Making a Capitol impression
by John Conley
BY JOHN CONLEY
Snow couldn't stop Wyoming County Day at the Legislature.
Over 30 displays lined both sides of the Rotunda at the Capitol Complex in Charleston at the third annual event on Monday.
Students from Westside and Wyoming East high schools, who were to serve as pages and provide muscial entertainment, were unable to attend due to the inclement weather. The rest of the day's actvities went on as scheduled.
"It's grown a lot since the frst year," said Pineville Mayor Tim Ellison, who serves on the organizing committee. "All the local legislators were very impressed.
"We're always working to improve it," he added. "We leave surveys at all the tables where people can say what they liked and what we can do better."
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Wyoming County," stated County Commissioner Jason Mullins. "It shows what we have to offer."
"We've had good support and good comments from the employees here at the State House," said Dale Stewart, who served up thousands of pastries and soft drinks with the help of Peni Adams, David Lord and Jarrett Lusk. "This is a good place to showcase the county and to make a little soft lobby effort with legislators."
The Council on Aging provided lunches for legislators.
A series of afternoon presentations zeroed in on specific topics. Chad Riley of Thrasher Engineering discussed his firm's work in identifying potential sites for a new industrial park in the county.
Jimmy Gianato, director of the Homeland Security division, outlined plans for future cell phone service expansion. Twiin Falls State Park is likely to be the next spot in the county to get a cell tower.
The federal prison now under construction near the McDowell-Wyoming county line and expected to employ over 300 was also featured.
An evening reception at the Cultural Center was catered by Smokin' Stan's Barbecue. Dave Runion provided entertainment.
"Mayor Ellison and his people really do a fantastic job with this," commented Mullens mayor Jon McKinney.
"We're excited about the turnout we had in spite of the weather," said EDA Director Christy Laxton. "I think we left a lasting mark."
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