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Students Named to Fall 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Fall 2017 semester have been announced.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

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

Barbour County: Shania D. Pennington

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Ally K. Brown

Braxton County: Lucas T. Bonnett, Leslee R. Coffman, Garrett E. Hacker, Christian M. Pritt, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin

Calhoun County: Moriah J. CreelFox, Sr., Emily L. Snyder, Laura A. Webb

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County: Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

Gilmer County: Preston M. Allison, Tara S. Evans, Madisyn A. Furr, Lauren D. Hardman, Janeeva J. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Dalton A. Law, Brianna N. Ratliff, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Harrison County: Hannah M. Mick, Megan E. Ruppert, Mariah D. Wilson

Jefferson County: Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Jesse “Austin” Broussard, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Justin P. Raines, John F. Riley, IV, Arikka M. Smith, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard

Mercer County: Anna M. Lusk

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Jessica R. Bird, Marlyn S. Donelson, Madison R. Frame, Morgan P. Francis, Elizabeth M. Messer, Autumn R. Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer

Pocahontas County: Tessa A. Jordan

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

Raleigh County: Scarlett A. Farley

Roane County: Brianna N. Deel, Sabrina R. Gonzalez

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Webster County: Bryce M. McCourt

Wirt County: Jacob T. Braniff, Kia N. Sleesman

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Madison M. Gargus, Jake W. Hensell, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, John F. Routzahn, Brian S. Williams

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To be named to the Vice President’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

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

Barbour County: Jacob M. Price

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

Boone County: Gregory I. Lail

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Bridget D. Carr, Kathryn L. Dean, Jessica S. Ellis, Sean R. Hawkins, Kendra K. Houghton, Taylor C. Johnson, Madison S. Oney, Hannah Rexroad, Johnathon B. Shreve, Jacob A. Stout, Forrest A. Taylor, Brittany V. White, Shanna S. Wine, Baylea E. Woodward

Cabell County: Jaycee N. Daniels

Calhoun County: Cassandra D. Lamont, Johnathan X. Taylor, Lindsey N. Webb, Holly L. Wilson

Clay County: Kaitlyn O. Coleman, Carrie G. Huffman, Andrea P. Litton, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Gracen H. Samples, Seth M. Stover

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Travis C. Myers

Gilmer County: Jacob A. Arden, Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Chandler B. Ferguson, Thomas L. Gilco, Daniel P. Hedges, Matthew M. Montgomery, Adam H. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Jennifer A. Nicholas, Analysse N. Petty, Lexsey A. Robertson, Carter L. Springer, Sebastian T. Swartz, Kerri C. Swiger, Elania N. White, Halee N. Wildman, Carissa M. Wood

Grant County: Ryan W. Colaw, Larissa A. Henry, William M. Pennington

Greenbrier County: Caleb S. Bennett, Tyler D. Canterbury, Tiffany Fitzwater, Myka K. Perry

Hampshire County: Emily P. Landis, Brittany L. Maphis

Hardy County: Shannon R. Hahn

Harrison County: Abby S. McCarty, Joshua T. McNemar, Lia Runyan

Jackson County: Chelsey G. Hager, Larissa Hayman, Courtney N. Lanham, Evan D. Merical, Haylie M. Reynolds

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey

Kanawha County: Jacob T. Lutsy, Kelsey J. Naylor, Amanda S. Thurm

Lewis County: Mariah B. Beam, Stephen C. Boyer, Kaitlin L. Corbtt, Destiny L. Grimes, Taylor R. McClain, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher, Alec G. Maynard

Marion County: Victoria D. Francis, Morgan P. Hardesty

Mason County: Anthony J. Howard

Morgan County: Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Danielle L. Bartlett, Thomas J. Bennett, Jacob M. Cogar, Hannah N. Gladwell, Daniel A. Hinger, William Z. Lyons, Anthony W. Mayes, Eric W. Peyatt, Daniel M. Proctor, Justin K. Rader, Montique L. Roberts, Mark H. Sanson, William C. Womack

Pendleton County: Chase M. Simmons

Pocahontas County: Lyndsee L. Gay, Matthew J. Rao

Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse

Putnam County: Shawn D. Arthur, Sarah N. Lines, Michael A. Null

Raleigh County: Jacob Coots, Britteny D. Durham, William T. Harper, Andrue J. Hughart, Michael A. Layne

Ritchie County: Olivia D. Goff, Cali B. Hayes, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Haley K. Cottrill, Noel R. Gonzalez, Savannah M. Harper, Kimberly M. Lee, Cassidy M. Taylor, Alyce A. Titus, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine I. Chambers, Brody R. Strawderman

Tyler County: Miranda M. Taylor

Upshur County: James B. Carson, Austin R. Curry, Heather A. Gregory, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: Taylor N. Brumfield

Wetzel County: Cameron L. Cross, James E. Goddard II, Colton L. Ring

Wood County: Taylor A. Broadwater, Hannah M. Dennis, Gabrielle R. Dye, Kelly J. Trippett

Wyoming County: Stephanie G. Brooks, Christian B. Hedinger, Hunter S. Simmons

Out of State: Asiah E. Alexander, Alyssa M. Banks, James C. Boswell, Natalie C. Castillo, Qianjiao Chen, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Bhrea C. Griffin, De’Angelo V. Hunt Andrea M. Kimble, Julia E. Lindberg, Paris M. McLeod, Alysia M. Maguellal, Jacob T. Ngangum, Zoe A. Nicastro, Tatah S. Njoka, Diori R. Pattison, Catherine L. Pelfrey, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Taylor B. Skidmore, Jason A. Suggs, Michael J. Weathers, Hayley N. Wolff

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 18, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Braxton County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

 
Barbour County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Nicholas County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Wirt County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Wood County Schools

All Closed

Glenville State College

 

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

All Closed

 

Braxton County Schools

All Closed

 

Calhoun County Schools

All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

All Closed

 

Pleasants County Schools

All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

All Closed

 

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

All Closed

 

Wood County Schools

All Closed

Glenville State College

2-Hour Delay

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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As we prepare to enter the first full week of the 2018 regular session of the Legislature, there are many unanswered questions.  The expectations were that Governor Justice would unveil his Executive branch legislative agenda during the annual State of the State address last Wednesday evening.  While I enjoyed his whiteboard illustrations and the relaxed delivery – a carryover from his 2017 address – listeners were left with a few proposals and little detail of how to fund or implement them.  However, I’m sure more details will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

My overriding concern remains as to how many of his proposals will be funded.  On the positive side, over $32 million was gained above estimates on investment returns with funds from various pension plans.  Good news, but this is one-time money and the possibility of getting a 15% return on state investments long term is extremely unlikely.

Another pocket of “found money” was revealed last Thursday during the Governor’s Office budget presentation to the House Finance Committee.  It appears that $103 million is available, as Medicaid was “overfunded”.  While any saving is good news, this raises concerns.  For years, Medicaid has needed additional funding and a large portion has been pushed back or taken from other sources.  With this revelation, it will be interesting to examine if payments to hospitals, doctors or other medical providers were delayed.  Or, since we have a waiting list of nearly three hundred aged and disabled waiting for services to be provided in-home instead of going to a nursing home.  Could some of that been used to accomplish this vital function?  Likewise, does this represent a portion of funds for the IDD waiver program?  That will be just a few of the questions that will be posed to DHHR during their budget hearing later this month.

There is no doubt that the State economy is slightly improved verses last year. However, concern remains that many of the initiatives either discussed or rumored to be introduced may be based on overly optimistic revenue projections in the next few years.  Also, critical agencies like Corrections, State Police, Higher Education and PEIA will need major funding, as well as long-promised increases for teachers, state employees and school service personnel.

High interest was generated by the budget hearing for the WV Supreme Court last Friday morning.  After some well-publicized extravagant renovations to office space, Chief Justice Allen Loughry provided the Court’s budget, which includes circuit courts, family courts and magistrate courts and their employees.

Adding to the controversy, West Virginia is one of the few states that does not place the Supreme Court budget under the oversight of the Legislature.  Constitutionally, what the Supreme Court submits for their budget is what they receive.  The Legislature cannot reduce their request.  While it has been discussed for years, the most recent publicity has renewed interest by some legislators in a state constitutional amendment being placed before the voters in November.

The WV Lottery also provided information to the Finance Committee.  Known for their conservative revenue estimates each fiscal year, they predict relatively flat revenue due to the competition from surrounding states. 

Finally, Congratulations to Braxton County High School and Gilmer County High School for being honored by the WV Department of Education.  Both are among the West Virginia schools that have achieved a graduation rate of 90% or greater.  At a time when employers are looking to locate or expand where there is an educated, drug-free workforce, high school graduation rates are a good indicator of students getting additional technical or vocational training or moving on to a college degree.

Congratulations to GCHS and BCHS for continuing to make improvements that will benefit our kids and central West Virginia, now and in the years ahead.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  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.

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Spelling Bee Rescheduled for Wednesday, Weather Permitting

Braxton County Schools

 

Closing Early

Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

 

Closing Early

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay>> All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay>> All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

 

Closing Early

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Glenville State College

2-Hour Delay

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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West Virginia hunters harvest 108,160 deer in 2017

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Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons. The 2017 harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803.

A breakdown of the combined 2017 deer seasons reveals 44,127 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 33,584 antlerless deer were killed during all antlerless firearm seasons, 26,206 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,243 deer were taken by muzzleloader hunters.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2017 antlerless deer harvest, which includes those taken during the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 3.5 percent less than in 2016 and 22 percent below the five-year average of 43,145.

“It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,703), Upshur (1,300), Ritchie (1,290), Lewis (1,258), Jackson (1,122), Roane (1,101), Wood (1,087), Braxton (1,083), Mason (1,052), and Harrison (1,014).

Hunters are reminded that the DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state on March 12 and 13 to gather comments on fall 2018 antlerless deer hunting seasons in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2017 muzzleloader harvest of 4,243 was 15 percent below the 2016 harvest of 4,997, and 26 percent below the five-year average of 5,768. The top 10 counties were: Preston (203), Randolph (194), Upshur (163), Nicholas (162), Lewis (146), Jackson (138), Greenbrier (130), Braxton (127), Harrison (126), and Fayette (124).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Season

The bow and crossbow harvest of 26,206 deer was 1.2 percent less than the 2016 harvest of 26,524, and 4 percent below the five-year average of 27,420. Archery harvests are affected by hard mast crops. The average acorn crop in 2016, followed by a better-than-average acorn crop in 2017, likely contributed to the slightly lower 2017 harvest.

More deer were harvested with a crossbow than in past years. For the first time, more deer were taken with a crossbow than a bow. The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,469), Kanawha (894), Randolph (883), Wyoming (824), Raleigh (789), Fayette (765), Wood (738), Greenbrier (722), Upshur (694), and Monongalia (694).

WEST   VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST, 2016

County

Buck-Firearms

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery/Crossbow

Total

Barbour

984

873

119

534

2,510

Brooke

175

236

13

155

579

Hancock

157

163

18

282

620

Harrison

1,017

1,014

126

634

2,791

Marion

735

809

82

509

2,135

Marshall

624

437

64

300

1,425

Monongalia

825

673

82

694

2,274

Ohio

180

152

34

202

568

Preston

1,947

1,703

203

1,469

5,322

Taylor

485

533

59

361

1,438

Tucker

817

332

73

482

1,704

Wetzel

823

723

71

311

1,928

District 1   Subtotal

8,769

7,648

944

5,933

23,294

Berkeley

753

730

64

559

2,106

Grant

1,194

599

75

363

2,231

Hampshire

1,386

959

89

381

2,815

Hardy

1,198

717

74

321

2,310

Jefferson

419

450

46

408

1,323

Mineral

1,011

706

43

381

2,141

Morgan

503

490

38

242

1,273

Pendleton

1,018

424

48

316

1,806

District 2   Subtotal

7,482

5,075

477

2,971

16,005

Braxton

1,233

1,083

127

539

2,982

Clay

481

109

34

243

867

Lewis

1,216

1,258

146

538

3,158

Nicholas

987

436

162

635

2,220

Pocahontas

1,040

249

57

324

1,670

Randolph

1,633

849

194

883

3,559

Upshur

1,025

1,300

163

694

3,182

Webster

777

562

74

511

1,924

District 3   Subtotal

8,392

5,846

957

4,367

19,562

Fayette

927

286

124

765

2,102

Greenbrier

1,628

773

130

722

3,253

McDowell

     

574

574

Mercer

593

547

62

625

1,827

Monroe

1,295

998

107

542

2,942

Raleigh

592

226

70

789

1,677

Summers

809

682

78

450

2,019

Wyoming

 

 

 

824

824

District 4   Subtotal

5,844

3,512

571

5,291

15,218

Boone

658

172

74

377

1,281

Cabell

404

290

32

208

934

Kanawha

1,046

478

64

894

2,482

Lincoln

569

338

46

258

1,211

Logan

     

507

507

Mason

867

1,052

108

535

2,562

Mingo

     

277

277

Putnam

624

612

63

397

1,696

Wayne

448

134

30

179

791

District 5   Subtotal

4,616

3,076

417

3,632

11,741

Calhoun

740

557

66

283

1,646

Doddridge

947

731

95

328

2,101

Gilmer

875

727

87

334

2,023

Jackson

1,096

1,122

138

515

2,871

Pleasants

317

298

20

162

797

Ritchie

1,338

1,290

109

501

3,238

Roane

1,186

1,101

90

489

2,866

Tyler

817

781

63

328

1,989

Wirt

734

733

91

334

1,892

Wood

974

1,087

118

738

2,917

District 6   Subtotal

9,024

8,427

877

4,012

22,340

State   Total

44,127

33,584

4,243

26,206

108,160

Pat’s Chat

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I believe that Jesus is coming soon and that the judgment hour is upon us and there is salvation only through Christ.   There is widespread apostasy so as a Christian, what can I do?  I am going to include below a couple of my long-standing peeves and wish I could magically wipe out all such distasteful habits and pushy advertising of unhealthy activities in otherwise good movies.  Because I love you, my readers and friends, I am including a site here at the beginning of my Chat in the hope that you will bring up on your computer (or your neighbor’s computer if you happen not to have one) right now so that you will know that there IS a loving God out there who wants to be your Friend:


http://www.andiesisle.com/thenatureofgod.html

 Now bear with me as I express a couple of my peeves.  (I promise not to make this a weekly habit!)

God’s name is important, so important that one of God’s commandments written in stone is not to take His name in vain.  We are told that angels veil their faces when they speak His name.  In the book Education, page 243, by E.G. White.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise: Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.‘“ Reverence should be shown also for His Name God. Never should that name be spoken lightly or thoughtlessly. Even in prayer its frequent or needless repetition should be avoided. “Holy and reverend is His name.“   Angels, as they speak it, veil their faces. With what reverence should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips! 1 Ex. 3:5.    In another of her books, The Faith I Live By.  It says, “True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed. The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because God is there. And as reverence is manifested in attitude and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will be deepened. “Holy and reverend is his name,“ the psalmist declares (Ps. 111:9). Angels, when they speak that name, veil their faces.” 

Billy Graham in his book Angels/Peace With God writes:  [The human race] “must have a Savior, or it is doomed!  Sin cost God His very best.  Is it any wonder that the angels veiled their faces [or] that they were silent in their consternation as they witnessed the outworking of God’s plan?” 

John Calvin’s Commentaries on the Harmony of the Law, Vol. 1 says “that even the angels veil their faces, because they cannot bear the infinite glory of God; no wonder then that a mortal man dared not to look upon him. The name of God is appropriated to the visible appearance in which his majesty was concealed.”

In our Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Hallowed be Thy Name.”  God’s name is to be treated as Holy.   

There is so much awful language on media programming anymore and it tries to make it seem NATURAL for everyone, even little kids to say, “Oh, my God!”  They even contract it down to OMG for texting.  I am sure our guardian angels are appalled.  As I have said before, this is one of my pet peeves.  On INSP, they bleep out the bad words.  The UP programs seem to be free of cursing and bad language. 

 

Hallmark too has kept their programming on a higher level EXCEPT on most of their programs you will see everyone having a drink to “toast” an occasion or somehow the alcohol companies have made sure everyone thinks that drinking is normal daily, routine activity. Many times this activity is placed at the beginning of the program, as if someone thinks they need to get their advertisement in before viewers get bored and leave the station.  Why are they pushing wine as if EVERYONE drinks it every day?   It is not and should not be.  The word in the Bible translated as “wine” is the word for grape juice or fermented drink.  Jesus did NOT change the water into fermented drink at the wedding!  He is the same one who wrote Proverbs 20:1 that “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”  Pregnant women should never drink alcoholic beverages, and Hallmark by pushing it out there as normal may cause someone to start drinking who is likely to become an alcoholic.  I just saw a statistic that states that drinkers are more likely to get cancer, especially breast cancer.

As you have probably guessed, there is a lot of television and movies that I don’t want to watch.  Psalm 101:3 advises, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.”  Philippians 4:8 encourages us to choose whatsoever things are pure, lovely, of good report – to think on these things.  

Maranatha!

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As I write on Sunday afternoon, I’m preparing to make the daily 60-day transition to the Capitol for the Second Regular Session of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature.  Regardless of the year, the issues are important, complex, and detailed.  Just as there are two sides to every story, there may be multiple benefits and consequences to the passage of a bill.  Often, preventing a bill from passing is as important as passing new legislation.  After these many years of representing the citizens of Braxton and Gilmer Counties in the House of Delegates, I consider it an honor to serve you.  As always, I sincerely ask for your prayers for making good decisions for our State.

As the session is set to begin, the grip of dangerously cold weather is beginning to loosen.  Frozen pipes, burst water mains and dangerous roads that have been so frozen that salt has no effect are just a few of the sub-zero hazards.  This has been especially dangerous to those that may have lost heat or in cars that become disabled along the road.  Please check on your neighbors and make sure they’re OK.

I had the opportunity to participate in a forum of state newspapers and media last Friday, held at the offices of Charleston Newspapers.  While I couldn’t attend for the entire day, ours was the first panel of the day.  Also on the panel were Delegate Eric Nelson, Del. Mick Bates and Senator Ed Gaunch.  Upon listening to my colleagues, it’s apparent neither D’s nor R’s have any definitive specifics or information on what the Governor intends to propose in his State of the State Address.

One thing we do know is the budget hearings begin this week.  These are long, tedious proceedings by each state agency, the administration, the Supreme Court and other offices funded by your tax dollars.  Meanwhile, each member is armed with a desk full of documents, spread sheets and internal letters, policies and clarifications from past fiscal years, the current fiscal year, and the requested amount for the upcoming FY 2019 fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2018.

Mr. Bob Basil, a fine gentleman with decades of public service with administrations, state auditors and Finance Committees, took me under his wing nearly two decades ago and showed me “old school” how to read and interpret the overwhelming amount of financial information.  His advice was “follow the money in each of these agency accounts, do your homework, and you’ll learn how each agency and state government operates.”  Bob passed away a few years ago, but his sage advice has served well in tracking budget requests from year to year, through multiple governors, to learn how they operate.

He also was a great help in identifying special revenue accounts and unspent funding that is re-appropriated each year, including funds set aside for positions that are never filled.  All this information and more help mold and shape the general revenue budget for the coming year.

Budget hearings are open to the public, but space is limited in the committee room.  They are also available via live audio streaming from the WV Legislature’s website.  The schedule for House hearings is as follows, subject to change:

January

1/11   Governor’s budget presentation           2:00 PM

11/12 Supreme Court                               9:00 AM

        Lottery                                         10:00 AM

11/15 Higher Education Policy Commission   2:00 PM

        Community and Technical Colleges     3:00 PM

1/17   Department of Commerce                 9:00 AM

        Department of Administration             2:00 PM

1/19   Department of Education                   9:00 AM

1/22   DHHR                                                 2:00 PM

1/24   Div. of Environmental Protection         9:00 AM

        Dept. of Agriculture                         2:00 PM

        WV Conservation Agency                 3:00 PM

1/26   Military Affairs and Public Safety         9:00 AM

1/29   Dept. of Transportation                     2:00 PM

1/31   Bureau of Senior Services                 9:00 AM

        State Auditor                                 2:00 PM

        Veterans Affairs                             3:00 PM

February

2/2     Dept. of Revenue                           9:00 AM

        School Building Authority                 10:00 AM

2/5     State Treasurer                               2:00 PM

        Secretary of State                           3:00 PM

2/7     Education & the Arts                       9:00 AM

        Attorney General                             2:00 PM

2/9     Public Service Commission               9:00 AM

        Consumer Advocate Division             10:00 AM

Remember that many of the hearings listed include numerous state divisions under their prevue.  For instance, DNR falls under the Dept. of Commerce; Regional Jails, Dept. of Corrections, State Police and Adjutant General fall under Military Affairs and Public Safety; DOH and DMV are under the Department of Transportation.  If you have specific questions regarding one or more agencies, please let me know.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  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.

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 09, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Braxton County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

 
Barbour County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Nicholas County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay

 

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay

Glenville State College

 

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Monday, January 08, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Monday, January 08, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

All Closed

 

Braxton County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Calhoun County Schools

All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

All Closed

 

 
Barbour County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

All Closed

 

Pleasants County Schools

All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

All Closed

 

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

 

Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay  >> All Closed

Glenville State College

 

Gilmer County Board of Education

Board Meeting Rescheduled to Wednesday

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

Closed Due to Weather

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Friday, January 05, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Friday, January 05, 2018
 
Closings and Delays
Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic 

 

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 04, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 04, 2018
 
Closings and Delays
Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools 2-Hour Delay >> All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools 3-Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools 3-Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2-Hour Delay
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic 

 

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 03, 2018
 
Closings and Delays
Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools 2-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Braxton County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3-Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools 2-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools 2-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Clay County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools 3-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 2-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Upshur County Schools 2-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Webster County Schools 3-Hour Delay  >>  All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools 2-Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2-Hour Delay
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic 
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WV Legislative Update

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This week, I’m writing in segments: on the road as we return from a South Carolina visit with family and from home late on New Year’s Eve.  My goal is to finish this column prior to midnight, as the lure of staying up to welcome in the New Year is not as compelling or appealing as in years past.  It’s not that my enthusiasm, excitement or optimism for 2018 has diminished, but more of a practical matter.  In nearly 38 years as a railroad engineer, a substantial amount of that time was going to work at or about midnight, and the challenge was to stay alert and awake on the rails all night and on the highway home during the day.

Our Christmas Day was nice, although far too quiet without grandkids under our roof.  At this writing, Justin is still attempting to bounce back from a horrible bout with the flu.  We didn’t want to risk bringing the flu bug back home, so getting together in person was out.  Live video on Facetime is a wonderful thing for the holidays when circumstances dictate otherwise.  The day after Christmas, Jean and I left early for South Carolina for a post-Christmas visit with Jessica & family, including Jean’s mom and her brother, John and his family.  It was a great visit, aside from the bumper to bumper traffic.  We also had a brief pause in activities for unexpected surgery on Collin’s broken hand from a basketball game.

As frigid as the weather is now in West Virginia, you don’t think of that being a factor in Charleston, South Carolina.  However, when preparing for an early departure last Friday morning for home, the temperature dropped into the mid-20’s overnight accompanied by freezing rain.  Since they have no road salt or salt trucks, the major roads were shut down until mid-morning.  It makes you appreciate our dedicated WV DOH workers that brave all weather conditions to make our WV roads as safe as possible during winter months.

At this time, we’re only about one week from the 2018 legislative session beginning.  The Governor continues to keep his State of the State Address a tightly held secret, along with his executive budget, legislative agenda and plans for the remainder of FY 2018 and beyond.  If he holds to his pattern from last year’s SOS address, be prepared to take notes from his whiteboard presentation and unscripted remarks on WV Public TV.

Of the many critical issues that will be addressed during the session, the House and Senate leaders have given some strong indications that they may try to repeal the business inventory tax.  While I certainly would like to see this tax removed on our businesses, the difficulty will be to do so without placing the burden on individuals and working families.  A similar proposal last year would have certainly raised real property taxes on our home and property owners, which I felt last year and continue to believe is not an acceptable solution.  And, as all 55 county school systems receive on average about 27% to 30% of their school funding from the business inventory tax collections, the need for an alternative to make up this critical funding is not optional.  Hopefully any bill will be a bipartisan effort, or else we’ll be back in the same budget slog as last year.  Plus, there is wide consensus that this may well require amending the WV Constitution, which would ultimately require a statewide vote.

However, that’s in the weeks ahead.  For now, I’m giving thanks for the past year, looking forward to 2018, New Year’s Day football, and our traditional cornbread, beans and cabbage with Jean and the family.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

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

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

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton annou

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton announced today that 23 recipients will receive a share of $1.3 million in Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Recycling Assistance Grant funding.

Funding for the Recycling Assistance Grant Program is generated through the $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills and is provided by WV Code 22-15A-19(h) (1).

The recipients are:


BARBOUR COUNTY

Barbour County Solid Waste Authority: $23,500
To assist with the purchase of recycling trailers, fuel, bailing wire, utilities and gaylord boxes for the county-wide program.


BOONE COUNTY

Boone County Solid Waste Authority: $67,038
To assist with the purchase of a recycling truck, utilities for recycling center, recycling bins, replace/repair loading dock, fuel and insurance for recycling truck and brochures for the county-wide program.


BRAXTON COUNTY

Braxton County Solid Waste Authority: $28,000
To assist with personnel/labor and collection bins for the county-wide program.

Town of Sutton: $27, 433
To assist with the purchase of a pick-up truck for the town’s recycling program.


CABELL COUNTY

Huntington-WV Area Habitat for Humanity: $18,900
To assist with the purchase of a forklift for the recycling operation.


CALHOUN COUNTY

Cabot Recycling Station: $149,412
To assist with wages, utilities, the purchase of a new roof and conveyor for the county-wide program.


GREENBRIER COUNTY

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity: $38,184
To assist with the purchase a van, vehicle expenses and utilities for the recycling operation.


HANCOCK COUNTY

Hancock County Solid Waste Authority: $51,224
To assist with labor, installing retaining wall for ramp, and sprinkler system, processing fee for comingled materials and transportation of recyclables for the county-wide program.

Infinite Electronics Recycling: $37,500
To assist with the purchase of a box truck and two forklifts for the recycling operation.


JEFFERSON COUNTY

Corporation of Shepherdstown: $56,454.89
To assist with the purchase of a skid loader with pallet fork and glass recycling bins for the city-wide program.


KANAWHA COUNTY

KnightHorst Shredding: $56,000
To assist with the purchase of a cargo van and skid steer for the recycling operation.

City of South Charleston: $144,000
To assist with the purchase of a recycling collection packer truck and plastic recycling totes for the city-wide program.


LEWIS COUNTY

Mountain State Waste: $75,000
To assist with the purchase of a forklift and front load recycling containers for the recycling operation.


MARION COUNTY

Marion County Solid Waste Authority: $122,867
To assist with the purchase of a recycling hook-lift truck and a pick-up truck for the county-wide program.


MERCER COUNTY

Empire Salvage and Recycling: $59,400
To assist with the purchase of a skid-steer loader for the recycling operation.


MONONGALIA COUNTY

North Elementary School: $3,455.80
To assist with the purchase of recycling bins for the school’s recycling program.


PLEASANTS COUNTY

Pleasants County Solid Waste Authority: $40,500
To assist with employee wages, operating supplies, maintenance costs, fuel, utilities and education for the county-wide program.


POCAHONTAS COUNTY

Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority: $49,650
To assist with the purchase of a baler with conveyor, rotating pallet fork for skid steer, gaylord rotator, steel storage containers, labor and transportation costs and recycling advertisements for the ongoing county-wide program.


PRESTON COUNTY

City of Kingwood: $74,639
To assist with purchase of a new roof for the recycling building, tires for recycling truck and skid steer loader, tie wires, recycling containers and bins and advertising for the city-wide program.


TUCKER COUNTY

Sunrise Sanitation Services: $68,600
To assist with the purchase of a used shred truck, totes and bailing wire for the recycling operation.


UPSHUR COUNTY

Upshur County Solid Waste Authority: $3,940
To assist with the purchase of reusable grocery bag totes, telephone costs and paper shred event for Upshur County.


WETZEL COUNTY

Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority: $37,880
To assist with labor wages, the purchase of a truck, fuel and signage for recycling trucks, and recycling carts for the ongoing county-wide program.


WOOD COUNTY

Latrobe Street Mission: $26,234
To assist with personnel, ramp to baler, loading ramp, vehicle maintenance and tires, bailing wire and office supplies for the recycling operation.

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Robert Gordon “Snowflake” Martin, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born on December 03, 1953 in Sutton, WV the son of Lena Johnson Martin and the late Robert Gordon Martin, Sr.  [....]  Read More

Donna Gail Stephens

The Free Press WVAge 70, Shelby, NC passed away January 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1947 at Cabin Creek, WV, the daughter of the late Robert “Eph” Porter and Ethel Mae (Holbrook) Porter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Dayton Lemon

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Bernard Joseph Mehlbaugher, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Frametown, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born September 14, 1956 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah to Arva Dawn Stoddard Mehlbauer & the late Bernard Joseph Mehlbauer, Sr.  [....]  Read More

Roy Bernard Malcomb

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Emogene Cogar-Groves-Nichols-Slaughter

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on January 15, 2018 in Jane Lew, WV. She was born on January 05, 1928 in Gregory, WV the daughter of the late Bert & Iva Belle Kuhl Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Reda Mae Facemire

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Colten Douglas Facemire

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Marlene Conrad Stewart

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Dwight “Sonny” Monroe McCourt

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Doris Jean (Baxter) Simon

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Cathy Darlene Veasey

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Thomas Wayne Veasey

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Albert Lee Fuhrmaneck

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Donley Delano Helmick

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Frederick Michael Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 25, passed away on December 25, 2017 after a short illness…  Read More

Howard “JT” Sigley

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Gassaway, WV passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at his residence….  Read More

Deanna Elizabeth Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 78, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Clay County Health Center, Ivydale, WV. ...

Homer Squires Brown

The Free Press WVSurrounded by his lovingly family, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Oak Pointe Nursing Home in Baltic after a battle with Parkinson’s and dementia….

Gary Samuel Reed

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Waldorf, MD passed away of a long illness on December 14, 2017….

Richard Franklin Bennett

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Spencer, WV left this earth on December 14, 2017. He was born at Gassaway, WV and grew up at Rosedale, WV….

Kathryn J. Dunn

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Gassaway, WV passed away at home surrounded by her family on December 14, 2017….

Tyna Sue Carter

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Orlando, WV passed away December 14, 2017 at home.

Chalmer S. Rhodes

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Gassaway, WV passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, WV.

Kermit H. Mick

The Free Press WVHe was born in Burnsville, WV on July 24, 1931 to the late Walter and Edith (Moore) Mick.

Andrea “Andy” Jean Whitman Cragg

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Ellicott City, MD passed away Monday November 27 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by loving family.

Linda L. Greenlief Nolan

The Free Press WVAge 64 of Jane Lew, WV formerly of Glenville, WV departed this life on the evening of Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness.

Marshall Clayton Napier

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 09, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Ruth Emogene Quinn Bennett

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Summersville, WV passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at the Summersville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

Eloise Mae Everette

The Free Press WV“Ellie Mae”, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Pittsboro, North Carolina on November 25th, 2017.

Deborah Lynn Hamrick

The Free Press WVof Herold Road, Sutton, WV went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

Carl Dexter Cunningham, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 77, of White Sulphur Springs formerly of Hettie, Braxton County, WV, peacefully went to be with the Lord from his earthly home on Saturday, December 02, 2017.  Carl was born on January 23, 1940, in Hettie, Braxton County, WV, to the late Charles Ercel and Lula Ann Blagg Cunningham.

Pamela Suzette Rowan

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Friday, December 01, 2017, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born August 20, 1949, in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late Laco and Gladys June Young Hyer.

Esta Ellen Finchman

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Soperton, GA, passed away on Friday morning, November 24, 2017 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin. She was born in Braxton County, WV and had been a lifelong resident of the Spencer area until moving to Soperton in 2005.

Howard Page Campbell

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Birch River, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Ansted Center, Ansted, WV.

John Mason Moran, Jr.

The Free Press WVPassed away at age 74 on November 18, 2017, following a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

Vilma Jean Thomas

The Free Press WVof Scott Depot, WV, passed away of a short illness on November 05. 2017, at the age of 89. Jean was born on November 29, 1927 the daughter of G. G. & Love Faye Duffield born at Dessie , Braxton County WV.

Sarah Jean Crislip

The Free Press WVAge 91 of Frametown, WV went to be with the Lord November 27, 2017.

Mavadell Williams McDivitt

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Summersville, WV passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at her residence.

Jimmy Francis Barnette

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017 in Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, WV following a sudden illness.

Cecil Ray Shepherd

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Mt. Nebo, WV passed away November 22, 2017 at home.

Emyl Lee Shields

The Free Press WV  Age 84, of Cedarville, WV passed away November 21, 2017

Rebecca Loraine Ireland

The Free Press WV  She was born in Weston, WV on July 05, 1944 a daughter of the late Robert Lee James and Betty Regenia Adolt James.

Arlene F. Skidmore

The Free Press WV  Age 81 of Gassaway, WV peacefully went to be with her Heavenly Father, November 17, 2017.

Mary Lou Jarvis Halstead

The Free Press WV  Age 63 of Strange Creek, WV passed away on November 16, 2017 at Raleigh General Hospital.

Glendon Kent Jones

Reta “Lucile” Freeman

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Readers' Recent Comments

Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

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

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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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