CASA Volunteers Sworn During Ceremony at ASL
Those pictured include, from left to right: (bottom
row) Cynthia Elswick, Program Assistant: Gail
Johnson, Executive Director; Jennifer Nairn; Valerie
Chaffin; Jessica McKenzie; Chief Circuit Court Judge
John Farmer; (second row) Catherine Deaver; Dana
Morgan; Tonia Drewery; Kathryn Lebaube; Stephen
Gooch; (third row) Rachel Darby; Jonathan Malz;
Colleen Tomasou; Danielle Benton; Jonas Callis;
(fourth row) Kevin Lucas; Sean Rankin; Jason
Blackburn; Sean Kennally; (fifth row) Nelson Little;
James Hunter; Joshua Ferrell; and Carter Webb.
GOP Mass Meeting Slated May 19
Cathy St. Clair
Buchanan County Republican Party will hold a mass
meeting May 19 at 1 p.m. to select candidates for the
November county election.
meeting will be held at Riverview Elementary-Middle
School, where candidates for constitutional offices
and the board of supervisors will be chosen.
party will select from among nominees who pre-filed by
May 14 with the GOP for the posts up for grabs on the
November ballot; however, any offices for which no
candidate has pre-filed will be left open until June
12 with hopes of locating a candidate by that time,
according to Buchanan County Republican Party Chairman
hope to have a full slate of candidates," Lester
date, incumbent Sheriff Ray Foster is the only
Republican candidate who has filed for sheriff.
Neo has filed to seek the nomination in the race for
Blankenship has filed to seek the nomination in the
commissioner of revenue's race.
supervisor candidates include Terry Hall, Knox; and
Steve Hamro III, Garden.
of them are opposed in their bids for the GOP
nomination to the offices they are seeking.
are no announced Republican candidates for Circuit
Court Clerk, treasurer or supervisor in the Prater,
North Grundy, South Grundy, Hurricane or Rocklick
Are Candidates for ASL Juris Doctor Degree at Saturday Graduation
Cathy St. Clair
A total of 104
third year law students at the Appalachian School of Law are
expected to receive their degrees of Juris Doctor Saturday as the
school holds its eighth annual commencement exercises.
ceremonies will be held in the Riverview Middle School gymnasium at
11 a.m. and will be followed by a reception at the law school.
Shinn will make opening remarks and award the degrees to students on
behalf of the ASL Board of Trustees.
Honorable Larry V. Starcher, West Virginia Supreme Court justice,
will deliver the commencement address. The Honorable Birg Sergent,
vice chair of the ASL Board of Trustees, will introduce Starcher to
Loyd Williams will deliver the student address.
McGraw, president of the ASL Alumni Association, will deliver the
challenge to the graduates.
Dean Sandra McGlothlin will present the candidates with assistance
from Associate Dean Charles Condon.
Howell Scott will deliver the invocation and the benediction and
Terry Ratliff will provide opening music. Dr. Clinton Sutherland
will lead the academic professional and recessional, playing the
ceremonies will end with a reception in the Lions' Lounge at the law
school immediately following the conclusion of the commencement
Rejects Bill for Backhoe Work
of supervisors wouldn't approve a bill recently submitted for
backhoe and dozer work in the Knox District during Monday's regular
member Pat Justus, who said the Dooley Road work was done to clean
brush from around a bridge, made the motion to approve the bills
excluding the one in question after South Grundy board member Roger
Rife questioned why someone was hired for the work without the
approval of the full board.
of us should have the same rules," Rife said.
Justus, who claimed after the meeting he hired Shirley Justus in an
emergency situation to clear the brush following flash flood
warnings for the Hurley area, said he did nothing wrong.
didn't have any contractors," he said. "It was an
wasn't wrong," he added. "It was legal all the way."
said he is not related to Shirley Justus.
invoice for $317.50 was not included in the approved bills, which
were unanimously approved following Justus' motion and Hurricane
board member William P. Harris' second. The invoice was dated for
County Attorney Lee Moise urged the board to make hiring requests
through County Administrator W.J. Caudill, who will in turn bring
the jobs for discussion before the board so the work can be properly
should be uniform," Moise said of the proper way for board
members to make hiring requests. "Everybody in the county gets
a fair shot at [the jobs]."
the event an emergency hiring needs to be made, Moise said, board
members should make their requests through Caudill so a solution can
be reached prior to the next board meeting.
you can pay anybody," Rife said after the meeting, "you've
got to have the approval of the full board."
action taken by the board Monday:
Several part-time employees were hired at an hourly rate of $8 for
mowing and grass-cutting purposes. Jeremy Ward was hired to cut
grass and perform other miscellaneous duties at $10 per hour. All
employees were approved to work up to 39 hours per week.
Christin Looney and Barbara Hall were hired as full-time county
custodians, retroactive to March 18, at a starting salary of
Thornsbury was hired as a full-time dispatcher for E-911 at a
starting salary of $18,000.
Five lifeguards were hired for the pool at the Council Park at an
hourly rate of $6.