Commission hears from W.Va. Press Association

WELLSBURG – The leader of the West Virginia Press Association invited the Brooke County Commission to share information about their county with about 250 representatives of 81 West Virginia newspapers who will be attending the group’s annual conference Aug. 8-10 at Oglebay Resort.

Don Smith, executive director of the association, said the event has been held at various locations, offering journalists, advertising representatives and others to learn more about municipalities and counties outside their own.

In addition to inviting the commissioners to attend a reception during the conference, Smith encouraged them to submit materials with information of interest to visitors attending the conference.

Ruby Greathouse, a member of the Brooke County Museum and Cultural Center, said she has informational packets provided by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, an organization that promotes tourism in Hancock and Brooke counties.

Smith said among the many slated to appear are newly appointed state Speaker of the House of Delegates Tim Miley and Fred Earley, president of Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, with Earley speaking on the impact of Obamacare on insurance coverage and West Virginia businesses.

Commission President Tim Ennis welcomed Smith to Brooke County. Ennis noted he and fellow former state Delegate Roy Givens often attended breakfasts held by the press association in Charleston that enabled state legislators to become acquainted with members of the media.

In other business:

Wayne Buxton, a member of Animal Advocates-Brooke County, a group formed for the protection of animals, asked about reports of a puppy being found near a trash receptacle near Central Park.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson initially said he was unaware of the incident. But following the meeting he said he learned a white and gray puppy was found on a pet carrier near a trash receptacle in an alley west of Main Street and not far from the park.

Jackson thanked the resident who brought the puppy to officials’ attention and said he will attempt to identify its owner.

He said the dog is at the Brooke County Animal Shelter, where it’s available for adoption.

For information, call (304) 394-0800.

In related business, Buxton said to promote adoptions from the shelter, Animal Advocates- Brooke County appeared with several dogs from the shelter and a float sponsored by Mullenbach Funeral Home at the Wellsburg Independence Day parade.

Greathouse said in addition to appearing in the parade, Dan Gilchrist, a former Brooke County commissioner and first winner of the city’s Oil Can Derby, was on hand at the museum to answer questions about the race.

Gilchrist’s first Oil Can Derby car is on display at the museum, which is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visits at other times also may be arranged by calling (304) 737-4060.

County Commissioner Norma Tarr applauded the efforts of the Wellsburg 4th of July Committee in organizing many events around the holiday.

In other business:

The commission announced it won’t be meeting on July 23 because of a scheduling conflict.

Les McGowan, a member of the county’s building commission, said a seat on the board remains vacant.

The board, which meets at 6 p.m. on the last Monday of each month, was formed to pursue funding for improvements to the county courthouse and other county buildings.

Those interested in serving should send a letter of interest to the office of County Clerk Sylvia Benzo.

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