Month: June 2011

FINAL Poll Result for GCHS Principal! 88.13% of 1000 people participating say SEE YA NASIA! GET OUT!!!

Poll Result: GCHS Principal – 06.26.11

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Her saying her daughters’ lesbian acts and drinking are normal behavior for teens told me enough. OUT BITCH!
•  The only one to pay is Simmons, everyone else will remain the same. Shame on the State Board for this
•  The Butchers have been dictating policy for hundreds for purely self-serving reasons, truly evil!!
•  The Butchers showed their true colors with the non-compliance of the AJ Woofter will, they are BAD!!
•  Ramazon should start a poll on his own ethics. Dave and Phyllis belong together Good job WVDE!
•  I’m glad I have no children in the school system.. I would be very upset with all this turmoil .
•  Nastyia is in charge of HS problems
•  She should be let go and never allowed to have anything to do with a school again
•  The BOE is to blame, not the GCHS principal.
•  If she is responsible she should be commended.
•  This has been a long time coming. We cannot blame Mrs. Butcher for the counties shortcomings.
•  If Mrs. Butcher is not relieved that will prove how corrupt this mess has been.
•  Contrary, to popular opinion on this website, Mrs. Butcher is why the test scores at GCHS are up!
•  Obvious you have personal issues with Mrs. Butcher and Mr. Hough. Change name to Glenville Enquirer
•  Do the people of Gilmer County realize they are the laughing stock of the state.
•  Contrary, to one comment, scores are up because of teachers and not butcher
•  It is easier to lay blame on someone else other than those actually responsible…the county BOE!
•  Look for the winners when this is done and then you will know who was behind this from the start.
•  WVDE took over Gilmer Schools and if you feel it was all for political reasons call-202-514-2001
•  Really? Pay attention people. You’re going to have to look past the end of your nose on this one.

This is a decisive vote of no confidence. The ball is in the State’s court to determine how to respond. The choice is simple. Either respond to wishes of the people or continue with the status quo to condone a festering sore. At least the principal should be reassigned to another job so she would not have direct contact with students, parents, teachers, and staff.

Comment by Citizen  on  06.27  at  07:36 AM

GERALD B HOUGH Sending Threatening Letter to GFP!!

G-FYI™: Gilmer County Prosecutor Sending Threatening Letter to GFP

imageToday, Monday, June 20, 2011 we have received the following certified mail from Mr. Gerry Hough the Gilmer County Prosecuting Attorney.

Click H E R E for the Letter

In the article published on June 08, 2011, which was a response to false information written by Mr. Hough and published in the Glenville Democrat, we invited Mr. Hough to a Public Forum for the purpose of providing answers to questions concerning several issues.  Mr. Hough has ignored the invitation, but chose instead to send us a certified letter stating that he demands an apology within seven days, or else.

It is Mr. Hough that needs to apologize for the false information, racist remarks, and death threats.  If at any time GFP makes false statements, we will publicly apologize and retract, which is not the case here.

Our invitation to a public forum is still open.

Some wise person once said you never argue with someone who buys ink in gallons. In this age of technology never argue with people who can broadcast your incompetence or stupidity on the web for the world to see.

Comment by Linda  on  06.21  at  05:42 AM
HERE IS THE ARTICLE HOUGH WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT IN IT’S ENTIRETY –WHAT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE WERE THE BAD BAD THINGS HE DID THAT WERE MENTIONED THAT HE IS NOT DISPUTING
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G-Editorial™: OEPA REPORT and the True Facts! Hough’s Ad in Democrat Was NOT FACTUAL

imageThe OEPA report is representative of and demonstrates the facts involving what Ramco Technologies tried for 3-years to communicate to the Board—and further went to great efforts to convince the Superintendent that his decisions were WRONG!

John Bennett allowed those who know NOTHING about technology to make decisions and destroy what progress was made with the little money available to keep the technology up to date.

Ramco Technologies, although asked by the board, to bid for the contract REFUSED TO BID, unless the conditions leading to the destruction of technology infrastructure were corrected.  RAMCO was not interested in any contract that would simply throw good money away on mediocre technology.

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RAMCO TECHNOLOGIES REFUSED TO BID AND THE GLENVILLE DEMOCRAT AND GERRY HOUGH PURPOSELY MISLED THE CITIZENS AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR KNOWINGLY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC FOR POLITICAL GAIN.

Ramco Technologies DID NOT BID, because a key factor was that there was a lack of LEADERSHIP in the system to make good technology decisions.

The track record for bad decisions involving technology in the school system was long and sad.

Ramco Technologies had performed technology service involving computer systems, networks, electronics, training, and more for about 20 years with the annual payment ranging from $9,600 to $26,000.

Ramco Technologies provided full service 24/7/365. This full service provided was done WITHOUT any other compensation for tools, test equipment, computers/laptop, mileage for travel, insurance, medical benefits, and retirement benefits.

Despite these hardships, Ramco Technologies guaranteed the service and work.

Ramco Technologies often purchased needed software at its own expense to maintain and upkeep the system. Ramco DONATED labor, hardware, software, operation expenses –that included numerous benefits provided to the school board.

Ramco technologies performed these needed functions for the good of the community since Ramco technologies is a local business, with family that are from and reside in the community.

Ramco Technologies often installed needed parts without any charge as part of the contract not because it had to, but rather out of a service to the community – Board Members and some Principals can testify to this.

Ramco Technologies fixed equipment and maintained a 99.99% up-keep. If anything was down at any time, it was because Ramco was not told about it.

But that changed because a few administrators who knew nothing about technology and the system, decided they knew it all.

This led to many miscommunications during this service, due to missed communications between management or among board members and school authorities.

During the bidding process, the board and superintendent did not want to change the conditions that led to the technology disaster and told RAMCO TECHNOLOGIES it could not bid more than $25,000 because that was all they could afford. Since Ramco had performed well with track record –with out of pocket service, this act by the board and the superintendent was certainly uncalled for and unbecoming of proper standards in good business relations.

However, at the same time, the superintendent asked the board to approve bids of $28,000 plus—- for 20-hours and/or 4-days a week service, to others who had no previous performance history or who earned top standards of good up-keep and exemplary service with updated products.  Computer systems in modern times need periodic updates, and qualification and dedication is a significant factor when considering outside service.

Fortunately, the board did not act on these less experienced contractors or approve the bids – mostly for the reason of prior negative experiences or bad track records of those specific vendors recommended by the superintendent.

Unfortunately, the reasons for Ramco NOT BIDDING, involved the refusal of the Superintendent to properly address the technology concerns, in which he cited lack of knowledge in that area.

Further, the Superintendent refused to follow the Boards instruction multiple times, and suggested the hiring of outside contractors to perform those duties!!

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This suggestion was puzzling given the fact there were many more qualified people in the community. The Superintendent suggested hiring a person who first had to be trained for a near $50,000 yearly salary—- which was far above the original budget, and then acted on that decision with little or no explanation!

This NEW DEAL, previously not announced or advertised included ALL the benefits that further included dental, eye-care, and retirement.

The salary with the job description made for a 40-hour a week, about 225 days a year and NO Guarantee of the work, but surprisingly included a hefty expense package for local travel and equipment needed to repair.

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People of Gilmer County should know that Ramco Technologies always FIXED the problems according to teachers’ and staff’s needs. But now, according to the Superintendent himself, two Board Members, many teachers and staff, the solution to every problem is to either erase the systems or replace them, which has proven to be counter-productive to all the years and all the expense involved to keep the current system functioning at a satisfactory level.

Some of the Teachers’ computers have been erased without the teachers’ knowledge and often teachers have lost data they had, some for up to 7-years. This type of damage and loss of data should never occur, but it is simply par for the course now!

Many Systems are sitting around for months not fixed, or installed. If a teacher really complains, the technology director stops the legitimate complaint by saying:

“Don’t worry, we will get you a new one, we have money!”

This quote had been verified by several staff members and teachers who still contact Ramco Technologies for assistance and wish they had the Ramco service once more since the service was reliable and above normal standards.

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In the OEPA report, the reference to Ramco could be somewhat mis-leading.

Ramco technologies provided invoices for the work performed without a contract and the invoices were given to the superintendent in a timely manner.

The superintendent did not act on the invoice for weeks and months at a time, and then reported them lost.

And then they were found!

It was a continuous merry-go-round of delay tactics orchestrated by none-other than the technology director, and was allowed to continue by the Superintendent!

All invoices provided by Ramco had full details, but apparently the purchase order created improperly afterwards must not have.

The entire matter was extremely unprofessional, costly and time consuming and amounted to a complete business disaster if one was desirous of making any kind of profit for which there was none!

All of this hardship for Ramco Technologies occurred at a time when the superintendent, technology director, and a principal kept presenting vague questionable invoices without any details and no-bid contracts citing lack of time and loss of funds (by design) if the board did not act upon important matters, and the list goes on.

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The School Board often asked questions, but got a typical…

“I am not sure, I will check on it,” answer from the superintendent or blamed a secretary.

Nonetheless, the Board always approved the questionable purchases.
Now to Our Gilmer County Prosecutor:

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Did Gerald B Hough do his Research and obtain CORRECT information?

Hough, according to his ad in the Glenville Democrat, has revealed his racist, slanderous, and libelous side.  A side that a prosecutor cannot afford to have.

Hough complains about citizens abusing free speech from one side of his mouth while he actually commits acts of racial hatred making Hough the very definition of a hypocrite!

Gerry Hough, with a Bible under his arm, offered $1 for one third of a landowner’s property, and then threatened that person with eminent domain without the knowledge of the Gilmer County PSD,—while he himself collected hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money for a piece of trashy property at the slip in hays city in Glenville. (Just ask Mr. R. Terry Butcher, Thrasher Engineers, and The Gilmer county PSD).

Hough allows the needy to live in trashy filthy places, while collecting hefty rents from HUD!  In addition to what HUD pays him for rent, he demands additional rent from the impoverished renter.  Should Mr. Hough add the title “Slum Lord” to his resume?

Hough created a fake invoice for $16,000 in a matter of 15 minutes for the purpose of ILLEGALLY overcharging a local business for work done without justification for his client – and then practicing private law, while getting paid to be a prosecutor, which is a clear conflict of interest and Hough needs to be reported to office of disciplinary Counsel. (Just ask Mr. R Terry Butcher).

HOUGH was not prepared in a breaking and entering case after the Gilmer County Sheriff Deputy gave him the list of about $10,000 worth of damage, and then by the victim when he asked for it again because he lost the first one – and then, after all that – the list was dismissed because HOUGH forgot to present it properly to the court.

Hough thought there was a lot money to be made in the internet business and decided to go against Ramco Technologies by deceiving friends into contributing a lot of money without a proper business plan or the knowledge in that field, and then embark on a business venture without doing any proper research on the matter and the knowledge necessary.

Hough brought in an inexperienced, uneducated business partner without any knowledge or prior experience in the field; all because he saw an employee at Ramco had purchased a sports car and said there is money to be made and I got to have it. Now how ridiculous is all that?

Gerald B Hough called me a terrorist and member of Al-Qaeda, and then communicated this to a Gilmer County Magistrate and the previous magistrate secretary when he discovered we had purchased our farm.

Hough could not make any money in the internet business because of his lack of knowledge and business savvy, so he figured if he could not do it, no one could, and I must be getting help from Osama Bin Laden himself in order to buy a farm in Gilmer County.

Gerry Hough wanted all the success for himself. If he wanted the technology contract he could have merely underbid the competitor, but that was not profitable enough.  He chose a more sordid path by attempting to destroy the competitor’s business reputation. Hough and business partner pressured the BOE to give them the contract, but at the time, the board did not have to bid it out.

People in general may be able to get away with saying what they like whether it be racist or not, but a prosecutor does not have that luxury, nor should he.

People who express legitimate concerns or question actions of public officials are labeled “terrorists” by Hough.

In modern day AMERICA, this insulting and racist action by Hough as a prosecuting attorney is despicable!

Hough abuses his position as prosecutor and often acts illegally with NO CONSIDERATION for the law, and then scares and terrorizes people with the threat of jail.

Hough has yet to give us any result in regard to his call for the special investigation of Freddie Hill and “No Foul Play!”

Was there an investigation, or did Hough lie again?

Hough has not explained to the public about election irregularity in Gilmer County under his watch!

Hough has not done anything about the missing and then re-appearing properties during the previous Gilmer County Clerk’s term, where two Gilmer County Commissioners admit to the wrongdoing and call it a simple mistake. Hough did this to cover up a crime. It is not simple mistake when the missing property was part of a felony trial that Hough brought that was false. It is ABSURD to call the matter a simple mistake and actionable.

Hough tells the police officials to stretch and delay complaints of wrongdoing as long as they can.  Is this the type of man you would call “good” and “just”?
As for Our Local Newspaper Editor:

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Apparently, the editor is desperate to fill space and sell his paper.  Fortunately, The Gilmer Free Press has become the number one source for articles and ideas for local newspaper to copy (Even by Democrat’s own Survey – Below).  How does a newspaper get free County-Wide Broadband service while taxpayers cannot?  Simply lie to the readers about broadband coverage and advertise it in the newspaper.

Has Mr. Corcoran become a liability to the community instead of an asset?

imageHOUGH AND CORCORAN LIED IN THE 26 MAY 2011 EDITION OF THE DEMOCRAT AND BOTH OF THEM NEED TO PUBLISH A CORRECTION OR FACE POSSIBLE LEGAL ACTION!!
To Gerald B Hough and Dave Corcoran, stop your false rhetoric and get your facts straight:

RAMCO TECHNOLOGIES DID NOT LOSE ITS CONTRACT. RAMCO TECHOLOGIES REFUSED TO BID BECAUSE OF BAD DECISIONS MADE BY THE LEADERSHIP WHO HAD NO CLUE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND WERE MORE INTERESTED IN HAVING IT THEIR WAY IN ORDER TO ABUSE THE SYSTEM ALL THEY COULD WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING.

And Finally:

The Gilmer Free Press is just the messenger of citizens. The citizens have been able to express their opinions here where they could not do it before in this county. GFP requires and knows the identity of all the authors. Some remain Anonymous from fear of retribution from people who are in power and have the abusive power to make life miserable for them.

A good example of this abusive power was demonstrated just recently by Gerry Hough!

Hough is abusing his power by threats, and then threatens any person with jail that brings out the truth of wrongdoing through evidence—as was just witnessed when he was found to be guilty of subornation of perjury.

Hough was proven guilty of perjury via a title opinion which is a valid court document and by all rights Hough should have gone to jail for conspiracy.

Message to Mr. Hough….

You see Mr. Hough, if you just read the WV Department of Education OEPA report, you can easily see, all the citizens comments in relation to the educational system issues, have come true and are verified. As for the rest of the issues, the time is coming. So please quit using your position to threaten and create hardship for the citizens of Gilmer County as you have been known to do in the past. Clearly, the citizens are unhappy you are in office, because you have proven to be a dishonest man that can’t be trusted.

Gilmer County Citizens are NOT stupid! So don’t try to feed them lies!!

We are SICK of your lies and false allegations Mr. Hough!
I would like to invite you, on behalf of the citizens of Gilmer County, to a public forum with all expenses paid by the Gilmer Free Press, so you can tell the community your side publicly and they can ask their questions and get answers in a civil manner. Their tax dollars are paying you, and you owe it to them. It is time to make some changes, and one of those changes should be GERALD B HOUGH.

Please let us know and we can make all the arrangements.  Thank you

G. Dave Ramezan
The Gilmer Free Press
Ramco Technologies
PS. Mr. Hough you DO NOT have permission to copy or quote this information and publish it on your Retort of the Ghost Wolf site nor does Mr. Corcoran have permission to use it in his newspaper.

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GFP – 06.08.2011
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Butcher’s gear up with THREATS made against the GILMER FREE PRESS, Did Timothy B Butcher pay someone to burn down a dwelling – so ground could be leveled – to sell to the State for a New School…just like the story reported by the Secret Seven in an RGW article?!?

By Editor Edison and Rina McCoy – WV Secret Seven Coalition

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JUNE 19th JUST ADDED HOT TODDY THREATS FROM STRAIGHT FROM CRJ!!     ” Lizzie Butcher below joking for dad about being an Iranian!”

Just added JUNE 19th more threats from a henchman hired by the Power Elite of Glenville, West Virginia in Gilmer County!

Kelli Nicole Stamper Lawson pictured here 18 months before her untimely death due to drug overdose! Kelli tried to move away from Todd Smith, but he followed her to Lewis County and got involved with Meth manufacturers and a girl by the name of Tabitha Clem who was sent to Federal Prison for her GANG activities and for dealing and manufacturing of Crystal Methamphetamine!

MORE LETTERS FROM CRJ FROM WHEN HOT TODDY WAS IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY FOR BEING A SNITCH AND SIGNING SNITCH DEAL FOR SHELLY MORRIS DEMARINO WHEN SHE WAS CALHOUN COUNTY PROSECUTOR!!

IN THIS LETTER SMITH DECLARES WAR AGAINST FREE PRESS JOURNALISTS THAT EXPOSED HIS CRIMES OF RAPE, ARSON AND MURDER!!

SMITH ALSO REVEALS A SICK SEXUAL NIGHT OF PERVERTED SEX WITH A GIRL NAMED TABITHA CLEM WHO WAS SENT TO PRISON FOR MANUFACTURING METH — HE CLAIMS KELLI NICHOLE STAMPER LAWSON AND HE AND TABITHA HAD A THREESOME RELATIONSHIP — AND THAT LIL STEPH FOUND OUT ABOUT IT,  AND THEN TURNED HIM IN FOR HIS ABUSE AND SHARING OF MORPHINE!!

Smith brags about his power over drug addicted women and displays in his own hand writing all the prescriptions he obtained for illegal narcotics!

Smith controlled female gang members via the distribution of dangerous narcotics!

Smith controlled female gang members via the distribution of dangerous narcotics and sexual orgies that sometime included METH!

THESE PRESCRIPTIONS — and ones just like them for hard narcotics are killing the citizens of WV daily!!

What doctor would allow such abuse, and all the while in Grantsville years ago this all went on with full knowledge of Police! Bad cop Shane Dellinger, Police Chief JD Nicholson used to party, pop pills and fuck the bejesus out the Fire Starting Cult chicks from Calhoun County in exchange for continuing to operate a criminal enterprise — all the while all the evidence guarded by the State Police disappeared from the evidence locker, under the charge of Sgt C J ELLYSON of the State Police and Gerald B Hough who was named as a special prosecutor to Calhoun County. While Hough was the special prosecutor all of the evidence against Calhoun Chief Deputy Bandy came up missing and Gerry Hough made sure all 7 felony charges and one misdemeanor never made it to a court room and were dismissed for the fact he had the evidence stolen.

HOT TODDY Leader of the Fire Starting Cult sent threatening letters from jail – formed alliance with secret informer thru threats!

Also in his own hand writing you can see clearly that Christopher Todd Smith also claims to have over 150 nude photographs of Lisa Minney, editor publisher of Two -Faced Two -Lane Living magazine  in compromising positions.

“Hot Toddy,” attempted to bargain with those photo’s in exchange for other information or for money since his last insurance check from Arson got all used up in legal fee’s!

In the letter from CRJ (above)which is a black and white bitmap format version of the threatening mail sent from the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods – Smith declares war on the many journalists that have exposed his crimes of rape, arson, and possibly murder!

A sexual threesome was admitted to, in these newly published versions of “Evil Itself” in writing!

THESE LETTERS WERE SENT BY SMITH FROM JAIL ALMOST A WHOLE YEAR AFTER LAWSON DIED — THESE LETTERS IMPLICATE SMITH AND POWER ELITE FOR ARSON AND OTHER CRIMES — SMITH BAILED OUT THE SUSPECTED KILLER OF FRED HILL — Waitman Lee Frederick, 49, a Gilmer County resident and the driver of the vehicle, who led Police officers on a slow-speed chase from Gilmer County to Wood County in a suspicious incident that involved Sheriff Metz!

The sexual acts and heavy drug use on Christmas Night 2009 was the end of Kelli Nichole Stamper Lawson!   … who was also addicted to narcotics and was at the mercy of Smith!!

Smith was also involved with LIL STEPH, Kelli Stamper Lawsons’ little sister. She also was involved in exchanging sex for drugs, but she found out about the sick twisted sexual meetings going on in Lewis County with her sister and a young woman involved in gang activity and the manufacture of methamphetamine, “Tabitha Clem,” who was also present –  and was having sex with Smith all night long on the night Kelli Nicole Stamper Lawson died!

“Julie Jacobs was mentioned in this letter by Smith and she is a stripper from some of the big clubs down by the Casino in West Virginia and was reported missing soon after she was involved in a traffic accident in which a green pickup truck forced her and two other entertainers off the road. We believe that Smith had her killed or murdered her himself!”

June 16th COMMENTS by CONCERNED CITIZENS of GILMER COUNTY and more about the TAKE OVER by the STATE BOARD of EDUCATION!

G-LtE™: Auditing the Auditors

imageMaybe the state board of education should be audited.  They definitely need to be tested.  Some things just don’t add up.  For example, the auditor criticized Gilmer county schools for not combining schools earlier based on numbers of students in the county.  Ten years ago there were over one thousand students and today there are just over 900 students.  Gilmer has lost half of its student population in ten years.  Even a second grader knows that 900 is not half of one thousand.

Could it be that this OEPA report was put together on the fly without anyone checking the figures?  Or could it be that as rumor has it, a certain principal called a certain Oil and Gas baron and demanded the state step in and keep Gilmer county from hiring a certain superintendent who could make a change in the county?  Then this certain Oil & Gas baron called up a certain former Governor and threatened to stop sending campaign contributions if the state did not takeover Gilmer County Schools, pronto.

Gilmer County teachers have been practicing in the event the state should send a polite letter outlining its intention of visiting the county schools for an audit ever since Mrs. Butcher became principal.  Being a party to audits in other counties, Nasia had a lot of information to pass onto her teachers, including names of teachers, names of schools, and other sensitive information that probably should not have been passed on.  I don’t know, maybe the Administration Master’s certification of the 18 hour variety is not all it’s cracked up to be.  But who am I to judge?

And where is all the documentation that led up to this takeover?  There were no warning signs.  The county has been trying to get new schools for several years, but so has every other school district in the state.  Where’s the paper trail.  Someone mentioned fire marshal reports.  The funny thing is, there is no paper trail because the fire marshal approved, and so did every other agency that reports on schools.  Did those people lie, did William-Shriver Engineers lie, did WVU lie, and did Nasia Butcher lie?  Well, maybe that last one.  And if they did lie, they should be held accountable.

John Bennett tried to get new schools for the county.  The problem is that the power brokers in Glenville want the new school in their backyard.  They will reject any plan that includes building a new school outside of Glenville.

The problem in Gilmer County is that a few wealthy people want to dictate how the rest of us live.  I think a good solution would be to build two new K-12 schools, one on each end of the county.  Or, turn the high school into a K-12 school and build one more K-12 at Normantown.  Less fuel would be used for transportation, and we would not have transportation issues.  The county would have two principals instead of four.  Then our schools could compete with each other in sports like they did before the high school was consolidated.  Those were the days.

NOTE:  Everyone needs to read John Whitehead’s latest article on GFP titled “SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen”

~~ A Teacher – Info on file ~~

GFP – 06.16.2011
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The numbers were provided to the Auditors as instructed by current disgruntled leaders.  Don’t shoot the messenger of facts provided.  When the audit was done, no one seemed to know any of the correct answers. No one knew about any plans or any policies. They didn’t know how to hire or fire.  Paperwork did not exist. Why do we think that was?  They can only audit what is provided to them. It seems this was an in-house attempt to ensure this takeover and prevent the new Superintendent from taking office.  It worked.

By Rno482  on  06.16.2011

Rno482, you are so correct.  Generally all administrators and principals are removed or moved around. If they are not it definitely proves your point. We have to wait to see. Right now everything is secret. So it seems.  cool mad

By WatchDog  on  06.16.2011

I hear Ed Toman has been asked to take the job as Superintendent of the Gilmer County Schools after a new temp Superintendent takes over on July 1,2011. shut eye

By Ann F  on  06.16.2011

DID WV STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MAKE GCHS PRINCIPAL LOOK LIKE A FOOL?

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The county is abuzz with the news of the hostile takeover of Gilmer County schools by the WV Department of Education.

Nasia Butcher, Gilmer County High School principal, was made to look like an ignorant redneck hillbilly when the Dept. of Ed. took over Gilmer’s schools.

For years, Butcher bragged about Gilmer County’s schools every chance she got.

Gayle Manchin really put Butcher in her place when she condemned Gilmer’s high performing educational system.

Now what makes Gayle an expert?

Well, she was appointed by her husband, the WV Governor then, the U.S. Senator now.  Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

I would say that Gayle is not setting a good example for county boards by accepting a position from her husband.

So how is that any different than a board member in a small county hiring his daughter for a job that no one else is certified to teach?

Gilmer County does not have people standing in line waiting for all these HIGH paying teaching positions.  The only people who want to live in Gilmer County are its longtime residents who have raised their children here.  Shouldn’t we hire our children to work in the county?  Of course we should.  It raises our tax base and we know that they will spend their lives and their money here.

Now when the prison was proposed, Gilmer Countians were promised several hundred high paying jobs.  You can count those jobs on one hand.  Most of the jobs were given to people who live outside of Gilmer County and certainly do not buy anything here.  Prison workers do not even pass a gas station on their way to work.

I have never met Gayle Manchin, but she sure sounds like a blonde to me.

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GFP – 06.14.2011
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FREE PRESS Community Concerns: Hostile Takeover of Schools for Wrong Reasons?!

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News of the State’s precipitous seizure of Gilmer County’s Schools has spread in news media and on the Internet. The dire situation has generated more questions than answers, and citizens have the right to know answers. Until the uncertainty is eliminated, distrust will ferment and undermine efforts to establish community cooperation and support. Some critical questions are addressed below:
•  Was the OEPA audit orchestrated to coincide with the hiring of a new superintendent, and was it triggered by those wishing to sabotage the hiring?
•  Citizens speculate that certain local parties had major roles in causing the audit and its outcome. They want to know with certainty who those parties are and to what extent they were involved.
•  Why did the State take the extreme action of a take over instead of issuing a warning that would allow duly elected officials and the new superintendent to attempt good faith corrections of problems within a reasonable time frame?
•  Why did the State, in its role as the monitor of all schools in West Virginia, fail us miserably by not intervening earlier to prevent the disaster when our problems have apparently existed for years?  Why now when the county was in the process of getting a new superintendent that we felt could do the job?
•  Why did Gayle Manchin go out of her way at the Charleston meeting to berate Gilmer County and to exacerbate hard feelings after the harsh decision for immediate seizure of our schools was rendered?
•  In a democracy people elect their officials.  Of course not everyone agrees with everyone else.  The change in the school system should have been done by the people, not by a dictatorship.
•  The state department at no time hinted that Gilmer County schools were not doing business according to code.  In fact, Gilmer County schools have been bragged on by our administrators and by the state department for years.
•  Simply put, when our problems are not about what is better for our kids, and it is about political maneuvering, personal vendettas, and personal power trips, then “Houston, we have a problem”.
Regardless of answers to the questions, Gilmer County people have been disgraced, our freely elected school board was neutered, the sitting superintendent was terminated, Dr. Simmons who was hired under democratic principles had his contract voided, and the State usurped power over our school system as a preemptive strike on our self-determination.

RECENT COMMENTS BY READERS OF THE FREE PRESS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE COUNCIL OF CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR CENTRAL WV

This whole “over throw” of our school district by the Charleston uppers may be one of the most convoluted, complicated, misguided over throws in Department of Education history.

Yes, our schools have been overthrown..  Taken away from us.  Charleston says it’s “for the children”.  Do they expect us to swallow that?  Come on now.  What is the real agenda here?

It is surely a real mulligan stew.  There are so many areas of local cronyism, nepotism, egoism’s, narcissism’s, incompetent employees, that one really does not know where to start with a comment, much less a solution.  Now, let’s add Charleston personalities and agenda to the stew.

These issues have existed for so many years, that it simply has become the GC way of life.

The one thing that the audit report shows is that our teachers are doing pretty good job in the midst of all the smelly mud they are tramping through.  The Department of Education’s own audit numbers shows that.

If you read the audit report thoroughly, you will come to the conclusion that the state was looking into every crack and crevice to build a list of negatives to carry out the some obvious agenda.  So a few computers didn’t have the exact correct, proper cable to their specs?  Who is to say state specs are correct and up to date?  They did not say the computers were not working or dangerous, did they?

Yes, maintenance is mentioned.  You do not need to be an engineer to know that the BOE and superintendents have really let we tax paying citizens down on that score, for many years in fact.  Would the late George Frymeier still be with us today if the board/supers had done their job correctly.  Do you remember when George was hired, that there were two other building maintenance employees too?  How many school board meetings did George attend and ask for help?  And how many different superintendents and board members ignored his requests.  Now going back all those years, if the district needed three building maintenance employees, and with buildings ageing, why are we down to only one repairman?  The only word that comes to mind is incompetency.

The audit mentions bills paid without invoices.  Phooey.  Most of those are “contracts” by the audits own admissions and statements.  If you contract with someone for a specified amount, to be paid monthly, they get paid monthly.  The bid amount is set and they are paid.  I will go along with their conclusion, if they tell us that the staff, teachers, custodians, drivers, superintendent were all paid without submitting invoices.  This is just another example of their trying to justify their over throw of Gilmer.

Of course, they have to take a shot at Ramco too.  Must shut down the Free Press at all costs.  It might inform tax paying citizens of the dirt that is continually swept under the rug by the sharpies in charge.

We might enlist the help of our local prosecuting attorney.  After all, if you read the Gerry Hough billboards coming into town, signs state he is the “responsible attorney”..  Snicker, snicker.  What a conflict of interest here.  He could probably get the school district off the hook with some never before seen maneuvers and restore our schools to us.

The questionable hiring practices are just the nepotism and cronyism at work.  The people involved need canned..  Simply, get rid of the problems.  If they are in that position, they very well are intelligent(?) and trained well enough, they know they are doing wrong.  Get rid of them.  Oh no!  Cannot do that.  Read the motion number 9, we will just transfer them to another administrative position.  Mercy sakes.  Now that’s a real punishment, a real cover up, a real cover-your-keister and take care of your buddy move I’d say.  Good old boy system working right under orders from the uppers in Charleston.

Please go read the audit report for yourself and you will see that Charleston was really stretching, really reaching for enough items to make a big report.

==They even mentioned a roof with tin and wood that “appeared” unsafe.  With some of the snows we have had the past few years, if it was unsafe, would it still be there?

==Charleston complains that there is not proper physical education time, but then make the statement that the students have to negotiate stairs for bathroom use.  My, that is funny.

==Charleston uses the word “potentially” over and over about safety issues.  What is the track record on that?  Good gracious, it’s “potentially” dangerous to have our children leave home to go to school, period.

==Did you notice that the high school and Glenville elementary school buildings got good grades?  Not hard to figure that out is it?  Newer buildings…….and that is where the uppers want the kids to all be.  We will make everything else look terrible and we can justify what we want and get our ways with those hicks in Gilmer.  They know we are poor and cannot hire anyone to help us against their march into Gilmer.

==I can just go on and on with what’s wrong here.  Yes, the local district has short falls, but after reading the audit report, It sure appears there is a hidden agenda here.  I wish we could determine that, in similar audit reports, were the respective districts given time to repair, remedy, and work on their deficiencies?  Let’s just jam Gilmer.

It appears the hiring practices have been bent, twisted, over looked, and in many cases maybe even the disregard of standards.  Probably most of the issues of paper work, poor practices, etc. fall right on a very limited number of individuals.  So, get rid of the non-performers and the poor performers, get the issues fixed.  This should not be any big undertaking.

Page 45 of the report mentions “instability” in the superintendents position.  Now that is a stretch isn’t it?  I think most counties have a turnover in the superintendent’s position.  Where are the supers that have been in the same district for 25 years?

Page 46 is a real joke.  Real big joke.  They say that the school cannot provide a good environment for teaching the students, but their scores and statistics tell us otherwise.

But here y’all, is the real joke.  This state audit report clearly states and here I will quote the bottom of page 46:

“Currently, 943 students are enrolled in Gilmer County Schools.  In 2001-2001, a total of 1,095 students were enrolled.  In less than 10 years, the system has lost over half of their students, yet no schools have been closed.“

The person who did the math on this one should be fired.  Is this their show of desperation to carry out some one’s agenda, to carry out some one’s marching orders?

One also finds it interesting to note there is no mention of the current lawsuit that the school district is involved in.  Hmmm.  Wonder about that.

Please go ahead and read that audit report with an open mind.  You might just find yourself thinking we have been had.  Read too, that the same issues are mentioned multiple times.  Is that just to make a bigger, thicker report?  To make things look worse than they really are?  Read it and you have to think there is something more amiss than what you see in the audit’s print.

Oh, that page 46 blunder!  Tells the story on those uppers in Charleston.

What is the real motive?

Keep diggin’ y’all.  It will come out.

MURDER IN CALHOUN COUNTY JUNE 8th — THOMAS LEE HUSK is the SHOOTER Captured by Sheriff!

By Rina McCoy/Cosmos Communicator editor

Shooter captured in Calhoun County --Man murdered after shoot out!!

Detailed Offender Information

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon

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Full Name: Husk,  Thomas  Lee
Height: 5′  10″
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birth Date: 5/19/1966
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06/09/2011
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Grantville WV A Calhoun man is dead of multiple gunshot wounds, apparently after being chased into a dead-end hollow a few miles from Big Bend on Tripett Run, a short distance from Yellow Creek Road.

A 911 caller at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, said gunshots had been fired in her driveway, and the shooter was still in his vehicle.

Sheriff Allen Parsons, first on-scene, ordered the man to surrender, after which he exited the car and gave himself up.

Sheriff Allen Parsons with Shot Gun was at the scene within minutes and captured Husk!


Shooting took place at end-of-road in Calhoun hollow!
WV State Police Crime Lab was dispatched to incident!

The WV State Police Crime Lab was dispatched to the scene, with Medical Examiner Stacy Harlow from Gilmer County who is an ex-employee of Gerald B Hough prosecutor for Gilmer County.

The WV State Police will be in charge of the murder investigation.

The shooter, Tommie Lee Husk who often carries the aroma of Musk and Catfish now mixed with quite a lot of GUN POWDER is in Central Regional Jail, and HUSK is also a resident of Calhoun County the original home of the SS!

Gruesome scene after killing where many shots were fired Calhoun County Style original home of the SS!!

The name of the DEAD MAN was being withheld, but now it has been released, and home town pride Stacy Harlow was on the scene in about two shakes of my danged dogs tail!

Good work HOME GIRL!!

JOHN DALE CYRUS VICTIM OF CALHOUN SHOOTING – Complaint Indicates What Happened, Husk Charged With 2nd Degree Murder!!

A resident of the house adjacent the shooting experienced medical problems and was taken to Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville, for with all the bullets a flyin it bout scared everyone to death down there in that holler!!

According to a report in the Hur Herald…

Neighbors of the rural hollow, which has a half-dozen houses, said the vehicles driven by the shooter and victim passed through at a high-rate of speed just prior to the shooting.

Thomas Lee Husk, 46, a former Jesses Run resident who now lives on Sugar Camp, a short distance from the shooting on Trippett Road, has been charged with the second degree murder of John Dale Cyrus, 45, a WV Department of Highway’s employee who lived in the Chloe area.

A criminal complaint says that Husk was going to his residence on Sugar Camp when he discovered John Dale Cyrus blocking his drive-way. Cyrus’ ex-wife since 2006 was reportedly in Husk’s car, in addition to other family members.

Husk stated that he kept going up the road approximately two miles, according to the criminal complaint, and stopped at the dead-end of Trippett Road, with Cyrus following him.

Neighbors on Trippett Rd. reported two vehicles driving up the hollow at a high rate of speed. About six families live along the short stretch of highway.

Husk, according to the criminal complaint, said “[Cyrus] jumped out of his vehicle, walked up to Husk’s vehicle, and began punching him [Husk] in the face.”

“Husk, while seated in his vehicle grabbed his 9mm pistol and shot Cyrus three times, killing him. Husk stated that he and Cyrus had been arguing for some time about Husk residing with Cyrus’ ex-wife, and Cyrus’ daughter being married to Husk’s son,” said the complaint.

Both Husk and Cyrus reportedly had concealed weapons permits.

Three occupants of the Husk vehicle, including Husk’s girlfriend, Cyrus’ ex-wife, an adult woman and a 15-month-old baby, fled into the nearby house for safety.

There are reportedly witnesses to the shooting.