CommunityImprovement™: GSC Waco Center Will Be Opened to Public on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ike and Sue Morris don’t dream.  They see a vision and plan for it to come true.  So began the Waco Center some seven years ago.  Upon the center’s opening this Friday night, those plans, along with determined efforts by the Morris family, Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr, and his staff, have resulted in a complex that will do exactly what Ike stated he wanted from the beginning; “it will WOW anyone driving down Mineral Road”.

The need for the center was never questioned.  The nationally recognized Land Resources Training Center was housed in a building that was nearly 40 years old and did not have the space or technology to meet the demands of the rapidly expanding needs of the Oil and Gas, Timber and Surveying industries, all of whom are in the midst of expanding workforces and woefully short of qualified candidates to fill open positions.

The Gilmer Free Press

The Lilly Gym is filled with memories, but at half a century since its construction is feeling the effects of age and wear and tear.  The Pioneer basketball program has seen historic results in conference, regional and national play and deserved a place to showcase the efforts of the young men and women carrying the banner for the Pioneer Nation.

Finally, it has been a vision of Dr. Barr since his arrival in Glenville in 2006 to have a medical facility that can expand to meet the needs of the college and the county whenever a medical emergency arises.  Having adequate health care available is one of the first things a potential new member of the Gilmer County community looks for when relocating.

The center will be open for public tours this coming Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Dr. Barr and the entire Glenville State family extend a warm welcome for the entire county to make plans to attend and view personally what a WOW looks like when you walk through it.

GFP - 04.23.2014
CommunityGilmer CountyGlenvilleCommunityImprovement™Events | AnnouncementsActivities | Announcements | RegistrationsSports(2) Comments

Permalink - Link to This Article

~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Please inform us about the WACO medical center. Will it open immediately, what will be the hours, and what services will be provided? This will be a great addition for Glenville and the Gilmer County Community. Thanks WACO.

By Rosco Pratt  on  04.23.2014

I am a student at GSC and I don’t even know what is going on with that part of the Waco Center and I am there almost daily. I heard that Minnie Hamilton did not want to sign the contract with the college to provide the services, but then again as I read this article I may be wrong. If so there goes another wasted bit of money for GSC.

By Kevin Hardbarger  on  04.23.2014

Leave a CommentPrint This Article

Semifinalists Named for MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program

The Gilmer Free Press

The 15 semifinalists for the 2014 MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program have been announced.

One of the current high school juniors will be awarded a four-year scholarship at West Virginia Wesleyan valued at $125,000.

It is a full scholarship that includes tuition and fees along with room and board starting with the Fall 2015 semester.

The second prize is a four-year $5,000 scholarship at West Virginia Wesleyan, while the third prize is a four-year $2,500 scholarship at the Upshur County school.

The semifinalists are as follows:

Carly Brand, Lewisburg, Greenbrier East High School

Cassidy Duffy, South Charleston, Cross Lanes Christian School

Todd Foster, Craigsville, Nicholas County High School

Miranda Godfrey, Kearneysville, Washington High School

John Goellner, Morgantown, Trinity Christian School

Brooke Hinzman, Elkins, Elkins High School

Joanna Johnson, Hurricane, Hurricane High School

Daniel McNeil, Morgantown, University High School

Devan Perdue, Morgantown, Morgantown High School

Rebekah Perry, Huntington, Spring Valley High School

Kathryn Quillen, Vienna, Parkersburg High School

Karizona Sanson, Summersville, Nicholas County High School

Erick Trent, Point Pleasant, Wahama High School

Ashley Walker, Clarksburg, Liberty High School

Mitchell Winkie, Bridgeport, Bridgeport High School

The semifinalists will next be interviewed before a list of 12 finalists is put up for a vote online.

The winners will be announced in Buckhannon on June 18.

The MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program is now in its sixth year.

In addition to MVB Bank, West Virginia Wesleyan and MetroNews, the sponsors for the 2014 West Virginia Scholar Program are the West Virginia Forestry Assocation, the West Virginia Hospital Association and Friends of Coal.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Announces NTHS Students for 2013-14

The Gilmer Free Press


NTHS members should be good, honest, responsible students/citizens, who have made a personal commitment to excellence and who agree to uphold the NTHS Standards of Conduct of the organization.
“Individuals under consideration as candidates for NTHS shall be selected based upon the following characteristics which the candidate regularly exhibits and which have been observed by his/her instructor(s).“

1. A desire to pursue a career in his/her technical

2. Dependability

3. Responsibility or higher in the Career Center Program/Lab

4. Credible achievement

5. Cooperation and ability to work well with others

6. Commendable attitude groups

7. Initiative education area

8. Leadership

9. Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be 3.25

10. Good attendance

11. Active involvement in organizations such as: student government, CTSO, civic/service


1. Students will be required to have a “BI/ average or better at the Career Center.

2. Students who have a level 2 or level 3 violations at the Career Center are not eligible for nomination during that school term.

3. Students receiving a level 2 or level 3 violation after induction into NTHS will be excluded from membership for one year.

4. Students who have missed five days or more by the end of the 1st semester are not eligible for nomination. (Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.)

5. Students who have more than three unexcused absences a year are not eligible for nomination. Late written excuses will not be accepted after nominations have been accepted by the NTHS advisor(s).

6. If necessary, each nominee will be interviewed by the NTHS advisor(s).


Any infringements of these qualities and/or standards by the NTHS member will be discussed in a member/advisor conference. Any penalties will be determined by the NTHS advisor(s).


As a member of the National Technical Honor Society, I pledge to:

• Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct at all times

• Strive for excellence in all aspects of my education and employment

• Refuse to engage in or condone activities for personal gain a the expense of my fellow students, my school, or my employer

• Support the intents and purposes of NTHS while working to achieve the objective and goals of the society

• And to uphold my obligations as a citizen of my community and my country


The one-time membership fee is $25. Included will be a custom certificate with presentation folder, ID card, member pin, diploma seal, decal and white graduation tassel with the NTHS drop. The cost of the Graduation Honor Cord is $12. Grand Total is $37 per individual. The membership costs come from the training program/lab of the student nominated. Other membership benefits include three letters of recommendation, access to the Online Career Center and eligibility to apply for scholarships. Total costs of shipping to C-GCC will be divided equally between the programs/labs with new members.

The Gilmer Free Press

Handmade Quilt Stores West Virginia Family’s Memories

The Gilmer Free Press

Marie Jones was a minute or so into the history of the handmade quilt she was showing a visitor when her daughter, Lois Dittman, made a discovery.

“Right there,“ Lois said, jamming her finger into a purple square of fabric with a flower design in the middle. “That’s from the curtains in my room. I knew it looked familiar.“

If Lois had looked keenly enough through the mountain of quilts on the living room couch, she probably would have recognized other needle-and-thread artifacts, as well.

Fabric from an old Easter dress, maybe. Or another pattern Marie made for a cloth purse a little girl had to have for dress-up day at school.

Quilts are why that visitor came calling on that rain-soaked Friday afternoon.

Marie, 92, is soft-spoken and smiles easily, but don’t let her fool you. She was a sewing machine commando, wielding that Singer like a submachine gun as she made dresses and outfits for her and her six kids.

“Back then, you did what you had to do to get by,“ Marie said. “You had to be resourceful.“

If curtains or clothes were needed, she made them. She hardly ever used sewing patterns, she said.

“I just pictured in my head how I thought it would look,“ she said, “and I started sewing.“

She worked too hard at the time to realize it, but what she really did was stitch together a fabric of memories.

Her house on Pedlar Run Road is the one she was born in, grew up in and raised a family in.

“I go back seven generations,“ she said. “In this living room.“

She went back 75 years with her late husband, Robert, who spied her at grade school one day. The then 13-year-old Robert stitched up his courage and said hello to Marie, who was a year younger.

“He said he thought I might end up being his girlfriend,“ she remembered, as she smiled and looked down at the quilt in her lap.

What did she think?

“I didn’t know what to think. I don’t even know if was paying attention to boys then. He must have known something. He was the only boyfriend I ever had.“

Not too long before Robert died on May 19, 2012, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Robert, who drove a school bus and worked the 60 or so acres of farm that’s home to the house Marie was born in, battled a heart condition off and on, but he always recovered before.

“When he went to the hospital that last time, I never dreamed he wouldn’t be coming home,“ Marie said. “I still haven’t been to his grave. I don’t know if I can go.“

A daughter put her hand on her mom’s and said that didn’t matter.

“He’s not there, Mom,“ Lois said. “He’s here.“

He was, in the form of the sepia-toned pictures and faded Olan Mills portraits of her and Marie sharing their lives, and the lives of all those kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Grandkids and great grandkids got her into the quilting business. It was 1991, and Marie was hobbled with a broken foot. There were no more outfits or curtains to sew, so she found a new canvas for her needle-and-thread artistry. Quilting.

That first Christmas, every Jones kid got one.

When the next Christmas came, quilts for the grandkids were under the tree.

~~  JIM BISSETT - Associated Press ~~

Twenty-three great-grandchildren also own a Marie Jones quilted creation that couldn’t be more original.

Macular degeneration eventually stopped Jones’ quilt-making. The vision-robbing disease narrowed her eyesight to the point where she could no longer do intricate needlework.

Lois said she doesn’t need a quilt to wrap herself in good memories of her growing-up years on Pedlar Run Road.

“As kids, we worked hard because we had to,“ Lois said. That’s because their home address was a working farm. There were chickens, cows and pigs to tend to. Somebody had to bale hay and can vegetables.

“I think that’s why we all got along growing up,“ Lois said. As she said, when you were finally done with your chores and had time to play and romp in the hills past the house, why waste your time arguing with a sibling?

“Now that I think about it,“ she said, “I’m not sure I can remember my parents even arguing.

“If we did, by the end of the day we forgot about what it was about,“ Marie said.

Marie doesn’t mind sewing her memories to the visions stitched by her creativity. There were the ones she gave to family as gifts and the ones she bestowed upon friends. She’s got the histories of a good 70 quilts stitched in her memory.

Is Lois a quilter?

“Are you kidding me?“ said a laughing Lois, who has grandchildren of her own. “I don’t have the patience.“

There is an up-and-coming quilter in the family, though, Lois said: Her niece, and Marie’s great-granddaughter, Ashley Marie.

Under the tree this past Christmas was a quilt with Marie’s name on it. Ashley, who is 9, made it (with some help) and added an embroidered inscription: “To Grandma Marie from Ashley Marie.“

“There’s my quilter,“ Marie said, smiling at a new generational thread.

NYT: 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back

When people visit with friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia, where paved roads give way to dirt before winding steeply up wooded hollows, the talk is often of lives that never got off the ground.

“How’s John boy?” Sabrina Shrader, 30, a former neighbor, asked Marie Bolden one cold winter day at what Ms. Bolden calls her “little shanty by the tracks.”

“He had another seizure the other night,” Ms. Bolden, 50, said of her son, John McCall, a former classmate of Ms. Shrader’s. John got caught up in the dark undertow of drugs that defines life for so many here in McDowell County, almost died of an overdose in 2007, and now lives on disability payments. His brother, Donald, recently released from prison, is unemployed and essentially homeless.

The Gilmer Free Press
Welch, WV, is the seat of McDowell County, which has been a public
face of hardship for more than a half-century.
Today, it is burdened with a different, less tractable kind of poverty.

“It’s like he’s in a hole with no way out,” Ms. Bolden said of Donald as she drizzled honey on a homemade biscuit in her tidy kitchen. “The other day he came in and said, ‘Ain’t that a shame: I’m 30 years old and carrying my life around in a backpack.’ It broke my heart.”

McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard of living.

But a half-century later, with the poverty rate again on the rise, hardship seems merely to have taken on a new face in McDowell County. The economy is declining along with the coal industry, towns are hollowed out as people flee, and communities are scarred by family dissolution, prescription drug abuse and a high rate of imprisonment.

Fifty years after the war on poverty began, its anniversary is being observed with academic conferences and ideological sparring — often focused, explicitly or implicitly, on the “culture” of poor urban residents. Almost forgotten is how many ways poverty plays out in America, and how much long-term poverty is a rural problem.

The Gilmer Free Press
John F. Kennedy, then a senator running for president,
with miners near Mullens, WV, in 1960.

Of the 353 most persistently poor counties in the United States — defined by Washington as having had a poverty rate above 20% in each of the past three decades — 85% are rural. They are clustered in distinct regions: Indian reservations in the West; Hispanic communities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas; a band across the Deep South and along the Mississippi Delta with a majority black population; and Appalachia, largely white, which has supplied some of America’s iconic imagery of rural poverty since the Depression-era photos of Walker Evans.

McDowell County is in some ways a place truly left behind, from which the educated few have fled, leaving almost no shreds of prosperity. But in a nation with more than 46 million people living below the poverty line — 15% of the population — it is also a sobering reminder of how much remains broken, in drearily familiar ways and utterly unexpected ones, 50 years on.


A Scarred Landscape

Much of McDowell County looks like a rural Detroit, with broken windows on shuttered businesses and homes crumbling from neglect. In many places, little seems to have been built or maintained in decades.

Numbers tell the tale as vividly as the scarred landscape. 46% of children in the county do not live with a biological parent, according to the school district. Their mothers and fathers are in jail, are dead or have left them to be raised by relatives, said Gordon Lambert, president of the McDowell County Commission.

Beginning in the 19th century, the rugged region produced more coal than any other county in West Virginia, but it got almost none of the wealth back as local investment. Of West Virginia’s 55 counties, McDowell has the lowest median household income, $22,000; the worst childhood obesity rate; and the highest teenage birthrate.

It is also reeling from prescription drug abuse. The death rate from overdoses is more than eight times the national average. Of the 115 babies born in 2011 at Welch Community Hospital, over 40 had been exposed to drugs.

Largely as a consequence of the drug scourge, a problem widespread in rural America, the incarceration rate in West Virginia is one of the highest in the country.

“Whole families have been wiped out in this county: mother, father, children,” said Sheriff Martin B. West.

“These are good people, good families,” Sheriff West, an evangelical pastor, said of his lifelong neighbors. “But they get involved with drugs, and the next thing you know they’re getting arrested.”

The sheriff’s wife, Georgia Muncy West, has a historical link to the war on poverty. Her parents, Alderson and Chloe Muncy, were the first beneficiaries of the modern food stamp program, traveling to Welch to collect $95 in coupons. Ms. West, one of 15 children, said that unlike many current families, hers remained intact even through the leanest times. She went to work the Monday after she graduated from high school, sent her two children to college and served on the county school board.

The Gilmer Free Press
Poorest County Still Losing the War on Want
A storefront in Welch. Fewer than one in three McDowell County residents are in the labor force.

As coal mining jobs have declined over half a century, there has been a steady migration away from the mountains. McDowell County’s population is just 21,300, down from 100,000 in the 1950s. Those who stayed did not have the education or skills to leave, or remained fiercely attached to the hollows and homes their families had known for generations.

Alma and Randy McNeely, both 50, tried life in Tennessee. But they returned to McDowell County to be close to their large extended family.

The couple married when they were 16. In a family photo album, Ms. McNeely appears in her white wedding dress as if headed to the junior prom. Turning the album’s pages for a visitor, she apologized for its lack of captions. “Mama couldn’t write, so, you know, there ain’t no names in it,” she said.

Ms. McNeely, whose long, dark hair is gathered behind, is known as Maw for being a surrogate mother to many in Hensley, a dot of a community. Her home is a few small rooms under a metal roof, clinging to a hillside.

Her husband worked in sawmills before a back injury in 1990. His disability payments, some $1,700 a month, are the family’s only income.

After marrying, the couple had two children. Their daughter, Angela, gave birth at 14 and was expelled from a Christian school, her mother said. Now, Ms. McNeely is raising Angela’s daughter, Emalee Short, who is 15.

A high school sophomore, Emalee dreams of being a veterinarian or maybe a marine biologist. The house and yard ring with the yelps of a dozen Chihuahuas and other small dogs, some of them strays dropped off by neighbors.

A confident teenager in a “Twilight” T-shirt, Emalee is enrolled in Upward Bound, the federal program that offers Saturday classes and summer school for bright students aspiring to college. “I want to be one of the ones who gets out of here,” she said. “I don’t want people to talk about me” — meaning the recitation of damaged young lives that is a regular part of catching up.

Another photo in the album shows Randy Jr., the McNeelys’ son, known as Little Man. Little Man dropped out of high school six months shy of graduation, “with me sitting here crying,” Ms. McNeely said. He has been in and out of jail but is one of the lucky ones who have found work, at a junkyard run by a family friend.

Although Ms. McNeely encourages her granddaughter to aim for college, which would mean leaving McDowell County, she said that “her other mommy and daddy” — meaning Emalee’s biological parents — “and all her aunts and uncles, they don’t want her to go.”

“They’re scared she’s going to get hurt,” Ms. McNeely said.


Food Stamps and Coal

Many in McDowell County acknowledge that depending on government benefits has become a way of life, passed from generation to generation. Nearly 47% of personal income in the county is from Social Security, disability insurance, food stamps and other federal programs.

But residents also identify a more insidious cause of the current social unraveling: the disappearance of the only good jobs they ever knew, in coal mining. The county was always poor. Yet family breakup did not become a calamity until the 1990s, after southern West Virginia lost its major mines in the downturn of the American steel industry. The poverty rate, 50% in 1960, declined — partly as a result of federal benefits — to 36% in 1970 and to 23.5% in 1980. But it soared to nearly 38% in 1990. For families with children, it now nears 41%.

Today, fewer than one in three McDowell County residents are in the labor force. The chief effort to diversify the economy has been building prisons. The most impressive structure on Route 52, the twisting highway into Welch, is a state prison that occupies a former hospital. There is also a new federal prison on a mountaintop. But many residents have been skipped over for the well-paying jobs in corrections: They can’t pass a drug test.

Sheriff West, a former coal miner who presided over a magistrate court before he was elected sheriff in 2012, said the region’s ills traced back to many failures by elected officials, including local politicians who governed by patronage and state leaders in Charleston, the capital, who took the county’s solidly Democratic voters for granted and never courted them with aid.


Returning for Neighbors

Not everyone with an education and prospects has moved away. McDowell County has a small professional class of people fighting long odds to better a place they love. Florisha McGuire, who grew up in War, which calls itself West Virginia’s southernmost city, returned to become principal of Southside K-8 School.

For Ms. McGuire, 34, the turning point in the town’s recent history was the year she left for college, 1997, when many of the 17-year-olds who stayed behind graduated from beer and marijuana to prescription pill abuse.

Many of the parents of the children in her school today are her former classmates. In some, emaciated bodies and sunken eyes show the ravages of addiction. “I had a boy in here the other day I went to high school with,” she said. “He had lost weight. Teeth missing. You can look at them and go, ‘He’s going to be the next to die.’ ”

Ms. McGuire, who grew up in poverty — her father did not work and died of lung cancer at 49; her mother had married at 16 — was the first in her family to attend college. On her first morning at Concord University in Athens, WV, about 50 miles from War, her roommate called her to breakfast. Ms. McGuire replied that she didn’t have the money. She hadn’t realized her scholarship included meals in a dining hall.

“I was as backward as these kids are,” she said in the office of her school, one of few modern buildings in town. “We’re isolated. Part of our culture here is we tend to stick with our own.” In her leaving for college, she said, “you’d think I’d committed a crime.”

As the mother of a 3-year-old girl, she frets that the closest ballet lesson or soccer team is nearly two hours away, over the state line in Bluefield, Va. But she is committed to living and working here. “As God calls preachers to preach, he calls teachers to certain jobs,” she said. “I really believe it is my mission to do this and give these kids a chance.”

The Gilmer Free Press
Emalee Short played with her dog outside her grandparents’ home
in Hensley, WV, in long-struggling McDowell County.

Ms. McGuire described War as almost biblically divided between forces of dark and light: between the working blue- and white-collar residents who anchor churches, schools and the city government, and the “pill head” community. As she drove down the main street, past municipal offices with the Ten Commandments painted in front, she pointed out the signs of a once-thriving town sunk into hopelessness. The abandoned American Legion hall. A pharmacy with gates to prevent break-ins. The decrepit War Hotel, its filthy awning calling it “Miner’s City,” where the sheriff’s department has made drug arrests.

When coal was king, there were two movie theaters and a high school, now closed. “Everybody worked,” Ms. McGuire said.

She turned up Shaft Hollow, where many people live in poorly built houses once owned by a coal company, their roofs sagging and the porches without railings. At the foot of Shop Hollow, a homemade sign advertised Hillbilly Fried Chicken. Another pointed the way to the True Light Church of God in Jesus Name. “This is one of the most country places, but I love these people,” Ms. McGuire said. She said it was a bastion of Pentecostal faith, where families are strict and their children well behaved.

She and others who seek to lift McDowell County have attracted some outside allies. Reconnecting McDowell, led by the American Federation of Teachers union, is working to turn schools into community centers offering health care, adult literacy classes and other services. Its leaders hope to convert an abandoned furniture store in Welch to apartments in order to attract teachers.

The Gilmer Free Press
Bobby McPeak collected water from a hillside in Welch to use for cooking.

“Someone from Indiana or Pennsylvania, they’re not going to come to McDowell County and live in a house trailer on top of a mountain,” said Bob Brown, a union official.

Another group, the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, is working to create a home visitation service to teach new parents the skills of child-rearing.

Sabrina Shrader, the former neighbor of Marie Bolden in Twin Branch, has spoken on behalf of the group to the State Legislature and appeared before a United States Senate committee last year. Ms. Shrader, who spent part of her youth in a battered women’s shelter with her mother, earned a college degree in social work.

“It’s important we care about places like this,” she said. “There are kids and families who want to succeed. They want life to be better, but they don’t know how.”

~~  TRIP GABRIEL - New York Times ~~

GFP - 04.23.2014
EntertainmentBooks | Magazines | NewspaperFeaturesHistory | WayBackWhen™Financial & Economy | G-Fin™ | GrantsPolitics | Government | ElectionState-WVUSA(1) Comments

Permalink - Link to This Article

~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Well written article.
We have many of the same situations existing in central WV. Gilmer included.
Albeit thankfully on a smaller scale.
How close are we to becoming another Welch?
You say it can’t happen to Gilmer and our area?
Think again.  Depending on the extraction industry of coal, gas, oil, all results the same.
Don’t say that the College will be our savior either.  It won’t. It can’t.
If it was going to, we wouldn’t be in continual population decline all ready.
When our community starts to resemble Welch, you think that kids will come to Glenville?  Hard enough all ready to get them here.
Of course, we have the city, led by the county commission trying desperately to cover up our problems.
All the work with “dilapidated buildings”.
It is only covering the underlying problems in this community.
Simply treating the symptom, and not the cause of it.  Doesn’t help a thing.

By wondering  on  04.23.2014

Leave a CommentPrint This Article


The Gilmer Free Press

Senator discusses public service, importance of public policy with special guest Ted Koppel

At West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday, Senator Jay Rockefeller delivered an inspiring message to students and community leaders on the importance of public service and public policy. Rockefeller served as President at West Virginia Wesleyan from 1973 to 1976.

In a wide-ranging discussion moderated by veteran journalist Ted Koppel, Rockefeller reflected on a 50-year career defined by a singular dedication to serving West Virginia—and the policies he championed that drove economic and social development for the nation’s future.

(Read what others are saying about Rockefeller as a champion of public policy H E R E.)

“Public service is an honorable, noble calling. For me, serving the people of West Virginia has been my life’s work, and my profound honor,” Rockefeller said. “I believe that some of the best public policy can be derived from personal experience. To understand people’s needs, you have to put yourself in a place where you can understand their struggles, and their hopes and dreams.”

Reflecting on his own career in public policy, Rockefeller recounted his early days as a VISTA worker in southern West Virginia. He said that was a formative experience which set the stage for policy battles later in his career, including those in health care when he sought to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act; working to create a state-of-the-art, modernized nationwide emergency response system for first responders; fighting for coal miners all across West Virginia – for their safety, their health care, their retirement, their jobs; and creating opportunities for students to compete in the global economy by expanding educational opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

As Rockefeller has said before, he believes West Virginia’s future depends on economic development, public-private partnerships, research and attracting businesses that will sustain the next generations of West Virginians and allow them to compete for years to come. He challenged those in attendance to step into leadership roles to make sure the state is on a path toward success, growth and sustainability.

“The purpose of today’s forum is to inspire the next generation of public servants to pursue, with vigor and dedication, policies that will move our state forward, and keep us competitive both nationally and globally,” Rockefeller said. “That’s what I’ve tried to do throughout my career.”

Obama Pushes Financial Education in Schools

Financial education is taking center stage at many colleges, high schools, middle schools—even some kindergarten classrooms. And the Oval Office is driving the cause.

In proclaiming April as National Financial Capability Month, President Obama said the White House would “renew our drive to give all Americans the tools to navigate the financial world and gain the economic freedom to pursue their own measure of happiness.“

The president reestablished an advisory council earlier this year to counsel him on the most effective strategies to teach kids the basics of finance.

John Rogers, who chairs the president’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, said: “We think we can get young people started as early as first grade. We want to get people involved and engaged so they can build financial capability over time. The same way they get language skills, math skills, science skills that build over time. You want your financial literacy skills to build in the same way.“

Rogers is also chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, one of the nation’s top money-management firms. He believes children should learn about the financial markets from a young age, just like he did: Rogers was 12 years old when, instead of toys, his father starting buying him stocks for every birthday and every Christmas.

As the founder of Ariel Community Academy, a top-performing K-8 public school in Chicago where financial education is a key component of the curriculum, Rogers knows firsthand how this approach works.

Many studies show most Americans agree financial education is a good thing, yet it is not taught in most schools.

A 2014 survey by the Council for Economic Education found only 17 schools require high school students to take a personal finance course, and only six require them to be tested on these concepts. While the White House cannot mandate that financial education become mandatory in schools, Rogers said the advisory council is encouraging cities and states to look at other model financial education programs.

Most Americans don’t have a budget, and 41 percent gave themselves a C, D, or F when it came to financial know-how, according to a recent survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Rogers said the president’s advisory council is aiming to raise the grade for children—and their parents.

“One of the things we’re going to be working on is finding some pilot cities to get some real firsthand knowledge of how different programs can work and what works best,“ Rogers said.

He points to San Francisco’s Kindergarten to College program as one example that has shown significant promise since launching in 2012. Every child in kindergarten in the city’s public schools is automatically given $50 to deposit into a college savings account. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to save in the account as well.


Sharon Epperson - a correspondent for CNBC covering the commodity markets and personal finance.

WV Symphony Receives Grant for Statewide Tour

The Gilmer Free Press

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $20,000 grant to bring live symphonic music to rural communities.

The symphony said Monday that it’s one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an Arts Work grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will be used to support a statewide outreach tour of rural communities.

Gilmer County Commission: NOTICE TO ARCHITECTS – 05.02.14


Pursuant to West Virginia Code 5G-1-4, the Gilmer County Commission is seeking expressions of interest from architectural and engineering firms for professional services to design and provide architectural, engineering, and construction administrative services to assist with a project to eliminate water infiltration into the basement of the Gilmer County Courthouse.  The project also includes some electrical improvements in the same area of the Courthouse.

Architects are invited to submit an expression of interest, to include a statement of qualifications, performance data and other material information desired no later than May 02, 2014, close of business 4:00 PM (EST) at the
Office of the Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard Street,
Glenville, WV 26351
Attention Cindy Wilson, County Administrator.

Please include all previous experience regarding Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, and Justice Center design services in West Virginia, as well as all previous experience on projects funded by Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA).

The Gilmer County Commission will evaluate the statements of qualifications and may conduct discussions and/or interviews with three of the professional firms submitting these statements deemed to be the most highly qualified to provide the service required, rank such firms in order of preference and make final approval.

GFP - 04.23.2014
CommunityGilmer CountyGlenvilleLegalsPolitics | Government | ElectionLocal(1) Comments

Permalink - Link to This Article

~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Looking forward to more projects like this.

By Sara SOC  on  04.23.2014

Leave a CommentPrint This Article

Movie Review: ‘A Haunted House 2’

“What did you expect?” That’s how readers respond when I write a negative review of a movie that everyone expected would be bad.

In the case of “A Haunted House 2,” the sequel to Marlon Wayans’s horror movie parody, I didn’t expect much. But I did assume — this being a comedy and all — that I would laugh, at least once. But “A Haunted House 2” is so bombastically stupid that its well-earned R rating doesn’t seem sufficient. The movie should come with another warning: The following 87 minutes would be better spent alphabetizing your spice rack.

The Gilmer Free Press

Wayans reteamed with Rick Alvarez to write this follow-up, and he once again stars as Malcolm, a man plagued by otherwoldly forces. He has just moved into a new house with his girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two children, and no sooner do they start unpacking boxes but weird things begin to happen. Megan’s daughter becomes obsessed with a large box she found in her closet, while her younger brother picks up an imaginary friend named Tony. Malcolm, meanwhile, stumbles upon an old film reel of a ghoulish and incompetent demon that can’t seem to kill the house’s previous occupants.

Malcolm also begins an intimate relationship with a creepy doll Megan found in the closet, leading to a series of sex scenes that are so graphic, with such hardcore language coming from Malcolm, that it’s hard to believe that only one-half of the participants is human.

Other setups that are supposed to qualify as funny include the relationship Malcolm has with his Mexican neighbor, in which the two trade racist barbs; a “joke” about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s violent past; an accidental puppy murder; and prison rape.

If that weren’t enough, the editing is sloppy, the narrative is weak and every lame gag goes on twice as long as it should. “A Haunted House 2” definitely exceeds expectations, but in the worst way possible.

No stars

R. Contains crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images. 87 minutes.

High School Track and Field 2014: Fenton Relays - Girls

The Gilmer Free Press

Fenton Relays 2014
Jack Jones Track and Field Facility
Girls Results

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                    52.29   2  10   
     1) Stanwick, Monica SR             2) Byrd, Katelyn SO               
     3) Wilson, Kristin SR              4) Williams, Kasey SR             
  2 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                       52.91   2   8   
     1) Blake, Laura SR                 2) Niebergall, Makenzi SR         
     3) Curry, Taylor JR                4) Perrin, Jakeya SO              
  3 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                  52.92   2   6   
     1) Hammer, Brooklyn 12             2) Gardner, Ellie 09              
     3) Zide, Lexie 09                  4) Wilson, Hope 09                
  4 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                          53.98   2   4   
     1) Patel, Nilum FR                 2) Taylor, Cheyenne FR            
     3) Miller, Brooke JR               4) Jones, Jordyne SO              
  5 St. Marys  ‘A’                                        55.13   2   2   
     1) Strickler, Emily SR             2) Knight, Hannah FR              
     3) Buzzard, Kylee FR               4) Nichols, Jenna FR              
  6 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                              55.35   2   1   
     1) Ingram, Justice 12              2) Ferguson, Sarah 12             
     3) Dolly, Ashly 9                  4) Plaugher, Rosa 9               
  7 Marietta High School  ‘A’                             55.37   1 
     1) Roberts, Embrey                 2) Robinson, Abby                 
     3) Linscott, Olivia                4) Myers, Anna-Claire             
  8 Ripley High School  ‘A’                               58.65   1 
     1) Mellen, Candace SR              2) Oldham, Emily JR               
     3) Prater, Michaella FR            4) Lanham, Courtney FR            
  9 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                            59.06   1 
     1) Schott, Leanna                  2) Moore, Hunter                  
     3) Paugh, Catherine                4) Heeter, Jade                   
 10 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        1:03.26   1 
     1) Adams, Elizabeth JR             2) Cain, Samantha                 
     3) Lynch, Zinnia                   4) Evans, Laura                   
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                     1:51.27   2  10   
     1) Blake, Laura SR                 2) Niebergall, Makenzi SR         
     3) Curry, Taylor JR                4) Perrin, Jakeya SO              
  2 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                1:52.24   2   8   
     1) Hammer, Brooklyn 12             2) McMullen, Ally 09              
     3) Zide, Lexie 09                  4) Gardner, Ellie 09              
  3 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             1:52.85   2   6   
     1) Farkosh, Holly JR               2) Miller, Laurel FR              
     3) Thomas, Audra SO                4) Painter, Caylee SO             
  4 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                        1:53.08   2   4   
     1) Bailey, Hannah JR               2) Ackerman, Holly JR             
     3) Patel, Nilum FR                 4) Jones, Jordyne SO              
  5 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  1:57.07   2   2   
     1) Byrd, Katelyn SO                2) Cale, Lacey SR                 
     3) Wilson, Kristin SR              4) Williams, Kasey SR             
  6 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           1:59.75   1   1   
     1) Linscott, Olivia                2) Robinson, Abby                 
     3)                                 4) Miller, Madison                
  7 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            2:00.51   2 
     1) Ferguson, Savanah 9             2) Barnette, Madison 9            
     3) Dolly, Ashly 9                  4) Hileman, Emily 11              
  8 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        2:06.61   1 
     1) Moss, Breana SO                 2) Bailey, Allie SO               
     3) Smith, Gwynn JR                 4) Smith, Miriam SR               
  9 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          2:08.29   1 
     1) Heeter, Jade                    2) Callihan, Jessi                
     3) Tilton, Samantha                4)                                
Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          4:21.75   2  10   
     1) Hart, Kate                      2) McElroy, MaryKate              
     3) Sampson, Kelsey                 4) Hart, Natalie                  
  2 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                        4:24.65   2   8   
     1) Bailey, Hannah JR               2) Bolton, MaryKat SO             
     3) Dent, Nicole SO                 4) Leaman, Lauren SO              
  3 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                     4:24.82   2   6   
     1) Blake, Laura SR                 2) Cassidy, Mackenzie SR          
     3) Curry, Taylor JR                4) Perrin, Jakeya SO              
  4 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                4:26.24   2   4   
     1) Zide, Lexie 09                  2) McMullen, Ally 09              
     3) Gardner, Ellie 09               4) Robinson, Allie 11             
  5 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             4:28.96   1   2   
     1) King`, Hope FR                  2) Carson, Haley                  
     3) Thomas, Audra SO                4) Miller, Laurel FR              
  6 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            4:31.39   2   1   
     1) Ferguson, Savanah 9             2) Stephenson, Haley 10           
     3) Shields, Sadie 9                4) Ferguson, Sarah 12             
  7 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  4:34.77   2 
     1) Cale, Lacey SR                  2) O’Bara, Meredith SR            
     3) Johnson, Seanna FR              4) Brezler, Emily SR              
  8 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      4:38.36   1 
     1) Taylor, Olivia SO               2) Gorrell, Alex JR               
     3) Billeter, Katelyn SO            4) Strickler, Emily SR            
  9 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           4:46.92   1 
     1) Miller, Madison                 2) Grosel, Hannah                 
     3) Linscott, Olivia                4) Myers, Anna-Claire             
 10 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        4:52.79   1 
     1) Moss, Breana SO                 2) Smith, Miriam SR               
     3) Burns, Megan JR                 4) Smith, Gwynn JR                
 11 Williamstown HS  ‘B’                               x5:01.19   1 
     1) Settle, Sarah 11                2) Mossor, Shealee 12             
     3) Zang, Ana                       4) Strauss, Kaley                 
Girls 4x800 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  Points
  1 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                       10:44.76   10   
     1) Dent, Nicole SO                 2) Bolton, MaryKat SO             
     3) Ackerman, Holly JR              4) Morris, Rachel SR              
  2 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                 10:51.92    8   
     1) McCulley, Ally FR               2) Teter, Rachel SR               
     3) Ervin, Emma SO                  4) Brezler, Emily SR              
  3 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                    11:11.79    6   
     1) Cummings, Lindsey FR            2) Short, Allison FR              
     3) Long, Alyssa FR                 4) Long, Austyn SR                
  4 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                         11:29.62    4   
     1) McElroy, MaryKate               2) Skinner, Reagan                
     3) Skinner, Alyssa                 4) Thompson, Phoebe               
  5 Marietta High School  ‘A’                          11:50.55    2   
     1) Deskins, Brittany               2) Schradel, Kayla                
     3) Crone, Hannah                   4) Miracle, Josie                 
  6 St. Marys  ‘A’                                     12:21.88    1   
     1) Gorrell, Alex JR                2) Taylor, Olivia SO              
     3) Billeter, Katelyn SO            4) Fetty, Sara SR                 
—Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                     NT  
     1) Mossor, Cami 12                 2) Settle, Sarah 11               
     3) Mossor, Shealee 12              4) Robinson, Allie 11             
—Wirt County High School  ‘A’                             NT  
—Ripley High School  ‘A’                                  DQ  
     1) Sanders, Madison                2) Carson, Haley                  
     3) Holmes, Kelsey SO               4) Titus, Kaitlyn SR              
Girls 4x1600 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  Points
  1 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                       23:55.15   10   
     1) Harmon, Kayla SO                2) Mukkamala, Swathi JR           
     3) Morris, Rachel SR               4) Waters, Jordan JR              
  2 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                 24:12.35    8   
     1) Lockhart, Danielle SO           2) Dennis, Hannah FR              
     3) McCulley, Ally FR               4) Currey, Allison SO             
  3 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                               25:07.75    6   
     1) Settle, Sarah 11                2) Robinson, Allie 11             
     3) Mossor, Shealee 12              4) Gardner, Madelin 12            
  4 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                    25:50.20    4   
     1) Lewis, Audreana SO              2) Short, Allison FR              
     3) Long, Austyn SR                 4) Glancy-Story, Christa FR       
  5 Marietta High School  ‘A’                          27:16.64    2   
     1) Hall, Kelsey                    2) Miracle, Josie                 
     3) Halliday, Cooper                4) Varnadoe, Haley                
  6 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                       27:50.37    1   
     1) Kerby, Mary SO                  2) Adams, Elizabeth JR            
     3) Greenleaf, Lillian SO           4) Pelfrey, Emily SO              
  7 St. Marys  ‘A’                                     28:30.41  
     1) Gorrell, Alex JR                2) Taylor, Olivia SO              
     3) Billeter, Katelyn SO            4) Fetty, Sara SR                 
—Ripley High School  ‘A’                                  DQ  
     1) Ferrell, Amy SR                 2) Holmes, Kelsey SO              
     3) Goff, Kyra SO                   4) Titus, Kaitlyn SR              
Girls 800 Sprint Medley
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                     1:57.94   2  10   
     1) Blake, Laura SR                 2) Curry, Taylor JR               
     3) Niebergall, Makenzi SR          4) Perrin, Jakeya SO              
  2 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                        1:59.19   2   8   
     1) Patel, Nilum FR                 2) Miller, Brooke JR              
     3) Bever, Sarah JR                 4) Leaman, Lauren SO              
  3 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             2:00.31   2   6   
     1) King`, Hope FR                  2) Painter, Caylee SO             
     3) Thomas, Audra SO                4) Miller, Laurel FR              
  4 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  2:00.97   2   4   
     1) Stanwick, Monica SR             2) Williams, Kasey SR             
     3) Byrd, Katelyn SO                4) Whitlatch, Cassie FR           
  5 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          2:03.11   2   2   
     1) Hart, Natalie                   2) Schott, Leanna                 
     3) Sampson, Kelsey                 4) Hart, Kate                     
  6 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           2:04.07   1   1   
     1) Roberts, Embrey                 2) Robinson, Abby                 
     3) Miller, Madison                 4) Myers, Anna-Claire             
  7 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        2:10.59   1 
     1) Bailey, Allie SO                2) Cottrell, Caitlin FR           
     3) Moss, Breana SO                 4) Smith, Gwynn JR                
  8 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            2:15.77   1 
     1) Dolly, Ashly 9                  2) Burgreen, Hannah 10            
     3) Hileman, Emily 11               4) Ross, Jamie 9                  
  9 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                2:20.10   2 
     1) Wilson, Hope 09                 2) Newton, Jensen 09              
     3) McMullen, Ally 09               4) Masters, Kylee 09              
Girls Distance Medley
    School                                               Finals  Points
  1 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                         13:24.00   10   
     1) Hart, Natalie                   2) Sampson, Kelsey                
     3) Hart, Kate                      4) McElroy, MaryKate              
  2 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                       13:46.24    8   
     1) Bolton, MaryKat SO              2) Dent, Nicole SO                
     3) Waters, Jordan JR               4) Morris, Rachel SR              
  3 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                 13:47.78    6   
     1) Johnson, Seanna FR              2) Ervin, Emma SO                 
     3) Currey, Allison SO              4) McCulley, Ally FR              
  4 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                               14:05.46    4   
     1) Robinson, Allie 11              2) Gardner, Madelin 12            
     3) Mossor, Cami 12                 4) Mossor, Shealee 12             
  5 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                    14:57.49    2   
     1) Cummings, Lindsey FR            2) Long, Alyssa FR                
     3) Short, Allison FR               4) Stevens, Kayley SO             
  6 Marietta High School  ‘A’                          15:19.75    1   
     1) Deskins, Brittany               2) Schradel, Kayla                
     3) Miracle, Josie                  4) Hall, Kelsey                   
  7 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                       15:24.98  
     1) Burns, Megan JR                 2) Smith, Gwynn JR                
     3) Smith, Miriam SR                4) Kerby, Mary SO                 
  8 St. Marys  ‘A’                                     15:51.38  
     1) Billeter, Katelyn SO            2) Fetty, Sara SR                 
     3) Taylor, Olivia SO               4) Gorrell, Alex JR               
  9 Ripley High School  ‘A’                            17:37.49  
     1) Oldham, Emily JR                2) Mellen, Candace SR             
     3) Goff, Kyra SO                   4) Ferrell, Amy SR                
Girls 4x102.5 Meter Shuttle Hurdle
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Parkersburg High School  ‘A’                        1:04.88   4  10   
     1) Maloney, Lauren SO              2) Cline, Tiffany JR              
     3) Leaman, Lauren SO               4) Bever, Sarah JR                
  2 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                1:07.71   3   8   
     1) Gardner, Ellie 09               2) Zide, Lexie 09                 
     3) McMullen, Ally 09               4) Gardner, Madelin 12            
  3 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             1:09.92   4   6   
     1) Farkosh, Holly JR               2) Sanders, Madison               
     3) Painter, Caylee SO              4) Cunningham, Molli SR           
  4 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  1:10.90   3   4   
     1) Smith, Justice FR               2) King, Kassidy FR               
     3) Teter, Rachel SR                4) Wilson, Kristin SR             
  5 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            1:11.15   3   2   
     1) Plaugher, Rosa 9                2) Ingram, Justice 12             
     3) Stephenson, Haley 10            4) Ferguson, Sarah 12             
  6 Cabell Midland High School  ‘A’                     1:11.18   4   1   
     1) Hicks, Sierra                   2) McKemy, Bailey SO              
     3) Rayburn, Haley FR               4) Niebergall, Makenzi SR         
  7 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      1:13.68   2 
     1) Knight, Hannah FR               2) Baker, Shaina FR               
     3) Strickler, Emily SR             4) Nichols, Jenna FR              
  8 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          1:15.82   1 
     1) Hart, Natalie                   2) Buchanan, Kylynn               
     3) Paugh, Alex                     4) Heeter, Jade                   
  9 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           1:19.47   2 
     1) Roberts, Embrey                 2) Wriston, Luanna                
     3) Bricker, Heather                4) Crum, Lizzy                    
 10 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        1:21.07   1 
     1) Greenleaf, Lillian SO           2) Cottrell, Caitlin FR           
     3) Bailey, Allie SO                4) Smith, Miriam SR               
Girls High Jump Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Bever, Sarah              JR Parkersburg            5-02.00    3.33
  2 Leaman, Lauren            SO Parkersburg            5-00.00    3.33
  3 Miller, Laurel            FR Ripley                 4-10.00    2.66
  3 Nichols, Jenna            FR St. Marys              4-10.00    1   
  5 Stephenson, Haley         10 Doddridge              4-08.00  
  5 Buzzard, Kylee            FR St. Marys              4-08.00    1   
  5 Thomas, Audra             SO Ripley                 4-08.00    2.66
  8 Taylor, Kelsie            FR Cabell Midland         4-06.00    0.50
  8 Cassidy, Mackenzie        SR Cabell Midland         4-06.00    0.50
  8 Whitlatch, Cassie         FR Park. South            4-06.00    1.66
 11 Miller, Madison              Marietta               4-04.00    1.66
 11 Grosel, Hannah               Marietta               4-04.00    1.66
 11 Sampson, Kelsey              Fort Frye              4-04.00  
 11 Gibson, Erica             SR Ripley                 4-04.00    2.66
 11 Harmon, Kayla             SO Parkersburg            4-04.00    3.33
 16 Wilson, Kristin           SR Park. South            4-02.00    1.66
 16 Ferguson, Savanah          9 Doddridge              4-02.00  
 16 Deskins, Brittany            Marietta               4-02.00    1.66
 16 Leavitt, Carrie           SO Park. South            4-02.00    1.66
 20 Moore, Hunter                Fort Frye              4-00.00  
—Ingram, Justice           12 Doddridge                   NH  
—Tilton, Samantha             Fort Frye                   NH  
—Buckley, Victoria         09 Williamstown                NH  
—Baker, Shaina             FR St. Marys                   NH  
—Killin, Karli             SO Cabell Midland              NH  
Girls Pole Vault Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Crum, Lizzy                  Marietta              10-06.00    3.33
  2 Gardner, Madelin          12 Williamstown          10-00.00    3   
  3 Buchanan, Kylynn             Fort Frye              8-06.00    2.66
  3 Randolph, Madeline        SO Ripley                 8-06.00    2   
  3 Amos, Erica               11 Williamstown           8-06.00    3   
  6 Hileman, Emily            11 Doddridge              8-00.00    1   
  7 Paugh, Alex                  Fort Frye              7-00.00    2.66
  7 King, Kassidy             FR Park. South            7-00.00    0.50
  7 Miller, Brooke            JR Parkersburg            7-00.00    0.50
  7 Randolph, Chelsey         10 Doddridge              7-00.00    1   
  7 Deskins, Brittany            Marietta               7-00.00    3.33
  7 Schradel, Kayla              Marietta               7-00.00    3.33
  7 Schott, Leanna               Fort Frye              7-00.00    2.66
  7 Cunningham, Molli         SR Ripley                 7-00.00    2   
—Maloney, Lauren           SO Parkersburg                 NH  
—Lyons, Summer             FR Parkersburg                 NH  
—Gibson, Erica             SR Ripley                      NH  
—Ingram, Justice           12 Doddridge                   NH  
—Masters, Kylee            09 Williamstown                NH  
—Whitlatch, Cassie         FR Park. South                 NH  
—Staats, Bailey            FR Park. South                 NH  
Girls Long Jump Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Nichols, Jenna            FR St. Marys             15-07.50    3.33
  2 Williams, Kasey           SR Park. South           15-06.00    1.33
  3 Cassidy, Mackenzie        SR Cabell Midland        15-01.00    2.66
  4 Stevens, Kayley           SO Cabell Midland        14-08.00    2.66
  5 Ferguson, Sarah           12 Doddridge             14-07.00    2   
  6 Stephenson, Haley         10 Doddridge             14-03.00    2   
  7 Baker, Shaina             FR St. Marys             13-09.00    3.33
  7 Prater, Michaella         FR Ripley                13-09.00    0.66
  9 Ferguson, Savanah          9 Doddridge             13-08.00    2   
  9 Strickler, Emily          SR St. Marys             13-08.00    3.33
 11 Tabler, Jasmine              Marietta              13-06.00    0.33
 12 Crum, Lizzy                  Marietta              13-03.00    0.33
 13 Parker, Abby              JR Cabell Midland        13-00.00    2.66
 14 Ackerman, Holly           JR Parkersburg           12-11.00  
 15 Lanham, Courtney          FR Ripley                12-10.00    0.66
 16 Cale, Lacey               SR Park. South           12-08.00    1.33
 17 Miller, Ciara             FR Parkersburg           12-06.00  
 18 Scarberry, Krissa         SO Ripley                12-01.00    0.66
 18 Thompson, Phoebe             Fort Frye             12-01.00  
 20 Keeney, Kaylee            SO Park. South           11-06.50    1.33
 21 Taylor, Cheyenne          FR Parkersburg           11-06.00  
 22 Brooks, Amber                Marietta              11-04.00    0.33
 23 Skinner, Reagan              Fort Frye             10-03.50  
 24 Floyd, Courtney              Fort Frye              8-01.00  
Girls Shot Put Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 McAtee, Whitney           JR Parkersburg           37-03.00    2.66
  2 Miles, Kylie              FR Cabell Midland        34-00.00    3.33
  3 Cunningham, Rylee         10 Williamstown          32-03.00    2   
  4 Taylor, Laura             SO St. Marys             32-00.75    1.33
  5 Hoium, Clara                 Marietta              31-09.50    0.33
  6 Jemison, Whitney          FR St. Marys             31-00.00    1.33
  7 Svingos, Simone           JR Cabell Midland        30-08.50    3.33
  8 Phillips, Paige           11 Doddridge             30-04.00    0.66
  9 Somervill, Teah           SO Parkersburg           29-11.00    2.66
 10 Hamner, Jasmine           JR Cabell Midland        29-09.00    3.33
 11 Boso, Brittany            SR Park. South           29-01.50  
 12 Glaspell, Gabby           10 Doddridge             29-00.50    0.66
 13 Johnson, Brooke           09 Williamstown          28-09.50    2   
 14 Poole, Jennifer              Fort Frye             28-02.50  
 15 Kemp, Courtney            SR Park. South           28-00.50  
 16 Spencer, Lisa             11 Williamstown          27-03.50    2   
 16 Lincoln, Lexi                Marietta              27-03.50    0.33
 18 Reed, Brittany               Williamstown          27-01.50  
 19 Barnette, Madison          9 Doddridge             27-00.00    0.66
 20 Bennett, Hailey              Marietta              26-11.00    0.33
 21 Parsons, Adrianna         SO Ripley                26-05.00  
 22 Isenhart, Amanda          SO Wirt                  25-10.50  
 23 Maidens, Samantha         FR St. Marys             24-03.75    1.33
 24 King, Veronica            JR Wirt                  24-00.00  
 25 Linger, Halle             FR Parkersburg           23-09.25    2.66
 26 Medina, Abbi                 Fort Frye             23-07.50  
 27 McConnell, Chloe          SO Park. South           23-02.00  
 28 Cox, Bronwynn             FR Ripley                22-06.50  
 29 Lockhart, Julie           JR Wirt                  22-06.00  
 30 Willey, Sara                 Fort Frye             22-05.50  
 31 Goff, Kyra                SO Ripley                18-01.00  
—Young, Laurenn               Williamstown         X24-06.00  
—Sharp, Abbie              11 Williamstown         X24-04.00  

Girls Discus Throw Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 McAtee, Whitney           JR Parkersburg             121-07    2.66
  2 Cunningham, Rylee         10 Williamstown            109-04    3.33
  3 Phillips, Paige           11 Doddridge               102-11    2   
  4 Spencer, Lisa             11 Williamstown            102-08    3.33
  5 Taylor, Laura             SO St. Marys               101-02    1.33
  6 Glaspell, Gabby           10 Doddridge                99-01    2   
  7 Miles, Kylie              FR Cabell Midland           96-06    0.33
  8 Smith, Emily              SR Parkersburg              90-07    2.66
  9 Bennett, Hailey              Marietta                 86-03    0.66
 10 Jemison, Whitney          FR St. Marys                84-05    1.33
 11 Scruggs, Julia            SO Ripley                   82-03  
 12 Boso, Brittany            SR Park. South              81-10  
 13 Scott, Allyson               Fort Frye                79-03  
 14 Cieslewski, Melissa       10 Williamstown             77-08    3.33
 15 Hoium, Clara                 Marietta                 75-06    0.66
 16 Lincoln, Lexi                Marietta                 74-01    0.66
 17 Brown, Caitlin             9 Doddridge                70-07    2   
 18 Copley, Molly             SO Cabell Midland           66-11    0.33
 19 Ferguson, Anna            FR Park. South              66-05  
 20 Somervill, Teah           SO Parkersburg              66-01    2.66
 21 Carper, Alicia            SR Wirt                     65-09  
 22 Buchanan, Kylynn             Fort Frye                65-06  
 23 McConnell, Chloe          SO Park. South              61-04  
 23 Braden, Kristina          JR Wirt                     61-04  
 25 Poole, Jennifer              Fort Frye                60-11  
 26 Burris, Ariel             JR St. Marys                58-00    1.33
 27 Svingos, Simone           JR Cabell Midland           57-03    0.33
 28 Parsons, Adrianna         SO Ripley                   56-03  
 29 King, Veronica            JR Wirt                     51-07  
 30 Goff, Kyra                SO Ripley                   48-03  
                    Girls - Team Rankings - 13 Events Scored
    1) PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL     88.50     2) Cabell Midland High Schoo  67   
    3) Williamstown HS             58        4) Parkersburg South High Sc  51.50
    5) Ripley High School          34        6) Fort Frye High School      34   
    7) Marietta High School        26        8) St. Marys                  23   
    9) Doddridge County HS         20       10) Wirt County High School     1   

High School Track and Field 2014: Fenton Relays - Boys

The Gilmer Free Press

Fenton Relays 2014
Jack Jones Track and Field Facility
Boys Results

Boys 4x100 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Marietta High School  ‘A’                             45.22   2  10   
     1) Johnson, Bernard                2) Elliott, Aaron                 
     3) Jones, Austin                   4) Coffield, Quinton              
  2 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                  45.66   2   8   
     1) Hart, Trace 12                  2) Zlatkind, Mathew 12            
     3) West, Riley 10                  4) Myers, Josh 12                 
  3 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                              46.01   2   6   
     1) Smith, Brandon 11               2) Stewart, Brandon 11            
     3) Cottrill, Zachary 12            4) Ford, Wyatt 11                 
  4 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                    46.99   2   4   
     1) Barber, Dashan JR               2) Kemp, Jimmy FR                 
     3) Parsons, Wyatt SR               4) Sargent, Trea SO               
  5 St. Marys  ‘A’                                        47.02   2   2   
     1) Gutierrez, Carlos JR            2) Miller, Ryan FR                
     3) Spitzer, Noah SR                4) Gray, David SR                 
  6 Ripley High School  ‘A’                               48.81   1   1   
     1) Lively, Paul SR                 2) McDonald, Joel SO              
     3) Robertson, Garrett FR           4) Stover, Skye SO                
  7 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                            52.43   1 
     1) Stewart, Leithon                2) Baker, Levi                    
     3) Carpenter, Brady                4) Cutshaw, Andrew                
Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  1:34.55   2  10   
     1) Parsons, Wyatt SR               2) Sargent, Trea SO               
     3) Bibbs, Anthony JR               4) Schwendeman, Brendan JR        
  2 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                1:36.27   2   8   
     1) Hart, Trace 12                  2) Beck, Michael 10               
     3) West, Riley 10                  4) Zlatkind, Mathew 12            
  3 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            1:37.21   2   6   
     1) Smith, Brandon 11               2) Stewart, Brandon 11            
     3) Nestor, Brian 11                4) Underwood, Dillon 10           
  4 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      1:39.93   2   4   
     1) Gutierrez, Carlos JR            2) Johnson, Anthony SO            
     3) Baker, Alex JR                  4) Gray, David SR                 
  5 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             1:41.59   1   2   
     1) McDonald, Joel SO               2) Miller, Tucker JR              
     3) Stover, Skye SO                 4) Robertson, Garrett FR          
  6 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          1:42.86   1   1   
     1) Hall, Garrett                   2) Lewis, Casey                   
     3) Carpenter, Brady                4) Cutshaw, Andrew                
  7 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        1:43.52   2 
     1) Ohrn, Brady SO                  2) Thomas, Allec SR               
     3) Taylor, Simon JR                4) Wilson, Devin SR               
  8 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           1:48.41   1 
     1) Lerch, Jordan                   2) Ritzman, Nathan                
     3) Farrar, Jack                    4) Tyree, Brandon                 
Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  3:40.69   2  10   
     1) Parsons, Wyatt SR               2) Scalise, Vincent JR            
     3) Sargent, Trea SO                4) Schwendeman, Brendan JR        
  2 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           3:43.15   2   8   
     1) Jones, Austin                   2) Davis, Garrett                 
     3) Phillips, Kody                  4) Coffield, Quinton              
  3 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                3:44.65   2   6   
     1) Beck, Michael 10                2) Bobbitt, Tom 09                
     3) West, Riley 10                  4) Williams, Marshall 12          
  4 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             3:49.10   1   4   
     1) Null, Mikey SO                  2) Wendell, Jared SR              
     3) Jones, Antonio JR               4) Stover, Skye SO                
  5 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            3:49.12   2   2   
     1) Nestor, Brian 11                2) Hinzman, Ashton 12             
     3) Stewart, Brandon 11             4) Devericks, Garrett 10          
  6 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          3:52.11   1   1   
     1) McElroy, Ford                   2) Lewis, Casey                   
     3) Cheeseman, Matt                 4) Roush, Matt                    
  7 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        3:55.50   2 
     1) Wilson, Devin SR                2) McMillan, Glenn JR             
     3) McVey, Austin SR                4) Kerby, Logan SO                
  8 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      4:08.21   1 
     1) Barnhart, Trenton JR            2) Britton, Josh SO               
     3) Sunderman, Garrett FR           4) Eades, Elijah FR               
Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  Points
  1 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        8:51.40   10   
     1) McMillan, Glenn JR              2) Ohrn, Brady SO                 
     3) McVey, Austin SR                4) Kerby, Logan SO                
  2 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             8:57.30    8   
     1) Phillips, Levi JR               2) Stover, Skye SO                
     3) Null, Mikey SO                  4) Casto, Jake SR                 
  3 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                9:17.39    6   
     1) Bobbitt, Tom 09                 2) Hutchins, Kelton 10            
     3) Hall, Austin 11                 4) Williams, Marshall 12          
  4 Williamstown HS  ‘B’                               x9:32.67  
     1) Berman, Christopher 11          2) Uppole, Chase 09               
     3) Antill, Chandler                4) Maloney, Matt                  
  5 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  9:33.87    4   
     1) Sams, Kyle JR                   2) Gass, Logan SO                 
     3) Brown, Tyler JR                 4) Kirk, Alex SR                  
  6 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          9:35.82    2   
     1) McElroy, Ford                   2) Stewart, Leithon               
     3) Baker, Levi                     4) Roush, Matt                    
  7 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      9:36.14    1   
     1) Barnhart, Trenton JR            2) Britton, Josh SO               
     3) Carpenter, Derek SR             4) Maze, Jamie JR                 
  8 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            9:36.39  
     1) Hinzman, Ashton 12              2) Ferguson, Caleb 12             
     3) Stout, Brandon 12               4) Heaster, Trey 9                
  9 Marietta High School  ‘A’                          10:04.22  
     1) Tucker, Nathan                  2) Bricker, Joel                  
     3) Crawford, Micheal               4) Ritzman, Nathan                
Boys 4x1600 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  Points
  1 Ripley High School  ‘A’                            19:54.04   10   
     1) Phillips, Levi JR               2) Null, Mikey SO                 
     3) Jones, Antonio JR               4) Casto, Jake SR                 
  2 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                       20:28.25    8   
     1) Ohrn, Brady SO                  2) Kerby, Logan SO                
     3) McMillan, Glenn JR              4) Lynch, Denzil SR               
  3 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                               21:02.13    6   
     1) Hutchins, Kelton 10             2) Hall, Austin 11                
     3) Berman, Christopher 11          4) Uppole, Chase 09               
  4 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                           21:23.14    4   
     1) Riffle, Hunter 9                2) Ferguson, Caleb 12             
     3) Clevenger, Brandon 9            4) Heaster, Trey 9                
  5 St. Marys  ‘A’                                     22:00.69    2   
     1) Haddox, Johnathan JR            2) Butler, Richard SO             
     3) Eades, Elijah FR                4) Maze, Jamie JR                 
  6 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                 22:07.44    1   
     1) Kirk, Alex SR                   2) Brown, Tyler JR                
     3) Lynn, Josh FR                   4) Lawrentz, Landon FR            
Boys 800 Sprint Medley
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Marietta High School  ‘A’                           1:40.86   2  10   
     1) Johnson, Bernard                2) Elliott, Aaron                 
     3) Jones, Austin                   4) Coffield, Quinton              
  2 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            1:44.47   2   8   
     1) Stewart, Brandon 11             2) Underwood, Dillon 10           
     3) Nestor, Brian 11                4) Smith, Brandon 11              
  3 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             1:45.06   1   6   
     1) Lively, Paul SR                 2) Robertson, Garrett FR          
     3) Wendell, Jared SR               4) Jones, Antonio JR              
  4 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                1:47.76   2   4   
     1) Hammer, Dakota 09               2) Myers, Josh 12                 
     3) Beck, Michael 10                4) O’Donahue, Declan 11           
  5 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                          1:47.80   2   2   
     1) Hall, Garrett                   2) Lewis, Casey                   
     3) Roush, Matt                     4) Cheeseman, Matt                
  6 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  1:47.85   2   1   
     1) Barber, Dashan JR               2) Bibbs, Anthony JR              
     3) McConnell, Sloan JR             4) Varner, Will FR                
  7 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      1:48.51   1 
     1) Johnson, Anthony SO             2) Miller, Ryan FR                
     3) Vaughn, Trey FR                 4) Wolfe, Cody FR                 
  8 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        1:50.46   1 
     1) Thomas, Allec SR                2) Alltop, Damian FR              
     3) Taylor, Simon JR                4) Wilson, Devin SR               
Boys Distance Medley
    School                                               Finals  Points
  1 Fort Frye High School  ‘A’                         11:34.44   10   
     1) McElroy, Ford                   2) Hall, Garrett                  
     3) Roush, Matt                     4) Cheeseman, Matt                
  2 Ripley High School  ‘A’                            11:38.35    8   
     1) Casto, Jake SR                  2) Null, Mikey SO                 
     3) Jones, Antonio JR               4) Wendell, Jared SR              
  3 Marietta High School  ‘A’                          12:01.12    6   
     1) Phillips, Kody                  2) Miracle, Skyler                
     3) Tucker, Nathan                  4) Haught, Jacob                  
  4 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                               12:05.37    4   
     1) Williams, Marshall 12           2) Deem, Ryder 12                 
     3) Bobbitt, Tom 09                 4) Hutchins, Kelton 10            
  5 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                           12:06.24    2   
     1) Hinzman, Ashton 12              2) Cottrill, Zachary 12           
     3) Clevenger, Brandon 9            4) Riffle, Hunter 9               
  6 St. Marys  ‘A’                                     12:21.54    1   
     1) Carpenter, Derek SR             2) Barnhart, Trenton JR           
     3) Butler, Richard SO              4) Haddox, Johnathan JR           
  7 Williamstown HS  ‘B’                              x12:25.33  
     1) Berman, Christopher 11          2) Stansberry, Dylan              
     3) Hall, Austin 11                 4) Antill, Chandler               
  8 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                 12:35.38  
     1) Sams, Kyle JR                   2) Varner, Will FR                
     3) Kirk, Alex SR                   4) Brown, Tyler JR                
  9 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                       13:54.95  
     1) Burns, Michael                  2) Wriston, Ethan JR              
     3) Alltop, Damian FR               4) Lynch, Denzil SR               
Boys 4x110 Meter Shuttle Hurdle
    School                                               Finals  H# Points
  1 Parkersburg South High School  ‘A’                  1:00.99   3  10   
     1) Kemp, Jimmy FR                  2) Boles, Micah JR                
     3) Scalise, Vincent JR             4) Enoch, Josh SR                 
  2 Ripley High School  ‘A’                             1:02.64   3   8   
     1) Lively, Paul SR                 2) Wendell, Jared SR              
     3) Walters, Aaron SR               4) Harris, Cody SR                
  3 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                1:05.62   2   6   
     1) Raines, Austin 10               2) Deem, Ryder 12                 
     3) Hammer, Dakota 09               4) Beck, Michael 10               
  4 St. Marys  ‘A’                                      1:06.63   3   4   
     1) Johnson, Anthony SO             2) Smith, Cole FR                 
     3) Baker, Alex JR                  4) Wolfe, Cody FR                 
  5 Williamstown HS  ‘B’                               x1:09.79   1 
     1) Smith, Cody 12                  2) Hoosier, Trevor 09             
     3) Stansberry, Dylan               4) Sikorski, Joe 12               
  6 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            1:10.58   2   2   
     1) Davis, Aaron 10                 2) Underwood, Dillon 10           
     3) Blankenship, Michael 11         4) Devericks, Garrett 10          
  7 Wirt County High School  ‘A’                        1:11.37   1   1   
     1) Ohrn, Brady SO                  2) Wilson, Devin SR               
     3) McVey, Austin SR                4) Lynch, Denzil SR               
Boys High Jump Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 DeGraef, Evan             JR Park. South            6-02.00    3.33
  2 Elliott, Aaron               Marietta               6-00.00    2.33
  2 Cottrill, Zachary         12 Doddridge              6-00.00    2.33
  4 Wolfe, Cody               FR St. Marys              5-08.00    1   
  5 Ritchey, Jordan              Marietta               5-06.00    2.33
  5 Smith, Brandon            11 Doddridge              5-06.00    2.33
  5 Peters, Matt              SO Park. South            5-06.00    3.33
  8 Thomas, Allec             SR Wirt                   5-04.00    0.50
  8 Walters, Aaron            SR Ripley                 5-04.00    1.33
  8 Barber, Dashan            JR Park. South            5-04.00    3.33
  8 Harris, Cody              SR Ripley                 5-04.00    1.33
 12 Devericks, Garrett        10 Doddridge              5-02.00    2.33
 12 McVey, Austin             SR Wirt                   5-02.00    0.50
 12 Fay, Jojo                 SR Ripley                 5-02.00    1.33
 12 Hall, Caleb                  Marietta               5-02.00    2.33
 16 Sikorski, Joe             12 Williamstown           5-00.00  
 16 Zlatkind, Mathew          12 Williamstown           5-00.00  
 16 Smith, Cole               FR St. Marys              5-00.00    1   
 16 Carpenter, Brady             Fort Frye              5-00.00  
—Duskey, Jared                Fort Frye                   NH  
—Cheeseman, Matt              Fort Frye                   NH  
—Sutton, Kyler             09 Williamstown                NH  
—Baker, Alex               JR St. Marys                   NH  
—Kerby, Logan              SO Wirt                        NH  
Boys Pole Vault Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Griffith, Zane            SO Ripley                12-06.00    3.33
  2 Farrar, Jack                 Marietta              11-06.00    2   
  3 Myer, Jeffrey             12 Doddridge             11-00.00    2.66
  3 Raines, Austin            10 Williamstown          11-00.00    3   
  5 Blankenship, Michael      11 Doddridge             10-00.00    2.66
  5 Boles, Micah              JR Park. South           10-00.00    2   
  7 McConnell, Sloan          JR Park. South            9-00.00    2   
  7 Davis, Aaron              10 Doddridge              9-00.00    2.66
  7 Banton, Andrew            FR Ripley                 9-00.00    3.33
  7 Johnson, Shane            JR Ripley                 9-00.00    3.33
  7 Bobbitt, Tom              09 Williamstown           9-00.00    3   
  7 Lewis, Casey                 Fort Frye              9-00.00    1   
—Davis, Garrett               Marietta                    NH  
—Cutshaw, Andrew              Fort Frye                   NH  
—Brightbill, Brice            Fort Frye                   NH  
—Grygiel, Alec             FR Park. South                 NH  
—Hall, Caleb                  Marietta                    NH  
Boys Long Jump Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Bibbs, Anthony            JR Park. South           21-00.00    3.33
  2 Elliott, Aaron               Marietta              20-06.00    2.66
  3 Cottrill, Zachary         12 Doddridge             19-07.00    2   
  4 Coffield, Quinton            Marietta              19-03.75    2.66
  5 Barber, Dashan            JR Park. South           18-09.00    3.33
  6 Enoch, Josh               SR Park. South           18-07.00    3.33
  7 Gray, David               SR St. Marys             17-09.50    1.33
  8 Johnson, Bernard             Marietta              17-08.50    2.66
  9 Baker, Alex               JR St. Marys             17-08.00    1.33
 10 Dufor, Malyk              11 Williamstown          17-04.50    0.66
 11 Underwood, Dillon         10 Doddridge             17-00.00    2   
 12 Devericks, Garrett        10 Doddridge             16-09.00    2   
 13 Miller, Ryan              FR St. Marys             16-05.00    1.33
 14 Sutton, Kyler             09 Williamstown          16-03.50    0.66
 15 Withrow, Todd             FR Ripley                15-04.00    0.33
 16 Boggess, Garrett          SO Ripley                14-08.50    0.33
 17 Sikorski, Joe             12 Williamstown          14-02.50    0.66
 18 Robertson, Garrett        FR Ripley                13-10.00    0.33
 19 Stewart, Leithon             Fort Frye             13-08.00  
 20 Brightbill, Brice            Fort Frye             13-00.00  
 21 Rowley, Tyler                Fort Frye             12-06.00  
Boys Shot Put Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Rippeto, Dylan            SR Park. South           45-10.50    3.33
  2 Britton, Isaac            12 Doddridge             43-06.00    2   
  3 Wynn, Easton                 Marietta              41-04.50    2.66
  4 Snyder, Skylar            JR Wirt                  41-03.00    0.66
  5 Smith, Cody               12 Williamstown          38-00.50    1.33
  6 Cox, Jacob                SO St. Marys             37-05.00  
  6 Ferguson, Tim             SO Park. South           37-05.00    3.33
  8 Hall, Garrett                Fort Frye             36-11.00    0.33
  9 Davis, Garrett               Marietta              36-10.50    2.66
 10 Harris, Ben               10 Williamstown          36-09.00    1.33
 11 Pfeiffer, Adam            12 Williamstown          36-03.00    1.33
 12 Crouser, Bradley          SR Wirt                  36-01.50    0.66
 13 Bohl, Derek                  Fort Frye             35-09.00    0.33
 14 Haught, Tyler                Marietta              35-07.00    2.66
 15 Nolan, Stoney             SO Park. South           35-01.00    3.33
 16 Ford, Wyatt               11 Doddridge             34-10.00    2   
 17 Booher, Dustin            11 Doddridge             34-00.00    2   
 18 Linder, Cole              SR Wirt                  33-01.75    0.66
 19 Stearns, Garrett          SO Ripley                32-08.75  
 20 Buckalew, Logan           JR Ripley                32-04.00  
 21 Berish, Saul              JR St. Marys             31-00.50  
 22 Snyder, Luke              SO St. Marys             27-07.00  
 23 Duskey, Jared                Fort Frye             27-03.00    0.33
 24 Ranson, Zak               SR Ripley                27-00.00  
 25 Argbrite, Mike               Williamstown          25-05.25  
—Kerns, Doug               11 Williamstown         X34-07.00  
—Enochs, Zane              11 Williamstown         X32-05.00  

Boys Discus Throw Relay
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Rippeto, Dylan            SR Park. South             159-07    3.33
  2 Britton, Isaac            12 Doddridge               152-05    2   
  3 Nolan, Stoney             SO Park. South             135-04    3.33
  4 Ferguson, Tim             SO Park. South             133-02    3.33
  5 Smith, Cody               12 Williamstown            123-01    2.66
  6 Harris, Ben               10 Williamstown            122-09    2.66
  7 Haught, Tyler                Marietta                113-09    1.33
  8 Ford, Wyatt               11 Doddridge               112-05    2   
  9 Buckalew, Logan           JR Ripley                  109-10    0.66
 10 Enochs, Zane              11 Williamstown            109-08    2.66
 11 Bohl, Derek                  Fort Frye               105-04    0.33
 12 Wynn, Easton                 Marietta                105-00    1.33
 13 Tyree, Brandon               Marietta                104-00    1.33
 14 Snyder, Skylar            JR Wirt                    102-11  
 15 Cox, Jacob                SO St. Marys               102-09  
 16 Ranson, Zak               SR Ripley                   94-02    0.66
 17 Odle, Thomas              10 Doddridge                89-09    2   
 18 Berish, Saul              JR St. Marys                89-05  
 19 Winters, Anthony             Fort Frye                89-02    0.33
 20 Linder, Cole              SR Wirt                     81-08  
 21 Jennings, Caleb           SR Ripley                   81-07    0.66
 22 Baker, Levi                  Fort Frye                74-07    0.33
 23 Thomas, Noah              JR Wirt                     68-06  
 24 Snyder, Luke              SO St. Marys                66-00  
—Jefferson, Brendon        10 Williamstown           X102-07  
—Hoosier, Trevor           09 Williamstown            X96-00  
—Harris, Sam               09 Williamstown            X90-03  

                    Boys - Team Rankings - 13 Events Scored
    1) Parkersburg South High Sch  84        2) Williamstown HS            68   
    3) Ripley High School          64        4) Doddridge County HS        63   
    4) Marietta High School        63        6) Wirt County High School    22   
    7) St. Marys                   20        8) Fort Frye High School      19   

Register Now for GSC 16th Annual Land Resources Golf Tournament

The Gilmer Free Press

The 16th Annual Glenville State College Land Resources Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 02, 2014 at the eighteen-hole Bel Meadow Country Club near Clarksburg.

The event will start with a buffet lunch at 11:00 AM, and participants will tee off at 12:00 PM.

The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $80 per person or $320 per team. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch.

The first place team wins $400, second place wins $300, and third place wins $200. There will be two hole- in-one prizes: $10,000 cash and a 420 Honda Rancher Four-Wheeler.

There will also be a STIHL MS290 Chain Saw for the ‘closest second shot’ as well as skill prizes for categories including closest to the pin, log driver champion, longest putt, and longest drive. Non-golfers may also contribute to the tournament by becoming hole sponsors for $100 each.

“The golf tournament is an enjoyable afternoon of fun that contributes to the education of GSC natural resource management students. These students will support and lead the oil and gas, coal, forestry, surveying, and environmental industries in our state. Please join us,” said Dr. Milan Vavrek, GSC Professor of Natural Resource Management and Land Resources Department Chair.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the GSC Land Resource Department and its environmental, forestry, landman, and land surveying programs. The money raised will be used to purchase equipment that the department’s annual operating budget does not allow. The number of students in these programs normally reaches 140 each year. Last year’s event raised over $6,000 that was utilized to purchase the latest GPS, GIS, and CADD Technologies for the academic department.

For more information, to register to play, or to sponsor a hole, contact Ashley Reed, Department of Land Resources Administrative Secretary, at or call 304.462.6370.

First Annual Raingutter Regatta - 06.28.14

The Gilmer Free Press

FBC Cancer Fund Scramble Golf Tournament - 05.16.14

The Gilmer Free Press

Bon Appétit: Lemony Carrot ‘Fettuccine’ with Toasted Walnuts

The Gilmer Free Press


  ½ cup chopped walnuts
  2 pounds large carrots, peeled, stem ends discarded
  1¼ cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, divided
  1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
  Salt and ground black pepper
  2 ounces Neufchatel (low-fat cream cheese)
  1 teaspoon lemon juice
  2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives


Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a shallow baking dish, spread the walnuts in an even layer and bake on the oven’s middle shelf for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they smell fragrant.

Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, using a swivel blade or a Y-shaped vegetable peeler, peel the carrots into long fettuccine-like strands, discarding the core (or saving it for a snack or a stock).

In a large skillet, combine 1 cup of the chicken broth with the lemon zest, a hefty pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper.

Whisk the mixture until the lemon is well distributed.

Cut up the cheese into small pieces and add it to the skillet along with the carrots.

Cover the skillet tightly and bring the broth to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer the carrots, covered, for 3 minutes.

Remove the lid, and stir the carrots gently with tongs to make sure the cheese is well distributed.

Cover and simmer, adding the additional broth if the mixture seems dry, for another 1 to 2 minutes, or just until the carrots are tender.

Stir in the lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper.

Divide the carrot “fettuccine” between 4 serving plates, then top each portion with a quarter of the toasted walnuts and the chives.

Makes 4 servings.

Flashback: What Happened on April 23, ....


•  1845 Johnson Camden of Sutton became deputy clerk of the Braxton County Court, his first position in government.

•  1891 The Parkersburg Bridge Company was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: J. H. Fischer, John S. Camden, William Bentley of Parkersburg, Wood County; J. F. Woodyard and S. W. Goff of Wood County. The company’s purpose was to construct and operate a toll bridge across the Little Kanawha River at Parkersburg, with its main office in Parkersburg, Wood County.

•  1920 Former candidate for governor General Nathan Goff died.

•  1922 A fire caused $40,000 in damages to the business section of Oak Hill, Fayette County.

•  1976 The West Virginia Supreme Court rejected Governor Moore’s appeal of their decision of April 6, prohibiting him from running for a third consecutive term.

•  1992 Two state Division of Highways employees were suspended for wearing hats supporting Democrat Charlotte Pritt for governor. State officials admitted the mistake and reinstated the two employees.

GFP - 04.23.2014
FeaturesHistory | WayBackWhen™

Permalink - Link to This Article

~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Print This Article

Ask the Doctor: Protein in Urine a Concern


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am writing to ask you to fill in for my doctor, who is quite tight-lipped. He told me I have protein in the urine. I am 43 and have three children.

I asked him the significance of this, and he just shrugged his shoulders. He wants me to give another specimen in a week.

I’m quite concerned about this, and, when I have asked people, I always get bad predictions. Will you shed some light on this?
- A.H.

ANSWER: The kidneys’ main function is to filter the blood and remove useless and potentially harmful material. Proteins are useful material, are large, and they don’t pass through the kidney’s filters into the urine.

When protein appears in the urine, it indicates that the kidney’s filters have gaps, allowing these large structures to exit the body. To determine the significance of urine protein, two specimens should be collected on different days.
If both specimens contain protein, then the next step is to figure how much protein is lost in 24 hours.

Normally, less than 150 mg of protein is found in one full day of urine production. If the daily output of protein is less than 2,000 mg, the cause is often a benign condition. Heavy exercise or fever can produce such protein loss.

A condition called orthostatic proteinuria is another unthreatening cause of urine protein. Affected people lose protein during the day when they are standing (orthostasis). They lose no protein when they’re asleep and horizontal.

An early-morning urine specimen, therefore, is free of protein. A specimen taken before retiring, however, has protein in it. This condition is not an indication of illness.

Illnesses that cause loss of greater amounts of protein are things like kidney inflammation for a number of reasons, kidney infections and inherited kidney disease.

Frequently, the cause requires a needle biopsy of the kidney. That can be done as an outpatient. If your doctor is so tight-lipped that he doesn’t give you an answer in a short time, consider seeing another doctor.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853.

G-Eye™: 04.23.14

Glenville State College Students Plant, Mulch and Re-Peat at Yeager Airport
The Gilmer Free Press

Students and staff from Glenville State College spent part of their Earth Day helping out the planet. Tuesday 20 people from Glenville planted shrubs and mulched around the Yeager Airport sign and planted flowers near the terminal as part of a community service project.

It all got started back in 2007 according to Glenville staff member Marlon Henry when the airport was undergoing a major earth removal project.

“We brought a lot of students out here and,along the back side of the hill we planted a lot of trees down there,” explained Henry.” We’ve just kept coming back every year to show our support for it and that Glenville State College can outreach to more than just the Glenville area.”

Those saplings they planted seven years ago are now young trees that keep the hillside from eroding into the valley below.

Henry said it’s important the students learn to give back and see their contribution come to life.

“In a year from now, five years from now, 10 years from now, it hits home when you see the impact as you drive by where you mulched, where you planted shrubs. It’s a great way to give back and beautify the state of West Virginia,” explained Henry.

Earth Day celebrated on April 22 is aimed at supporting environmental protection worldwide.

The students said they’ll be back again next year to take on another beatification project.

~~  Jennifer Smith ~~

Submit photos for this daily feature. You may select to have your name listed as well.
Send your photo(s) to “”

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 04.23.14


All of us, at some point in our lives, have been on the road to Emmaus.

It is the road of disappointment, failure, sorrow, grief and broken dreams—a road of work and worry, of doubt, confusion and fear. But we are not alone on this road. Just as Jesus walked with the two disciples, he also walks with us, though we may not recognize him. Jesus broke open the Scriptures for them and then shared a meal. We, too, at the Eucharist follow this pattern. Do we listen to the word as it is proclaimed? Does it speak to what is troubling us? This is a way that Jesus can be our companion on the road. Lord, in the breaking of the bread may our eyes be opened so we may recognize you and follow you as our guide to our Father’s house.

Acts 3:1‐10. Let all who seek the Lord rejoice—Ps 104(105):1-4, 6- 9. Luke 24:13-35.

Gladys Marie Blake

The Gilmer Free Press

Gladys Marie Blake

Age 88, of Raccoon Run Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on February 19, 1926: daughter of the late Jessie Conrad and Roxie (Williams) Conrad.

On January 4, 1944, she married Edward James Blake, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1997.

Mrs. Blake is survived by five sons: Paul Blake, David Blake, Randsil Blake, Brian “Keith” Blake and Earl Blake all of Weston, 14 grandchildren, Earl Blake, Jr.,Gary Blake, Cathryn Lake, Debbie Blake, Ralph Daniel Blake, Robert Blake, Tersa Allen, Christina White, Alex Blake, Reva Blake, Erik Blake, Sherry Blake, Roberta Blake, and William Blake and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother: Wilbert Conrad of Walkersville and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Edward, Gladys was preceded in death by four sisters: Pearl Eagle, Carie Detamore, Elsie Clem, and Rosie Turner.

Mrs. Blake was a glass worker with Louie Glass Factory of Weston and a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.

Gladys enjoyed sewing, quilting and making blankets.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 11AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Siding Cemetery on Oil Creek , Roanoke, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Gladys Marie Blake.

Clare Ruth Burrows Norman Cobb

The Gilmer Free Press

Clare Ruth Burrows Norman Cobb

Age 71, of Nella’s Nursing Home of Elkins, WV passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Nella’s Nursing Home following an extended illness.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on June 29, 1942: daughter of the late Curtis William Allen and Stella (Robison) Allen.

Mrs. Cobb is survived by two sons: John Ray Burrows of Weston, WV and James Curtis Burrows of Clouster Point, VA and seven grandchildren: Julie Burrows, Kelley Jo Burrows, T.J. Burrows, Josh Burrows, Jessie Burrows, Autumn Burrows and Tara Burrows. She is also survived by her sister: Chessie Brown of Buckhannon and 16 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Clare was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Cobb was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing games especially puzzles and loved to cook.

Clare was a Baptist by faith.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM from Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew with Pastor Junior Harris officiating

Interment will follow services in her family plot.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Clare Ruth Norman Cobb.

Robert Lee Law

The Gilmer Free Press

Robert Lee Law

Age 75, of Grantsville, WV passed away April 19, 2014 at his home.

Born in Grantsville, WV February 27, 1939, he was a son of the late William “Doc” and Elodene Riggs Law.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grantsville.

A child of the Father, Bob was well known in the local community as an entrepreneur with many interests. His first business venture was in local archery sales. As the owner of Air Rifle Headquarters that opened in Grantsville in the 1960’s, he is remembered internationally for his insightful advancements in air rifle technology, making major improvements with his customizations and developments of synthetic lubricants to improve accuracy and function of the air rifle as we know them today.

In addition, Bob had other ventures that the community benefited from including a Christian book store, record store, used furniture and appliance store and video rentals. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the community.

Surviving are his brothers William (Connie) Law of Parkersburg, Phil Thomas (Karen) Law of Grantsville and Joseph (Dianne) Law of Parkersburg. His children, Jeffery (Leslie) Law of Mt. Pleasant SC, Christina (David) Pearson of Aurora CO and Jennifer Law (Matthew) Wickline of Charlottesville VA. His grandchildren, Gracie and Jeffery Law of Mt Pleasant SC, Matthew (Victoria) Pevarnik, Adam, Joshua and Kayla Pevarnik, Elly and Graysen Wickline as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday April 24, 2014, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Shirley Fitzwater officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Howard Lee Riddle Sr.

The Gilmer Free Press

Howard Lee Riddle Sr.

Age 78, of Middle Fork Rd. Roanoke, WV went home to be with the Lord at 7:05 PM on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on September 28, 1935 a son of the late Archie Hugh Riddle and Lena Virginia Dennison Riddle.

He was twice married, first on May 30, 1959 to the former Delphia Lajune Douglas, who passed away on December 04, 2014, then on May 25, 1994 to the former Clara Cathy Webb, who survives.

He is also survived by Howard and Delphia’s five children: Debbie Cochran and husband, Johnnie, of Fulton IL, Sharon Mitchell and husband, Warren, of Clinton IA, Pamela Riddle of Clinton IA, and two sons: Michael Riddle of Thomson IL and Howard Riddle Jr. and wife Wilma of Roanoke; one sister, Lelah Ocheltree and husband, Charles, of Weston; two brothers: Darrell and Kenneth Riddle, both of Weston; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Nathan Alfred; one step grandson, Timothy Gibson; two sisters: Ruth Ann Riddle and Lula Mae Riddle; and five brothers: Leon, Jimmy, Sammy Jo, Harold, and Harry Riddle.

Howard worked as a timber cutter for Frank Craig. He later worked for Holden Contractors and retired from Echo Valley. He’s an outdoor enthusiast who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend David Riddle officiating.

Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery on Goosepen Rd. in Weston.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Howard Riddle Sr.

Roy Earl Davidson

The Gilmer Free Press

Roy Earl Davidson

Age 63, of Big Springs, WV was tragically lost, along with his mother Nora and daughter Tresea, Saturday, March 29, 2014.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV, the son of Fred and Nora Lavon (Ellyson) Davidson.

He worked at O’Ames for 33 years on different assembly lines before he became foreman of the maintenance department.

He then worked for the Calhoun County Board of Education for 5 years as a bus driver and custodian at Pleasant Hill Elementary.

He is survived by his daughter Lisa McDonald and her husband Ryan, and two grandchildren, Cody and Andrea, of Monmouth, Maine, and a sister Nora Jean Dye of Glenville, WV.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janet (Burrows) Davidson, his father Fred Davidson, a brother Raymond Davidson, and a granddaughter Alexis Marie McDonald.

Tresea Renea Davidson

The Gilmer Free Press

Tresea Renea Davidson

Age 43 of Big Springs, WV was was tragically lost along with her father Roy and grandmother Nora, Saturday, March 29, 2014.

She was born in Lewis County, WV, the daughter of Roy and Janet Davidson of Big Springs, WV.

She touched many hearts in her 43 years and left quite an impression on all. She could brighten a room with her jolly laugh and never ending smile. She loved to volunteer her time to help others. She also cherished her beloved dog Terry.

She is survived by her sister Lisa McDonald; brother-in-law Ryan McDonald, a nephew Cody and a niece Andrea McDonald, all of Monmouth, Maine.

She was preceded in death by her mother Janet (Burrows) Davidson, and a niece Alexis Marie McDonald.

Merle Batton Heckler

The Gilmer Free Press

Merle Batton Heckler

Age 91, of Gassaway, WV, passed away April 20, 2014.

Merle was born December 01, 1922 near Cairo, WV and was one of 5 children.

She married Howard Heckler in 1942 and they had 2 children, Tom and Kitty. Kitty passed away in 2011 and Tom lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife Sharon Hall Heckler.

Merle’s husband passed away in 1991.

Merle is survived also by one brother, Ernest Batton of Milford, DE, Son-in-law Larry Tincher of Hansford, WV, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Merle and Howard were married for 49 years and her love of math led to her career path of being a bookkeeper for different car dealerships in Gassaway, WV. In her spare time she volunteered her time at Church and the hospital. She also inherited her Mother’s love of sewing and quilting and enjoyed various crafts. Health reasons forced her to leave Gassaway and move to Knoxville, TN in 2011 to an assisted living facility near her son and daughter-in-law. This turned out to be a very enjoyable experience and she quickly became involved in the various activities provided. She always tried to treat others as she would like to be treated and always said “If you don’t have something nice to say, just don’t say anything.“

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. James Malick officiating.

Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Amedisys Hospice Services, 665 New Highway 68, Suite B, Sweetwater, TN 37874.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Roger Lee Carte, Sr.

The Gilmer Free Press

Roger Lee Carte, Sr.

Age 68 of Kenna, WV passed away April 19, 2014 in Calhoun County, WV.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vola “Poe” Deel and his grandmother Viola “Granny” Hill.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Carte, his son Roger Carte, II, daughter Renee’ (Chad) Johnson and his special nephew, Johnny Haynes of Mason County. He is also survived by grandchildren: Justin Carte, Ashley Carte, Chase Johnson, Ty Johnson, Luke Johnson and great grand-daughter Emmy Carte. He is also survived by his one sister and brother, many close friends and family.

As per his wishes there will be no viewing, no services and his body will be cremated.

Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is assisting the family with arrangements.


The Gilmer Free Press

2014 >  WayBackWhen™: April 23

Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.“ — Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born author (1899-1977).

Today’s Highlight in History:

The Gilmer Free Press

On April 23, 1914, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1.

On this date:

In 1014, the Battle of Clontarf took place near Dublin as forces loyal to Brian Boru, High King of the Irish, defeated an army led by the King of Leinster with heavy losses on both sides, including Brian, who was killed.

In 1616, English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare, 52, died on what has been traditionally regarded as the anniversary of his birth in 1564.

In 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

In 1791, the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was born in Franklin County, Pa.

In 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous “Man in the Arena” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In 1940, about 200 people died in the Rhythm Night Club Fire in Natchez, Miss.

In 1943, U.S. Navy Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy assumed command of PT-109, a motor torpedo boat, in the Solomon Islands during World War II. (On Aug. 2, 1943, PT-109 was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, killing two crew members; Kennedy and 10 others survived.)

In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

In 1988, a federal ban on smoking during domestic airline flights of two hours or less went into effect.

In 1993, labor leader Cesar Chavez died in San Luis, Ariz., at age 66.

In 2007, Boris Yeltsin, the first freely elected Russian president, died in Moscow at age 76.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush eased Reagan-era sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi’s giving up weapons of mass destruction.

South African President Thabo Mbeki (TAH’-boh um-BEH’-kee) was elected unopposed for a second term.

Five years ago:

President Barack Obama met privately with leading executives of credit-card issuing companies; afterward, the president said he was determined to get a credit-card law passed that eliminated the tricky fine print, sudden rate increases and late fees.

One year ago:

A car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, wounding three people and partially setting the building on fire.

France legalized same-sex marriage after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation’s heartland and triggered huge demonstrations.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 84

Actor David Birney is 75

Actor Lee Majors is 75

Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito is 71

Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 67

Actress Blair Brown is 66

Writer-director Paul Brickman is 65

Actress Joyce DeWitt is 65

Actor James Russo is 61

Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 60

Actress Judy Davis is 59

Actress Jan Hooks is 57

Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 54

Actor Craig Sheffer is 54

Actor-comedian-talk show host George Lopez is 53

Rock musician Gen is 50

U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 49

Actress Melina Kanakaredes (kah-nah-KAH’-ree-deez) is 47

Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 46

Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 46

Actor Scott Bairstow (BEHR’-stow) is 44

Actor-writer John Lutz (TV: “30 Rock”; “Saturday Night Live”) is 41

Actor Barry Watson is 40

Rock musician Bryce Dessner (The National) is 38

Actor-writer-comedian John Oliver is 37

Actor Kal Penn is 37

MLB All-Star Andruw Jones is 37

Actress Jaime King is 35

Pop singer Taio Cruz is 31

Actor Aaron Hill is 31

Actress Rachel Skarsten is 29

Tennis player Nicole Vaidisova (vay-deh-SOH’-vuh) is 25

Actor Dev Patel (puh-TEHL’) is 24

Actor Matthew Underwood is 24

Actor Camryn Walling is 24

WV Lottery - 04.22.14


2-8-4       Number of Winners = N146       Total Payout = $10,030.00


9-5-1-9       Number of Winners = 39       Total Payout = $7,800.00


04-06-12-20-23-25       Number of Winners = 3021       Total Payout = $10,920.00


M02-18-19-49-50     Mega Ball: 01   Megaplier: x 3  

Alumni Day at Glenville State College Slated for April 26, 2014

Final plans for this year’s Alumni Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 have been made. All alumni and friends of the college are invited back to campus. Those coming back to Glenville the evening before and those living within driving distance to campus may want to take advantage of GSC’s spring band concert, under the direction of Professor Lloyd Bone, at 7:00 PM on Friday evening, April 25, 2015, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

On Saturday, several activities have been scheduled for throughout the day, including a bluegrass jam session at the Alumni Center from noon until 2:00 PM, a reunion/retirement reception for Professor Emeritus Rick Sypolt in the Land Resources Department at the Waco Center from 1:00-3:00 PM, an Open House with tours of the new Waco Center from 1:00-4:00 PM, a double-header baseball game at the Sue Morris Sports Complex, and a 3:00 p.m. Senior Recital in the Fine Arts Auditorium.


All activities on Saturday promise to be wonderful opportunities for everyone to socialize, reminisce, and re-establish contact with fellow alums and friends of Glenville State College that they haven’t seen in a while. The Alumni Center, open from noon until 4:30 PM, will be headquarters for the day’s activities.

The College Bookstore will be open from 1:00-5:00 PM on Saturday for everyone to have an opportunity to find that special GSC souvenir and the Robert F. Kidd Library will be open during these hours as well. The perimeter doors of campus buildings will be unlocked during the afternoon, encouraging alums to tour the facilities and reminisce.

The annual meet and greet social time for banquet attendees will be held in the pre-function area of the Alan B. Mollohan Campus Community Center from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, followed by the alumni banquet at 6:00 PM in the ballroom. The evening’s banquet spotlight will be on the Alumni Association’s guests of honor: Alumnus of the Year Rich Heffelfinger’80, Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Kim Wilson ’75, Community Service Award Honoree Mack Samples ’64, Outstanding Public School Educator Awards Phil Tharp ’75 and Kathy (Fox) Tharp ’74, Outstanding Young Alumna Maggie Beth (Smith) Ponton ’06, and Outstanding Young Alumnus Matt Cogar ’10. The spotlight will also be upon the family of Professor Ed McKown ’61 as he is honored posthumously.

Alumna Margaret (Miller) Goodwin ’51 will host a social time at the Alumni Center following the evening’s banquet and Rumble on the Hill will be held that night in the Physical Education Building’s Jesse Lilly Gymnasium.

For planning purposes, prior reservations at $20.00 each are required for banquet attendees.

Contact the Glenville State College Alumni Office at 304.462.4122, local, or 866.239.0285, toll free, for more information about Alumni Day activities and to make your banquet reservation(s).

St. Joseph’s Foundation Receives Generous Donation from FirstEnergy

Gregory Hefner, Manager of External Affairs for FirstEnergy of Clarksburg, presented a generous donation on behalf of FirstEnergy to St. Joseph’s Foundation.  The donation was presented as part of the Foundation’s annual end-of-the-year appeal.  This donation will benefit the renovation of the hospital’s Chapel and renovation of a wing of the hospital to create a new Skilled Nursing Facility.

The hospital’s Chapel honors the Pallottine Sisters and provides a place of solace for those in need.  Its new Skilled Nursing Facility provides skilled nursing and therapy on a short-term basis for those individuals who need additional care following a hospital stay.

The Gilmer Free Press
Gregory Hefner, Manage of External Affairs for FirstEnergy
of Clarksburg presents a donation to Patricia Lake, Executive Director
of St. Joseph’s Foundation

“We sincerely thank FirstEnergy for their generosity to our Foundation,” said Patricia Lake, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “It is through this type of support that we are able to assist the hospital in ensuring that they continue to provide quality care to our community.”

For more information about this project or to make a donation to St. Joseph’s Foundation, call Patricia Lake, at 304.473.6819. Contributions may also be made online through the Foundation’s webpage at

Little Kanawha Bus Your Public Transportation Service

The Gilmer Free Press

Little Kanawha Bus, your public transportation system that has expanded into Gilmer County is offering a one-time chance to ride free of charge. Little Kanawha bus is for everyone. There are no age limit or income guideline restrictions.

Little Kanawha Bus would like to help the citizens of Gilmer County get acquainted with riding the bus so we are offering free rides to any area that is listed below during the service dates of May 5th, 7th and 9th only.

This means that you can ride free of charge from your home in the Linn, Troy, Coxs Mills and Tanner area into Glenville on Monday, May 5th. From your home in The Stouts Mills, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown area into Glenville Wednesday, May 7th. From your home in any area of Gilmer County to Weston, Friday May 9th.

The only thing you need to do is call 866.354.5522 and get on the schedule to ride with Little Kanawha Bus. This will be a onetime chance to ride with Little Kanawha Bus free of charge.

Little Kanawha Bus may lose the service in Gilmer County if ridership does not increase. If you would like to keep public transportation in Gilmer County, please help us increase ridership.

National Program Coming to GSC to Benefit Local Youth

The Gilmer Free Press

A student internship at Glenville State College brings a national program to a local elementary school. GSC is partnering with non-profit organization Vision Shared to bring the Lemonade Day project to Glenville Elementary School. 

“Lemonade Day is a fun, exciting way to teach kids about entrepreneurship using something as simple as a lemonade stand. Our local elementary students that are involved have been very creative and innovative in planning their lemonade and stands,“ said GSC Associate Professor of Vocational Business Cinda Echard.

Lemonade Day is a non-profit national event that educates youth in elementary and middle school about entrepreneurial skills. Lemonade Day is backed by the West Virginia Department of Education. 2012 GSC graduate Matthew Thompson, CNP of St. Albans (Kanawha County), West Virginia works for Vision Shared and is the Lemonade Day Program Director.

“Lemonade Day is the premiere program for teaching youth entrepreneurship available today. Students that participate learn valuable life lessons including goal setting, creating a budget, and leadership. These kids are truly the entrepreneurs of tomorrow! Being an alum of GSC, I’m honored to be working along with their business department students to reach the children of Gilmer County. Lemonade Day is a culmination of the lessons I learned as a Business Administration - Marketing major with a Nonprofit Management minor,“ said Thompson.

The project is a series of fourteen different lessons that educate children about basic skills and knowledge needed to start, operate, and maintain a business of their own. The lessons range from accounting and marketing to making healthy lemonade and building a stand. Each class is responsible for obtaining supplies needed to build their own stands.

GSC senior marketing and sport management major Megan Burkhammer of Cox’s Mills (Gilmer County), West Virginia is using the event to obtain credit for her marketing internship. The college’s Lemonade Day advisors are Echard and GSC Career Services Counselor Joanna DiStefano. Being the main contact for Glenville’s Lemonade Day, Burkhammer has arranged every detail such as preparing for and holding meetings, recruiting GSC students to volunteer, and planning the Lemonade Day event.

“It’s been a rewarding experience to be able to watch the children learn, be creative, and incorporate the lessons they have learned from Lemonade Day into their regular school lessons. Each class has a unique stand and theme, and I cannot wait to see how all of them come together and turn out on Lemonade Day,“ said Burkhammer.

“I am looking forward to being able to actually sell the lemonade and learn how to make our own version of lemonade on Lemonade Day. This has been a fun experience,“ said Glenville Elementary School 6th grade student Jaycie Johnson. 

GSC’s Lemonade Day will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Glenville Elementary School from 1:15 PM until 3:00 PM. Two fourth grade classes along with all fifth and sixth graders will create one lemonade stand for each class.

GSC student volunteers and Lemonade Day advisors spent four weeks in Glenville Elementary teaching lessons from the workbook provided by the Lemonade Day organization. Each participant receives a lemon yellow draw-string backpack with their workbook of lessons.

Burkhammer obtained ten event sponsorships from local businesses including: Waco Oil & Gas, Gil-Co Faith Pharmacy, Smith Land Surveying, Shelly DeMarino Attorney at Law, State Farm Insurance Agent Dan Smith, Frame’s Oil Field Services, McDonalds, United Bank, Ratliff and Ratliff Insurance, and the Glenville Pathfinder/Democrat newspaper. Each class made a pitch to a loan board in order to receive this money and purchase needed supplies such as lemons, sugar, or stand materials.

Echard concluded, “I invite everyone to come see these entrepreneurs at work and refresh yourself with some lemonade on April 29, 2014 at Glenville Elementary.“

For more information about the Lemonade Day project contact Echard at or 304.462.6257, or DiStefano at or 304.462.6151, or Thompson at or 304.757.4840.

Teachers Don’t Love Their Jobs, and Students Don’t Love Their Teachers

The Gilmer Free Press

Gallup’s newly released State of America’s Schools report indicates that nearly 70% of K-12 teachers surveyed in 2012 do not feel engaged in their work, reports Rebecca Klein in The Huffington Post.

Nearly half of teachers reported feeling daily stress.

When compared to 12 other occupational groups, teachers were least likely to feel their “opinions seem to count” at work; yet the survey found teachers tended to be satisfied with their lives overall.

The report also surveyed 600,000 students in grades five through 12 on their feelings of hope, engagement, and well-being.

45% of students felt “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from school, with rates of disengagement increasing by grade level.

Teachers have the biggest influence on student-engagement levels: Students who have “at least one teacher who makes me excited about my future” and feel their school is “committed to building the strengths of each student” were 30 times more likely to be engaged at school.

Teachers’ and students’ lack of engagement seems to have filtered down to the public’s perception of American education.

An earlier Gallup poll cited in the report found just 17% of Americans think high school graduates are ready for work, and just 29% think they’re ready for college.

Click H E R E to Read More…

GFP - 04.22.2014
EducationFeaturesStudy | Report | Audit | Survey | ResearchPolitics | Government | ElectionUSA(1) Comments

Permalink - Link to This Article

~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

This report is not a report on teachers.
It is about teachers.
It is reporting the climate set by administrators in education.
Not good is it?

By R. Darryl Jones  on  04.22.2014

Leave a CommentPrint This Article

WVPSC Promotes Earth Day Awareness

The Gilmer Free Press

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia reminds citizens that Tuesday is Earth Day, a time to focus on preserving the Earth’s resources for our use and for future generations. This is the perfect time to set a pattern for taking care of the earth all year long. The actions you take to save energy and water can also help lower your monthly utility bills.

One of the best ways to conserve natural resources and save money is by using less electricity, gas and water in your home. It doesn’t require a huge commitment to get started.

Conservation can be as easy as following these simple steps:

— Don’t let the water run in the sink while you shave or brush your teeth

— Take shorter showers

— Repair all leaks promptly

— Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads.

— Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only, not the street or sidewalk

— Run the dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc. during off-peak hours

— Lower the thermostat setting on your water heater to 120 pF

— Unplug appliances and chargers that consume energy when they are not in use

— Use power strips for multiple appliances to regulate the flow of electricity

— When it’s time to replace old appliances, replace them with new energy efficient models

Celebrate Earth Day this year by starting with these no hassle, money-saving tips and make life better for you, for our children and for our planet.

Find more information at the PSC website:

Clay County Woman Says State Wrongly Put Her on Child Abuse Registry

The Gilmer Free Press

The WV Record Reports:

A Clay County woman is suing West Virginia Child Protective Services and employees after she discovered her name on the child abuser registry list.

DHHRMelissa Cook filed a lawsuit March 20 in Kanawha Circuit Court against West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families Protective Services, also known as Child Protective Services, Douglas Robinson, Toby Lester and Tammy Bailey, citing intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, punitive damages, constitutional violation of due process and deprivation.

Cook claims she was in a relationship with an ex-boyfriend who acted erratically due to a head trauma and failure to take correct medication to control seizures. The suit alleges they would frequently quarrel and the defendant intervened in their relationship.

In April 2000, the ex was assessed to be a dangerous risk to Cook and his child, as well as Cook’s other children, and was not allowed to be left alone with them.

According to the brief, Cook followed all plans requested by the defendants, but she found out in February 2012 she was wrongfully placed on a child abuser registry list, resulting in her job being terminated. She says she’s suffered damages as a result.

Cook is seeking damages, immediate removal of Cook from child abuser registry list, attorney fees, interest and court costs.

She is being represented in the case by Charleston attorney Todd W. Reed. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-567

~~  Ben Hart - WV Record ~~

Click Below for additional Articles...

Page 1 of 1124 pages  1 2 3 >  Last »

The Gilmer Free Press

Copyright MMVIII-MMXIV The Gilmer Free Press. All Rights Reserved