WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Commission met on Tuesday to discuss local issues affecting Mingo County.
“Before we get started, let’s talk about something we can all agree on,” said commission President John Mark Hubbard. “How about Tug Valley and Mingo Central both winning this weekend.”
The meeting began with Drema Dempsey, Attendance Director at the Mingo County Board of Education and Josh Murphy, Assistant Director of the STOP Coalition speaking with the commission about Red Ribbon Week which takes place October 23 through October 31.. Red Ribbon Week is a campaign to help make students more aware of the problems that come with tobacco, alcohol and drug use. The campaign to help guide students into a living a drug free lifestyle.
The theme for Red Ribbon Week is “Respect yourself, stay drug free” with a focus on the synthetic drug problem that is growing in southern West Virginia. Southern West Virginia is seeing an explosion of synthetic drug overdoses even seeing five in the same day during the month of July.
“We are coming to the commission and asking that they sign a proclamation declaring it Red Ribbon Week throughout Mingo County,” said Jeff Reynolds who is with Mingo County Schools. “We are also asking that the commission become involved in guiding our students to make the right choices. If the only time they see a drug free campaign is in school then it will not spread very far. We have to get our county leaders, politicians and others involved in the campaign. One example of that is that the prosecutors office is holding a poster contest for the week.”
The commission agreed that Red Ribbon Week was important for teaching students the important of living drug free and signed the Red Ribbon Week proclamation.
“We are strongly committed to a drug free county and a drug free state,” said Hubbard.
“Synthetic drugs are the hot bed in our county now,” said Reynolds. “Which is why we are hosting a Community Forum on synthetic drugs on October 27. We will have several speakers including the Mingo County Sheriff. There are 20 religious leaders who will be there as well as 20 Mingo County parents. We are hoping that this commission will attend the forum.”
Hubbard accepted the invitation and the commission agreed to attend the forum. The forum will be held at the Williamson Fire Station Banquet Hall at 5:30. County leaders, state leaders, parents, law enforcement, community members and all Mingo county citizens are encouraged to attend the forum that will start the discussion on synthetic drugs in Mingo County.
Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.