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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

The Gilmer Free Press

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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