Boos & Applause

Applause to two students at West Virginia Wesleyan College who will spend part of summer 2020 immersing themselves in an educational experience outside the United States. Freshman Madisyn Fox from Caldwell and junior Christopher Neil from Kenna were announced as the college’s newest Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients Thursday afternoon. Fox is the first freshmen Gilman Scholar at WVWC and believed to be the first freshman at WVWC to win a state department scholarship, according to Bob Skinner, vice president of advancement at WVWC. Neil is a 2017 Wesleyan and WV Metro News West Virginia Scholar winner and is majoring in biochemistry.

Applause to a father and son who are now deputies for the same law enforcement agency. In 2004, when Upshur County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dewaine Linger was sworn in, his son, Dakota, was there by his dad’s side. Fifteen years later, Dakota was the one being sworn in as the newest Upshur County Sheriff’s deputy. This time, it was Judge Jacob Reger and not retired Judge Thomas Keadle swearing in a Linger. Family was in attendance and father and son were both in uniform at the ceremony this week.

Applause to a program that works to help local residents find careers. Lisa Reed, a transition agent for Jobs & Hope West Virginia, spoke to the Elkins Rotary Club this week about her organization’s role within communities across the state. Reed covers Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur counties while helping West Virginians with an employment barrier find a career. Though the program is open to all individuals, Jobs & Hope works primarily with those in recovery from a substance abuse disorder. To be eligible for Jobs & Hope West Virginia, individuals must be over 18 years of age and residents of West Virginia. Participants have to consider career employment as their long term goal, while also having a barrier for employment in place. Finally, participants must pass clean drug screens and be committed to maintaining recovery.

Applause to Janice Wamsley and her daughter, Cheri Shifflett, who ran C&J’s Restaurant, a local favorite in Valley Bend, for 38 years before closing the doors last weekend. The restaurant, opened under different ownership in 1959, was originally called Bell’s Dairy King and was run by Howard and Ethelyn Bell. Wamsley and Shifflett, were drawn to purchasing this property in 1981 in part because Cheri had worked there when she was younger. Wamsley said the pair are hoping to sell the business in the future, so that it won’t be closed for too long. Shifflett also wanted to extend her heartfelt gratitude to the customers and employees who have supported their business for so many years.


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