Brooke County Commission recognizes employees, observes Child Abuse Prevention Month

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission had a day of declarations at Tuesday’s meeting.

April has been recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Brooke County.

Executive Director Rhonda Stubbs from the West Virginia Court Appointed Special Advocates thanked the commissioners for the recognition.

“We serve 28 children in Brooke County,” said Stubbs. “We appreciate this.”

Also this month, April 14 to April 20 is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

“Our 911 operators work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year,” wrote 911 Deputy Director Christina White in a letter to the commissioners. “Whereas public safety telecommunicators are the first and most critical contact citizens have with emergency services. public safety telecommunicators are the single link for our first responders by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them information and insuring their safety. We are taking the time to recognize Brooke County 911, asking our community and local businesses to show their appreciation.”

In other matters, Susan Malson from the Sheriff’s Tax Office was honored at Tuesday’s meeting for her 20-years-of service and dedication to the county. Malson is retiring this month.

However, as the commissioners thanked Malson for her service, they also welcomed a new Brooke County employee.

Matthew Scott Adams, addressed as “Scott,” started Tuesday as Brooke County’s new chief deputy.

Scott’s work history includes being a state trooper and Army Veteran, as well as having experience in investigative work.

Sheriff Larry Palmer noted Adams is working with the Ohio Valley Prosecution Offices as an investigator.

“I am looking forward to working with Scott,” added Palmer.

In addition, Beech Bottom Vice-Mayor Bob Sadler was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting, and announced that donations would be welcomed and appreciated for the construction of a veterans’ memorial.

“The village is in partnership with a group from Power, W.Va.,” said Sadler at the commissioner’s meeting held March 19. “We are in the process of erecting a veteran’s memorial across from the power plant.”

Power used to be a community next to Beech Bottom that housed the employees of the power plant.

“The memorial is meant to represent all the service people who lived in Power,” noted Sadler on March 19.

For more information, contact the village of Beech Bottom offices.

Additionally, Brooke County earned$125,000 from the Community Development Block Grant for the Brooke Hancock Regional Plan.