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FOCUS honors volunteers

January 22, 1998

FOCUS honors volunteers

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

RANSON, W.Va. - The Jefferson County FOCUS Coalition saluted those who help keep the organization working against drugs and crime.

Officials at the group's annual meeting Tuesday night also discussed their highlights in 1997 - the formation of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, the Community and Police Partnership meetings, and assisting the Shepherdstown Police Department in obtaining a grant to fight underage drinking.

The Free Our Community of Unhealthy Substances Coalition also added two youth representatives to the board - Jefferson High School students Manieka Green and Nicole Ruble.

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FOCUS volunteers receiving awards were:

* Ranson Police Chief William Roper, for serving as the chairman of the Fun Day Expo '97. Roper put in numerous hours to organize the event that provided safety and drug prevention information and gave the young a chance to have fun.

* D. Lee Morgan, for serving on six different committees, including the executive and steering committees.

* Larry Yeager, a special agent for the National Highway Safety Administration, who assisted in a drunk-driving prevention interstate program and also served as an advisor to the group.

* Shepherdstown Police Chief Cecil Arnold, who worked on obtaining a U.S. Department of Justice grant to fight underage drinking in the town.

* Jefferson County Sheriff William Senseney, who helped lead the Community and Police Partnership meetings throughout the county that led to the formation of the Law Enforcement Community Advisory Council.

* Dick Weller, an employee of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, for assisting in educating bartenders about ways to recognize drunk drivers and to encourage designated-driver programs.

* West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Paugh, who served on the Fun Day Committee and the DUI Interstate Partnership project.

* Deputy John Jefferies, who participated in the series of community meetings and served on the Law Enforcement Community Advisory Council.

* Larry Luttrell, owner of Gables Night Club, who served as a member of the DUI Interstate Partnership as a link between the committee and the restaurant and bar owners.

* Nat Hughes, for being an active FOCUS volunteer and member of Shannondale Neighborhood Watch.

* Zion Episcopal Church, for allowing the Boys and Girls Club to open temporarily at the church's parish hall.

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