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Most WV Counties Show higher unemployment in November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

That was unchanged from October.

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship 2018 Recipients

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

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

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

The “full-ride” scholarship winners are:

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

The $1000 scholarship winner’s are:

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

The “At Large” $1000 recipients are:

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

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

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

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

U.S. Veteran, AB Nursing Professor Published in International Journals

Alderson Broaddus University Professor of Nursing Dr. Gina Maiocco, APRN, CNS-BC, served as lead researcher on a recent internationally published article in the Journal of Clinical Nursing titled “Care of veterans in a non-veteran health administration hospital: What is the status of nursing practice after continuing education?” Dr. Maiocco has a track record of funded research on the care of veterans in non-VHA health care facilities.

The purpose of the research for this article was to identify how civilian nurses care for military veterans and to describe challenges nurses face in the provision of that care. The article summarizes the uncertainty nurses face in delivering care to veterans and documents current practices, to include frequency of documentation of veteran status in the electronic medical record system.

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As a veteran herself, Dr. Maiocco understands the unique health care issues veterans face on a day-to-day basis, and her research serves as a “bridge” between veterans and nurses in civilian hospitals.

“Being an officer in the U.S. Air Force, I have a direct connection to fellow veterans who become hospital patients,” said Maiocco. “We are a family, and I understand how to treat a veteran simply because I lived that life. Veterans take care of veterans.”

“Many nurses are unsure of the methods they should use to treat veterans properly. The point of this research was to see what we can do to improve the overall care of our veteran patients, and the knowledge and safety of our nurses,” said Maiocco.

She explains that by documenting a patient’s service history, relevant patient outcomes are monitored so that educational programs, clinical processes, and work safety initiatives can be considered and implemented to support both the veteran and the caring nurse.

To further assist nurses in non-VA facilities, Dr. Maiocco founded and continues to volunteer for the Veteran-to-Veteran program. It is a program that supports veterans and their families during admission to a civilian hospital and helps to educate nurses on veterans’ physical and mental health needs.

“My passion is helping others, and helping fellow veterans is close to my heart,” says Maiocco. “Their care is so specific, and if we can help tend to the needs of veterans of all ages as well as keep our nurses safe, then we are taking a step in the right direction.”

Maiocco’s Veteran-to-Veteran program is gaining national attention. Since publishing an additional article about the program in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, other hospitals across the country have expressed interest in starting a Veteran-to-Veteran program as well.

Dr. Maiocco is a Weston, WV native and a 1981 graduate of Alderson Broaddus University, where she received her bachelor’s in nursing. During military service in the U.S. Air Force, she earned a master’s degree in critical care/trauma at the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Utah. While in the Air Force, Dr. Maiocco performed many duties to include flight nurse, hyperbaric nursing, flight clinical coordinator, critical care clinical nurse specialist and chief of emergency services. In West Virginia, Dr. Maiocco holds an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) licensure as a clinical nurse specialist, only one of 26 in the state.

For more information about the Veteran-to-Veteran Program, or assistance with veteran care, contact Dr. Gina Maiocco at: ‘’.

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 bucks during the traditional buck firearms season

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Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from November 19 through December 01, 2018, according to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

The 2018 harvest was 1 percent higher than the 2017 harvest.

The top 10 counties for buck harvest in 2018 were: Randolph (1,685), Preston (1,607), Greenbrier (1,479), Hampshire (1,471), Jackson (1,379), Pendleton (1,274), Grant (1,217), Hardy (1,212), Kanawha (1,212) and Mason (1,206).

The buck harvest increased in the eastern panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southwestern West Virginia (DNR District 5) and was similar to or slightly down in the remainder of the state.

Deer hunters have several days of opportunity left this year, including the remainder of the archery and crossbow seasons, which run through December 31.

Muzzleloader deer season will open December 10 and remain open through December 16.

The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open December 26-27 in any county with a firearms deer season.

This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season on December 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.

In addition, the new primitive weapons “Mountaineer Heritage Season” will be open during the period from January 10-13, 2019.

Refer to the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at for additional details as well as county and area listings.

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Stonewall Resort offers holiday events and activities

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Stonewall Resort is hosting a series of holiday-themed events with activities scheduled each weekend in December, running through New Year’s Day.

“We call these event and activity-filled weekends ‘The Season of Comfort and Joy’ to encourage people to celebrate this special time of the year with family or loved-ones in the cozy, amenity-filled confines of Stonewall Resort,” said André D’Amour, general manager of Stonewall Resort

The following activities will occur on the weekends of December 07, and December 14:

  • Breakfast with Santa in Stillwaters Restaurant on Saturday mornings

  • Culinary demonstrations on how to build a gingerbread house or holiday “mixology” on Saturdays

  • Variety of recreation opportunities, including special movie showings and Christmas craft activities

  • Christmas “Tuck-ins” by one of Santa’s elves on select Friday/Saturday evenings

  • Live, holiday musical performances in the Grand Hall with complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and warm cider

  • Brunch with Santa each Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the 2011 winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent, will perform a special holiday concert in the Stonewall Resort ballroom Saturday evening, December 08.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available at, or by calling 703.268.4218.

Stonewall Resort will host a “Not-So-Silent Night Community Holiday Party” on Friday, December 14. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in white, as this will be a memorable holiday black-light party. The evening will start with a welcome reception at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a deluxe dinner in the ballroom. DJ Alex O’Neal will provide dance music. Admission is $42 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304.269.8880.

The resort’s Christmas Day Family Supper in Stillwaters Restaurant i on December 25 and features traditional and nontraditional holiday favorites from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 304.269.7400 to make reservations.

West Virginia’s premier comedy troupe, The Fearless Fools, will conduct a live comedy show on Sunday, December 30, at 8 p.m. This performance will feature improvisational comedy akin to the “WhoseLine Is It Anyway?” TV show. To book a reservation, contact the resort at 304.269.7400.

The resort also plans four “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve parties to help usher in 2019: one exclusive event at Lightburn’s Restaurant, a resort Ballroom Package and upgraded VIP Ballroom Package and the Stillwaters Package. Each celebration includes dinner, dancing, overnight accommodations and more. For details, visit

For more information on any of the special weekends, individual events or for reservations, contact Stonewall Resort at 304.269.7400 or visit

September was National Voter Registration Month: In WV 5,002 New Registrations in Just One Month

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Since 2002, September has been recognized as National Voter Registration Month throughout the United States.  National Voter Registration Month is a program sponsored in part by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is very pleased to announce that during the month of September county clerks registered 5,002 citizens to vote.  All 55 counties registered new voters in September.  A county-by-county breakdown is attached.

“I am very pleased regarding the partnership with our county clerks to register eligible citizens to vote,” Secretary Warner said. “Not only is it important to maintain updated voter registration files, but we must be equally diligent in our efforts to encourage eligible citizens to register to vote.”

National Voter Registration Month for 2018 was an active one for Warner and his office.  More than 30 organized voter registration drives took place in communities throughout the state.  Voter registration drives were hosted by numerous high schools during September.

During National Voter Registration Day on September 25th, Warner attended high school voter registration drives in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha Counties.  Miss Teen International 2018 Georgia Clark and West Virginia Curator Randall Reid-Smith joined Warner.  Clark is a resident of Alabama and attends college at Troy University. Her platform as Miss Teen International is civic engagement of young people throughout the country.

For more information on how to register to vote or to check your current voter registration go to

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May I submit information follow up information from our wonderful Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run & Wa

The 1st Annual Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run and Walk was a HUGE Success! 

Our goal was $500 and thanks to our 60 Participants, we raised $1,280.00. 

The event started at 8:30am with registration. 

The Run/Walk officially began with Kenny Kincaid, Cancer Survivor and King of Relay For Life of Lewis County, as the Official Starter and event closer. 

The Relay For Life of Lewis County partnered with Pace Yourself Lewis County to host this event and the first one to be held at the WUV Jacksons Mill Louis Bennett Airstrip. 

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Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run & Walk Official Starter,
Kenny Kincaid and his lovely assistant Joyce Kincaid

The participants were doused by Volunteers with 6-different colors of powder as they looped around the course three times to make the 5K distance. 

There were three categories vying for the glass trophies made by Appalachian Glass and they were Competitive Runners, Competitive Walkers, and Just For Fun Walkers. 

The winners are: Competitive Runner – Isaac McCormick, Competitive Walker – Aleena Nicholas, and Just For Fun Walker – Mike Shaver. 

Participants varied in ages from 4 to 70 made this event fun for the entire family. 

Many of them participated because someone they know is currently battling cancer and some in memory of a loved one who has battled cancer. 

Some of the LCHS Cross Country Team Members participated to show off their running skills too. 

The Participants received an official event T-shirt, medal, sunglasses and some healthy snacks after their laps. 

Participants also took a chance on a 50/50 ticket and the winner was so kind to donate their portion back to make an additional $35.00 raised. 

There were so many wonderful Volunteers who made this event possible and so many thanks go to them for helping to make it wonderful. 

Many Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors who were Wendy’s of Weston, Pace Yourself Lewis County, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Appalachian Glass, and WVU Jacksons Mill. 

Special Thanks goes out to Kristi Gannon, Diane Occletree, and Kevin Stalnaker from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dave Wenzel from Wendy’s, and Charla Barrett, Chera Smith from the Relay For Life of Lewis County for the extra support in planning and organizing this FUNdraiser. 

Thank You to the day of event Volunteers who helped make this event so much fun. 

Thank You to our Participants who had a wonderful time and made our 1st Annual Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run & Walk a huge success. 

See you next year for the 2nd Annual event.

Carmen Hathaway
Senior Community Development Manager

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I-79 Exit 99 Southbound Interchange to be Rebuilt

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The West Virginia Department of Transportation, with approval from Governor Jim Justice, has awarded the contract to rebuild the southbound interchange of Exit 99 (Weston/Buckhannon) on I-79 in Lewis County.

This project is part of Governor Justice’s Roads to Prosperity program and is financed with General Obligation bonds.

Awarded to Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. of Beckley with a bid of $24,103,865.78, this General Obligation Bond project provides for relocating, rebuilding and making other safety improvements to the southbound interchange (on and off ramps) of Exit 99 along I-79.

Work is scheduled to begin this Fall with a tentative completion date of November 2020.

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33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties

Clarksburg Division (this includes Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Taylor, Harrison, Doddridge, Pleasants, Ritchie, Gilmer, Braxton, and Calhoun Counties)

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Thirteen were arrested this week after a federal grand jury returned indictments against 33 individuals from Florida, Mississippi, Maryland, and West Virginia on charges involving methamphetamine distribution and firearms, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

“This is yet another example of the team effort to combat dangerous drugs coming into our state from other states to be distributed by our residents to poison our communities. We will not tolerate any drug traffickers in our communities, nor will we tolerate them setting up shop near playgrounds, schools, and our children. The message is getting louder and louder that if you choose to sell drugs in our district, you will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law,” said Powell.

Nineteen individuals were named in a 40-count indictment, alleging a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from the fall of 2017 to September 2018. Those indicted are:

·      Kedric Pearson, age 34, of Waynesboro, Mississippi

·      Paul Casto, age 55, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Stormy Hawkins, age 25, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      William Koch, age 33, of Anmore, West Virginia

·      Jacob Wright, age 36, of West Union, West Virginia

·      Donald Hickman, Jr., age 43, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia

·      Cody Boley, age 24, of Wallace, West Virginia

·      Byron Higginbotham, age 36, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Jodi Denkenberger, age 28, of Mount Claire, West Virginia

·      Erica Herron, age 37, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      David Weaver, age 33, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Taylor Espinoza, age 21, of Bridgeport, West Virginia

·      Stephen Richards, age 40, of Fairmont, West Virginia

·      Solomon Cottrill, age 32, of Salem, West Virginia

·      Nathan Crites, age 34, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Russell Clark, age 64, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Faith Martin, age 20, of Shinnston, West Virginia

·      Jesse Pack, age 23, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Justin Jackson, age 40, of Baltimore, Maryland

In a separate case, a federal grand jury indicted 14 individuals on methamphetamine charges. The men and women are accused of conspiring with one another to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from October 2017 to September 2018. Those charged in the 27-count indictment are:

·      Juwan Floyd, age 26, of Tallahassee, Florida                                          

·      Kareem Sampson, age 29, of Morgantown, West Virginia                                      

·      Ramiro Pimentel Jr., age 31, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                              

·      Kelly Wright, age 36, of West Union, West Virginia                                          

·      Teressa Hall, age 33, of Bristol, West Virginia                                        

·      Nicholle Knotts, age 24, of Philippi, West Virginia                                            

·      Chance Ward, age 19, of Buckhannon, West Virginia                          

·      Ashley Wagner, age 27, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                                  

·      Brittany Miles, age 28, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                                  

·      Brandon Mays, age 30, of Fairmont, West Virginia                                            

·      Joshua Langbien, age 28, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Ann Marie Stankus, age 24, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Rodney Rowan, age 23, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Chris Conley, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

The government is also seeking forfeiture of four vehicles, a house on Winding Way in Clarksburg, and more than $33,000 seized as a part of the investigation. Law enforcement has also seized 15 firearms.

Of the 33 defendants, 25 were detained. Those wanted are:

Ø  Donald Hickman

Ø  Faith Martin

Ø  William Koch

Ø  Erica Herron

Ø  Ashley Wagner

Ø  Russel Clark

Ø  Jesse Pack

Ø  Nichole Knotts

Ø  Kendric Pearson

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrests.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, September 22-23, 2018

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Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day September 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.

Staff from the Wildlife Resources, Law Enforcement and State Parks sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be available throughout the weekend to assist visitors in learning skills and to answer any questions they may have.

West Virginia native Frank Addington Jr. will perform hour-long shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Addington’s “bow and arrow razzle-dazzle” will feature shooting aspirin-sized objects out of the air. The entirety of the show is shot with a recurve bow behind his back.

For the first time, the Mountain State Kayak Anglers are hosting a bass fishing tournament. Up to 200 anglers will be competing Saturday on Stonewall, Stonecoal and Burnsville lakes. A cash prize of $10,000 will go to the top angler during the awards ceremony at noon Sunday.

The Outdoor Youth Challenge will take place Saturday and Sunday. Youth ages 6-18 may participate and will be eligible to win prizes such as a lifetime hunting and fishing license and hunting- and fishing-related items. Youth who compete in the five scored events can win a scholarship to Conservation Camp and Jr. Conservation Camp.

Seminars on wild game cooking, snakes, coyote calling and hunting, waterfowl hunting with dogs, and recording your own hunts will be presented each day. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 14 and younger. Complete schedules are available at under the Special Opportunities heading. The event is co-sponsored by the DNR and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation.

$50 million in loan funds for wastewater treatment facility improvements

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backs WVDEP plan

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Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Secretary Austin Caperton announced today that the WVDEP has committed more than $50 million in loan funding to projects that will improve wastewater treatment facilities to better serve residents, increase efficiency, and reduce pollution.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), which is administered by WVDEP with additional funding and oversight provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides low-interest loans to municipalities and public service districts. The loans help communities keep water and sewer rates affordable while addressing local water quality problems.

“West Virginia is the first state in EPA Region 3 to have the federal fiscal year 2018 CWSRF grant awarded,” said Gov. Justice. “These grants provide vital funding for projects that will ensure not only protection of the public health and the environment but also improved infrastructure that will attract new businesses and create jobs.”

“West Virginia continues to enjoy a productive relationship with EPA Region 3, and the result of that relationship is the process of securing these funds for these projects is made simpler,” said WVDEP Secretary Caperton. “EPA and WVDEP share the goal of making sure that the projects that need this funding don’t get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape.”

“This federal-state partnership is critically important to achieving President Trump’s goal of improving our nation’s water infrastructure,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  “All Americans deserve clean and safe water, and the revolving loan program will greatly benefit West Virginia communities in need of new or upgraded water infrastructure.”

The projects that have received a binding commitment of funds from the CWSRF include:

  • $2,695,000 to Brooke County Public Service District to extend sewer service to approximately 122 customers in the Bosley Run, Cross Creek, and Harmon Creek areas.

  • $2,700,000 to Mt. Hope to construct a two million gallon stormwater flow equalization tank along with associated pumping and piping to eliminate bypasses.

  • $7,420,299 to Oceana to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant and pump stations.

  • $7,904,700 to the West Dunbar Public Service District to replace its old and deteriorated clay collection lines and rehabilitate its pumping stations, which will reduce stormwater-related overflows at its treatment plant.

  • $8,597,000 to the Union Public Service District to construct a sewer collection system to approximately 183 residents as well as providing upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant.

  • $10,430,000 to Weston to connect approximately 160 residents with failing septic tanks to the city sewer system and upgrade the Jackson Mill pump station.

  • $10,878,500 to construct a new 100,000 gallons per day wastewater treatment plant that will serve the Laurel Park and Route 73 areas of Greater Harrison County, which are currently served by septic systems and treatment plants which are failing. 

The EPA announced today that it approved West Virginia’s plan to commit funding to these projects. More projects could receive funding in the near future. The loan funding that has been committed to projects this year includes $25 million from the EPA’s FY 2018 CWSRF. The plan by the WVDEP is also funded with a $5 million state match, repayments from prior CWSRF loans, and interest earnings. More information is available HERE  .

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Most WV counties experience higher unemployment in June

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Weston man has been accused of beating, strangling a woman

The Free Press WVJustin Fultz, 32, of Weston was arrested after being accused of striking a woman several times in the face [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County man indicted on drug and firearms charges

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

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drug ring Charges in Lewis County

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline request to extend tree cutting time is denied

The Free Press WVThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has declined an Atlantic Coast Pipeline request to extend its deadline for clearing trees along its construction path [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County judge refuses to move woman’s murder trial

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Lewis County Fire Levy Fails

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Public High School 4-Year Grad Rate Last School Year Was Up

The Free Press WV The graduation rates ranged from 83 percent in Kanawha and Cabell counties to 97 percent in Doddridge, Lewis, Mingo, Morgan, Putnam and Tyler counties [ .... ]  Read More

Weston Mom convicted of killing daughter appeals to Supreme Court

The Free Press WV Lena Lunsford-Conaway, who was convicted by a Lewis County jury in April of murder and abuse in the death of her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County man sentenced for firearms charge

The Free Press WV Roger Lee Clem, II, aka “Woody,” of Weston, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months incarceration for a firearms charge [ .... ]  Read More

School Building Authority awards 19 counties funding for projects

The Free Press WV Harrison, Kanawha, Mineral, Roane, Webster, Tyler, Mason, and Gilmer as counties who were not awarded money [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County man admits to on drug and firearms charges

The Free Press WV John David Davisson, of Weston, West Virginia, has admitted to firearms and methamphetamine distribution charges [ .... ]  Read More

Adopt-A-Highway Announces 2018 Volunteer Awards

The Free Press WV The AAH Program currently has over 4,500 active members, with as many as 4,200 participating in the AAH’s Spring Cleanup event [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County welcomes new hire to WVU Extension Service

The Free Press WV Midcap was hired by the WVU Extension Service in 2016 as the cirriculum and outreach coordinator in Preston County [ .... ]  Read More

Former DOH worker sentenced in fraud scheme

The Free Press WV Steven Hull, 54, of Jane Lew, WV, entered a guilty plea in February to mail fraud, admitting to inflating expenses between January 2011 and January 2017.  [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County man arrested on drug charges

The Free Press WV Russell Clarence Foster III, 41, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and marijuana [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County woman sentenced for her role in an oxycodone distribution operation

The Free Press WV Makyna Kancso, of Crawford, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months incarceration for distributing oxycodone [ .... ]  Read More

Woman whose daughter disappeared found guilty of murder

The Free Press WV A woman whose 3-year-old daughter went missing in 2011 in West Virginia has been convicted of murder and other charges [ .... ]  Read More

Defense up next in Lunsford trial

The Free Press WVThe trial of Lena Lunsford resumes Monday morning in Lewis County Circuit Court with the defense scheduled to present its case [ .... ]  Read More

Lunsford trial Day

The Free Press WV The children knew what fate had befallen their 3-year-old sister but were too frightened to come forward in the immediate aftermath of Aliayah Lunsford’s death, Lewis County prosecuting attorney Christina Flanagan told jurors Monday [ .... ]  Read More

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

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

Rainfall totals could exceed 2 inches on Sunday

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



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Herbert Frank Bean

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Horner, WV, peacefully passed away January 15, 2019 while at home, surrounded by loving family and in the compassionate care of WV Hospice. He was born in Weston, WV to the late Sherman and Flora Butcher Bean on July 09, 1931 [ .... ]  Read More

Carol Elaine Jeffries

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. She was born in Marion County, WV on October 21, 1937: daughter of the late Laco J. Lambert and Maxine M. (Moran) Lambert [ .... ]  Read More

Leota “Marlene” Tenney

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with her loving husband on Monday, January 14, 2019 at her home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice following an extended illness. She was born February 7, 1947 in Buckhannon, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Leota Margaret Rowan Holden [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Lee Garrison

Joseph Franklin Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in United Health Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on February 01, 1936: son of the late Clarence Riffle and Icie (Sprouse) Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Frashure

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

Ernest D. “Ernie” Jones

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. Ernie was born February 20, 1934 in Washburn, WV, a son of the late Manuel and Elsia (Mason) Jones [....]  Read More

Maureen Agnes McPherson

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

Bernard “Bernie” Eugene Posey

The Free Press WVAge 64 of Jane Lew, WV, passed away January 06, 2019, in Clarksburg, WV. Bernie was born on February 09, 1954 in Lewis County, WV to the late James Oliver and Clara Jane Burkhammer Posey [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Eugene Lake

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Horner, WV passed away on January 05, 2019 in the comfort of his own home. Bob blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents, Opal Delores Randolph Lake Pickens of Weston and the late Lawrence Gayne Lake, when he was born in Weston, WV on November 04, 1958 [ .... ]  Read More

Greyson Kai Reed

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

Doris Ann Travis

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Jane Lew, WV passed away January 03, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born October 11, 1938 in Weston, WV to the late Paul and Marie Joy Highland Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Anna Mae Bean

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jackson’s Mill, WV, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2018, at Bellaire at Devonshire Assisted Living Center in Scott Depot, WV. She was the daughter of the late Francis A. Brumley and Edna Mae (McClung) Brumley [ .... ]  Read More

Doyle Bradley “Brad” Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Arnold Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at his son’s residence in Fairmont following an 8 month illness. He was born in Morgantown, WV on June 26, 1937: son of Lazure Estell and Elizabeth (Lott) Estell [ .... ]  Read More

Arthur “Cap” Paul CapoBianco Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Horner, WV passed away January 01, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 26, 1947 a son of the late Arthur Paul and Catherine Wilmot CapoBianco [ .... ]  Read More

Cora Elizabeth Winans

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Alum Fork Road Camden, WV passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness. She was born in Upshur County, WV on January 14, 1944: daughter of the late Elles Thomas Cogar and Vesta Alice Houghton Cogar [....]  Read More

Gladys Marie “Polly” Frazier

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Lunsford Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Clarksburg, WV on November 03, 1930: daughter of the late Shirley Heater and Reba (Golden) Heater [ .... ]  Read More

John E. Wines

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

Madison “Rex” Stalnaker

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV,  is now peacefully in the arms of the Lord. He passed away December 26, 2018 at his home with his wife of 62 years, Mary Anne Kriner Stalnaker, by his side and in the compassionate care of WV Hospice. He was born May 05, 1937 in Lewis County, WV to the late Schley Samuel and Mary Almira Linger Stalnaker [ .... ]  Read More

Helen Regina Garton Jett

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly at 4:53 PM on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born in Jane Lew, WV on March 04, 1943 a daughter of the late Brent Orville and Iris Maude Wymer Garton [ .... ]  Read More

Pauline Hope (Davis) Conrad

The Free Press WVAge 90, who was a long time resident of Broad Street in Weston, WV passed away on December 21, 2018 in Hospice Care in Smyrna. TN. She was born in Weston, WV on April 02, 1928, the daughter of the late Cecil and Effie Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Richard A. Gherke

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Vienna, WV, passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center, December 25, 2018. Richard “Dick” was born in Grantsville, WV, a son of the late Whitt Gherke and Cretah Pauline Coulter [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Anthony Herbinko

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Ireland, WV passed away at 6:21 AM on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 23, 1962 a son of Michael Stanley Herbinko, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA and Martha Rae Herbinko of Bellevue, PA [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Ann Nicholson

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. She was born in Sago, WV on July 13, 1937: daughter of the late Perry McQuain and Beatrice (Metzgar) McQuain [ .... ]  Read More

Viva Elaine White

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Weston, WV passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 on Colonial Place of Elkins following an extended illness. She was born in Gilmer County, WV on August 31, 1928: daughter of Dewey Mick and Midget (Wiant) Mick [ .... ]  Read More

Beverlee Rae Linger

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Fairmont, WV (formerly of Weston, WV) passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in Woodlands Assisted Living of Worthington, WV following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on February 24, 1949: daughter of the late William D. Chapman and Violet (Nicholas) Chapman [ .... ]  Read More

Janice Marie Forinash Kirsch

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

Richard Dennis “Denny” Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Edgewood Drive Weston, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Buckhannon, WV on October 21, 1935: son of the late Richard “Dick” Lewis and Creola (Mullenix) Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Sharon Rose Harper

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Weston WV, passed away December 19, 2018 in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by loving family and in the compassionate care of WVU Hospice. She was born in Buckhannon, WV on November 9, 1942 to Clyde and Fay Eskew Crites [....]  Read More

Dreama Lee McCloy

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Troy, WV (Fallen Timber Community of Doddridge County, WV) departed this life on Monday, December 17, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Dreama was born November 19, 1957 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Dorsey S. and Gladys E. (Allman) Snyder.  [....]  Read More

Iris Rosetta Smith

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Rock Cave, WV passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the home of her daughter. She was born on November 13, 1925, at Queens, a daughter of the late Clemer and Millie Poling Snyder [ .... ]  Read More

Kelly Elaine James Osborne

The Free Press WVOn December 13, 2018 at 11:45 a.m., God called home one of the bravest souls on Earth. At age 37, of Weston, WV passed away from complications of surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends.  [ .... ]  Read More

Karla Marie Snyder Reed

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018, at her home. She was born March 30, 1959, in Elyria, OH, a daughter of the late Mason Carl and Betty Burnside Snyder [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Annabelle Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Bendale Road, Weston, WV passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, at her home. She was born on September 26, 1924, in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Harry S. and Lorraine Hughes Bee [ .... ]  Read More

Marium Pletcher

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

Earl Cleo Peters

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

Eliza “Ike” Bell Vankirk

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Pricetown, WV went home to be with her Lord at 4:14 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Facility in Buckhannon. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 21, 1938 a daughter of the late Raymond Cecil and Bessie Margarete Riffle Goldsmith [ .... ]  Read More

Aubrey Matthew Blake

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Horne, WVr passed away surrounded by loving family at 4:33 PM on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in Weston, WV on May 27, 1944 a son of the late Richard Arthur and Elsie Bell Conrad Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Ezra James “Jim” Waugh

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Homeland Addition Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Upshur County, WV on January 09, 1929: son of the late Ezra James Waugh and Lucetta C. (Gregory) Waugh [ .... ]  Read More

Alma Lee Taylor (Turner)

The Free Press WVPassed away December 02, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis Count, WV on July 24, 1940: daughter of the late Hobert R. Turner and Tyrecy (Williams) Turner [ .... ]  Read More

Lulu Elaine Sprouse Morris

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Cox’s Mills, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV,  went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her residence on Garfield Run Road with her loving husband and daughters by her side. She was born February 24, 1936 in Lockney, WV, daughter of the late Edgar Lytle & Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Eugene Layne

The Free Press WV Age 54, of Glenville, WV went Home to be with the Lord at 7:25 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in Weston, WV on April 02, 1964 to Sharon Yvonne Layne Riffle [....]  Read More

Stephen “Steve” Andrew Wiant

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

Rosalea “Jackie” Bragg

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Weston, WV lived with her daughter and son-in-law: Annetta and Teddy Farley went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 following a long illness. She was born in Mabscott, WV on April 03, 1935: daughter of the late Roy Arthur and “Jilly” (Jenkins) Arthur [ .... ]  Read More

Clayton B. Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 90, of 1219 12th Street Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 16, 1928: son of the late Branson Russell Taylor and Jessie “Mamie” (Marsh) Taylor [ .... ]  Read More

David Michael Smith

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

Billy “Bill” Grey Mick

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

Goldie Marie Holmes

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

Ann Margaret Henline

The Free Press WV Born January 07, 1967, passed away peacefully in her home in Pennsboro, WV on November 15, 2018 [....]  Read More

James Dixie Wine

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

Leonard Ray Williams

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Jane Lew, WV passed away November, 13, 2018 in the comfort of his own home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice. He was welcomed to the world on September 19, 1961 in Weston, WV by his late parents Fred Junior and Betty Louise Knicely Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Wanda “Jackie” Jean Wine

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Friday, November 09, 2018 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Kincheloe on January 12, 1942 a daughter of the late Oath and Blanch Marie Smith Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Charlie” Wade Posey

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Walkersville, WV went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 02, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born in Braxton County, WV on February 03, 1946 a son of the late Okey S. and Nina Ratliff Posey [....]  Read More

Kenneth “Kenny” Lane Hacker

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Brush Camp Road, Exchange, WV passed away November 06, 2018. He was born August 05, 1946, Sutton WV son of the late Arthur Hacker and Thelma (Burke) Hacker [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Anne Craig

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Elkins, WV (previously of Walkersville, WV) went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 05, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born in Weston, WV on April 10, 1951 a daughter of the late Maurice Leon and Mary Elizabeth Davis Heflin [ .... ]  Read More

Randall “Randy” Lee Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 46, of Jane Lew, WV, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 05, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on December 30, 1971 a son of Judith Ann Parmer Riffle of Orlando, WV and the late Harry Lee Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Ruby Mae Cogar Lake

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Alum Bridge, WV went to meet the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018. She was born in Webster County, WV on September 07, 1933: daughter of the late Bernard and Alma (Simons) Cogar of Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

Anna “Peggy” Lee Alonso

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Weston, WV went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport after a brief illness. She was born in Harrison County, WV on January 12, 1935 a daughter of the late John Franks and Geraldine Prunty [....]  Read More

Evelyn Irene Schmidt

The Free Press WVAge 89, of New Milton, WV (Doddridge County) passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at her home following a sudden illness. She was born in Hurst, WV (Lewis County) on October 11, 1929: daughter of the late Ernest Franklin Rastle and Opie Dell (Gray) Rastle [ .... ]  Read More

William “Bill” D. Woodson

The Free Press WVAge 85, formerly of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully in Florida on October 29, 2018. Bill was born in Linn, WV, on November 11, 1932 a son of the late Walter C. and Agnes Neal Woodson [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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If you access it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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