Wyoming County officials will take a different tack in this year’s Day at the Legislature.
“This year we’re taking a different approach,” said Pineville Mayor Tim Ellison, one of the annual event’s organizers. “We’re going to tell them what’s going on in Wyoming County instead of just asking for what we need.
“Sen. (Richard) Browning had the idea,” he added, “and everyone concurred.
“I think Charleston will see that we’re prospering and that with the new (federal) prison coming in 2010, it will bring jobs and housing into to the county,” he added.
The Day at the Legislature, now in its third year, is scheduled for Feb. 23.
Gov. Joe Manchin will speak to the county contingent during the evening activities at the Cultural Center. He will also pose with the group for photos in the afternoon.
Both sides of the upper rotunda of the Capitol have been reserved for display tables. Dale Stewart will provide morning snacks.
Invocations in the legislative bodies will be given by Pastor H. Tracy French and Rev. William Wagner of the First Church of God of Oceana.
County Commissioner Silas Mullins and Peni Adams are lining up entertainment by area musicians.
Awards for the most professional and most creative booths will be presented this year.
Afternoon meetings, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will include presentations from Jeff Lusk, executive director of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority and representatives of the Bureau of Prisons and Thrasher Engineering.
Travel cases featuring the new Wyoming County logo and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails logo will be given to each legislator.
Evening activities, including dinner, begin at 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Dinner starts at 5 p.m.
David Lord of Southern and Tanner Smith of First Community Bank will present door prizes.
EDA Director Christy Laxton, a member of the planning committee, reported that $12,500 have been pledged in contributions to cover Day at the Legislature costs.
Ellison says the county makes an impression in the capital city.
“When some other counties have their days, all you see are two or three county commissioners,” he pointed out. “When we go, there are hundreds of people there.
“We’re excited about going,” Ellison said. “Wyoming County people are friendly, they want to succeed. And they are succeeding.”