KEYSER - World War II veteran and Tuskegee Airman Clifton Brooks Sr. has been chosen as the Mineral County resident to be honored next month during Mineral County Day in Charleston.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - World War II veteran and Tuskegee Airman Clifton Brooks Sr. has been chosen as the Mineral County resident to be honored next month during Mineral County Day in Charleston.
Brooks, who has recently had a Keyser city park named after him and a sign to be erected in his honor at the Memorial Bridge entrance to the city, will now receive honors from the West Virginia State Legislature as the state’s lawmakers gather together for the 2019 session in January.
Every year, when representatives from Mineral County travel to Charleston to meet with legislators and department heads, they have chosen an outstanding county citizen to  feature as a shining example of Mineral County’s finest. Past honorees have included the Harley O. Staggers Sr., former Carpendale mayor Doris Marks, “Frosty the Snowman” composer Jack Rollins,  and long-time humanitarians Gary Wilson and Harry Boggs.
While in Charleston, the Mineral County Day representatives meet with various department heads to discuss issues dealing with Mineral County. This year, meetings are so far scheduled with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Department of History and Culture, Department of Tourism, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Mineral County will be hosting a reception just prior to Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State Address on Wednesday, Jan. 9, as well as a luncheon for legislators and department heads at noon Thursday, Jan. 10.
A number of sponsors have already signed on to help finance the reception and luncheon, and they include Burlington United Methodist Family Services, First Energy, Friends of Ashby’s Fort, Montum Architecture LLC and the Western Maryland Health System, with the Mineral Daily News Tribune and Radio Station WFWM serving as in-kind sponsors.
The planning committee is still accepting sponsors, and anyone wishing to participate may contact Mineral County Day chair Patsy Koontz at 301-268-5934 or Mineral County Chamber of Commerce president Randy Crane at 301-697-9292.
The next - and last - Mineral County Day planning meeting is Jan. 2 at noon in the chamber of commerce conference room.