Financial information has been kept highly secret from the GCBOE. It is easy to detect that when important questions are asked at school board meetings and they go unanswered.
More often than not those who have asked questions have been attacked for trying to do their jobs to watch out for the County’s children.
Come July 1 the first order of business should be to have an independent investigative accounting done for all funds spent during the past six years on everything related to facilities and no-bid purchases of goods and services too.
“The Team conducted an interview with the state appointed superintendent. The superintendent opposed the ending of the state control, stating that the board remained dysfunctional, politicized, and incapable of functioning as a local board. He stated more time was needed for the treasurer and personnel staff to acclimate to their job responsibilities”
So much for what Superintendent Devono REALLY thinks about Gilmer County’s chosen representatives. Always said he didn’t need a Board.???
It will be a good day when this county has a superintendent of schools who understands how to work with people using a non threatening method of communication which only keeps people upset and nonproductive.
There is no “look” or “appearance” that gives absolutely any indication of a person’s sense of ethics or morality or ability for service above self. That’s on the inside and your super is not a good judge of character not having any himself.
Neither, it would seem, do the yes Gabe” puppets he travels with. We know the names.
Gabe Devono was ready to stab the employees on his personally hand picked RIFF and transfer list in the back. That was all too clear.
Then when he gets in a Board meeting and sees he won’t get his way he flips. Trying to tell the ones he was fine with hurting that he was really on their side all along. Who on earth would be fool enough to fall for that?
The Devono script has always read he’ll do what he pleases when he pleases and if you don’t agree with him you don’t matter to him.
This time, it didn’t happen. Thank heaven Charleston BOE had the good sense to give back control. Professionals and Service personnel alike have reason to feel their hard work is appreciated.
A game changer is about to happen. New blood as Superintendent, backed by our elected board members, who are our friends and neighbors, and have the best interest of students, staff, and community in their heart.
Yes, our elected board members will correct six years of intervention. They will need some time to access and repair issues, but they will do their job.
Many of us have faith that issues like this will be dealt with in a fair and professional manner.
Great article from BREITBART NEWS. So good of Senator Manchin to show his support of Planned Parenthood. Joe is supported by anti-gunner Mayor Bloomberg who held a fund raiser for him. We know Joe is pushing gun control. He has also stated to the effect that he can work with President Trump to facilitate gun control. Now we know he supports abortion, loud and clear for all to see. I personally do not think West Virginians support gun control or abortion. We will find out for sure when Joe runs for election again.
It is about time that Charleston came out with clear language about seriousness of school boards and individuals on them being legally liable for overspending.
Nothing like it went to the public during intervention while the GCBOE was stripped of all its power.
No wonder now why all along some GCBOE members have asked probing questions about finances and they were not answered. More power to those conscientious individuals who tried hard to do their jobs and we support them 100%.
There must be a full accounting of every dollar spent during intervention with no local oversight and no accountability at all for State-appointed superintendents.
We need a complete accounting of spending for the Linn school, the loss of public money at the top of the hill on Arbuckle property, spending at Cedar Creek, unplanned spending at the GCES, the BOE office move to the Minnie Hamilton building, the scandal from the new GCES being built too small, and much more. Citizens have tracked the waste and mismanagement for years and we are outraged.
Unless a full accounting is done for public disclosure another excess levy will never pass in the County although we understand that there will be a major reset on July 1.
Thank you GFP for getting Paine’s letter out to Gilmer County.
The fix could be simple. First, everyone pay 10 percent federal, 3 percent state, and 1 percent local taxes on all income. Straight forward, no arguments, taken from pay checks and paid to the proper authorities (that is if we can get good ones elected that will use the money properly for education, infrastructure, defense, aid for the true disabled/welfare, etc). Second, there are no deductions(sorry accountants). Third, no taxes on corporations so they are free to reinvest into their business and hire more people to work(that is if you can find qualified people not on drugs these days). Fourth, get people off government support that don’t belong there(sorry again druggies and lazies). Now if you find someone taking advantage of the current tax laws, don’t blame them for wanting to keep their own money. That’s correct, their money, not yours. We have elected the people and keep doing that who make these laws. The Clinton’s and the Bush’s and the Kennedy’s, life long politicians. If you get rich being a politician, then you need to go. At least Trump got rich first and then became a politician. Sort of did it backwards didn’t he. Each and every person that wants Trump to produce his tax returns, it is time for all of them to produce theirs. The world is full of them. Me, I can care less what he makes. Good for him. Good for me. Get over it, the left lost the election, just like the right did 8 years ago. The reason Trump is president is because the last 8 years the left didn’t get it done and Clinton was a horrible candidate. Too much baggage and ran a horrible campaign also. I think she thought she couldn’t lose but she did. Now the left is acting like babies that they can be at times and it doesn’t look good. Instead of trying to run Trump(who used to be a democrat) down, why not give him a bit of support so our country will come back stronger. It seems the media is completely against Trump, all we see is negative articles. Never positive articles so the media is losing support from the people. Sorry for the long post but it is what it is. Thanks.
What a deal we have to badger our elected representatives to do what is good and right for West Virginia! Isn’t it a no brainer to be doing the right thing for your state? Obvious money means more to our legislators than the voice of the people!
Nellie Flo Shafer Scott
Age 92 of Belpre, Ohio, died July 08, 2011, at the Heartland of Marietta.
She was born March 11, 1919, in Doddridge County, WV, and was the daughter of the late James A. and Alva D. Nicholson Shafer.
She was a member of Little Hocking United Methodist Church, had been a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had also been an active member of the Belpre Senior Citizens.
Survivors include her two sons, William Scott of Daytona Beach, FL, and Michael Scott of Sunrise, FlL; three daughters, Beverly Morris of Marietta, Ohio, Barbara Hersman of Westerville, Ohio, and Pamela Scott Elzey of Waynesville, Ohio. Also surviving is a stepdaughter, Nancy Barr of Garland, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale C. Scott in 1987; two sons; five brothers; one sister; and two grandchildren.
Services will be Monday at 10:00 AM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Will Neff officiating.
Burial will follow in Rockland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Special thank you to the second floor staff of Marietta Memorial Hospital and her second family, the employees of Heartland of Marietta for their excellent care.
Donations may be made to the Belpre Senior Citizens.
Mary Pauline Davis
Age 89, of Spencer, WV, died July 08, 2011, in Ripley, at the home of her son.
She was born March 05, 1922, at Oka, Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Ben and Rosa Sharp Cottrill.
She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and the Senior Citizens of Reedy and Spencer.
Mary was a retired employee of the former Kellwood Company in Spencer.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters; Doe, Vera and Eva; her brother, Walter; her first husband, Jack Bartlett; her second husband, Jack Davis; and a daughter, Alice Kay O’Brien.
She is survived by her son, Chip Davis of Ripley; grandson, “Little Donnie” O’Brien and his wife, Shelly, of Spencer; granddaughter, Jessica Bowen of Fairplain; and a brother, Harold Cottrill of Spencer. Mary also leaves behind a very special friend and companion, her dog Buddy.
Funeral services will be Monday at 1:00 PM at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating.
Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.
Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Today is Sunday, July 10, the 191st day of 2011. There are 174 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what one does not believe oneself.“ - Abba Eban, Israeli statesman (1915-2002).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 10, 1961, Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,“ was paroled from a federal prison in West Virginia after serving 11 years for treason for her propaganda broadcasts from Nazi Germany during World War II.
On this date:
In 1509, theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Noyon, Picardy, France.
In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) to the Senate, and urged its ratification. (However, the Senate rejected it.)
In 1929, American paper currency was reduced in size as the government began issuing bills that were approximately 25 percent smaller.
In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. (The Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious.)
In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.
In 1971, feminist activist Gloria Steinem delivered her Address to the Women of America before the newly formed National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington.
In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.
In 1985, the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk with explosives in Auckland, New Zealand by French intelligence agents; one activist was killed. Bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. ( KO - news - people ) said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic. President George H.W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.
Ten years ago:
• The Bush White House backed off a plan to let religious groups that receive federal money, such as the Salvation Army, ignore local laws that banned discrimination against gays and lesbians.
• For the second time in a month, a jury in New York rejected the death penalty for one of the men convicted in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, opting instead for life in prison without parole for Khalfan Khamis Mohamed.
• The American League defeated the National League, 4-1, in the All-Star Game in Seattle.
Five years ago:
• A Manhattan town house was leveled by an explosion; authorities say a suicidal doctor set off the blast to avoid selling the $4 million mansion in a divorce settlement. (The doctor, Nicholas Bartha, died five days later.)
• A section of ceiling in Boston’s Big Dig tunnel collapsed, killing a car passenger.
• A Pakistani passenger plane crashed, killing all 45 people on board.
• Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev (shah-MEEL’ buh-SY’-ehv) was killed when a dynamite-laden truck in his convoy exploded.
One year ago:
• Robotic submarines removed a leaking cap from a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, sending crude flowing freely into the sea until BP (BP - news - people ) installed a new seal that stopped the oil days later.
• Australia’s Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde headed a class of seven inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
• Grammy-winning country singer Carrie Underwood married NHL player Mike Fisher at a resort in Greensboro, GA.
Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 90
Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 88
Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 84
Actor William Smithers is 84
Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 80
Director Ivan Passer is 78
Actor Lawrence Pressman is 72
Singer Mavis Staples (SPLS - news - people ) is 72
Actor Mills Watson is 71
Actor Robert Pine is 70
Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 68
International Tennis Hall of Famer Virginia Wade is 66
Actor Ron Glass is 66
Actress Sue Lyon is 65
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 64
Rock musician Dave Smalley is 62
Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 60
Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 57
Banjo player Bela Fleck is 53
Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 51
Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 46
Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 46
Actor Gale Harold is 42
Country singer Gary LeVox (leh-VOH’) (Rascal Flatts) is 41
Actress Sofia Vergara is 39
Actor Adrian Grenier (grehn-YAY’) is 35
Actress Gwendoline Yeo is 34
Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 31
Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 31
Rock musician John Spiker is 30
Actress Heather Hemmens is 27
Production of trucks at Hino Motors in Wood County continues to be on a scaled back schedule. It began earlier this year following natural disasters in Japan.
Hino Spokesman Sandy Ring told MetroNews Friday 25 trucks are being produced three days a week at the Williamstown plant. He says another day is used for training and there’s one unpaid day a week for workers.
There have been no layoffs.
Ring says returning to a full production schedule looks a lot closer now than it did in March. He says the situation continues to be monitored on a daily basis.
“Demand is remarkably strong,“ Ring said. “We are anxious to resume full production. It looks closer all the time.“
Hino makes a medium duty conventional truck that meets the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions requirements for diesel engines without the use of emissions credits.
Just last year, Hino unveiled a new truck there. At that time, Hino officials had said the goal was to double production in Wood County by the end of this year.
The NCAA has accepted a summary disposition on several violations by West Virginia’s football program. Former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart were both charged with failure to monitor compliance with NCAA legislation while at West Virginia in findings released Friday afternoon.
The case was decided through the summary disposition process, which is when all sides agree on the facts. The review is then submitted in written form and has been accepted by the NCAA.
“West Virginia University committed major violations involving failure to monitor by two former head football coaches and by the institution, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions,“ read the report released Friday afternoon. “The failure to monitor findings stemmed from violations within the program involving non-coaching staff members who performed duties that led the program to exceed the allowable number of coaches and coaching staff members who engaged in impermissible out-of-season athletically related activities.“
“Penalties in this case include two years probation, coaching and recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions,“ the report goes on to read. West Virginia proposed two years’ probation, took away two scholarships for 2010-11 and one scholarship for 2011-12. Other internal restrictions were imposed upon football staff members.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck released the following statement regarding the NCAA’s findings:
“WVU is in receipt of the NCAA’s final report of an investigation into violations committed from 2005-2009 related to participation and monitoring of noncoaching staff members in drill and meeting activities reserved for countable coaches within our football program. We appreciate the hard work the Committee and the NCAA staff put into this process, particularly moving cooperatively to the summary disposition process.
“I am pleased that the Committee accepted the self-imposed penalties the University proposed, without imposing any additional ones. The University has already taken corrective action and put new systems in place to address all the issues raised.
“It is also important to note that probation does not affect our bowl eligibility or ability to compete for conference or national championships. It does, however, require annual reports over a two-year period, which we will complete.
“We have taken this case very seriously from the beginning and, as we’ve said, will move forward with a complete commitment to compliance in all that we do. We now look forward to an exciting football season and putting this process behind us.“
href=“http://www.CBSsports.com” title=“CBSsports.com”>CBSsports.com is reporting that Rodriguez will not be penalized. Rodriguez will be an analyst for CBS Sports Network.
“Coach Rodriguez is pleased that the NCAA agreed with the findings that he and West Virginia proposed,“ said Scott Tompsett, Rodriguez’s attorney according to CBSsports.com writer Dennis Dodd. “He’s looking forward to doing television work in the fall and resuming coaching next year.“
CBSSports.com was able to obtain a letter to Rodriguez from the NCAA that stated, “Although the committee did not impose sanctions upon you, your involvement in these violations will be available for review by any member institution ...“ Specifically, Rodriguez’ and Stewart’s involvement stretched from 2005-06 to the fall semester of 2009 (Stewart only).
This week, the Republican Majority on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unveiled a grossly inadequate, multiyear surface transportation proposal to reauthorize our Nation’s highway, highway safety, transit, and rail programs. It is a bill that would spell disaster for our plans to create a network of highways in southern West Virginia, including the King Coal Highway, Coalfields Expressway, and Route 10.
While we have yet to see much of the details of this legislation, based on the funding levels alone, it is clear that it would take our Nation in the wrong direction. This bill has proposed dramatic cuts to surface transportation programs that will destroy nearly 500,000 American jobs in the next year alone. Almost 75 percent of these jobs are in construction and manufacturing – good paying, middle class jobs that cannot be outsourced. What’s more, these mindless cuts would undermine our Nation’s long-term economic competitiveness, and jeopardize our economic recovery.
The most recent multiyear surface transportation bill (SAFETEA-LU) expired in September 2009, and the program has continued to operate through temporary extensions. Breaking with Committee precedent and tradition, the current proposal was drafted by the Majority with no consultation or input from the Minority. I warned the “my way or the highway” approach in developing the current reauthorization could undermine efforts to enact a long-term surface authorization.
I have had the privilege of serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for thirty-four years now – my entire tenure in Congress. Historically, the strength of this Committee has been its ability to put partisanship aside in order to work together to address the Nation’s transportation needs. At the end of the day, strong transportation systems are not partisan priorities – they are the engines of economic growth that have kept America strong. We have always worked together to develop bipartisan surface transportation bills that had the overwhelming support of the Committee and the House.
Unfortunately, the Republican Majority is developing a bill – the details of which, we still have not yet seen – designed to pass the House with only 218 Republican votes. This approach breaks the best traditions of our Committee, and is a missed opportunity to enact a long-term surface transportation bill.
By cutting $109 billion in surface transportation investments, the Republican bill ignores the well-documented and long-neglected infrastructure deficit. China currently spends nine percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per year on infrastructure investments. India spends five percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The United States only invests 1.9%. While construction unemployment hovers around 16%, the Republican Majority is proposing to slash these family wage jobs by one-third.
While our competitors are moving forward, this bill will leave us stuck in a ditch, putting American businesses at a disadvantage with companies around the world.
There is no doubt, and everyone agrees, that we need to tighten our budgetary belt and live within our means. However, it is foolish to slash the job-creating muscle of our budget – such as transportation investments – when we should be focusing on trimming the fat.
America must not be left behind as the rest of the world makes significant investments in 21st century transportation systems. We need a transportation plan that puts Americans back to work, improves our crumbling infrastructure, and helps get our economy back on track. We need robust investment and this proposal does not measure up.
Manchin’s Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Coming Together To Rebuild America
In less than a month, the United States must decide whether to raise the debt ceiling. As many of you know, I made clear that I would not vote to raise the debt ceiling without a responsible long term debt fix. From my first day in Washington, I made a commitment to you that I would work with Democrats and Republicans to address the major problems facing our great nation. Unfortunately, at a time when our economy is struggling to create jobs and budget deficits are rising, Democrats and Republicans remain divided by politics, instead of working together to develop commonsense solutions.
More than ever, I believe that West Virginians – and all Americans – deserve a government that is working for them. But right now, that’s not what they’re getting. And the clock is ticking.
Public concerns are rising that Congress and the President may not reach an agreement on how to get our nation’s debt and deficit problem under control.
While fixing our debt will require difficult choices, we will never solve our nation’s fiscal problems - or any of our problems - unless we willing to come together as Americans. If nothing else, elected leaders must stop worrying about winning the next election, and start focusing on the next generation.
I, for one, am committed to working with Democrats and Republicans for as long as it takes to put together a commonsense deal in place that gets our nation’s long-term deficits and debt under control. We owe it to our great nation – and to the American people who are counting on us—to confront the dark fiscal reality facing this nation, and to make the difficult choices that will get our financial house in order while keeping our promises to seniors, veterans, and our children. If we don’t, we will endanger this nation’s future.
To do what is right in this situation, both Democrats and Republicans must accept that our rising debts are unsustainable, and appreciate that without a fix we face the fiscal nightmare that by 2021 interest payments on our debt will exceed the total amount we currently spend on education, energy and defense – combined.
So what must we do?
We have to work together to curb spending, and to attack waste, fraud and abuse in every department and every program. More importantly, it’s time to make sure that government is being run as efficiently as possible.
We’ve got to come together to reform our tax code – not to raise taxes, but to ensure that a Fortune 500 company like GE isn’t paying zero taxes while a hardworking family in West Virginia is paying more. We must ensure that everyone is paying their fair share.
We should work together to remove tax subsidies and tax credits that we simply cannot afford in light of our exploding debt. We should be willing to consider establishing a trigger that would remove these tax breaks when the market dictates they are no longer necessary. We should acknowledge that energy or business credits should only exist when production costs exceed market prices.
The only way we can begin to imagine a brighter future for America is if we, as elected leaders, put aside politics and partisanship and work together united by a common love for this nation.
Now, I’ll be honest, a freshman Senator can’t do this alone. But I, for one, will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a responsible solution. I am willing to stay here in Washington as long as it takes to come up with the type of plan the American people deserve and that reflects our priorities.
In the end, the right solution will not come unless President Obama leads this effort and every member of Congress is willing to engage in open and thoughtful discussion without name-calling, stubbornness, and partisan posturing. We must also be willing to sit at the table without drawing lines in the sand that send our nation down a path of fiscal ruin. As difficult as the next three weeks will be, I believe we – the President and this esteemed Congress – have the opportunity to make this one of our nation’s finest hours. In the end, this could be a historic opportunity where we prove to the naysayers and doubters that the government of the people is a great as the people which it serves.