MAN, W.Va. — Members of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 308 were present at the Man Town Council meeting on Dec. 12 to show their appreciation for the steps the town took in order to honor veterans who had received the honor of the Purple Heart medal due to their sacrifices for their country.
Charles Baisden, Rudy Varney and Vincent Willis presented the town with a plaque on behalf of local veterans from across the county. Baisden said that not every veteran was injured in the line of duty but those who had been appreciated any showing of respect or concern for them.
“We wanted to give you this and thank you for your support of the veterans,” Baisden said.
“Thank you guys for what you do,” Councilman John Fekete said.
In other Man news, the council discussed an issue that has plagued other municipalities across the county — residents who are behind in their municipal service fees.
Mayor Jim Blevins said there were quite a few people who had been behind for some time.
Blevins said he would like to file a lien on them to collect.
Councilmember Mavis Toler said there were some accounts that were behind in payment over ten years.
“We will send out a letter to everybody to let them know what we will do and to get them started to get caught up,” the mayor said.
Councilman Fekete said he wanted to discuss the issue with the town’s attorney.
In the past year the same subject has come up in the neighboring towns of Logan and West Logan.
The town of Man will have its annual Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
The town’s annual Christmas Party and dinner will be held on Friday, Dec. 16 at noon at town Hall.
“Everyone is invited,” Mayor Blevins said.
The Christmas lights leading into town were discussed by many people who have been impressed by the display, which is second only to Christmas in the Park at Chief Logan State Park locally. Mayor Blevins said that he hopes to see the lights added on to each year.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.