Youth program planned in Upshur

A program designed to get high school students more involved in community affairs will again be held beginning next week.

Richard Edwards announced at Thursday’s Upshur County Commission meeting that the second annual Buckhannon-Upshur Youth Leadership Institute for Governmental Affairs will begin at 4 p.m., March 6. There is no cost to participate in the event, and students could earn as many as two hours of college credit by finishing the seven-week run.

The classes will meet from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 24. There is no class held during spring break.

Country Roads Transit has agreed to provide free transportation from the high school to the various governmental agencies.

The program is a joint venture involving the Upshur County Commission, the City of Buckhannon, the Upshur County Board of Education and the Office of Extended Learning at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Participants will learn how the different branches of local government work through an interactive experience.

In addition to the governing agencies, participants will also discuss key topics with those who run the local law enforcement offices, emergency responders and the Airport Authority.

Edwards said 13 students took part in the inaugural program last year, and those students were deemed as Upshur County Ambassadors.

“We could not be prouder of those kids,” Edwards said. “Many of them have participated in community issues, such as (banning) smoking in the parks.”

The program is open to all high school students, but priority is given to those residing in Upshur County. To register or for more information, email

In other matters, the county commissioners voted to allow a calf seized in a sheriff’s department investigation to be auctioned at a future livestock sale.

Sheriff Dave Coffman said the case has been closed, and the person who had been caring for the calf no longer wants it. Coffman said the caretaker is seeking a $525 reimbursement for expenses.

Animal Control officer Mike Miller said there was a judgment against the defendants in the case that would cover that cost, but he said he was skeptical about being able to collect that money because of the defendants’ financial situation.