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The three members of the Wetzel County Commission are making it their mission to promote understanding of the Commission’s duties and responsibilities amongst the eighth graders of Wetzel County. For the past three years, Commissioners Bob Gorby, Larry Lemon, and Don Mason have made personal appearances at four of the county’s middle schools. Working with the students’ social studies teachers, they arrange to give a presentation to the students, who are studying West Virginia history and county government as part of their civics curriculum. Each commission explains part of their duties, as students follow along in CCAWV’s informational brochure (each student gets a copy). The whole presentation takes 45 minutes to an hour. This year, excessive snow days made it more difficult for the teachers to take the time to focus on the essay contest. In spite of this, Commissioner Larry Lemon noted that one teacher, who had taken a group of eighth graders to the State Capitol during the legislative session, showed enthusiastic support for the contest, and even hoped to make it an assignment for students.

April is "National County Government Month" and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) sponsors an annual contest among the state’s eighth grade students.  Students are asked to answer “How does my county commission make life better for me?” in an essay.

While this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the many functions of their county commission in depth, a prize of $300 for the best-written essay sweetens the pot for students.  (An additional $300 is awarded to the first-place student’s teacher for encouraging participation, to be used to support classroom activities.)  The second place winner receives $250, and third place gets $150, in addition to recognition by their county commissioners.

On January 26, 2014, Commissioners from across the state gathered at the Charleston Marriott in Kanawha County for CCAWV’s annual Legislative Conference.

In spite of a snowfall that blanketed much of the state the night before, creating treacherous road conditions, the conference had a robust attendance.

Board members gathered for a meeting Sunday afternoon, which was followed by a Jail Steering Committee Roundtable discussion led by Chris Tatum of Cabell County. Joe DeLong of the Regional Jail Authority was on hand to give Commissioners an update. Afterwards, commissioners gathered for a Service Appreciation Dinner.

Let the Madness begin!!!

Oops, it just ended!! Another legislative session, another round of Board of Review hearings, and another round of budget sessions are almost in the book!!

Plus, our usual daily chores of running a county!! Thanks to all that helped in the lobbying process, whether by phone, email, face to face or just by being there!!

Kudos to Vivian, Megan and Jim Bowen for all their hard work, as usual!! We as Commissioners need to continue moving forward and by making our counties better places to live and prosper.

If there are any questions about any legislation that passed or didn't pass, just give Vivian a call and she can inform you as to where things stand. I know you are all busy so I will not keep you. Stay safe, healthy and I hope your brackets are filled out and doing well!!!

April is National County Government Month and to help celebrate, CCAWV is hosting our 3rd annual County Government Essay Contest.

This contest is open to all 8th grade students in West Virginia and the 1st place winner and sponsoring teacher will receive a $300.00 cash award each.

We have worked in unison with the WV Department of Education to disseminate the information and contest guidelines to all 8th grade teachers, but we need your help as well!

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