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Preliminary District Assessment Results Released

As a follow up to the statewide assessment results released last week, the West Virginia Department of Education is releasing preliminary assessment results for each district in the state. Results reflect the aggregate percentage of students proficient in English language arts, mathematics and science for each of the 55 districts in West Virginia.

Results are considered preliminary because they do not include approximately 2,500 students who took the West Virginia Alternate Assessment and all data have not yet been certified. Final assessment results will be made available this fall and will include scores for the alternate assessment.

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08.18.2016
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Look at scores for Gilmer County after 5+ years of intervention. Hardly anything to brag about with Charleston’s experts in charge.

You would think that we would lead the State with all that horse power down there.

What is the WVBOE’s response? Put a police officer in our schools.

How can Dr. Martirano and Mr. Green explain why a police officer is our top spending priority to benefit our kids?

One thing for sure is that the WVBOE is consistent with its long string of botch.

By More WVBOE Botch  on  08.18.2016

54% of Gilmer County’s student are not proficient in reading and English, 70% cannot do math, and 61% are behind in science? What a disgrace!

How does the WVBOE explain this when before intervention occurred Gilmer County was holding its own with Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)?

Another example of “we are from Charleston and we are here to help you.“

Our children are victims from loss of local control of our schools. What other conclusion could be made?

By WVBOE Deserves The Blame  on  08.18.2016

What is the explanation, other than hiding information, for the new smarter balance test results to be kept secret by the State?

Calhoun County published all of theirs.

It seems that with kids from Normantown, Sand Fork, and GE being combined, teachers could use the results from the individual grade schools to their advantage in the classrooms.

All the results should be published the same way that they were in Calhoun County to help show weak spots in need of correcting.

By More State Hiding Information  on  08.18.2016

Let us look at this. Citizens understand that the State used the County’s seized money to purchase a no-bid new vehicle for the County’s school system from a Summersville dealer and the salesman up there received a commission.

If this is untrue the State should set the record straight.

GD is telling people that if the County Commission cannot come up with money for a policeman in our schools he will go to the City of Glenville to get it.

New no-bid police cruiser for the policemen to be purchased from the same Summersville dealer with a commission going to the same salesman up there?

Any nexus? Not necessarily, but that question is going around with everything else that happened with the WVBOE’s intervention.

Where we go with the policeman in the new GCE school will influence outcomes at the polls the next time. You betcha, Gilmer County’s politicians out there.

By Police Cruiser Linkage?  on  08.18.2016

We keep seeing West Virginia as being 46th or 47th rated in our country.
What else do we need to know?

This rating with really no good news, shows the WVBE groveling and scratching in a futile attempt to make themselves look good. Nothing more.

By WV education still fails  on  08.18.2016

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Camp Promotes Fun, Understanding For Kids With Asthma

Around 65 campers participated in the 26th Camp Catch Your Breath at Jacksons Mill.

The camp was started to provide a summer camp to those children who are turned away from other camps every year due to their medical condition, asthma.

The American Lung Association in West Virginia worked with the United Hospital Center (UHC) 26 years ago to co-found the camp.

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Campers listen to the story on how Ty, the red-tailed hawk, injured his wing at Camp Catch your Breath in Weston, WV.
The camp was started to provide a summer camp to those children who are turned away from other camps every year due to their medical condition, asthma.


“Part of the goal of the American Lung Association is to ensure that children who have asthma are able to, first of all, understand their disease, and second of all manage it,“ Chantal Fields, area director of the American Lung Association in West Virginia, said.

She said there is no reason children with asthma cannot live a normal life.

 

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42nd Annual Jackson’s Mill Jubilee Featuring Antique Tractors Show, Parade

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WESTON, WV — If you’re a fan of antique tractors, put the 42nd Annual Jackson’s Mill Jubilee on your calendar. Tractor 1

“Mark your calendar for September 02, 03 and 04, 2016,” said Debora Garrett, president of the 42nd Annual Jackson’s Mill Jubilee.

Garrett hopes to offer a large display of tractors and is inviting all antique tractor owners to displaying their tractors at this year’s Labor Day event.

“This year, the entire left side of of the livestock barn will be used for the tractor display, throughout the weekend, as musical entertainment will be held in the arena of the barn.  Awards will be given for the oldest tractor, the most tractors, President’s Choice, longest distance traveled, and more. On Saturday, Sept. 2, there will be a parade of tractors around the Jackson Mill Campus grounds allowing visitors to view these beautiful old machines,” Garrett said, “To the tractor owners, thank you for your interest and continued support of this historical American presentation.”

Interested owners can complete the attached application and return before August 01 , 2016. Any questions who be addressed to Garrett at 304-269-6131. Leave a message and return phone number).

Jackson’s Mill Jubilee Antique Tractors Show Application

Transport trailers are to be parked for the weekend in front of the red building on the Airport. Arrival times are Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Other times of arrival must be approved. Departure time is after 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Tractor owners and one guest will be admitted free for the three-day Jubilee.

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Organizations, Businesses Collect Donations for Flooding Victims

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A variety of locations across the area are accepting donations to help aid West Virginia residents affected by flooding.

The locations are listed by county. The following places will take donations at the following times:


Barbour County

- Ryan’s Auto Repair and Ryan’s Recker Service in Belington, the Belington Volunteer Fire Department and members of the Barbour County Commission are taking donations of nonperishable food items, bottled water, health and sanitary items and baby diapers at Ryan’s Recker Service. They will be delivering the donations to Webster Springs.

- The Philippi Volunteer Fire Department will take donations from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.


Doddridge County

- The Doddridge County High School football team will be donating equipment to the Clay County High School football team, who lost everything in the flood. They will also be donating some money from their booster account. If anyone would like to contribute, they can bring their donation to the football field during their evening practice on Wednesday, June 29.

- The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting donations.


Gilmer County

- The Gilmer County Office of Emergency Management will plan to travel to the southern part of the state Friday, July 01 and are accepting donations in a large box trailer parked across from Hardman’s in Glenville until then.


Harrison County

- The law firm of McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, along with MVB Bank, are collecting donations and will be loading up a 16-foot trailer starting Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. They will continue to collect donations at their Clarksburg location at 400 W. Main Street until Friday, July 01, when they will travel to Clay and Clendenin to set up their grills and cook for people in need. They’re requesting bottled water, gallons of water, nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, such as buckets, mops, paper towels, and bleach, shovels, baby food, diapers, wipes, clothing, dog food and cat food.

- Primantis Bros. will donate a portion of their proceeds on Friday, July 01 and Saturday, July 02 to flood relief.

- Sam’s Club will offer a free membership for 30 days if you’ll be buying flood relief supplies. Just bring your ID and follow their instructions.

will be making donations to send to the flood victims that were effected in the southern part of the state. There’s no special ticket or flyer that you have to have to participate, all you have to do is come in and eat on those given days! Help us help our fellow mountain state residents.

- The Clarksburg Beauty Academy is offering 50 percent off any service when you bring in a donation for flood relief until Friday, July 01.

- Julio’s Cafe in Clarksburg is donating 25 percent of all pasta proceeds to flood relief. This will begin Monday, June 27 and run until July 01. They will also accept all other donations.

- Main Street Fitness in Bridgeport is accepting donations. If 500 items are donated, a full free week of classes will be available in July. They’re accepting drinking water, nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, baby products, and first aid supplies.

- The Wallace Volunteer Fire Department will have a spaghetti and meatball dinner at their department on Friday, July 01 at Noon. All proceeds will go directly to purchase goods for flood relief. They are also accepting donations. Contact 304.796.4014 for more information.

- The City of Clarksburg, along with the Clarksburg-Harrison Cultural Foundation, will be collecting donations for flood relief during the Celebrate America event at the Clarksburg Amphitheater on Saturday, July 02. The Clarksburg Fire Department will be set up in the parking lot of the amphitheater to collect those donations from 6 p.m. until the conclusion of the event at approximately 9:30 p.m.

- The Salvation Army is accepting donations of cleaning/sanitary items and food to help aid flood victims in the southern part of the state at their Clarksburg, Upshur County and Lewis County locations. They are unable to process clothing donations at their thrift stores at this time, but if a flood victim comes in, they can get them the clothing needed. Any cash donations will also be sent directly to the affected areas, a Salvation Army official said.

- The Bridgeport Fire Department on West Main Street will be accepting donations. They’re requesting water, nonperishable food, cleanup kits, bleach, brooms and maps.

- The Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department, the Lumberport Volunteer Fire Department and the Spelter Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting donations. They are requesting bottled or jugged water, nonperishable food items and cleaning supplies, such as hand soap and laundry detergent. If no one is present at the fire department, supplies can be dropped off outside.

- The Stonewood Volunteer Fire Department is collecting items. They’re requesting cleaning supplies, especially bleach, baby wipes, diapers, baby food and formula, toiletries, work gloves, toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes, batteries, buckets, garbage bags, face masks and bottled water.

- Harrison County Animal Control and the Harrison County Humane Society will be making a trip Friday, July 01 to Clay County and is in need of all animal-related necessities, including food, leashes, litter, etc. Donations can be taken to the shelter on Saltwell Road in Shinnston before late afternoon on Friday.

- All four locations of PARCS Superstores will accept donations. They are asking for any yard and lawn tools to help in the cleanup. They’ll be sending trailers daily.

- The Old Time Baptist Church in Clarksburg will be accepting clothing donations. Contact 304.623.4388 to arrange a drop off.

- Fellowship Bible Church at 70 Deegan Lake Road in Bridgeport will be collecting donations fall week. Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 01. They are requesting nonperishable food items, bottled water, new or lightly worn clothing, diapers, toiletries, pet care products/food, washcloths and towels, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves, laundry detergent, flashlights, batteries, blankets and pillows, and feminine products.

- Tudor’s Biscuit World is collecting supplies to take to the southern part of the state. Both the Bridgeport and Morgantown locations will accept donations.

- Calvary United Methodist Church in Clarksburg will be accepting donations on Thursday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To set up another time to drop things off if you’re unable to make it Thursday, contact 304.476.8788.

- Chenoweth Ford in Clarksburg will be accepting donations.

- Harry Green Chevrolet Nissan in Clarksburg will be accepting donations.

- Eastern Pet Supply in Bridgeport is now accepting donations for animals affected by flooding. You can receive 5-10 percent off in the store on certain items, if you’re willing to donate, or you can bring items in. They have a truck leaving Thursday, June 30. They’re in need of animal food, litter boxes, litter, and animal crates.

- Clarksburg Baptist Church will be accepting donations.


Lewis County

- Weston Walmart will accept donations from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Weston Shop-N-Save Express will accept donations on Wednesday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- The Pricetown Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting donations.

- The Salvation Army is accepting donations of cleaning/sanitary items and food to help aid flood victims in the southern part of the state at their Clarksburg, Upshur County and Lewis County locations. They are unable to process clothing donations at their thrift stores at this time, but if a flood victim comes in, they can get them the clothing needed. Any cash donations will also be sent directly to the affected areas, a Salvation Army official said.

- The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is sending a crew to the southern part of the state Thursday, June 30. They’ll accept donations and fill a van to take Friday, July 01, as well.


Upshur County

- The Buckhannon Fire Department is accepting donations.

- Goody’s in Buckhannon will be accepting donations, and in return, they’ll give you a $10 coupon to use in the store.

- The Adrian Fire Department in Adrian will be accepting donations Tuesday, June 28 beginning at 11 a.m. Call Chief Harlow at 304.406.4808 with any questions or to schedule an alternative drop-off time.

- Freedom Homes in Buckhannon will be accepting donations.

- The Salvation Army is accepting donations of cleaning/sanitary items and food to help aid flood victims in the southern part of the state at their Clarksburg, Upshur County and Lewis County locations. They are unable to process clothing donations at their thrift stores at this time, but if a flood victim comes in, they can get them the clothing needed. Any cash donations will also be sent directly to the affected areas, a Salvation Army official said.

Scholarships Awarded to GSC Students

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GLENVILLE, WV – Twenty-six Glenville State College students, including twenty-three incoming freshmen, have been awarded scholarships from the GSC Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

Braxton County residents Brook Fincham of Burnsville and Jessica Beckett of Duck were among the scholarship recipients. Fincham received the Rosalie M. Lough Scholarship, the Jean Adams Smith Memorial Scholarship, and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in early education and is the daughter of Angie Fincham. Beckett received the Honors Academic Scholarship, the Lorena Hefner Scholarship, the John C. Shaw Scholarship, and the Marge and Billy Burke Scholarship. She is the daughter of Melissa Beckett and has not yet declared a major at GSC.

Fayette County resident Trevor Wood of Oak Hill received the John C. Shaw Scholarship and the Fine Arts Scholarship. He will be majoring in music and is the son of Melissa Smith.

Grant County residents Larissa Henry of Maysville, Samuel Schell of Cabins, and Colton Watts of Petersburg were among the scholarship recipients. Henry received the Art Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in graphic design and digital media and is the daughter of Shirley Henry. Schell received the Fine Arts Education Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in music and is the son of Rhonda Schell. Watts received the Fine Arts Education Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in music.

Greenbrier County resident Myka Perry of Rainelle received the Alma Arbuckle Scholarship, the Gracie Viola Bosley Scholarship, the Isadore Nachman Scholarship, and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in English and is the daughter of Cheri Perry.

Jefferson County resident Taylor Corey of Kearneysville received the Honors Academic Scholarship, the General Meritorious Scholarship, and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in criminal justice and is the daughter of Jeffery and Wendy Corey.

Kanawha County resident Zachary Lively of Dunbar received the Honors Academic Scholarship. He will be majoring in general studies and is the son of Paxton and PJ Lively.

Lewis County resident Kurtis Gunter of Orlando received the John and Ida Warder Ray Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in biology and is the son of Jena Whiston.

Logan County resident William Adkins of Logan received the Fine Arts Education Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in music and is the son of Misty Adkins.

Morgan County resident Michaela Munson of Paw Paw received the Art Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in graphic design and digital media and is the daughter of Sharon Munson.

Nicholas County residents Julie Edwards and Caleb Wynne of Summersville were among the scholarship recipients. Edwards received the Rosalie M. Lough Scholarship, the Brook B. Callaghan Scholarship, the John C. Shaw Scholarship, and the Martha Jarvis Cottrell Scholarship. She will be majoring in early education and is the daughter of Cathy Edwards. Wynee received the Lorena Hefner Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in criminal justice. Additionally, Nathan Kincaid of Summersville received the Judith K. Young Potts Scholarship. Kincaid is a senior at GSC majoring in sport management and business education and is the son of Michael and Sandra Kincaid.

Putnam County residents Amiee Asbury of Hurricane and Joshua Brennan of Scott Depot were among the scholarship recipients. Asbury received the Honors Academic Scholarship, the Ella Murray Orr Scholarship, and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in elementary and multi-categorical education and is the daughter of Jessica Asbury. Brennan received the Honors Academic Scholarship, the Madelyn Conrad Kidd Scholarship, the Ernest H. Smith Scholarship, the General Meritorious Scholarship, the John C. Shaw Scholarship, and the Fine Arts Education Scholarship. He will be majoring in accounting and is the son of Bryan and Debra Brennan.

Raleigh County resident Scott Barber of Beckley received the Fine Arts Education Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in music and is the son of Paula Carol.

Tucker County resident John Chambers of Parsons received the GSC Board of Governors Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in chemistry and is the son of Margaret Chambers.

Upshur County resident Sarah Gillespie of Buckhannon received the Judith K. Young Potts Scholarship. She is a senior at GSC majoring in elementary education and general mathematics education and is the daughter of Matthew and Rena Gillespie.

Wayne County resident Taylor Brumfield of Wayne received the Art Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. She will be majoring in studio art.

Webster County resident Dorothy Davis of Diana received the Warden and Joanne Rice Webster County Educational Loan Fund Scholarship. She will be majoring in English and is the daughter of Robin Davis.

Wetzel County resident Colton Ring of Pine Grove received the Honors Academic Scholarship, the General Meritorious Scholarship, and the John C. Shaw Scholarship. He will be majoring in biology and is the son of Henry and April Ring.

Alexander Lucas a native of Parkton, Maryland received the Pioneering Appalachia Scholarship. He will be majoring in criminal justice and is the son of Stephen and Vicki Lucas.

Angelica Nicholas a native of Vancouver, Washington received the Pioneering Appalachia Scholarship. She will be majoring in criminal justice and is the daughter of Clarence and Tawana Nicholas.

Dallas Kilgore a native of Keedysville, Maryland received the Pioneering Appalachia Scholarship. She will be majoring in criminal justice and is the daughter of Lee and Cassandra Kilgore.

Hayley Olson a native of Richmond, Virginia received the Pioneering Appalachia Scholarship. She will be majoring in social studies education (5-9) and is the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Olson.

Kelly Stacy Jr. of Spring Hill, Florida received the Pioneering Appalachia Scholarship. He will be majoring in sport management and is the son of Kelly and Erin Stacy.

The Lorena Hefner Scholarship is named for Lorena Hefner who was born on September 3, 1908 in Burnsville, West Virginia and was one of eleven children. She graduated from GSC in 1941 and began her teaching career in Braxton County at the Bragg Run School. While never forgetting her roots, she established the Lorena Hefner Scholarship for students attending Glenville State College who are from Braxton County.

The John C. Shaw Scholarship was established in 1985 by John C. Shaw, who was the President of Glenville State College from 1901-1908. This scholarship is awarded to academically talented freshmen from West Virginia.

The Jean Adams Smith Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by Dr. David W. Smith and the family and friends of Jean Adams Smith to provide scholarships to students from central West Virginia majoring in Early Childhood Education. Preference is given to students from Gilmer County.

The Rosalie M. Lough Scholarship was established in 2015 by the late Rosalie M. Lough, a long time educator in Braxton County, to be awarded to Glenville State College education majors.

The Gracie Viola Bosely Scholarship was established in 2005 by the estate of Gracie Viola Bosely. Applicants are required to submit an essay to the Scholarship Committee for review. Awards are made in the following priority: graduates of Grafton High School, other Taylor County residents, and then any other West Virginia resident.

The Meritorious Scholarship Fund was established through the GSC Foundation to award scholarships on the basis of academic qualifications.

The Honors Academic Scholarship is a component of the GSC Honors Program and is designed to help selected students develop scholarship, creativity, critical thinking, leadership, civic engagement, and academic enrichment in the classroom and beyond. To be eligible, students must have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who successfully complete the GSC Honors Program will receive special distinction on their transcripts and during graduation ceremonies.

The John and Ida Warder Ray Scholarship fund was established in 1992 in memory of John Warder Ray by Ida Warder Ray. Its purpose is to support worthy, talented, industrious, and needy students graduating from Lewis County High School in Weston, West Virginia.

The Ella Murray Orr Scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Ella Murray Orr for scholarships to be used in her field of special education. Mrs. Orr was a 1934 graduate of Glenville State College.

The Warden and Joanne Rice Webster County High School Educational Loan Fund was established to provide support for graduates of Webster County High School to attend Glenville State College.

The Billy B. and Marjorie Hardman Burke Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Burkes. They have been leaders in government for many years and are long-time friends of the College. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming (first year) female athlete from Braxton or Gilmer counties participating on the women’s basketball, volleyball or softball teams, based on recommendations from respective coaches.

The Madelyn Conrad Kidd Scholarship was established by United States District Judge William M. Kidd in honor of his wife, Madelyn Conrad Kidd. The purpose of this scholarship is to support students of GSC who show academic promise in English and math and who are residents of West Virginia.

The Ernest H. Smith Scholarship was established in 1994 to support students who are studying in the field of business.

The Brooks B. Callaghan Scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Brooks B. Callaghan to provide scholarships to GSC students from Nicholas County based on academic performance. Mr. Callaghan was a native of Richwood and graduated from Glenville Normal School in 1942.

The Martha Jarvis Cottrell Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 through the estate of Martha Jarvis Cottrell. As an alumna, she wished to express her appreciation to the College through the creation of this scholarship fund. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman with academic promise who aspires to become a teacher.

The Alma Arbuckle Scholarship was established in 1978 by the Alma J. Arbuckle estate. Arbuckle was a graduate of Glenville Normal School and was hired as a college librarian where she worked until her retirement in 1955. Although originally intended for library science students, today her scholarship is mainly awarded to English majors.

The Isadore Nachman Scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of Isadore Nachman. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the fields of journalism or English.

The Judith K. Young Potts Scholarship was established in 2000 to assist senior students who are completing their student internship semester at Glenville State College. It is the intent of this scholarship to select a student who shows promise of making significant contributions as a teacher in West Virginia, be in good standing with the college, and have written recommendations from at least three professors. Preference will be given to students with financial need from Braxton County High School first, then Nicholas, Upshur or Jackson Counties. In the event that no student from these counties is available, the college will select a West Virginia student who meets the other criteria.

For more information about Glenville State College Scholarships, contact the GSC Foundation at 304.462.6380.

2016 West Fork CD AgEP Sign-Up Period

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The intent of the Agricultural Enhancement Program (AgEP) is to provide a simple, user friendly program that promotes conservation of soil and water, while also increasing the value of the land by making it more sustainable and profitable. The first requirement to participate in the AgEP program is to become a cooperator with the Conservation District. Farmers and other agricultural producers can sign up or learn more about this program by visiting the West Fork Conservation District office in Mount Clare, WV.

PENDING AVAILABILITY OF STATE FUNDING, the sign up period for the FY17 Agricultural Enhancement Program will be during normal businesses hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. starting Monday, May 23, 2016 and ending Friday, June 17, 2016. The Agricultural Enhancement Program (AgEP) practices that will be cost-shared on this year are: Lime, Nutrient Management (Commercial Fertilizer), Pasture Division Fence, Watering Systems, Water Protection Exclusion Fence, and Woodland Exclusion Fence.

If you wish to apply for one of the above cost-share programs, please bring a farm map with applicable Farm and Tract numbers (available at your local Farm Service Agency office) with you during the sign up period. If you are applying for lime or fertilizer, you will also need to bring a current soil test (within the last 12 months). Feel free to call us with any questions about the Agricultural Enhancement Program at our office 304.627.2160.

SAFE AT HOME WEST VIRGINIA

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SAFE AT HOME WEST VIRGINIA IS CREATING A
BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR WEST VIRGINIA YOUTH

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

As Governor, our children’s well-being is one of my top priorities, and I am particularly proud of the progress we have made through the Safe at Home West Virginia program. The federally supported program’s innovative approach provides community and behavioral health services to children between 12 and 17 to keep them at home, close to their families. This model also reduces use of out-of-state facilities by keeping these youth in their communities.
Safe at Home West Virginia’s “wraparound” model allows the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources more flexibility in delivering services to youth, family members, caregivers and foster parents. Wraparound recognizes the far-reaching impact of trauma through all aspects of the youth’s community and involves the family in plans to address these complex needs. With the youth at the center of these efforts, many West Virginians are able to remain or return home safely.
We are excited to share and celebrate the stories of the lives our program already has touched. One young man had been away from his family for two years in a facility for treatment of behavioral problems caused by traumatic experiences. Through Safe at Home West Virginia, his family was reunited and provided the support and guidance they needed for development of a stable, loving home.
In the first phase of Safe at Home West Virginia, nearly 150 cases from 11 counties have been referred for wraparound services. Of those, 17 youth have returned to West Virginia; 23 have moved back to their home communities from in-state residential placements; and 43 have been prevented from entering residential placement.
Safe at Home West Virginia is equipping our families with the tools and resources to create environments where children can lead safe, healthy and successful lives at home in the Mountain State.
Given the positive results of the program’s first phase in Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Morgan, Putnam and Wayne counties, Safe at Home will begin to expand in the summer of 2016. The next phase will include Barbour, Brooke, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties.
To learn more about this project, please visit safe.wvdhhr.org.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 10,369 Spring Turkeys In 2016

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ELKINS, WV – Spring turkey hunters harvested 10,369 gobblers this year, up 14 percent from 2015, according to Keith Krantz, wild turkey and upland game biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2016 season, April 18 through May 14, started on the third Monday in April for the first time in recent history, a week earlier than usual.

Youth hunters checked in 380 gobblers during the one-day youth season held April 16. Preston County had the highest reported harvest of 16, followed by Raleigh and Upshur counties with 15 apiece, Wyoming County with 14 and Nicholas and Greenbrier counties with 13 each.

All six DNR districts showed an increase in overall harvest compared to 2015. District 1 in the northern part of the state recorded the most birds checked with 2,093, followed by District 4 (1,979), District 6 (1,926), District 5 (1,811), District 3 (1,622) and District 2 (938).

Mason County in District 5 led the state with 379 gobblers checked. Preston County (372), Nicholas (330), Wood (326) and Wyoming (320) counties rounded out the top five.
“The harvest stayed high throughout the entire four-week season,“ Krantz said. “Good weather during much of the season, coupled with an earlier starting date, likely affected the harvest in 2016. Now we’re hoping we will have the proper brood-rearing conditions for high poult survival this year.“ Krantz said.

West   Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest, 2012–2016

County

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Barbour

182

162

178

127

167

Brooke

74

104

84

67

77

Hancock

92

110

110

89

99

Harrison

282

355

264

247

286

Marion

163

218

149

170

192

Marshall

224

300

220

174

206

Monongalia

221

262

174

199

198

Ohio

87

131

91

109

108

Preston

330

403

344

333

372

Taylor

93

103

87

72

101

Tucker

62

57

88

82

90

Wetzel

210

256

203

168

197

District 1   Subtotal

2,020

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,093

Berkeley

88

98

112

124

115

Grant

114

129

129

131

164

Hampshire

120

124

138

156

170

Hardy

101

129

135

116

132

Jefferson

43

60

57

82

80

Mineral

86

87

96

118

135

Morgan

56

54

62

64

54

Pendleton

95

117

95

94

88

District 2   Subtotal

703

798

824

885

938

Braxton

119

238

175

194

199

Clay

77

147

68

83

101

Lewis

181

221

180

194

213

Nicholas

161

221

164

213

330

Pocahontas

124

160

130

145

145

Randolph

94

217

186

225

249

Upshur

199

262

229

231

229

Webster

94

118

113

114

156

District 3   Subtotal

1,049

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,622

Fayette

176

287

244

239

293

Greenbrier

235

299

245

242

309

McDowell

154

308

215

218

199

Mercer

146

177

170

161

175

Monroe

162

206

212

181

184

Raleigh

185

277

214

231

281

Summers

176

258

209

199

218

Wyoming

132

291

255

257

320

District 4 Subtotal

1,366

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,979

Boone

144

230

159

138

157

Cabell

129

138

80

110

114

Kanawha

214

332

231

227

284

Lincoln

157

213

178

169

216

Logan

133

246

181

172

181

Mason

343

370

293

314

379

Mingo

92

141

93

91

131

Putnam

196

225

150

181

210

Wayne

92

144

103

108

139

District 5   Subtotal

1,500

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,811

Calhoun

138

179

135

128

143

Doddridge

111

138

126

118

137

Gilmer

132

191

147

124

133

Jackson

244

326

293

264

305

Pleasants

81

83

73

71

81

Ritchie

233

326

245

218

218

Roane

193

236

232

210

230

Tyler

133

211

136

144

182

Wirt

164

193

177

153

171

Wood

236

294

271

248

326

District 6   Subtotal

1,665

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,926

State   Total

8,303

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,369

College Students Come Together To Promote Student Leadership On Campus

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WESTON, WV – College students from across West Virginia are meeting at Jackson’s Mill this week to learn new ways to strengthen their campus communities. More than 75 student representatives from West Virginia’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities are participating in the annual West Virginia Student Leadership Conference, which kicks off today and continues through Wednesday. The conference is sponsored by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS), the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and Shepherd University. 

During the conference, students will attend breakout sessions focused on helping them inspire and engage their classmates and mobilize groups in support of community goals. Students also will work together to identify the unique needs facing their campuses and share ideas for addressing these issues.

“Higher education is not a product that our faculty and administrators hand down to students,” Dr. Paul Hill, chancellor of the Commission, said. “It’s about creating a learning environment where students are collaborators in the experience. I commend the students who are participating in this year’s Leadership Conference for their commitment to that ideal.” 

“Leadership, problem-solving, and social networking skills are essential for succeeding in today’s workforce,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, WVCTCS chancellor said. “These students are working hard to develop their qualifications for future employment, and to put those lessons to use for the benefit of our campus communities.”

G-LtE™: Mountain Valley Pipeline

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With twelve (12) Counties in West Virginia affected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline route, there is still time for citizens concerned about potential impa cts to their water supplies (aquifers), streams, wetlands and rivers to write The WVDEP to request public hearings in their respective counties.

So far public comments are working! And we need more folks along the MVP Route to respond now. DEP says they will likely prioritize holding public hearings from where they’ve received the most comments which is right now Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers. We need to help get the word out to folks further up along the proposed route (Wetzel, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Fayette) about weighing in now to request public hearings so they’re not left out.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Division of Water and Waste Management (DWWM) will be extending the public comment period on the State 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project until further notice. But it only takes a few minutes to send them a letter requesting a Public Hearing in your county so you can learn and get answers to your concerns.

Originally, the public comment period, which is required under state regulation 47CSR5A, would have ended next week on 5/17, but because of widespread public interest in the proposed project, DWWM will be scheduling public hearings to discuss certification of the proposed project. Information about the dates and locations of those hearings will be made public as soon as plans are finalized.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a $3.5 billion project, developed by EQT Corp., and it involves a 42-inch-diameter pipeline that would run 301 miles south from the Equitrans L.P. transmission system near the MarkWest Energy Mobley Complex in Wetzel County to a Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. compressor station in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

This project is one of multiple pipeline projects currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission one of the other projects is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will run somewhat parallel and north of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

When issuing certification, DWWM’s 401 Certification Program may consider the proposed activity’s impact on water resources, fish and wildlife, recreation, critical habitats, wetlands and other natural resources. In its 401 certification application, EQT anticipates that the Mountain Valley Pipeline project will have temporary impacts to approximately 49,892 linear feet of streams and 18.9 acres of wetlands and permanent impacts to approximately 3,125 linear feet of streams and 10 acres of wetlands within the Mountain State.

 

Comments and information relating to the certification should be emailed to , with “MVP 401 Certification” in the subject line or mailed to:

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management

401 Certification Program

601 57th Street SE

Charleston, WV 25304


Responding now with a request for a public hearing in your county will give you and your neighbors a chance to express your concerns to the West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection.

 

John W. Cobb, Jr.

Ireland, West Virginia 26376

FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPRING 2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, West Virginia
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Buckhannon, WV— The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, West Virginia, is pleased to announce the dates for its initial grant cycle for 2016. This new foundation, formed in 2015, will serve healthcare related needs of the community in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties through its annual grant award process.

“The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon seeks partnerships with non-profit organizations with the potential to inspire healthier choices for the communities of Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties,” stated Executive Director, Janell E. Ray. “On May 01, 2016, we open our inaugural grant cycle and are excited to be able to offer funding support to local organizations that share our mission and vision for the community. We will be accepting applications through August 15, 2016 for grant awards in late September or early October.”


Grant cycle deadlines for this inaugural grant-making session are:

    •  Submission of Letters of Inquiry – May 31, 2016

    •  Approval of Letters of Inquiry and Invitation for Full Application Issued – June 30, 2016

    •  Submission of Completed Applications – August 15, 2016


The PFB will focus its funding awards in four broad healthcare related areas:

    •  Health and Wellness – Examples include diabetes prevention, oral hygiene, prenatal care.

    •  Leadership Development – Examples include staff and management training, marketing and fundraising training.

    •  Lifestyle Education – Examples include substance and domestic violence programs, homeless assistance, mental health care.

    •  Spiritual and Pastoral Care – Examples include hospice care, senior services, Alzheimer and dementia care, bereavement counseling.


The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon provides grant funding for qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties in West Virginia that serve healthcare and healthcare related needs of the community. Learn more about the Foundation. pallottinebuckhannon.org

Honors Doled Out by WVWC During Academic and Leadership Banquet

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Honors Doled Out at Annual Academic and Leadership Awards Banquet

Students, faculty, and staff members were honored on Saturday, April 23 during West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Academic and Leadership Awards Banquet, held in the French A. See Dining Center on the Buckhannon campus.

Listed below are the awards and their recipients.

 

Student Senate Award – Faculty: Jeanne Sullivan, associate professor of biology

Student Senate Award – Staff: Jessica Vincent, leadership & service program assistant

Greek Woman of the Year – Keana Bertocci (Alpha Xi Delta; Perryopolis, PA)

Greek Man of the Year – Joshua Loptiz (Theta Xi; Leonardtown, MD)

International Student Ambassador  Julia Uchoa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award – Shawna L. Clayton (Clarksburg, WV)

2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award – Mark Leadingham III (Sharpsburg, MD)

John Wesley Do All the Good You Can Award – Amadu Bah (Laurel, MD) and Ashley Cooper (Rupert, WV)

Wesleyan Values Award – Elaine Ashman (Newton, WV) and Keana Bertocci (Perryopolis, PA)

Outstanding Peer Leader Award – Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV)

Outstanding Community Outreach Awards – Angelica Harvey (Buckhannon, WV)

 

ART

Outstanding Senior Award – Haley Chambers (Jumping Branch, WV)

Outstanding Junior Award – Reno Swiger (Shinnston, WV)

Outstanding Sophomore Award – Kelsey Acree (Mt. Nebo, WV)

Outstanding Freshman Award – De’andre Brown (Baltimore, MD)

 

BIOLOGY

Outstanding Senior – Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA), Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV), and Langely Salyers (Moorefield, WV)

Outstanding Research Student – Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV)

Outstanding Junior – Evan McLanahan (Red House, WV)

Outstanding Sophomore – Kelsey Acree (Mt. Nebo, WV)

Outstanding Freshmen – Mary Catherine Bandak (Charleston, WV), Mason Lee (Wheeling, WV), and Erick Trent (Point Pleasant, WV)

Outstanding Student Assistant – Dillon Wagman (Mahopac, NY)

 

DANCE/THEATRE

Outstanding Senior in Dance Lydia Krimmel (Mineral Wells, WV)

Outstanding Theatre Arts Students – Elizabeth Clever (Inwood, WV) and Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Outstanding Senior – Jeremy R. Davidson (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding Junior – Thomas Anderson (Rock Cave, WV)

Outstanding Sophomore – James DeMarco (Vanderbilt, PA)

Outstanding Freshman –   Viola Donegia (Belington, WV)

Outstanding Research – Emma Malcomb (Buckhannon, WV) 

 

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Outstanding Accounting Student – Jessica Hardman (Buckhannon, WV) and Alex Pugh (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding Business Administration Student – Tyler Gray (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding Economics Student – Hannah Gurtis (Morgantown, WV)

Outstanding International Business Student – Abigail Hensley (Huntington, WV)

Outstanding Management Student –Soeren Doessing (Denmark) and Sydney Pettit (Sand Fork, WV)

Outstanding Marketing Student – Keenan Moreta (Bayfield, CO)

Outstanding Sport Marketing Student – Nicole Friedemann (Canby, OR)

Outstanding 5-Year MBA Student – Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV)

 

CHAPEL

Sheridan Watson Bell Award – Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV)

 

CHEMISTRY

Outstanding Senior – Asa Nichols (Saint Marys, WV)

Outstanding Junior – Aaron Kessler (Cowen, WV)

Outstanding Laboratory Assistant – Kelsey Krantz (Elkins, WV)

Outstanding Chemical Hygiene Officer Assistant – Angelica Harvey (Buckhannon, WV))

 

COMMUNICATION

Overall Most Outstanding Senior – James Young (Hurricane, WV)

Excellence in Applied Learning – Kelsie Andrews (North East, MD)

Excellence in Writing – Timothy Nelson (Charleston, WV) and Mattison Swartz (Lewisburg, WV)

Excellence in Speaking – Joshua Lopitz (Leonardtown, MD)

 

CRIMINIAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice Award – Ryan Rado (St. Augustine, FL)

 

EDUCATION

Academic Achievement Freshman Award – Mary Ambuul (Martinsburg, WV)

Academic Achievement Sophomore Award – Leah Casarano (Aurthurdale, WV) and Andrew Kinkead (Stuarts Draft, VA)

Academic Achievement Junior Award – Kathalyn Maxson (Ravenswood, WV) and Logan Tucker (Ravenswood, WV)

Academic Achievement Senior Award – Holden Akers-Toler (Beckley, WV) and Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV)  

Dr. Ruth Mansberger Shearer Education Award – Samantha Swann (Owings, MD)

The Dorie McHugh O’Brien ’64 Education Award Chad Gradisek (Mount Pleasant, PA)

 

ENGLISH

Outstanding Senior English Major – Joseph Keener (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding English as a Second Language Student – Shin Fujikawa (Japan) and Kohtaroh Kusunoki (Japan)

 

EXERCISE SCIENCE

Outstanding Senior in Athletic Training – Devon Brosh (Petersburg, WV)

Freshman with Highest GPA for Athletic Training – Hannah Pulley (Lusby, MD)

Delta Psi Kappa/David E. Reemsnyder Award – Lauren Graham (Bessemer City, NC)

Sam Ross Athletic Scholars – Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, WV) and Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV)

 

HISTORY

Outstanding Senior History Majors – Sarah Campbell (Saint Marys, WV) and Stephanie Frazer (Alum Creek, WV)

Outstanding Junior History Majors – Tori Badaway (Canada) and Richard Baisden (Clarksburg, MD)

Outstanding Senior International Studies Major – Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA)

 

HUMANITIES

Pamela Thorn Humanities Award – Morgan Carter (Fredericksburg, VA)

 

MATHEMATICS

Hallam Awards – Zachary C. Abbot (Carmel, IN), Stacie M. Baumann (Gahanna, OH) Jacob W. Coleman (Belington, WV), Andrew R. Kinkead (Stuarts Draft, VA), Mark P. Leadingham (Sharpsburg, MD), Jericho A. Norris (Vienna, WV), Daniel R. Plaugher (Salem, WV), and Trevor T. Williams (Buckhannon, WV)

 

MUSIC

Outstanding Senior Music Awards – Holden Akers-Toler (Beckley, WV) and Julia Uchoa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

 

NURSING

Outstanding Senior Nursing Awards – Chelsea Bennett (Jane Lew, WV), Jessica Frolo (Belle Vernon, PA), and Tracey Gregory (Craigsville, WV)

 

PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING

Outstanding Seniors – Lauren Cronise (Hagerstown, MD), Cody O’Meara (Charles Town, WV), and Corey Rhodes (Seneca Rocks, WV)

Outstanding Freshmen – Kaylee Burdette (Cross Lanes, WV), Rebecca Davis (Blakeslee, PA), Allison Haertter (Reading, PA), Emily Kearney (Ranson, WV), Bobbi Mitchell (Scott Depot, WV), Mackenzie Robatin (Uniontown, PA), Olivia Rycroft (Elkins, WV), and Zachary Whiting (Ashland, WI)

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Outstanding Senior – Robert Brosh (Charles Town, WV)

 

PSYCHOLOGY

The Kelly Lynn Martin Memorial Psychology Award – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Outstanding Senior in Religious Studies Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV)

 

SOCIOLOGY

The John Warner Memorial Sociology Award – Jordon Barr (Buckhannon, WV)

The Vijaya Rao Global Awareness Award – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

Outstanding Senior in Sociology – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

Wesleyan Spirit Awards

Freshmen – Maya Eberhart (Brooklyn, NY) and Jacob Sullivan (White Sulphur Springs, WV)

Sophomores – Tobi Carter (Baltimore, MD) and Lucas Trovato (Mogantown, WV)

Juniors – Reno Swiger (Shinnston, WV) and Peyton Teets (Elkins, WV)

Seniors – Allie Browne (Charleston, WV) and Soeren Doessing (Denmark)

 

Outstanding Seniors – Keana Bertocci (Perryopolis, PA), Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV), Erin Hudnall (Anstead, WV), Cody O’Meara (Charles Town, WV), and Sydney Pettit (Sand Fork, WV)

 

Academic and Leadership Awards – Leah Bailey (Baden, PA), Chloe Bland (Dunmore, WV), Megann Boone (Frametown, WV), Devon Brosh (Petersburg, WV), Robert Brosh (Charles Town, WV), Morgan Carter (Fredericksburg, VA), Shawna Clayton (Clarksburg, WV), Alberta Crawford (Wellsburg, WV), Lauren Cronise (Hagerstown, MD), Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA), Nicole Friedemann (Canby, OR), Tracey Gregory (Craigsville, WV), Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV), Mikaela Hutchinson (Charleston, WV), Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV), Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV), Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, WV), Gregory Strader (Moon Township, PA), Samantha Sunshine (Blacksburg, VA).

 

Senior Who’s Who Among Students in America – Elaine Ashman (Newton, WV), Victoria Crise (Natrona Heights, PA), Carson Cunningham (Buckhannon, WV), Paula Gyamfi (Beltsville, MD), Bethany Jordan (Scott Depot, WV), Danielle Lancaster (Millstone, WV), Danielle Nehilla (South Park, PA), John Prentice (Elkins, WV), Kirsten Reneau (Grafton, WV), Corey Rhodes (Seneca Rocks, WV), Catherine Riggleman (Beverly, WV), Nathan Ropelewski (Richmond, VA), Telena Sanson (Summersville, WV), Scott Stoeckle (Buckhannon, WV), Philip Summers (Charleston, WV), and Jordan Tate (Charleston, WV)

 

Junior Who’s Who Among Students in America – Jackson Carey (Follansbee, WV), Katherine Casey (Canton, OH), Audrey Chefan-Kemseu (France), Kimberly Culver (Culpeper, VA), Jordan Danko (Ravenswood, WV), Jessica Engels (Kingwood, WV), Kortney Frame (Troy, WV), Taylor Germain (Oakland, MD), Thomas Haines (Green Spring, WV), Wilson Harvey (Weston, WV), Madison Ovies (Franklin, TN), Sarah Petitto (West Milford, WV), Kaitlyn Romain (Bridgeport, WV), Aurora Snyder (Royersford, PA), Destinee Tunstall (Indian Head, MD), and Mason Winkie (Bridgeport, WV)

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