WELCH, W.Va. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph senior editor Bill Archer was honored on Friday during the 19th annual McDowell County Law Day Celebration with the announcement that he will receive a Liberty Bell Award, in recognition of his service to the people of McDowell County.
Archer has covered McDowell County news for three decades with both the Twin State News Observer as well as the Telegraph. In addition to his newspaper reporting, Archer has authored three pictorial history books on McDowell County and its people.
Stephens explained that the Liberty Bell award was established more than 40 years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service. He said that there is no specific criteria for the presentation, but groups often present it to a layperson — man or woman — who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law and have encouraged greater respect for the law.
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