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G-Eye™: Jonas in Glenville, WV

Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools    
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, January 26, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
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 All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Monday, January 25, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, January 25, 2016
Glenville State College 2-Hour Delay  > All Closed  
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
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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G-Eye™: Jonas In Gilmer County WV….

Governor Tomblin Issues State of Emergency and Jonas Invades

The Free Press WV

CHARLESTON, WV — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency in West Virginia on Friday as a storm threatened to bury the state with up to 2 feet of snow and make traveling treacherous.

Winter storm warnings remained in effect across the state through early Sunday. No deaths were immediately reported. Major utilities Appalachian Power and FirstEnergy reported no outages.
Deep Well Services

The declaration Friday activates state resources to address winter conditions and keep residents safe. The West Virginia National Guard, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Department of Transportation are among those activated to help.

The Legislature met briefly Friday before adjourning due to the storm. Marshall University and West Virginia University canceled classes on all campuses, and public schools were closed in 51 of the state’s 55 counties. The exceptions were in Doddridge County and in the Northern Panhandle, where the storm wasn’t expected to hit until Friday afternoon.

In Craigsville, Missy Keaton said residents bought plenty of kerosene heaters, propane tanks and gas cans in preparation for the storm.

“It’s going to be bad, probably,“ said Keaton, the cashier and office secretary at the town’s Hardware, That’s Us store.

In October 2012, snow from Superstorm Sandy caused numerous roof collapses in nearby Summersville, forcing a grocery store and a convenience store to close. Other roof collapses involved an elementary school, an apartment complex, a hardwood plant and three homes.

“I think pretty much a lot of people are prepared after what we went through a couple of years ago,“ Keaton said Thursday.

Just in case, Keaton said her store sells a rake that helps residents get the snow off their roofs.

Some places are loving the snow — the ski resorts that got a late jump on the start of the season due to unseasonable warm temperatures in December.

“There is never too much snow on the slopes,“ said Joe Stevens, spokesman for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. “Where it becomes a challenge is on the roads leading to and from the resorts.“

Stevens said another challenge will come when crews try to clear snow from resort parking lots packed with visitors.

“Needless to say, the skiing and snowboarding is going to be excellent with just about every trail in the state available for the visitors. Also this snowfall is perfect for the Nordic areas, creating the best cross country and snowshoeing of the season,“ he said in an email.

The state’s four major ski resorts are Snowshoe Mountain, Canaan Valley, Winterplace and Timberline.

Area Closings and Delays on Friday, January 22, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, January 22, 2016
Glenville State College Closed - Shuttle and food service will be limited  
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse Closing at 10:00 AM  
Gilmer County Health Department Closing at 10:00 AM  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office ClinicClosing at 12:00 Noon
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools Closing 3:00 Hours Early  
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, January 21, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, January 21, 2016
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  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

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Area Closings on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT

* HAZARD… HEAVY SNOW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS… POTENTIAL FOR MORE THAN 6 INCHES.

* TIMING… DEVELOPING MID MORNING TO MIDDAY FRIDAY.

* MAIN IMPACT… TRAVEL DELAYS. SNOW LOADS ON TREES… ESPECIALLY EVERGREEN… MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. IF POSSIBLE… CHANGE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO AVOID EXTENSIVE DRIVING DURING THIS PERIOD.

Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools    
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools Closing Early: 11:30 AM  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools    
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools    
Clay County Schools Closing Early: 11:00 AM  
Harrison County Schools Closing Early: 1 Hour  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools Closing Early: 3 Hours  
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools Closing Early: 2:00 PM  
Webster County Schools Closing Early: 1 Hour  
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools Closing Early: 3 Hours  
Wood County Schools    

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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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    
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools 2 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  
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 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  
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 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

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DRIVE SAFE AND SMART DURING THE WINTER SEASON

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
The Free Press WV

Across the Mountain State, winter weather is quickly approaching. Whether you are someone who dreads cold mornings and frosty nights, or you love the cheer and chill that comes with a new snowfall, the season will arrive with or without our approval. As we linger in this mixed time of warm days and cold nights, it is important to prepare for the winter months that lie ahead and remember to drive safe and smart this season.

We must remember that our normal driving routines and practices should always be adjusted to take into account wintry road conditions. In the coming weeks and months, especially during holiday travel, be sure to obey speed limits and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles - especially if you come across any form of inclement weather.

The West Virginia Division of Highways road crews work hard to prevent icy roads; however, these conditions may not always be immediately visible to the naked eye. Under the right circumstances, moisture can freeze on highways long after the fall of snow or rain. In addition, both large and small bridges are especially prone to ice because cold winds continually circulate beneath and around them.

Don’t forget to adjust your speed according to the road conditions around you. Whether traveling through rain or snow, the faster we travel, the longer it takes to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. When driving in inclement weather, keep a greater than usual distance from the vehicle in front of you and maintain a speed that will allow you to safely stop and react appropriately should other ongoing traffic suddenly stop or slide.

Always maintain a clear vision of your driving space. Be alert to what is going on well ahead of you. Avoid using cruise control to ensure the vehicle is manually controlled in a manner reflective of the wintry conditions, and respond quickly to cars braking in the distance.

Finally, I encourage all West Virginians to take any and all necessary precautions to ensure vehicles are prepared and properly equipped for the winter months that lie ahead. Check antifreeze levels, keep the gas tank near full, check air pressure in tires and consider leaving an extra blanket, boots, coat and gloves in the car in case of an emergency.

Once you are ready for holiday travel, don’t forget to check WV511.org or follow @WV511 on Twitter and “know before you go” for all major state highways. Visit WV511.org or download the app to get real time updates and information prior to - and during - your travel.

Whether driving to work or school, or heading to the mountains to enjoy one of our state’s beautiful winter resorts, I encourage you to drive safe this winter season. For more tips and winter preparedness information, visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

Climate Agreement Brings Challenges for U.S., West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV - The executive director of the Sierra Club says the Paris climate agreement is a “historic turning point” but one with a challenge for West Virginia.

Mike Brune says every country has now committed to the goal of keeping the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius by slowing greenhouse gas pollution. And he says they’ve committed to accelerating a shift to wind, water and solar that’s already under way. But Brune says the state and nation also must commit to seeing that this historic change works out for the folks in the coalfields.

“That honors the work of people in those industries, honors the contributions coal and oil and gas-dependent communities have made,“ says Brune. “How do we make sure those that workers in those communities are part of a clean energy economy?“

The Free Press WV
Sierra Club Executive Director Mike Brune says
the Paris climate deal is a historic turning point,
but one with built-in challenges for energy states like West Virginia.


Senator Joe Manchin is co-sponsoring a resolution to give the Senate a vote on the deal. Others have suggested Congress should try to stall the agreement by eliminating funding for it. But Brune says technically, the deal doesn’t need congressional approval, since the U.S. already signed on to the U.N. climate talks framework.

“The agreement does not need congressional approval,“ says Brune. “And the steps that the U.S. government has taken to reduce our carbon pollution are covered under the Clean Air Act.“

Many in West Virginia have charged that reducing carbon emissions here won’t make a difference when pollution is growing in China and other developing counties. But Brune says China has actually been moving away from coal power surprisingly quickly.

He says both China and the U.S. coming to Paris ready to replace fossil fuels with cleaner power made what he calls a “dramatic” turning point possible.

“China has committed to, at first, slow down the rate at which emissions would grow, to peak those emissions, and then to begin to cut them altogether,“ says Brune. “And that, the fact that every country is playing a role, is historic.“

Two dozen states, including West Virginia, have sued to stop federal limits of carbon emissions from power plants. Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma has attacked the agreement as hurting U.S. industries while requiring payments to other countries.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Flashback™: A Picture Is Worth A Thound Words….

Glenville Mercury - Flood of 1985

The Free Press WV

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

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