Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

In Review

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

In Review

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Third candidate enters Putnam commission race

There will be one more candidate in the race for Putnam County Commission in the upcoming election, according to documents from the Putnam County Clerk's office. Dorrel Wayne Arthur, who goes by "D.W. Peachie' Arthur, announced he will be running for the open commissioner spot as an independent candidate.

Arthur previously served as Putnam County Assessor from 1997 to 2008. He ran against Sherry Hayes in the 2012 election, but lost by a little more than 6,000 votes.

Arthur ran as a Democrat in the 2012 election. He also was a registered Democrat when he ran for Assessor in 1996 and won.

Arthur will be competing against Republican candidate Ron Foster and Democratic candidate Mark Whitt for the seat being vacated by outgoing commissioner Joe Haynes.

Students honored for posters; superintendent bids adieu

Representatives from the Putnam County Farm Bureau honored three fourth-graders who placed in their annual poster contest.

Ellen Mills Pauley presented each fourth-grader with a check and a certificate for their winning design at the Putnam County Board of Education meeting on June 21.

Chelsie Johnson, a student at Conner Street Elementary School, won $75 for first place. Emma Harris, of Scott Teays Elementary School, came in second place and won $50. Mia Miller Berty, also of Scott Teays Elementary, placed third and won $25.

All of the posters will be on display at the Putnam County Fair in July. Johnson's poster will be displayed at the West Virginia State Fair and the Culture Center in Charleston.

Last year, nearly 200 students participated, Mills Pauley said. This year three or four schools' fourth-grade classrooms participated. She hopes to see the number increase next year.

Mills Pauley also reminded the board that the Bureau is holding a speech contest for high school students in September.

Also, the board said goodbye to two of its outgoing members, Superintendent Chuck Hatfield and board member Jack Coyner.

Hatfield will be replaced by Boone County Schools Superintendent John Hudson beginning July 1.

"I want to express my appreciation to the board and my staff here and out in the schools, it's been a wonderful experience and I appreciate the support from everyone, Hatfield said. "If you need anything from me, I'll be around.

Board President William Legg commended Hatfield for all of the work he's put in over the last 40 years in Putnam County, 12 of those as superintendent.

"You will be missed. I think the school system in Putnam County has come a long way in the last few years, Legg said. "Without leadership - I know you always say (the impact is) in the classroom, and it is in the classroom - but you still need to have leadership and you've provided that.

Coyner, who has served on the board for 12 years, will be replaced by incoming board member Bruce Knell. …

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