My Buckhannon’s top stories of the week

The post-festival week in Upshur County always seems to be light on news as the county shakes off the strawberry excitement and prepares for the Memorial Day weekend.

At My Buckhannon, we posted a festival public safety wrap-up, which reported a smooth Strawberry Festival despite some weather-related challenges, as well as hundreds of photos from events including the diaper derby, strawberry blonde and all three parades.

In city news, Buckhannon officials advised residents to keep their yards trimmed — and keep the trimmings out of the road. The city’s newest fire engine also escaped damage when it went into a ditch on Brushy Fork Road during a training exercise Thursday.

City council took several actions at their most recent meeting, including approving the new parks and rec board — which could one day replace the current Stockert Youth and Community Center board — and explicitly permitting condos in some parts of the city.

The week also saw lots of education news as the school year winds down. Buckhannon-Upshur High School honored the Class of 2022 during Friday’s graduation ceremony, and the school system outlined how this year’s summer meal program will operate.

Local students were honored on the Dean’s Lists at Shepherd University and Fairmont State, while B-U grad Kristen Cosner picked up a professional development award at Glenville State, where she serves as Creative Director. West Virginia Wesleyan College, meanwhile, is gearing up for its summer gifted program, which is taking applications through June 8.

Rotary Club members volunteered at the school system’s first-ever Wellness Day, and the state Fire Marshal commended B-U students on their efforts to create a marketing campaign to recruit volunteer firefighters.

Wrapping up the education news this week, the Upshur County Board of Education is once again pondering how to approach the aging middle school facility after this year’s failed bond vote.

In healthcare news, we reported that Gov. Jim Justice is being treated for Lyme disease after falling extremely ill this week. St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized Better Hearing and Speech Month, while also hosting B-UHS students interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

Just down the road, Dr. John A. Battin, urologist, will begin seeing patients at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital beginning in July.

In sports, the B-U boy’s track team collected a state title in the 4×400, while the girls also had a solid showing in Charleston. The girls lacrosse team, meanwhile, wrapped up their season as state runners-up.

Rain continues to slow down the action at the Elkins Raceway, although we did bring you several photos from last week’s action. We also reported on softball honors at both B-U and Wesleyan.

With the spring sports season winding down, Post 7 baseball has opened play, soccer camps are set to return this summer, and Wesleyan announced their fall football schedule.

Finally, if you are looking for a new home, the HomeOwnership Center is holding a Guiding You Home Community Fair on June 4. Check it out!

That’s a wrap for the top local news headlines brought to you by the team at My Buckhannon over the last week. Never miss a story with our exclusive Daily Dispatch email digest, one of many benefits available to our premium members. Subscribe to My Buckhannon today!

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