Gilmer WV News is a public service resulting from a collaborative venture between the Gilmer County Economic Development Association, Glenville State College, and the Gilmer County Commission.

Breaking the Cycle of Bullying at Gilmer Public Library

buddiesGilmer Public Library took the pledge and so can you. Come on down and pick up your “Break the cycle of Bullying!” activity book (appropriate for elementary ages).

Be a Buddy not a Bully! Take your pledge, complete your book, and return to our library for a PRIZE!

County Commission Meeting Moved to October 24th

The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd has been rescheduled for Friday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m.  It will be held in the Magistrate Courtroom of the Courthouse Annex building.10 22 2014 Agenda County Commission Meeting


7th Annual CreateWV Conference

The seventh annual CreateWV conference will be held in Gilmer County October 26-28, 2014.

CreateWV Magazine

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CreateWV program

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WV Women in Agriculture Conference Registration Deadline Extended

Roanoke, WV–Please note that the WV Women in Agriculture Conference early-bird registration deadline has been extended to November 1st and other registrations will be taken up to November 14th for the inaugural event!

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There’s a new resource for West Virginia’s female farmers and farm service providers – the inaugural Women in Agriculture conference, sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service. The conference, Nov. 14-15 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, will give female farmers the chance to network, learn farm business marketing and finance “best practices” and improve their leadership skills.

Activities begin with a pre-conference farm tour on Friday, Nov. 14. Visits to several local farms will show participants thriving farm enterprises providing traditional agriculture products, as well as other methods to grow a farm business through agritourism initiatives like community, school and family events. A networking dinner rounds out Friday.

Saturday sessions are divided into four educational tracks – livestock, horticulture, farm finances and farm niches. With more than a dozen sessions ranging from livestock production and liability issues to marketing basics and governmental relations, participants can tailor their conference experience to their specific needs.  There will also be age-appropriate activities for youths, age 5-18 on Saturday for $15 per child.

The weekend is designed to give farmers and farm service providers the opportunity to gain valuable insight and skills from local experts with real world experience-and to use that knowledge to build and improve their own farm operation through effective management practices.

There will be an exhibitor hall.  Vendor who would like to participate in the exhibition fair would pay a $150, which covers their booth space and two meals.  State or non-profit agencies can exhibit at a discounted rate of $35 per person working the booth.

Student farmers and young aspiring youth entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to attend.  FFA and 4-H youth are offered a discounted rate of $20 per student to participant.  Youth and disadvantage farmer scholarships are available by request ONLY.

Early bird conference registration runs through  Nov.1 and offers discounted rates of $30 for the pre-conference farm tour, $35 for the conference or $55 for both. Registration fees after Nov. 1 are $40 for the pre-conference farm tour, $40 for the conference or $70 for both. The conference registration deadline is Nov. 14.

Lodging is available for an additional $99/night by calling Stonewall Resort at 304-269-7400.   Attendees should mention the conference when booking.

To learn more or register, visit, or call your local WVU Extension Service office or the state office at 304-293-6131.


Gilmer County On The Move Walking Challenge Is Back



Agenda for October 7th County Commission Meeting

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Donkey Basketball set for October 6th

Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA will be having a Donkey basketball game on Monday, October 6th in the Gilmer County High School Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. Advanced admission tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Fred’s Country Store, Glenville Foodland, and Gilco Faith Pharmacy. You can also contact the Normantown Elementary P.T.O. or the Gilmer County FFA. Gate admission tickets will cost $8.00.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and all children 6 years old and under get in for free. Also, there will be $1.00 donkey rides for kids 12 years old and under. Please come out and support  Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA.



Glenville, WV – Create West Virginia, the statewide grass-roots initiative stimulating Innovation Economy growth in West Virginia, and The Building Conference, West Virginia’s placemaking conference, will hold their first-ever joint conference in partnership Glenville State College in Glenville, WV, October 26-28, 2014.

“This year’s conference will break barriers in how our state thinks about growth and prosperity,” said conference creative director Rebecca Kimmons. “We want entrepreneurs, engineers, contractors, business and community leaders and educators to think about how connecting cultures through social and technology networks can generate new opportunities for our citizens.”

This year’s joint conferences are also unique with their unprecedented participation by young people, especially college students. Glenville State College is serving as host venue and planning partner with Create West Virginia and The Building Conference to stimulate feedback and ideas from the next generation of West Virginia leaders.

“As a participant in past Create West Virginia Conferences, I’ve seen first-hand how ideas and connections are sparked at this very unique conference,” said Dr. Peter Barr, Glenville State College president. “It became obvious to me that holding this statewide training and networking conference at GSC would add new opportunities to generate an even more exciting level of innovative thinking.”

The Building Conference portion of the agenda, organized by WV GreenWorks with support from West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center, WVU College of Creative Arts, and the US Green Building Council WV focuses on the design and retrofitting of West Virginia’s buildings, communities and public places to attract and retain innovative, entrepreneurial people. “Partnering with Create WV makes it easier to bring everyone together who can and is making a difference across this state. We’re providing an expansion of Create
WV’s Quality of Place track this year because so much more public discussion and cross pollination is needed on
the subjects of making our building stock, public places and communities not only more attractive, but more
efficient, healthier and supportive of the creativity of the people who use them,” said Sarah Halstead, WVSU
Extension’s Community and Economic Development Specialist.

The Building Conference agenda at Create West Virginia offers Local Economic Development credits and points
for development professionals working for the state, and with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

With support from the City of Glenville and Gilmer County, the conference will integrate nationally-recognized
keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and cultural experiences into the conference.
Speaker highlights include:

- Dr. Mark Bates is the son and grandson of Mingo County coal miners and has been involved in medical
device innovation for 20 years. He holds over 60 US issued and pending patents in the areas of stents,
embolic protection, gene therapy, stem cell implantation, regenerative therapy, nanotechnology, spinal
cord injury, catheter design and drug delivery. The founder of several medical start-up companies, he is
CEO and founder of Nexeon MedSystems, Inc., a translational research company. He attended Marshall
University, and graduated from WV State University and WVU Medical School.

- Carla Diana is a “hybrid designer” focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of
Things. She is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program
and an advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for
smart devices. She is also a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.

- Majora Carter, founder and CEO of the Majora Carter Group, is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship winner
and a community revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning
broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous greeninfrastructure
projects, policies, and job training and placement systems and one of the first and most
watched TED Talk speakers.

- Paul Garnett is a Director in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, where he focuses on promoting
higher-bandwidth, more efficient and ubiquitous spectrum-based broadband connectivity. He has been
instrumental in the development of TV White Space technology, which has been used to bring
broadband Internet to rural areas of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Paul’s team, in partnership
with WVNet, will bring this cutting-edge technology to Glenville for a special demonstration during the

- Ed O’Malley is the CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, an initiative from the Kansas Health Foundation
that equips people with skills to make positive change for the common good.

- Tom Welch of Tom Welch Consulting is an education consultant, thought leader and former “Director of Seeding Innovation” in Kentucky’s Department of Education.

Create West Virginia will continue its tradition of infusing diverse cultural and learning experiences throughout the conference. Showcasing Glenville’s legacy as a folk music and history center, renowned bluegrass and folk musicians will share music throughout the conference. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen will join Karyn Calabrese and Kate Long in a session focused on using food to stimulate economic development, create jobs, and address health and wellness issues. DC Central Kitchen leads the nation in reducing hunger with recycled food, training adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

The 2014 Placemakers Awards will also be conferred on Monday evening, October 27, celebrating high performance buildings, communities and people. The US Green Building Council will offer an overview of the new LEED Version 4 accreditation program, while statewide water quality, energy and building code experts share trends in innovation, legislation, and accountability.

Sunday afternoon’s pre-conference program will offer free sessions for community members and any visitor to Glenville. Sessions on October 26 including training workshops on using YouTube and digital content to promote your cause or business, digital communication etiquette, and developing a unique value proposition for your organization.

The public is also invited to join building owners, designers, architects, engineers, energy efficiency experts and planners for a free community design session focused on a portion of downtown Glenville. Facilitated by West Virginia chapters of the US Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects, this event will offer valuable information to all community leaders, planners and building owners on best practices for revitalization of buildings and public spaces for efficiency, lower operational costs and beautification.

A variety of attendance options are available, ranging from one-day passes to full-conference participation in both Create West Virginia and The Building Conference. A full conference early bird rate of $249 is available until September 30, 2014, and a special $49 rate for high school and college students is offered. All registration offers and pricing, along with the full conference agenda and speaker lineup can be found at Questions or sponsorship inquiries can be forwarded to


Historic Theater to play Classic Horror Film

Sutton, West Virginia – The Elk Theatre in downtown Sutton, WV will be playing a horror classic this October. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) will be shown October 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st (Halloween day) at 7 p.m. each evening at the historic single screen theater.

The Elk Theatre is known for playing host for many unconventional events. The theater has been the home of the Elk River Music and Arts festival which is a two day festival held in April. The WV FILMmakers Festival has called the theater home for years and this year is no exception. The festival will be held October 3rd through the 5th.

The owners Charles and Jane Murphy are also the theaters only employees, along with a loyal family of volunteers that help out on busy nights. Every weekend you will find Charles selling tickets at the front window while Jane works the concession stand. The Elk Theatre was originally named the Alpine Theatre and was built in the 1930′s. For more information on the Elk Theatre visit their website at


WVU Extension Service launches ‘W.Va. Agritourism Initiative’ to help local farm operators profit from new ‘value-added’ opportunities


Helping local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities is the idea behind West Virginia University Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative – a training program for aspiring and beginning agritourism operators.

With the help of a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northeast Extension Risk Management Agency, WVU and industry experts will engage participants in a series of four, day-long training sessions in areas like risk-management, marketing, hospitality management and business collaborations.

“Farmers are exploring agritourism and farm-based education as an opportunity to help diversify farm income and improve cash flows,” Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service agricultural economics specialist, said. “The challenge is the lack of education-specific resources and expertise to help them effectively evaluate this new opportunity.”

Organizers say the program will serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for agritourism resources, helping farmers to better navigate the risk management issues arising from agritourism activities.

“The program builds on the ‘entertainment’ value of agritourism, to include the overlooked ‘educational’ value, in response to consumer demand for understanding where their food and related products comes from,” Singh-Knights said.

The program is a collaboration between WVU Extension Service, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Tourism and West Virginia State University.

Participants who successfully complete the course requirements are eligible for certification as a West Virginia Agritourism Initiative Business.

Classes are limited to 20 participants in each of three locations and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost of the entire course is $40 and includes course materials, meals and snacks.

The classes are offered to the northern region in Morgantown at the Agricultural Science Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus, on Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10 and Feb. 7.

Residents in the southern part of the state can attend classes at the Emma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver. The class meets Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14.

A third course option is available online. Participants in the online session work at their own pace to complete the course between Jan. 15 and March 30.

A spring capstone trip to Raleigh, North Carolina will be available to a limited number of participants who complete the course. Participants are responsible for paying for their lodging and some meals. Transportation and admissions fees for our ‘classroom on wheels’ are covered by grant funds.

To learn more about the course, visit To register, you can visit Deadline to apply is Wed., Oct. 15.

For more information, please contact Dee Singh-Knights at or 304-293-7606.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state. Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lives and wellbeing of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve.

To learn more about WVU Extension programs, visit, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.

CONTACT: Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service

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