County to assist in collecting Old Glory


By Beth Sergent - [email protected]



Pictured with one of the county’s new official, U.S. flag disposal boxes are, from left, County Administrator John Gerlach, Commissioners Sam Nibert, Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley, County Clerk Diana Cromley, President of the Point Pleasant Chapter of SAR Ed Cromley. The SAR will collect the flags and dispose of them respectfully at a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day.


POINT PLEASANT — At this week’s meeting of the Mason County Commission, County Clerk Diana Cromley announced she’d applied for a special grant to assist with respectful U.S. flag retirements.

Cromley said the National Association of Counties awarded Mason County five collection boxes for old U.S. flags with one to be placed on the second floor of the Mason County Courthouse, and four more to be placed at each of the county libraries.

Cromley said the Point Pleasant Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has volunteered to take on the task of emptying the boxes and then retiring the flags at the SAR’s annual retirement ceremony on Flag Day in June, at Fort Randolph. Ed Cromley, president of the local SAR chapter, said last year’s ceremony saw the retirement of over 300 flags. Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley and Sam Nibert approved of placing the boxes at the county locations.

In other commission news:

Approved a $300,000 budget revision as presented by County Administrator John Gerlach. Gerlach said the revision accounts for grant money going into various accounts, including for repairs to the Mason County Airport, as well as money from a court house facilities grant for repairs to the court house, funding for the Day Report program, etc.

Gerlach presented commissioners with a listing of prisoners the county was paying for at the Western Regional Jail this week, which totaled 32 inmates, at a cost of around $48.50 per inmate per day. Doolittle said the county’s most recent jail bill was for an estimated $43,000 which was actually less than the last bill, with Gerlach saying programs like Day Report, Home Confinement and Drug Court, help lower costs.

Approved the hire of Rebecca A. Roush for a vacant position in the Mason County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Cromley announced the travel program “Road Trippin” was at the county court house filming a piece on the history of the court house, that will air 6-7 a.m., on Feb. 17 on Channel 8 and 7-8 a.m., Feb. 17, on Channel 11.

Attending the meeting were Commissioners Doolittle, Handley and Nibert, along with Gerlach, County Clerk Diana Cromley and Ed Cromley.

Pictured with one of the county’s new official, U.S. flag disposal boxes are, from left, County Administrator John Gerlach, Commissioners Sam Nibert, Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley, County Clerk Diana Cromley, President of the Point Pleasant Chapter of SAR Ed Cromley. The SAR will collect the flags and dispose of them respectfully at a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_2.11-PPR-Flag.jpgPictured with one of the county’s new official, U.S. flag disposal boxes are, from left, County Administrator John Gerlach, Commissioners Sam Nibert, Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley, County Clerk Diana Cromley, President of the Point Pleasant Chapter of SAR Ed Cromley. The SAR will collect the flags and dispose of them respectfully at a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day.

By Beth Sergent

[email protected]

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