BUCKHANNON — Nearly one in three of all cancer deaths in West Virginia are from lung cancer, Susie Haught reported. Haught provided a presentation of Lung Cancer Awareness Proclamation during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday morning.
Haught presents this proclamation to Commissioners every year, as the subject is near and dear to her. Haught explained to Commissioners that her father passed away at the age of 55 with lung cancer when she was only 21 years old.
According to the proclamation, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in West Virginia. The Mountain State also has the highest rate of lung cancer nationwide. With an average of 2,011 new cases diagnosed each year, lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women combined. The proclamation also notes, “Awareness, early detection, and treatment are crucial in the prevention and the slowing of lung cancer.”
On a motion by Commissioner Sam Nolte, Upshur County Commissioners proclaimed November 2021 as Lung Cancer Awareness Month Thursday morning, and “encourage all citizens to research the sign and symptoms and preventative measures for lung cancer awareness.”
In other news for the County Commission, they approved the following agenda items: Consider sale of 2010 Ford Crown Victoria to Burnsville Police Department for $1 per WV Code §7-3-3; Review and signature of correspondence to Ryan Halsey, Project Manager, enclosing Community Development Block Grant – Small Cities Block Grant Request for Payment for the Elkins Road PSD Phase III Water System Improvements in the amount of $14,225.45. This is for Request for Funds #25; Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility Volunteer Dorthy Allen; and 26th Judicial Community Corrections intern William J. Taylor. Mr. Taylor will be employed by the State of WV and the internship will commence November 9, 2021.
Commissioners also received correspondence from Governor Jim Justice, announcing the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant award in the amount of $29,118.
A special meeting of the County Commission will be held on Wednesday, November 17 in the Commission meeting room. The regular Commission meeting scheduled for November 11 has been cancelled, as the Courthouse will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. The next regular meeting for the Upshur County Commission will be on November 18, at 9 a.m.