Robert “Bob” Gene Wright
Age 77, of 5158 Murphy Creek Road, Weston, passed away on May 23, 2011 at 2:00 AM at the Untied Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV following an illness.
He was born on April 21, 1934 in Lewis County: son of the late Roscoe Wright and Bonice (Jordan) Wright.
On September 05, 1959 he married Mary Margaret (Turner) Wright who still survives.
Also surviving are two daughters Gina Skinner of Charleston, Trina Wyant & (Danny) of Weston, and two sons Robert J. Wright & companion Judi Persinger, Gabe Wright & (Crystal) both of Weston. In addition to his children he is survived by 11 grandchildren Brian, Breeanna, Nathan, Chad, Brad, Tiarra, Kayla, Chase, Dalton, Dylan, and Kassi, and 8 great-grandchildren Brian, Ryder, Wyatt, Sophia, Olivia, Landon, Teagan, and Gavin, and one great-great-grandchild Brendon. Also surviving are two brothers Danny Wright of Weston and Dick Wright of Ohio, six sisters Norma Craig of Florida, Shirley Pumphrey of Clarksburg, Brenda Davis of Weston, Joan Brown of Weston, Barbara Sigley of Bridgeport, and Vicki Jackson of Weston. Mr. Wright is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bob retired from the Weston State Hospital as a Health Service Worker, and attended the Murphy Creek Baptist Church. He served his Country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Bob enjoyed going dancing with his wife Mary, enjoyed mowing grass, washing cars, being outdoors, and was an Avid WVU Fan cheering the Mountaineers wherever they played. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.
Interment will follow services in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org.
Bobby Joe Rose
Age 61, of Little Birch died on May 23,2011 at his residence.
He was born August 03, 1949 to Ordie Newton Rose and the late Francis Isabelle Jenkins Rose.
He worked as a Construction Worker and was a disable Veteran serving as Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.during the Vietnam War and was a P.O.W. and was Missing in Action.
Bobby is preceded in death by his mother, and wife Pamela Kay Rose who died on May 06, 2011, and a grandaughter, Alexis Jo Rose and sister Nelma K. Rose.
He is survived by his sons; Ordie Rose and Bobby Dennison both of Sutton, Jason Rose of Little Birch, and Tommy Rose of Summersville, daughters; Carsea Corbitt of Sutton and Maranda Wilson of Webster Springs, brothers; Oliver and Kyle Rose of Little birch, sisters; Cathy Dennison of Little Birch, and Angela Fisher and Julie Hickman both of Birch River, 22 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 26,2011 at 11:00 AM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Randal Griggs officiating.
Burial will be in the Okey Rose Cemetery near bays, WV.
Military Honors will be held during the funeral service by American legion Post #33 and Camp Dawson. friends may call from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Today is Wednesday, May 25, the 145th day of 2011. There are 220 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.“ — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet (1803-1882).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy told a joint session of Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.“ (That goal was accomplished eight years later with the Apollo 11 mission.)
On this date:
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began meeting in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 1911, Mexican President Porfirio Diaz resigned; he went into exile in France for the rest of his life.
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.
In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
In 1981, daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spiderman costume, scaled the outside of Chicago’s Sears Tower in 71/2 hours.
In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America” to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless.
Ten years ago:
• A federal appeals court panel lifted an injunction against publication of “The Wind Done Gone,“ Alice Randall’s satirical retelling of “Gone With The Wind” from a black viewpoint.
Five years ago:
• President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair held a White House news conference in which they acknowledged making costly mistakes in Iraq, but vowed to keep troops there until the fragile new government took hold.
• Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company’s downfall. (Lay died in July 2006 from heart disease and his convictions were vacated; Skilling faces resentencing after his original 24-year sentence was overturned.)
• Pope Benedict XVI began a four-day pilgrimage to Poland, the homeland of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the US-Mexico border.
• NFL owners voted to hold the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey. Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls and her professional dance partner, Derek Hough, won the 10th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.“
Lyricist Hal David is 90
Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 77
Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 75
Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 72
Country singer Jessi Colter is 68
Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 68
Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 67
Actress Karen Valentine is 64
Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 63
Actress Patti D’Arbanville is 60
Actress Connie Sellecca is 56
Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 53
Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 48
Actor Matt Borlenghi is 44
Actor Joseph Reitman is 43
Rock musician Glen Drover is 42
Actress Anne Heche (haych) is 42
Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: “Little House on the Prairie”) are 41
Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 41
Actor Justin Henry is 40
Rapper Daz Dillinger is 38
Actress Molly Sims is 38
Singer Lauryn Hill is 36
Actor Cillian Murphy is 35
Actor Ethan Suplee (soo-PLEE’) is 35
Rock musician Todd Whitener is 33
Actor Corbin Allred is 32
Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 26
Glenville Mayor Allman Attends The 2011 Community Development Institute East
Glenville Mayor Tashua Allman recently finished the second year of studies at the 2011 Community Development Institute East (CDI East).
The institute occurred May 09-13, 2011 in Bridgeport, WV.
CDI East approaches community development as both a process and a program. It seeks to develop an individual’s ability to identify community problems; set goals; encourage liaison with outside agencies; stimulate community interaction; and bring groups together to support competitive economic development, human resource development and quality of life issues.
It does this by expanding an individual’s ability to identify community and economic problems, set goals, encourage liaisons with outside agencies, stimulate community interaction, and bring groups together to respond to a wide range of subjects.
During the week-long institute, over 30 presenters participated in over 50 class and joint sessions spread across the three years of the curriculum.
The Year 2 curriculum included trends and issues in community development; impact analysis; health care and community development; business retention and expansion; community asset mapping; community surveys; working with groups and volunteers; tourism and community development; conflict resolution; civic engagement; community development project financing; entrepreneurship; and telecommunications and technology.
There was also a regional planning and development simulation throughout the week as well as an afternoon tour examining site selection and development activities.
Common sessions included an opening presentation about creative communities and a closing panel featuring foundations, funding organizations, and service providers.
The institute finished its eighth year and graduated its fifth class. There were a total of 28 students from 18 West Virginia counties as well as Delaware and Texas.
Ten (10) students completed their third and final year of studies, bringing the total number of graduates of the institute to 80.
There were also five (5) students in the first year and 13 students in the second year, meaning 215 unique individuals have taken at least one year of instruction at CDI East.
The CDI East is one of five institutes held throughout the country. This series of three week-long training programs was created in 1987.
They are designed to enhance the leadership and management capabilities of those individuals responsible for developing our communities. CDI is endorsed by the Community Development Council (CDC) and is a principal component for the Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification.
Gilmer County Board of Education: Employment, Postings, and Report - 05.23.11
Termination of Employment
• Barbara Baker, Spanish Teacher, GCHS - effective immediately.
• Sandra Harding, Substitute Aide
• Nancy Minney, Executive Secretary, Special Education and Federal Programs
• No Recommendation - Federal Programs Director Superintendent reported he has to go through more applications
• Marlene Minney - Cook for Energy Express Summer Program
• Richard Burkowski - Social Studies Teacher, GCHS
Substitute Teachers for the Remainder of the 2010-11 School Year
• Barbara Baker - Pending approval by State Department of Education approval
• School Bus Operator 2011-12 (Mouth Rock Run/Lower Level Run/Cedarville Store/Leatherbark/Head of Bull Run/Cedar Creek/NES)
Note: The following postings were on the agenda for approval. However, the Superintendent asked them to be removed from the list at this time:
• Part-time Reading and Math Intervention Tutor – GCHS 2011-12
• Cook for Glenville Elementary School
• ½ time Cook GCHS, ½ time Cook SFES
• OEPA Update
Superintendent noted he had not heard back from the OEPA visiting team.
Dr. Davis is to come and meet with Superintendent and Board President.
President Pritt, Superintendent Bennett, and Future Superintendent Dr. Simmons have been invited to the meeting at the State Board.
• CEFP Update
There will be a forum on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the commons area of GCHS.
The public is invited to attend and there will be a presentation by the architects to the public.
• Update on Lewis County Members – Exploratory Committee for Regional School
Superintendent of Lewis County Dr. Mace said the Lewis County Board is selecting and/or deciding this Monday about the committee
• Laptops for Board Members – Electronic Board Packets
Superintendent Bennett asked if the board was interested in having a laptop in order to receive the information packets electronically.
Some board members said, with the internet connection speed it will be hard to receive the information electronically.
Superintendent said they could also use flash drives for the documents.
The laptops are from FBI center.
Board members also need to have the same office software version so they can open the documents given to them.
• There has been a grievance filed that has not satisfied the individual.
The person has not been happy with level 1 and 2 of grievance and it needs to go to level 3.
Superintendent asked the item be put on the next agenda.
Board Members Report:
• Board Member Rhoades:
Attended a RESA meeting on May 19, 2001 WV Wesleyan College.
The Medicaid amount is $92,656.76 for the county. There was a concern because the amount is less than last year. The concern is that the reporting is not done properly.
On May 25, 2011 there will be a safety meeting which she and superintendent will attend.
Parent link program: Currently $1.15 is paid per student. County can add additional services to include bus routes and access and contact via internet services for $1.70 per student.
The cost of program excluding the bus routes is $1.50.
She presented a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Bennett from RESA.
• Board Member Skinner:
There will be a meeting of Extension Service Board on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to discuss personnel.
• Board Member Starkey:
She attended the meeting at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.
Mr. Sturn, the Career Center Director, discussed the GED option. He is very pleased about the program and the success rate.
Resignation of Dave White, long time counselor, for retirement was accepted.
Position for a new Counselor position is to be posted.
Finally, there are 3 candidates for networking position to be reviewed for possible employment.
There is a new program for expelled students.
ALC program in WV was discussed. This is an online credit recovery program allowing students to graduate with their own class.
Superintendent Bennett was presented a plaque by the center.
• Board President Pritt:
She Thanked Mr. and Mrs. Ike Morris for the Academic Banquet.
She also thanked Patty Knicely and Kim Frymier for all the work for the banquet.
• Approved Budget Transfers in the amount of $21,983.28
• Approved Budget Supplements in the amount of $2,943.63
• Approved Invoices in the amount of $45,349.79
• Approved Budget for FY2012
Kendra brown, Director of Finance explained the budget to the board members.
Board member Skinner asked for more details on the amount allocated for maintenance. He felt board should know so if there is any contract over $5000 they are bid properly.
Discussion made about OPEB and PEIA amount in the budget.
Finance Director said the amounts shown in the budget were for the future PEIA and did not include the OPEB debt.
Superintendent Bennett explained they were keeping two sets of reports, one with OPEB and one without.
Kendra Brown said that was correct per the verbal instructions they were given, there are two sets of reports.
Board member Ratliff asked if the entry for OPEB has been made for this year.
Kendra noted, there have not been any entries made for this year for OPEB on the books. She said she will make an entry for the entire year in June which is going to make the figures go in red.
She said beginning July she will make the entry for OPEB monthly.
• Approved Out of County Student Transfer Request, Remainder of 2010-11 - Pending approval by Ritchie County
Father moved from Glenville to Auburn in Ritchie county.
Parents want the students to finish the school year at Normantown Elementary
• Approved Nursing and Allied Health Agreement with Fairmont State University
This allows Fairmont State University to work with Gilmer County students for any type of training.
• Approved Leave of Absence – Chris Lacy
Director of Transportation Joe Frashure asked that Chris Lacy be allowed a leave of absence.
Superintendent Bennett explained when the person returns he will be on the bottom of the list and therefore lose seniority.
• Years of Service Request – Barbara Runyon - Denied
Superintendent had received the request for 8 years of out-of-state work at McDonalds in management position.
However, he said she should have requested it immediately upon employment.
Also he noted the policy says if the work is out-of-state the years of service is half as much. So he initially recommended 4 years of experience for her to the board.
But after further discussion in an executive session, he advised the board not to grant the request.
• Approved of Placing Trailers at Sand Fork Out for Sealed Bid
• Board President Misty Pritt talked about whether a president can make and /or move motions.
Question was asked concerning the motion she made in previous meeting.
She reported she was well within the law for making a motion last time.
• Anti-Bulling Grant
Mr. Larry Barton, Troy Elementary Principal, explained the grant he had written for anti-bullying for amount of $14,500.
He said he was just informed that $10,000 has been granted.
The grant is for Pre-K to 8th grade.
Barton said most likely he would come to board in the future to see if they would make up the difference.
He presented the document for Superintendent Bennett’s signature so the money can be sent.
The document was signed by Superintendent.
• Approved First Reading of Policies:
#1211 Parent Involvement Policy – changes about parent involvement
#4111.4 Tie Breakers for Employment, Promotion and Transfer of Professional Personnel
#4122.1 Conditions of Employment for Substitute Teachers
#4122.5 Substitutes in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage
#5118 Student Transfer Within County
#5118.1 Student Transfer Request – Out of County
• Approved Adding Members to CEFP Committee
Superintendent Bennett explained about the problem with some members coming to meetings. He suggested the member to be contacted to see if they are not planning to attend the meetings, or they should resign.
Superintendent Bennett asked for the following individuals to be added to the board.
The list was approved: » Larry Barton » Cassandra Huff » Shawna Maxwell » David Millard » Barbara Miller » Dendra Miller » Tom Minney » Darrell Ramsey » Dave Ramezan » Dr. Simmons » Bryan Sterns » Andy Tomblin
• Nancy Minney after employment asked for years of experience – she was asked to send a letter dated meeting date.
• CEFP Forum – Wednesday, May 25, 2011, GCHS commons Area, 7:00 PM
• CEFP Special Meeting reference to employment to be followed by the Policy Workshop - Monday, June 06, 2011, GCHS Library, 5:00 PM.
‘Commonsense Connections’ Week: ‘Your Government, Your Voice’
Following success of first ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week in February, Manchin staff will again visit counties across West Virginia to meet
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that his office will launch a second “Commonsense Connections” Week – Your Government, Your Voice – beginning Monday, May 23, 2011. Representatives from Senator Manchin’s office will travel all across West Virginia to meet with constituents in every part of the state and hear their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns.
Senator Manchin held his first “Commonsense Connections” Week in February, during which representatives from his office traveled to all 55 counties in the state.
“Next week, we are bringing Washington to West Virginia so that you know it’s your government and your voice,” Senator Manchin said. “I want West Virginians to know that I am working for you, and that you don’t have to come all the way to Washington to get the help you need for whatever is on your mind. Beginning Monday, my hardworking staff will be criss-crossing this state, reaching out to West Virginians in all 55 counties and talking to them about their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns. Our first ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week was extraordinarily successful, and helped me gather very valuable insight and ideas for solutions in Washington. I have no doubt we will have great turnout and great success this time around, as well.”
Senator Manchin began the year with a highly successful two-week “Call for Common Sense” tour, during which he visited 11 counties, drove 1,800 miles and talked to hundreds of West Virginias about their ideas, concerns and priorities.
Following the success of the “Call for Common Sense” tour, Manchin launched “Coffee and Common Sense,” an ongoing series of open conversations with constituents. In March, Senator Manchin toured the state to focus on “Our Values, Our Priorities,” which included days of emphasis on fiscal responsibility, taking care of our families, growing small businesses, keeping our promises to seniors, and achieving energy independence. Most recently, Senator Manchin wrapped up his “Commonsense Solutions” tour, a nine-county 1,500 mile trip through West Virginia to focus on the commonsense solutions that will move this nation forward.
A sampling of scheduled events in the area counties for the week is included below (listed by county).
Additional events could be added:
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Location: Calhoun County Senior Center, 3 Market Street, Grantsville, WV 26147
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 9 AM – 10 AM
Location: Clay County Commission, 246 Main Street, Clay, WV 25043
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM – 4 PM
Location: Doddridge County Courthouse, 135 E Court Street, West Union, WV 26456
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: West End Café, 512 West Main St. West Union, WV 26456
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM
Location: Gilmer County Public Library,214 Walnut Street, Glenville, WV 26315
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 9 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Harrison County Public Library, 404 West Pike St. Clarksburg, WV 26301
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Nicholas Court House, County Commissioners Room, 700 Main Street, Suite 1, Summersville 26651
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Nicholas County Senior Center, 1205 Broad Street, Summersville, WV 26651
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 11:30 PM – 1 PM
Location: Ritchie County Integrated Family Services, S. Court Street and Edgeview Lane, Harrisville, WV 26362
Roasedale Community Cemetery Committee Serving Food and Drink – 05.29.11
The Rosedale Community Cemetery Committee and the Rosedale Senior Citizens will serve food and drinks for local residents and visitors to the Rosedale area on Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Rosedale Senior Citizen Center in Rosedale, WV.
All proceeds will be divided equally between the two organizations.
We cordially invite you to stop by to have lunch and visit awhile.
• On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Judge Alsop presided over 2 juvenile cases, one of which was rescheduled for Friday, July 08, 2011 at 9:00 AM.
On Monday, May 23, 2011, Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over a 3 page docket as follows:
• Two fugitives from justice (both represented by R. Russell Stobbs of Weston waived extradition back to their respective states. Wayne Hill waived to return to Kansas and John Norris waived to go back to Ohio.
Authorities have until 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.
• Several juvenile cases were heard and rescheduled for Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:00, 9:10, 9:15, 9:20 and 9:30 AM.
• A civil case regarding a sale of property was heard and funds will be placed in escrow pending final report of the attorney.
• The case of State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Shields was continued to the July term of Court.
• State of West Virginia vs. Shannon Marks
She was before the Court for sentencing.
Judge Facemire sentenced her to 1-5 in the penitentiary, with sentence being suspended and she was placed on 5-years’ probation.
She received NO fine but must pay court costs and attorney fees within 18 months.
She was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.
• State of West Virginia vs. Brian Hardesty
He was sentenced to 1-10 in the penitentiary with his sentence being suspended and he was granted 5 years’ probation.
He must pay court costs within 18 months and restitution within 3 years, and must pay a minimum of $50.00 per month by the 5th of every month.
He also must perform 100 hours of community service per year he is on probation.
He was represented by R. Russell Stobbs of Weston.
• One individual who was convicted as a juvenile, but who is now 18 years of age, received a 6 month sentence in Central Regional Jail and fined $ 100.00 plus court costs.
He was represented by T.J. Drake of Gassaway.
• The civil case of Gregory Davis vs. Timothy B. Butcher, et al was before the Court on a motion to dismiss, and after arguing his case the Judge granted Tim Butcher’s motion and dismissed the case without prejudice.
• State of West Virginia vs. Jimmy R. Stump
He saw his case dismissed without prejudice by the prosecuting attorney.
He was represented by R. Russell Stobbs.
• A 2008 magistrate case was before the Court to determine the competency of the defendant.
The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charges in magistrate court and if necessary proceed to filing a mental petition against defendant.
• State of West Virginia vs. Walter Wallace Adkins Jr.
He had motions heard in his case and Judge Facemire set his trial for Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
All March term petit jurors will need to report for trial.
He is represented by Christina Flanigan.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin isn’t ruling out adding a new prison to West Virginia’s corrections system, but he and other officials question whether the state can build its way out of its inmate overcrowding crisis.
The crisis became a recurring topic during last week’s legislative interim meetings. Lawmakers learned that an all-time high of 1,700 people sentenced to prison remain in jails instead because of a lack of bed space at Division of Corrections facilities. That number is projected to nearly double to 3,200 in five years.
The state’s prison or prison-bound population, including those awaiting transfers from jails, topped 6,880 this month, legislators were told. The state estimates that their ranks will swell to 8,500 in 2016 and then to 9,700 by the end of 2020.
“The inn is full,“ Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told one House-Senate interim committee. “We’ve got our facilities full. The regional jails are overcrowded, and the growth continues.“
West Virginia’s imprisonment rate per resident ranks 37th among the states, on par with its position for overall population, according to 2010 figures from the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States. But the Pew report also found West Virginia with the second fastest growing inmate population.
Rubenstein said the state’s new accelerated parole program, aimed at the least risky of nonviolent offenders, should increase releases by 200 to 250 people annually. But he and other officials also noted that the state’s Corrections population has increased by a net 200 so far this year.
“No advantage there, it doesn’t look like to me, as far as reducing the overcrowding,“ said Delegate John Frazier, D-Mercer and a retired longtime circuit judge. “That’s not going to be the big answer to the overcrowding problem, is it?“
Accelerated parole was among the 14 options recommended by a 2009 study of inmate overcrowding commissioned by then-Gov. Joe Manchin. The report also called for a greater focus on substance-abusing offenders. Rubenstein touted how his agency is increasing the amount of beds in treatment facilities within the prisons.
The commissioner also quickly added that this step can help only so much.
“As we open those up, you’ll see a little decline in the numbers,“ Rubenstein said. “But in a matter of four, five or six months, it’s but a memory.“
That prompted Frazier to cite another of the study’s 14 recommendations, one that the state has yet to pursue: a new 1,200-bed medium-security facility.
“Perhaps the real resolution to this is what no one wants to talk about, no one wants to address. That is the building of another prison,“ Frazier said.
Budget concerns prompted state officials to hold off considering that step in the wake of the study’s release. Rubenstein estimated last week that a new prison would cost $120 million to $200 million to build, operating expenses aside.
Tomblin considers the price tag one of several questions the state must answer before embarking upon such a project, spokeswoman Kimberly Osborne said Friday.
“While the necessity to expand facilities within the system cannot be discounted, further considerations must first be given to how to reverse the current trend of steady population growth,“ Osborne said. “The administration wants to comprehensively develop solutions to the challenges the system faces and not just arbitrarily treat the symptoms.“
The state has begun expanding the St. Marys Correctional Center, as recommended by the study. But Rubenstein noted that the 300 new beds that will result there, when combined with the addition of the recommended new prison, would not even cure the current jail backlog.
“As we’re trying to curb that growth, even level it off or see a decline, what we’re faced with is a large number of inmates who remains in those regional jails,“ Rubenstein said. “There’s no magic bullet that is just going to wipe that out.“
What is more likely to help is a wide-ranging approach that embraces more of the study’s recommendations, Rubenstein told lawmakers. Osborne agreed, citing the state’s stepped-up efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and otherwise recognize the link between substance abuse and inmate population growth. As had Rubenstein, Osborne also said that any plan to build a new prison must first involve the Legislature as well as industry experts.
Among the study’s other proposals, the state has also increased funding for community-based alternatives to prison, parole officers and in-prison classes, counseling and services aimed at reducing recidivism. Rubenstein said other states have seen success after revisiting their criminal statutes and sentencing laws - steps also recommended by the 2009 study.
“They tackled it in a variety of ways,“ Rubenstein said. “I think any state commissioner or director would say there’s no way to build your way out of what we have here.“
The costs of developing and maintaining nuclear weapons and delivery systems have been enormous. The U.S. alone has spent over $5.8 trillion on nuclear weapons programs. Now that the Cold War is long over, rational humans support the drastic reduction and elimination of these horribly destructive weapons. In his 2009 speech in Prague, President Barack Obama expressed America’s commitment to seek peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons. Here’s what he has done so far.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between Russia and the U.S. came into force on February 05, 2011. President Obama, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, together with almost every former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supported it. The treaty limits each side’s deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 and strategic delivery systems (ICBMs, SLBMs and heavy bombers) to 800. These reductions are significantly lower than those permitted in earlier treaties. The agreement’s verification regime includes on-site inspections, data exchanges and notifications.
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996, provides for a worldwide ban on all nuclear test explosions, establishes a global system to enforce the ban, and sets up an international structure to investigate and punish countries that violate the ban. It has yet to enter into force. President Bill Clinton signed the CTBT in 1996, but the Republican-dominated Senate refused to provide its consent. President George W. Bush never asked the Senate to approve it. More recently, President Obama stated that he intends to pursue Senate ratification of the treaty aggressively. Four former chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have called for Senate ratification.
U.S. Negative Security Assurances
In its 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the U.S. declared that it would not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states that are members in good standing of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Previously, successive administrations had maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” by refusing to rule out the use of nuclear weapons in response to biological or chemical weapons attacks on the U.S. or its allies.
This negative security assurance by the U.S. applies to the vast majority of states in the world today. Presently there are 189 state parties to the 1970 NPT. Five parties (China, France, Russia, U.K. and U.S.) agree to reduce and eventually eliminate their nuclear weapons, while the remaining 184 states agree not to develop or possess them. India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea are not parties to the treaty.
President Obama further assures the world that the U.S. is not a nuclear threat to others by submitting to the U.S. Senate his recommendation that it consent to treaties with the countries comprising the African and South Pacific Nuclear Weapon Free Zones. These treaties, or Protocols to each area’s nuclear weapon free zone treaty, commit the U.S. not to use or threaten use of nuclear weapons against regional zone countries that are in good standing with their non-proliferation obligations. China, France, Russia, and the U.K. have already ratified these Protocols. President Obama said he will soon ask the Senate to approve ratification of similar Protocols to the Southeast Asia and Central Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaties, as well.
How realistic is Obama’s vision of reaching a nuclear weapon-free world? Leading defense figures, such as former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former defense secretary William J. Perry, and former senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) have written editorials in major newspapers, arguing that such a goal is realistic with the latest advances in verification technologies.
Obama cautioned in his Prague speech that a world without nuclear weapons may not be reached in his lifetime. His stated goal is “to put an end to Cold War thinking, …reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same.”
Fortunately, U.S. and world opinion are on his side. A 2008 WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 21 countries found that people everywhere disfavor nuclear weapons. In the five states with large nuclear arsenals, big majorities favored the goal of totally eliminating nuclear weapons: U.S. (77%), Russia (69%), China (83%), France (86%), and U.K. (81%).
The federal government once again has reached the limit of its legal ability to borrow money, meaning it cannot issue new Treasury debt without action by Congress to increase the debt ceiling limit. As of this month, our “official” national debt- which doesn’t include the staggering future payments promised to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries- stands at $14.2 trillion.
The debt ceiling law, passed in 1917, enables Congress to place a statutory cap on the total amount of government debt rather than having to approve each individual Treasury bond offering. It also, however, forces Congress into an open and presumably somewhat shameful vote to approve more borrowing. If the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives gives in to establishment pressure by voting to increase the debt ceiling once again, you will know that the status quo has prevailed. You will know that the simple notion of balancing the budget, by limiting federal spending to federal revenue, remains a shallow and laughable campaign platitude.
It is predictable that Congress will once again merely delay the inevitable and raise the debt ceiling, after the usual rhetoric about controlling spending, making cuts, and yes, raising taxes. We have heard endless warnings about how irresponsible it would be to “shut down the government.” The implication is that sober, rational, mature pundits and politicians understand reality, while those who oppose raising the debt ceiling limit are reckless ideologues who will harm the economy just to make a point.
But like any debtor that has to reduce its spending, the federal government simply needs to establish priorities and stop spending money on anything other than those priorities. Interest payments on our federal bond debt likely will amount to about $500 billion for fiscal year 2011, an average of $41 billion per month. Federal tax revenues vary by month, but should total around $2 trillion to $2.5 trillion for FY 2011—an average of perhaps $180 billion per month. So clearly the federal government has sufficient tax revenue to make interest payments to our creditors. For now, those interest payments represent about 12% of the total federal budget.
What nobody wants to admit is this: even if the federal government has only $1.5 trillion remaining to spend in 2011 after interest payments, this is PLENTY to fund the constitutional functions of government. After all, the entire federal budget in 1990 was about $1 trillion. Does anyone seriously believe the federal government was too small or too frugal just 20 years ago? Hardly. So why have we allowed the federal budget to quadruple during those 20 years?
The truth is, in spite of how cataclysmic some might say it would be if we did not pass a new debt ceiling, it is hardly the catastrophe that has been advertised. The debt ceiling is a self-imposed limit on borrowing. The signal congress sends to worldwide markets by raising the debt ceiling is simple: business as usual will continue in Washington; no real spending cuts will be made; and fiscal austerity will remain a pipe dream.
When our creditors finally wise up and cut us off, we will be forced to face economic realities whether we want to or not. It would be easier to deal with the tough choices we face now, on our own terms, rather than wait until we are at the mercy of foreign creditors. However, leaders in Washington have no political will to admit that we cannot afford to continue spending without any meaningful limit. They prefer maintaining the illusion and putting off reality for another day.
Bon Appétit: Grilled Steak and Spring Vegetable Salad
For the Dressing:
5 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
1 pound sirloin steak, 1- to 1-1/4-inches thick, trimmed of fat
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound asparagus, bottoms trimmed
14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
4 cups arugula
Shaved Parmesan cheese, to garnish (optional)
Heat a gas grill to high or light a charcoal fire.
To make the dressing, in a blender combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
Blend until emulsified.
Season the steak on both sides with the salt and pepper.
Grill the steak, about 5 minutes per side for medium rare, 6 minutes per side for medium.
Remove and let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, grill the asparagus and artichoke hearts, turning occasionally, until slightly charred and the asparagus spears are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the grill and cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces and the artichoke hearts in half.
Place the vegetables in a large bowl with the cherry tomatoes.
Thinly slice the steak across the grain and add to the bowl with the asparagus and artichoke hearts.
Toss with half of the dressing.
In a large salad bowl, toss the arugula with the remaining dressing.
To compose the salad, place some of the arugula on each serving plate and arrange the grilled steak and vegetables on top.
The Moon is at last-quarter as it rises early tomorrow.
At last-quarter, sunlight illuminates one-half of the lunar hemisphere that faces Earth.
The exact moment of last-quarter Moon is 2:52 PM EDT.
Red Dwarf Planets
Most of the effort in the search for planets beyond our own solar system is directed toward stars that are like the Sun. That’s largely because Sun-like stars produce conditions that are the most like those here on Earth—the only place in the universe where we know there’s life.
But a few searches are looking for planets around the smallest and faintest stars of all: red dwarfs.
Red dwarfs are also the most common stars—they probably make up about three-quarters of the stars in the galaxy, including most of our close stellar neighbors.
These nearby red dwarfs are good targets for one of the leading techniques for finding planets: looking for a slight back-and-forth “wobble” in a star’s spectrum—the pattern produced when you break the star’s light into its individual wavelengths. The star moves back and forth in response to the gravity of orbiting planets.
Scientists are particularly interested in finding planets in a star’s “habitable zone”—the region where temperatures are right for liquid water. The habitable zone around a red dwarf is so close in that even a planet as small as Earth would produce a good-sized wobble in the star’s spectrum.
But red dwarfs are so faint that you need a powerful telescope to study them in detail—like the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory, which is being used for one of the largest of the red-dwarf planet searches. We’ll talk about that tomorrow.
Henry Grant Jones
Age 85, of West Union departed this life on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in West Union, WV in the residence of his sister, Arlene Lawson.
He was born on May 01, 1926 in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late Creed H. and Nora Hileman Jones.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilda (Hook) Jones on December 25, 2006 and his second wife, Emma (Kelley) Jones.
He is survived by his eight children, James Cogan and wife Sherry (Fetter), Rainsburg, PA, Timothy Jones and wife Alfrita (Homes), Fredericksburg, VA, Jacqueline Diehl and companion Robert Gardill, New Buena Vista, PA, Ruby Lynn and spouse Tim, Altoona, PA, Barbara Harold and husband Jack, Pineville, LA, Thomas Jones and wife Brenda (Albright), Bedford, PA, Kevin Jones and wife Roxanne (Glass), Bedford, PA, Tina Robinson and husband William, Bedford, PA, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three sisters, Arlene Lawson, West Union, Mary Randolph, West Union, Betty McComb and husband Bobby, Salem, three brothers, Donald Jones, Larry Jones and wife Joann, Goff Jones, all of West Union and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, James H. Jones in December 1992, three sisters, six brothers and one stepsister.
Mr. Jones retired from M.C. Houseworth Lumber Company as a saw operator with 35 years of service.
A special thanks to his sister Arlene (Babe) for the wonderful care she has provided in her home for nearly 14 years. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you have provided.
Family will receive friends in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, WV on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Yeager Memorial Church, Rainsburg, PA on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Fred Howsare presiding.
Family will receive friends in the Yeager Memorial Church from 11:00 AM until time of service.
Interment will follow in the Woods Church Cemetery near Rainsburg, PA.
Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Jones family.
Today is Tuesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2011. There are 221 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.“ — Ivan Turgenev, Russian author (1818-1883).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.
On this date:
In 1775, John Hancock was elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding Peyton Randolph.
In 1819, Queen Victoria was born in London.
In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland, and opened to traffic.
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In 1935, the first major league baseball game to be played at night took place at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.
In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British dreadnought HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.
In 1959, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles died in Washington, D.C. at age 71.
In 1961, a group of Freedom Riders was arrested after arriving at a bus terminal in Jackson, Miss., charged with breaching the peace for entering white-designated areas. (They ended up serving 60 days in jail.)
In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.
In 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.
In 1980, Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages.
Ten years ago:
• Democrats gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Vermont Sen. James Jeffords abandoned the Republican Party and declared himself an independent.
• Twenty-three people were killed when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests, sending hundreds of people plunging several stories into the basement.
Five years ago:
• In rare, election-year harmony, House Republican and Democratic leaders jointly demanded the FBI return documents taken in a Capitol Hill raid as part of a bribery investigation of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. (President George W. Bush ordered the documents placed under temporary seal; Jefferson was later found guilty of bribery and is appealing his conviction.)
• Taylor Hicks was named the new “American Idol” over runner-up Katharine McPhee.
One year ago:
• Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, the Obama administration’s point man on the BP oil spill, rejected the idea of taking over the crisis, saying the government had neither BP’s expertise nor its deep-sea equipment.
• The Supreme Court rejected the National Football League’s request for broad antitrust law protection, saying that it must be considered 32 separate teams — not one big business — when selling branded items like jerseys and caps.
• Lukas Lacko of Slovakia beat American Michael Yani in a 71-game match that tied for the most games in a French Open singles match since tiebreakers were instituted in 1973. (Lacko won 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 12-10 in a first-round match that began on a Sunday and finished after midnight Monday.)
Comedian Tommy Chong is 73
Singer Bob Dylan is 70
Actor Gary Burghoff is 68
Singer Patti LaBelle is 67
Actress Priscilla Presley is 66
Country singer Mike Reid is 64
Actor Jim Broadbent is 62
Actor Alfred Molina is 58
Singer Rosanne Cash is 56
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 51
Rock musician Jimmy Ashhurst (Buckcherry) is 48
Rock musician Vivian Trimble is 48
Actor John C. Reilly is 46
Actor Eric Close is 44
Rapper-recording executive Heavy D is 44
Rock musician Rich Robinson is 42
Actor Bryan Greenburg is 33
Actor Billy L. Sullivan is 31
Actor-rapper Jerod Mixon (aka Big Tyme) is 30
Rock musician Cody Hanson (Hinder) is 29
Country singer Billy Gilman is 23
Actor Cayden Boyd is 17
Putting Gayle Manchin in charge of the state board
of Education by her governor husband is one of the
top “dumb a**“ tricks ever pulled on the voters of
West Virginia. She lives in D.C and I will bet the
state is paying for her flights/motels to attend
meetings in Charleston. This is not coming out of
Let us see what the State’s apologists and lap dogs for the County’s powerful will try next to throw citizens off trail from the truth for what happened to Gilmer County’s school system and all the waste, dishonesty, mismanagement associated with the tragedy.
It should be obvious by now that the state board of education cares nothing about the quality of education, nothing about the outcomes for children and nothing about the wishes of parents and taxpayers. With that in mind, we need to vote for candidates to the state legislature that will get rid of the state department of education and let local people take over education - then maybe we would see some improvements.
Yes. Speaking of board president. The local coffee shop conversation overheard, that board president supports school consolidation. That’s really a nice asset that we have elected to the board. Most of our country has figured out that school consolidation reduces educational outcomes, but the 20 year behind the times West Virginia educated gurus keep pushing it.
I have been reading on GFP and the local paper, all the goings on with our school. Guess for over 2 years now. Its pretty apparent that Bill Simons threw the School Coalition under the bus and jumped on board with state school board. You have to wonder if this is revenge for being removed from prestigious employment years and years ago. Seems he is now hurting our schools and community more than he is helping us? This sort of help we do not need.
Gil already has a Czar. The Czar reaches into GSC, the court system, local businesses, law enforcement, all levels of county government, and the County’s school system. Officials elected to State government dutifully pay tribute to the Czar with regular dispensations from Charleston. Czars everywhere have their seasons for existence and all their money and influence cannot change that inflexible universal law as time ticks away.
Let’s look at this positively. The money that was wasted here from taxpayers funds was equal to price of one bomb dropped killing innocent men, women, and children. But I guess I have to take this back as long as China keeps lending to US.
When will the public get a full report on what happened to the money at the Leading Creek School project where the space of the school was cut drastically? Why was the cut necessary and who made the decision? Why was the information kept secret from Gilmer County while the decision had to be known back as far as this spring when the foundation was laid, how will the space cut affect riffing which will happen, and what happened to the money resulting form cutting the space? Another question is how will the reduction in size impact our County’s school system including where our children will go? With the State’s strict secrecy lid including withholding of information how can it expect citizens to have confidence in its officials and what it claims is best for our children? Mr. Gabriel Devono why do you choose not to keep the people informed? It seems that with that large staff of yours, including a new high paid central office position you added, you could see to it that informational pieces could be written for posting on the County’s School Board web site similar to routine PR work done in other WV Counties.
Speaking of the board president: All of Gilmer’s problems started with his hiring as superintendent by the board years back. Then, a sudden audit by OEPA. Takeover of schools for invalid reasons. Firing of previous superintendent, and voiding of the current president’s hiring as superintendent. No progress in academics. No improvement in facilities. Waste of a lot of money. Poor decisions. Dis-functioning schools. Poor maintenance. And I can go on. Could our problems end if he was not in the picture? I betcha!
To “Crime and Punishment”
You are so correct. of course more power to the person who bought the land and still paid a high price.
Criminals are those who made the original purchase and approved it. They are the thieves who stole from this county in bright daylight. Where are those who are to enforce the laws? Can you and I use the county money to buy something and profit from it and then sell it cheaper? We will be arrested. Ted Shriver in the video and his company are the ones who aided the crime. The state boe members who approved the purchase are the criminals as well. We don’t see anyone arresting them! They are going to keep stealing and more likely get away with it. It is obvious that a good number of these decision makers are making money under the table. It is really a shame.
You know what happens to poor person swho does not pay their taxes? They get arrested! Can you imagine how many of these people’s taxes will take to makeup the loss?
We are not created equal. Are we?
By We do not have the same rights, do we? on 10.23.2014
Probably hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted not counting lost time for getting children out of trailers and leaking schools. Compare this to what would happen to a desperate mother who stole a loaf of bread at Go Mart to feed a hungry child. She would be mug shot, forced to pay money, and fined while the person(s) responsible for this heist will probably get pay raises and nothing will ever be reported in the press. Shame is the only word that fits the occasion.
“chokepoint”. Very interesting choice of a word to describe WV state education.
Guess you can say Kanawha County has a real “chokehold” on Gilmer county for sure.
We never even see an agenda published for our school board meetings now.
We never even see a notification of school board meetings anymore.
Everyone thought Blankenship was bad. This new dude has a better “chokehold”
on us than his predecessor did.
This part of the farce is over. Citizens should be told who was monitoring the project originally to let all the money be spent before sounding the alarm that there was not enough money left to build the school, the total amount of money spent before the alarm was sounded, how much more billing occurred after the alarm went off, how much of the 400K will be used to offset the loss and what the net loss will be, who will be held personally accountable for that net loss, and who will be responsible for monitoring the project for the new school from this point on to guarantee that we won’t have a repeat of what happened? It would be informative if we had a list of all those who received money, amounts they were paid, and what the money was spent on from early in the CEFPs planning phase to today. Ted Shriver was standing there. His firm cashed in big time!
TO-wake up. Manchin “can’t speak intelligently”. Golly gee. She said a mouth full. What an admission.
Sure knew how to slam down GC Super Benett when they ripped control of GC.
Had to save that one person job you know.
Duck taped our school board and shafted residents and children.
By did rid of Simonns was good though on 10.23.2014
Today is the day the West Virginia Department of Ed has the auction in Gilmer County, to sell the 80 acres purchased for over $5000.00 per acre, they, and only they, bought for an elementary school.
Bad access, no natural gas available, poorly chosen sight.
Yep, they badly bungled site number 2 now. Ran Gilmer County in the hole. They muffed up the Lewis County site purchase as well. Build a school on top of coal mines and wonder why they are having land slip problems.
What a bunch.
By they want to run all 55 counties? lmbo on 10.23.2014
The new super needs to get a handle on his plight by obtaining GFP information about the State’s takeover of the Gilmer County School system because of raw politics, how the State handled its role with building the Leading Creek School, the selection of the Auction Barn site in Gilmer County, the Cedar Creek site that followed, and finally the new Ike site in Glenville for a new grade school. He needs to look at the CEFPs roles in all this and how Williamson and Shriver fitted in. This information will make him start a new job search so he can bail out soon as possible with realization that he took a job beyond fixing.
The Daily Mail article author has a better understanding of what needs to change in the WV education system than the state itself does.
He says “the only way to save our schools is to de-centralize an expensive systems that stifles teachers.“
There it is, the cure for the problem in one short sentence.
But education has built a wall of protection that cannot be penetrated.
The WV State Board of Education thumbs its nose at our population, laughs at the Governor, disregards the Legislature, not to mention failing our children.
You say, “how do you know?“ The answer is simple. The $750,000.00 study the Governor put into motion, it took the State Board of Education a year to respond. And…..that response was basically…..no response.
By Governor & Legislature are being laughed at on 10.23.2014
West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin said she was not aware of the recent controversy in St. Mary’s public schools and “can’t speak intelligently” about the situation, but said things like this happen all the time.
“Things can happen. Certainly, we’ve had counties here in West Virginia that struggle financially and it’s not anyone’s wrongdoing; it’s a combination of factors,” Manchin said. “I just think anytime you get into financial issues with a county — with education — there are so many factors. I think that you can probably find in any profession that no one’s perfect. There are always going to be issues out there — it’s about how people respond to them. And always, of course, there are going to be naysayers.”
What President Manchin told the Gazette about Martirano leaving his own county with a deficit. Of course that only applies to the beautiful people she likes to surround herself with not the average dirt under her feet WV tax payer whose money greases the wheels of her WVBOE political machine. You are here to take the blame when the wheels come off Martirano. Notice she doesn’t speak kind words to intervention counties in her own state.
Dr Gee, you sense of dismay and urgency to take back WVU is completely understandable. But Sir, keep some compassion in your heart as you mete out justice on young people who do not truly understand the life long implications of their actions on their own future. Some may never have been taught basic respect even for the office of the President of the United States. Think back to what was done for a Governor’s daughter and as you look up through the glass ceiling past the HEPC to the WVBOE understand these young people have had some very poor examples set for them by those they have been told to look up to and aspire to be like. Take it back by all means. The University should never have even been considered for the list of top partying colleges in the country let alone make number one at any time. Just think about where you should really direct that anger.
Today the Muslims attacked the Parliament in Canada. Obama has not yet selected a video to blame for the attack, but he has narrowed it down to three, “Gone With The Wind”, Planet Of The Apes” and “White Christmas”
JIM-d. You have apparently noticed the quiet, the silence, what appears to be a “go-along” mentality of Edgell, Boggs, Walker and the other elected’s sent to the Capitol.
Local county commissioners across the state remain silent as well.
West Virginia State Governors Tomblin and Manchin in alliance of the Democrat Party have destroyed the educational system in your state.
The West Virginia Board of Education is totally operated by individuals appointed by your Democrat Governors.
Voters be advised. If you vote early, those in the county clerks office likely know who you placed your vote for? They can keep track of voters signing in and then compare those names in order on the votes, to see how votes were cast?
They then also get a feel how the entire election will be apt to go? To make necessary future election adjustments?
The only way we have to stop the takeover of all WV school districts is to not re-elect any of the state representatives because they have not done anything to help us regain control of our school systems.
HK, some here remember when they considered you as a fair and balanced reporter. No more.
Please explain the cost savings of raising the State Superintendents salary from $150,000 to $230,000 a year as they did with Matirano. Why did the State BOE hire themselves a private attorney when Bowles & Rice has represented state agencies for years? What about the new Operations Manager they just had to have? Is that just for the State Board? What about the Superintendent and his Deputies? What do they do?
RESA operates under the WV State BOE. What part of that don’t you understand? They were supposed to be a cost saver for purchasing, now they pay from a state approved vendors list with no bidding and supposedly handle Teacher training while they constantly hand out waivers substituting for degrees in the required fields for posted positions. None of this encourages the hiring of qualified people. Yet the state increases their budget to do it.
How they ever got control of training volunteer firemen and billing for that seems to be a secret.
Ask Calhoun County BOE how the state came in to train their Teachers under the guise of improving low achievement and wound up convincing them to run bonds for another elementary school under threat of intervention. Ask why the State BOE approved Calhoun’s budget knowing they would go in the red and is now saying they have to pass an excess levy that can’t even be used to fix their deficit of $1.8 million dollars. Ask how many counties are in the red right now.
Ask if Gilmer County is next to face a deficit in their fourth year of state control based on what the state called a facilities emergency while they still put the students in the same seats in the same buildings. Then ask how much of Gilmer’s money the State wasted on a school site of their own choosing that goes up for auction this week for less than was paid for it. Ask to see who signed that no bid contract with Williams & Shriver. Ask why the State Super put over $400,000 of Gilmer excess levy money into maintenance and can’t get a roof leak fixed.
Ask Mingo County how they went in the red after 18 years of state control. ask Kanawha, Greenbrier and Harrison how hard it was to balance budgets this year. WV Press reported it. Ask Fayette County why they are in and out of intervention. Or how the Logan County OEPA audit went this year.Find out why Lincoln County was released from intervention at the same time Lloyd Jackson went on the WVBOE.
It is not about small counties. The Governor isn’t going to get rid of any county commissioners or state legislators. The State BOE wants more money to keep the friends and family plan on track.
Taking money and jobs from local agencies and sending it to Charleston or Clarksburg is not an answer to the economic woes of WV. Fixing that is not the job of the STATE BOE no matter what Manchin says. Governor Tomblin has another state agency for that.