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Randolph County Day celebrated at capitol in Charleston

By BROOKE BINNS

The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Local organizations and businesses gathered at the State Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday to promote and celebrate all that Randolph County has to offer.

Delegate Bill Hartman, left, talks to Mountain State Forest Festival Board of Directors member Ben Shaffer on the floor of the House of Delegates in Charleston on Tuesday.
(The Inter-Mountain photo)

Valley Supply Company was represented by CEO Rogers Earl Jr., who hoped that partaking in Randolph County Day at the West Virginia State Legislature will make more people around the state aware of the company located in Elkins.

“We are trying to build awareness and let people know that Valley Supply Company exists and that we are trying to make a difference and help people,” Earl said.

Earl stressed that, through the company’s contacts, Valley Supply was able to donate more than $430,000 of heating and cooling equipment to flood relief in southern West Virginia after the major flood in 2016.

The Elkins Public Library was also represented in the capital by Capital Campaign Director Stephanie Murphy.

“We are in the process of raising money to build an annex onto our library,” Murphy said.

The public library currently serves approximately 5,000 people, but with upgrades and additions made to the facility, Murphy hopes to increase the number of people who are served.

“We are hopeful that anyone here today who is a member of an organization in West Virginia that has grants available or knows someone who is interested in assisting can help to point us in the right direction,” Murphy said.

No upgrades to the facility have been made since 1969, she said.

Also in attendance on Tuesday were representatives from the Mountain State Forest Festival, Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, Elkins Main Street and the Randolph County Development Authority.

All organizations represented highlighted traditions, events and opportunities that are exclusive to Randolph County.

In addition to participants from Randolph County, groups from Pocahontas County who were in attendance include the Green Bank Observatory, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, the Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce and Pocahontas County Schools.

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