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Hurricane Council Recognizes Employees, Show Choir Champions

Mrs. Hurricane Independence Day – Michelle Blankenship, Ms. Hurricane Independence Day – Jaime DeRuiter, Miss Hurricane Independence Day – Chloe Armentrout, Hurricane Independence Day Teen – Mattie Vandale, and Hurricane Independence Day Pre-Teen – Olivia Poole

The May 1st Hurricane City Council meeting was recognition time. The City recognized Todd Coyner for his 33 years of dedicated service to the City of Hurricane. Todd is the reason that no grass has gone unmowed on City properties.

Mayor Scott Edwards recognized the group of city employees that jumped in to rescue the WV State Show Choir competition at Hurricane High School when there was a power outage. Edwards said, “These employees worked fast to bring a generator and plenty of lights to keep everything lit up to help the show go on for many more hours that day. This was on a Saturday. I’m thankful for our awesome employees!”

The Council recognized Hurricane High School sophomore Ty Steorts for being selected as the WV Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year. The award is given for athletic excellence, academic achievement, and character and includes a $1,000 stipend. Ty donated the $1,000 to Meeks Mountain Trails.

Council recognized the Hurricane High School Heat Wave Show Choir for its 1st place finish in the women’s division at the WV State Show Choir Festival and the Hurricane High School Red Hot Show Choir which won its 8th consecutive state championship and 15th overall.

The Hurricane Independence Day Pageant winners were present and introduced themselves to the large crowd in attendance.

Following all of the recognitions, City Manager Andy Skidmore informed Council that the City would be providing $38,000 in-kind match toward the pump track which will be constructed in the bowl area at the head of the Meeks Mountain Trails at Hurricane City Park. The pump track project will rely upon $147,000 in State funding for materials.

Police Chief Mike Mullins reported that the Police Department made 12 arrests which were charged to the State and six to Hurricane Municipal Court. State arrests included four DUI related charges and one fugitive from justice. The City arrests were for public intoxication, marijuana possession, and four shoplifting offenses. Mullins also reported that the Department took 23 accident reports while issuing 48 citations and 77 warnings.

The next Hurricane Council meeting will be Monday, June 5th.

Ty Steorts
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