US Army Corps of Engineers employees honored at ceremony

HUNTINGTON — Several employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, were honored by District Commander Col. Jason Evers at the 2019 district picnic and awards ceremony at Beech Fork Lake.

The event was timed to coincide with Flag Day, the U.S. Army's 244th birthday, and the Army Corps of Engineers' birthday. Evers recognized recent commendable work of several employees.

The Commander's Award for Civilian Service was presented to Nathan Austrian and Bradley Stark.

Achievement Medals for Civilian Service were presented to Matthew Green, Greta Jackson, Melissa Berry, Ryan Caudill, Carolyn Jones, Joshua McFarland, Melanie Reynolds, Adam Pabrazinsky, Monica Iacobucci, Kelly Alley and Brian Given.

Commander's Coins were presented to Steph Bays, Kyle Scholz, Celia Taylor, Adam Fannin, Rebecca Black, Kyle Moore, Andrew Auxier, Angel Iverson, Mark Parson, Constance Conrad, Justin Pyles, Willie Mills, Colby Tomblin, Greg Hart, Whitney Lehrer, Ashley Johnson, Alice Hall, Bronwyn Harrison, Jeremy Leslie, David Blankenship, Brandon Furst, Erik Gore, Grace Trimble, David Rexroad, Mike McCoy, Dan Bock, Tracey Fraley and Kristina Goff.

Length of Service Awards were presented:

25 YEARS OF SERVICE: Frederick McCallister, Todd Mitchell, Charles Murgrage, Charlie Rhodes, Toby Wood and Kenneth Woodard.

30 YEARS OF SERVICE: Eldridge Adkins, David Brooks, Waitman Davis, Jr., Mark Gillum, Shawn Nowakowski, Bruce Riffle and Michael Stickler.

35 YEARS OF SERVICE: Gregory Adkins, August Martin, William Miller and Michael Nield.

40 YEARS OF SERVICE: Marvin Booker, Kathy Cline, Wyatt Kmen, Richard Meadows and Raynell Napier.

45 YEARS OF SERVICE: Charles Barry and Richard McLaughlin.

Neurology available at Teays Valley location

SCOTT DEPOT — Patients living in the "Valley" no longer have to go far to visit a neurologist thanks to a new line of services being offered at Marshall Health — Teays Valley.

Services include general and pediatric neurology and the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases and movement disorders including multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease. Botox injections are also available to treat dystonia, spasticity and migraines.

Practicing providers at this location include neurologists Drs. Samrina Hanif, Paul D. Knowles, J. Ivan Lopez, Vikram Shivkumar and Dharampreet Singh and nurse practitioners Kelly S. Johnson and Jennifer M. Fields.

For an appointment or more information, please call Marshall Neurology at 304-691-1787. Marshall Health - Teays Valley is located at 300 Corporate Center Drive in Scott Depot.

Group announces driving, safety winners

CHARLESTON — For the second year in a row, professional truck driver Jeremy Thomas, a driver for FedEx Freight and resident of Cross Lanes, was named grand champion of the West Virginia Trucking Association's Truck Driving Championship. The 63rd annual event was held Saturday, June 8, in Nitro, association representatives announced.

Thomas, who has been a professional truck driver for 14 years, took the top honor after competing in a variety of skill and safety tests. He has competed in three WV Truck Driving Championships, earning grand champion in 2018 and 2019 and "Rookie of the Year" in 2017.

David Phelix of Hometown, West Virginia, who drives for FedEx Freight, was honored with the WV Professional Driver of the Year Award. Phelix has driven over 3.4 million miles in his 34-year career with no accidents.

Russell Alan Smith, who works for FedEx Freight and is a South Charleston resident, was honored with the State Police Safety Award. Smith has driven more than 1.1 million miles in his 40-year career with no accidents.

Jeff Smith, a driver with XPO Logistics and a Poca resident, earned the West Virginia Public Service Commission Driver of the Year Award. Smith has driven for 29 years and has logged over 2.9 million miles with no accidents.

Other winners include:

First Place Straight Truck - Chad Sheets, Culloden, FedEx Freight.

First Place 3-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer - Jeremy Thomas, Cross Lanes, WV, FedEx Freight

First Place 4-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer - Daniel Knight, Augusta, FedEx Freight.

First Place 5-Axle Van - Aaron Belcher, South Charleston, FedEx Freight.

First Place Tank Truck - Robert Johnson, Kingwood, Pilot Thomas Logistics.

First Place Flatbed - Kenneth Grimmett, Fayetteville, XPO Logistics.

First Place Twin Trailers - William Adkins, South Point, Ohio, FedEx Freight.

First Place Sleeper Berth - Larry Gorby, Charleston, XPO Logistics.

First Place Step Van - Chad Taylor, Morgantown, FedEx Express.

Pre-Trip Inspection Award - Jeremy Thomas, Cross Lanes, FedEx Freight.

Rookie of the Year - Daniel Knight, Augusta, FedEx Freight.

Team Champion Award - XPO Logistics.

All first-place drivers will compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championship — also known as the Super Bowl of Safety — taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 14-17.


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