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Relay Named Top 10 In Nation

By Staff | Jan 30, 2013

Pictured in the back row are Wetzel County Commissioner Larry Lemon, Commission Vice President Bob Gorby, and Commission President Don Mason. Pictured in the front row are Betty Klug, Jennifer Pugh, Lori McCoy, and Debbie Bennett, all with Wetzel County Relay for Life. Jennifer Pugh, co-chair for Wetzel County Relay for Life 2013, presented the Wetzel County Commissioners with the “Nationwide Top Ten Per Capita Award” at Tuesday’s meeting. (Photo by Lauren Riggs)

At Tuesday morning’s Wetzel County Commission meeting, Jennifer Pugh, Relay for Life of Wetzel County 2013 event co-chair, presented the commissioners with a “Nationwide Top Ten Per Capita Award.”

The Relay for Life of Wetzel County recently ranked in the Top 10 in the nation per capita in the 16,000 population category; $113,000 was raised by the county’s Relay for Life in 2012. This award was presented to Planning Committee Volunteers at West Virginia Relay University in October.

Relay of Life for Wetzel County also wished acknowledge the wonderful community for their donations that provide free wigs, transportation, and support groups locally and research nationwide. “Your American Cancer Society helps your neighbors through their cancer journey and is working hard to find new technology and a cure,” said Pugh.

Not resting on their accomplishments, the Wetzel County Relay for Life is holding an open house to kick off the 2013 Relay season. It will be held Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Church of God, 255 Russell Ave., New Martinsville, near Wal-Mart. The event is open to the public, whether you’re participating in Relay for Life or not. See what relay is all about while enjoying soup, snacks, and drinks. There will also be games and prizes. Volunteers will be on hand to register those who wish to do so. Also, luminaries and t-shirts will be for sale.

Also, Betty Klug and Debbie Bennett of the Wetzel County Relay for Life, requested the Mollohan Center for free the night of April 20 for a Fashion Show/Dinner to benefit the Wetzel County Relay for Life. All commissioners approved the matter, stating that there would be no charge for the use of the center the evening of the event.

In another matter, Mike Rokles also appeared before the commission to thank them for allowing him to use the Mollohan Center for his hunter safety programs. Commissioners approved of Rokles’ use of the Mollohan Center for future events in March and August.

Additionally, Rokles expressed concern over trees in the creek along state Route 20, from this summer derecho. “I think there’s a real potential for the trees to dam up and cause a real serious flooding problem,” he said.

The commissioners noted that they have seen the area and have spoken with DNR/Agricultural group in Morgantown and that they have “been out and looked at the area.” Commissioner Larry Lemon noted that they could consider contacting the Morgantown office again to inquire about the problem.

Rokles also noted that there were some “serious overhanging trees on Route 20 . . . Sooner or later, someone’s going to get it . . . I’d be a little bit afraid of driving that road every day during a storm.”

In another matter, Assessor Scott Lemley appeared before the commission to introduce his new data collector, Eric Berk. The commissioners approved of the official hiring of Berk, whose first day will be Feb. 1.