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Veteran Gets '16
Patriot of Year Award


Benny Shifflet, of Orlando, has been awarded the 2016 Patriot Of The Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Shifflet was wounded in combat and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal,The American Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, and Korean Campaign Awards in 1952 while serving with Battery A, Army Field Artillery Battalion, (Red Devils)  during the Korean War.
He is also a life-long member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1976, American Legion Post#166, Disabled American Veterans Post #51, The Korean War Veterans Association and the Lions Club.
He enjoys helping people, especially veterans and their families.

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Memorial Day Events
Slated For Saturday

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is officially on the last Monday of May each year, is often observed with activities all weekend long. This is especially true in Lewis County with many activities slated.
In Weston, Memorial Day events begin on Saturday with the Memorial Day Parade scheduled for 11 a.m. downtown. Line-up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Robert L. Bland Middle School. Organizer Bob Golden said that this years parade, “will be even bigger than last year’s parade,” and says there will be many new entries.
Parade Marshal will be Col. Kevin F. Gregory, Army Chief of Staff, Ft. Knox, Ky. Gregory grew up near the community of Ireland and is the son of the late Arnold “Ford” Gregory and Nettie Robinson Gregory. His father served in the armed forces and his Uncle Loyd E. Robinson of Lewis County gave his life fighting for his country in the Vietnam War.

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Bullying Is Topic For BOE

The Lewis County Board of Education meeting, held Monday, May 23, opened with the presentation of winning Social Studies Fair projects. PCES students Isaac Smith and Gerrick Walsh won first place at RESA VII and eighth place at the state level for their project titled “Star Wars: Life Lessons.” LCES fourth grade student Chase Moss also presented his winning display, “The Founding and Celebration of Mother’s Day.” Moss won at the county level for his project.
Randy Bohan addressed the board with his concerns about communication between schools and parents. Bohan stated that May 9, an early release day, some parents were not at the bus stops to get their children off the bus, which led to approximately 10 students waiting at the bus garage for their parents to come and get them. Bohan said he attempted to contact the central office six times, three by phone and three in person, to address the problem with no success. He feels that there is no support coming from the central office and wants the issue rectified. BOE President Paul Derico asked Bohan if he knew how parents are receiving information, which Bohan did not. Bohan was told the recorded message phone system could not be used for anything but emergencies. He did call parents himself, but only reached about half on the day in question. Board member Sylvia McNeish commended Bohan for going the extra mile stating, “It sounds like you did everything you could to keep the kids safe.”

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