KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will be taking action tonight on a recent request to erect signs in honor of two beloved Mineral County residents along U.S. Route 220 near the “Welcome to Keyser” sign.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will be taking action tonight on a recent request to erect signs in honor of two beloved Mineral County residents along U.S. Route 220 near the “Welcome to Keyser” sign.
Attorney Daniel Staggers appeared before the board during their Feb. 27 meeting so seek permission to place a sign honoring the late Frederick “Tack” Clark along U.S. 220.
Staggers, who played football under Clark, noted that there had previously been a sign there but it had been removed at some time.
“Anyone who grew up in this area knew Coach Clark and knew what he did,” Staggers said.
“He coached me and I was scared to death of him,” he laughed, adding that Clark was an icon in the history of Keyser High School football.
Clark was head coach for the Golden Tornado from 1944-1973, and guided them to three state championships in that time.
Staggers’ request was then followed by by Mineral County Commission president Jerry Whisner, who requested a sign be erected in the same area in honor of Harley O. Staggers Sr.
“He was a Congressman for 32 years, and very instrumental in getting the Keyser Industrial Park,” Whisner said, explaining that, when community leaders were experiencing some difficulty in purchasing the property for the purpose of building an industrial park, Staggers “called President Lyndon Johnson and the next day, the property was theirs.”
In addition to serving 16 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Staggers Sr. previously served as sheriff of Mineral County. He retired in 1981 and passed away in 1991.
Both Staggers and Whisner said their requests have already been approved by the West Virginia Division of Highways.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. tonight in the board office, 36 Baker Place, Keyser.