BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools and the Upshur County Courthouse are closed today as the country observes a national day of mourning for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
Although president Donald Trump declared a federal day of mourning and the United States Post Office announced closings ahead of time, it was not until Tuesday afternoon, that Gov. Jim Justice declared today, Dec. 5 to be a state holiday.
Following the governor’s executive order to close state agencies, the West Virginia Department of Education issued an announcement that all county school systems would be closed in the state.
The Upshur County Commission called a late emergency meeting Tuesday in which they voted to close the courthouse. Under state code, the legislature has the authority to declare a legal holiday but the county then has the authority to close the courthouse.
Commission president Sam Nolte apologized on the commission’s behalf for the late notice of the emergency meeting which happened at 4:30 p.m., not very long after the governor’s 3:30 p.m. announcement.
The commission will not meet Thursday, Dec. 6 but will have their regular meeting Friday, Dec. 7 as a special meeting at 9 a.m. at the administrative annex.