Town hall meeting set for Sunday

By Erin Perkins -

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) recently met for its regularly scheduled meeting discussing plans for its upcoming town hall event.

The MCPC, along with the Mason County Family Resource Network (FRN), will be hosting the event which is set for this Sunday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Point Pleasant. The meeting will be focusing on prevention and the foster care system.

Greg Fowler, executive director of the FRN, explained the speakers for the event will be Judge Craig Tatterson, Mason County Prosecuting Attorney R.F. Stein, Director at Mason County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Dennis Zimmerman, and Wayne Bailey from Children’s Home Society.

Zimmerman will be speaking about Narcan and what an individual should do within 24 hours after the injection.

Following the speakers, Pastor Doug Hendrixson will tie together how the information given from the speakers applies to an individual living a faith based life. Fowler commented those who attend will leave with new knowledge about prevention and the foster care center.

Also, organizations and community service providers are welcome to set up an informational table at the event. Interested individuals can RSVP to Fowler at (304) 593-0072.

In other business, MCPC members discussed the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) groups at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School (PPJ/SHS) and Wahama High School, discussed the status of the Prestera Center and its involvement with the MCPC, discussed who could become the representative for Mason County during the regional prevention coalition meeting, and approved to accept a new grant.

Richard Sargent explained his PPJ/SHS SADD chapter will be participating in red ribbon week during this month. The group will be co-sponsoring an assembly covering teenage bullying and being drug free. Red ribbons will be given out to all of the students and the SADD members will be encouraging these students to wear those ribbons at that evenings home football game. Also, the group will be attending the Point Pleasant Block Party on Thursday, Oct. 25 on Main Street in Point Pleasant and will be handing out stickers, ribbons, and candy. They will be set up in front of the WorkForce West Virginia Career Center along with MCPC and FRN members.

Brittni Kaylor, MCPC coordinator, said the Wahama SADD chapter will be assisting with the drunk driving simulation activity during the Teen Institute being held this Friday, Oct. 19.

By Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.