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West Virginia House Of Delegates To Make History
  Last week marks the first time since 1930 that there is a Republican majority in the House of Delegates. Since the Capitol’s dedication in 1932, it was also the first time ever that a Republican Speaker of House presided in the chamber.  
  Speaker of the House
  J. William Cummins served one-term as the Republican House Speaker from 1929-1931. A native of Wheeling, he represented Ohio County in the House of Delegates. Educated in West Virginia’s public schools, Cummins was an attorney who studied at West Virginia University, and later Georgetown Law School. According to his published biography in the 1929 West Virginia Blue Book in the speaker position “he made an enviable record by reason of his ability and fairness as a presiding officer.”  
  Like his Republican predecessor, incoming Speaker Tim Armstead is an attorney, also educated at West Virginia University. Armstead represents the 40th District in Kanawha County, and previously served as Minority Leader for eight years.   
Armstead, who received the Golden Horseshoe as an eighth-grader stated, “I could have never imagined I would be part of such a historic moment in our State’s history. I am humbled and honored to be the first Republican House Speaker to strike the gavel in this chamber.”
  Democrats and Republicans in the House of Delegates
  In 1930, the House of Delegates was comprised of 94 seats with a roster of 63 Republicans and 31 Democrats. Since that time, six seats have been added bringing the total to 100. The current roster of the House of Delegates is comprised of 64 Republicans and 36 Democrats. The chart below demonstrates a nearly equal proportion to then, and now.
  Family Ties
  This session, there will be a father in the Senate with their child serving in the House, just as there was in 1930. Del. Ralph Hiner of Pendleton County served in the House of Delegates, while his father Sen. Ben H. Hiner served in the State Senate.
  Now, more than eight-decades later, Saira Blair, R-Berkley will serve in the House of Delegates, while her father, Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkley will continue his first-term in the State Senate. Blair represents much of the same area her father represented during his four-terms in the House of Delegates. Del. Saira Blair has already made her mark as the youngest elected legislator in the United States.  
  “I'm looking forward to representing Morgan and Berkeley Counties with my father. I'm grateful to have him as a mentor and will take his advice and put it in action myself,” stated Del. Blair. Additionally, Del. Ron Walters, R-Kanawha and his son, Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam have the distinction of being the first father-son team in the House and Senate, respectively.   
  “I am extremely honored to be a part of the historic change taking place in both legislative bodies. I am so proud of my son and I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve with him,” said Del. Waters.   
  According to the records from the 39th House of Delegates in 1929, William B. Hogg of Mingo County served as the Republican floor leader. Aside from the Republican Floor Leader and the Speaker, there were no other majority leadership positions during the last Republican Majority.  
  “Unfortunately, my predecessor was just a few years short of serving in what is now our state Capitol building. I look forward to being the first Republican Majority Leader to ever serve in this building, and providing representation on behalf of the eastern panhandle,” said Del. Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, who will serve as House Majority Leader.
  Joining Cowles, Del. Caroll Miller, R-Cabell will be the Assistant Majority Leader.  
  “I am honored for the opportunity to be the first female to serve in a leadership position under a Republican-led majority in the House of Delegates.”     
  Rounding out the leadership team, Del. John D. O’Neal IV, R-Raleigh will serve as House Majority Whip and Del. Bill Anderson, R-Wood will serve as the Speaker Pro Tempore.
  “This is a tremendous honor, and I am excited to serve as a part of this history-making leadership team,” stated Del. O’Neal.  “As Speaker Pro Tempore, I hope to use my years of service and experience to help guide the House of Delegates to good decisions and responsible government,” said O’Neal.   
  Women Making Strides
  Del. Frances Radenbaugh of Parkersburg was the only woman who served in the House of Delegates nearly 85 years ago. She was a practicing attorney who had previously served as Commissioner of Schools and Lands for Wood County.  
  A total of 19 women will make up the roster for the 82nd House of Delegates. Del. Jill Upson, R-Jefferson is the first African-American woman from the Republican Party to serve in the House of Delegates.  
“It is truly humbling to be part of this historic occasion. I do not take lightly the trust that voters have placed in me, and the spirit of openness and acceptance that is in embodied in their support,” remarked Del. Jill Upson.   
  Just before the last Republican Majority in 1928, Minnie Buckingham Harper was appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates making her the first African-American woman to become a member of any legislative body in the United States. Cumulatively, more than 200 women have served in the West Virginia House of Delegates.   
  The historic information in this release was compiled from the 1929 West Virginia Blue Book and 1930 West Virginia Blue Book with the assistance of the Office of Reference & Information.

ABU School Of Music Presents Opera Highlights
  Alderson Broaddus University School of Music presented Opera Highlights: An Evening of Opera Scenes on Monday evening to the delight of the lively audience. As guests, faculty, students, and community members gathered in Wilcox Chapel, Director and Accompanist Lillian Long, associate professor of music, introduced the first opera, “Slow Dusk,” by Carlisle Floyd.
  “Slow Dusk” is a tale of heartbreak, poverty, and tragedy, which the Alderson Broaddus School of Music students brought alive through their performance of several scenes from the opera. The opera starred senior Francesca Molinaro as Sadie, sophomore Emma Godfrey as Aunt Sue, senior Rachel Tadlock as Aunt Rachel, senior Cody Ratliff as Sadie’s love interest Micah, and alum Abe Schoonover as Jess, as well as additional student performers.
  The second set of opera scenes was adapted from “La Cenerentola,” Gioachino Rossini’s adaptation of Cinderella. In Rossini’s opera, Cinderella has a stepfather rather than a stepmother and a magician godfather rather than a fairy godmother. The comedic opera was well performed and well received by the audience, who continually chuckled at Cinderella’s stepsisters’ dramatic antics.
  The performance starred senior Ashlan Thompson as Cenerentola/Cinderella, junior Mallory Ekberg and senior Jennifer Wheeler as the hilarious stepsisters, alum Tim Tosh as Prince Ramiro, junior Lucus Orndorff as Dandini, junior Ty’Shawn Berkley as Cinderella’s godfather Alidoro, and Mr. Lewis Hall, associate professor of music education, as Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico. The performance also featured several other students in the School of Music as well as a performance by the Alderson Broaddus Brass Quintet.
  The next performance of the Alderson Broaddus University School of Music will be on Sunday, February 8, for the Concerto Concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.

Cole Elected President Of West Virginia Senate
  Senator Bill Cole, R-Mercer, was elected by the West Virginia Senate to be its President today during the opening session of the 82nd Legislature. He will serve as President for the next two years.
  Cole received the unanimous support of the Republican caucus at its meeting in December, and was elected by acclimation by his fellow Senators today.
  “It is an honor and a privilege to be elected by this body as the new Senate President,” Cole said. “This is an historic session for this state, and I am humbled our members have placed their trust in me to lead us through this change.”
Senator Cole, a resident of Bluefield, was appointed to the House of Delegates in May 2010. He was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Money For Farm Improvements Available
  The Tygarts Valley Conservation District which serves Barbour, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur counties, will be accepting applications for their Agricultural Enhancement Program beginning January 19. This program is provided to assist farmers in making important on-farm investments in conservation.     
  Applications will be available at the District office in Philippi, WV, applications are also available at the West Virginia University Extension offices in the district.
  The Agricultural Enhancement Program supports West Virginia’s agriculture community through implementation of cost-share practices to reduce soil erosion, providing alternative water for livestock and improving the productivity of agriculture lands.
  Cost share money is available for on farm fencing, livestock water development, invasive species control, heavy use area protection, pasture fertilization, and pollinator habitat plantings. Through the program, financial and technical assistance are offered as incentives to implement best management practices
  The program sign-up deadline is Monday, Feb. 16. For an application or for additional information, contact the Tygarts Valley Conservation District Office at (304) 457-3026, or e-mail hwoofter@wvca.us.

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Schumacher Places Third In National Video Contest
  Videomaker Andy Schumacher, 19, of Philippi, has been awarded third place in the Everence MoneyTalks video contest. Schumacher’s video was entered through the Service Adventure Unit, lead by Talia Faber, at the Mennonite Volunteer House. Schumacher’s video is a fictional account of a man who discovers what he truly values.
  After receiving submissions from all over the country, the judging panel picked four videos that performed well against the judging criteria. Contest entries were judged on adherence to the contest theme, originality, video production, communication, and use of the Everence name and logo or reference to its programs. Philippi contestant Andy Schumacher was named the third place winner on Tuesday, January 13.
  For receiving third place, Schumacher was awarded with a prize of $250 and an additional $250 will be awarded to Heart and Hand House.
Miss WV Visits JES
Miss West Virginia visited some area elementary schools. She visited Junior Elementary School and made a presentation on bullying. She passed out bookmarks to the students.
David Cooper Will Speak On Entrepreneurship Camp Opportunities
  For more than 20 years, the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce has provided scholarship support and participation by its members to plan, staff, and underwrite an annual Free Enterprise Camp near St. George sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to hear David Cooper, Director of the Horseshoe Leadership Center and AmeriCorps, discuss the objectives and activities of the 2015 Entrepreneurship Summit over a luncheon starting at noon on Thursday, February 5, at Barb’s Restaurant in Belington. To assist the restaurant with its preparations, anyone planning to participate should contact the Barbour Chamber by mail, or telephone (304) 457-1958 before February 2.  
  David Cooper is a graduate of Tucker County High School, Shepherd College, and Marshall University. His extensive business management experience includes employment with the Miners & Merchants Bank of Oakland, Canaan Valley Resort, the Tucker County Community Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Sam’s Club in Huntington, and the Ohio West Virginia YMCA.  Cooper has been President of the Tucker County Board of Education and a member of the Alpine Festival Board and Tucker County Rotary Club. All the students who attended last summer’s Entrepreneurship Summit agreed they would recommend the week-long experience to other students. The Barbour Chamber provides two full scholarships to Philip Barbour High School students every year and enlists local volunteers from the business community to help with the program.

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