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Talkington Retires From Teaching Gun Safety

By Staff | Jul 1, 2015
Photos by Lauren Matthews Beulah Talkington gives her campers a pep talk.

As Beulah Talkington nears her 80th birthday, she is retiring from teaching Gun Safety and Marksmanship at Wetzel County 4-H Camp. After teaching 40 of the last 45 years, she is turning her equipment and training plans over to Jeremy Shepherd, who was trained by Beulah on the first New Martinsville Jaycee Shooting Team in 1991.

Shepherd, a New Martinsville resident and a member of city council, teaches Anatomy and Physiology at West Virginia Northern Community College and is part owner of Prodigy Wellness Center in New Martinsville. Talkington describes Shepherd as having a very good attitude for helping and influencing young people. Talkington feels Shepherd will be very capable of taking her position.

Talkington said she has loved the 4-H program since she was a member in 1949-1951 under the leadership of Katy Stephenson, founder of the camp. As an adult, Talkington became a volunteer in 1969 and has worked in some capacity ever since. She has had the pleasure of seeing the positive impact of the program on thousands of young people. She says the program’s best kept secret is “how many really ‘good kids’ there are in Wetzel County.” Talkington said she has been blessed to know them.