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Anniversaries, Retirements

Moore’s Celebrate Their 50th

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Gary and Gerry Moore of Shock, WV
celebrate their 50th anniversary on Sunday at the Gilmer county Senior Center

Happy Golden Anniversary to Don and Carol Beamer

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“Don and Carol Beamer, formerly of Glenville, recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at their home in Alton, Virginia.

They were married on December 31, 1965 in Sutton, WV in a small ceremony at the home of a local preacher.

Don and Carol’s marriage has been blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

They fondly recall their family and friends in West Virginia and would like to thank all who wished them well on their Golden Anniversary.

GSC Honors Employees for Years of Service

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College honored twelve faculty and staff at its annual Service Awards Luncheon that was held in conjunction with the annual employee holiday luncheon on Friday, December 11 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr presented service award pins and certificates of appreciation to the employees for their many years of service at Glenville State College.

Those recognized included:

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40 Years of Service

Wayne de Rosset - Department of Language and Literature, Associate Professor of English


35 Years of Service

Debi Jenkins - Office of Student Life, Program Assistant

Terry Hacker - Physical Plant, Trades Specialist (retired)

Denise Ellyson - Registrar’s Office, Certification Analyst

Amanda Frymier - Athletic Department, Administrative Secretary


30 Years of Service

Dr. Nancy Zane - Department of Language and Literature, Professor of English

Thomas Snyder - Department of Land Resources, Academic Laboratory Instructional Assistant


25 Years of Service

Roger Clemons - Physical Plant, Trades Specialist


20 Years of Service

Sam Lemon - Physical Plant, Maintenance Worker

Dr. D. Charles “Chuck” Batson - Department of Business, Associate Professor of Business


15 Years of Service

Ann Reed - Registrar’s Office, Registrar

Teresa Sterns - Office of the President, Executive Assistant & Hidden Promise Program Director


Those with thirty or more years of service were previously recognized by West Virginia Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin at a ceremony in Charleston held earlier this year. The years of employment for these awards were calculated through June 30, 2015.

GCPR Says Good Bye to Long Time Worker

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Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board and its Director Darrel Ramsey along with their other employee Sharon Riffle say good bye to a long time co-worker and friend Judd Kirpatrick.

Judd will be retiring from the Recreation Center on September 30th, 2015.

Judd was hired years ago through the central West Virginia Aging Program, and after completing his 4 yrs with the program the Recreation Center hired him as maintenance.

Judd will be missed by several campers that have come to know and love him from coming to summer camp.

We thank him for his outstanding work he has given the Recreation Center.

Geraldine “Gerry” Moore Reitres from Horizon Energy

Geraldine “Gerry” Moore, Distribution Supervisor for Horizon Energy Corporation in Sand Fork, West Virginia, retired on June 15, 2015 with 27 years of service.  Her employment began on November 02, 1987 as a part time Secretary for Continental Petroleum Company and transitioned to Office Manager and Corporate Secretary for Horizon Energy Corporation in later years. 

As many co-workers and friends can attest, Gerry’s dedication to her job and strong work ethic are second to none.  She has proven to be a committed and loyal employee, frequently going above and beyond to ensure that the work was completed correctly and timely.  In fact, she earned the nickname of “Bloodhound” for her ability to accomplish tasks and find solutions to long-standing issues.

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Gerry is not only a dedicated employee but a friend to many who have had the opportunity to work with, or around her.  She will be sorely missed, particularly by all of us at Horizon Energy, but also by our associates.

Gerry sums her employment with the following:  “I interviewed at Continental Petroleum in 1987 for a part time position to cover a maternity leave for their full time employee.  Twenty-seven years later, I am retiring from my part time job.  Knowing nothing at all about the Oil and Gas industry, starting this new job was a challenge.  The “Jones Family” took a chance on me.  I was blessed to have good teachers who were patient and willing to share their knowledge.  Leaving Horizon Energy, I take an abundance of good memories made with friends and co-workers.  I shall ever be grateful to Bob, Judy and Rob for my many years in Sand Fork.”

Gerry plans to spend time with her husband, Gary, their five children (Marcie, Brian, Misty, Carey and Lori) and eight grandchildren (Jordanne, Tyler, Austin, Grace, Laurann, Daney, Eden and Mack).

Proclamation, Praise Offered for Retiring Deputy Superintendent Charles K. Heinlein

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Charleston, WV - During the West Virginia Board of Education’s (WVBE) monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 10, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Charles K. Heinlein, who retires at the end of the month, received a proclamation from West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his years of dedication and service to the education system of the state. WVBE President Gayle Manchin and State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano presented Heinlein with the proclamation.

On behalf of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the WVBE, Dr. Martirano read the proclamation statements that describe Heinlein’s unwavering commitment, true passion and selfless dedication to the children of West Virginia. Heinlein’s legacy of challenging young minds and nurturing the spark of learning for countless citizens began on August 01, 1973.

The proclamation recognized Heinlein as an educator who has influenced many young minds. It is also states that Heinlein exemplified leadership and has twice willingly served as the West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools. Board members and WVDE staff applauded Heinlein with the final proclamation statement: Whereas, Mr. Heinlein’s legacy will remain quilted within the fabric of West Virginia for generations to come.

25th Anniversary of the First Female WVU Mountaineer

This month marks the 25th anniversary that West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant was chosen as the West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot.

In 1990, the 22-year-old broadcast journalism senior from Fairview was the first woman to ever be given the honor of donning the buckskins, coonskin hat and musket.

At the time, not everyone believed her appointment was historic. To some, it was a controversial choice.

“Some fans did not believe the iconic WVU Mountaineer could be represented by a woman. I was spit on, called names and told to go back to the kitchen,” Secretary Tennant said. “I didn’t let it get to me. My pride in my school never faltered. My time as the Mountaineer was one of the best experiences of my life.”

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On the wall in the Secretary of State’s Office, Secretary Tennant proudly displays her musket and photos from her time as the Mountaineer. She also has a scrapbook full of old newspaper clippings from her senior year as the WVU mascot in her office.

WVU began the tradition of an official Mountaineer mascot in 1934. There have been 63 different Mountaineers since then.

“It’s a special club and one I am honored to be a member,” Secretary Tennant said. “On this 25th anniversary, I remember the young girl who simply wanted to represent her school and never wanted her selection to be a gender issue. I was young, but just as passionate about WVU and the state of West Virginia then as I am now.”

The current Mountaineer, Michael Garcia, is a former intern for the secretary of state’s office and also from Marion County.

“Natalie has never stopped being the Mountaineer, and we celebrate with her the anniversary of her selection as WVU’s first-ever female mascot,” Garcia said. “She still embodies the pioneering, get-there-first spirit of all Mountaineers. And the buckskins suit her well.“

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF LONGTIME DNR DIRECTOR

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Director to retire at year’s end

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the retirement of Frank Jezioro, longtime director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Governor Tomblin thanked Jezioro for his many years of dedication and service to the state. Director Jezioro plans to retire on December 31, 2014.

“I truly appreciate the service that Frank Jezioro has rendered to the people of West Virginia,“ said Gov.ernorTomblin. “Over the past 10 years, Frank has spearheaded innumerable improvements to our state’s public lands and has fought tirelessly to protect our natural resources. Every West Virginian should be grateful for his contributions. He will be sorely missed.“

“Frank is of the longest serving director in the history of the DNR, and it’s been my pleasure to work with him over the past four years,“ said Commerce Secre tary Keith Burdette. “Anyone fortunate enough to know Frank knows that he is a passionate advocate for our state’s natural resources. He leaves a legacy that will last for years and years to come.“

Since appointed in January of 2005, Director Jezioro has overseen many important projects at DNR, including the creation of the senior lifetime hunting and fishing license, major renovations at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, and the creation of the Governor’s One Shot event.

When asked to name his most important accomplishment as Director, Jezioro said, “I am proud of the fact that over the years we have guaranteed public access to thousands of acres of land for our hunters, anglers, hikers and all lovers of God’s great outdoors. We created new wildlife management areas and guaranteed public access to the Cheat Canyon and the upper Elk River for as long as the wind blows and the grass grows.“

“My job was easy,“ Jezioro continued, “because I had the support of the state’s sportsmen and sportswomen, and above all, the support of the governors under whom I’ve had the honor of serving. For those wondering what I am going to do in retirement: I am going to enjoy the holidays and take my grandchildren hunting.“

Our Community’s Foundation – Little Kanawha Area (LKACF)

Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation
Celebrates 10 Years of Service with
Successful Completion of Community Challenge
& Fall Community Grant Awards

Representatives from the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) celebrated 10 years of service to Calhoun, Wirt and Gilmer Counties on November 3rd when they announced the successful completion of the 2014 LKACF Community Challenge and issued fall grant awards. Late last year representatives from Calhoun Banks made a generous challenge gift of $2,500 to launch the 2013-2014 Little Kanawha Area Community Challenge Program.  This community challenge program was launched on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation to build permanent grant and scholarship funds to address the local needs. The Foundation’s goal was to generate $5,000 in community donations to meet the 1 for 2 challenge match of $2,500 from Calhoun Banks for a total of $7,500 by the end of November.

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LKACF Advisory Board Member Pat Lydon presents a $250 grant to
Bob Radabaugh representing the Gilmer County Recreation Center


“We are happy to announce that as of November 3rd, the community has exceeded our goal by providing donations totally $6,130. Adding $6,130 of community’s support to the $2,500 challenge gift from Calhoun Banks will provide a total of $8,630 to build local grant and scholarship funds for Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties. We are thrilled with the support for this important community challenge that will build local funds to address community programs and projects and provide scholarship support for our youth,” commented Jane Winters, Regional Manager of Affiliates for Our Community’s Foundation.

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LKACF Advisory Board Members: Pat Lydon, Ron Blankenship, Bob Radabaugh,
Deb Hartshorn, Jean Simers, Jim Bennett, and Leslie Maze (back row)
celebrate 10 years of service at a November 3rd 10th Anniversary & Fall Grant Reception.


In addition to other designated grant and scholarship funds, LKACF holds a community grant fund for Calhoun and Wirt Counties that currently provides a modest amount of annual funding to address local needs and is currently building a community grant fund to serve needs in Gilmer County. These local grant funds will provide vital annual support for local projects and programs in Health, Human Services, Education, Arts & Culture, Recreation, and Economic Development to continually improve the quality of life in these counties. The Foundation is also building a LKACF Scholarship Fund that will provide general scholarship awards for Calhoun and Wirt County High School graduating seniors. Since LKACF is a young community foundation, these local grant and scholarship funds are small and therefore cannot provide the level of support needed to address the growing needs in these communities. This year’s LKACF Community Challenge will provide funding resources to more effectively address local needs.

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LKACF Advisory Board Member Pat Lydon presents
a $1,000 grant to representatives from the Elizabeth Fire Department


Two local community organizations benefited from LKACF Community Action Grants totally $1,250. At the November 3rd Reception LKACF Advisory Board Chair Jim Bennett and Advisory Board Member Pat Lydon presented a $1,000 grant award to the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department to help provide new equipment - hand tools, fire hose, fire extinguishers, and appliances to equip a new pumper purchased earlier this year; and $250 to the Gilmer County Recreation Center to assist with an improvement project to install handicap access ramps to the two buildings that house campers and construct new restroom facilities to support the dining hall.

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation is a tax exempt public charity that was created in 2004 as an affiliate of Our Community’s Foundation - the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and its Regional Affiliates. As an affiliate of the PACF organization, LKACF operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is accredited as meeting National Standards for Community Foundations. LKACF builds and manages permanent funds to support Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties with its own local advisory board which includes: Jim Bennett; Deb Hartshorn; Jean Simers; Pat Lydon; Leslie Maze; Ron Blankenship and Bob Radabaugh.

All donations to this program are acknowledged as tax deductible. For more information about this challenge program or LKACF, contact Our Community’s Foundation or visit the organization’s website at www.pacfwv.com.

SJMH Employees Retire; Honored at Reception

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital present and former staff members attended a lovely retirement reception to honor two long-time employees - Carol McCray and Carol Robison – who retired on September 30, 2014.  Both worked in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Business Office.

The reception was held in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Boardroom on Tues., September 23.  Carol McCray’s sister, Brenda Helmick, cousin, Diane Boggs, and son, Dustin, were present for the event as well as Carol Robison’s husband, Jim.  Several previous Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital employees who worked with the two dedicated employees were in attendance.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial HospitalL Company Financial Officer Dodie Arbogast spoke about the two employees with much appreciation and recounted the hard work they had given to the Hospital.  She noted that she was very fortunate to have had them for so long in her department.

Former Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Administrator David D. Shaffer was also present for the event. He noted that when there are excellent employees like Carol McCray and Carol Robison, it makes the administrator look good.

The two employees asked that they celebrate their retirement together since they have worked so long at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital with each other.  Their friendship began in the seventh grade when they were students at Walkersville School.  They attended Walkersville High School until their senior year when they were had to move to the new Lewis County High School.  It is by coincidence that they both ended up working for so many years at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Carol Robison and Carol McCray, front, were honored by co-corkers
at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital during a recent retirement reception
for the business office employees


Carol McCray, of Ireland, has worked at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for 39 years. Her plans for her retirement are “to take it easy and cleaning house.”

She has one son, Dustin; daughter-in-law, Penny; and her 12-year-old grandson Isaac, a student at Robert Bland Middle School. Her parents are Lucille McCray, of Walkersville, and the late Ralph McCray.

Carol left the Lewis County area and moved to Washington, DC for a job at the CIA, where her sister worked.

“My sister was a secretary to the Deputy Director at the CIA and that is why I moved to D.C.,” she explained.  She spent three years there before coming to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“I worked in collections, insurance, covered the cashier’s job, operated the manual posting machine.  When we started using computer systems. I got that job because of my background with the CIA,” explained Carol.

Carol started as a keypunch operator at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. This was where the operator places holes in cardboard cards to signify payments or charges.

“I had to program the cards with the holes, which were then fed through a machine to our software company,” she said. “We would have a big stack of cards to feed through hopper.”

Carol’s history in the business office is a history of how computerization was introduced in the work place.

“Controller Allen Burton bought a computer and it was the only one in the Hospital and besides Allen, I was the only other person who used it. We used it for financials, payments, printing bills and forms,” she said.

The next step was to go to IBMs and then to the main frame which our IT department take care of.  I remember at one time it took one tape to replace twenty diskettes. That is when Carol became data processor manager. She is also responsible for something called “Chargemaster”, which provides all the prices and codes for hospital procedures and goods. According to Carol, those changes can happen daily.

Carol is the one person who everyone in the Hospital turns to for reports of all shapes and sizes.

“I run reports on HCAHPS, admissions, discharges and so much more.  It really keeps me busy, there is a lot to remember,” laughed Carol.

Her replacement, Heather Ryan, knows all too well that Carol’s shoes will be hard to fill. She began her replacement training in May of this year.

“I have put together a book of everything I have learned so far and it is up to 112 pages,” said Heather. “I call it my book of knowledge.”

Carol truly was a devoted employee having traveled the 45 minutes one way from her home to work every day. And there were lots of bad days that she had to drive to work.  The other memorable note on Carol McCray is that she was chosen as the Hospital’s very first Employee of the Month. That in itself is a milestone.

Carol Robison has been married to Jim since 1997.  The couple lives on Terrace Avenue.  Carol has a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Brian Wetzel of Clarksburg.  She is the very, very proud grandmother of Caden, 15, a student at Robert C. Byrd, and Abby, 14, a student at WI Middle School.

Carol is the daughter of the late T.D. Catron and Nellie Cayton, who is 91 years old and still lives in Weston.

She started at the Hospital in the admissions/registration department.  Occasionally those employees would also be required to act as emergency room receptionist. Carol left the Hospital in 1973 and returned in 1979 as a Ward Clerk.  Later she transferred to the Physical Therapy department under Jeff Powelson.  She then transferred to the Business Office to do insurance billing and serve as a relief for the cashier, console operator, and data entry processor. Her final position was that of insurance processor.

“In working with insurance processing I was always dealing with a variety of issues. I would send claims; deal with Medicare of all phases; make sure there are approvals and fulfillment of requirements,” she explained.  “There are three of us who work in this department.”

In her spare time, Carol is a volunteer at Lewis County Senior Center in bingo. She loves to read in her spare time and also spend time with her grandchildren.

“I want to say that Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is an excellent place to work with great, great people,” she said. “Our community is blessed to have this great facility that saves us daily.”

Dr. Gus Penix, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) Retires

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) announced the retirement of Dr. Gus Penix, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA).

Dr. Penix’s career spans over 43 years of service in the field of public education.

He has served in Kanawha, Nicholas and Preston counties.

During that time, he has held several titles such as teacher, school principal, county treasurer, county superintendent, director of a Regional Education Service Agency, and most recently, director of the OEPA.

The OEPA audits the performance of all schools and school systems in West Virginia.

Dr. Penix’s leadership as director of the OEPA has been instrumental in bringing about a new system of accrediting schools with focus on continuous improvement of student achievement and school performance.

Dr. Penix and his wife Carleen reside in Summersville, West Virginia. 

West Virginia Herb Association Celebrating 22nd Anniversary September 26-27, 2014

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The West Virginia Herb Association is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary by having Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH, American Herbalist Guild Executive Director, as their keynote speaker.

Mimi Hernandez is a clinical herbalist and herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding and intuitive awareness.

She has served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she taught undergraduate Ethnobotany.

With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and continues to mentor community herbalists through the One World Healing Community.

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine and some of her favorite mentors have included James Duke,Simon Mills and Rocio Alarcon.

As an herbalist, Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers and Shamans in her life.  She believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential.

Mimi currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild.  In her Appalachian region Mimi is probably best known for providing cultural heritage outreach to local mountain residents through the Maryland Mountain Herbalist Series and through the West Virginia Mountain Roots Series which put her in contact with thousands of landowners, herbalists, growers, and entrepreneurs in the area.

Mimi was also the coordinator of the Frostburg Grows project, an EPA funded local greenhouse complex serving to produce food for local use and nature trees for mine land restoration.  In her spare time, Mimi enjoys rapping for fun (as some of you may have heard), amateur astrology and nature time, especially around waterfalls, creeks and oceans.  Mimi’s a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.

The West Virginia Herb Association Fall Festival will be held at Jackson’s Mill, Lewis County, West Virginia on Friday September 26, 2014 and Saturday, September 27, 2014.

For Registration Find us On Facebook:  Friends and Members of WV Herb Association.  The schedule will be posted there.

Melissa Dennison, President of the WV Herb Association says, “I am excited and enthusiastic about having Mimi come to the WV Herb Association Fall Festival - it is a privilege and an honor to hear her.  I hope those who are interested and want to learn more about herbs and their uses come and join us.“

West Virginia Herb Association Celebrating 22nd Anniversary September 26-27, 2014

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The West Virginia Herb Association is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary by having Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH, American Herbalist Guild Executive Director, as their keynote speaker.

Mimi Hernandez is a clinical herbalist and herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding and intuitive awareness.

She has served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she taught undergraduate Ethnobotany.

With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and continues to mentor community herbalists through the One World Healing Community.

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine and some of her favorite mentors have included James Duke,Simon Mills and Rocio Alarcon.

As an herbalist, Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers and Shamans in her life.  She believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential.

Mimi currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild.  In her Appalachian region Mimi is probably best known for providing cultural heritage outreach to local mountain residents through the Maryland Mountain Herbalist Series and through the West Virginia Mountain Roots Series which put her in contact with thousands of landowners, herbalists, growers, and entrepreneurs in the area.

Mimi was also the coordinator of the Frostburg Grows project, an EPA funded local greenhouse complex serving to produce food for local use and nature trees for mine land restoration.  In her spare time, Mimi enjoys rapping for fun (as some of you may have heard), amateur astrology and nature time, especially around waterfalls, creeks and oceans.  Mimi’s a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.

The West Virginia Herb Association Fall Festival will be held at Jackson’s Mill, Lewis County, West Virginia on Friday September 26, 2014 and Saturday, September 27, 2014.

For Registration Find us On Facebook:  Friends and Members of WV Herb Association.  The schedule will be posted there.

Melissa Dennison, President of the WV Herb Association says, “I am excited and enthusiastic about having Mimi come to the WV Herb Association Fall Festival - it is a privilege and an honor to hear her.  I hope those who are interested and want to learn more about herbs and their uses come and join us.“

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS TOGETHER - 09.04.14

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John and Donzella Villers of Glenville, WV will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on September 04, 2014.

The couple were married in Weston, WV by Reverend Wilson in 1954. 

They have three children: Rebecca (Neal) Sprouse of Letter Gap, WV, Martha Clutter of Parkersburg, WV and Mark Villers of Cedarville, WV and five grandchildren: Mitchell and Molly Hicks, Billy and Brian (Kari) Sprouse of Glenville, WV and Betsy Villers of Sutton, WV. Sawyer Sprouse of Glenville is the couple’s great grandson.

Donzella is the daughter of the late Della Singleton Duckworth and Burke Duckworth.  She is retired from Hardman’s Home Center.

John is the son of the late Guy and Sadie Carroll Villers.  He is retired from the A&P Tea Co. and the Parkersburg News.

Friends and relatives are asked to join their children and grandchildren in celebrating this milestone by sending cards to the couple at 3896 U.S. Hwy 33 E, Glenville, WV 26351.

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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS TOGETHER - 09.04.14

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John and Donzella Villers of Glenville, WV will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on September 04, 2014.

The couple were married in Weston, WV by Reverend Wilson in 1954. 

They have three children: Rebecca (Neal) Sprouse of Letter Gap, WV, Martha Clutter of Parkersburg, WV and Mark Villers of Cedarville, WV and five grandchildren: Mitchell and Molly Hicks, Billy and Brian (Kari) Sprouse of Glenville, WV and Betsy Villers of Sutton, WV. Sawyer Sprouse of Glenville is the couple’s great grandson.

Donzella is the daughter of the late Della Singleton Duckworth and Burke Duckworth.  She is retired from Hardman’s Home Center.

John is the son of the late Guy and Sadie Carroll Villers.  He is retired from the A&P Tea Co. and the Parkersburg News.

Friends and relatives are asked to join their children and grandchildren in celebrating this milestone by sending cards to the couple at 3896 U.S. Hwy 33 E, Glenville, WV 26351.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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