Upshur County to improve court security

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission announced Thursday a state grant will provide upgrades for courtroom security.

The $7,811 Court Security Fund Grant will be applied toward a Wire Crafter Holding Cell for the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, and obtaining monitors and digital video recorders for both the Upshur County Magistrate Court and Family Court.

“We share a common goal of protecting our citizens and communities against the threat of crime and violence,” Steven D. Canterbury, the chairperson for the West Virginia Court Security Board, states in the grant letter. “Your participation in this project is a positive step toward achieving that goal.”

In other news, a pair of public events were discussed at Thursday’s meeting.

County Administrator Megan Pomeroy announced state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be conducting a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Commission Chambers at the Upshur County Courthouse.

Morrisey also will visit Barbour County at 5 p.m. on the same day. Those interested in attending are encouraged to “bring your ideas on improving our state,” according to a flier for the event. The Barbour County event will take place at the Barbour County Courthouse in the Commission Chambers.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, Classic Wheels Car Club member Jerry Kimble announced that the annual “Blast from the Past” car show will take place July 25-26 in conjunction with Festival Fridays at Jawbone Park.

Proceeds from the event will be applied toward the purchase of infant car seats for parents who cannot afford them. The car seats are donated to the Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care, located in Buckhannon. Kimble said that parents have to meet a criteria to be able to receive one of the free car seats.

He also said Main Street will be closed from 6-11 p.m. July 25 and from 4-11 p.m. July 26 to accommodate the event.

“If there is anybody who needs to get through town, we will assist them in any way that we can,” Kimble said.

He said kids also can enjoy the event because there will be bounce houses at Jawbone Park paid for by the club through donations it has received. Ryan Cain and the Ables band will be performing at Jawbone Park July 25 as part of the event.