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MOUNTAINEER FOOD BANK ANNOUNCES FEDERAL SHUTDOWN FOOD ASSISTANCE

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The Mountaineer Food Bank announced that it will offer Federal Shutdown Food Assistance services. Federal Employees, federally contracted workers and their families that are missing paychecks due to the federal shutdown and are in need of food will be eligible.

Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank commented, “I’ve had several discussions with federal agencies here in West Virginia where supervisors are expressing concerns for their employees who are now without a paycheck. The agencies where seeking information on what Mountaineer Food Bank can do to assist with the unpredicted need.” After this conversation, Morrison decided that Mountaineer Food Bank would develop a plan to provide these individuals and their families with supplemental food to help with the burden of their current distress.

“Children and families need to eat, and while West Virginia is bridging the gap for now, we need the president and Congress to work together to fund the federal government and end this uncertainty.

Mountaineer Food Bank will be hosting two Veterans Table food box distributions this coming week and we are welcoming any federal employees and/or federally contracted workers to participate in these distributions. In addition, if any federal employee or contract worker that is not able to attend these distributions, they are welcome to visit Mountaineer Food Bank facility in Gassaway WV (484 Enterprise Drive, Gassaway WV 26624) for assistance. For more information contact Mountaineer Food Bank @ 304-364-5518.

A Federal ID or proof of contracted work will be required.

The following is a list of distribution dates, locations and times:

Beckley VA Medical Center: 200 Veterans Ave, Beckley, WV 25801 - Thursday January 17, 2019 10am-12pm

Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center (Clarksburg) : 1 Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301 Friday January 18, 2019 10am-12pm


About Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c) (3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 400 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.

WV Legislative Update

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As we plow headlong into the first full week of the 2019 legislative session, new and returning members are becoming familiarized to the new leadership, committee assignments, offices and duties.  With the major construction underway to repair the interior support system of the Capitol dome, the center of the main Capitol building is completely enclosed and blocked off from the basement, first floor, the rotunda “well” on the second floor and up to the interior dome ceiling. The damage caused by decades of water infiltration has corroded the support superstructure and estimates are it could possibly be sometime in late 2020 before the repairs are completed.  It’s definitely a different atmosphere in the remaining space between the House and Senate chambers.  It’s claustrophobic but there is a narrow walkway around the construction to get from the east and west sides of the building and the wings.  If you’re visiting the Capitol, be prepared for the construction detours inside.

The Governor covered a few of my concerns during his State of the State address last week, and without his usual whiteboard and markers.  Unfortunately, many items were only given a brief overview without any substantial follow-up later in the week with more specifics.  Of equal concerns is that the items he mentioned total roughly $500 million dollars, thereby fully obligating all or more than any conceivable budget surplus that may be available after June 30 of this year.  True, the State is enjoying a considerable uptick in revenue collections for the general fund and road fund.  However, what goes up can easily go in the opposite direction. While we have pressing needs, this may be a time to exercise careful spending practices.

I’m pleased that the Governor recognized the need to exempt Social Security income from state income taxes which will greatly help retirees.  Hopefully, this can be expanded to include other pension benefits that are similar to Social Security.  Likewise, I’m pleased that he’s committed to divert several million dollars from the Roads to Prosperity program to much-needed secondary road maintenance – the roads where West Virginians live and work.  This is long overdue and should provide funding for projects in counties when the fiscal year begins on July 1.  The record-breaking rainfall in 2018 caused many unforeseen slips and slides that must be repaired.

PEIA was mentioned, but the method by which he intends to inject $150 million into the plan is unclear and from what source – all or in part.  There was no mention of higher education funding restoration.

While drug treatment is high on everyone’s list of needs, the plan he outlined – “JIM’S Dream – is a $25 million request that is short on details at this time.  I attempted to get some clarification during our first budget hearing on the Governor’s executive budget last Thursday morning.  Unfortunately, no one in attendance from the Governor’s office, Tax & Revenue, or DHHR had a firm grasp on implementation or details.  While the plan is good in theory – providing vocational and job training, education assistance and drug treatment to get our citizens back into the workforce – my questions hinged on where this program would be available.  For instance, if it will just be at a few large cities or counties around the state, then it will be essentially worthless to the rural areas of West Virginia.  Without it being available nearby and without any public transportation options, our rural families will continue to endure a great unmet need that selectively helps some but leaves other without any meaningful assistance.  That scenario sounds similar to the approach on broadband for unserved and underserved areas.

I truly hope this turns out to be something meaningful that I can support, but whether it will realistically help our citizens in central West Virginia is an unanswered question at this early point in the session.

The Governor also proposed an intermediate court of appeals.  This is a long-sought dream of big business that will simply drive the time and cost of justice for individuals and small businesses even higher.  Considering the ever-shrinking population of West Virginia and given that the State Supreme Court of Appeals reviews every case that is sent to them, I’m left wondering why we should spend millions on another layer of judicial bureaucracy.  If someone can provide me evidence that there truly is a need, I’m willing to listen, providing that there are assurances that it won’t be used as another technique to hurt working families and consumers,

The Governor introduced the new Commerce Secretary, former State Senator Ed Gaunch.  I’m looking forward to speaking with him regarding central West Virginia soon. It’s time to lift all boats - not just in the more prosperous and populous counties.

While the Governor’s speech left many unanswered questions, I realize it’s impossible to outline the entire agenda in an hour. Hundreds of votes and thousands of bills and resolutions will be introduced in the coming weeks.  I’ll do my best to keep you updated and informed.

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; home number is 304.364.8411. .  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.

Pat’s Chat

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The Children’s Ministry Department of the Adventist Church on Brushy Fork Road will be having a Bake Sale on Monday, January 21st, to raise funds to send our children to the Noah’s Ark and Creation Theme Park in Kentucky next summer. I am told there will be Pepperoni Rolls (turkey), Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and other goodies. They will be at the church about 12 Noon until 5:00 p.m. I hope you’ll stop by.

One of my lovely nieces posted the following on Facebook and it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I hope you will enjoy reading it and that your heart will also be touched. If you do not know the Person this story is reminding us of – our Savior – then borrow your mom’s or your grandma’s Bible and read 1 John, all four chapters. That and many other books in the Bible will help you get to know Him. Here is what my niece posted:

“I was walking in the supermarket and suddenly I heard a noise of things breaking. I turned down an aisle and saw a group of people staring at an older lady who had hit a shelf containing plates and glasses with her cart. Many had fallen to the ground and broken.

“Kneeling on the floor embarrassed, the lady was frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband peeled off each bar code saying: ‘We have to pay for all this.‘

‘What a sad scene. Someone has a mishap, and all eyes were on her. When I knelt beside her to help, a man also knelt beside us and said, ‘Leave it, we will pick this up. Let’s get your information, so you can go to the hospital and have that wound in your hand looked at.‘

“The lady looked at him and said, ‘But I have to pay for this.‘

“The man said, ‘No ma’am, I’m the Manager & we have insurance for this. You don’t have to pay anything. Let’s get you taken care of.‘

“For you who have read this far, I’d like you to close your eyes and imagine God doing the same for you. Collecting the pieces of your broken heart from all the missteps and blows that life has thrown at you. God’s love and Holy Spirit will heal your wounds, and your sins and mistakes will be forgiven.
This is the warranty called grace. When you accept God’s gift as your only real Salvation, the manager of the existence of the universe (GOD) AKA Lord and King of the universe… our Yashua (Hebrew for God’s Salvation) will tell you: ‘Everything is already paid for ... go on and sin no more.‘”

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MOUNTAINEER FOOD BANK ACQUIRES ADJOINING PROPERTY

Mountaineer Food Bank announced that it has acquired 8 acres of property adjoining the facilities property.

This purchase will give Mountaineer Food Bank the ability for future expansion of their current facility to better serve the food insecure population in West Virginia.

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(from L-R standing) Clint Bischoff- MFB Board Member/Attorney
Barbara Adams- President- Central West Virginia Outreach
Mike Chapman- MFB Board Member
Jim Smallridge- MFB Board Member
(Sitting) Chad Morrison- MFB Executive Director


The recent purchase of this property fits well into Mountaineer Food Banks strategic plans and mission to feed West Virginia’s hungry.

By purchasing this property Mountaineer Food Bank will begin the early phases of expansion planning.

“Mountaineer Food Bank is committed to meeting the needs of West Virginia’s hungry. This acquisition allows the food bank the opportunity for strategic growth in the future with tremendous potential. The space will allow us the ability to make the right choices to provide for West Virginia and our partners throughout the state” commented Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank.

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About Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c) (3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 400 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.

WV Legislative Update

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Life is full of milestones and this week, Jean and I celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.  We both have our own version of how we met and dated (I think my version is more accurate; she disagrees) but we’ve been truly blessed.  Life has its ups and downs and I’m thankful for many things in life.  My love and appreciation for Jean grows as the years roll on.

With this first column for the New Year, there is a flurry of activity from legislative staff and support personnel, preparing for the influx of legislators this week.  As with any new legislative term, this First Regular Session of the Eighty-fourth West Virginia Legislature begins with many new members, new leaders, and an opportunity to address new and existing challenges for our State.  On a personal note, this will begin my twenty-third year representing the citizens of Braxton and Gilmer Counties in the House.  It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve each of you, whether at the Capitol, in the district, and in keeping you informed all year long.

Unknown at this writing is what Governor Justice will highlight and prioritize for the upcoming session.  Likewise, it remains to be seen if the new Speaker will set the tone for House bipartisanship.  It’s an unknown if the minority leader will choose to work across the aisle.  These and many other factors will shape the tone and tenor of the session from the inside out.

This is not by any means and exhaustive, all-inclusive list, but here are a few basic needs that are overdue for meaningful action:

  • Despite high-profile committees established by the Governor, PEIA is still in limbo and thus far the only plan to date is temporary at best.

  • No meaningful movement has been made to address recruitment, retention and needed funding for our volunteer firefighters.

  • Higher education funding restoration has been hijacked by a few regional institutions at the expense of the others.  Meanwhile, the Higher Education Policy Commission is once again on life support, barring legislative or gubernatorial intervention.

  • Despite lots of talk in the Judiciary Committees, there remains no meaningful movement on legislation to protect the rights of grandparents.  Considering we have a tremendous number of dedicated grandparents raising grandkids and great-grandkids, protecting their rights should be a priority.

  • Drug-related crime is rampant.  Time to enact policies that recognize this is an addiction problem that needs treatment and concentrate on getting rehab to help our citizens return to the workforce.  Punish the crime.  Treat the addiction.

  • Regional drug treatment options remain virtually non-existent if you live in a rural area – which is most of West Virginia.

  • Expedite the use of non-violent prisoners in our regional jails for public service projects.  Litter pick-up along our highways and parks should be a priority.

  • The WV Development Office still is failing to address rural West Virginians when working to bring in new jobs for our citizens.  Small Business Development Centers are the bright spots that need additional resources and incentives.

  • High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).

One bill that I hope gets moving early is one that exempts all or a portion of Social Security benefits from state income tax.  Depending on the threshold used to determine an exemption, the costs in the state budget vary greatly.  However, this is a bill that I’ve work on for years, but we’ve never had the House, Senate and Governor all on board.  Since West Virginia is one of only a few states that taxes Social Security income, changes made would help senior citizens now and eventually all when reaching retirement age.  It would also send a positive signal to retirees in attracting them to stay in, or to return or relocate to West Virginia.

Likely one of the most significant issues we can address is the massive population loss our State has experienced for decades.  So, policies that will create jobs will give our young adults an incentive and opportunity to stay in West Virginia and attract others to all the good things our State has to offer.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll attempt to keep you updated as column space allows and via social media.  I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing many of you at the Capitol in the weeks ahead.

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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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne  on  01.08.2019

Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident  on  01.14.2019

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New History Channel series features West Virginia

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The History Channel will premiere its new mini-series, Project Blue Book, on January 8th at 10 PM.

Based on previews, the series appears to kick-off with the story of the Flatwoods Monster sighting which took place in Braxton County, West Virginia in 1952.

Though some story details seem to have been shifted or combined in order to move the story along, the over-all series of events are true to life.

The Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) was contacted in July of 2018 by a writer for the History Channel’s website who was writing an article for History.com.

The article was on the Flatwoods Monster and acts as a companion piece to the new series.

At the time it was published it was the first companion piece written which was featured on the website.

Now it is one of many which suggests the series will cover a wide scope of incidences and subjects concerning the real-life Project Blue Book investigations which that took place in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Find those articles at history.com/shows/project-blue-book. Previews for the new series are available there as well.

The new series is produced and presented in a similar manner as History’s 2012 series, the Hatfields and McCoys.

In contrast to the documentary and reality style shows that History Channel has become known for, Project Blue Book is produced more like a high-budget film with a cinematic production and cast.

To learn more about the Flatwoods Monster stop by the Flatwoods Monster Museum located at 208 Main Street in Sutton, West Virginia.

Be sure to tune in to the premiere of Project Blue Book on the History Channel on January 8th at 10 PM.

WV Legislative Update

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Other than a few snowflakes on Christmas Day, we missed a white Christmas for another year.  However, I’m sure snow and ice are in our future.

Now, the New Year has arrived and with it, lots of challenges for our nation and state.  While there doesn’t seem to be any end to the dysfunction in Washington, DC on the federal government level, I’m cautiously optimistic that there is a possibility of some bipartisanship in the state legislature this year.  As the margins have narrowed slightly, it will be interesting to see if leaders from both parties and the Governor determine to do what is best for all our citizens and work together; or, continue the partisan “my way or the highway”  attitude that has proved detrimental to every West Virginian, every working family and every small business.

As the Christmas break begins to wind down for students with the second semester about to begin, the real winter weather season is yet to come.  Also, in less than two weeks, the 2019 legislative session officially begins.  January interim meetings will begin on Sunday afternoon, January 6 and continue through January 8, with Day 1 of the 60-day regular session on January 9th, here is the 2019 Legislative calendar key dates, along with the WV Constitution reference, WV Code citation or rule that requires these key dates in the process:


2019 LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

  • First Day - January 09, 2019: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

  • Twentieth Day - January 28, 2019: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

  • Thirty-fifth Day - February 12, 2019: Last day to introduce bills in the House. House Rule 91a does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

  • Forty-first Day - February 18, 2019: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Senate Rule 14 does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

  • Forty-seventh Day - February 24, 2019: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

  • Fiftieth Day - February 27, 2019: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills. (Joint Rule 5, paragraph b)

  • Sixtieth Day - March 09, 2019: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)


While the first day of the session beginning at noon involves mostly procedural motions and ceremonial notifications to the House, Senate and Governor, the most anticipated event of the day will be the delivery by Governor Justice of the State of the State Address in the House Chamber at 7 PM.  The speech always begins with far too much fanfare and polite applause, but waiting out the preliminaries is necessary to get to the most important parts of the evening – receipt of the executive state budget proposal and hearing the Governor reveal some of his major legislative initiatives for the upcoming fiscal year.  Historically, governors keep this information close to the vest until after the State of the State. Then, the real work begins in committees on January 10.  For Finance Committee members, the next thirty days are filled with mountains of spreadsheets, reports, financial data, and finance budget hearings.  While some of these are fairly standard, others will generate heavy questioning and justification for their budget requests.  Every state agency will appear before both the House and Senate Finance Committees during the first half of the session.

That’s where long-term continuity comes into play.  Working with these budgets year after year in great detail provides a good overview of how State government operates.  To quote the late Bob Basil, former Finance staff member, mentor and legislative analyst, “If you really want to know how state government operates, follow the money”.  His advice was true then and just as valid today.

Finally, WVU Professor of John Deskins will provide his 2019 Economic Outlook presentation to the full Legislature on the morning of January 9.  This is a comprehensive overview of the past several years and what to expect in 2019 and beyond for the West Virginia economy.  This is always good information and provides some valuable insights as we begin to construct the multi-billion dollar budget for FY 2020.

At this point, I’ve been notified by the Speaker that I will continue to serve on the Finance Committee, along with the Energy, Senior Citizen Issues and Transportation committees.  Beyond that, we’ll have to wait until after the first of the year to get more details from the new Speaker and his new leadership team.

Thank a veteran every day for their service and remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week, our family wishes each of you a happy, safe and prosperous New Year.  Until next week, take care. 

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.

Most WV Counties Show higher unemployment in November 2018

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A majority of the state’s 55 counties showed an increase in unemployment in November.

According to to county jobless numbers released Friday by WorkForce West Virginia, 26 counties had an increase in joblessness last month, 21 counties showed a decrease while eight counties remained the same.

The counties with the highest unemployment last month were McDowell (9.2), Calhoun (8.8) and Wyoming (8.0) counties.

The county with the lowest unemployment rate was Jefferson County (2.9).

WorkForce West Virginia released the overall state unemployment rate for November, 4.6 percent, last week.

That was unchanged from October.

Mountaineer Food Bank Receives Grant for New Equipment

The Parkersburg Community Foundation and the Doddridge County Community Foundation recently provided funds that will allow Mountaineer Food Bank to purchase a scissor lift for their warehouse.

Mountaineer Food Bank was awarded these funds at a banquet held at the Doddridge Community Park, November 27th.

The equipment would have cost Mountaineer Food Bank $7,500.00, which was fully funded by both foundations.

The Parkersburg Community Foundation awarded $7,000.00, while the Doddridge County Community Foundation awarded the remaining $500.00.

The new scissor lift will help Mountaineer Food Bank better navigate hard to reach places in their 20,000 square foot facility.

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The new lift will allow Mountaineer Food Bank staff to be more proficient in warehouse cleanliness and the standards to which they are set to meet.

Meeting these standards sets Mountaineer Food Bank up to achieve a high mark on their annual AIB audits.

The AIB audit ensures facilities and processes uphold product integrity, comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMS), and achieve Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition through the American Institute of Banking.

With a new racking system recently installed in Mountaineer Food Bank’s warehouse, the use of the scissor lift will be vital in maintaining the standards given by AIB.

Complying with AIB standards sets Mountaineer Food Bank up to be a more efficient distribution center.

The purchase of this new equipment will helps Mountaineer Food Bank’s warehouse staff better operate, which in turn will allow more individuals facing food insecurity to receive the help and assistance they need more efficiently.

The purchase of the new equipment would not have been made possible without the funds given from both foundations.

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship 2018 Recipients

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EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation, is proud to announce the 2018 EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship recipients.

The accomplished students come from both large and small schools across West Virginia.

As an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian-area natural gas production, EQT has awarded $1,000 scholarships for one student from West Virginia counties, four at-large $1,000 scholarships scattered throughout the state, as well as six “full-ride” four-year scholarships, each up to $18,000 per year, to students interested in studying engineering, geology, computer science/information technology, energy or land management and environmental or safety science.


The “full-ride” scholarship winners are:

  • Tylee Oldham - Hurricane High School in Putnam County
  • Brooke Burns - Scott High School in Boone County
  • Catherine Stodola - Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County
  • Lian Dunlevy - Morgantown High School in Monongalia County
  • Justin Lovell - Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County
  • Safa Afnan - George Washington High School in Kanawha County


The $1000 scholarship winner’s are:

  • Zoe Payne - Barbour County
  • Victoria Parello - Berkeley County
  • Kayla Hartsell - Boone County
  • Michael Lemon - Braxton County
  • Abigail Nickerson - Brooke County
  • John Swanson - Cabell County
  • Megan Meadows - Calhoun County
  • Michael Willis - Clay County
  • Emily Spadafore - Doddridge County
  • Mason Harp - Fayette County
  • Kaylene Snyder - Gilmer County
  • Megan Kite - Grant County
  • Kara Vaughan - Greenbrier County
  • Della Moreland - Hampshire County
  • Chloe Molish - Hancock County
  • Aden Funkhouser - Hardy County
  • Hayley Woods - Harrison County
  • Brandon Cochran - Jackson County
  • Haya Moushmoush - Kanawha County
  • Kenton Linger - Lewis County
  • Lillian Lucas - Lincoln County
  • Elijah McComas - Logan County
  • Kristine Waddell - Marion County
  • Lydia Knutsen - Marshall County
  • Allison Henderson - Mason County
  • Hailey Mitchem - McDowell County
  • Trey Lennox-Kowalewski - Mercer County
  • Kyle Breedlove - Mineral County
  • Hannah Vorndran - Monongalia County
  • Chandler Mills - Monroe County
  • Logan Riffey - Morgan County
  • Anna Hamilton - Nicholas County
  • Norman Lee - Ohio County
  • Claire Heavner - Pendleton County
  • Laci Hashman - Pleasants County
  • Mathias Solliday - Pocahontas County
  • Henry Cerbone - Preston County
  • Olivia Hart - Putnam County
  • Victoria Mackowiak - Raleigh County
  • Susan Riggleman - Randolph County
  • Nikita Collins - Ritchie County
  • Dylan Hammack - Roane County
  • Marcella Aguilar - Summers County
  • Amy Frosch - Taylor County
  • Matthew Dellinger - Tucker County
  • JoLee Walton - Tyler County
  • Logan Whithair - Upshur County
  • Nicholas Bowen - Wayne County
  • Erin Kidd - Webster County
  • Hannah Loy - Wetzel County
  • Sara Almashy - Wirt County
  • Josie Brothers - Wood County
  • Myleigh Stewart - Wyoming County


The “At Large” $1000 recipients are:

  • Noah Sampson - Monongalia County
  • Davis Warmuth - Ohio County
  • Eric Hamilton - Kanawha County
  • Jay Wessels - Kanawha County.

A total of 345 high school students from across West Virginia was nominated by teachers, principals, guidance counselors, family members and the students themselves. A team of volunteer judges were then tasked with the difficult responsibility of choosing the “best of the best.” The judges looked for students who demonstrated strong academic performance and who participated in community service and extracurricular activities.

The scholarship program which is presented in cooperation with NCWV Media and The State Journal, has grown each year since EQT became the title sponsor in 2009.

An awards event where all the recipients will be recognized will take place in March at the State Capitol in Charleston. The date and time of the event will be announced in January

WV Legislative Update

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First, I want to thank folks for the kind outpouring of birthday greetings a few days ago.  Growing up, a birthday was not a big deal and was acknowledged with little fanfare or fuss.  However, when Jean and I were married, I found out that her view of a birthday was 180 degrees from my experience.  Not that she was in for extravagant or frivolous gifts.  She always tries to make birthdays a memorable and special event.  Sometimes we celebrated birthdays before or afterwards out of necessity, as often I was somewhere on a locomotive, moving a train from one point to the next.

This year, it was a much different birthday.  We traveled to Parkersburg for my Uncle Joe Westfall’s funeral service.  While it was sad for family and friends, he lived a wonderful life, touching many through teaching in the classroom; at his church; through his love of building and playing stringed instruments; and his humble attitude.  One of the things I will remember about his service was my cousin’s eulogy for his dad.  He told about how the staff at the nursing home loved Joe because he always thanked them for all their help and for taking such good care of him.  Even though his mind was sharp at a time when his body was failing, he was thankful and kept blessing others with his attitude and music.  Afterwards, we cousins visited and caught up on our kids and grandkids, shared memories, and had a wonderful visit under difficult circumstances.  So, it was a good birthday.  We celebrated a life well lived.

The next day, dad unexpectedly landed in the hospital after having been very sick throughout the night after we returned from Parkersburg.  Thankfully, he made it home quickly.  While he has some challenges and hurdles ahead, Dad and Mom are doing well.  I am so thankful for our Braxton County Memorial Hospital, the ER staff, Dr. Given, Dr. Waddell, and the nurses and staff who cared for him like family.  We even enjoyed Christmas carolers from the church while at BCMH.  Another blessing.

Jean and I have learned and adapted over the years when planning to celebrate birthdays and holidays with family.  Sitting here typing on the laptop, I look over and still see and hear Justin and Jessica bounding down the steps way too early on Christmas mornings past.  It seems like yesterday.  Now it’s our kids lamenting the days when their kids were little and coming down their steps on Christmas morning.

We always endeavor to get everyone together, but growing families, distance and responsibilities now dictate if everyone can actually be gathered in one place on December 25th.  We’ve learned that faith, memories made, and the blessings of spending time together are the cornerstones of family.  And, both Jean and I still have all our parents.  That’s a wonderful blessing, indeed, to still share memories of Christmas with them and also how they celebrated years past, despite the hardships of the Great Depression era.

Right now, there is sickness, sadness, hunger, poverty, addiction, depression, loneliness, anxiety for jobs, health and families; concerns for family members serving in the Armed Services around the world.  Needs aplenty all around.  Through it all, our blessings far outweigh the rest. 

I hope your Christmas was filled with blessings and that you can and will help others in need.  If you stop and reflect, I’m sure you’ll discover quickly you have far more blessings than you can count.  And they will shine brighter and longer than any gift found under the tree.

Thank a veteran every day for their service and remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week, our family wishes each of you a wonderful, joyous Christmas season and a prosperous and happy New Year.  Take care.

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.

Braxton County Leads in New Business Growth for November 2018

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Braxton County led in new business growth for November 2018 with a total of 7 new businesses.

That equates to a 1.55 percent growth for Braxton County.

The WV Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported Mason, Hampshire, Doddridge and Jackson counties also had notable growth in November.

“West Virginia is experiencing a steady growth in new business start-ups. That growth is a very important and significant objective for a strong economy,” Secretary of State Warner said.

The number of business entities in Mason County grew from 729 to 737, with Hampshire County business entities increasing from 1,045 to 1,058.

Doddridge County experienced an increase in business entities from 244 to 245 and Jackson County went from 1,083 to 1,092 business entities.

Statewide, West Virginia saw a 10.76 percent growth in business registrations in the previous 12-month period. That growth was led by Summers County with 18.40 percent growth.

To review the county-by-county growth visit the Business Statistics Database

WV Legislative Update

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We’re down to only a few short days until Christmas.  I love the Christmas message and sounds of the holiday season.  It’s a time when we move a little closer with family and friends as we celebrate God’s greatest gift.

Interim meetings concluded last Tuesday, with another limited schedule that almost defeats the purpose of having interim meetings.  Conducting business at meetings so few and far between can cease to be meaningful.  However, if you dig deep there are always a few nuggets to be gleaned, even if they’re not always from the same meeting on the same day.

During the meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance, Secretary of Revenue Dave Hardy and his staff provided and overview of the most recent full month of financial figures (November).  The picture was quite positive and encouraging, with revenue up nearly $13 million over estimates for the month.  The drivers of this increase were the consumer sales tax, personal income tax, and severance tax.  Most other areas were flat or slightly negative.  The administration is predicting a possible surplus at the end of the fiscal year on June 30 in the neighborhood of $120 million or more.

The good news was tempered the following day by the monthly revenue report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.  This committee acts on legislative matters in periods when the full legislature is not in session.  Under questioning by the members, I inquired what effect the winter months with reduced pipeline and construction activity will have on revenue collections until the weather cooperates and construction returns to full strength in a few months.  The answer I received was as anticipated.  The winter months will likely have the effect of reducing monthly state revenue surpluses after the Christmas shopping season until spring.  The presenter also indicated the projected completion of the pipelines currently under way in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have a substantial impact on revenue after that date.  Meanwhile, coal exports are up but overall the long-term outlook appears uncertain.

In a separate presentation by the Investment Management Board, we received the not surprising but expected news that state investments are taking a beating due to the recent massive slide in the stock market.  The return on investments is a direct indicator of the health of our pension funds for current and future state retirees.

My takeaway from the discussions: our state still is heavily dependent on extractive industries and the construction it brings.  And, while pipeline completion will get more natural gas to market, the reduction in overall construction activity will be a substantial hit to the consumer sales tax and personal income tax collections.  In short, big monthly surpluses could be substantially reduced by early 2020.  Our pension funds are strong and rainy day is one of the best in the nation, but the stock market decline is hurting us in the short term.

The key will be to invest in a well-educated and well-trained workforce; attract new jobs; and get our hemorrhaging population loss stopped and begin to reverse this terrible trend.  We must make our State a place that actively attracts residents to stay and prosper, or for others to relocate here to work and prosper.  It can be done and it must be done.  The opioid and addiction crisis must be addressed and treatment provided.  Broadband is not an option any longer – it’s a necessity to attract and retain citizens and businesses.

Finally, we received some sad news last weekend.  My uncle, Denver “Joe” Westfall, passed away in Asheville, NC.  He was my mom’s last living sibling, with her brothers Dale and Ralph previously deceased.  Uncle Joe (Denver to everyone outside the family) was an educator and administrator, having his first teaching job at Palmer School in Braxton County.  He and my aunt Moria had resided in the Parkersburg area for as long as I can recall, until her passing earlier this year.  A graduate of Gassaway High School, Glenville State College and WVU, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

His eldest daughter and my cousin, Theresa, contacted me a couple weeks ago and at that time he was doing well.  She and her brother and sister were putting together a memory book for him and in the process; a search for a photo of Palmer School was underway.

Although he is now deceased, I’d still like to honor their request for a photo of Palmer School.  If anyone would have a photo of the school, please contact me.  It would be greatly appreciated by our family.  Please keep my mom in your prayers, too.

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.

Pat’s Chat

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I challenge you to read thoughtfully the first quote that is included in these Selected Ellen White Quotations.  If you memorize that first quote, it will protect you from ever giving up because you feel you are not “good enough” to be saved.  No one is.

If you continue to read down through some of the quotes, you will understand why God gave us this “messenger of God”  (she would not call herself a prophet), and why her works are published more than any other female author).  Her works draw us to Him and the Bible.

Jesus is coming soon.  Her messages are meant to help us through the final crises.  This URL will bring only 117 quotes to you, but there are worlds of books beyond that cover many subjects that are important to our spiritual growth.  Here it is:

http://www.preparingtostand.org/documents/seminarquotes.pdf

Here is the first quote you will find in the selection:

Christ’s Object Lessons, page 159 “No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul.“

Maranatha

WV Legislative Update

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In case you’re counting, we’re less than two weeks until Christmas.  I can’t predict whether it will be a white, snow-covered Christmas, but I do know that as I write on Sunday afternoon about an hour south of central West Virginia, the southern mountains of West Virginia and the Carolinas are getting hammered with a major snow storm.  A few legislators from the region were unable to make it to Charleston due to the heavy snow.

In recent years, when I hook up the snow blower on the front of the old, trusty Gravely tractor, we don’t get enough snow to use it.  So, regardless of what the weather holds for this winter, I’ll be a prepared as possible.

Last week, the nation paused to honor and remember our forty-first President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.  The many remembrances hearkened back to the Greatest Generation of WW II: family values; service over self; and a humble spirit; a priority to pursue bipartisanship, consensus and compromise – the true definition of statesmanship.  Let’s hope and pray all our leaders in Washington can reclaim and return to a time that everyone puts the needs of our nation first and lays partisanship off to the side.

Shortly, I’ll be departing for the Capitol for December interim meetings, Sunday afternoon through Tuesday.  As has been my practice for years, I always include the interim schedule of meetings in this column to better inform you, the readers.  Unfortunately, in recent years, the House and Senate leaders have not approved the interim schedule in sufficient time for members to review the schedule thoroughly.  It also has hindered my effort for its inclusion in my column.  I have discussed this totally avoidable delay with the former leadership and will also take this up with Speaker Hanshaw later this week.

Also, what is thought to be the final meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education will take place this Thursday afternoon.  Unfortunately, it will again be held via telephone instead of in-person.  I launched into this gubernatorial select committee appointment with high expectations.  However, it has sadly turned into something akin to a backyard brawl, fighting over $10 million in money that, at this point, has not been identified and therefore not available for appropriation.  While I certainly support restoring the years of cuts to our colleges and universities, we need to get a better handle on the certainty of a fiscal year-end surplus, and in what amount.  And I certainly do not support any recommendation of the commission that does not restore funding to Glenville State College in an amount that is commensurate with the other regional colleges and universities.  Regardless of the final report, the decision will fall to the Legislature in January as the budget is prepared for the next fiscal year.

Last week, the House majority party held their caucus and re-nominated current House Speaker Roger Hanshaw.  Today, the Senate majority and House and Senate minority will caucus separately to nominate their respective candidates to lead the House and Senate.  In reality, the majority party always has a lock on who will lead the Senate and House.  The formal vote of the entire House and Senate will not take place until January, when the inevitable results will be official.  If there was ever a time in recent years to put aside partisanship, I hope the new speaker can calm the waters and listen intently to concerns of all members, regardless of party.

Finally, I hope you’ve taken time to attend one or more of our local Christmas parades.  The towns of Sutton, Gassaway, Burnsville and Glenville had great community Christmas events.  The town of Flatwoods will round out the Christmas Parade schedule this Saturday evening.  These are great events that bring together our citizens in the spirit of the holiday season.  Thank you to all that work so hard to make our communities family-friendly and welcoming.  My special thanks to the Town of Burnsville for the honor of serving as their Christmas Parade Grand Marshall and lighting the community Christmas tree.  Along with the big crowd in attendance, it was a chilly but beautiful evening that reminded all why we celebrate Christmas and how we are blessed to live here in central West Virginia.

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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Sutton man charged in wife’s death

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Braxton County woman admits to drug charge

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Braxton County man charged after trying to set camper on fire

The Free Press WV A Sutton man is accused of pouring gasoline around a camper with a pregnant woman inside and lighting it on fire [ .... ]  Read More

Stellar performance earns State Star honors for WV SBDC coach Susie Higgins

The Free Press WVHer office, based in Buckhannon, serves Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties [ .... ]  Read More

Fire claims life in Braxton County

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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

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School Building Authority awards 19 counties funding for projects

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Lincoln County Leads in New Business Growth for September 2018

The Free Press WVWirt, Jackson, Braxton and Berkeley counties followed. Wirt County saw a 15.44 percent growth, Jackson County saw a 13.55 percent growth, Braxton County saw a 13.35 percent growth and Berkeley County saw a 12.80 percent growth in the previous 12-month period [ .... ]  Read More

Grant County Leads in New Business Growth for August 2018

The Free Press WV Wirt, Jackson, Berkeley and Braxton counties followed. Wirt County saw a 14.86 percent growth, Jackson County saw a 13.95 percent growth, Berkeley County saw a 13.02 percent growth and Braxton County saw a 13.09 percent growth in the previous 12-month period [ .... ]  Read More

WV State Police Troopers investigate Sutton woman’s death

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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

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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

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

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Dismissal of Mountain Valley Pipeline property is asked by Landowners

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Patty Jane (Ratliff) Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Turkey Fork Road, Sand Fork, WV; went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on August 13, 1937 in Sutton, WV; daughter of the late Dasiel Ratliff [....]  Read More

Joyce Ann Frashure

The Free Press WVAge 60 of Sheridan Street, Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly on the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 21, 1958 in Weston, WV; daughter of the late Leo and Lizia Radcliff Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Wavolene Keener

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Flatwoods, WV passed away January 11, 2019 at Anstead Center, Anstead, WV. She was born September 13, 1949 in Gassaway, WV, a daughter to the late Edgar and Nettie Carr Mitchell [....]  Read More

Maureen Agnes McPherson

The Free Press WVPeacefully and without reservation, Maureen Agnes McPherson walked into the arms of her loved ones in heaven, on Thursday, January 10th, 2019. Maureen was born to the late Thomas Rooney, of England and Leta Brown, of Hettie, WV on March 29th, 1947 [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Basil Alltop

The Free Press WVAge 86 of Cox’s Mills, WV; departed this life peacefully on the morning of Thursday, January 03, 2019 at his home with his loving wife Elise by his side. He was born May 11, 1932 in Gilmer County, WV; son of the late Dorsey and Stacy McHenry Alltop [ .... ]  Read More

Edmund Dayton Reaser

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Frametown, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at his home. He was born at Cedarville, Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Paul Monroe Reaser and Alva Ava Reaser [ .... ]  Read More

Greyson Kai Reed

The Free Press WV Infant son of Amanda Dawn Reed, of Weston, WV passed away Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

David Lee Tomblin

The Free Press WV Age 53, of Pennsboro, WV;  went to be with his Lord and Savior at 8:21 PM; Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Miami Valley South Hospital ER in Dayton, Ohio following a short illness. He was born November 10, 1965 in Weston, WV; son of the late Eustace Monroe (November 15, 2014) and Ruth Collins ( November 27, 2014) Tomblin [....]  Read More

Pauline E. (Pyne) Richards

The Free Press WV83 years old, passed away on Tuesday January 01, 2019 after an extended illness. Pauline was born June 28, 1935 at Zenith, WV. She was the daughter of the late William W. Pyne and Manerva Cole Pyne [ .... ]  Read More

Joanne Katherine (deValadares) Bell

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Burnsville, WV passed away Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV with husband and children by her side. She was born in Toronto Ontario, Canada on June 12, 1954. Proceeding her in death were brothers Terry and Norman deValadares [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Lane Marsh

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Napier, WV passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born November 30, 1946 in Sutton, WV to the late Ray Marsh and Lola Jane (Hardman) Marsh [....]  Read More

Ruth Glenna Dixon Brown

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Birch River, WV, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018 at Braxton Health Care Center in Sutton, WV.  She was born in Nicholas County, WV on February 22, 1922, the daughter of the late R.J. Dixon and Elvira Cottle Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Pam Post Stewart

The Free Press WVAge 51, of Burnsville, WV passed away on December 26, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born July 08, 1967 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Vinsen Post and Evelyn Post of Flower, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Jimmie George Smith

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Sand Fork, WV, unexpectedly went to be with his Lord at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 27, 2018. He was born in Ravenna, OH on March 15, 1942 a son of the late George Clark Smith and Ella Mae Jeffries Smith Jewart [....]  Read More

Karen Lynn Carr

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Gassaway, WV, passed away at home, December 26th, 2018, surrounded by her family and loved ones after a courageous battle with liver cancer. She was born March 13, 1952, daughter of the late Rupert C. and Marian Nicholas [ .... ]  Read More

David Reid Miller

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 23, 2018. He was born in Kanawha County, WV on November 20, 1960 to Joy Hayes Miller of Bridgeport, WV and the late William “Bill” Crawford Miller [ .... ]  Read More

John E. Wines

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston after a progressive illness. He was born June 16, 1938, in Lewis County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Bobby Lee Gray

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Duck, WV, entered into rest Friday, December 21, 2018. Born January 01, 1942 in Clay, WV, he was the son of the late Chester and Woodroe (Rose) Gray.  [....]  Read More

Raymond “Hap” Sizemore

The Free Press WV Age 97, of Wintersville, Ohio formerly of Centralia, West Virginia (Braxton County) went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, December 20, 2018. He was born March 27, 1921 (Easter Morning) in Hackers Valley, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Ronney Eugene Adkins

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. He was born May 28, 1961 in Clay County, WV the son of the late Thomas Jefferson & Betty Emogene Casto Adkins [....]  Read More

Arnett Ray Williams

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord December 18, 2018.  Arnett was born June 16, 1944 in Braxton County, WV and was the son of the late Everett and Mary Conrad Williams [....]  Read More

Janice Marie Forinash Kirsch

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Ireland, WV, passed away at 3:15 AM on Friday, December 14, 2018 in the Hamden Nursing and Rehabilitation center in Hamden, OH. She was born in Wildcat, WV on September 18, 1946 a daughter of the late Emory and Rada Kincaid Forinash [ .... ]  Read More

Patricia Ruth Shipley

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Newville, WV passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Kennewick, Washington. She was born June 13, 1953, in Baltimore, MD the daughter of the late James Dennis & Janet Marie Rhodes Criner [ .... ]  Read More

Marvin Lee Gaines

The Free Press WVAge 68, of New Milton, WV, and formerly of Charleston, WV, went to be with the Lord due to a tragic tractor accident on December 16, 2018. He was born in Glenville, WV on May 03, 1950, the son of the late Homer Lawson Gaines and Opal Sanders Gaines [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Keith Ratliff

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Oil Creek Road, Orlando, WV passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 30, 1954 in Sutton, WV to the late John and Reba (Conrad) Ratliff [ .... ]  Read More

William Franklin (Bill) Wiant

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2018, at Charleston Area Medical Center General as a result of an accidental fall on December 05, 2018, at his residence. Bill was born January 10, 1928, in Burnsville, WV, to the late Peggy Marple Wiant and Glenn Wiant [ .... ]  Read More

Wade Hubert Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Exchange, WV, passed away December 08, 2018, at his residence. He was born on February 19, 1928 in Orma, WV and was the son of Alpha B. Carpenter Sr. and Susie Rebecca White Carpenter [....]  Read More

Loretta “Sharon” (Harris) Hudkins

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Sutton, WV gained her wings on December 11, 2018, with her family by her side at home, after battling Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsons. She was born on December 01, 1944 at High Knob, WV to the late Karl Dexter & Angelia Mae (Gregory) Harris [ .... ]  Read More

William E. “Bill” James

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 09, 2018 at home, with family and his beloved dog “SugarBear” at his side [ .... ]  Read More

Marium Pletcher

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 10, 2018 with a steadfast faith and love for her Lord Jesus Christ. She was born in Weston, WV to the late Ralph Jason Hugh and Lola Mary Jarvis Pletcher on August 18, 1924 [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Wayne Smarr

The Free Press WVAge 53 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born April 23, 1965 in Braxton County, WV, son of Dora Reed Smarr of Glenville, and the late Murl Junior Smarr [ .... ]  Read More

Della Mae Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Sutton WV went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 10, 2018 at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston, WV. She was born March 09, 1932 in Sutton, the daughter of the late John Wesley & Cora Bell Gibson Knight [ .... ]  Read More

Earl Cleo Peters

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 2:20 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 following an extended stay at Genesis Glenville Center. He was born in Sand Fork, WV on April 08, 1926 the son of the late Albert and Dorothy McHenry Peters [ .... ]  Read More

William H. “John” Lytle

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Frametown, WV, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at Clay Health Care Center, Clay. He was born September 23, 1927 in Wire Bridge, WV the son of the late William Richard & Susie Triplett Lytle [ .... ]  Read More

Milton J. Hughes

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Gassaway, WV, passed away December 06, 2018 at home. He was born January 21, 1938 in Wilsie, WV a son of the late Jasper and Pauline Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

John Wayne Norvell Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Napier, WV passed away Wednesday, December 05, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was born on November 11, 1942 [....]  Read More

Donna C. Carroll

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Carol Emma Rollyson

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Sutton,WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston. She was born December 25, 1953 in Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Robert Paul and Helen June Warner Goldsmith [ .... ]  Read More

Mildred Kathleen Fenn

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Sutton, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, December 02, 2018 at Charleston General Hospital, Charleston, WV. She was born February 27, 1929 in Sutton, WV to the late Ernie & Evelyn Miller Foster [....]  Read More

Beverly Ann “Bev” Legg (Dodrill)

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, was called home to be with the Lord on November 28th, 2018. The daughter of the late Wanda Lee Dodrill, Beverly was born in Gallipolis, Ohio on August 10, 1951 [ .... ]  Read More

Jean M. Given

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Frametown, WV passed away November 29, 2018 at Clay Health Care Center, Big Otter. She was born January 19, 1935 in Morgantown, WV a daughter of the late Otto and Aretta Stewart Given [....]  Read More

Vivian Darlene (Kuhl) Strader

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Berkeley Springs, WV, went to be with the Lord on November 27, 2018. She was born on October 11, 1936, in Burnsville, WV, to Minnie B. (Spaur) and Cecil Dan Kuhl [ .... ]  Read More

Roland “Jake” Keith Sigman

The Free Press WVof Birch River, WV passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Summersville Regional Medical Center. He was born April 22, 1941 at Charleston, WV to the late Verl Sigman and Martha (Frame) Sigman [ .... ]  Read More

Stephen “Steve” Andrew Wiant

The Free Press WV Age 62, of Weston, WV passed away at 5:25 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital following a one week illness. He was born in Weston, WV on April 16, 1956 a son of the late Albert Roy Wiant Jr. and Hattie Elizabeth Metz Wiant [....]  Read More

Gloria Angela O’Brien

The Free Press WVof Gassaway, WV passed away on November 23, 2018 in Charleston, WV after a courageous battle with dementia. She was born July 14, 1949 in St. Agatha, Maine to Donald and Aline Paradis Marquis.  She was a graduate of Wisdom High School [ .... ]  Read More

Paul William “Bill” Tallman

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Wilsie, WV passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He was born April 11, 1937 in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Trader Beal and Thelma Agnus Ferrell Tallman [....]  Read More

David Michael Smith

The Free Press WV Age 59, of Orlando, WV passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with his loving mother by his side. He was born in Weston, WV on March 22, 1959 a son of Joan D. Stiltner of Charleston and the late Fredrick Alan Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Billy “Bill” Grey Mick

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Weston, WV went to be with his Lord at 8:42 AM on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 surrounded by loving family. He was born in Braxton County, WV on October 20, 1933 a son of the late Wade and Elsie Dobbins Mick [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Lynn Garrett, II

The Free Press WVAge 45 of Cedarville, WV passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at his home. He was born January 24, 1973 in Farmington, MI to Bruce Garrett and Bonnie (Riffle) Garrett who survive [ .... ]  Read More

Thomas A. Friend

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Gassaway, WV passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 18, 2018. Born November 03, 1945 he was a lifelong resident of Chapel, WV and was a good friend neighbor to all who knew him [ .... ]  Read More

Steve Bradley Hughes

The Free Press WVAge 70, aka, “Governor” of Wilsie, WV was born on March 17, 1948.  He was born on St. Patrick’s Day and had the gift of gab [ .... ]  Read More

Goldie Marie Holmes

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sand Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston. She was born August 01, 1944, in Sutton,WV,  the daughter of the late Minter & Rhoda Lewis Cottrill [....]  Read More

Richard Hamilton Spence

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Manchester, passed away on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 21, 1950 he was the son of the late Herbert Hamilton and Lavirina M. (Phillips) Spence [ .... ]  Read More

James Dixie Wine

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Jane Lew, WV passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born in Braxton County, WV on August 26, 1933, son of the late Pearl Wine and Rose (Vankirk) Wine [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Adam Frame

The Free Press WV Age 44, of Birch River, WV passed away Friday, November 09, 2018 at Glenwood Park Retirement Village, Princeton, WV. He was born September 18, 1974 in Birch River, WV, the son of Larry Joe & Zelma Marie Greathouse Frame [....]  Read More

Gary Lee Mick

The Free Press WVof Strange Creek, WV, went to be with his Lord on November 08, 2018 at the age of 78 years old. He was born on October 02, 1940, son to Wade Mick and Elsie Dobbins Mick of Wilsie, WV. Weighing less than two pounds when he was born, he was nicknamed “Pod”, a name that stayed with him throughout his life [ .... ]  Read More

Carol E. Kimble

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at her residence, following a short illness. She was born June 13, 1935 in Rosedale, WV; daughter of the late Trader and Thelma Ferrell Tallman [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Allen Cottrill

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Pamela Sue King

The Free Press WVAge 68 of Morgantown, WV completed her journey in the presence of her family at her home in Morgantown on Sunday, November 04, 2018. She was born September 08, 1950 in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late James and Goldie (Cowger) Moats [ .... ]  Read More

William Everett “Tink” Rose

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Readers' Recent Comments

During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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