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Scholarships Available Through Women’s Opportunity Fund

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the Women’s Opportunity Fund – Linda H. Culp Memorial Scholarship.  The Women’s Opportunity Fund provides educational resources to non-traditional female students who are working to complete their education or to pursue additional schooling toward higher level career goals, professional certification, or other degrees.  As a memorial to Linda H. Culp, this fund honors a pioneering and hardworking local leader who mentored and supported other women in accomplishing their hopes and dreams.

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

·      Applicant must be a female, adult learner who is not a recent high school graduate.

·      Applicant must reside in one of the following counties:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, or Wood counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, or Washington counties in Ohio.

·      Applicant must be pursuing a form of post-secondary education, including bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, certificate programs, or vocational/technical studies in any chosen field.

Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee.  The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or other education related costs.  To apply, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply.  The application deadline is July 26th.  For additional information, please contact the PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438.

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About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Grants Available From Community Foundation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is currently accepting grant applications for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application process is online and the deadline to submit is midnight on September 15. 

To access the online application, visit the Foundation’s website:  www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Priority counties for Foundation grant support are:

  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Wirt
  • Wood

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, capacity building, and, under special circumstances, operating support. 

Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the PACF that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region. 

Applications from Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties are also reviewed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate advisory board.

“In an effort to make a larger and more immediate impact on regional needs, the Foundation has made important changes to its Community Action Grants Program,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer.  “As a result, the maximum grant request size has been increased to $15,000.  Additionally, the proposed projects must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.”

To learn more about the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Program, visit www.pacfwv.com/Grants or contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or .

 

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect For Several WV Counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for nearly two dozen West Virginia counties through Friday evening.

According to NWS meteorologists, “A frontal system is expected to pass through the region Thursday afternoon and Friday. Storms associated with it could produce excessive rainfall. This rain coupled with the wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties named in the watch include:

  • Barbour
  • Braxton
  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pleasants
  • Pocahontas
  • Randolph
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Taylor
  • Tyler
  • Upshur
  • Webster
  • Wirt
  • Wood

Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Available Online

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for a limited number of permits for black bear hunting during the traditional deer gun season in eight counties. The application deadline is midnight August 13.
 
Hunters with these permits will be allowed to hunt bear without dogs on public and private land in Cabell, Doddridge, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Mineral and Wetzel counties, from November 20 through December 02, 2017. Resident landowners, their resident children or resident tenants who live on the land are not required to apply for a limited bear firearms season permit or purchase a class DS bear hunting stamp to hunt on their own land.
 
“Counties open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are above their management objective and need additional bears harvested to achieve their goal,” said Colin Carpenter, DNR black bear project leader. “Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the limited bear firearms season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods. This is the fifth year with expanded bear hunting opportunities during the buck-gun season, and we hope hunters will continue to take advantage of them.”
 
Hunters must apply for a limited bear firearms permit by using the Electronic Licensing System at www.wvhunt.com. To apply, licensed hunters must log in to their account and click on “Enter Lottery” on the home screen, select “2017 Black Bear Hunt” and select the desired county. Hunters also may call their local DNR district office for help with the application process.
 
Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October. Applicants can see if they received a permit, starting September 01, by logging into their account. Neither the permit, nor the class DS stamp, is transferable, and the county of hunt cannot be changed.
 
Hunters are also reminded that 31 counties in West Virginia do not require permits to hunt black bears during the buck-gun season. Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found in the 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, available soon at license agents and online at www.wvdnr.gov.

#wvhunt
 

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Permits Available

 

Cabell

100

 

 

Doddridge

100

 

 

Harrison

100

 

 

Lincoln

100

 

 

Marion

100

 

 

Marshall

100

 

 

Mineral

100

 

 

Wetzel

100

 

 

Total

800

 

Students Named to Spring 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 Spring 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:

Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison

Boone County: Tiffany D. Muller

Braxton County: Coleden R. Belknap, Bridget D. Carr, Amber N. Hyre

Calhoun County: Danielle N. Kendall, Cassandra D. Lamont

Clay County:  Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County:  Dennis M. Bowling, Jr., Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth

Gilmer County: Anthony K. Aviles, Jonathan E. Clark, Michaela L. Gumm, Christina L. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Brett M. Rinehart, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Halee N. Wildman

Grant County: Larissa A. Henry

Jackson County: Chelsey Hager, Evan D. Merical, Clayton Swisher

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey, Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Rebecca E. Wiseman

Lewis County: Jennifer M. Eiler, Justin P. Raines, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Anthony ‘AJ’ Howard

Mercer County: Lindsey R. Compton

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

Nicholas County: Lindsey S. Butcher, Kaitlyn D. Peyatt, Mark H. Sanson

Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto

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

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

Randolph County: Chad E. Cook, Daniel T. Crawford, Christopher D. Varner

Ritchie County: Brianna N. Ratliff

Roane County: Georgia B. Bing

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Upshur County: Skylar A. Fulton, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: James M. Egnor

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

Wirt County: Mary M. Strong

Wood County:  Taylor A. Broadwater

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Raven P. Fatool, Raven C. Greer, Jake Hensell, Momi P. Lievan, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, Brian S. Williams

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

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

Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Logan M. Renner

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Gregory I. Lail, Mackenzie R. Smith

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Tyler K. Cunningham, Larissa E. DeLuca, Garrett E. Hacker, Sean R. Hawkins, Jacob D. Haymond, Tonya L. Lyons, Christian M. Pritt, Joshua L. Rexroad, Teddy J. Richardson, Randy A. Stiers, Andrew R. Tefft, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Andrea B. Vidal, Elania N. White, Shanna S. Wine

Calhoun County: Moriah J. Creelfox, Sr., Jared B. Fitzwater, Amber N. Frymier, Chelsea R. Hicks, Kelsey E. Jett, Erica N. Jones, Devon T. Toppings

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Carrie G. Huffman, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Kristie D. Taylor

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Megan J. Sheets, Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Anthony J. Murdock, II, Travis C. Myers, Trevor D. Wood

Gilmer County: Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Teayria G. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Tara S. Evans, Conner T. Ferguson, Samantha L. McCune, Matthew M. Montgomery, Cody M. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Hunter Moore, Zaon A. Starseed, Lexsey A. Wagner, Timothy G. Wine, Carrissa M. Wood, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Hardy County: Faith V. Smith

Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Abby S. McCarty, Hannah M. Mick, Lia Runyan, Megan E. Ruppert, Amy A. Weiss, Bettie M. Wilfong

Kanawha County:  McKenzie M. Edmonds, Kayli N. Hudson, Jacob T. Lutsy, Jeri D. Potter, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Mariah L. Daniels, Abigail E. Jerden, Michael W. Marion, James W. Martin, III, Daniel M. Pascasio, Mitchell D. Queen, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher

Marion County:  Emily A. Stoller

Mason County:  Kaylee M. Howard

Monongalia County: Hunter A. Given

Morgan County: Michaela A. Munson, Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Zachary G. Dotson, Madison R. Frame, Kimmy K. Little, William Z. Lyons, Elizabeth M. Messer, Eric W. Peyatt, Autumn Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer, Joshua ‘Cameron’ Woods

Pendleton County: Virginia L. Bruce, Brittany L. Huffman, Chase M. Simmons, Raven D. Turner

Pleasants County: Bethany G. Mote

Pocahontas County: Lucas W. Fuller, Isaac C. Hise, Brooke A. Riffe

Putnam County: Tori L. Ward

Raleigh County: Jordan B. Coalson, Jacob Coots, Michael A. Layne, Matthew Welch

Randolph County: Jerome W. Smith

Ritchie County: Madison E. Cunningham, Olivia D. Goff, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Bonita J. Schreckengost, Cassidy M. Taylor, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine Chambers

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Upshur County: Heather A. Gregory

Webster County: Richard M. Burns, Tonya N. Sahl, Danielle Williams

Wetzel County: Colton L. Ring, Brandon M. Smith

Wood County: Brooke N. Radabaugh

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Ali P. Capobianco, Jr, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Alex E. Gilmore, Tanner B. Helms, Cedric J. Johnson, Justin S. Koogler, Julia E. Lindberg, Art’om T. Rank, John F. Routzahn, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Asiya B. Smith, Tayana L. Stewart, Johnni M. Tillman

Over $326,000 Raised for Local Nonprofits Through Give Local MOV!

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced that $326,185 was raised through Give Local MOV, the May 2rd fundraising event hosted by the PACF.

Nonprofit partners in Give Local MOV 2017 included 43 groups with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development.  Organizations invited to participate were those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.

Nonprofits raising the most funds included:  Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, FaithLink, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg High School Foundation, and the YMCA of Parkersburg.  .

A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 2nd was the availability of matching funds.  PACF raised nearly $180,000 which was made available and awarded through matching fund challenges and incentive prizes over the giving period.  Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota, supplied matching funds that made the day even more exciting.  This year, because of Superior’s generosity, a local philanthropist, Mary M. Welch, matched their donation to help the Foundation to offer the Give Local MOV campaign.  In addition, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations and $7,000 in hourly prize incentives encouraged giving. 

The PACF takes no fee to organize and host the Give Local MOV campaign.  The PACF supplies the secure online giving platform and also covers credit card processing fees, allowing 100% of each donor’s gift to go to its intended agency.  This year, some donors that gave on May 2nd opted to help cover the credit card processing and transaction fees with their donation and the Foundation is very grateful for their support. 

“Our event sponsors and the local donors who contribute are the critical factors in the success of Give Local MOV,” said Boyce said.  “Our local businesses truly stepped up this year and enabled us to make an incredible impact region-wide. And, local businesses are only able to support positive initiatives, such as Give Local MOV, if they themselves have support from local residents.  By supporting local businesses and shopping local, you can help provide for the greater good of our community. We urge everyone to give local and to shop local!”

The Foundation plans to host Give Local MOV again on May 01, 2018.  Businesses, nonprofits or individuals interested in having a significant impact for their investment and want to get involved in Give Local MOV 2018 should contact Boyce at 304.428.4438 to learn more.


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

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

Local Community Foundation Receives National Accreditation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has once again been re-accredited under the National Standards for Community Foundations.  As affiliate organizations of the PACF, the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) and the Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF) are included within PACF’s re-accreditation. Attainment of National Standards is a significant achievement that recognizes the commitment to accountability, transparency and excellence of the accredited foundation.

The National Standards are a self-regulation program for community foundations that involves a lengthy and rigorous process of submitting one’s policies, procedures and practices for review by peers, professional reviewers and attorneys to ensure that they meet the current legal requirements and most effective practices and policies of community foundations. The National Standards are known to Congress, state legislators and other regulators as the only accreditation program currently existing for foundations.

The National Standards for Community Foundations Accreditation program is directed by the Community Foundation National Standards Board (CFNSB) with the support of the Council on Foundations. The Accreditation Seal is only achieved by those community foundations that demonstrate compliance with the twenty-six distinct standards of excellence. The re-accreditation process is annual and the Accreditation Seal is awarded only to those community foundations that continue to meet the comprehensive standards.

According to the CFNSB, “The Accreditation Seal signals to donors and to their professional advisors that a community foundation is a sound place to give and to make a difference.”

By undertaking the National Accreditation process, the PACF demonstrates its commitment to accountability and excellence to its donors, its community, policymakers and the general public.  The PACF provides permanent fund management and grantmaking services to an eleven-county area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).

PACF Board Chairman, Greg Herrick said, “The Foundation and its Regional Affiliates are delighted to share the news of our organization’s re-accreditation under the National Standards. We are very grateful to our donors and we continuously strive to ensure that we operate in a manner reflecting the most effective and efficient of practices. Receiving re-accreditation is something in which our whole community of supporters may take pride.” 


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

West Fork Conservation District Farm Field Day Event!

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The West Fork Conservation District encourages producers and students to attend the 2017 “Grazing Management Strategies” Field Day on Friday July 21st, and Saturday July 22nd, 2017. This field day will be for producers interested in learning about improving grazing practices and soil health, to make their operations more productive and profitable!

What are we talking about? The WFCD, along with WVU Extension, and The Natural Resource Conservation Service, will welcome renowned key note speakers, Mr. Greg Judy, and Dr. Matt Poore, who will come together to educate West Virginia’s local beef producers about extending forage production, successful cattle handling, and many other key features to successful farming.

Rancher and public speaker, Greg Judy, has given numerous talks and seminars all over the US, New Zealand & Canada, teaching the benefits of holistic high density planned grazing, leasing land, multi-species grazing, custom grazing, agroforestry and wildlife management. Mr. Judy will talk about “securing and developing economical grazing leases and mob grazing.”

Dr. Matt Poore, a Professor at North Carolina State University and Extension Beef Specialist, will teach about “making adaptive grazing work for you while maintaining soil health”.

There is something for everyone in this field day, and you do not want to miss these once in a lifetime keynote speakers! (Please note that you will need to pre-register with the District office to attend these events).

The field day will be a two-day event, with a dinner meeting featuring both Mr. Judy and Dr. Poore, taking place Friday, July 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at the Doddridge Co. Park on Snow Bird Road in Doddridge County, WV.

Saturday, July 22nd, will be a day filled with a morning seminar and an afternoon pasture walk, featuring Mr. Judy, Dr. Poore and West Fork’s NRCS District Conservationist, Jeff Griffith. Saturday’s event will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Maxwell farm, owned by John & Sue Ann Spiker, in Doddridge County, WV.

RSVP’s, including payment to attend, will need to be made by July 14th, 2017, and should include the number attending and the events that you wish to attend. We hope to see all of you out there for a chance to take away some great information and make great connections! To register, or for more information on this event, please contact WFCD at
304.627.2160 x 4.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 11,539 Spring Turkeys In 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those numbers are included on the accompanying table.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

162

178

127

165

204

Brooke

104

84

67

78

100

Hancock

110

110

89

98

106

Harrison

355

264

247

286

327

Marion

218

149

170

192

256

Marshall

300

220

174

207

255

Monongalia

262

174

199

197

266

Ohio

131

91

109

111

113

Preston

403

344

333

371

475

Taylor

103

87

72

101

135

Tucker

57

88

82

90

97

Wetzel

256

203

168

196

244

District 1 Subtotal

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,092

2,578

Berkeley

98

112

124

115

147

Grant

129

129

131

161

145

Hampshire

124

138

156

170

184

Hardy

129

135

116

132

132

Jefferson

60

57

82

79

114

Mineral

87

96

118

134

132

Morgan

54

62

64

54

64

Pendleton

117

95

94

88

112

District 2 Subtotal

798

824

885

933

1,030

Braxton

238

175

194

197

209

Clay

147

68

83

101

120

Lewis

221

180

194

211

249

Nicholas

221

164

213

330

311

Pocahontas

160

130

145

144

143

Randolph

217

186

225

250

248

Upshur

262

229

231

228

303

Webster

118

113

114

156

150

District 3 Subtotal

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,617

1,733

Fayette

287

244

239

292

278

Greenbrier

299

245

242

308

269

McDowell

308

215

218

200

177

Mercer

177

170

161

176

192

Monroe

206

212

181

184

192

Raleigh

277

214

231

283

279

Summers

258

209

199

219

209

Wyoming

291

255

257

320

262

District 4 Subtotal

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,982

1,858

Boone

230

159

138

157

157

Cabell

138

80

110

114

176

Kanawha

332

231

227

285

319

Lincoln

213

178

169

215

228

Logan

246

181

172

181

165

Mason

370

293

314

378

448

Mingo

141

93

91

131

143

Putnam

225

150

181

210

268

Wayne

144

103

108

139

186

District 5 Subtotal

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,810

2,090

Calhoun

179

135

128

145

164

Doddridge

138

126

118

137

160

Gilmer

191

147

124

132

143

Jackson

326

293

264

302

408

Pleasants

83

73

71

80

89

Ritchie

326

245

218

216

263

Roane

236

232

210

231

256

Tyler

211

136

144

182

181

Wirt

193

177

153

174

206

Wood

294

271

248

328

380

District 6 Subtotal

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,927

2,250

State Total

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,361

11,539

8th Graders Honored For Golden Horseshoe Accomplishments

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

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

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

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

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

Report: More Mountain State Students Pursuing Higher Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellspring Family Services Appoints New Leader in New Martinsville and Harrisville

Wellspring Family Services, the community-based counseling division of Crittenton Services, Inc., is proud to announce a new site director at its Wetzel County and Ritchie County locations.

Lya Burgess, a native of Doddridge County, is the site director for both the New Martinsville and Harrisville offices. Burgess brings 22 years of therapy practice to the position. Prior to joining Crittenton, she conducted a private practice in New Martinsville. She said, “I’m excited to take on a new challenge. At Wellspring, I have the opportunity to bring behavioral health services to more West Virginia families.”

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Burgess earned a Regents BA from West Virginia State University, with an emphasis in Human Services. She went on to earn her MSW from West Virginia University in 1995. Burgess has been a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) in West Virginia since 2001. In her free time, Lya enjoys participating in horse shows with her quarter horse, Reggie, and spending time with her two dogs.

Wellspring Family Services offers outpatient and in-home counseling services to children, families and adults for more than 30 years. Wellspring therapists assist individuals and families struggling with behavioral health issues like depression, behavioral problems, addiction, divorce, parenting concerns, problems at school, family relationships and emotional issues. Most insurance plans are accepted, including all WV Medicaid managed care providers. Last year, more than 1700 clients chose Wellspring Family Services as a mental health provider. Wellspring currently has 7 offices serving 21 counties in West Virginia.

The New Martinsville office is located at 761 Third Street and serves clients in Wetzel and Tyler Counties. The Harrisville Wellspring office is located at 2479 Ellenboro Road and serves clients in Ritchie, Doddridge and Gilmer Counties.

For more information, call 1.800.280.2229 or visit www.wellspringwv.com.

Scholarships Available through Women’s Opportunity Fund

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

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

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

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

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

Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee. 

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

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

The application deadline is June 01, 2017. 

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

G-LtE™ More Jobs Lost To Robots, Than To Illegal Immigrants

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From “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “The Terminator” to “The Matrix,” movies have often portrayed a dystopian future where technology has become our masters and threatens our way of life. If you look around you’ll see that the future is now but instead of robots taking our lives, they’re taking our livelihoods.

In his address to Congress, President Donald Trump talked about bad trade deals and policies that shipped manufacturing jobs to other countries. Trump loves to blame Mexico and China for our economic woes (even though he himself manufactures his goods in other countries and has been caught multiple times hiring undocumented immigrants.) But a Ball State University study attributes only 13 percent of manufacturing job losses to trade while the bulk of the rest is due to automation.

It’s true if you’re a farm-worker, restaurant worker, work landscaping, as a maid or in light construction you’ll face more competition from undocumented immigrants. The consistent low-skilled labor pool helps stagnate wages.

But it’s the rise of the machines that has left most American workers scrambling. And the evidence of the great shift toward automation is all around us every day, great and small. Amazon uses more than 30,000 Kiva robots in its warehouses, and they’re not the only ones. The auto industry, steel industry, tech industry, agriculture and medical field are rolling out the robots.

Five hundred McDonald’s restaurants have self-order kiosks and the plan is to roll them out to all stores. Wendy’s is expanding kiosks to 1,000 stores by the end of the year. Other restaurants are putting tablets at their tables where customers can order and pay.

Years ago I regularly used a small travel agency for all of my travel needs. Now, who doesn’t book their own travel?

When I go to the movies, I always purchase tickets online ahead of time. Right now there’s an employee that hands me my ticket when he scans the QR code on my phone. But how long until I do it all myself?

Half the time I go grocery shopping these days I check myself out at the self-check and bag my groceries (with bags I provide).

When we call companies, we often talk to machines more than people.

Shopping cart pushers allow one supermarket employee the ability to move up to 50 shopping carts by themselves.

Taxi companies may be angry at Uber and Lyft, but all of them are just dining on the last crumbs of cab service before driverless cars and buses put them all out of work.

America has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000 but productivity is up. Profits are up. That’s due to automation. We’re producing far more goods with fewer people. Most steel jobs were lost to automation rather than overseas production. And American car manufacturers have far fewer employees than they had in the 1970s yet they’re producing more cars than ever.

Politicians can blame the North American Free Trade Agreement or any other trade deal they want but the jobs that have been lost to globalization would’ve been lost to technology eventually. Even the mammoth Chinese company Foxconn that manufactures iPhones, iPads, Kindles and Xbox Ones, among other products, announced last year that they’ve cut 60,000 jobs and replaced them with robotics.

One Oxford study claims that up to a third of all jobs could be automated within the next two decades.

Robots are faster than you, more efficient than you and ultimately cheaper than you. Robots don’t get sick, don’t show up late, don’t steal, don’t fail drug tests, don’t take vacations and they have a consistent work rate. And no politician of any stripe has come up with a plan as to how we’re going to deal with this problem.

Our problem isn’t Juan coming over the border or Chang working in a Beijing factory, it’s HAL 9000. Peace.

~~  Kelvin Wade ~~

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