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CEOS Club
Is Marking
100 Years

The Horner CEOS Club celebrated their 100th birthday Friday, Aug. 19, at Horner United Methodist Church. The club is the oldest CEOS club in Lewis County. The club was formed in August 1916, with five charter members and called themselves the Farm Women’s Club. Over the years the name and the outreach services changed to fit the times.
The group focused on improving conditions of homes by screening windows and doors, updating kitchens and using prssure cookers and canners. Members also made gloves, baskets, trays and other household items. They also set up canning centers, with the canned goods sold and the proceeds going to the Red Cross. The club adopted their constitution and bylaws in 1923 and began having Home Central meetings, which were a precursor to county council meetings. Projects became more numerous as the club grew and came to include landscaping, learning parliamentary rules of order, giving cooking demonstrations, and making quilts and bonnets for cancer patients.
As more women started entering the workforce in the 1970’s, meetings were moved to the evenings and membership picked up. Today the club has approximately 27 members, with charter member Mrs. Iva McWhorter’s family still actively involved. Kaye, Anna, and Kara Loyd are part of the Horner CEOS club today. Kaye’s mother-in-law is Betty Loyd, who is the granddaughter of Iva McWhorter. Fifty year members include Inez Stalnaker, Freda Harris, Lillian Taylor, Thelma McWhorter, Sue Stalnaker, Eleanor Mace, Doris Harper, Mida Peterson, and Julia Bragg.
The Horner CEOS have sponsored 10 West Virginia State Folk Festival Belles, two state presidents, three area representatives, and nine county council presidents. Present to help the Horner club celebrate this milestone was West Virginia State CEOS Vice President Helen McClain and WVU Extension Agents for Lewis County Bruce Loyd and Liz Post.

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School Tests
Scoring Low,
BOE Shocked

By Rebecca Young

The West Virginia Department of Education released preliminary assessment results for all public school districts last week. Results are considered preliminary because data from the 2,500 students, who took the West Virginia Alternate Assessment has not been certified yet. Final results will be available in November. Dr. Carol Williams presented the scores at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting.
Board members were shocked at the low scores and questioned why Lewis County did not do as well as counties of similar size and economic status. Board members are planning work sessions with administrators and principals. One counselor within the school system said they are already taking steps to bring the scores up and she stressed the importance of pushing positive attitudes among teachers, students, administrators and community members as well.
The Smarter Balanced Tests only report on English and math and is designed to work with the Common Core standards. Science tests are administered through the Westest, which is a customized test used by West Virginia schools that also measured English and math scores prior to the Smarter Balanced tests. Lewis County Schools were 35 percent proficient in English, 21 percent proficient in math, and 29 percent proficient in science. English scores remained the same as last year, while math decreased by one percentage point and science decreased by six points. Scores have steadily decreased since the 2008-2009 school year when the Westest became a much more rigorous assessment.

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Union Says Dominion Lockout Possible in Near Future

By JOHN G. WOLFE

Representatives of the United Gas Workers Union (UGWU) Local 69 have issued a press release indicating that Dominion Hope Gas and Dominion Transmission, Inc. may lockout union employees in the near future due to failed negotiations. A lockout is a temporary work stoppage or denial of employment initiated by the management of a company during a labor dispute. This is different from a strike, in which employees refuse to work.
Union members have been working under a contract with Dominion that expired on April 1. Thus far, negotiations between the two sides have not ended in a new contract agreement.
Earlier this year Dominion provided an offer to the union which was voted down by union members by a vote of 766 to 75. UGWU Local 69 represents 950 members in six states, including 500 members in West Virginia and a large number in Lewis and surrounding counties.

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