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Four burned in Doddridge County well pad fire

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Four people suffered burn injuries Friday in Doddridge County when the above ground oil tanks they were working on caught on fire, authorities said.

The four were attempting to remove three small tanks near West Union when an explosion occurred.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection spill line report, the fire started at around 10 a.m.

“Confirmed 4 burn patients,” the report said.

It said four helicopters were coming to take the burn patients to hospitals.

The report also said, “There is oil going into the stream.”

The report listed the address of the fire as 145 Whitehair Lane, West
Union.

The initial report said it was a well pad fire but Doddridge County Emergency Manager George Eidel later said the fire was connected to the removal of the tanks.

That was later confirmed in a statement from state DEP Communications Director Jake Glance:

“The tanks had apparently been moved to this location and were being cleaned and cut up for scrap, using some sort of torch. It appears that the tanks were not completely empty of their contents, and whatever was in the tanks ignited.

“WVDEP is still investigating how much material resulting from this fire reached a nearby stream,” Glance said.

West Virginia 2018 spring turkey harvest largest in 15 years

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

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

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

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

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

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

178

127

165

204

250

Brooke

84

67

78

100

174

Hancock

110

89

98

106

87

Harrison

264

247

286

327

440

Marion

149

170

192

256

330

Marshall

220

174

207

255

417

Monongalia

174

199

197

266

346

Ohio

91

109

111

113

145

Preston

344

333

371

475

553

Taylor

87

72

101

135

189

Tucker

88

82

90

97

89

Wetzel

203

168

196

244

396

District 1 Subtotal

 1,992

 1,837

     2,092

   2,578

    3,416

Berkeley

112

124

115

147

162

Grant

129

131

161

145

160

Hampshire

138

156

170

184

166

Hardy

135

116

132

132

150

Jefferson

57

82

79

114

115

Mineral

96

118

134

132

148

Morgan

62

64

54

64

64

Pendleton

95

94

88

112

111

District 2 Subtotal

     824

    885

         933

   1,030

    1,076

Braxton

175

194

197

209

307

Clay

68

83

101

120

142

Lewis

180

194

211

249

286

Nicholas

164

213

330

311

287

Pocahontas

130

145

144

143

113

Randolph

186

225

250

248

207

Upshur

229

231

228

303

334

Webster

113

114

156

150

129

District 3 Subtotal

 1,245

 1,399

     1,617

   1,733

    1,805

Fayette

244

239

292

278

247

Greenbrier

245

242

308

269

224

McDowell

215

218

200

177

132

Mercer

170

161

176

192

150

Monroe

212

181

184

192

182

Raleigh

214

231

283

279

213

Summers

209

199

219

209

170

Wyoming

255

257

320

262

197

District 4 Subtotal

 1,764

 1,728

     1,982

   1,858

    1,515

Boone

159

138

157

157

125

Cabell

80

110

114

176

125

Kanawha

231

227

285

319

308

Lincoln

178

169

215

228

158

Logan

181

172

181

165

157

Mason

293

314

378

448

468

Mingo

93

91

131

143

106

Putnam

150

181

210

268

235

Wayne

103

108

139

186

129

District 5 Subtotal

 1,468

 1,510

     1,810

   2,090

    1,811

Calhoun

135

128

145

164

190

Doddridge

126

118

137

160

216

Gilmer

147

124

132

143

170

Jackson

293

264

302

408

460

Pleasants

73

71

80

89

122

Ritchie

245

218

216

263

327

Roane

232

210

231

256

279

Tyler

136

144

182

181

250

Wirt

177

153

174

206

230

Wood

271

248

328

380

407

District 6 Subtotal

 1,835

 1,678

     1,927

   2,250

    2,651

State Total

 9,128

 9,037

   10,361

 11,539

  12,274

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2018 West Virginia Envirothon winners announced and scholarships awarded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 West Virginia Envirothon returning to Jackson’s Mill

Students to explore the environmental and earth sciences during competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Braxton County Schools

 

 

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

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

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 >> 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

 

 

Please Send us your closings and delays:  ‘tellus@gilmerfreepress.net’  or   304.462.8700

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All schools statewide are closed Monday

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Schools across West Virginia will be closed again Monday after the Senate and House of Delegates failed to agree on a proposal regarding pay raises for teachers and other education employees.

Both chambers agreed Saturday to go into a conference committee over the proposals; the Senate agreed on a 4 percent pay raise for all state workers, but the House supported the 5 percent increase backed by Governor Jim Justice.

The West Virginia Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association said in a joint statement Saturday they were “angry and disappointed” in the Senate’s decision not to agree to the 5 percent raise.

“We too would love to see state employees receive the same percentage increase as our school employees, and we are fully supportive of them also receiving a 5 percent increase,” their statement said. “However, you do not equalize pay for different groups by simply taking away from one and passing it to another. The purpose of this is clear — to divide us and to pit us against each other.”

The unions said schools will remain closed until the Legislature agrees to the 5 percent deal announced last week.


Please Contact the following in support of the teacher:

‘craig.blair@wvsenate.gov’

‘ryan.ferns@wvsenate.gov’

‘robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov’

‘bill.anderson@wvhouse.gov’

‘brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov’

‘paul.espinosa@wvhouse.gov’

WV teacher union leaders eye Senate vote on pay raise bill

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West Virginia teacher union leaders say the best course of action is for all teachers and school service personnel to return to school Friday, but they believe not everyone will.

“Our belief is that we should be back in the classroom, but with that being said, there are many people who are not ready to go back in,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Christine Campbell, president of the West Virginia American Federation of Teachers, and Joe White, executive director West Virginia School Service Personnel Association also appeared on “Talkline” at the state Capitol where thousands of teachers returned for Day 6 of the statewide teacher strike.

Counties across West Virginia started announcing schools will be closed Friday shortly after hearing the Senate would not take up Governor Jim Justice’s new pay raise bill Thursday. The bill to give teachers a 5 percent raise and all other state workers a 3 percent raise passed the House of Delegates Wednesday. It’s currently pending in the Senate Finance Committee.

Teachers are still pushing for a permanent funding solution for the Public Employees Health Insurance Agency. White said his members might continue to strike even if the pay raise plan clears the Senate.

“I don’t know that it would end some of the local folks that’s doing it. Do I think it would have a huge impact on getting them back to work? Yes,” he said.


Senate President Mitch Carmichael said Thursday he wants to take the $58 million that Governor Jim Justice found for the pay raise and direct it toward PEIA. Carmichael said he would also prefer keeping the 2-1-1 pay raise already signed into law by the governor.

Campbell said a lot of what teachers are concerned about, at this point, is that they haven’t seen anything in writing. She said they don’t trust the governor or Senate leadership.

“We’re talking about a lot of distrust here that’s been building. Now we have a situation where people are saying you put this otu there and now you’re saying you’re not going to run it? That does not make them feel like public education is at the forefront,” she said.

Pay and health insurance issues have been on the minds of educators for years, Campbell said.

“We didn’t generate this energy,” she said. “What’s been happening for the last four years generated this energy.”

Lee said it’s now up to the Senate to take action and get people back to work.

“The ball is in the Senate’s court right now. If they will show movement on the bill, if they will pass the bill, then it’s up to us to go back to our members and say here’s what it is — you wanted proof? Here’s the proof,” he said.

~~  Carrie Hodousek ~~

Grants Available For Christian Youth

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announces the availability of grants from the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth.

This fund provides support for Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance in order to attend or participate in Christian service-related events. 

Grants may be made, for example, for attendance at Christian camps or for participation in educational events or church or community service activities.

Applicants should note that persons or groups assisted through this fund generally shall only be eligible every fifth year following receipt of support.

The application deadline is June 01, 2018. 

Applications must be submitted through a church or a sponsoring nonprofit organization. 

Applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply, or by contacting the Foundation by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing .

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About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

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.

Teachers’ Strike continues on Friday

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School systems across West Virginia are cancelling again for Friday after a teacher pay raise proposal backed by the governor passed the House of Delegates but has yet to move in the Senate.

The state Senate on Thursday morning assigned the pay raise bill to Finance Committee, which wasn’t meeting.

More than 40 counties have already closed school for Friday.

Gilmer, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis,Nicholas, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Upshur, Webster are among the counties cancelling schools for Friday.

“We were hoping to see the 5 percent pay raise go through and PEIA get a permanent fix,” said Marilyn Taylor, a teacher from Roane County.

She added, “We’ll be back tomorrow.”

Teachers and service personnel won a number of other concessions, as a number of perceived anti-union and anti-teacher bills were pulled from their respective chambers. Still, the buzz of continuing the work stoppage remained. That led to a flurry of school closures in spite of statements by the Governor, the State School Superintendent, and union leadership in support of open schools Thursday.

Dr. Mark Manchin, Superintendent of Schools in Harrison County, said he wasn’t willing to risk creating picket lines by opening schools Thursday without a completed deal — creating a situation where students were aboard buses, but with nowhere to go.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, at multiple points Thursday, made three points about the decisions made in that chamber.

He said the $58 million revenue increase announced Tuesday evening by Governor Jim Justice can’t be trusted at face value.

Carmichael said the adjustment was made under the continued pressure of statewide walkouts.

Carmichael said teachers are already in line for an average 2 percent raise next year after a bill the governor signed into law.

And, if anything, he suggested several times Thursday, the $58 million should be dedicated to PEIA.

Those weren’t exactly the answers teachers who gathered at the Capitol wanted to hear.

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LAST CALL: Scholarship Application Deadline March 01, 2018

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Thursday, March 01 is the application deadline for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates’ 2018 Consolidated Scholarship Application! The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).

Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.

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

This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 01, 2018.

To learn more about the 2018 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing .

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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 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.

Education Programs and Scholarship Opportunities

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The West Fork Conservation District has a busy schedule already planned for educational events to take place in 2018. Eligible students from grades K-12 are encouraged to look at some of these programs, and see if they may be of interest to them. Information about these programs will be going out to Principals,

Guidance Counselors, and select science teachers in schools located in Lewis, Doddridge, Gilmer and Harrison Counties. Included in this news release is a list of the various programs to take part in, and a brief description of each along with their deadlines and dates to remember!

Please call the WFCD office at 304.627.2160 for additional information on our programs.

  1. Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors: The West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts awards nine $500 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan on majoring in an agriculture related field. These include 3 Women’s Auxiliary and 6 Association Scholarships. Students must submit applications to the WVACD Office at 742 Airport Road, Sutton WV 26601 by the first Monday in March. The recipients will be notified in May. Current applications are available at your Guidance Counselor’s office or the WFCD office.

  2. Grassland Evaluation Contest: 4-H and FFA Students may compete at the Grassland Contest. It is held in conjunction with the Beef Expo on April 13th at Jackson’s Mills. The contest covers the topics of grassland condition, soil interpretation, wildlife habitation and plant identification. Scholarships are awarded to top winners. The registration form can be found at wvca.us/education/grassland_contest.cfm.

  3. Sixth Grade Conservation Field Day: Gilmer County holds a special field day for all sixth grade students. It is scheduled for April 24, 2018 at Cedar Creek State Park. Stations are set up covering soils, forests, wildlife, oil and gas environmental concerns, beekeeping, streams, etc. It is a full day of learning for students. If your school is interested in having a conservation field day, contact the WFCD for more information.

  4. Samara Exam: The Samara Exam is a test that measures the knowledge students have attained about the environment up through the 6th grade. The test is administered in March or April at the teacher’s convenience. Teachers, if you are interested in conducting this fun activity, you can use the links found on our website at wvca.us, under the education programs tab, or contact the WFCD for more information. It’s fun, educational and free!

  5. Envirothon Training Day: This workshop is for teams of 9th-12th grade students to explore current environmental and earth sciences within the framework of five disciplines: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic. The training will be held on April 12th, 2018 at the Doddridge County Park and will help teams prepare for the state field competition to be held on April 19th & 20th, 2018 at Jackson’s Mill. The team with the highest score from the field competition will become the state champion and will represent West Virginia in the NCF Envirothon. You will find all needed information and can register your team at wvca.us under the education tab or contact the WFCD office. The WFCD is offering paid registration to the state contest for teams in their district of Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison and Lewis Counties.

  6. Forestry Contest: The Upper Ohio, Little Kanawha and West Fork Conservation Districts in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Forestry will again be holding their annual Forestry Contest. This year it will be held in our West Fork Conservation District area. It will be based on WV career development events for forestry. FFA teachers will receive announcements in the near future detailing the contest.

  7. Tri District Land Judging: Land judging is a program to help students learn about the different types of soils and their characteristics and how to judge depth, erosion, slope and permeability. They learn how to use these factors to classify land and learn some of the conservation practices needed to maintain or improve lands. The winning regional Vo-Ag teams will advance to the State Vo-Ag contest. The winning local 4-H groups attend the State 4-H contest. The winning teams from the State Vo-Ag and State 4-H contests are eligible to participate in the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma the following Spring. The District Contest is scheduled for May 10, 2018 in Taylor County. Information will be forthcoming to Tri-District Extension Agents, FFA Instructors and Conservation Districts regarding the locations and times.

School closings announced ahead of 3rd day of teacher strike

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County education leaders across West Virginia are heeding a union call to keep schools closed during the third day of a teacher strike.

On Friday, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said thousands of teachers were expected to return to the state Capitol in Charleston on Monday to seek help from the Legislature and Gov. Jim Justice.

According to the state Department of Education’s website Sunday afternoon, schools will be closed in at least 40 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Monday.
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Justice has signed teacher pay raises of 2 percent next year and 1 percent the following two years. But teachers, who rank 48th in the nation in pay, say the increases are too stingy. They also complain about projected increases in health insurance costs.

Scholarships Available for Vocational & Technical Students

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) announces the availability of vocational/technical scholarships for students from throughout the Foundation’s service area of Wood, Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio. 

The Foundation uses one consolidated online application that allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application. 

To access the application and apply, visit www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply and select the PACF Consolidated Scholarship Application. 

The application deadline is March 01, 2018.

The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds, some of which include vocational/technical scholarships. 

The following scholarships are offered to include students seeking a vocational or technical degree:

            •  Dave Couch Memorial Scholarship

            •  Hino Motors Scholarship

            •  Parkersburg-Marietta Contractors Association Scholarship

            •  Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Scholarship

            •  West Virginia Nurses Association District #3 Scholarship

            •  Mary K. Smith Rector Scholarship

            •  Harrisville Lions Club Scholarship

            •  William Reaser Scholarship

            •  Chester H. Bruce Scholarship

            •  Robert Storck Scholarship

            •  “Sig” and Kate Barker Memorial Scholarship

            •  Dave Elmo Memorial Scholarship

            •  Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Scholarship

            •  Marcus McPhail Memorial Scholarship

            •  Marbie McCartney Smith Memorial Scholarship

            •  Nancy C. Barton Scholarship

            •  Doddridge County Vocation Scholarship

            •  Harlan M. and Lillian G. Law Memorial Scholarship

            •  Alex J. Craig Memorial Scholarship

            •  Nancy and George Kiedaisch Scholarship

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

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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.

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Monday, February 05, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Monday, February 05, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Braxton County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Calhoun County Schools

 

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Ritchie County Schools

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Dennis “Frank” McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 67, departed this life on May 18, 2018 at his residence. He was born on August 26, 1950 in Harrisville, WV a son of the late Dennis Edward and Mary Jett McDonald [....]  Read More

Wilda Jean Pierce Kidder

The Free Press WVof St. Marys, WV passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Jean was born in Doddridge County, WV to the late Benjamin Pierce and Wilda Kathleen Tucker on February 40, 1946 [ .... ]  Read More

John Clement Kreyenbuhl

The Free Press WVAge 77 of New Milton, WV departed this life on Saturday, May 05, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on August 03, 1940 in Clarksburg, WV a son of the late Clement Leopold and Regina Droppleman Kreyenbuhl [ .... ]  Read More

George “Frank” Ash

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Weston, WV passed away Friday, May 04, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. He was born in Shirley, WV on October 16, 1925: son of the late George L. Ash and Ota Mae (Jones) Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn Rae “Bunky” Evans

The Free Press WV Age 75 of West Union, WV departed this life on April 28, 2018 in Salem Genesis Center. She was born on July 06, 1942 in West Union, WV a daughter of the late Howard and Edith M. Stull Friend [....]  Read More

June Davis Courtney

The Free Press WVAge 74, died at her home in Good Hope, WV on April 27, 2018. A faithful Christian, June entered her new home that same day, where sorrow and suffering will never be found. June was born on June 03, 1939 in Schutte, West Virginia, the eldest daughter of the late Sanford and Jessie Curry Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn Rae “Bunky” Evans

The Free Press WV Age 75 of West Union, WV departed this life on April 28, 2018 in Salem Genesis Center.  She was born on July 06, 1942 in West Union, WV a daughter of the late Howard and Edith M. Stull Friend [....]  Read More

Robin Lynn Underwood

The Free Press WV Age 57 of Center Point Community departed this life on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  She was born on September 27, 1960 a daughter of Vera Swiger Carroll, West Union, WV and the late Ronnie Carroll [....]  Read More

Amos Eugene “Shorty” Nicholson

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Weston, WV went home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to be with the Lord at his home with family and church family by his side. He was born in Doddridge County, WV on April 21, 1927: son of the late Amos Edward Nicholson and Dulcie (Kelley) Nicholson [ .... ]  Read More

David “Pudder” Wymer

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

Allan Leo Rush

The Free Press WV Age 74 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, April 23, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on October 10, 1943 in West Union, WV to the late Harry and Opal Gray Rush [....]  Read More

Francis Blaine Plauger

The Free Press WVAge 55 of West Union, WV departed this life on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  He was born on October 28, 1962 in Weston, WV to Dorsey Blaine Plauger, New Milton, WV and Wilma Moore Hart, West Union, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Imojean Moore

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Salem, WV (Harrison County) departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  She was born at Smithburg, WV (Doddridge County) on July 10 1928 a daughter of the late Worthy W. and Pearl F. Baker George [....]  Read More

Larry Joe Williams

The Free Press WV Age 68, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his residence. He was born August 05, 1949 in West Union, WV a son of the late Joseph P. and Marie Martin Williams [....]  Read More

Michael Lynn McCombs

The Free Press WVAge ge 44 of West Union, WV, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Salem, WV. He was born March 25, 1974 in Coshocton, Ohio; the son of Bobby McCombs and Betty (Jones) McCombs [ .... ]  Read More

Timothy Rex Shepherd I

The Free Press WV Age 58 of Ramsey’s Ridge Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in J.W Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.  He was born at Dayton, OH on July 30, 1959 a son of the late Clarence M. and Geneva I. Cogar Shepherd [....]  Read More

Kenneth Hall Heckert

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Right Freemans Creek Road passed away at 6:15 AM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the comfort of his home with family by his side. He was born in Cox’s Mills, WV on November 01, 1929 a son of the late Harl Heckert and Stelma C. Shaffer Heckert Osborn [ .... ]  Read More

Carla Christine Titus

The Free Press WV Age 65 of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, April 08, 2018 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born September 18, 1952 in Clarksburg, WV; the daughter of the late George Benedum and Ida Maye (Ford) Benedum [....]  Read More

Ellen Yvonne Stendel

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Wilhelm Run Road., (Greenwood Community) departed this life on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Doddridge County, WV the daughter of the late Okey and Zella Maxwell on December 25, 1939 [ .... ]  Read More

Wilda “Pat” Travis

The Free Press WV Age 85 of Crystal Lake, WV departed her earthly life on March 22, 2018 in United Hospital Center surrounded by her family. Pat was born at Miletus, WV (Doddrdige County) on August 06, 1932 a daughter of the late John “Chris” Jenkins and Versa Adams Jenkins [....]  Read More

James David Fox

The Free Press WVAge 66 of Lost Creek, WV passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, March 19, 2018.  He was born at Hinton, WV on March 24, 1951 a son of the late David M. and Edna P. Patty Bennett Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Debra Ann Godfrey

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at the River Oaks Rehabilitation Center, Clarksburg, WV. She was born in Sutton, WV on June 12, 1952 to the late Bill Crislip and Amelia (Linger) Crislip [ .... ]  Read More

James David Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 53, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 02, 2018 at his residence. He was born on February 28, 1965 a son of David and Karen Sue Cottrill Thompson [ .... ]  Read More

Judy Lane Duff

The Free Press WV Age 73, of Harrisville, WV passed away February 26, 2018 at her residence. She was born Mary 08, 1944 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Herbert H. and Goldie Virginia Primm Thomas [....]  Read More

Nancy M. Barton

The Free Press WVAge 87 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, February 26, 2018 in her residence.  She was born on September 28, 1930 in Fairview, Webster County, WV a daughter of the late Roal Patrick and Rose Ann Payne Clevenger [ .... ]  Read More

Valeria Rae Smith

The Free Press WV Age 54, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at her residence. Valeria was born June 04, 1963 in Parkersburg, WV a daughter of the late Warren Eads and Opal (Harris) Cain [....]  Read More

Sandra “Sandy” G. Dotson

The Free Press WV Age 65 of Pike Fork, Salem, WV departed this life on February 16, 2018 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.  She was born on May 04, 1952 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of the late Roy “Putt” and Edna May Hutson Seese [....]  Read More

Phillip Neil Hill

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Vienna, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones. He was born in Doddridge County, West Virginia on September 03, 1932, to Hayward G. and Clarice Powell Hill [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin O. “Bill” Hinton

The Free Press WV Beloved Father of James “Mike” Hinton and Charles “Chuck” Hinton, passed peacefully February 10, 2018 at his home in his 80th year. He was born in Ellenboro on November 16, 1937 the only child of the late William B. “Bill” Hinton and Lucille Hinton Gibson [....]  Read More

Elden S. Greathouse

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Sugar Camp Run Road, New Milton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 09, 2018.  He was born on June 28, 1938 in Doddridge County a son of the late Kenneth and Grace Childers Greathouse [....]  Read More

Allen Lee Ash Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 51 of Route 23, Doddridge County, WV passed away on Thursday February 08, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 20, 1966, in Laurel, MD, son of Allen Lee Ash Sr. and Janet Sue Lantz Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Jack Zeigler

The Free Press WV Age 86, of St. Marys, WV passed away Thursday, February 01, 2018, at his residence. He was born in West Union, WV the son of the late Charles and Beulah Kimball Zeigler [....]  Read More

Channing Robert Ash

The Free Press WVInfant son of Justin Lee Ash of Salem, WV and Kayla Sue Yerkey of Salem, WV passed away at UPMC Children’s Hospital on February 01, 2018. He was born January 27, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Orpha M. Iams

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 29, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 18, 1924 at Elk Lick near Center Point, WV, the daughter of the late Russell Blaine and Rebecca Virginia Knight Ferrebee [....]  Read More

Jack Dale Adams

The Free Press WVAge 79, of New Milton, WV in Doddridge County departed this world from his home on Monday, January 29, 2018 with his wife and family at his side. Jack was born in Kincheloe, WV on May 14, 1938, a son of the late Paul Finis Adams and Wilma Blanche (Nicholson) Adams of Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph J. “Bud” Valentine

The Free Press WV Age 81, of West Union, WV (Central Station Community) went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born September 03, 1936 to Jack B and Belva “Marie” (Rose) Valentine who preceded him in death [....]  Read More

Bernice Louise Carroll

The Free Press WV Age 84 of Sherwood, WV passed away at her home on Friday, January 26, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Tyler County, WV on February 07, 1933 a daughter of the late Carl and Nora Wells Weekley [....]  Read More

Nancy Jane Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 18, 2018 at her residence. She was born May 16, 1943 at Arnold’s Creek, Doddridge County, WV, the daughter the late Leeman L. and Florida Reed Gain [....]  Read More

Norma Jean Heflin

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Coffee Ave. West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, January 04, 2018 [....]  Read More

John L. Floyd

The Free Press WV Age 76, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 02, 2017, at his residence, following injuries sustained in a house fire…  Read More

Donald Lee Hall

The Free Press WV Age 84 of Walnut Street, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at his residence…  Read More

Clarence L Dye Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 88 of West Union, WV departed this Earthly Life on December 22, 2017 at United Hospital Center…  Read More

Alice E. Myer

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Central Station Community, West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at her residence…

Jennetta L. Doll

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at her residence….

Leslie Eugene Exline Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 73 of West Unio, WV departed this life on December 14, 2017 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

Stevan Craig Smith

The Free Press WVAge 59, of West Union, WV (Crystal Lake Community) departed this life on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

Glenn Lee Rogers Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 11, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Nina Belle Wright

William H. Purcell

Virginia Lee Robbins

Julie Mae Russell

Bernice “Fern” Byrd

Charles R. Furner

Robert J. “Bobby” Scott

Stephen E. Smith

Betty Joan (Patterson) Barberio

Barbara Ann Dungan

Rickey Gene White

Sherman Joe Powell

James J. Hurley

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

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

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

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

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

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

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

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

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

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

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

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

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

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

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

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

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

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

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

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

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

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

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

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

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

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

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

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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

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

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

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

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

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

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

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

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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

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

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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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