   2,578

    3,416

Berkeley

112

124

115

147

162

Grant

129

131

161

145

160

Hampshire

138

156

170

184

166

Hardy

135

116

132

132

150

Jefferson

57

82

79

114

115

Mineral

96

118

134

132

148

Morgan

62

64

54

64

64

Pendleton

95

94

88

112

111

District 2 Subtotal

     824

    885

         933

   1,030

    1,076

Braxton

175

194

197

209

307

Clay

68

83

101

120

142

Lewis

180

194

211

249

286

Nicholas

164

213

330

311

287

Pocahontas

130

145

144

143

113

Randolph

186

225

250

248

207

Upshur

229

231

228

303

334

Webster

113

114

156

150

129

District 3 Subtotal

 1,245

 1,399

     1,617

   1,733

    1,805

Fayette

244

239

292

278

247

Greenbrier

245

242

308

269

224

McDowell

215

218

200

177

132

Mercer

170

161

176

192

150

Monroe

212

181

184

192

182

Raleigh

214

231

283

279

213

Summers

209

199

219

209

170

Wyoming

255

257

320

262

197

District 4 Subtotal

 1,764

 1,728

     1,982

   1,858

    1,515

Boone

159

138

157

157

125

Cabell

80

110

114

176

125

Kanawha

231

227

285

319

308

Lincoln

178

169

215

228

158

Logan

181

172

181

165

157

Mason

293

314

378

448

468

Mingo

93

91

131

143

106

Putnam

150

181

210

268

235

Wayne

103

108

139

186

129

District 5 Subtotal

 1,468

 1,510

     1,810

   2,090

    1,811

Calhoun

135

128

145

164

190

Doddridge

126

118

137

160

216

Gilmer

147

124

132

143

170

Jackson

293

264

302

408

460

Pleasants

73

71

80

89

122

Ritchie

245

218

216

263

327

Roane

232

210

231

256

279

Tyler

136

144

182

181

250

Wirt

177

153

174

206

230

Wood

271

248

328

380

407

District 6 Subtotal

 1,835

 1,678

     1,927

   2,250

    2,651

State Total

 9,128

 9,037

   10,361

 11,539

  12,274

Pat’s Chat

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What a wonderful weekend after the fog of our weeks of struggling with illness here at our house!  First, Sabbath services were so glorious.  Song service included some favorite songs, which Bill Elmer picked out; then he told us an interesting story and quickly turned it over to the study from our exciting quarterly, Preparation for the End Time. The Holy Spirit helped as all of the members pitched in to emphasize some of the interesting points about Daniel’s prophecy telling us about Someone who would speak against the Most High and intend to change “times and the laws” in Daniel 7.  Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8 and Matthew 4:17, 18 assure us that God does NOT change.  (“I change not,” He says!).  Jesus, as He taught, “amplified” the law by showing that the commandments go deeper than just not killing, not coveting, not committing adultery, etc.  He explained that these “sins” begin in the heart, such hating is usually the prerequisite of murder, and thoughts in the heart can lead to adultery.  Yes, the laws were there to show us what “sin” is, but that the simple keeping of the laws cannot save us.  Only accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins can bring salvation to us.  We talked about when the weekly day of worship, Sabbath, was changed to Sunday, not by an edict from God but by that Someone who would think or intend to make the change.  Whew!  Next week we will be delving into the predictions in Matthew 24 and 25 dealing with false messiahs and false prophets who will, if possible, deceive the elect (or the greatest, most dedicated Christians).  To me, these studies are very exciting.  Come join us at 9:30 on Saturday morning.

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During the church service, the children sang and read poems to honor Mother’s Day.  Children are the most fun part of any service.  The sermon was a rousing one, brought to us by Roy Waybright who never preaches from the pulpit, but instead walks up and down the aisle, up to the pulpit and all around.  He had given us each a card and asked us write down five reasons we wanted to go to Heaven.  One of the reasons given was that they wanted to see Roy there.  Several told him they wanted him to continue that message, so he promises to do that the next time he does the sermon.  (Very few members of us doze off when Roy preaches.)

To help my granddaughter whose husband is afflicted by ME/CFS.  Myalgic-encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rare disease for which more funding is needed for research to try to help those suffering from what can be a very debilitating illness.  Here is a website:  https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/myalgic-encephalomyelitis/.

Sunday morning the men of our church cooked breakfast for all of the women of the church (mothers or not).  Delicious!  Not everyone showed up, but they missed the fun.  Later in the day Chuck Bucklew, Cheryl Bucklew, Mary Ann Bucklew and I went to Audrey’s for the meal of our choice, also delicious.  We also visited our Aunt (or Great-Aunt) Jean Haymond at the beautiful Serenity Care facility.  If you want to see some of those things, go on Facebook to my website or Mary Ann’s.

Cannot forget that the four of us stopped at Brake’s for dessert.  Delicious!  What a wonderful weekend.

Maranatha!

WV Legislative Update

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First this week, congratulations to all the successful candidates for public office in the Primary Election last Tuesday.  On a personal note, I deeply appreciate the support shown on Election Day.  As always, my goal is to have all my signs picked up on election night.  If I missed one, please let me know.

Meanwhile, I want to congratulate the residents of Gilmer County for their overwhelming renewal of multiple public service levies that make a huge difference in services to their citizens.  All the levies on the ballot passed by nearly 70% or more. 

The opportunity to enhance essential public services and also enjoy success in applying for competitive grants, funding and other awards is greatly improved when community support is evident.  This works for the betterment of everyone. 

Last week, I had the opportunity to have DOH Assistant Commissioner Robby Queen spend Thursday afternoon in the district to visit a few locations and discuss current, upcoming and needed projects, along with Brian Cooper, District 7 Engineer. During our discussions, we also were invited to attend the Braxton County Development Authority meeting to discuss the major interstate construction plans on I-79 this summer in Braxton County.

One phase of the project will necessitate the temporary closure - one at a time – of entrance and exit ramps at Exit 67 for a few hours while the original concrete surface is essentially pulverized and rebuilt from the base up.  The contractor will be working around the clock when the time comes to ensure the inconvenience will be brief on each ramp.  Dates have not been set, and the work will begin late evening to minimize the inconvenience.  This will involve lots of coordination with message boards, media and public information weeks in advance.  Provisions will be made for emergency vehicles.

A meeting for the businesses and public will be held in mid-June as construction dates are firmed up and a determination of what order each exit ramp will be rebuilt.  I want to stress that all the ramps will not be closed at the same time.  They will be done one at a time and working non-stop, which should limit closure to less than 24 hours for each ramp.

With the latest starting of major pipelines construction throughout central West Virginia and across the state, the issue of West Virginia jobs for West Virginia workers is a priority.  A few years ago when the Marcellus drilling boom was in high gear, there was no doubt a significant number of workers from the southwestern U.S. were filling many of the drilling jobs created.

While the current round of pipeline work is just beginning to unfold, it appears the number of West Virginia workers may be improved since a few years ago.  However, time will tell.  It is critical to our economy and state budget that our state contractors have a fair chance for these jobs and that all contractions endeavor to use our highly-skilled, safety-trained West Virginia workforce.

As for construction projects which involve state funding only verses projects that involve state and federal funding, the WV Division of Labor website offers a brief, but succinct explanation of the WV Jobs Act. It states, in part:

… the West Virginia Legislature enacted the West Virginia Jobs Act, which deems it necessary for those employers contracted to perform construction work on state funded public improvement projects, which equal or exceed $500,000.00 in cost, to hire 75% of their workers from the local labor market. The local labor market is defined as including every county within the State of West Virginia as well as any county outside of West Virginia, if any portion of that county is within 50 miles of the state border. 

There are certain exclusions to this requirement, which includes an exemption for projects that contain any amount of federal funding as well as an allowance for out-of-state contractors to bring two (2) of their own employees from outside the local labor market to work on the project and still remain in compliance.

It is important to note that the WV Jobs Act does not apply when federal funding is involved in a project, as is the case with many major road construction jobs now underway or being planned.

Whether it’s pipeline, road construction or any other project, in recent years the current legislative leadership has sought to weaken the protections for West Virginia workers.  The only way by which to monitor in-state verses out of state workers is to make certain payroll records can be reviewed and ascertain compliance on hiring, wages, etc. In one recent example: for years, a bridge painting contractor out of Florida flaunted the wage and worker rules, thereby depriving West Virginia companies and their West Virginia workers of the opportunity to make a fair living by underbidding all competitors.

That situation has now been resolved after a long, lengthy investigation.  In the meantime, hundreds of West Virginia jobs went to a questionable out-of-state contractor and their contingent of many undocumented or illegal foreign workers being paid under the table.  If we’re ever going to turn the corner economically in West Virginia, we can’t let our citizens get shortchanged.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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First and foremost this week, Mother’s Day is celebrated this coming Sunday, May 13.  I’m blessed and thankful to have my Mom; I’m thankful for Jean and her influence on our kids and grandkids; and for Jessica and Jennifer – both are great mothers to the grandkids.  The older you get, the more you appreciate a mother’s love.  If your mom is still with you, take time to visit, call and show your appreciation.  Thanks, Mom!

Congratulations are in order for the 2018 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.  This is a prestigious award and one that unites generations of recipients from all across West Virginia that have demonstrated their knowledge of West Virginia culture, history, geography, economics and other information pertaining to the Mountain State.  Recipients this year include: Gilmer County High School – Jacob Hardwick and Scott Price.  Braxton County Middle School – Levi Demastus, Joseph Johnson and David Martin.  We’re proud of you in earning this wonderful honor.

As I anticipated last week, April revenue figures were revealed last Friday, and since the Governor announced the results, you can bet they were better than anticipated.  April revenue was up considerably, over estimates by nearly $24 million.  With two months left in this fiscal year, it appears we’re on track to finish out the year either slightly above or below estimates.  That’s a positive development, after years of budget impasses and endless budget sessions.  Thus far, revenue collections are less than one-tenth of one percent below estimates for the year, to date.

The Governor did indicate that he may call as special session on at least one separate issue, possibly as soon as the May interim meetings.  However, it may depend on the timing of a long anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision.

During the regular session, Senate Bill 415– a sports betting law – was passed by the Legislature and allowed to go into law by the Governor.  However, implementation was not possible, as legal sports betting is still not permitted in most states.  Due to a lawsuit that has been working its way through the court system, it now rests with the U.S. Supreme Court to make a final ruling.

The law – if and when the Court rules to open sports gambling up across the country - would permit each of the four racetracks and the Greenbrier to purchase a license to allow sports betting on professional and collegiate level.  The bill passed in the House 77-22 and in the Senate 25-9, with the bill becoming law without the Governor’s signature.

I did not vote for the bill during the regular session, due to a number of factors.

  • The revenue the state would glean is not sufficient; the licensing fee is far too low.

  • A planned WV Lottery phone app would make it extremely easy to gamble without actually going to the licensed venues, possibly opening the door for under-age gambling and betting.

  • It also provides for sub-bets that do not involve the outcome of a game.  For instance, betting in real time whether the next pitch is a ball or strike; whether the basketball player will make this next free throw; whether the next pass will be completed or incomplete, etc.  The opportunities to gamble would be drastically expanded.

  • Also, the yet to be developed mobile phone app would permit betting from you smart phone, using a GPS-enabled smart phone or tablet.  Supposedly, if you would need to be physically located inside the borders of West Virginia before you could place sports bets.  I’m skeptical about this.  Further, kids are pretty resourceful and adults are often not diligent in protecting passwords.  I can foresee scenarios of thousands of dollars wagered and lost by unsupervised children and/or lax parental controls.

  • Further complicating the circumstances is the demand of professional sports to impose an “integrity fee” on each bet. The Governor has indicated his support for this fee.  However, I’m not certain what advantage this fee brings, other than to further enrich professional sports.

  • Finally, the Lottery Commission’s complex licensing and payout formula leaves little profit for the State to devote to state programs, including PEIA.  With a population of only 1.8 million residents, the prospect of seeing any appreciable revenue is unlikely.  You’re definitely not going to fix PEIA from this scheme.  I’ll approach a special session with an open mind, waiting to see how the Governor proposes to amend this existing law.

  • On another issue, all of us have experienced, directly or through our friends, families, neighbors and co-workers, natural disaster emergencies.  In our area, it is most often a result of flooding.  Last weekend, our family – Jean’s Aunt Linda – had to deal with a new natural disaster for our family.  Linda lives near the town of Volcano, Hawaii and is now experiencing earthquakes and the eruption of Mt. Kilauea, which is very near their home.  They have not had to evacuate as of this writing, as the lava flow is slightly south of their home.  Meanwhile, the strong earthquakes continue and poisonous gas venting from fissures opening throughout the area are posing the most immediate threat.

  • It’s a reminder that wherever we live, and at any time in our lives, some circumstances are beyond our control.

  • Finally this week, thank you to the Braxton County Ministerial Association for their sponsorship of the annual breakfast for the National Day of Prayer last Thursday.  I always look forward to and enjoy this annual event of sharing our faith and praying for our nation, state, local communities and families.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Final Early Voting Results - 05.06.18

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God is so good!  I have not had time to write anything the last few weeks because of the scary illness of my daughter, Robin.  Apparently, due to a supposed seizure she had as possibly a side-effect to a low-sodium count she was reported by the doctor to have prior, she had brain damage which left her not her usually fiery self, but instead a mild, agreeable, quiet, subdued Robin who didn’t know where she was or what the date was or almost anything.  I had to help her with all of her activities of daily living for a while.  Tests were done at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Buckhannon and more at Ruby Hospital in Morgantown.  There was slight improvement and tests were negative, so they sent her home, though she was NOT Robin.

With the help of her retired RN brother, Chuck, we cared for her, but the real improvement came when I asked everyone to pray for her.  Serious praying was done.  (Chuck had said he had always loved Robin, but now in her sweet, agreeable self, he even “likes” her.)  We are all happy that her fiery self is back along with the added sweetness.  I say “apparently” and “supposed” seizure because we did not actually see her seizure, but by morning, her tongue was severely bitten.  We took her to the ER where the night before they had x-rayed her and found she had pneumonia.  She was admitted to the hospital here in Buckhannon that morning for five days and then sent to Morgantown for three days.  God is so good, and all of you who prayed can thank Him, for she is well now except for some memory problems, (but then, I have that, too, so we can deal with it!) 

Thank you, everyone out there who prayed for Robin.  Below is an amazing story that emphasizes how good God is.  It is from the book I use in my devotions and often quote, Walking through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 132.

David, whom in his youth and innocence God characterized as “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13;22, falls into grievous sin.  He finds forgiveness after heart-searching repentance.  “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities” (Psalm 51:9).

God blots out our sins, the charges that were against us.  By the blood of Christ, the terrible record is gone.  It is forever obliterated.  The debt is paid, and we are free!

It is said that Napoleon once found a man implicated in a plot against the empire.  The letter which the man had written was brought to Napoleon, and the death sentence was pronounced upon the man.  The condemned man’s wife came and pleaded with Napoleon to save her husband.

Napoleon had his secretary bring the letter, and said, “Is that your husband’s handwriting?“  The wife admitted that it was.

“Is that the only evidence there is against him?“ he asked the secretary.

“That is all” was the reply.

Then Napoleon took the letter and before the eyes of the weeping woman and the secretary, he threw the letter into the fire.

Turning to the woman, he said, “There is no evidence that our husband is a traitor; go in peace.“

So, friends, if we come to Jesus and ask forgiveness in His name, God will destroy all evidence and blot out our sins and remember them no more forever (see Isaiah 42:25 NKJV, “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake.  And I will not remember your sins. . .“)

Maranatha!

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I want to begin this week by offering my thanks and appreciation to the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department for answering a call to our home last Friday night. An apparent electrical fire occurred in a trailered bass boat just outside our garage. This could have been an incident that endangered our home, but due to the quick action of the GVFD, a potential disaster was averted. Thanks to their rapid response and action, along with my Dad who noticed it first, we’re very thankful and grateful to everyone.

During World War II, over three million American women left home to do their part in the total war effort that a world war brings. With millions of men called into military service in the Pacific and Europe, these patriotic women stepped in to help build airplanes, tanks, munitions, ships and a host of defense related materials needed to support our soldiers, sailors and airmen. Their “We Can Do It” work ethic on the home front was vital in support of the military and helped make V-E Day and V-J Day possible.

When the war ended, these home front heroes returned home to await their husbands and loved ones as they returned home. Sadly, many of their loved ones did not return, but it did not dampen or hinder their dedication and hard work in making sure the flow of wartime armaments and materials flowed without delay. When I was a young teenager, I began to hear of many ladies in our community that were welders, machinists, equipment operators and other skilled positions during the war. Little did I know or appreciate at the time that these women were both trailblazers and vital to the war effort. In recent years, the nation has recognized and documented their stories, as they came from all walks of life and across the nation.

I want to commend Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick, the Girl Scouts and troop leaders of Troop 32394, the GCS Jazz Ensemble and all the residents that turned out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to pay tribute to a group of these patriotic women, each collectively referred to as a World War II “Rosie the Riveter”. As a result of the fundraising work of Mrs. Coberly and other generous citizens, funds were raised to place a bell in the City Square to commemorate the contribution of each “Rosie the Riveter” as a lasting memorial to their wartime service. Jeff Campbell and the GCEDA helped with the final funding. I was truly honored to present each Rosie with citations of appreciation from the West Virginia House of Delegates.

I want to especially thank Gary Coberly for his planning and organizing the event and for all his hard work in making the event a great success.

Just as our WW II veterans are getting into their ninth decade, so too are the Rosie’s that were instrumental in helping win the war. We are truly blessed to have these great ladies and our veterans, as they truly are emblematic of the Greatest Generation.
Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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It seems like students just went back to school for the fall and now we’re only weeks away from high school and college graduation.  I appreciate the honor of presenting the Promise Scholarships at Braxton County High School to one of the largest Promise classes since the Legislature enacted the program in 2002.  I also want to thank the presenters of all the numerous private and college scholarships awarded and for the generosity of the donors, estates, civic groups and organizations that provide funds.

College and post-secondary education is an expensive investment, but one that pays dividends for a lifetime.  Every scholarship dollar awarded is one less dollar that must be repaid through student loans.  Most of all, congratulations to the student recipients, as these important financial awards attest to your diligent and accomplished academic work and talents throughout the years.

During monthly interim legislative meetings, the Joint Committee on Government and Finance - the overseeing committees of the Legislature during the period between sessions - members of the committee receive monthly reports, pose questions and make requests for information from the entire spectrum of state agencies, boards and commissions.  As a Joint Committee member for many years, I’ve intervened years ago to ensure that a monthly Medicaid report is submitted with an added special section on the Medicaid waiver programs.  I’ve been especially vocal with DHHR on the issue of long wait lists for in-home care for the aged and disabled and the equally important IDD waiver program.  Both these programs receive a 3 to 1 Federal-State match, so every dollar we contribute on the State level draws down approximately three Federal dollars.  That’s a great return on investment.

Both programs have had extensive waiting lists for services and I’ve been pushing for many years to reduce and hopefully eliminate the wait lists.  I’m pleased that these efforts are beginning to pay dividends, as the A/D waiver program is down to slightly more than 100 waiting for services.  While this is still not acceptable, it’s much improved from more than two thousand persons waiting a few years ago.  I credit the increased legislative and public pressure and the media reporting.  I believe it has motivated DHHR.

The IDD waiver has a much larger waiting list.  However, DHHR officials are planning to add an additional fifty slots to serve new recipients.  Again, this is good news.  However, I still want to see some solid results as the new fiscal year begins in July.

Also, the Dept. of Revenue was somewhat vague on what the revenue numbers for April may hold.  The March key indicators came in under estimates with only three months remaining in the fiscal year.  Revenue officials keep comparing this year’s numbers to last year.  While they have improved in most areas from a year ago, they still lag substantially from the levels we need for sustained growth.

Finally, the interim meetings also brought to light more embarrassing news about actions by some members of our West Virginia Supreme Court.  A legislative audit was made public that uncovered several “perks” were used by some justices that were both inappropriate and possibly unethical.  These involved using rental cars on trips beyond the intended purpose while traveling and the use of a state vehicle to commute from home to work at the expense of taxpayers.  From my understanding, both of these situations have income tax implications to the recipients.  One justice has already corrected the situation.

When taken with the prior bad news regarding excessive spending on remodeled offices, missing heirloom furniture and the $37,000 couch, it is no wonder that the constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in November to place the judicial budget under the oversight of the Legislature is gaining positive momentum for approval.  West Virginia is one of only a few states that allows the judicial branch to submit their budget and prohibits the Legislature from reining in their spending.  Even Congress has control of the U.S. Supreme Court budget request.  This seems to be a logical way to restore some needed checks and balances.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

2018 West Virginia Envirothon winners announced and scholarships awarded

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The Ravenswood Future Farmers of America team won first place and a $5,000 scholarship Friday to share at the 2018 West Virginia Envirothon at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County.

Team members Katlyne Rollyson, Teresa Riffle, Tiffany Miihlbach, Gabriela Martinez and Fiona Lane took the prize in a tight competition with the second place Mineral County team, whose members will share a $3,750 scholarship.

Jefferson Agriscience (with a $2,500 scholarship) finished in third place, while the Eco Defenders team ($1,750) from Morgan County finished fourth, and the Moorefield High School team came in fifth ($1,250 scholarship).

The West Virginia Envirothon competition gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it. The event was held April 19-20.

Teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 explored the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic, range land management.

Top teams at each station took home $500 station awards, shared among the team advisor and team members. Ravenswood and Mineral County split four of the five station awards. Ravenswood won the current environment topic and the wildlife station awards. Mineral

County’s team won the soils and the aquatics station awards. The Jefferson Agriscience team won the forestry station award.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee awarded $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $200,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams were tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon was held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams participated from Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts

2018 West Virginia Envirothon returning to Jackson’s Mill

Students to explore the environmental and earth sciences during competition

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The West Virginia Envirothon competition, which gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it, will return to Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County next week.

The event, which precedes Earth Day on April 22, is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20.

Through a unique hands-on experience, teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 will explore the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic.

The best opportunity for photos, video, audio and interviews will be when review stations are open to teams on Thursday, April 19, from 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m. Interviews also can be arranged during this time. This is a great opportunity for a good feature story with appealing art.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee expects to grant $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $185,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their

area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams are tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon is being held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams signed up to participate this year are from Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts. For more information, visit the Envirothon website at www.wvca.us/envirothon or contact Davin White at 304.767.5508 (cell) or ‘dwhite@wvca.us’.

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Over nearly forty years of marriage and our kids, our family has included five golden retrievers down through the years.  While Chuck is nearing the 10 year old mark this summer, Jean thought he needed a little buddy to get him more active.  So, as of last weekend, we now have golden retriever number six.  Waldo is 6 weeks old so we’re experiencing some puppy-proofing in areas where he has access.  Meanwhile, the grandkids have been on Facetime with us more in the last few days than usual.  I’m guessing Waldo has something to do with that.

Congratulations to Braxton County High School for being the first 2018 recipient of the Jennings Randolph Award from the West Virginia Secretary of State.  The award was sanctioned by the Legislature to recognize efforts to register eligible high school students to vote.  As the late Senator Randolph was instrumental in the passage of the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing those 18 to 21 the right to vote.  BCHS achieved a 100% voter registration.  Congratulations on this notable achievement.  I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this recognition.

As the weather gradually begins to transition toward spring, road construction and repairs are beginning to ramp up.  In the past week, I’ve had communications with both the District 7 officials and the Commissioner’s office in Charleston.  It looks like as soon as the proper engineering studies are completed, the major slides in the area will be put to bid shortly.  I hope last weekend’s severe rains didn’t cause additional problems to further delay already critical repairs.  Both Gilmer and Braxton are experiencing major and, in some instances, totally unexpected slips and slides.

One of the first and one of most unreported issues addressed during the 2018 session was the staffing crisis in all branches of corrections – prisons, regional jails and juvenile services.  Probably the most publicized incident was the inmate that literally walked out of South Central Regional Jail in South Charleston.  This incident and others could be directly attributed to a severely overworked staff, multiple double shifts, and the inability to attract new workers due to the woefully low starting pay.

Beginning July 1, things should begin to turn around.  In addition to the 5% average pay increase for all state employees, correctional and regional jail workers will receive an additional $2,000 pay increase for three consecutive years.  The hope is that by increasing pay, we can stem the tide of training quality officers, only to see them depart for other jobs.

Funding was also included in the budget to conduct one or possibly two new State Police training classes.  Trooper numbers have dropped to dangerously low levels in recent years, due to retirements and losses to other states or agencies that offered increased compensation. The additional 5% compensation and new trooper classes are a good first step to replenish the ranks.

Both the State Police, Regional Jail and Correctional officers are vital positions.  New hires will need to be dedicated, dependable, well-disciplined and drug-free applicants, among other factors.  I encourage those interested to check on-line with regard to applications.  As I receive additional information, I will gladly pass it on in this column.

Finally, both Gilmer and Braxton Counties are joining in efforts to secure wireless internet service for both counties.  After several years of waiting for existing companies to expand service into underserved or unserved areas, the time is right for renewing efforts to work jointly to see a greater number of households covered.  Each week, I receive communications from local residents needing internet access for their home-based business, helping with schoolwork for their kids, or communicating with family and friends.  Additionally, prospective residents always inquire “is internet service available”, just as you would inquire if all other utilities are accessible.  Region VII Planning and Development is actively assisting and working to secure grants and awards so we can move forward on this much needed improvement for the residents and businesses of both counties.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Beware of Price Gouging During State of Emergency

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned against price gouging during a state of emergency due to heavy rain across West Virginia.

Laws prohibiting such activity took effect Monday with the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.

The state’s price gouging laws specifically prohibit any person, business or contractor from inflating the price of select consumer items by more than 10 percent of what it sold for 10 days prior to the declaration.

“This is a time when all West Virginians should come together and help their neighbors,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Historically, West Virginians have responded heroically during times of need.”

The law takes effect during any state of emergency or state of preparedness, as issued by West Virginia’s governor. Price gouging laws remain in effect until the declaration is lifted or 30 days, whichever is longer, subject to limited exceptions.

The Attorney General urges any consumer who believes he or she may have been charged prices that increased dramatically after the state of emergency declaration to file a complaint with his office. Those with a receipt should attach a copy to their complaint.

Anyone with a question about price gouging laws or believe they have been a victim of price gouging should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

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I-79 south closed in Braxton County

The Free Press WVTraffic Advisory- I-79 south MM-46.5 will remain closed until further notice due to a road buckle.Detour is take Exit 51 Frametown to Rt-4 to Rt-11, back on at MM-46 Servia Rd. Detour travel time is 15 to 20 minutes [ .... ]  Read More

Braxton County: traffic rerouted after highway buckles

The Free Press WVTraffic is being rerouted on Interstate 79 southbound in Braxton County after a section of the interstate buckled Monday night near Frametown [ .... ]  Read More

Braxton County man admits to firearm and drug charges

The Free Press WV Charles William Masters, of Burnsville, West Virginia, has admitted to firearm and drug charges [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Everything changes, and it is not always for the best.  We age as soon as we are born.  [ .... ]  Read More

Braxton County Fire Cause is undetermined

The Free Press WV No working smoke alarms in Braxton house where 3 died [ .... ]  Read More

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imageDelegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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imageDelegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Our planned celebration at church on Saturday did not happen.

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imageDelegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WVWe have just ended our annual visit with my grandson, Brian Bucklew and his lovely wife, Rebecca.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Free Press WV  Pipeline developers file federal suit against Fayette County Commission

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV  I enjoy seeing what other churches are doing in the joyful season of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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image  Each year during the holidays, Jean and I always try to work around the hectic work and family schedules of our kids, Jessica and Justin.

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WV State Police Troopers investigate Sutton woman’s death

The Free Press WV Woman died Sunday after body found in motel Saturday [ .... ]  Read More

In Lewis County, Interstate 79 was closed through the Monday morning hours due to standing water

The Free Press WV High water after heavy rain shuts down roads, closes schools in West Virginia to start the new week [ .... ]  Read More

Rainfall totals could exceed 2 inches on Sunday

The Free Press WV Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Roane, Taylor, Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster, Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, Boone, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Wyoming, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Tucker, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties [ .... ]  Read More

More WV Towns, Counties Sue Over Opioid Crisis

The Free Press WV The lawsuits filed in the federal court this week come from governments around the state. The municipalities include Quinwood, Rupert, Rainelle, Milton, Smithers, Sutton, Logan, Summersville and Parkersburg, in addition to Nicholas and Braxton counties [ .... ]  Read More

I-79 Vehicle Fire in Braxton County

The Free Press WVBoth lanes of I-79 north were closed after a vehicle fire Friday evening [ .... ]  Read More

Fire claims 3 lives in Braxton County

The Free Press WVThe fire began around 7:30 a.m. at a home on Elk River Road in Gassaway [ .... ]  Read More

Pipeline companies askeding a federal judge to use eminent domain to access WV properties

The Free Press WVPipeline companies resort to eminent domain to win property access

Dismissal of Mountain Valley Pipeline property is asked by Landowners

The Free Press WV Property owners contend federal certificate is conditional and that there’s no evidence developers can pay fair value for property.

Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Free Press WV  Pipeline developers file federal suit against Fayette County Commission

Self-Inflicted Gunshot by A Young Braxton County Boy

The Free Press WVHe was not hunting at the time, but was riding on a UTV with his brother while holding his brother’s rifle.

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James “Jim” Lee Huffman

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Cedarville, WV passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Glenville Genesis Health Care Center in Glenville, WV. He was born June 29, 1942 to the late Ernest Huffman and Ida (Riffle) Huffman [ .... ]  Read More

Donnis Lee Jenkins

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 19, 2018 at home. She was born April 21, 1959 [ .... ]  Read More

Janet D. Duckworth

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Gassaway, WV, passed away May 22, 2018. She was born April 08, 1933 in Flatwoods, WV to the late Byrl and Muriel Arnold Westfall [....]  Read More

Brenda Elizabeth Haag Patterson

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Frametown, WV passed away at home May 21, 2018. She was born October 29, 1959 in Dille, WV a daughter of the late Perry Haag and Icie Marie Metheney Haag [ .... ]  Read More

Jo Ann (Ware) Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 69 of Ireland, WV Went home to be with her Lord and Savior on the mourning of Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born on August 28, 1948 in Green Hill, WV [....]  Read More

Teressa Ann (Jenkins) Stump

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Clarksburg, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV gained her angel wings and went to be with our Lord on May 18, 2018 at home after a short illness [....]  Read More

Michael G. Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 14, 2018 at home. He was born August 11, 1960 to the late Corbett See and Ruth Elaine Short [....]  Read More

Shirley Jo Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born June 10, 1947 in Covington, KY, the daughter of the late James Henry Taylor and Gladys Lucille Jenkins [....]  Read More

Derek Shane Funk

The Free Press WVAge 27, of Frametown, WV passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home. He was born February 09, 1991 a son of Danny and Terri Funk [ .... ]  Read More

Buster Lee Myers

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 11, 2018.  He was born May 05, 1936 in Wheeler, WV.  He was the son of the late Hoy V. Myers and Sylvia G. Bickel Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Wayne Richard

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Winnie, TX passed away peacefully on May 08, 2018. He was born on December 10, 1950 to the late Emile Pierre Richard and Winnie Mary (Benoit) Richard [ .... ]  Read More

Roy Harlan Turner

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Cowskin, Duck WV, went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Roy was the son of the late William E. Sr. and Marjorie (Joel) Turner [ .... ]  Read More

Jeannette Lee Simons

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Orma, WV passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at the home of her daughter, after an extended illness. She was born October 06, 1935 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late Dennis Alfred and Goldie McCoy Henderson [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Jean Gross

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Sutton, WV passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born March 12, 1947 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Arzie and Katherine Daughtery Robey [ .... ]  Read More

Eula Grace Hatten

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Chloe, WV, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, May 10, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born March 12, 1928 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late William Scott & Virginia Ann Jenkins Barnett [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Ann Westfall

The Free Press WV Age 53, of Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, May 06, 2018. Ruth was born May 09, 1964 in Rivanna, OH, the daughter of Ronald & Marianna Morrison Westfall [....]  Read More

James Anthony “Tony” Tingler

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at his residence. Tony was born May 29, 1957 in Sutton, WV the son of the late Roy Burnell & Sylvia Johnson Tingler [....]  Read More

Kenneth Daniel Landis

The Free Press WVAge 50 of Steer Run Road, Normantown, WV departed this life peacefully in early evening hours of Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at his residence.  Born December 27, 1967 in Elyria, Ohio Kenneth is the son of Barbara Marks Jones and husband William Lyda of Normantown , WVand the late John Daniel Landis [ .... ]  Read More

Denzil Ray Stoneking

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with the Lord on May 07, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born March 24, 1929 in Gilmer County, WV to the late Forney Patrick and Edna Rhodes Stoneking [....]  Read More

Woodrow Wayne Blake, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78 years of age, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley. Born on February 22, 1940 in Exchange, WV, he was the son of the late John Ruben Blake and Belle Nicholson Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Madelyn Maree Puffinbarker

The Free Press WV Jesus has taken in a new little angel and Heaven is a little brighter with the addition of Madelyn Maree Puffinbarker, the infant daughter of Amber Small and Gregory Puffinbarker of Orlando, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret “Marge” Ann Engel

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Chapel, WV passed away May 03, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born December 06, 1942 in Johnstown, PA a daughter of the late Paul and Mary Jane Adams Ferguson [....]  Read More

James “Jim” Lee Allen

The Free Press WVof Orlando, WV, passed away at 10:48 AM Friday, May 04, 2018 in the comfort of his home. Jim was born March 29, 1960 a son of the late Delbert Dale and Gladys Marie Ratliff Allen [ .... ]  Read More

Everett Junior Williams

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Saturday, May 05, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born January 05, 1942 in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Everett and Mabel Wimer Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Helena “Jane” Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Duck, WV passed away May 02, 2018 at home. Jane was born July 02, 1954 in Gassaway, WV a daughter of the late Victor B. and Lizzie K. Dodrill Shingler [....]  Read More

Dr. B. Thomas Hutchinson

The Free Press WV Prominent eye surgeon and long-time resident of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on April 9th, 2018 at the age of 84. Dr. Hutchinson was born in Flatwoods, West Virginia and was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard M. Hutchinson of Sutton, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Jimmie C. Robinson

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Ireland, WV passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  He was born on August 06, 1943 in Falls Mill, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Peggy Ann Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Bridgeport, WV passed away peacefully April 30, 2018, with family by her side. She was born February 27, 1932, in Burnsville, WV to the late Glen Wiant and Opal (Peg) Marple Wiant [ .... ]  Read More

Prudence Mellissie Lambert

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Elkton, MD, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018. Born in Strange Creek, WV, on April 05, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. and Blanch Chapman Dean [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn Louise (Hacker) Gibson

The Free Press WVAge 80, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 peacefully at the Braxton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Sutton, WV.  She was born March 20, 1938 to the late Ira Virgel Hacker and Florence Pearl (Beckett) Hacker [ .... ]  Read More

Rev. Thomas D Propst Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Sutton, WV went to his heavenly home on Saturday, April 28, 2018. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, pastor, and friend [ .... ]  Read More

Nisha Louise Davis

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Davisville, WV passed away April 27, 2018 at Ohio State University Medical Center. She was born July 21, 1953 in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde and Margaret (Webb) McClain [ .... ]  Read More

Nina Evelyn Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Spillway Road Horner, WV passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Holbrook on the Hill of Buckhannon, WV following an extended illness. She was born in Orlando, WV on February 20, 1928: daughter of the late Marion John Blake and Charlotte Ethel (Skinner) Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Ruby Zola Thayer

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Fairmont, WV passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018. She was born in Sutton, West Virginia on August 09, 1923, a daughter of the late John and Jessie Lee (Kiger) Chamberlain [....]  Read More

Roger “Pete” Greenlief

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Rosedale, WV passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at home. He was born October 21, 1965 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late John and Ona Bell Jenkins Greenlief [ .... ]  Read More

David “Pudder” Wymer

The Free Press WVDuring the quiet moments before sunrise on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, as the birds were just beginning to sing, David “Pudder” Wymer, 47, was turned out to greener pastures from his farm in Orlando, WV, where he was a devoted and hard-working farmer and caretaker of the land [ .... ]  Read More

Shelia Gale Parsons

The Free Press WVAge 51, of Charleston, WV passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Hubbard Hospice House. She was born on January 19, 1967 in Braxton County, WV to the late Ray and Etta Lawson Farley [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Michael Skidmore, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018, just one day shy of his 61st birthday. Born April 15, 1957 in Sutton, WV, he was the son of the late George and Willa (Riffle) Skidmore [....]  Read More

Zella Marie Keen

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Gassaway, WV passed away on April 15, 2018 due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born September 10, 1952 to the late Loring Carte and Mamie Lou Gill Carte [....]  Read More

Cheryl Colette Phillips

The Free Press WV Age 49, of Gassaway, WV passed away April 15, 2018. She was born September 08, 1968 in St. Louis, MO [....]  Read More

Rosa Lee Davis

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born February 18, 1960 in Braxton County, WV to the late James Richard & Louise Alice Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Martha Magdalene Rymer

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Simpson Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV. She was born in Braxton County, WV on October 19, 1926 a daughter of the late Elza Martin Fox and Mammie Zella Riffle Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Lori Lee Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Woodbridge, VA, formerly of Sutton, WV, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on April 10, 2018, in Sutton, WV. Lori was born in Gassaway, WV on January 19, 1963 [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Fae Hart

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Brimfield, Ohio, died on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at 7:55 PM at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born on January 14, 1930 in Braxton County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Delta (nee Starcher) Case [ .... ]  Read More

Louella E. Ferri

The Free Press WVAge 94, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, March 2nd under the care of Tel Hai Retirement Community.  Born in Orlando, WV, she was the daughter of the late Della (Fox) and Jesse Cole [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A. Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of the Waterloo Road, French Creek, WV passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his home. He was born on May 06, 1943, at Holly Grove, WV, a son of the late John Andrew and Myrtle Catherine Sayre Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Lou Wine

The Free Press WV Age 67 of Toler Run Road (Dusk Camp Community, WV) departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness. Born February 04, 1951 in Gilmer County, WV, Betty Lou is the daughter of the late Parker and Wilda Collins Queen [....]  Read More

Kathryn Marie Hamner

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Glenville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 06, 2018 at Glenville Nursing & Rehab. Center, Glenville. She was born June 13, 1948 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Walter Barker and Mary Helen Stonaugle Barker Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Keith Corbett

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Sutton, WV passed away Friday, April 06, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born December 20, 1955 in Gassaway, WV to the late Sanford & Rena Conley Corbett [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin “Ben” T. Vincent

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Heaters, WV left this earth to be with the Lord on April 04, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the CEO of Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway, WV. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Executives [ .... ]  Read More

Myrtle Catherine “Toots” McCartney Roberts

The Free Press WVAge 97, of Stumptown, WV went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 04, 2018, at her home. Myrtle was born April 14, 1920, in Booger Hole in Calhoun County, WV. She was a daughter of the late Sylvanus and Alice Goff McCartney [ .... ]  Read More

Marcelene Jane “Tittles” Cogar

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Sutton, WV passed away April 03, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born March 09, 1940 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Denny and Amy Persinger Searfoss [....]  Read More

Arlene M. Burkhart Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Zanesville, Ohio passed away at 1:50 AM Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Cedar Hill Care Center, Zanesville. She was born July 05, 1935, in Ireland, WV, a daughter of the late Fred Morgan and Mabel Lowther Mealey [....]  Read More

Kenneth L. Godfrey, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 84, of the Lynn Camp Community near Pullman, WV, passed away on April 3rd, 2018 in the early hours of the morning. He was born February 07, 1934 to Foster Snow Godfrey and Lettie Mae (Yeager) Godfrey at Bower, WV in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Ronnie Dewane “Whimp” George

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Little Birch, WV passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV. Ronnie was born April 29, 1945 in Lewistown, Montana to the late Dow and Lena (Crosier) George [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Eldon Long

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Tesla, WV passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV. He was born April 07, 1936 at home in Tesla WV, to the late Patrick “PJ” Long and Ruby (Donithan) Long [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Allen McCord

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 18, 1945: son of the late Louis Edward McCord and Alta Josephine (Keith) McCord [ .... ]  Read More

Lester L. Cunningham

The Free Press WV of Sinking Springs, Mt. Zion, WV. Passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at his home. He was 96 yrs. Old, a WWII veteran, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and great-great-great-grandfather [....]  Read More

Donald Howard Connor

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sutton, WV went home to be with Jesus on March 26, 2018 after a short illness. Don was born December 23, 1950 in Widen, WV to the late Erma W. Hamrick Connor and Junior R. Connor [ .... ]  Read More

Donna Johnson Baker

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Gassaway, WV passed away Friday, March 23, 2018 at CAMC Hospital, Charleston. She was born in Grantsville, WV on May 29, 1932, a daughter of the late Clyde and Iva Johnson [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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