LOGAN, W.Va — A true pillar of Logan County who supports and represents the worlds of education, music and business recently became a member of the Logan County Board of Education.
Don Elkins presided over the Logan High School Marching Band during the 1960s and saw the band perform at the World’s Fair in Montreal, Canada, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and countless other venues.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, Elkins explained he came to Logan County in 1962 to serve as band director at Logan High School and East Logan High School.
Elkins would also eventually open Don Elkins Music in downtown Logan which served and supported local musicians as well as the Logan High School Marching Band for decades.
Elkins was named to the board of education following the death of Logan County Board of Education President Jim Frye who also acted as pillar of Logan County representing and supporting education, theater and business.
Elkins will serve out the remainder of Frye’s term which will end in June 2016.
Elkins explained he is honored to be named to the board of education; however, he noted, “I am saddened of the reason that brought me to the board. Jim Frye was a fine man, and I had the pleasure of knowing him for many years. He was one of the most community-minded people I have ever known.”
Elkins added the hope of honoring Frye’s memory was foremost in his mind when he applied for the position.
As for his outlook for his time on the board, Elkins noted he was pleased with the short term nature of the position.
“I know that we are having lots of budgetary problems and I just want the county to get the most out of what we have and be the best that we can be,” commented Elkins.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]