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Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results

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Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted.

  • Clara Mae Spray from Roanoke, WV was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) #1, Lewis County.

  • Glenn Heaton from Ireland, WV will serve as the first alternate.

  • Steve Snyder from Rock Cave, WV was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) #4, Upshur County.

  • Robert Hissam from French Creek, WV will serve as the first alternate.

  • Leon Ellyson from Coxs Mills, WV was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) #6, Gilmer County.

County committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. All recently elected county committee members will take office in January 2019 and will be joining the existing committee. Every FSA office is required to have a county committee, and they are made up of local farmers, ranchers and foresters who are elected by local producers.

Nearly 7,800 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members impact the administration of FSA within a community by applying their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.

County committee members impact producers through their decision making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. Members conduct hearings and reviews as requested by the state committee, ensure underserved farmers, ranchers and foresters are fairly represented, make recommendations to the state committee on existing programs, monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs. They also assist with outreach and inform underserved producers such as beginning farmers, ranchers and foresters, about FSA opportunities.

For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact the Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer County FSA office at 304.269.8431.

Glenville State and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Glenville State College and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) have announced a new partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting post-secondary educational opportunities for SJMH employees, spurring economic development in Lewis and Gilmer Counties, strengthening connections between the two institutions, and broadening student experiences in real work settings.

The MOU, which was officially signed by GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett and SJMH Chief Executive Officer Avah Stalnaker on Friday, February 08, outlines the activities and actions both entities have proposed in order to foster positive and supportive collaboration. The activities include joint educational training and research and the exchange of information, invitation of guest lecturers, sharing of experiences among students and employees, internships, work-scholarships, and more.

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(left) Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital CEO Avah Stalnaker and
(right) Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett at the signing ceremony


“The signing of this agreement with Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital marks the beginning of a tremendous partnership. This will be beneficial for Glenville State students as well as the local community, especially as we continue discussions about the development of a nursing program at GSC,” said Pellett. “We look forward to enhancing the overall health of both Lewis and Gilmer Counties. I am grateful to GSC Presidential Ambassador and hospital CEO Avah Stalnaker for helping make this agreement a reality.”

“Glenville State College and Gilmer County are integral parts of our service area. We take our role as a community hospital very seriously and a major part of that role is a partnership with Glenville State College which strengthens our region.  We are proud to further expand our services to the community with this endeavor,” noted SJMH CEO Stalnaker.

For more information about the GSC/SJMH Memorandum of Understanding, contact GSC at 304.462.4115 or SJMH at 304.269.8000.

West Virginia hunters harvest 108,856 deer during Fall 2018 through January 2019 seasons

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Hunters in West Virginia registered 108,856 white-tailed deer through the electronic game checking system during the recently completed buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS and Mountaineer Heritage seasons.

The total harvest was within 1 percent of the 2017 deer harvest of 108,160 and 11 percent below the five-year average of 122,924, said Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

A breakdown of the combined 2018 deer seasons reveals 44,599 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,751 antlerless deer were taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 26,613 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows in the urban and regular archery/crossbow seasons, 4,234 deer were taken in the muzzleloader season and 659 deer were taken with primitive bow and muzzleloader weapons in the Mountaineer Heritage season.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2018 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 2.5 percent less than in 2017 and 20 percent below the five-year average of 40,859.

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

DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state on March 11 and 12 to gather input on fall 2019 antlerless deer hunting opportunity recommendations to increase, decrease or stabilize deer populations in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,799), Upshur (1,289), Jackson (1,183), Lewis (1,160), Ritchie (1,123), Monroe (1,099), Roane (1,073), Hampshire (1,068), Wood (1,057) and Mason (922).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2018 muzzleloader harvest of 4,870, which includes 636 deer taken with side-lock and flintlock muzzleloaders in the Mountaineer Heritage season, was 15 percent more than the 2017 harvest of 4,243 and 12 percent below the five-year average of 5,540.

The top 10 counties were Preston (213), Randolph (205), Nicholas (198), Greenbrier (178), Upshur (169), Fayette (165), Webster (158), Jackson (154), Braxton (142) and Mason (142).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Seasons

The bow and crossbow hunters’ take of 26,636 deer, which included 23 bow-harvested deer in the Mountaineer Heritage season, was 1.6 percent more than the 2017 archery season harvest of 26,206, and 3 percent below the five-year average archery season harvest of 27,506. The proportion of the harvest taken using a crossbow increased and was greater than deer reported taken by a bow for the second year.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,333), Kanawha (1,045), Wyoming (976), Randolph (914), Raleigh (807), Logan (772), Fayette (765), Wood (709), Upshur (683) and Jackson (676).

WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST
Fall 2018 through January 2019
County Buck
Firearms
Antlerless Muzzleloader Archery/
Crossbow
Mountaineer Heritage Total
Barbour 958 875 98 536 11 2,478
Brooke 188 159 21 171 3 542
Hancock 139 100 16 267 3 525
Harrison 888 842 113 526 21 2,390
Marion 678 543 60 433 12 1,726
Marshall 637 371 58 290 8 1,364
Monongalia 750 677 70 592 17 2,106
Ohio 197 141 32 217 7 594
Preston 1,607 1,799 177 1,333 36 4,952
Taylor 491 473 65 284 14 1,327
Tucker 754 413 71 465 13 1,716
Wetzel 676 516 41 251 3 1,487
District 1 Subtotal 7,963 6,909 822 5,365 148 21,207
Berkeley 757 706 57 645 7 2,172
Grant 1,219 647 93 365 8 2,332
Hampshire 1,471 1,068 111 355 10 3,015
Hardy 1,212 774 81 296 6 2,369
Jefferson 463 411 60 445 6 1,385
Mineral 1,048 729 45 353 5 2,180
Morgan 622 562 44 251 4 1,483
Pendleton 1,275 574 59 370 4 2,282
District 2 Subtotal 8,067 5,471 550 3,080 50 17,218
Braxton 1,017 848 123 451 20 2,459
Clay 438 305 53 250 11 1,057
Lewis 1,001 1,160 105 485 20 2,771
Nicholas 1,060 862 168 634 32 2,756
Pocahontas 994 213 65 244 5 1,521
Randolph 1,685 850 185 914 20 3,654
Upshur 1,155 1,289 132 681 39 3,296
Webster 937 331 137 540 21 1,966
District 3 Subtotal 8,287 5,858 968 4,199 168 19,480
Fayette 998 441 151 694 14 2,298
Greenbrier 1,481 801 151 615 27 3,075
McDowell       628 0 628
Mercer 617 423 105 567 13 1,725
Monroe 1,193 1,099 76 505 17 2,890
Raleigh 624 229 96 806 19 1,774
Summers 701 524 74 377 9 1,685
Wyoming       974 2 976
District 4 Subtotal 5,614 3,517 653 5,166 101 15,051
Boone 672 182 109 398 19 1,380
Cabell 644 380 43 376 7 1,450
Kanawha 1,214 525 76 1,045 27 2,887
Lincoln 958 290 64 415 12 1,739
Logan       769 3 772
Mason 1,206 922 128 610 14 2,880
Mingo       410 0 410
Putnam 943 807 78 551 12 2,391
Wayne 737 53 21 291 9 1,111
District 5 Subtotal 6,374 3,159 519 4,865 103 15,020
Calhoun 698 653 63 295 7 1,716
Doddridge 659 627 38 241 3 1,568
Gilmer 800 694 76 311 7 1,888
Jackson 1,380 1,183 141 675 14 3,393
Pleasants 280 164 21 117 6 588
Ritchie 1,065 1,123 77 514 11 2,790
Roane 1,176 1,073 84 478 11 2,822
Tyler 566 542 38 258 5 1,409
Wirt 669 721 82 341 8 1,821
Wood 1,001 1,057 102 708 17 2,885
District 6 Subtotal 8,294 7,837 722 3,938 89 20,880
State Total 44,599 32,751 4,234 26,613 659 108,856

Glenville State Students Named to Honor Rolls for Fall 2018 Semester

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Provost’s Honor Lists for the Fall 2018 semester have been announced.

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

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

BARBOUR COUNTY: Shania Pennington

BERKELEY COUNTY: Morgan Golden, Desiree Payne

BRAXTON COUNTY: Lucas Bonnett, Dylan Crosby, Kathryn Dean, Allison James, Taylor Johnson, Drew Keplinger, Garrett Perkins, Christie Skidmore, Jacob Stout, McKenze Yanero

CALHOUN COUNTY: MacKenzie Ammerman, Jacob Petry, Laura Webb, Lucas Wilson

CLAY COUNTY: Jessica Beckett

FAYETTE COUNTY: Breanna Bennett, Ashley Fridley, Matthew Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

GILMER COUNTY: Preston Allison, Jacob Arden, Katelyn Benson, Chandler Ferguson, Lauren Hardman, Evan Jedamski, Janeeva Jenkins, Dalton Law, Brian Moore, Wesley Self

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Sarah Brunty, Asa Dick, Adam Osborne 

HARRISON COUNTY: Hannah Mick

JACKSON COUNTY: Hannah Gandee

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Karra Smith, Jasmine Tarman

LEWIS COUNTY: Haley Biller, Daniel Conrad

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Patricia Fahey  

NICHOLAS COUNTY: Jacob Amick, Danielle Bartlett, Taylor Cool, William Lyons, Elizabeth Messer, Heather Shifflett, Alyssa Woods

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Cora Hedrick, Matthew Rao

PUTNAM COUNTY: Joshua Brennan

RALEIGH COUNTY: Erica Taylor, Matthew Welch

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Kathlyne Simmons, Christopher Wyche, Emma Yokum

RITCHIE COUNTY: Brianna Ratliff

ROANE COUNTY: Emily Salisbury

WEBSTER COUNTY: Bryce McCourt

WYOMING COUNTY: Kaci Mullins

OUT-OF-STATE:  Victoria Lewis (AL), Jacqueline Deary (CT), Julia Lindberg (CT), Allison Parski (MI), Jenae Shar (OH), Carrington Anderson (VA), Chere Davis (VA), Kimberly Ellis (VA), Jessica Williams (VA), Nicole Hansen (WA)



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

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

BARBOUR COUNTY: Jezaray Clark-Casto

BERKELEY COUNTY: Alexander Miller, Christina Tasker, Colby Werry

BOONE COUNTY: Ally Brown, Cameron Loftus

BRAXTON COUNTY: Leslee Coffman, Jessica Ellis, Bryan Foster Jr., Sean Hawkins, David Lee, Heather Moore, Savannah Payne, Lexi Pletcher, Forrest Taylor, Andrew Tefft, Chloe Walker

CABEL COUNTY: Taylor Brumfield, Cole Runion

CALHOUN COUNTY: Christopher Cunningham, Taylor Garrett, Brianna Marks, Jonathan Taylor

CLAY COUNTY:  Kaitlyn Coleman, Seth Stover, Sydnee Vance

DODDRIDGE COUNTY: Dennis Bowling Jr., Joshua Pitcock, Alexis Shonk

FAYETTE COUNTY: Tristan Coots, Steven Mitchell, Travis Myers, Mackenzie Shuff, Thomas Underwood III, Trevor Wood

GILMER COUNTY: Mary Ann Escarda, Thomas Gilco, Wyatt Helmick, Emilie Jedamski, Jaylin Johnson, Brittani Kosan, Matthew Montgomery, Adam Moore, Courtney Moore, Hannah Moore, Kitric Moore, Jacob Persinger, Maggie Roberts, Hayley Summers, Kerri Swiger, Lexsey Wagner, Halee Wildman, Trevor Wright

GRANT COUNTY: Larissa Henry

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Caleb Bennett, Emily Kemper

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY: Emily Landis

HARDY COUNTY: Shannon Hahn

HARRISON COUNTY: Dakota Dotson, Nikki English, Lia Runyan

JACKSON COUNTY:  Alexander Dean, Ryan Gregory, Josie Hayman, Larissa Hayman, Courtney Lanham, Evan Merical, Sapphire Parsons

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Taylor Corey

KANAWHA COUNTY: J. Austin Broussard, Allison Eary, Kayla Letart, Jacob Lutsy, Victoria Porterfield, Jeri Potter, Faith (Donze) Woods

LEWIS COUNTY: Adam Cutlip, Jennifer Eiler, Heather Paugh, Arikka Smith, Jenna Sprouse, Cody White

LOGAN COUNTY: Deanna Fields, Matthew Zachary

MARION COUNTY: Morgan Hardesty, Miranda Self

MERCER COUNTY: Anna Lusk, Brooke McCabe

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Raeann Sickles

MONROE COUNTY: Caitlin Reed

NICHOLAS COUNTY: Charles Baughman, Marlyn Donelson, Stephanie Flanagan, Larry Gwinn Jr., Nicole Hall, Steven Keiffer, Dalton McGeeney, Mark Sanson, Brooke Spencer, Mason Thomas

PLEASANTS COUNTY: Jessy Moore

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Nancy Turner

PRESTON COUNTY: Josiah Nuse

PUTNAM COUNTY: Shawn Arthur, Aimee Asbury

RALEIGH COUNTY: Charles Edward, W. Tristan Harper, Andrue Hughart, Michael Layne Jr., 

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Quincy Band, Daniel Crawford, Kayla Palmer, Scott Wentz

RITCHIE COUNTY: Valerie Ogle

ROANE COUNTY: Haden Coon, Haley Cottrill, Derek Randolph, Mary Stoops, James Williams

UPSHUR COUNTY: Casey Orsburn

WEBSTER COUNTY: Jenna Cogar, Dezarae Detamore, Valerie Rule

WETZEL COUNTY: Rachal Wetzel

WIRT COUNTY: Jennie Burroughs

WOOD COUNTY: Hannah Lambert, Kelly Trippett

WYOMING COUNTY: Sarah Day

OUT-OF-STATE: Sarah DiSpaltro (CA), James Boswell (CO), Zachery Bacon (FL), Dwyron Gillard II (FL), Holly Tucker (FL), Jamie Whitt (GA), Stormie Alverson (KY), Amanda Thies (KY), Taychaun Hubbard (MD), Tatah Njoka (MD), Janele Price (MD), Taylor Skidmore (MD), Paranda Uber (MD), Jessica Digennaro (NY), Phillip Bledsoe II (OH), Jarret McCarley (OH), Catherine Pelfrey (OH), Isiah Sattelmaier (OH), Cheyenna Henderson (PA), Zakiyah Winfield (PA), Jake Hensell (VA), Garrett Porterfield (VA), Ibrahim Ghanem (Kuwait), Ai Miyazaki (Japan)

West Virginia hunters harvest 2,606 black bears in 2018

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West Virginia hunters harvested 2,606 black bears during the combined 2018 archery and firearms seasons. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2018 seasons is 18 percent below the 3,160 bears killed in 2017, but is the sixth highest bear kill recorded, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Hunters killed 637 bears during the first segment of the 2018 archery season (September 29 – November 18). Bow hunters killed 374 bears, while crossbow hunters took 263. The top five counties were McDowell (54), Wyoming (49), Fayette (34), Nicholas (33) and Boone (29).

Firearms hunters harvested 1,969 bears during 2018. Hunters took 565 bears in September and October, including 18 bears during the concurrent antlerless deer/bear season. They took 537 bears during the concurrent buck/bear firearms season and 866 during the traditional December season. One bear was killed in Preston County during the first Mountaineer Heritage Season (January 10 – 13, 2019). The top five counties were Pocahontas (166), Randolph (143), Nicholas (142), Pendleton (126) and Webster (125).

“When looking at all mast species combined, mast production in 2018 was 22 percent below mast production in 2017,” Carpenter said. “In addition, the mast index for all oak species in 2018 was 24 percent below the long-term average. Historically, a scarcity of mast makes bears easier for archers to target, but these conditions encourage earlier denning and makes fewer bears available for hunters during both the buck firearms and December bear firearms seasons.”

Red oak, black oak and scarlet oak production decreased 64 percent from levels recorded in 2017. White oak production was nearly identical to 2017 and 42 percent above the long-term average, while chestnut oak was 10 percent above the long-term average.

“The 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook predicted an archery harvest similar to 2017 and a decreased December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2017,” Carpenter said. “The prediction held true for both the archery and December seasons; however, the overall bear harvest was lower than 2017. The 2018 bear harvest declined during the September/October, buck firearms and December seasons, yet increased during the bow/crossbow season.”

2018 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST
Bow September/October Buck December Mountaineer
County Crossbow Gun Gun Firearms Heritage Total
Barbour 15 2 14 8 0 39
Brooke 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hancock 0 0 1 0 0 1
Harrison 6 0 1 0 0 7
Marion 1 0 0 0 0 1
Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0
Monongalia 3 0 4 1 0 8
Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 0
Preston 28 7 17 36 1 89
Taylor 8 0 3 0 0 11
Tucker 19 28 4 48 0 99
Wetzel 1 0 6 0 0 7
District 1 Subtotal 81 37 50 93 1 262
Berkeley 0 0 3 0 0 3
Grant 10 11 21 43 0 85
Hampshire 10 1 29 4 0 44
Hardy 10 23 23 57 0 113
Jefferson 4 1 2 0 0 7
Mineral 14 5 5 11 0 35
Morgan 4 0 1 1 0 6
Pendleton 13 50 17 59 0 139
District 2 Subtotal 65 91 101 175 0 432
Braxton 16 6 26 9 0 57
Clay 7 6 17 34 0 64
Lewis 10 0 6 3 0 19
Nicholas 33 40 28 74 0 175
Pocahontas 9 36 18 112 0 175
Randolph 26 55 16 72 0 169
Upshur 10 6 4 9 0 29
Webster 31 51 24 50 0 156
District 3 Subtotal 142 200 139 363 0 844
Fayette 34 15 40 17 0 106
Greenbrier 17 29 31 62 0 139
McDowell 54 30 7 14 0 105
Mercer 25 1 4 2 0 32
Monroe 21 13 26 15 0 75
Raleigh 27 20 23 5 0 75
Summers 20 1 10 2 0 33
Wyoming 49 27 6 16 0 98
District 4 Subtotal 247 136 147 133 0 663
Boone 29 30 37 26 0 122
Cabell 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kanawha 18 19 41 41 0 119
Lincoln 3 0 1 1 0 5
Logan 20 38 1 28 0 87
Mason 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mingo 18 14 0 6 0 38
Putnam 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne 1 0 0 0 0 1
District 5 Subtotal 90 101 80 102 0 373
Calhoun 2 0 1 0 0 3
Doddridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gilmer 5 0 8 0 0 13
Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pleasants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ritchie 0 0 4 0 0 4
Roane 3 0 2 0 0 5
Tyler 0 0 2 0 0 2
Wirt 1 0 3 0 0 4
Wood 1 0 0 0 0 1
District 6 Subtotal 12 0 20 0 0 32
State Total 637 565 537 866 1 2606

Bears listed for Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties as “Buck Gun” are bow or crossbow kills from 11.19 - 12.02.

Bow/Crossbow refers to bears killed with a bow or crossbow from September 29, 2018 - November 18, 2018.  All other bow and crossbow kills have been separated based on the seasons in which they were killed.

September/October gun includes bears killed during concurrent antlerless deer/bear season 10.25 - 10.28 (18 bears).

Grant to Enhance Community Health Care

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center in support of the hospice concept of care as an important part of the health delivery system in North Central West Virginia.

The grant is part of the Dow Chemical Company Foundation’s support to local communities where employees and retirees live. “The service that WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center provides is outstanding and it is a necessary part of our community,“ said Albert Loar, president of UCAR Clarksburg retirees. “The grant is made in recognition of the value of hospice in a community’s health care system and to honor the hospice volunteers for their special contribution.”

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WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center recently received a $1,000 donation as part of a grant from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, which provides support to local communities where employees and retirees live. Pictured left at the WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center Memorial Garden in Clarksburg is James D Grose, Board Member of UCAR Clarksburg retirees; John W Reppert, Jr., Board Member of UCAR Clarksburg retirees; Mary Beth Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator at WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center; and Albert Loar, President of UCAR Clarksburg retirees. The WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital
Center Memorial Garden is located at the Veteran’s Park in Clarksburg. It is the only hospice garden in West Virginia.


Hospice is a medically-directed program of supportive services for terminally ill persons and their families. The majority of hospice services are provided in the home. “Volunteers play an integral role at the end-of-life and this donation supplements the education and training for patient care needs,“ said Mary Beth Anderson, volunteer coordinator for WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center.

WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center provides care where you live in the last months of a terminal illness. The care neither hastens nor postpones death, but affirms life, emphasizing quality and comfort. The hospice health care team of professionals includes your physician, registered nurses, hospice aides, social workers, physical, occupational, and speech therapists; as well as volunteers, clergy, and bereavement counselors. People’s Hospice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and serves Harrison, Marion, Lewis, Doddridge, Taylor, Upshur, Barbour, Wetzel, and Monongalia counties.

“WVU Medicine Hospice United Hospital Center is grateful for the generosity of community partners like Dow Chemical Company,” said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN,

vice president of oncology and post-acute care at UHC. “This grant has been a great contribution for needed services at the end of life.“

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


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: ‘maioccogm@ab.edu’.

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 www.wvdnr.gov for additional details as well as county and area listings.


West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2014-2018

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

886

1,281

1,098

984

958

Brooke

251

286

268

175

188

Hancock

200

208

209

157

139

Harrison

930

1,418

1,138

1,017

887

Marion

702

1,190

765

735

677

Marshall

707

818

727

624

637

Monongalia

689

1,023

827

825

750

Ohio

232

290

270

180

197

Preston

1,526

2,046

1,774

1,947

1,607

Taylor

453

732

581

485

491

Tucker

494

783

730

817

754

Wetzel

891

1,144

899

823

676

District 1 Subtotal

7,961

11,219

9,286

8,769

7,961

Berkeley

522

908

737

753

757

Grant

783

1,304

954

1,194

1,217

Hampshire

1,094

1,947

1,197

1,386

1,471

Hardy

920

1,709

1,076

1,198

1,212

Jefferson

385

499

422

419

463

Mineral

835

1,335

922

1,011

1,051

Morgan

412

678

437

503

621

Pendleton

861

1,297

1,088

1,018

1,274

District 2 Subtotal

5,812

9,677

6,833

7,482

8,066

Braxton

921

1,660

1,102

1,233

1,017

Clay

329

618

390

481

438

Lewis

1,166

1,875

1,246

1,216

999

Nicholas

871

1,274

1,044

987

1,060

Pocahontas

831

1,008

921

1,040

988

Randolph

1,291

1,659

1,617

1,633

1,685

Upshur

1,009

1,704

1,399

1,025

1,155

Webster

632

1,080

941

777

937

District 3 Subtotal

7,050

10,878

8,660

8,392

8,279

Fayette

725

1,214

889

927

997

Greenbrier

1,372

1,816

1,447

1,628

1,479

McDowell

0

0

0

 

0

Mercer

402

843

636

593

617

Monroe

1,004

1,462

1,099

1,295

1,189

Raleigh

506

895

648

592

623

Summers

657

999

657

809

701

Wyoming

0

0

0

 

0

District 4 Subtotal

4,666

7,229

5,376

5,844

5,606

Boone

519

868

573

658

672

Cabell

421

641

677

404

642

Kanawha

730

1,547

1,058

1,046

1,212

Lincoln

720

1,312

846

569

957

Logan

0

0

0

 

0

Mason

1,002

1,488

1,267

867

1,206

Mingo

0

0

0

 

0

Putnam

565

1,114

992

624

942

Wayne

528

963

815

448

736

District 5 Subtotal

4,485

7,933

6,228

4,616

6,367

Calhoun

504

1,063

705

740

698

Doddridge

615

1,376

946

947

659

Gilmer

669

1,435

791

875

800

Jackson

1,107

1,870

1,487

1,096

1,379

Pleasants

273

492

334

317

280

Ritchie

1,123

2,024

1,422

1,338

1,065

Roane

927

1,846

1,178

1,186

1,177

Tyler

566

1,064

855

817

566

Wirt

681

1,152

777

734

668

Wood

1,011

1,556

1,193

974

1,001

District 6 Subtotal

7,476

13,878

9,688

9,024

8,293

State Total

37,450

60,814

46,071

44,127

44,572

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 www.Landaumurphyjr.com, 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 www.StonewallResort.com.


For more information on any of the special weekends, individual events or for reservations, contact Stonewall Resort at 304.269.7400 or visit www.StonewallResort.com/celebrate.

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 www.GoVoteWV.com.

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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

Gilmer County Schools: Attendance Counts

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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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The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, went peacefully to sleep on February 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by her husband and two daughters, as was her wish. Barb was born November 22, 1951 in Bay Village, Ohio, the eldest child of the late Sarah (Sally) A. Brown and Charles (Blake) B. Pendergrass [ .... ]  Read More

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The Free Press WVAge 68, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by loving family. She was born in Weston, WV on May 10, 1950 a daughter of the late William Howard and Martha Virginia Skinner Krafft [ .... ]  Read More

Frederick John Morris Jr.

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The Free Press WVAge 76 of Verona, NY, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital while in WV visiting family. His parents, the late Alfred Collins and Hazel Cable welcomed Lewis to the family on March 20, 1942 in Vienna, NY [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Wade Harris Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Buckhannon, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family in the comfort of his own home on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 after an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on February 24, 1947 a son of the late Wayne Harris and Kathleen Rowan Harris [ .... ]  Read More

Steven Andrew Paugh

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Thelma Elaine Heckert

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Weston, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at the United Hospital Center. She was born Weston, WV on March 02, 1946 a daughter of the late Clarence Edgar Alta Leora Bond Boram [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A.(Bob) Parker, Sr.

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Tommy Fire King

The Free Press WV Age 68, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on January 30, 2019 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, WV following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on March 01, 1950: son of the late French King and Anna Bell (Alkire) King [....]  Read More

Jackie “Jack” Lee Brown

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, February 0, 2019 under the compassionate care of the Genesis Glenville Center. He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 13, 1956 a son of the late Elias Robert and Agnes May Titus Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Lela Mae Coleman

The Free Press WVAge 86, residing at Colonial Place of Elkins, WV passed away on Monday, February 04, 2019 in Davis Memorial Hospital of Elkins following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on August 15, 1932: daughter of the late Robert Donaldson and Cora (Hefner) Donaldson [ .... ]  Read More

Fred L. Dahmer

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 13, 1941 in Deer Run, WV in Pendleton County, WV to the late Fred A. and Leah M. Dahmer [ .... ]  Read More

Lillian Maxine Westfall

The Free Press WV Age 98, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the Grafton City Hospital in Grafton, WV. She was born July 15, 1920, in Horner, WV, a daughter of the late Charlie G. and Isabela “Vesta” Rohrbough Henline [....]  Read More

Leonard Edward Bailey

The Free Press WVAge 70, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 surrounded by loving family. He was born in Trap Fork, WV on October 29, 1948 a son of the late Leonard Ray Bailey and Anna Mae Bailey [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis Mitchell “Mike” Starr

The Free Press WVUSAF, TSgt, Ret., age 82, of Volga, WV passed away peacefully and surrounded by loving family on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at River Oaks Nursing Facility in Clarksburg. He was born on March 21, 1936 in Horner, WV a son of the late Carl Eugene and Eulah Adams Starr [ .... ]  Read More

Nancy Lee Reed

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Weston, WV departed this Earth on Monday, January 28, 2019 under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor Nursing Facility. She was born on July 07, 1952 in North Attleboro, MA a daughter of the late Edward Anthony and Rhea Yvette Cameron Lizotte [ .... ]  Read More

Shonna Kay Henline

The Free Press WVAge 37, of Roanoke, WV passed away gently into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Genesis Glenville Center. Shonna blessed this Earth and the lives of her parents when she was born on July 30, 1981 in Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Gerald “Porky” Faye Postlethwait

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in February 11, 1954 a son of the late Ervin Postlethwait Jr. and Audra Leona Murray Postlethwait [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Lee Slaughter

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Weston, WV, has pulled his final load and as of January 23, 2019 is parked up safe in Heaven. He was born in Weston, WV on May 23, 1957 to Louise Maria Feola Slaughter of Orlando, FL and the late Harold Clark Slaughter [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Leon Copenhaver

The Free Press WVAge 89, of W 2nd Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Wallace, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Charles Copenhaver and Roma (Robison) Dulaney [ .... ]  Read More

Evelyn Louise Greynolds

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Horner, WV, passed away at United Hospital Center on January 17, 2019. She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee on October 27, 1951, the daughter of the late John Junior and Edith Louise (Netzer) Luchuck [ .... ]  Read More

Alice Forge Kennedy

The Free Press WV Heaven is a little brighter today as the angel Alice Forge Kennedy, welcomes her infant brother, Samwise Forge Kennedy; who was born premature, at just 20 weeks old, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV at 7:21 PM on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Samwise is the beloved son of, Matthew Alan Kennedy and Faith Anne Forge-Kennedy of Weston, WV [....]  Read More

Richard Ray Reel

The Free Press WVAge 58 of Lost Creek, WV passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born December 12, 1960 in Weston, WV to Mary Lucille McWhorter Reel, of McWhorter and the late William Forrest Reel [ .... ]  Read More

James Michael Whitt

The Free Press WV Age 51, of the Berlin Road, Weston, WV passwd away Sunday, January 20, 2019, at his home. He was born July 17, 1967, in Cleveland, OH, a son of the late Clarence G. Whitt and Mary Schuschu Anderson, who survives [....]  Read More

William Brooks Williams, II

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Jane Lew, WV passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Wakefield, KS following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on July 11, 1947: son of the William Brooks Williams and Marzee Elizabeth (Linger) Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Ozella D. Smith

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Roanoke, WV, and formerly of Pickens, WV, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, at her home. She was born on April 12, 1923, a daughter of the late Arnold and Della M. Vogel Metzner [ .... ]  Read More

Diana Mae Lamb

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Weston, WV passed away gently into the arms of the Lord in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. She was born on August 17, 1954 in Weston, WV a daughter of the Velma Jean Skinner of Weston and the late Lawrence Lee Taylor [ .... ]  Read More

Mary L. Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin, WV. Born August 23, 1935, in Charleston, WV; she was a daughter of the John R. and Lessie B. Ranson Gillespie [....]  Read More

Beulah “Ann” Anadale Alderman

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV returned to Heaven on January 15, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ann was born in Weston, WV on May 13, 1937 to the late Ada Blake [ .... ]  Read More

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

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Arnold Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness. He was born in Concord, KY on July 03, 1949: son of the late Albert W. Garrison and Rosa Bell (Leek) Garrison [....]  Read More

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

Readers' Recent Comments

John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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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.

Sincerely

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 http://www.mywvschool.com 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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