Quick Takes

DENTIST NAMED: Dr. David G. Edwards has been appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to a third term on the state board of dentistry, filling the unexpired term of a member who resigned.

Edwards previously served two five-year terms on the board, from 2004 to 2014, including three years as its president. The board is charged with governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in the state, overseeing licensure and addressing consumer issues.

Edwards has been in practice for more than 40 years, serving patients in Wellsburg, Brooke County and surrounding areas. A graduate of West Liberty University and the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, he has lectured at both schools and taught clinical dentistry at WVU for nine years.

He is a fellow of the American College of Dentistry and International College of Dentistry along with several other dental organizations and and has held offices at the local, state and national levels.

Edwards examines candidates for licensure for the Southern Regional Testing Agency, Council of Interstate Testing Agency and Commission on Dental Competency Assessments.

He is a member of Wellsburg First Presbyterian Church, Wellsburg Lions and other civic groups.

WORKSHOP SET: The Brooke County Economic Development Authority will host a workshop for existing and aspiring business owners from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library community room.

The free workshop will help small business owners understand how to collect and analyze basic financial data to grow their business. It will cover such topics as basics of financial management, analyzing and interpreting financial statements, budgeting techniques and cash flow planning.

Reservations are required and should be made by calling Donna Schramm, presenter, at (304) 214-8973 no later than March 19.

AMONG LEADERS: For the third year in a row, Assure America Corp. has been named one of Erie Insurance’s Top 10 Companywide Elite Winners.

The Top 10 Company Elite Award recognizes the top performers in all lines of production based on quality growth and profitability. Assure America outperformed more than 2,100 other agencies nationwide to maintain its ranking in 2019.

Assure America was founded in 1920 with the mission to protect clients from the financial consequences of an accidental loss. Education is a key component of Assure America’s operating philosophy, and the company currently insures more than 10,000 policyholders.

Assure America offers a full line of property/casualty insurance products, including auto and homeowners insurance, as well as commercial and life insurance. As an independent insurance agency, Assure America underwrites insurance in nine states with locations West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. For information, visit assureamerica.com.

PROGRAM: A West Virginia University program and the state Department of Education are working together to prepare teachers in computer science curriculum, the university said.

Teachers also can receive an advanced credential in computer science after completing the program through the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education’s CodeWV program.

The program has already prepared more than 700 West Virginia educators, the school said Thursday in a news release. There is no cost to teachers or schools to participate.

WVU said the program expects to prepare at least one educator at each grade level in K-5 per school, and at least one teacher in each middle and high school.

Elementary teachers complete a one-day workshop. Middle and high school teachers must apply to participate in the five-day summer program. Four follow-up workshops to support teachers in offering the curriculum are then held on Saturdays throughout the following academic year.

From staff and wire reports