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Thursday Morning Briefing 11-17

By Staff | Nov 17, 2016

Wildcats' Volleyball Coach Fred King

Good morning.

There is something to be said for a good night’s sleep. No need for coffee, but the blend this morning is from Sumatra.

Report card time.

The West Virginia Department of Education issued its report this week on schools near and far. Tyler County schools, eh, not so much. One moment, the high school is getting top marks from U.S. News and World Report, the next it is a “C” average as graded by the state’s educrats — that word comes from education plus bureaucrat.

“I don’t think the scores are a true picture of the success of our school system and our students,” Superintendent Robin Daquilante said.

Photo by Ron Heasley Wildcats' volleyball star Malayna Price has a determined look on her face before she takes aim at the ball.

More about how the school systems did on the state Department of Education’s report will appear in the next edition.

Speaking of schools, Paden City volleyball Coach Fred King was named OVAC All-Conference Volleyball Coach of Year West Virginia. King is a good guy and great coach.

OVAC Player of the Year honors went to Paden City’s Aubrey Neff, volleyball superstar, for Class 1A. Wildcats’ Malayna Price was named named OVAC Volleyball All-Conference. Photos were by Ron Heasley.

In other news, Tyler County has an official Christmas ornament this season. I shouldn’t let the cat out the bag, but the ornament does feature an artistically drawn mouse. Area mayors chose the best ornament. That’ll be a happy story to write.

The Tyler Consolidated Cross Country Team will sponsor the 2nd Annual Tyler Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Hope Fellowship Church on Sellers Run Road, Middlebourne.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk will begin at 10 a.m.

ENTRY FEE: $15 per person before November 19; $20 per person after the deadline and on race day. All proceeds benefit the Tyler Consolidated Cross Country program.

For more information, contact Jonay Corley at (304) 771-8112 or jonaycorley@gmail.com.

Area law enforcement are giving Santa Claus a helping hand through the “Shop with a Cop” program this holiday season. A few children from economically disadvantaged homes will be provided $250 to spend on gifts for themselves and others. The more money that is raised, the more kids that benefit from this program. Supporting this program is the right thing to do.

The sheriff’s department is spearheading the drive for 10 children, maybe more, at A.I. Boreman. Sistersville police is doing the same Sistersville Elementary with its goal of helping 12 children.

“It is a very good program,” Sistersville Police Chief Rob Haught said.

Checks should be made to the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department and/or Sistersville Police Department with “Shop With A Cop” in the memo. Checks, cash donations and Walmart gift cards are accepted. For more information, contact Corley at the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 758-4229 or Sistersville Chief Haught at (304) 652-1570.

Have you ever dreamed of seeing New York City at Christmas time? Well, now is your chance to do such, along with support a charitable cause! Consider a Red Eye bus trip to New York City on Dec. 9-11.

If Hearts Forever Changed, a local group that does missions work, does not get 30 more people to sign up, to fill a second bus, those already signed up for the second bus will be unable to go.

The price for the trip is only $100 per person. The buses will be loaded at 10 p.m., Friday at St. Marys Marina. The buses will arrive in New York City by 8 a.m., Saturday morning. The group will leave New York City at 10 p.m., Saturday and arrive back in St. Marys no later than 8 a.m., Sunday.

All money raised will be used for missions work.

To sign up for the trip, contact Heather Helmick at 304-684-2563 or 304-771-5010. You can also contact Kandi Loy-Kay at 304-398-2034. You can also send an e-mail to Heiscountingonme@gmail.com

Payments must be received 15 days from the date of reservation, or the seat will be released.

A phone number/email/and names of all travelers must be provided when reservations are made.

No refunds will be given unless the trip is canceled.