Our GC neighbors employed by the school district know the story.
Why? How? Because they are living the story. They see the corruption, behind closed door happenings.
Oh yes. The Marion County bucket boy tries to cover his dirt like a cat. The odor lingers though.
It was good to see that the new school board name got almost twice as many votes as the old GSC wrecker. Pretty obvious who this county does not support. It takes voter understanding and effort to leave a blank on the ballot.
Brings back the memory of the famous ‘no-confidence’ vote prior to reign of terror at GSC.
You know, the vote that preceded the departure of President Simmons?
After five years of total lack of leadership or cooperation with local BOE members,five years denied the right do the job, some updated training makes total sense. Laws and policies per the WVBOE have changed multiple times and are still changing. It seems clear that the WV School Board Association in conjunction with Bowles and Rice law firm should do the local board training while Mrs. Kingery of the WVBOE could and should exercise some badly needed oversight and training of their own employee Gabe Devono. Surely they know it is not the Gilmer County Board that has refused to communicate?
What I do not understand after reading the OEPA’s report for Gilmer County, posted among the WVBOE’s agenda items, is why someone from the WVBOE would give training to Gilmer County.
Why not have members of the OEPA team that had the advantage of direct access to information to give the training? Those individuals know what needs to be done to correct deficiencies.
Dr. D. Bolton would be an excellent choice. She had an outstanding career as an educator, she was a superintendent in our intervened county, and she was highly respected for her ability to work with people.
Dr. Howard O’Cull would be another excellent choice. He heads the WV School Board Association and he has been responsible for giving outstanding training for many years.
Getting someone involved other than a sitting member of the WVBOE makes sense.
It is clear after keeping up with what happened in Gilmer County that your problems track back to the WVBOE and its lack of oversight over what happened during intervention.
Why makes thing worse when it is clear that a fresh start is needed instead of having a political appointee with the WVBOE’s agenda to give training?
If Mrs. Kingery comes to train anybody it had better be her own state appointed Superintendent Gabriel Devono on board communication. After all, that’s what the OEPA who works under the state board’s will and pleasure said in their report! The report said Gabriel Devono needed that AND AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR.
As to Bill Simmons the so called Board President. He’s straddled the fence on for so long if you asked him to sing you’d find out he is a soprano.
Devono needs to go and take Mr. Simmons with him. Let Gilmer County BOE members who really care about our kids get to work and try to salvage what we have left for the good of the children.
GAYBEE BAYBEE DENONO needs to let us know just what he’s doing withthe County Commission out behind the barn after dark. What went on to make GAYBEE hire Commissioner Bennets employer to auction Troy school off first up?
Better be auctioning off that 40 year old Glenville school the WV Board of Education legally closed and said wasn’t fit for a elementary school for the kids.
Voters sent a message to B Simmons loud and clear. He lost every single precinct but one. He won CUBIE corner by only 16 votes.
Now BS is putting out to people who mostly have no computers that there’s plenty of money,the OEPA wanted a middle school when all it really said was it was “proposed” and how much he cares about achievement and curriculum.
Really? Video after video starting in Blankenship days BS said he didn’t want any financial reports. Didn’t want them, wouldn’t read them. Refused to do his job and put questions on the agenda about achievement, curriculum, policy, anything worth knowing but now the uninformed citizens he talked about all the time are to believe BS knows what’s best for Gilmer County’s children.
Tell us BS, where is all the money? You, Super Devono and Westfall have Mothers trying to collect enough money to put in a playground at the new elementary school. Super Devono put in the paper he needed collections to even do remodel for one science lab IF the state approves a middle school which hasn’t even come up on the state BOE agenda.
WHAT ABOUT FIXING THE CRUMBLING STEPS AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL? Got money for that? The old Glenville Elementary roof has leaked for YEARS. Where was the money for that? More likely truth is the BOE is waiting for money coming in to pay the bills they have now.
Bill Simmons got handed his hat this election. Suggest he puts in on and goes home.
It is a pathetic indicator of broken State government when the WVBOE’s waste of the County’s school system money, at the expense of our children, is considered.
One thing was left off. The estimated total cost of the WVBOE’s intervention superintendents is $150,000 yearly to be about 50K more a year compared to what a superintendent in a small county normally receives.
The waste amounts to about 250K for the five years of intervention. That sum is what citizens are trying to raise for the new playground equipment.
To top it off as reported by the WVBOE’s OEPA the current superintendent needs mentoring and remedial training. Where other than in WV would a waste of this magnitude exist?
Another farce watch and see. The State will withhold information necessary for making intelligent decisions and rubber stamping will continue to be expected.
You know what happened with finances by looking at video tapes. When board members asked for financial information related to the Minnie Hamilton move “authority” over finances was taken back. The same will happen with personnel if questions about finances are asked.
It is all about money and tight secrecy for finances is necessary to enable the State to bankrupt the County.
Free access to information in all areas is the key. With access embargoed by the State the County’s school board members cannot make rational decisions about anything and they will be expected to serve as submissive puppets.
There is a double standard. The WVDOE can cheat us out of $800,000 because of accounting errors, our school system’s surplus $2,000,000 is gone, $1,000,000 in bond debt was taken on without citizen approval, board offices moved to Minnie Hamilton at a great additional expense to funnel money to the County Commission, and it mismanaged at Crooked Run to the tune of close to $1,000,000 to get us in a new school in a flood zone.
What will be done about it? Absolute nothing because the WVBOE is not held accountable.
All the money is gone and citizens have to raise money for playground equipment at the new school.
The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently honored retiring board member Cynthia Torbeck Haught for her three years of service on the RCCF advisory board.
The PACF’s Board Chairman, Marie Caltrider, presented Torbeck Haught with a resolution thanking her for her commitment to RCCF and her service to the community, and RCCF Advisory Board Chairman Alan Haught presented her with a clock in gratitude for her dedication and support.
The first American president to confront the place of great suffering, he will pay tribute to the 140,000 people who died from the attack seven decades ago.
TRUMP SEWS UP DELEGATES TO SEAL GOP NOMINATION
The feat completes an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.
MANY OPT TO TAKE SOCIAL SECURITY BEFORE FULL RETIREMENT AGE
An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll says 43 percent of those 50 and older plan to claim their benefits before 65 or 66 for those born between 1943 and 1954 – even though that means a smaller check each month.
TRAPPED GROUP ESCAPES KENTUCKY CAVE
Nineteen people walk through neck-deep water to get to safety, authorities say.
MORE THAN 4,000 MIGRANTS RESCUED IN SINGLE DAY
At least 20 die trying to reach Europe as Libyan-based smugglers take advantage of calmer seas to send desperate would-be refugees north.
WHO FACES PRESSURE TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION TO SENATE
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking the lead in a campaign to get Sen. Marco Rubio to reconsider his plans to retire.
WHY BAYLOR DEMOTES UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
Ken Starr is stripped of his job after a scathing report over the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints against players.
WHICH U.S. BEACH IS THE BEST
Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay on Oahu is No 1 on an annual top 10 list compiled by coastal science professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach.
WHAT MICHELLE OBAMA TELLS NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS
In her commencement speech, the first lady encourages graduates to take pride in their history and cultures.
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CHARLESTON, WV — This Memorial Day weekend will mark the 40th anniversary of the Vandalia Gathering on the state Capitol Grounds.
The event, which extends Friday through Sunday, draws in residents from across the state every year for musical performances, food vendors, crafts, activities and more.
“It’s just a great feeling of warm West Virginia hospitality,” said Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the state Division of Culture and History. “It’s like a reunion for so many people.”
Gresham described Vandalia as a place where folks can get together to celebrate the Appalachian heritage no matter what age they are.
“You see see young people learning from older people. You see older musicians learning from younger musicians,” she said. “Vandalia is about West Virginia and how wonderful people are who live in this state.”
In honor of the 40th anniversary, the state’s archive office has put together a screening of the last 40 years which can be viewed by event goers at the state Culture Center Friday and Saturday night.
A new program they have is called “Guitars for Young People.” Clay County elementary school students, who are learning to play to ukulele and the guitar, will be on hand Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
This year, Vandalia is partnering with FestivALL Charleston for their Preview Weekend in the downtown area. Gresham said a shuttle bus will be available for anyone who wants to attend both events.
“People can enjoy not just the traditional at Vandalia, but contemporary and new things about West Virginia art downtown,” she said.
The first concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the state Culture Center. The event will open back up on Saturday at 10 a.m. and last all day through the evening concert. Sunday will begin at 11 a.m.
► Couple Indicted for Failing to Pay Employee Payroll Taxes
A federal grand jury has indicted a Wayne County couple accused of failing to pay employee payroll taxes.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the indictment against Michael and Jeanette Taylor on Wednesday.
The couple is charged with conspiracy to defraud the US by withholding roughly $1 million from the IRS in payroll taxes from employees’ paychecks at Taylor Contracting from 2007 to 2009.
The Taylors are also accused of withholding over $161,000 in payroll taxes from employees’ paychecks at Bluegrass Aggregates in 2010.
They own both businesses.
Investigators say the money withheld was used for personal benefit.
The Taylors also face one count of willfully failing to truthfully account for and pay employment taxes withheld for their employees at Taylor Contracting.
It isn’t clear whether they have an attorney.
► Va Agency Sends Letter to Groups in Charge of Pipeline That Will Run Through WV and Va
A state agency has informed the developers of two multibillion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia that their projects will have to meet specific environmental standards.
Media outlets report the Department of Environmental Quality sent letters last week to Dominion Transmission Inc. and EQT, saying they will be required to meet certain erosion and sedimentation standards, if they build their pipelines.
Dominion Transmission has proposed building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, while EQT has proposed constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
DEQ spokesman Bill Hayden said Tuesday that their agency wants to make sure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the environment if the projects are built.
Both proposed pipelines, which are pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, are facing opposition from dozens of organizations.
► Needle Exchange Program Succeeding
The city of Huntington says a program that allows drug users to trade in dirty syringes for clean ones is showing signs of success.
The program was established in September at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and involves elected officials, health professionals, private businesses and members of the recovery community.
Recovery Point of Huntington Executive Director Matt Boggs said in a news release from the city that the program has had steady usage.
The exchange program offers educational materials and recovery coaches. The coaches are at the Health Department to provide peer support to anyone who seeks treatment Wednesday afternoons.
The release says city officials believe substance use and abuse trends will decrease due to the program and other efforts.
President Obama is going to be the first president since Woodrow Wilson to stay in Washington after leaving office—and he’ll be living in the same neighborhood. The president, who plans to remain in the capital at least until 14-year-old Sasha finishes high school, has found a new home in the ritzy Kalorama neighborhood long favored by the wealthy and powerful, the Independent Journal Review reports. The Obamas will rent a nine-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot house owned by Joe Lockhart. Obama’s new landlord, who moved to New York this year to become a senior NFL exec, is the co-founder of the Glover Park Group consulting firm and was the White House press secretary for two years under Bill Clinton.
The home, which Zillow estimates will rent for $22,000 a month, is in a suitably secluded part of the neighborhood and “does not give off any vibes of ostentatiousness” (e.g., there aren’t any ballrooms), the Washingtonian reports. The neighborhood is just 2 miles from the White House, but residents say its calm makes it feel far removed from the city. “You can get almost anyplace in Washington that you want to go to in 15 minutes, but on the weekend, it’s like you’re in the country,“ Bart Gordon, a former Democratic congressman from Tennessee, tells the New York Times. Next year, Obama will be his next-door neighbor. “He’ll be welcomed to the neighborhood; I just hope he doesn’t get too rowdy,“ Gordon jokes.
► 10 Most Well-Read Cities in America
Living near Amazon’s headquarters apparently prods people to pick up a book. Seattle is the most well-read city in the country for a second year in a row, according to Amazon’s annual list—based on purchases of print or electronic books, magazines, and newspapers in major cities over the course of a year ending in April, per a release. The top 10:
► After a Century, Dry NJ Town Falls Off the Wagon
After more than a century on the wagon, Pitman, NJ, has broken its sobriety. Thanks to a change in state law, Kelly Green Brewing Co. was able bypass local alcohol restrictions and start serving suds earlier this month right on the city’s main drag, Atlas Obscura reports. “This town is thirsty,“ says brewery co-owner Justin Fleming. The teetotaling Methodists who founded the town of 9,000 in 1905 (Pitman’s roots stretch to the 1790s, when it was the location of various church revivals), strictly forbade the production and sale of “spirituous malts, intoxicating liquors of any grade or preparation.“ That, of course, means no liquor licenses (although residents could buy booze for home consumption or get tanked at establishments outside city limits). In 2012, however, lawmakers began allowing microbreweries, which are licensed by the state, to sell beer by the glass, essentially cutting the city out of the equation.
City-issued liquor licenses are still banned, NJ.com notes. But late last year, per Atlas Obscura, the City Council approved the drafting of an ordinance to issue them. And an ordinance passed in 2013 allows restaurant patrons to BYOB. Wineries are taking advantage of another recent rule change allowing them to lease space in restaurants and sell wine, according to Philly.com. A second brewery is slated to to open this summer. “Technically, we’re not dry,“ Mayor Russell Johnson tells Philly.com, “We’re damp.“ Johnson and other city leaders hope the breweries will be an economic boon for Pitman, which, per Atlas Obscura, “has seen better days commercially.“ There are restrictions on how the breweries can operate. For instance, beer sales must be part of a brewery tour, so Kelly Green plays a looped video of its crew making beer and allows patrons to see the tap room through windows.
► Journal Reveals Lost Hiker Survived for Weeks
A lost hiker in Maine starved to death after waiting for rescue and then accepting her fate, heartbreaking journal entries have revealed. Geraldine Largay, a 66-year-old from Tennessee, disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine on July 22, 2013, and the newly disclosed journal shows that she survived for at least 26 days, the Portland Press Herald reports. “When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,“ she wrote in an August 6 journal entry. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me—no matter how many years from now.“ The final entry was dated August 18. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a tent 3,000 feet from the trail more than two years later.
Largay, who was trying to complete a “bucket list” hike from West Virginia to the trail’s end solo after a friend left for a family emergency, was reported missing by her husband after she failed to make it to a rendezvous point. A huge search and rescue effort followed, but it was suspended after a week. According to a 1,579-page Maine Warden Service report, Largay became lost after leaving the trail to go to the bathroom, the Boston Globe reports. She tried to text her husband at least a dozen times, but she was unable to get a signal even after moving to higher ground. She then set up a campsite on a knoll, where authorities found a handmade flag and evidence she had tried to start a signal fire. On October 18, 2015, a week after a forester found her body, her husband of 42 years and other family members joined wardens in a hike to the site, where they left a cross and family mementos.
► Casey Anthony’s Lawyer Says Sex Claims Are False
The allegations were both graphic and specific and, says Jose Baez, completely untrue. Private investigator Dominic Casey alleged in just-revealed court documents filed earlier this year in connection with a bankruptcy case that, among other things, Casey Anthony offered sex to Baez, her lawyer, in exchange for his legal services. Dominic Casey worked with Anthony’s defense team after she was accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008, and he alleged that after Baez got Anthony out of a September 2008 TV interview she didn’t want to do, Baez “said to [Anthony], ‘You now owe me 3 blow jobs.‘“ Dominic Casey also claimed he encountered a “naked” Anthony during an unannounced visit to Baez’s office.
Baez “unequivocally and categorically deny exchanging sex for my legal services with Ms. Anthony,“ he says in a statement to People. “I further unequivocally and categorically deny having any sexual relationship with Ms. Anthony whatsoever.“ Baez referred to but did not detail other “outrageous” claims put forth by the PI; People points to a 2011 deposition in which Dominic Casey suggested Caylee’s remains perhaps weren’t actually Caylee’s as a past “eyebrow-raising” allegation. The Orlando Sentinel notes Dominic Casey has written two books on the case that feature “unsubstantiated claims,“ and reports that Baez and his team have been trying to have a deposition Dominic Casey gave in the bankruptcy case excluded. Baez also suggests he may sue, writing, “Legal action is forthcoming.“
► Report: ‘American Sniper’ Exaggerated His War Record
Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame was a Navy SEAL who acted heroically in combat. That part isn’t in dispute. He just didn’t act as heroically as he claimed in his best-selling book, according to a report at the Intercept. In the book, which was made into a hit film, Kyle writes: “All told, I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor.“ But the Intercept examined Navy records and found that Kyle received one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars. That’s still an impressive haul given that the Silver Star is the third-highest honor for battlefield conduct, but the Intercept talks to current and former SEALs who say that any kind of embellishment of military action is a serious breach of honor.
“It takes away from the legitimate heroism he showed,“ says one retired SEAL. The report says a former commander warned Kyle about the discrepancy after reading a manuscript of the book, but Kyle didn’t correct it. Another source of confusion: Kyle’s official “separation document,“ or DD214, lists two Silvers and six Bronze medals, though Navy officials couldn’t explain that discrepancy. “The form DD214 is generated locally at the command where the service member is separated,“ a Navy spokesman says. “Although the information on the DD214 should match the official records, the process involves people and inevitably some errors may occur.“ Read the full Intercept report.
► For world records, Indian man removes teeth and gets over 500 tattoos
An Indian man obsessed with setting Guinness world records got 366 flags tattooed on his body and had all his teeth removed so he could put nearly 500 drinking straws and more than 50 burning candles in his mouth.
Har Parkash Rishi, who claims to have set more than 20 records, now calls himself Guinness Rishi.
Born in 1942 in a cinema hall in the capital, New Delhi, Rishi first got into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1990 when, with two friends, he rode a scooter for 1,001 hours.
The passion to get his name in the record book led him to perform some bizarre acts, including delivering a pizza from New Delhi to San Francisco and gulping a bottle of tomato ketchup in less than four minutes.
He even got his family involved - his wife Bimla holds a 1991 record for writing the world’s shortest will: “All to Son”.
While it is the tattoos on his body, more than 500 in all, that brought him fame, Rishi, an auto parts manufacturer by profession, says the toughest one was stuffing the straws in his mouth.
“I am the world record holder of 496 straws in my mouth ... For that record, I needed space, I had to remove every tooth so that I could put maximum straws in my mouth,“ Rishi told Reuters Television before re-enacting the feat on camera.
He is now getting images of global leaders tattooed on his body to add to images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Barack Obama, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement.
► Pro-EU group unveils Soviet-style mural of Trump kissing ex-Mayor Johnson
A giant mural of Donald Trump locked in a kiss with former London mayor Boris Johnson in the style of a legendary Soviet-era image has been unveiled by a group campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union.
Painted on the side of a building in Bristol, southwest England - home of the celebrated graffiti artist Banksy - the image reprises a 1979 photograph of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker kissing, which was later turned into a mural on the Berlin Wall.
It was commissioned by pro-EU campaign group “We are Europe” as what they call a warning of things to come if Britons vote to leave the 28-member bloc on June 23, as advocated by both Johnson and Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate in November’s U.S. presidential election.
Johnson is the “Out” campaign’s best-known leader and Trump has said Britain would be “better off without” the EU, which he has blamed for Europe’s migration crisis.
The 15-foot (4.5 meter) mural is accompanied by the slogan “Not #IN for this?“ and a plea for people, especially the young, to register to vote by a June 7 deadline.
“People need to look at this image and think - is this the future I want,“ said Harriet Kingaby, a spokesperson from We Are Europe.
Galvanizing the youth vote is a key issue for the “In” camp. Surveys show young people are far more likely to be in favor of remaining in the EU but also much less likely to bother to vote.
A survey of 2,000 students this month found that 63 percent did not know the exact date of the referendum, while 54 percent were not aware it was being held in June.
► London neighbors engage in ‘battle of the balconies’ ahead of EU vote
The debate about Britain’s future in the Europe has taken an unexpected new twist: a “battle of the balconies” between north London neighbors unfurling competing pro- and anti-Brexit banners.
Unimpressed by a large “Vote Leave” banner appearing on the balcony next door, a man named by British media as Frank Chalmers, 61, unveiled his own sign that added the words, “...if you want to cut workers’ rights”.
The leafy, suburban locale of Gospel Oak was not previously regarded as a key battleground in the debate around the June 23 referendum on Britain’s European Union membership.
The story emerged after Chalmers’ son, Malcolm tweeted a picture of the opposing balconies and wrote: “My parents’ neighbors have put up a large ‘Vote Leave’ sign. It seems my dad’s response is to get creative. #Remain.“
He told the London Evening Standard newspaper that his father gave his neighbors a bottle of wine as a peace offering.
► Dubai says opens world’s first functioning 3D-printed office
Dubai has opened what it said was the world’s first functioning 3D-printed office building, part of a drive by the Gulf’s main tourism and business hub to develop technology that cuts costs and saves time.
The printers - used industrially and also on a smaller scale to make digitally designed, three-dimensional objects from plastic - have not been used much for building.
This one used a special mixture of cement, a Dubai government statement said, and reliability tests were done in Britain and China.
The one-storey prototype building, with floorspace of about 250 square meters (2,700 square feet), used a 20-foot (6-metre)by 120-foot by 40-foot printer, the government said.
“This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it’s not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff,“ the United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawi, said.
“We believe this is just the beginning. The world will change,“ he said.
The arc-shaped office, built in 17 days and costing about $140,000, will be the temporary headquarters of Dubai Future Foundation - the company behind the project - is in the center of the city, near the Dubai International Financial Center.
Gergawi said studies estimated the technique could cut building time by 50-70 percent and labor costs by 50-80 percent. Dubai’s strategy was to have 25 percent of the buildings in the emirate printed by 2030, he said.
► Tortoise in a baby stroller a novelty even for New Yorkers
New York City is filled with oddities that can surprise even the most die-hard New Yorkers and when Henry the tortoise turned up in a stroller in Central Park this week for his daily outing it turned more than a few heads.
The 17 pound (7.7 kg) sulcata tortoise is the pet of 24-year-old Amanda Green who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. He led a reclusive existence until Green took to Craigslist to advertise for a tortoise walker.
New Yorkers are accustomed to dog walkers but no so much tortoise walkers, so Green expected only a few responses.
Instead, the listing went viral and hundreds of people from all over the world applied for the $10-an-hour job.
“Just like a person who has a dog would hire a dog walker, I figured why not a tortoise walker?“ Green said in an interview with Reuters TV.
“It took on a life of its own ... I heard from about 500,“ said Green, a copywriter for a style and beauty website.
The job went to Amalia McCallister, who has experience from having worked in a pet store.
“You honestly do have to keep your eye on him,“ McCallister said, describing the job as fun and not too taxing. “I could, maybe, read a book, but you’ve got to make sure he doesn’t eat the wrong thing.“
Sulcata tortoises are native to north central Africa but they adapt well to different environments. Land-dwelling reptiles with a shell, they are mainly herbivores. Henry, who is taken to the park by stroller and then allowed to roam free, particularly likes dandelions and grass.
He has amassed an online fanbase with more than 5,000 Instagram followers and nearly 300 likes on Facebook for his profile: “The Notortoise BIG”. The profile’s name is a play on the stage name used by the late rapper Christopher Wallace, who called himself Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G.
Green adopted Henry a couple of years ago from a woman who was unable to manage her growing family and the tortoise. She said Henry is friendly and curious but needs lots of attention.
Green said she knows that Henry will one day outgrow her apartment. Male sulcata tortoises can reach a length of more than 30 inches (76 cm) and tip the scales at up to 200 pounds (90 kg).
“Am I going to somehow get a backyard in New York City?“ Green asked. “These animals do need exercise so it is really great that I have a walker now.“
Gilmer County Schools May/Summer 2016 Newsletter: Glenville Elementary
Glenville Elementary Character Trait Recognition for Leadership
The character trait for April was Leadership.
The following students were recognized by their teachers for exemplary leadership skills:
PK: Jadeyn Montgomery
K (P): Evan White
K (M): Kenzy Jenkins
1: Airiana Hoard
2 (C): Gypsy Hulse
2 (D): Marelly Medrano
3 (F): Allie Ellyson
3 (S): Avianna Ringgold
4 (M): Christopher Junkins
4 (F): Alena Gray
5: Cassi Drennen
6 (Frymier): Justin Liu
6 (Frashure): Amiah Stewart
Glenville Elementary PAWS Winners
“Positive Attitudes Will Succeed” is a positive behavior program implemented to recognize students who are trying to reach school-wide expectations, showing good manners, and displaying positive approaches to their school work and relationships.
The following students were chosen by their teachers, for the last nine weeks, as students who exemplify those traits:
PK: Ava Bush
K: Kenzy Jenkins
1: Paiden Felegie
2: Leah Poole
3: Allie Ellyson
4: Stevie Starsick
5: Morgan Smith
6: Autumn Moyers
GES Kindergarten’s Chicks!!!
Mrs. Perrin and Mrs. Moyers’ Kindergarten Classes at Glenville Elementary School are proud to announce that the chicks weigh in at approximately 3 ounces and are 2 and ½ inches tall.
After, twenty-one days of patiently waiting, twenty-two chicks hatched over a course of three days.
There were three kinds of chicks: Turkens, Cuckoo Marans, and Wellsummer.
The children loved to interact with the chicks and both classes had various lessons about the life cycle of a chick and the different types of animals that lay eggs.
The chicks currently reside on Perrin’s Farm where they will live out their happy, corn-filled lives.
Glenville Elementary’s Academic Banquet
Students in grades 4-6 who obtained honor roll status for the entire year, were invited to an Academic Banquet held on Thursday, May 19th at the Senior Citizens’ Center.
The Local School Improvement Council sponsored the event and the theme was “The Last Prowl.“
Students, staff, and parents listened to Ms. Bishop speak on behalf of Glenville Elementary’s 40 years in operation by reading aloud her recollections of GES.
Then, retired staff and associated staff, read and sang two poems that recapped the many years.
Students were involved in one poem by showing letters that began the poem’s verses.
A bountiful dinner was enjoyed by all, then awards were given to the students.
Congratulations to all of the students for maintaining honor roll status.
Keep up the good habits and work next year!
Glenville Elementary’s Closing-of-School BASH!!!
On Thursday, May 26th from 8:30-11:00, Glenville Elementary will be celebrating and highlighting its’ 40 years in operation.
Inflatable rides, such as the Rock Wall Climb, the Tropical Slide, Basketball, Parachute Tower, and a Bounce House will be available for students to enjoy.
There will be bluegrass music playing in the cafeteria, a slideshow commemorating events throughout the years, cake, and drinks available to visitors.
We welcome the parents, families, and community to come to the school to take part in closing the school!
Glenville Elementary’s PAWS $100 Gift Card Winners
If students do not get an office referral for a week, they put a “PAWS” coupon in the basket for a drawing at the end of the 9 weeks.
The more coupons you have in the basket, the better chance you have of winning!
Bridgeport, WV — United Hospital Center School of Radiologic recently conducted Commencement Exercises for the 2016 graduates. Diplomas were presented to ten students from Program Director, Rose Trupo and Clinical Instructors, Jane Bray, B.S., R.T. and Lisa Knight, R.T. on Saturday, May 14 at the Bridgeport High School Auditorium.
Ashley Vincent, R.T. (R) served as guest speaker for the Radiologic Technology commencement, while the class address was delivered by Kylie Plybon and Bethany Allman. Special presentations included Radiography Clinical Excellence Award presented to graduate, Trevor Shepler; the Radiography Academic Excellence Award presented to graduate Allie Gregory and the Laurie D’Anselmi Technologist of the Year award to Micala Myers, R.T. (R), staff technologist at UHC.
Rising senior radiologic technology students were recognized during the commencement and the recipients of two scholarships were also announced. Micah Ford of Weston received the Marsha K. Snively Memorial Scholarship from Ed Snively. Allison Lovins of Pineville, WV received the Robert M. Timmons Memorial Scholarship from the 2015 recipient, Katy Brugnoli.
Graduates of the School of Radiologic Technology include Bethany Allman, daughter of Mike and Melissa Allman of Clarksburg; Katy Brugnoli of Richwood, daughter of Gary and Karen Brugnoli; Kristin Burnside, wife of Paul Burnside and daughter of Kevin and Terry Hutson, all of Salem; Alexandria Gregory of Simpson, daughter of Hollis and Liz Gregory; Bridget McClain, daughter of Barry and Brenda McClain of Shinnston; Kylie Plybon, daughter of Mark and Joanne Plybon of Mount Clare; Trevor Shepler, son of Daryl and Alisa Shepler of Ritchie County; Katelyne Smith, daughter of Jody and Jennifer Smith of Middlebourne; and Shay Yonaley of Sistersville, daughter of Brad and Julie Yonaley. All will be employed by United Hospital Center as (part-time) staff radiographers, while Brugnoli and McClain will be entering the UHC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, and Smith will continue her education at WVU Hospital Nuclear Imaging Program.
Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries
CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES
The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.
The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.
Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate. Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later. If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.
All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 18, 2016 otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s). All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.
Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.
Janice E. Yeakley
William Baird Ohlinger
15058 US Hwy 33W
Normantown, WV 25267
John J. McCullough
Angela Dawn Carder
92033 Right Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384
Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 19, 2016
A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work. We’re not. We’re seeing the fruits of deliberate action – and sometimes of deliberate inaction – at the highest levels of power.
The great American middle was never large enough, even at its height. It always excluded too many people – sometimes, shamefully, merely for their skin color. And now, instead of growing and becoming more inclusive, it’s fading away instead.
It’s true that the middle class is dying, but not from natural causes. It’s being killed. What – and, for that matter, who – is responsible for its slow death?
It’s important to understand just how dramatic this decline has been. The Pew study found that the size of the middle class fell in virtually all parts of the country between 2000 and 2014. Nine out of ten metropolitan areas showed a decline in middle-class households.
In a related study, Pew also found that the median income for middle-class households fell by nearly 5 percent between 2000 and 2014. Their median wealth (assets minus debt) declined by 28 percent after the housing market crisis and subsequent Great Recession.
Battleground electoral states like Indiana and Michigan saw the greatest decline in middle-class incomes, a finding that may help explain this year’s widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo among some voters.
It’s true that some households moved into the upper-income tier, even as others fell into the lower-income range. But that doesn’t necessarily make them oligarchs. There is also considerable inequality among the top 20 percent of households, and even among the top 1 percent.
Pew’s middle-class range went from an average lower income (in 2014) of $44,083 to $144,250 for a family of four. Households whose earnings were higher than that (adjusted for regional costs) were considered higher-income.
$144,251 sounds like a lot of money – and it is, especially when 47 million Americans are living in poverty. But that doesn’t even qualify for the top five percent in household income, much less the top one percent. A household needed $423,000 in annual income to make it into the top 1 percent in 2014.
It’s even worse than it looks.
The middle class isn’t what it used to be. Lower- and middle-income wages have been stagnating for a long time. Middle-wage hourly wages only rose 6% between 1979 and 2013, while low-wage workers’ wages fell by 5%, At the same time, very high wage earners saw a 41% increase in income. What’s more, figures like these substantially understate the long-term decline in disposable income and quality of life experienced by so-called middle class Americans.
In fact, families today can be in the “middle” in terms of income and yet still not make enough to live on. The Economic Policy Institute calculated the amount of money needed to maintain a four-person household in different parts of the country and found that it took between $49,114 and $106,493 per year. $44,083, the lower end of Pew’s middle-class income range, was not an adequate income anywhere in the country.
Costs have risen dramatically for many large-dollar items that affect middle class families, including college tuition and out-of-pocket costs under employer healthcare plans. Retirement security has evaporated as corporate retirement plans offer less in benefits.
Household income figures are also distorted by the fact that an ever-increasing percentage of homes have moved from one-income to two-income families. In 1960, 72 percent of two-parent families with children under 18 had a single earner (typically the father). That figure fell to 37 percent by 2010, while the number of two-earner families rose to 60 percent. (Single-parent households face an even harder struggle, with a much greater risk of falling into poverty.)
The everyday tasks of childrearing become even more stressful when both parents are working. Two-earner families also have higher expenses for items like clothing, transportation, and childcare.
In other words, many families are “middle class” and still don’t make enough to get by. And these numbers don’t take into account the decline in quality of life that many families have experienced. Americans work more hours than citizens of any Western European country, a burden that keeps them away from their families, friends, and personal activities.
Where has the money gone?
Our total national wealth has continued to grow, even as incomes stagnated for most Americans. Where did the money go? The short answer: to the wealthiest among us.
Economist Emanuel Saez found that the top 1 percent of Americans captured more than half of the total income growth from 1993 to 2014, the last year covered by the Pew report. What’s more, the top 0.01 percent – some 16,500 families – were capturing more of the nation’s income than they had since the run-up to the crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.
The top 0.1 percent – just 160,000 families – owns as much wealth as 90 percent of the country as a whole, or about 145 million families. Just 536 people had a shared net worth of $2.6 trillion at the end of 2015.
Corporate profits, although they’ve taken a hit in recent months, have nevertheless grown at a healthy clip while wages lag behind. Those profits have increasingly been used to pay high executive salaries, which has led to an explosion in the gap between CEO salaries and worker pay. (Fortune 500 CEOs earned about 42 times as much on average as the typical worker in 1980. Today they earn 373 times as much.) Profit-taking in the form of dividends has increasingly taken the place of long-term investment in workers and business growth.
Millions of jobs have been sucked out of the US economy by trade deals that let corporations replace American workers with low-paid, often mistreated workers in other parts of the world. Deals like the China/World Trade Association agreement shipped jobs to that nation without leveling the playing field by allowing it to keep manipulating its currency.
Wages and benefits have fallen because American union membership has declined, leaving unions without the leverage they once had to demand better deals for working people. The growth of the banking sector has taken investment away from job-producing segments of the economy. Rampant poverty and economic discrimination against people of color, in addition to being inherently evil, has robbed their economy of their productive potential.
Who’s behind it?
That’s the “what” in the question, “what’s killing the American middle class”? But the question remains, who’s doing it? The answer to that question includes corporate executives who bend the rules, and Wall Street bankers who break the rules; their lobbyists, who work to change the rules; and the politicians who change in their favor – in state houses, the halls of Congress, and in the executive and judicial branches.
Virtually all Republicans fit this description. Sadly, so do many Democrats. The rule bending takes the form of deregulation, a tolerance for ever-larger corporate mergers, an unwillingness to enforce the law against bankers, and a plethora of tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals. Then there are those terrible trade deals, the defunding of public institutions, the neglect of our infrastructure, and laws that make it harder for workers to collectively bargain on their own behalf.
What do we need a middle class for, anyway?
Why do we care about protecting the middle class? First and foremost, it’s a simple matter of fairness. Our national wealth, along with our democracy, has been hijacked by a small number of privileged people. That’s wrong.
We want to eliminate poverty, not allow more people to fall into it. And everybody can’t be wealthy (no matter what illusions are maintained in the popular media). A robust middle class is the ladder that leads out of poverty.
Middle-class Americans are the economy’s largest group of consumers, which makes them engines of economic growth.
The middle class also keeps the economy balanced. Without a healthy middle class income continues to accumulate at the very top, creating a kind of black hole that sucks up ever-increasing percentages of national wealth. That leads to an ever-growing drop in consumption, increased use of social services, and an unstable economy. Over time it also leads to an unstable society where the risk of social unrest, extremism, and political violence begins to grow exponentially.
Saving the middle class
If we want to reverse this trend we’ll need to attack the problem on a number of fronts. These include: increasing the minimum wage; expanding social programs; rebuilding our infrastructure; renegotiating those bad trade deals: promoting union growth; and demanding that corporations and wealthy individuals pay their fair share (while ending rewards for bad behavior).
We’ll also need to explore ways to expand the role of public ventures and communitarian institutions at all levels.
We know what, and who, is killing the middle class. It’s time to stop those forces in their tracks, take back our democracy, and create a middle class that’s more vibrant and inclusive than ever.
► Chief Justice John Roberts speaks in West Virginia
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV — John Roberts says he doesn’t think about personal triumphs as the U.S. Supreme Court’s chief justice.
During a conference of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Roberts answered questions Wednesday from appeals judge J. Harvie Wilkinson and a packed audience at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.
President George W. Bush named Roberts the high court’s chief justice in 2005.
Asked by Wilkinson to name a satisfying accomplishment in his first decade, Roberts says the court operates as a group. He says the justices “don’t set out to accomplish great things” but must protect the court’s role and carry out the separation of powers under the U.S. Constitution.
Roberts also spoke at the 4th Circuit’s conference at The Greenbrier in 2013, 2011 and 2009.
► 11-state coalition, including WV, sues over bathroom edict
CHARLESTON, WV — Behind Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia is one of 11 states that filed suit against the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice challenging a recent directive on transgender students as federal overreach.
The lawsuit, filed May 25 in the Northern District of Texas, alleges the federal directive unlawfully puts at risk substantial funding for local school districts that refuse to admit students to the bathrooms, locker rooms, dormitories and athletic teams of their choice.
“This unlawful directive rewrites federal law and forces a seismic shift in local schools,” Morrisey said in a statement. “School policies should be determined by individual states, educators and parents — not dictated by a presidential decree.”
The lawsuit contends President Obama’s administration seeks to unilaterally expand the decades-old understanding of the word “sex” from that based on biology to include a person’s self-determined gender identity. Such an approach ignores lawful procedure, sidesteps congressional authorization and unconstitutionally coerces states.
The plaintiffs also allege violations of the Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments among other arguments.
Earlier in May, Morrisey advised state and county officials that the federal directive has no force of law. He also pledged his office would fight any use of the directive to eliminate millions in federal funding to local schools.
On a related note, Morrisey recently led nine states in asking the full, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to review and reconsider a panel’s 2-1 decision, involving a transgender student in Gloucester County, Va.
The Gloucester County case, which if left intact would govern West Virginia and four other states, remains subject to challenge and did not address the legality of anything as wide-ranging or sweeping as the Justice and Education Departments’ directive.
Morrisey signed onto the May 25 lawsuit with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. They are joined by two local school districts in Arizona and Texas.
► Commission Sets Hearing Involving Chemical Spill Probe
The state Public Service Commission has set a date for a hearing involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.
Commissioners issued an order scheduling an evidentiary hearing in the investigation for November 15-17.
The move comes after a federal judge delayed the trial in the case, saying he would need more time to review and rule on several motions.
The class-action lawsuit was filed by residents and businesses against Eastman Chemical, West Virginia American Water and its parent company, American Water Works, over their roles in the January 2014 spill.
Eastman produced the coal-cleaning agent that leaked from a Freedom Industries tank.
► Jury Awards $2.6M to Vienna Man in Mortgage Company Lawsuit
A federal jury has ruled in favor of a Vienna man who sued a mortgage company for refusing to investigate issues he raised about his credit report.
Jurors awarded $2.6 million in punitive damages to David Daugherty on Monday in Beckley after finding that Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC violated the Fair Credit and Report Act.
Daugherty filed multiple disputes with Ocwen after receiving a credit report showing he was behind on his mortgage payment.
His attorney, Jed Robert Nolan, says Daugherty had requested the report after being turned down for a loan.
Ocwen argued that Daugherty would have been denied the loan anyway because he had other negative accounts.
The company says it did conduct an investigation at Daugherty’s request and that it was sufficient.
► Former Texas Governor Perry heading to West Virginia for events
CHARLESTON, WV - Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will headline a Charleston fundraiser for Senate President Bill Cole’s Republican bid for West Virginia governor.
Cole campaign spokesman Kent Gates says it’s one of three West Virginia events Perry will attend May 31.
Gates says the other two include an energy forum and a fundraiser for the state Republican Party.
Initially, Cole scheduled a fundraiser for Wednesday. He rescheduled it because of the ongoing session to craft a long-overdue state budget. There’s still no resolution on the task.
The campaign for Cole’s Democratic opponent, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, criticized Cole and beckoned him to cancel the original Wednesday fundraiser. The state Democratic Party bought robo-calls encouraging people to ask Cole to cancel it.
Gates says the fundraiser was rescheduled before Democratic criticisms.
Manchin Holds a Press Conference to Introduce the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act
The LifeBOAT Act would establish reliable funding
to expand access to substance abuse treatment
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT), which would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment.
“A major barrier that those suffering from opioid addiction face is insufficient access to substance abuse treatment,” Senator Manchin said. “These are people who have recognized that they need help, but have been turned away because there simply weren’t enough facilities, beds, or mental health providers in their community. This legislation will bridge that gap and make sure that we can provide treatment to everyone who makes the decision to get help. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this bill passed so we can take another step forward in the fight against opioid abuse.”
“A mother who lost her daughter to opioid overdose recently told me, ‘This epidemic is man-made. We need to own it. And we need to fix it.’ Indeed, we need to do everything we can to fix it. That’s why I am proud to support this bill,” said Senator Klobuchar. “No person should be turned away when they are seeking treatment. No family should hope for an arrest so their loved one can get the support they need to tackle their addiction. This bill will build on bipartisan legislation that passed the Senate in March and ensure investment in life-saving treatment.”
“The nationwide opioid addiction epidemic has ravaged communities and families throughout our country and throughout New Hampshire,” said Senator Shaheen. “Earlier this month, Congress passed legislation aimed at curbing the heroin and opioid crisis, but it offered no real resources for the law enforcement officials, community leaders and others on the frontlines who are working tirelessly to confront this epidemic. This bill a step in the right direction for Congress to tackle this crisis head on. Congress needs to act now and invest in treatment, rehabilitation and recovery so we can get help to those who seek it sooner, not later.”
“I’ve heard it time and time again from people waging the battle against addiction: we need more treatment options. But today, those options are only dwindling in the face of ever-shrinking budgets, and the sad result is that those who need the help the most simply aren’t getting it,” Senator King said. “It’s my hope that this common-sense legislation can help put a stop to that. By establishing a reliable stream of funding, this bill will bolster treatment facilities across the country, increase the amount of services available, and support people as they fight back against addiction – all while doing so in a cost-effective way. We must step up to lend a hand to those who need our help, and this bill does that.”