American Legion Shares Plans for 100th Anniversary Celebration With Ohio County Commissioners

Photo by Joselyn King New Ohio County Commissioner Don Nickerson sits down to his first meeting on Tuesday.

The American Legion turns 100 in 2019, and Wheeling Post 1 Commander John Powell on Tuesday discussed the local legion’s plans to mark the occasion this year.

Post 1 will host a formal ball April 27 at The Highland Events Center, with black tie requested. Powell asked the commissioners to consider contributing $5,000 in county hotel-motel tax money to help the event.

Post 1 also is organizing events such as a steak fry for the weekend of March 15-17 to commemorate the actual birthday of the American Legion, which was founded March 15, 1919, in Paris, France.

The commission meeting on Tuesday was the first for new Commissioner Don Nickerson, who joins Tim McCormick and Randy Wharton on the board.

Commissioners elected McCormick president for 2019, and Nickerson vice president. Wharton serves as president of the Ohio County Development Authority.

Nickerson was tapped to fill the spot on the authority held by former Commissioner Orphy Klempa.

Commissioners voted to reappoint Administrator Greg Stewart, Solicitor Donald Tennant, and Dog Warden Doug McCroskey to their positions. McCroskey also will serve as county humane officer.

Commissioners also awarded the first hotel-motel tax funds of the year. Hoorah 2 Heroes was allocated $6,500; the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk, $4,000; the YMCA Worthy Family Program, $2,000; and the Ohio Valley Pride Festival, $250.

Ohio County offices will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The commissioners will next meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 29.


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