Dancing Back to Familiar Territory for This Family

Light on Her Feet

Carrie Wickline, daughter of former Wheeling News-Register reporter John Wickline and his wife, Michelle, had the opportunity to perform with The Moscow Ballet during the “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling earlier this month.

The performance was part of the ballet’s 25th-anniversary North American tour, which featured a Moscow setting, lavish costumes and professional Russian dancers joining 70 local students from dance schools all over the Ohio Valley. The host studio was the Oglebay Institute School of Dance.

Carrie is a senior at Liberty High School and the Wickline family now resides in Clarksburg.

I-70 Work Planned

West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 Engineer Gus Suwaid said officials with TRC Engineering are performing core sampling of the pavement and ground along Interstate 70. He said this is in preparation for the bridge rehabilitation project associated with passage of the statewide road bond during a special election in October.

“They are just taking samples to see what the ground is like,” Suwaid said. “The project will likely start in 2019.”

Local Veteran Gets High-Profile Thank You

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R- W.Va., took to the floor of the House on Tuesday to offer a formal thank-you to 92-year-old Dale Sigler of Moundsville for his military service and his service to the community.

McKinley said Sigler joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 during World War II with permission from his parents. He served until 1946, returned to finish high school and went back to the military, joining the Marines in 1948.

McKinley noted Sigler’s community work with the Marine Corps League and other organizations after his retirement from his military career.

Students “DARE” to Say No

More than 30 fifth-grade students at Glen Dale Elementary are taking the DARE pledge to stay off drugs as they graduated from the 10-week elementary-level DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program this month.

Under the direction of Glen Dale Police Chief Ed Vogler, these students have learned the skills they need to avoid drugs, alcohol and violence. The classes include extensive role-playing with officers on practical ways to resist pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Because the officers have personal experience working with drug abusers on the street, young people consider them to be highly credible instructors.

The DARE Lessons focus on four major areas: providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs, teaching students decision making skills, showing them how to resist peer pressure and giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use and violence.

DARE began in 1983. It is now taught in more than 300,000 classrooms in 50 states and 53 countries around the world. It was adopted in Glen Dale Elementary School in September 1985 as a joint effort between the school district and the Glen Dale Police Department.