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Spring Has Sprung 2015

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The Vernal Equinox, otherwise know as Spring, occurs when the sun crosses directly over the equator as the earth is tilted neither toward or away from the sun.

This astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2015 and runs until 21 June 2015.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun.

Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

It was officially ushered in at 06:45 PM EDT Friday.


The beginning of Spring also signifies many things:

——Spring Cleaning

——Spring Planting

——New Year’s Day in Iran - Eide-NoRuz

——Blossoming Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers

——Butterflies, Birds, and Bees

——Pollen and Allergies

——Spring Sports

——Easter

——Spring Breaks

——and a Whole Lot More!




Have a Happy Spring 2015


Lambs tails swinging on the willow
in the breeze and warming sun

Bare brown branches growing buds
for birds to place their feet upon

Twittering sparrows search to pair
the swan already has his love affair

The mad March hare will prance and dance
with wild abandon and not a care

Farmers plough, works, churning
and scarecrows new cloaks a warning

All new fresh with joys and smiles
for the start of this new cyclic

Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO  >> All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools    
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools    
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools    
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools    
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Governor Tomblin Provides Update On State of Emergency

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today provided an update regarding the statewide State of Emergency.

“The statewide State of Emergency remains in place as we continue to monitor the effects of Winter Storm Thor. Although temperatures are expected to rise and water levels continue to decline, I encourage drivers to remain cautious while traveling,” Governor Tomblin said. “I am extremely proud of our state’s response to this massive winter storm, and I’d like to thank all first responders, the West Virginia National Guard, local and state road crews, and all West Virginians who have worked hard to help combat this storm.”

Representatives from the Governor’s Office, the West Virginia National Guard and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management briefed members of the West Virginia Legislature today on the procedures and protocols for a State of Emergency, as well as an update on current weather conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, no additional major weather concerns are expected this weekend. As waters in most areas continue to fall, local and state officials will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days.

Although residents will experience colder temperatures in the mornings, temperatures are predicted to gradually warm up through the weekend. Snow and ice melt are expected to melt slowly, so West Virginians should continue to exercise caution and prepare for cold temperatures.

For updates on warming stations, shelters, power outages, road closures and weather conditions, continue to monitor the state’s official Facebook page for Winter Storm: www.facebook.com/westvirginiathor.

Area Closings and Delays on Friday, March 06, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, March 06, 2015
Glenville State College Closed. Essential Staff are to report if it is safe to do so.  
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

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WVSBDC Advises Businesses How to Avoid Disaster from Severe Weather

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Amid the flurry of severe weather advisories predicting a brutal blast of ice and snow this week, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) adds this reminder to the state’s businesses: the best protection against disaster is preparation.

Samuel Payne, WVSBDC business coach and “point person” on disaster assessment and planning, offers readiness tips for businesses.

“Companies also need to plan how to maintain access to the place of business and to protect their most important asset: their employees,” said Payne. “It is a good idea to develop a plan of action for your business and your staff to be ready for this type of interruption.”

Payne suggests a checklist to help business owners identify where business are most susceptible to winter hazards and to suggest ways to minimize damage. For more information, review PREPAREMYBUSINESS.org or contact Payne at .

During the storm:

Have cold weather equipment such as heaters, snow blowers and generators located where they are most likely to be used.

Keep driveways, walkways and doorways clear of snow and ice.

Prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing by opening water faucets so that they drip slightly. Keeping water flowing provides relief from pressure build-up and prevents pipes from bursting.

Have at hand the names and phone numbers of heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent and building owner.

Assign someone to check indoor temperatures should your place of business be vacant for long periods of time.


Employees:

Have an emergency communication plan in place before a storm or other disaster strikes.

Have all employees, vendors, and client contact information on hand.

Have a ready plan for how to manage phones lines in case of evacuation. Redirection to cell phones, answering service or Google Voice could be critical.

After the storm, notify all critical people of the next steps, based on damage.

Winter storms may range from a moderate snow in a short amount of time to a blizzard lasting for days. Some storms are regional and may affect several states, while others are more localized, depending upon geography and terrain. Common characteristics of winter storms are dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain.


Understand the weather terms:

Winter storm watch: Be alert, a storm is likely.

Winter storm warning: Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

Blizzard warning: Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately!

Winter weather advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.

Frost/freeze warning: Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.

“We hope the predicted storm, if it comes to pass, will be the last blast of winter,” Payne said. “But businesses need to be ready for other potential disasters – from floods to compromised data access—that may threaten a business’s ability to operate. The best business practice is to have a plan ready and know how to use it.”

The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, March 05, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, March 05, 2015
Glenville State College Closed  
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

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GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ISSUES STATEWIDE STATE OF PREPAREDNESS

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Governor urges all West Virginians to take steps to say safe during potential severe weather

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statewide “State of Preparedness,“ mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during potential severe weather.

“Snow and ice are thawing and melting across the state, heavy rainfall is predicted for many areas, and large amounts of snow could follow,“ Governor Tomblin said. “Because this severe weather may affect many people across the state, I have issued a statewide State of Preparedness to mobilize state resources, including the West Virginia National Guard, to address heavy rainfall, potential flooding, high winds and additional winter weather forecasted this week.

“As you make preparedness plans, I encourage you to talk to your family about what to do and where to go. Remember to check on the elderly and your neighbors and consider a plan to care for household pets.“

Governor Tomblin also noted potential weather may leave neighborhoods without power and other utilities, and service providers are ready to address outages and other issues as they arise. He encouraged residents to think about the items families may need to stay safe for at least forty-eight hours, including food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries and fuel for generators.

The State of Preparedness statue was passed last year to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources in advance of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats. The powers are similar to those involved in a State of Emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.

To read the proclamation in its entirety, Click H E R E.

Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools   Closing Early - 11:45 AM
Braxton County Schools   Closing Early - 2:00 PM
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Lewis County Schools   Closing Early - 12:30 PM
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Clay County Schools   Closing Early - 3 Hours
Harrison County Schools   Closing Early - 4 Hours
Nicholas County Schools   Closing Early - 2 Hours
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay Closing Early - 12:00 PM
Webster County Schools Closing Early - 3 Hours
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 27, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 27, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools    
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>> All Closed  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>> All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

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Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 23, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 23, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay   >> TO  All Closed  
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay   >> TO  All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

 

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 20, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 20, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

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Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 19, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

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GCHS Boys Varsity Basketball Game Cancelled - 02.18.15

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The GCHS Boys Varsity basketball game against Charleston Catholic originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, 2015 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The GCHS Boys Varsity team will play Williamstown at 8:40 PM, Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the WACO Center for the LKC Night of Champions.

Please continue to support GCHS basketball teams.

Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education O P E N Leading Creek Governance Meeting Postponed
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools    
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay >> TO >> All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay >> TO >> All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay >> TO >> All Closed  

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Local School Alerts  
Glenville State College Classes Have Been Cancelled. AlsoAudition Day for Today has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Gilmer County Board of Education Closed
Gilmer County Courthouse All Closed
Gilmer County Health Department Closed. Also Board of Health Meeting Cancelled
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools All Closed
Braxton County Schools All Closed
Calhoun County Schools All Closed
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >>  All Closed
Lewis County Schools All Closed
Ritchie County Schools All Closed
Barbour County Schools All Closed
Clay County Schools All Closed
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >>  All Closed
Nicholas County Schools All Closed
Pleasants County Schools All Closed
Roane County Schools All Closed
Tyler County Schools All Closed
Upshur County Schools All Closed
Webster County Schools All Closed
Wirt County Schools All Closed
Wood County Schools All Closed

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Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 16, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 16, 2015
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools All Closed
Braxton County Schools All Closed
Calhoun County Schools All Closed
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  > TO >> All Closed
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >> All Closed
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >> All Closed
Barbour County Schools All Closed
Clay County Schools All Closed
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay  >> TO >> All Closed
Nicholas County Schools All Closed
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >> All Closed
Roane County Schools All Closed
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >>  All Closed
Upshur County Schools All Closed
Webster County Schools All Closed
Wirt County Schools  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO >> All Closed

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Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 13, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 13, 2015
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO  >> All Closed
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO  >> All Closed
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO  >> All Closed
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO  >> All Closed
Clay County Schools  
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO  >> All Closed
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Roane County Schools  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >> TO  >> All Closed
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay


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Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 12, 2015
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed
Doddridge County Schools  
Lewis County Schools  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed
Barbour County Schools  
Clay County Schools All Closed
Harrison County Schools  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed
Pleasants County Schools All Closed
Roane County Schools  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Upshur County Schools  
Webster County Schools All Closed
Wirt County Schools  
Wood County Schools  


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Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 06, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 06
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Doddridge County Schools2 Hour Delay
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Ritchie County Schools  
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Clay County Schools  
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Pleasants County Schools  
Roane County Schools  
Tyler County Schools  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay
Wood County Schools  


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