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RLBMS 8th Grade Choir named 2017 WV State Champion Honor Ensemble
The Robert L. Bland Middle School 8th Grade Choir has been selected as the 2017 West Virginia Music Educators Association Middle School State Honor Ensemble.
This is the highest accolade achievable by a band or choir in the state, and is given to only one middle school ensemble in West Virginia each year.
The 8th grade choir at RLBMS has been praised regionally for years, but has never submitted an application for state honor choir until this year.
State honor ensemble applications are judged by professional adjudicators from all over the country, most of which are college professors. The RLBMS choir received better scores than any middle school choir or band in the state.
"This award is a testament to the talent and work ethic of our students," said RLBMS Band and Choir Director Adam Loudin.
The 8th grade choir of Robert L. Bland Middle School was recently named the 2017 West Virginia State Champion Honor Ensemble. Pictured left to right in the front row is Kandyce Fritsche, Alexis Cool, Raven Phares, Olivia Decker, Lexie Griffith, Taylor Shock, Justice Riffle, Harley Montgomery, Elainia Shackleford and Maddy Riddle. In the second row is Joe Derico, Shyanna James, Kiley Gettings, Iesa Woodall, Kaitlyn Bean, Adriana Freshour, Janelle Gum, Kayla Bishop, Emma Urbanic and Bryce McCourt. In the back row is Destiny Radcliff, Ethan Haught, Noah Stalnaker, Trenton Turner, Nathan Conrad, Logan Skidmore, Zach Turner, Josh Burnside, Shailie Murphy and Brooklyn Skidmore. Not pictured is Terrlen Rohrbough. [Submitted photo]
Casto Appointed Lewis County Schools Superintendent
By Rebecca Young
The Lewis County Board of Education approved the appointment of Steve Casto to serve as the next superintendent of Lewis County Schools.
Casto has been an educator for 34 years in Lewis County. He retired three years ago, but has served as a substitute in the
school system for that time.
Casto's career began in 1980 when he worked at Weston Junior High School. He was a coach and also served as the athletic director there for a few years.
Casto was a teacher for eight years, a principal or assistant principal for 12, and a county supervisor for 14, all in Lewis County.
He is a Lewis County High School graduate, and takes pride in the fact he still lives in the house he grew up in.
Steve Casto has been appointed by the Lewis County Board of Education in a unanimous vote to be the next county superintendent. [Staff photo by Rebecca Young]
Staff Judges Young Writers Contest
Staff of The Weston Democrat helps judge local entries to the Young Writers Competition. Pictured left to right are Instructional Directors/Managers Grace Tallhammer and Rhonda Judy with Reporters Rebecca Young and Alli Clark and Typesetter Donna Prunty. [Staff photo by Melissa Toothman]
Jade Envy Formals: a New Gem in Weston
By Alli Clark
Scarlett Rinker, has four daughters, two of which when through the process of proms, homecomings and pageants, one is a sophomore and is beginning to experience the formal gown world andn the last is going in seventh grade, so she will be preparing for dances in the near future. Rinker wanted the girls in Lewis County to have a better experience, when it came to finding the perfect dress for a formal occasion and she is making that dream a reality.
Rinker opened Jade Envy Formals on Tuesday, Feb. 21, on Main Avenue in Weston, to give women/girls an all around, personal experience when it came to finding a gown for an event.
Pictured are some of the different formal dresses in stock at Jade Envy Formals located on Main Avenue in Weston. [Staff photo by Alli Clark]
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Informational Meeting
A public informational meeting on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6-9 p.m., in the Greek Room of the Performing Arts Center at West Virginia Wesleyan
Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance will sponsor the
meeting on the 600-mile long, high-pressure, natural gas
pipeline that is meant to take PA and WV gas to market out of
The gas would feed into the Transco pipeline system, which is connected to Dominion's Cove Point LNG export facility. The certificate has not been issued for this project but is being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as county and state governments.
Autumn Bryson of WV Rivers and other experts will speak on a variety of topics, including property values, health and safety, economics, and environmental concerns. A lawyer will be present to answer questions about property rights, the signing of easements, and the proper use of eminent domain.
Commission Hears from Pipeline Opposition
By Rebecca Young
Local resident John Cobb gave a short presentation on the effects of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Cobb said to the commissioners, at their Tuesday meeting,
that the pipeline would bring lasting damage to the streams, the land and the citizens.
Cobb said that West Virginia tourism would decline because of the damage to the environment and the risks to public health.
He discussed how, after deep well fracking has been in an area, the amount of earthquakes rises. He explained that some homes around here do not have stable foundations and earthquakes could badly damage them.
"If we have earthquakes, who will pay to replace the damaged homes," he asked.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would begin in the northwest region of Lewis County and
follow a southeastern path toward Upshur County.
Trenton Harrison and Rebekah Lockwood were sworn as as deputy assessors at Monday's Lewis County Commission meeting. Standing L-R: Lewis County Clerk Cynthia Rowan, Commissioner Agnes Queen, Commission President Pat Boyle, Rebekah Lockwood, Lewis County John Breen, Trenton Harrison and Commissioner Rod Wyman. [Staff photo by Rebecca Young]