Good morning Tyler County.
Quote of the day comes from Paden City Mayor Joel Davis regarding the proposed municipal fee increase. During Monday's city council meeting, Davis said he wants to make a detailed study of the budget and expenditures so as to discover ways to trim expenses.
"I am investigating ways to decrease spending and other ways of saving money. Since the rate increase is not going to go into effect until May, I wanted council to know I was looking into it in case they wanted to postpone it. As I said, I don't know if I will find enough to warrant not raising the rates, but I feel I owe it to the citizens to give it a look."
Per TCHS music teacher Bryce Negie, students from both Tyler Consolidated Middle and High School attended the 2017 American Choral Directors Association All-State in late January. The conference began with students going into a sectional practice splitting male and female voices apart to find areas that needed the most work in their music. Afterwards, the students came together to work as a full ensemble of over 150 singers. During rehearsals, students had the privilege to work with the guest conductor Elizabeth McFarland.
More about this next week.
In other news, Sistersville's Volunteer Fire Department tabled on the indemnity matter as it relates to the contract with an emerging ambulance service during its meeting on Monday. More about that next week.
In sports news, Tyler Consolidated's girls' basketball team easily defeated Wirt County, 86-45, on Monday at home.
Now, the bad news. Authorities in Cabell County report that Mitchell Higgins, 22, of Sistersville has died. For more on that, see our breaking news story at tylerstarnews.com.
Higgins, class of 2013, was a member of the Silver Knights' golf and soccer teams. He was attending Marshall University.