West Virginia Higher Education Agencies Name Senior Administrator
West Virginia’s higher education system has a new senior administrator.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education said Matt Turner will be the agencies’ new executive vice chancellor for administration.
Turner will begin in that role August 01, 2014.
The West Virginia native currently serves as chief of staff at Marshall University.
He previously served as director of communications for then-Governor Joe Manchin.
Officials say that in the new role Turner will carry out policy directives for West Virginia’s four- and two-year public higher education institutions.
That includes facilitating intergovernmental relations and overseeing state-level student financial aid programs.
West Virginia Superintendent of the Year Named
The West Virginia Association of School Administrators says Pendleton County Superintendent Doug Lambert has been named West Virginia Superintendent of the Year.
Officials say Lambert will represent West Virginia in the National Superintendent of the Year competition in San Diego in February.
He has been superintendent in Pendleton County since 2005 and previously served as principal for Pendleton County Middle/High School beginning in 2002.
The association says Lambert has raised the profile for superintendents and school administrators by providing significant input to lawmakers regarding education reform and education-related legislation.
Lambert has served in various positions for the West Virginia Association of School Administrators and is now president of the group.
WEST VIRGINIA SECURES 31ST CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT
The new mutual recognition agreement with Nebraska marks the seventh state
to have a full reciprocity agreement with the Mountain State in the past 12 months.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia now has full reciprocity with the State of Nebraska, ensuring that citizens’ concealed handgun licenses issued by either state will be recognized by the other.
“This agreement marks the 31st state with which West Virginia has full reciprocity or recognition and the seventh agreement reached since July 2013,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “The Second Amendment ensures that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. Under my tenure as Attorney General, we will continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of both West Virginians and those from other states who travel here.”
Morrisey said the mutual recognition agreement is a positive step for legal gun owners living in both West Virginia and Nebraska.
In recent weeks, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office engaged in discussions with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office regarding the potential for mutual recognition between the two states. Nebraska has previously recognized concealed handgun licenses issued by West Virginia.
In June, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office sent a letter on behalf of the Nebraska Governor to the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office providing the statutory notice required by W.Va. Code § 61-7-6a for West Virginia to mutually recognize Nebraska’s concealed handgun permits.
“Both West Virginia and Nebraska have histories of loyally defending the Second Amendment, and I am pleased that the states can enjoy mutual recognition of concealed handgun licenses,” Morrisey said. “Many people from West Virginia enjoy traveling to Nebraska for work or recreational activities, such as hunting or fishing, and vice versa. These agreements will enable citizens of both states to continue to do so without wondering if their right to carry a concealed weapon has been diminished.”
Since July 2013, the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General has added seven states —Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, and New Hampshire — to the list of states with which it has full reciprocity or mutual recognition agreements.
Under the new agreements and pursuant to W. Va. Code § 61-7-6a, a valid Nebraska permit or license to possess or carry a handgun is valid in West Virginia for the carrying of a concealed handgun so long as the following conditions are met:
• The permit or license holder is 21 years of age or older;
• The permit or license is in his or her immediate possession; and
• The permit or license holder is not a resident of the State of West Virginia.
West Virginia residents with a valid concealed handgun license may legally carry a concealed handgun in states with full reciprocity agreements as well as states that formally recognize West Virginia permits. West Virginia has full handgun reciprocity agreements with 31 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Furthermore, West Virginians with a valid CHL also may legally carry in the following five states, subject to the limitations of each particular state’s laws: Indiana, Montana, Nevada, Vermont, and Wisconsin. It is worth noting Vermont law does not restrict who may carry a firearm, and Wisconsin only recognizes West Virginia concealed handgun licenses issued after June 08, 2012. Any concealed handgun license issued by these five states may not be honored by the State of West Virginia until further agreements are reached.
For information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General’s website at www.wvago.gov/gunrecep.cfm.
Report: Ordinary Americans Caught Up in Data Sweep
When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post.
Nearly half of those surveillance files contained names, email addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents, the Post reported in a story posted on its website Saturday night. While the federal agency tried to protect their privacy by masking more than 65,000 such references to individuals, the newspaper said it found nearly 900 additional email addresses that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or residents.
At the same time, the intercepted messages contained material of considerable intelligence value, the Post reported, such as information about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks.
As an example, the newspaper said the files showed that months of tracking communications across dozens of alias accounts led directly to the capture in 2011 of a Pakistan-based bomb builder suspected in a 2002 terrorist bombing in Bali. The Post said it was withholding other examples, at the request of the CIA, that would compromise ongoing investigations.
The material reviewed by the Post included roughly 160,000 intercepted e-mail and instant-message conversations, some of them hundreds of pages long, and 7,900 documents taken from more than 11,000 online accounts. It spanned President Barack Obama’s first term, 2009 to 2012, and was provided to the Post by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders who were not targeted were catalogued and recorded, the Post reported. The newspaper described that material as telling “stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.” The material collected included more than 5,000 private photos, the paper said.
The cache Snowden provided to the newspaper came from domestic NSA operations under the broad authority granted by Congress in 2008 with amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, according to the Post.
By law, the NSA may “target” only foreign nationals located overseas unless it obtains a warrant based on probable cause from a special surveillance court, the Post said. “Incidental collection” of third-party communications is inevitable in many forms of surveillance, according to the newspaper. In the case of the material Snowden provided, those in an online chat room visited by a target or merely reading the discussion were included in the data sweep, as were hundreds of people using a computer server whose Internet protocol was targeted.
CVS Stops Some Pseudoephedrine Sales in West Virginia
CVS Pharmacy is no longer selling some cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia.
The sales ban applies to medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Pseudoephedrine also is used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine.
CVS, which has 50 stores in West Virginia, also has also stopped selling the medications at 40 stores in neighboring states that are within 15 miles of the West Virginia border, CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis told the Charleston Gazette.
The ban does not include Zephrex-D, a tamper-resistant cold medication that contains pseudoephedrine as its only ingredient. CVS also continues to sell cold medications that combine pseudoephedrine and other ingredients, including antihistamines and pain relievers.
“By replacing the single-ingredient products that are preferred in the making of meth with a tamper-resistant version in these (90) stores, our customers continue to have access to a single-ingredient pseudoephedrine product for legitimate purposes,“ DeAngelis said.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had pressed CVS executives to make the change.
“CVS’s commitment to terminating local sales of single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products will undoubtedly help curb the growth of meth labs and meth abuse,“ Manchin told the newspaper.
Ride Aid and Fruth Pharmacy stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in West Virginia last year.
Walgreens notified Manchin’s office last week that it plans to stop such sales in the state, the newspaper said. Walgreens has 17 stores in West Virginia.
Police have seized 207 meth labs across the state this year. Law enforcement agencies seized a record 530 meth labs in 2013.
A bill that would have required a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine died on the final night of this year’s regular session after time ran out on an agreement between the House and the Senate.
“Certainly, I have to applaud CVS for doing something, but there is more left to be done,“ said Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, who supported the legislation.
“They’re slowing down the bleeding, but they haven’t stopped it. I’m hopeful over time that the retail outlets will all come to recognize that the best way to end the meth lab problem is to make sure only those people who have a prescription for the drug get it.“
Police Find Infant Buried in Shallow Grave in Forest
West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of an infant whose body was found in buried in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County.
State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says troopers went to the site near Wardensville after the infant’s parents were arrested Saturday in Morgantown.
Morgantown police say 32-year-old Joseph A. Christy was driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate.
The vehicle fled when an officer tried to stop it.
Christy and 26-year-old Summer L. McDaniel were arrested following a chase and charged with child neglect because four children were in the vehicle.
Baylous says interviews by investigators in Morgantown revealed that the couple had buried an infant in the national forest.
No charges have been filed in connection with the infant’s death.
McKinley Continues to Seek Answers on Veterans Care
McKinley Meets With Head of Clarksburg VA, Employees, and Area Veterans
Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) held a series of meetings in Clarksburg to gather more information on the quality of care at the Louis A. Johnson VA medical center in light of the national scandal engulfing the Veterans Administration.
McKinley met with Beth Brown, Director of the Medical Center, employee representatives from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384, and a group of local veterans at the Meuse-Argonne VFW Post 573 in Clarksburg as part of his fact finding mission.
“Priority number one needs to be ensuring America keeps its promise to our veterans and provides them the care they deserve,” said Rep. McKinley. “With the recent news of long delays, unofficial wait lists, and mismanagement at VA hospitals across the country, I wanted to discuss the situation firsthand with VA leadership and employees in Clarksburg, as well as veterans who utilize the hospital.”
“While we have heard several complaints about the Clarksburg facility, many veterans we’ve spoken with are happy with their experience,” said McKinley. “As a result of today’s fact finding meetings, we were able to learn more about the situation. However we need more information to get a clear picture.”
“The House has already taken several steps to ensure more accountability at the VA and ensure serious problems we’ve seen at several facilities don’t happen again,” said McKinley. “I’ll continue to work with officials at the Clarksburg VA and local veterans to improve the system. Our job isn’t done until we can be confident our veterans are getting the best care possible.”
GOVERNOR TOMBLIN URGES CONGRESS TO RESOLVE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND SHORTFALL
Governor Tomblin co-signs NGA letter to support re-authorization of federal transportation programs
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today joined the National Governors Association (NGA) in urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall.
The federal transportation laws and programs are set to expire September 30, 2014.
“Strengthening our infrastructure needs is critical to ensuring West Virginia can continue to recruit new economic development opportunities and maintain our competitiveness in today’s global market,“ Governor Tomblin said. “While we continue to make tough decisions to identify and apply new approaches to fund our state’s infrastructure improvements, we must have a reliable federal partner to support those projects. I urge Congress to resolve the HTF shortfall and enact a long-term re-authorization of federal transportation programs.“
West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.08.14
Mingo County’s former prosecutor, Michael Sparks, has been called before a judge Monday afternoon in Charleston for sentencing in a federal corruption case.
Sparks pleaded guilty in 2013 to depriving campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights.
REMAINS OF MISSING SUMMERSVILLE LAKE BOATER
Officials believe a body found in Summersville Lake may be the one they have been searching for since June 26, 2014.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section announced Monday a body was located at around 1:30 PM.
It is believed to be the remains of the boater who went missing.
However, the identification will not be official until it is conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston.
BRIDGEPORT BANK ROBBERY
Police in Bridgeport said a man robbed Huntington Bank’s White Oaks branch at around midday Monday.
The suspect, while holding a gun, demanded money and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash in a light blue Buick-style car.
Police set up a road block and were checking vehicles in the area after the heist but the suspect was not found.
Bridgeport police said the man was about six feet tall and wearing gloves, either an orange toboggan or ski mask and a blue sweatshirt with West Virginia written across the front.
No other details are available at this time as the investigation is on-going.
VETERAN RECEIVES HOME MAKEOVER WITH ASSISTANCE OF FORMER WVU PLAYER
A veteran who made it his mission to help others received some help himself with the assistance of former West Virginia University kicker and current Indianapolis Colts’ player Pat McAfee.
After Erich Orrick came home from 12 years of service with the U.S. Army, a career in which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he started Wish for Our Heroes.
The organization has raised millions; helping service members move and find new appliances had assists them with their child care.
McAfee and fellow Colts player Colby Fleener were able to make surge Orrick was not forgotten for his efforts.
His home near Indianapolis received a makeover with new furniture and appliances.
In an interview with the IndyStar, McAfee said Orrick was richly deserving, calling him “the most selfless person” he has ever met.
Stonewall State Park Foundation to Host Children’s Nature Camp July 14-17, 2014
Stonewall State Park Foundation will host a four-day, hands-on Nature Odyssey camp July 14-17, open to all children going into grades 2-7.
The foundation conducts a variety of special programs each year at Stonewall Resort State Park.
Samantha Norris, community outreach director for Stonewall Resort, said, “Stonewall Resort State Park offers many educational and recreational opportunities for children. Nature Odyssey campers will have the opportunity to learn about area wildlife, hike throughout our trail system and explore the nature around them.”
Norris said the day-camp runs from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM and will be led by Barbara Tucker, a skilled education professional with many years of experience. Tucker is a longtime resident of Lewis County who currently teaches at Jane Lew Elementary school.
Campers will be divided into groups by age – second through fourth graders and fifth through seventh graders – and will spend the day working within their groups. Lunch will be provided and is included in the cost of the camp.
The cost is $35 per child per day with a $5 discount (per day) for those who complete early registration for the entire week. Registration will include all supplies needed for the educational and recreational activities.
All registrants must complete a liability waiver, emergency contact form, and a medical overview of special needs.
This camp was made possible by donations from BrickStreet Foundation, ACCESS Midstream Partners, CONSOL Energy, Lewis County Commission, Central Supply, GAI Consultants, Jane Lew Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Weston.
To register or for more information, visit www.stonewallresort.com or contact Samantha Norris at 304.269.8820.
Movie Review: ‘Deliver Us From Evil’
The question at the heart of “Deliver Us From Evil,” a garden-variety serial-killer thriller tarted up as an exorcism drama, is not whether good will triumph over evil. Rather, it’s this: What in God’s name possesses good actors to make dreck like this?
Eric Bana, I cast thee out, in the name of SAG and AFTRA.
The normally respectable actor plays Ralph Sarchie, a New York police officer investigating a series of crimes that turn out to have a paranormal link. Bana almost holds his own, despite having to refer to the belief in demonic possession as “blaming evil fairies for the bad [expletive] people do.”
And with lines like that, we’re supposed to be scared?
Most of the frights in the early part of the film come not from satanic forces, but from animals jumping out from behind things. For a good hour, I thought I was watching a “My Cat From Hell” marathon on Animal Planet.
Bana’s not the only talented if misguided soul here, either. Édgar Ramírez is wasted as a sexy Jesuit exorcist with a troubled past. And as Sarchie’s partner, funnyman Joel McHale is ill-equipped to quip his way out of the film’s far-fetched premise, despite yukking it up at every opportunity. Ramírez at least brings a bit of class to the film, delivering, in his buttery Venezuelan accent, the film’s only heft (in the form of some speechifying about how we gain strength by admitting to our spiritual weaknesses).
Director and co-writer Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) tries way too hard to crank up the tension, setting the entire film in what looks like monsoon season in the Bronx and ensuring that no scene is lit by more than a police-issue Maglite. But I mostly blame producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who seems to think he’s making an R-rated version of a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, ratcheting up his signature mix of supernatural hoo-ha and comedy with a boatload of grisly violence and gore. True to form, it’s a loud and hysterical effort, where quiet and creepy would have better served the material.
Speaking of material, the film is said to be based on the case files of a real-life cop-turned-demonologist. Instead, it seems to have been inspired by a stack of rejected horror-movie scripts found in a studio dumpster.
Deliver Us From Evil
R - for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout and coarse language. 118 minutes.
World Cup 2014: Semi Finals
THIRD ANNUAL GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ALL-CLASS REUNION - 2014
The third annual Gilmer County High School All-Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Folks will have a chance to get reacquainted at Gilmer County High School during a meet/greet social time with tours of their Alma Mater from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
This event is free of charge and will be a wonderful opportunity to see former classmates and teachers that you haven’t seen in a while and a chance to get acquainted with alums from all classes at GCHS.
There will be a reception for dinner attendees at the Mollohan Campus Community Center on the campus of Glenville State College beginning at 3:30 PM followed by dinner at 5:00 PM.
Come early for registration and plenty of conversation.
The evening’s dinner program will honor all GCHS alumni in general with special recognition of GCHS’s ten year anniversary classes of 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, and 2014.
Veterans and active military personnel will also be recognized.
All past and present administrators, teachers, coaches, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Dinners are $20.00 each for adults and $12.00 each for those under 10 years of age.
For planning purposes, please RSVP with your check to: Bob Hardman, Glenville State College, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.
If you have questions, contact Bob at 304.462.6181.
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Glenville: Ivan Parker Concert - 07.13.14
GCVFD Sportsman’s Bingo - Friday, 07.11.14
2014 That Dam Race 5K - 07.17.2014
The 6th annual That Dam Race 5K walk/run is held in Sutton, West Virginia at the Sutton Dam.
The course begins under the backdrop of the magnificent Sutton Dam at the Downstream Recreation Area.
Participants then have a strenuous climb up hill to and then across the top of the dam.
The course takes runners on a trip through the woods and down to the Elk River.
Participants then hit the brick paved streets of historic downtown Sutton past many beautiful, historic buildings.
The finish line is nearly in sight as participants head back up river with the dam in the distance.
The race ends back at the Downstream Recreation Area where it began.
Come and run/walk one of the toughest and most unique courses in the region!
The proceeds of this year’s Dam Race will go to Braxton area Back Pack programs. Which helps to feed children in need during the weekends when they won’t be able to eat at school.
GCFRN: Back to School Bash - 08.01.14
Sand Fork Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - July 20-24, 2014
SAL FONT TROUT UNLIMITED HOSTS FREE FLY FISHING CLINIC IN SPENCER - JULY 17, 2014
Have you ever watched a person fly fishing and considered how you would like to learn to do that?
The Sal font Chapter of Trout Unlimited in cooperation with the City of Spencer will host a free fly fishing clinic at Heritage Park on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM.
The clinic will teach anglers the basics of fly fishing from the why to the how.
Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
“To many of us, fishing is about more than just catching fish,” said Philip Smith, President of the Sal font Chapter, “it is about the total experience. Many of us in TU have discovered that the time-honored sport of fly fishing is something to fall in love with. From tying flies in the winter to catching bass in a local pond using your own created fly there are so many things in fly fishing that enhance that fishing experience more than with conventional gear. We are not a fly fishing club, but since many of us have a passion for this sport, we want to give every opportunity to those in our home community to learn how to do it if they wish.”
The chapter is a local not-for-profit organization that seeks to conserve, protect, and restore central West Virginia’s trout waters, cultivate new anglers and engage local communities within their mission.
“The name Sal font is derived from the scientific name for our state fish, the brook trout, which is the only native trout to West Virginia and an indicator species of clean water. Our chapter honors this fish as the mascot for clean water and our sporting heritage,” says Smith.
The City of Spencer embraces this new organization.
“Even though there are not any trout swimming through Spring Creek in town, the goals of this new Trout Unlimited Chapter are certainly about enhancing the greater sporting experience for our citizens. We support their effort and hope the community does too,” said Mayor Terry Williams.
The two-hour session will go over basic equipment and casting.
There may be a longer, more detailed course given by the TU chapter in the winter if there is enough interest expressed in the community.
For more information about the local Trout Unlimited chapter, visit their facebook page at facebook.com/SalFontTU.
Oleva Miller 100th Birthday Celebration - 07.20.14
Mrs. Oleva Miller will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 20, 2014.
She was born in Cedarville, WV on July 20, 1914 and graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1932.
She attended Glenville State College and graduated with a degree in teaching.
She taught at many schools during her career in Gilmer, Harrison, and Calhoun Counties.
Her family will be hosting a celebration of her milestone birthday on July 20 at the Gilmer County Senior Center from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM.
Cards are appreciated, but no gifts, please.
Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, The Sand Fork High School Alumni Scholarship Fund or Boys Town in her name.
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G-OB™: Glenville - Experienced Controller
G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Technology Support Specialist
POSITION: Technology Support Specialist - Central Office - County
EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 School Year
Hold or be qualified to obtain a Temporary Authorization for Technology Support Specialist.
o Possess a minimum of an associate’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
o Possess a minimum of two (2) valid Basic Level technology Certifications (A+ certification or above preferred, or equivalent job experience) OR one (1) valid Advanced Level Certification as approved by the West Virginia Department of Education.
o Demonstrate and practice excellent verbal communications and interpersonal skills.
o Demonstrate excellent written communication skills.
o Be able to work efficiently and cooperatively in a task-oriented work environment with competing priorities and multiple deadlines.
o Be able to effectively train adults in the use of technology-based software, hardware and applications.
o Demonstrate strong organizational and time-management skills.
o Be self-motivated.
o Be able to perform physical labor that includes lifting and/or moving boxes, equipment and furniture.
o Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out the responsibilities of the position.
Be the county’s primary contact and resource for all issues related to technology including but not limited to the following:
o Plan, design, install, deploy and maintain Local Area Networks (LANs) and/or Wide Area Networks (WANs) as required in each facility operated by the Gilmer County Board of Education throughout the county.
o Provide technical support as required for on-line grading reporting applications and non-instructional software including Ed-Line and the West Virginia Education Information System (VSEIS) and Primero.
o Install and provide technical support for stand-alone and network software applications.
o Assist the County Test Coordinator with the on-line testing process.
o Repair computers and peripherals.
o Manage Windows server Active Directory environment.
o Monitor systems daily and perform back-ups and restoration as necessary to maintain a secure and current communication and data network throughout the county in all facilities operated by the Gilmer County Board of Education throughout the county.
o Assist in the development, revision and implementation of technology-related security policies and procedures.
o Manage and maintain users’ permissions and security access levels.
o Manage and maintain anti-virus and risk-management applications.
o Lead investigations of suspected misuse and abuse of computers, network applications and network access.
o Maintain comprehensive, accurate and current records such as inventories, warranty information, installation dates, training dates, etc.
o Provide technical support and expertise to teachers, administrators and service employees upon request.
o Provide technical assistance and support for security camera networks and operations.
o Serve as member of the County Technology Council and as a resource for school technology teams as needed.
o Be “on-call” for emergency intervention/action when necessary.
o Update county technology plans and assist schools with annual school technology plans.
o Assist in the completion of the annual e-rate applications in cooperation with the Director of Technology.
o Assist with completion of the annual state grants including Tools for Schools Elementary (TFSE), Tools for Schools Secondary (TFSS), Technology Infrastructure (TI) and local share.
o Manage and update county website as necessary.
o Communicate effectively with students, parents, educational personnel, vendors and others as needed.
o Provide technical expertise and training for students, faculty, service personnel and administration.
o Inform instructional staff and administrators of new and developing technologies that will enhance instruction and assessment.
o Perform other reasonable duties assigned by the Superintendent.
EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-15 School Year, 230 Days
BEGINNING DATE: Negotiable
Based on Gilmer County Teachers and Supplemental Salary Schedules commensurate with educational level and years of experience.
• Application for employment; Copy of WV Teaching Certificate; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations.
• Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website).
• Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Send these documents to:
Gilmer County Schools
201 North Court Street
Glenville, WV 26351
MUST BE RECEIVED BY:
Friday, July 11, 2014 – 3:00 PM
As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities. Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.
Ron Paul: Hobby Lobby Decision Creates Small Island of Freedom in Ocean of Statism
This week, supporters of religious freedom cheered the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. The Court was correct to protect business owners from being forced to violate their religious beliefs by paying for contraceptives. However, the decision was very limited in scope and application.
The court’s decision only applies to certain types of business, for example, “closely-held corporations” that have a “sincere” religious objection to paying for contraceptive coverage. Presumably, federal courts or bureaucrats will determine if a business’s religious objection to the mandate is “sincere” or not and therefore eligible for an opt-out from one Obamacare mandate.
Opponents of the court’s decision are correct that a religious objection does not justify a special exemption from the Obamacare contraception mandate, but that is because all businesses should be exempt from all federal mandates. Federal laws imposing mandates on private business violates the business owner’s rights of property and contract.
Mandated benefits such as those in Obamacare also harm those employees who do not need or want them. Benefit packages resulting from negotiations between employer and employee are much more likely to satisfy both the employer and employee than benefit packages imposed by politicians and bureaucrats.
Opponents of the court’s decision argue that Obamacare gives employees a “right” to free birth control that trumps the employer’s property rights. This argument confuses rights with desires. Successfully lobbying the government to force someone else to grant your wishes does not magically transform a desire into a “right.”
Redefining rights as desires to be fulfilled by the government also means that the government can modify, limit, or even take away those rights. After all, since your rights are gifts from government, there is no reason why you should object when the government takes away those rights for the common good.
Those who believe Congress can create a right to free contraception that overrides property rights should consider that the government may use that power to create and take away rights in ways they find objectionable. For example, if our rights are gifts from the government, then there is no reason why Congress should not limit our right to privacy by allowing the NSA to monitor our phone calls and Internet use.
The politicization of healthcare benefits is a direct result of government policies that not only encourage people to think of healthcare as a right, but to expect their employer to provide health insurance. Government polices encouraging over-reliance on third party payers is the root of many of our healthcare problems.
Opponents of the Hobby Lobby decision are correct when they say that their boss should not decide whether their healthcare plan covers contraceptives. However, like all supporters of Obamacare, they are incorrect in seeking to fix the problems with healthcare through more government intervention. Instead, they should join those of us working to create a free-market healthcare system that gives individuals control of their healthcare dollar. In a true free market, individuals would have the ability to obtain affordable healthcare without having to rely on government mandates or subsidies.
The debate over which, if any, business deserves an exemption from Obamacare’s contraception mandate is rooted in a misunderstanding of property and contract rights. All businesses and all Americans deserve an exemption not just from Obamacare, but from all mandates. Individuals should be given the freedom and responsibility to obtain the healthcare coverage that meets their needs without relying on the government to force others to provide it.
Bon Appétit: Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
Recipe makes 10 servings
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
butter flavored cooking spray
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.
GFP - 07.08.2014
Ask the Doctor: Pros and Cons of PSA Tests
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 82.
At this late stage, I am now being told that a PSA test (that I’ve always had and always passed well within limits) is no longer recommended.
What is a guy to do?
Early detection has always been encouraged, so how am I to know if I will need treatment? - F.O.
ANSWER: The value of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) for the detection of prostate cancer has aroused a great deal of discussion and debate.
Your premise about the early detection of cancer is true for most cancers.
It isn’t always true for all the forms of prostate cancer.
PSA isn’t a perfect test.
It can yield normal results when a man has prostate cancer.
It can yield abnormal results when a man’s cancer requires no treatment or when no cancer is present.
A high proportion of older men - perhaps as many as 90% of men in their 80s - have areas of prostate cancer in their gland.
Quite frequently, that cancer is the kind that grows slowly and doesn’t lead to death. However, a high PSA almost always is followed by a prostate biopsy and often a form of treatment - surgery or radiation.
The complications of treatment can be worse than having a low-grade prostate cancer.
Loss of bladder control, erectile dysfunction and radiation burns are some of those complications.
Your doctor has advised against continued testing for the above reasons.
Screening benefits younger men and men at great risk of developing prostate cancer.
Black men are more likely to have it than are white men.
Some authorities feel that only men with a life expectancy of 10 or more years ought to have regular PSA tests.
All medical professionals encourage men to discuss the pros and cons of PSA testing with their doctor.
If you feel anxious about not having the test, you can request that one be done.
Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
GFP - 07.08.2014
Flashback: What Happened on July 08, ....
• 1755 A settlement at Drapers Meadows along the New River was attacked by Shawnee Indians; nearly all were killed or captured, including Mary Ingles, who authored a famous account of her captivity.
• 1886 The West Virginia Bar Association was organized in Grafton, Taylor County.
• 1942 One hundred and fifty-one German aviators left The Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, the last of all foreign diplomats housed at the resort during World War Two.
• 1977 The State Board of Education ruled that all counties must provide free textbooks to needy children in order to comply with a federal ruling.
• 1992 A San Francisco, CA federal appeals court banned a fungicide made at the DuPont plant in Belle, Kanawha County, because of a possible link with cancer.
• 1992 Governor Caperton asked the United States Army Corps of Engineers to extend the public comment period for a month concerning toxic waste incineration near the proposed lock and dam in Eleanor, Putnam County.
G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.08.14
‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.’
This section of Matthew’s Gospel recounts many stories of Jesus moving among the people, interacting with them and curing the sick and lame. As he sees people ‘like sheep without a shepherd’, we recognize his deep humanity. The Spirit is clearly at work as Jesus heals the bodies and minds of the people. Jesus brings the light of God into the cracks of our physical condition. He helps bodies to heal, minds to see and spirits to thrive. Not only did Jesus heal the sick he also instructed the able through his example, saying the harvest is rich. We too can bring the spirit of healing into our encounters. We pray that we can become laborers in the harvest, recognizing that we can touch those in need and accept the gifts of healing from others.
Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord—Ps 113B(115):3-10. Matthew 9:32-38.
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Religion | G-MM™
Georgia Ida Greenlief
Georgia Ida Greenlief
Age 82, of Mayre Street Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, July 06, 2014 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness.
She was born in Braxton County, WV on November 30, 1931: daughter of the late Russell Burrough and Amanda (Dean) Burrough.
Mrs. Greelief was married to Earnie Jackson Greelief, who preceded her in death on July 31, 1973.
Mrs. Greenlief is survived by two daughters: Sharon Elaine Greenlief of Jane Lew and Debra Kay (Teddy) Harris of Weston, one son: Earnie Jackson Greenlief, Jr. of Jane Lew, five grandchildren: Joe, Jason, and Jimmie Greenlief, Kimberly Stalnaker and Rachel Kessling, four great grandchildren: Ashley Harris, Hannah Greenlief, Amanda Stalnaker and Chris Stalnaker and one great great grandchild: Hayden Michael Harris. She is also survived by one brother: Willis (Susan) Burrough of Akron, OH and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Earnie, Georgia was preceded in death by one son: Earl Lloyd Kessling and one granddaughter: Christina Housley.
Mrs. Greelief was a homemaker and early in her life, was a cook at the Val Vue Curb Service. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening and was somewhat of a homebody.
She was a Methodist by faith.
Georgia was a loving mother and a devoted grandmother.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 from 12 Noon until 2 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Wayne Smith officiating.
Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Georgia Ida Greenlief.
Kevin Dale Kirkpatrick
Kevin Dale Kirkpatrick
Age 52, of 314 Rowgh Lane Camden, WV passed away on Monday, July 07, 2014 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness.
He was born in Martinsburg, WV on January 17, 1962: son of the late Marvel Kenneth Kirkpatrick and Nellie Dorotha (Lorentz) Kirkpatrick.
He is survived by his adopted father: Lester Carl Lowther of Camden.
On March 04, 2000, he married Deborah (Clevenger) Kirkpatrick, who survives.
He is also survived by two daughters: Amber Kirkpatrick at home and Angela (Christopher) Mace of Walkersville, two sons: Richard Lowther of Fairmont and Brandon Marple of Camden and five grandchildren: Isaiah and Sophia Kirkpatrick, Justice Mace and Dakotah and Bryson Lowther. Kevin is also survived by two brothers: Rick Kirkpatrick of Morgantown and Mike Lorentz of Weston, one sister: Marcia Snyder of Weston and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kirkpatrick was preceded in death by one son: Michael Clevenger Kirkpatrick and three brothers: Denny, John and Bee Bop Kirkpatrick.
Mr. Kirkpatrick worked for C. & R. Construction with the railroad and tore down buildings as a hobby. He enjoyed fishing, 4-wheeling and camping. His greatest love was his grandkids.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, July 10, 2014 11 AM until 1 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Roger Brown officiating.
Interment will follow services in the Snyder Cemetery of Churchville, WV.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Kevin Dale Kirkpatrick.
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