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Carolyn Sue Meadows Sturm Selected as the 2016 Normantown High School Alumnus of the Year

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The Normantown High School Alumni Association meeting for perhaps its last time in the gymnasium of the school Saturday May 28, 2016, awarded Carolyn Sue Meadows Sturm the 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Gary Smith, Chair of the Alumnus of the year Committee presented the award and related that Carolyn received it because of her dedication to the preservation of Normantown High School’s rich history.

She served as past Chair of the Preservation Committee and helped in securing a safe and protected location at the Gilmer County Recreation Center for the individual Class Pictures and the many trophies and awards earned by Normantown High School. She, along with several other Alumni members moved these important artifacts to the White House at the Center. She and the committee placed the NHS 1945 State Basketball Championship trophy in the Gilmer County High School main trophy case. The Trophy was later relocated to a NHS Alumni owned trophy case along with other valuable and sentimental memorabilia to the Cafeteria of GCHS.

She co-authored the reproduction of Coach Eugene Williams’ Scrapbook in which he kept an abundance of news paper articles and other printed materials telling first hand the story of the Normantown High School 1945 great basketball championship run and accomplishments at a time when there was no separate classification of schools but instead all schools, large and small, competed for the championship. It is a historic event for the School, Gilmer County, and West Virginia that will never happen again.

Carolyn and husband, Richard Sturm, are Lewis County residents and have been most all their adult life. They reared three children and have four grand children and three great grand sons. She has been very active in and a strong supporter of schools, sports and the Lewis County High School Athletic Association. She has provided food many of the sports teams before their games making sure that they had a nutritious meal before their activity. She has also been active in many community activities.

Carolyn was born at home at Normantown to the parents of Landis and Winnie Moore Meadows. She went to the Normantown School all 12 years graduating in 1954. She was a Cheer Leader many of her high school years and an excellent student. Her father was a Bus Driver for the school and her mother one of the excellent cooks who also provided meals for the athletic teams before events. She is one of the few survivors who attended all games played by the Normantown 1945 State Basketball Champs. Her mother, an avid fan, took Carolyn and her sister to every game.

Carolyn has been an excellent supporter of the Normantown Alumni Association and the Class of 1954 organizing special reunions for the 40th, 50th, and 60th year reunions and producing a 1954 Yearbook.

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Public Notice: Vaccination of Dogs and Cats - June 10-11, 2016

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NOTICE TO PUBLIC

VACCINATION OF DOGS & CATS

Gilmer County Assessor, Gary L. Wolfe, would like to announce that William R Moodispaw, DVM, will be at the following named places on the dates listed below, to vaccinate dogs and cats AS REQUIRED BY WV CODE §19-20A-1.

All dogs and cats, which have reached SIX MONTHS OF AGE AND HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED WITHIN THE PAST 24 MONTHS, are required to be vaccinated before June 01, 2016.

The fee for rabies vaccination will be $8.00 according to WV Code §19-20A-1.

Due to Dr. Moodispaw’s schedule, he will only be at the following locations on the dates and times listed below:


FRIDAY June 10th

08:30 – 09:00 am Mouth of Jesse’s Run
09:15 – 10:00 a.m. Tanner
10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Heiney’s
11:45 – 12:30 p.m. Dawson’s Farm
12:45 – 01:30 p.m. Normantown
02:00 – 03:00 p.m. Cedarville


SATURDAY June 11th

08:00 – 09:00 a.m. Court House
09:15 – 10:00 a.m. Camden Flats
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Sand Fork
11:30 – 12:05 p.m. Mouth of Ellis
12:30 – 01:00 p.m. Somerville Store
01:30 – 02:15 p.m. Troy School

Gilmer County Schools May/Summer 2016 Newsletter: Normantown Elementary

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Normantown Elementary has had an exciting last month of school with various activities.

The entire school kicked off State Testing with a pep assembly featuring the staff and students in “We Will Rock the Test.”

The students have been working very hard completing the tests and one lucky boy and girl received a bicycle on May 20, for having perfect attendance during testing.

 

Thanks to the PTO, the school traveled to the Columbus Zoo on Friday April 22, sporting their new NES T-Shirts. 

PK and Kindergarten had an exciting day at the WV Game Farm and and PK had a fun day celebrating the end of the school year. 

6th grade attended the WV Soil Conservation Day at Cedar Creek State Park and even though it was a rainy day they had fun and enjoyed seeing their future classmates from GES and SFES.

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Ronald McDonald stopped by the school and got the kids involved in “One Minute to Move It!”

He stressed the importance of staying active and demonstrated many ways they could do that.

All the students and staff enjoyed the outdoor assembly with lots of moving going on.

 

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Congratulations is in order for Normantown Elementary.

They ranked second overall in the state for 5th Grade Reasoning Mind.

Categories such as class accuracy in study modes, review modes, test prep modes, time spent online, as well as how often reports were being pulled were used for these rankings.

Mrs. Stewart’s class has excelled with using the program.

The class has consistently had 100% of students meeting accuracy goals.

They go beyond the bare minimum required and always exceed what is expected.

The room is always focused, self-motivated, and a collaborative learning environment.

Hats off to them and the year of hard work they have done!

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Allison Wood and Dalton Persinger were the winners of a new bicycle for having perfect attendance during State Summative Testing

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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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.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
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
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 19, 2016

G-ICYMI™: 50 Years Ago, Team From Tiny Normantown High Set Still-Standing International Record

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Big accomplishments can come from small high schools, as Homer Hickam and his Rocket Boys from Big Creek High School in War, McDowell County, proved in winning the National Science Fair in 1960.

As alumni from Normantown High School, a like-sized, also-defunct school in Gilmer County at the other end of the state from War, gather for the Class of 1966’s 50th reunion on Saturday, some will likely remember hearing their parents talk about the school’s David versus Goliath championship season of 1945. The one when their 150-person student body produced a basketball team that captured the all-class state championship with a 50-49 win over Logan.

But in 1966, the tiny West Virginia high school produced a team that took top honors at an international competition in an event a bit slower-paced and lower-profile than basketball. In the process of doing so, the Normantown High team racked up a score that remains unbeaten today.

The event was the International Land and Range Judging Contest, held near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There, contestants determine soil types and their water absorbing properties, estimate slope and erosion potentials, and determine what crops, mechanical treatments and fertilizer applications are most appropriate for farming the land.

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Normantown High School FFA members Kenneth Lee Greenlief (from left), Kelley Sponaugle, Brock Stewart and
Wesley Dobbins flank their coach and vo-ag teacher Everett “Casey” Mason after winning
the International Land and Range Judging contest in Oklahoma in 1966, posting a score that remains unbeaten today.


Contestants also pick out the best home site on the property being judged, identify rangeland plants,and determine how to best manage the rangeland for wildlife or livestock.

“Looking back, it seems like a very short time ago that we were taking this trip to Oklahoma City,” said Kelley Sponaugle, one of four members of Normantown High’s championship Future Farmers of America land judging team. “The one vivid memory is of the five of us (including FFA adviser and vo-ag teacher Everett “Casey” Mason) and our luggage packed in a Ford Falcon for two days each way.

“At that time it was my longest trip from Cedarville. I was amazed at the size of our country and the vast size of the cornfields of the Midwest.”

Mason, who coached the land judging team, “was a wonderful teacher,” recalled teammate Wesley Dobbins. “Through pure and simple hard, honest work, which he demanded, he was very successful in bringing the Normantown High School FFA chapter much recognition.”

“Being his student is without a doubt the greatest educational experience in my life,” Sponaugle said. “He truly believed success could be found through hard work and doing it right. Because of his encouragement, we believed we could win.”

Sponaugle said Mason assembled a support team that included Soil Conservation Service staffers Junior Kennedy and Woodrow Beverage, who helped provide the Normantown FFA team with enhanced soil and conservation knowledge, and George Sharpe, a soils specialist with the WVU Extension Service, who made several trips to Gilmer County to help train the students and met the team in Oklahoma City to help its members get acquainted with the local terrain.

Dobbins, Sponaugle and teammates Kenneth Greenlief and Brock Stewart won the state land judging competition in the spring of 1965 to qualify for the trip to Oklahoma City the following spring.

“We were four country boys who had never been far from home,” Dobbins said. “As we traveled, we kept seeing on the breakfast menu ‘hash browns.’ None of the four of us knew what they were. One morning, we decided to take a chance and order them. To our surprise, we got fried potatoes!”

“We arrived in Oklahoma City a couple days early,” Sponaugle recalled. “Mr. Mason had arranged for us to practice at a local ranch and at the Oklahoma State University farms. We spent from daylight to dark looking at various soils in the area and going over study materials. Mr. Mason was a strong believer in work, so that’s what we did.

“But we did go to a movie, Marilyn Monroe in ‘Some Like it Hot.’ That was my first trip to an indoor movie theater. The movie would probably be rated G or PG by today’s standards, but we thought it was really hot and sexy.”

The contest took place in a short grass prairie outside of Oklahoma City.

“The area had several large ravine-type gullies, and the soils there developed in windblown materials and were very erosive,” Sponaugle recalled. “After the contest, the judges reviewed the fields with us. I remember telling Mr. Mason and Dr. Sharpe that I thought I had made a perfect score on all four fields. They both thought I was crazy, since nobody had come close to that in the 15-year history of the contest.”

Teammate Brock Stewart also believed he had aced the contest, according to Sponaugle.

“At the banquet that night, I was so nervous I couldn’t eat,” he said. “The anticipation was intense.”

The combined individual scores of the top three team members determined the team winners. The awards announcement began by naming the 10 highest-scoring individual land judges, starting with the 10th place finalist.

“By the time they got down to No. 3, none of us had been called and I thought we had blown it,” Sponaugle recounted. “Then they announced Kenny Lee Greenlief from Normantown, West Virginia, at No. 3, with a score of 237 points, and finally, tied for individual high score, Brock Stewart and Kelley Sponaugle from Normantown with 240 points,” both perfect scores, for the first time in contest history.

While other West Virginia FFA teams have since won the event — most recently, Tyler County High in 2011 and 2013 — the Normantown team was the first to score more than 700 points in the history of the contest, and the team score of 717 points out of a possible 720 remains the highest score in contest history.

Sponaugle went on to compete on WVU’s soil judging team and pursued a career in soil science, recently retiring as assistant state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Greenlief, who earned a master’s degree in education administration at WVU and went on to become executive vice president and treasurer of Waco Oil & Gas, died in 2006.

Dobbins is a retired Braxton County elementary school principal and Stewart pursued a career in the natural gas business.

The team’s victory at Oklahoma City 50 years ago “is a great example of a high school in West Virginia with fewer than 200 students doing something outstanding,” said Dennis Bennett of Craigsville, president of Normantown High School Alumni Association.

Normantown High graduated its last class of seniors in 1968 and was converted into Normantown Elementary School, which in turn will be closed at the end of the current school year due to consolidation.

A 50th reunion celebration for the high school’s Class of 1966 took place last Saturday at the school.

~~  Rick Steelhammer - Gazette-Mail ~~

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting - 05.20.15 - Today

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AGENDA
SPECIAL MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.


I. CALL TO ORDER


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. ROLL CALL


IV. APPROVAL OF 2016-2017 BUDGET


V.    ADJOURNMENT

Normantown Christian School Holding Follow-Up Meeting

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Gilmer County Board of Education LSIC Meeting - 05.16.16 - Today

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AGENDA
LSIC MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education                                              
Gilmer County High School
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 5:00 p.m.

I. CALL TO ORDER


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. ROLL CALL


IV. LSIC-GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL


V.      RECOGNITIONS


VI. RECESS


VII. DELEGATIONS


VIII. CONSENT AGENDA-Board Action

            A.  Minutes: April 11, 2016, April 19, 2016

            B.  Student Transfers

            C.  School Volunteers

            D.  Field Trips (Out-of-State)


IX. NEW BUSINESS

            A. Property


X. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

            A. CGCC- Dr. Carl Armour-April 19, 2016

            B. RESA- Dr. William Simmons


XI. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

            A. Campaign for Grade Level Reading

            B. Treasurer’s Report

            C. Financial Statement

            D. Check Register

            E. Field Trips

            F. Other Reports-Review of OEPA Audit


The next Board Meeting will be Tuesday, June 21, 2016.


XII. ADJOURNMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE: Canvass the May 10, 2016 Primary Election Results

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STATE OF WEST VIRGINA
COUNTY OF GILMER, TO-WIT:


                    I, Larry B. Chapman, President of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, in concurrence with John D. Bennett and Brian Kennedy Commissioners of said Commission, hereby call and appoint a Special Session of the County Commission of Gilmer County to be held at the courthouse in said County on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM, in the County Commission Chambers to transact the following business:


                    Canvass the May 10, 2016 Primary Election Results


Given under my hand this 12th day of May 2016.


                                                          Larry B. Chapman, President
                                                          Gilmer County Commission


Jean Butcher, Gilmer County Clerk

G-ICYMI™: WVBOE Returns Personnel Issues Control to Gilmer’s Local Board

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WV state school board OKs alternative paths to teaching

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved alternative teacher certification programs for Kanawha and seven other counties, including a McDowell County program that will begin to bring Teach For America’s services to the state.

At the board’s meeting Wednesday, members also heard criticism from school administrators about their plans to start giving entire schools and counties A-F grades; approved significantly amending a construction and renovation plan at the Romney Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to drop the cost from $45.5 million to $16.5 million; returned control over personnel issues to the local school board in Gilmer County, one of the state’s last two takeover counties; and approved a plan for Kanawha’s St. Albans High to reduce student instructional time in order to incorporate 30 minutes of teacher collaboration into each school day.

The state board also received a $20,000 check from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Inc. to support continued “Japanese Summer Immersion Camps.” State Department of Education Chief Accountability Officer Michele Blatt said the camps, for kids entering grades one through five, expose students to Japanese language and culture. The first in Putnam County is coming to Scott Teays Elementary July 11-15.

Monica Beane, executive director of the education department’s Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, said McDowell’s alternative certification program will require more than Teach For America traditionally does before putting applicants in classrooms.

She said all the alternative certification programs seek to fill teacher vacancies, which McDowell, generally agreed to be the state’s poorest county, has had particular issues with.

Teach For America, which local teacher unions have opposed, generally accepts college graduates — including those without education degrees, trains them for more than a month and gives them a one- to two-week regional orientation before placing them in struggling schools. Those in the program make a two-year commitment to teach, and are paid as full-time, entry-level teachers.

“It’s very similar in that they can attract the same potential teachers and candidates,” Beane said of McDowell’s program compared to traditional Teach For America. “But in other states they have their boot camp, they do their own program, they are just embedded within that state’s culture. Here they are only a support.”

She said Teach For America will, alongside identifying possible applicants for McDowell, also help provide teacher training to the applicants.

Beane said House Bill 2005, which allowed for these alternative certification programs, passed in the 2015 legislative session, but the three programs approved Wednesday were the first to take effect under the law due to the time it took the education department to develop rules for how the law would be implemented.

She said they allow school systems to offer jobs to these alternative applicants only if the systems first advertise the position for at least 10 business days and don’t receive any applications from certified teachers.

She said the programs allow individuals who have four-year degrees in any subject area to teach in any subject area so long as they pass the Praxis I exam, which tests one’s basic skills in areas like reading and math, and a Praxis II exam, which specifically tests the content an applicant wants to teach. She said those with master’s degrees don’t have to take the Praxis I, and those wanting to become special education teachers don’t have to take the Praxis II.

After passing the Praxis exams, passing a background investigation, receiving teacher training and other support, these alternative educators can start teaching in classrooms. After a year of teaching, the county superintendent can recommend the candidates to Beane’s office for licensure, but the applicant would have to pass the Praxis III exam on the principles of learning and teaching.

If approved after the year of teaching, the applicant would be certified like an entry-level teacher, Beane said.

Kanawha is partnering the Regional Education Service Agency it’s part of, RESA 3.

All counties in RESA 4 — Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster — are partnering with RESA 4, and getting support from Concord and Marshall universities.

McDowell is partnering with RESA 1, which is contracting with Teach For America.

As for the A-F grading system, representatives of county school administrators Wednesday criticized the proposed policy, which is currently out on a public comment period that ends 4 p.m. Monday.

Part of the criticism focused on the fact that — despite the planned inclusion of “multiple measures” beyond standardized testing, like attendance — standardized testing scores are still planned to make up the vast majority of a school’s grade. Blatt said scores and growth in scores on the Smarter Balanced statewide standardized exam are planned to make up about 83 percent of grades for elementary and middle schools.

Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Banks, who’s also president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, said A-F grades will impact communities’ ability to attract businesses and could hurt efforts to pass school bonds and levies. He said graduation rates should be a factor in grading for elementary and middle schools, not just for high schools, and argued many students don’t take Smarter Balanced seriously because it doesn’t impact their grades.

~~  Ryan Quinn - Gazette-Mail ~~

G-LtE™: THE TALE OF LYIN’ BS GILMER COUNTY’S BURDEN

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The original sin: 2011 I am qualified to speak for and support this groups goals.  I will see to it that the Governor does a Blue Ribbon Study of Gilmer County education successes and work with you to stop this consolidation to one school causing the destruction of FOUR communities in Gilmer County. The children won’t be forced to travel.

Result: Change of plans. “I was never against consolidation! I can’t be part of this.  I’ve been elected and put in as President of the board.”  I’ll destroy you.


Local BOE President swears: I have local political influence and will see to it that intervention ends within the first year.  I will be Superintendent and promise to fire the High School Head Administrator.

Result:  Ron Blankenship stays three years and Gabe Devono is appointed by the state as Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools July 1, 2014. The President turns in his resignation but withdraws it. His public goodbye quote regarding Mr. Blankenship? He had “promised the Superintendent to never be an impediment to anything he wanted to do”. Later informed new Superintendent and the Board “they” had been “misled”.


BS continues collecting expense checks for many “principled closed door meetings” no one seems aware of but himself. Once more no communication with local BOE. Even the OEPA and WVBOE begin to see a problem with him. Superintendent approval is guaranteed as BS is put in place over multiple planning committees for more money.

Result: Board President actually says and believes there’s no need to speak with fellow board as he does not feel he “would ever do anything wrong”. Everything is under control. Name dropping constantly. All was done in the name of a local business owner per BS. Leading Creek goes live and more checks collected for Governance Board and RESA meetings with no report to the Board, no report to the public, no report, no accountability, no transparency, really, no board involvement whatsoever. Attempts to personally attack fellow board members in illegal executive session fail.


Sets up a board member to report on questioned educational statistics at the High School. Tells no one.

Result:  When the Head Administrator responds to the report and asks who wanted it done the Presidents participation is revealed.  His response was well yes I did but the board member “WENT TOO FAR!” taking no accountability for his own promotion of board dysfunction. In fact creating and supporting it.


Reports he has it on good authority Gabe Devono will be leaving June 30, 2015. He will be the next Superintendent.

Result:  No change in the takeover status. Gabe still here.


Insists on a move to Minnie Hamilton offices increasing rent to the BOE by four fold.  Funds for education go to support a financially distressed County Commission. Attempts to force an illegal executive session fails. 

Result: No cost savings.  More politics and the pretense of financial control goes back to WVBOE. Medical facility use is now diverted.  A chiropractic office is turned away.


No public information,in fact, board President supports the state appointed Superintendent’s position of no information to the board. The President lets Teachers and Staff know he does not believe control should be returned to the local board. They are not ready. Same thing is told the OEPA afterwards says he is satisfied with the recent audit.

Result: No change in intervention status. One elementary school on a riverbank, in a flood plain and students sent out of county. Money lost. Current attempts to hurt the head High School Administrator are done in the name of protecting made up reports of sexually abused sixth, seventh and eighth grades while the real goal is an attempt to decrease her paycheck in retaliation over an old disagreement going back to a vote of no confidence from the GSC professionals.  Even though he knows doing so endangers any possible future for a High School/Middle School. Seems not to matter, nothing good for the school system appears to matter to President Simmons.


Totally denies actual public board votes to expand minutes request information and items on an agenda took place. Sees and hears nothing that does not support a state agenda and keep him the only one to meet with the Superintendent, the SBA, the BOE or hear of any plans.  Publicly refuses to support expanded meeting minutes or answering the questions of anyone in public delegation or from the board time and time again.

Results:  Public anger, board exasperation. No information.


The Big Question: Why is someone who is very willing to throw Students, Teachers, Parents, BOE staff, BOE members and even local philanthropists under the bus to protect and glorify himself allowed to continue in a leadership position? Why support this farce?


Recommendation: No vote for Lying BS. Show some real support for the capable and honest members of our Board of Education. Send the message it’s time to go BS.


LIAR  fabricator,  fabulist,  fibber,  prevaricator,  storyteller

Related Words: exaggerator,  mythomaniac;  calumniator,  defamer,  libeler,  libelist

slanderer;perjurer;  distorter,  falsifier;  equivocator,  palterer;    talebearer;  
charlatan,cheat,  cheater,  counterfeiter,  cozener,deciever,  defrauder,  
dissembler,  dissimulator,  double talker double dealer,  fraud,  hustler,  knave,  mountebank,  operator,  pretender


~~  Gilmer County Concerned Citizen(s)  ~~

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County.


Two divorces were granted as follows:


•  Tammi Hardman (57) of Tanner, WV divorced Douglas Hardman (57) of Normantown, WV.


•  Crystal Steele (41) of Denver, NC divorced Christopher Steele (41) of Normantown, WV.


•  One divorce was rescheduled after defendant filed an answer.


•  One divorce was dismissed and can be refiled.


•  One domestic violence hearing was continued. One was granted.

G-LtE™: Not a Popularity Contest - We Must Respect Each Other

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Dear Gilmer County Citizens,

I have never been as involved in any political campaign and election season as I have been on both a national and local level as I have been with Election 2016. As I have quietly observed the “political turmoil” unfold the vast amount of candidate disrespect that takes place from all offices is shameful. I was raised in this county and MANY MANY years ago I was proud to be able to call it home. This county has changed drastically and that is not something that has happened in the last 4 years.

I believe that every individual running for office should have an equal opportunity to do so. I also believe that every citizen of the county has the right to be fully informed of the truth. Those individuals that seek out the truth deserve to know it. I give kudos to The Gilmer Free Press for providing well researched information. I have seen posts on social media of citizens expressing their dislike for specific candidate(s), though this may not be viewed in an appropriate fashion to some at least they are speaking up. Contrary to a candidate’s recent Facebook post claiming childish lies about own-self on Facebook, these individuals are speaking the truth. Dislike how they are getting their point across if you would like but don’t bury your head in the sand over the truth. It is so scary to think that our county does not care about the things that are so important in this world anymore. We need honesty. We need integrity. We need respect.

I am not saying such a person is not a good person, personally. I do not know the person, but I am saying I have taken enough time to know that this person has not been forth right and up front about the tasks he performed while he held the position of a Gilmer County as an Elected Official several years ago. This person may make a good friend. This person may have done a terrific other jobs, but this person did NOT however follow the codes established by the ethics committee on the expenditures of public funds. Please keep in mind that this is not a rumor. It is a fact and can be verified in the courthouse. This person began this campaign by disrespecting the opponent(s) and by being dishonest and to me that is not a representation of a good and honest person.

I hope that people in this county want a person in office to do the job this person is running for and not just looking for someone to be a yes person and say the fluffy words that they want to hear. Check the verifiable facts at the courthouse.

Start voting today and stop in the courthouse just like I did if you have questions about what is and is not true. This is not a contest on slander and disrespect this is an attempt to maintain progress in the county.

~~  A Gilmer Citizen - Information on File ~~

Tyler Moore Receives Carson Scholarship

Gilmer County High School Junior Tyler Moore received a $1,000 Carson Scholarship from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund on Sunday, April 17 at luncheon held at Heinz Field.

Tyler was selected as a 2016 Carson Scholar, a competitive national scholarship for students established by Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson over 20 years ago.

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Dr. Carson was the keynote speaker for the event, and assisted by his wife, congratulated each student.  Dr. Carson focused on the theme of “THINK BIG” which touched on talent, hope & honesty, insight, nice to all people, knowledge, books, in-depth learning, and God. Dr. Carson emphasized how using the acrostic, THINK BIG,  could help a student evaluate and respond to problems in order to overcome them and make the most of their inner potential. Dr. Carson’s ultimate goal is to have a Carson scholar from every school, in every state, going to college.  Tyler is the only Carson Scholar selected from West Virginia.
“I am humbled and grateful to have been chosen as a Carson scholar,“ said Moore. “I admire Dr. and Mrs. Carson’s devotion to bettering the lives of so many young people. They are great examples to follow. I will remember Dr. Carson’s formula for personal success, THINK BIG, to overcome obstacles, and I will always look back on this opportunity with a thankful heart.“

There were 89 new scholars and 192 recognized renewed scholars at the event. The Carson Scholars Fund has awarded more than $7.3 million in scholarships to over 2000 students in multiple years.  Tyler is the son of Brian and Lisa Moore of Glenville, and when he graduates from GCHS, he plans to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

Gilmer County Public Service District Annual Drinking Water Quality Report 2015

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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report 2015
Gilmer County Public Service District
PO Box 729 Glenville, WV 26351-0729

PWS# WV 3301106 (Rt. 5 East)
PWS# WV 3301107 (Rt. 33/119 East)
PWS# WV 3301108 (FCI-Gilmer)
PWS# WV 3301109 (Rt. 33/119 South)
PWS# WV 3301110 (SR5 West/SR5 East/33/119 East)

08 April 2016

Why am I receiving this report?

In compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, the Gilmer County Public Service District is providing its customers with this annual water quality report. This report explains where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. The information in this report shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2015 or earlier if not on a yearly schedule.

If you have any questions concerning this report, you may contact John Moore, General Manager at 304.462.4272. If you have any further questions, comments or suggestions, please attend our regularly scheduled board meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at the 232 West Main Street, Glenville, WV. We want our valued customers to be fully informed about their water system.


Where does my water come from?

Your water is purchased from Glenville Utility which uses a surface water source known as the Little Kanawha River.


Source Water Assessment?

A Source Water Assessment was conducted in 2003 by the WVBPH. The intake that supplies drinking water to Glenville Utility has a higher susceptibility to contamination due to the sensitive nature of surface water supplies and the potential contaminant sources identified within the area. This does not mean that this intake will become contaminated, only that conditions are such that the surface water could be impacted by a potential contaminant source. Any future contamination may be avoided by implementing protective measures. The source water assessment report which contains more information is available for review or a copy will be provided to you at our office building during business hours or from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (WVBPH) at 304.558.2981.


Why must water be treated?

All drinking water contains various amounts and kinds of contaminants. Federal and state regulations establish limits, controls, and treatment practices to minimize these contaminants and to reduce any subsequent health effects.


Contaminants in Water

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits of contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800.426.4791) or at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. The source of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) includes rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals, and, in some cases radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

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