WHEELING - The West Virginia Circuit Clerks Conference is scheduled to be held in Wheeling in recognition of the state's 150th anniversary this year.
Ohio County Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller said Ohio County was chosen as the host county because Wheeling was the first state capitol. The conference is scheduled to be held Aug. 11-14 at Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge. The annual meeting, which provides training about procedures and new laws for circuit clerks and deputy circuit clerks, is sponsored by the West Virginia Supreme Court.
To make the visit more special, Miller said she is planning to use trolleys that will take the clerks to different sites across the county including The Highlands, Centre Market, West Virginia Independence Hall and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. She estimated about 200 people will attend the training.
"It is the 150th anniversary. We want to make sure the attendees enjoy themselves," Miller said, adding she wants people to see what Wheeling and the county have to offer between training sessions.
Miller requested and received $5,000 in funding from the Ohio County Commission for the trolley endeavor. She also is planning to have Independence Hall's director, Travis Henline, do a portrayal of a historic figure during the conference dinner. West Virginia's archivist, Joe Geiger, also is expected to speak about the state's history and Wheeling's role during the dinner.
While attendees are responsible for their room costs at the park, Miller noted she still is seeking corporate sponsors for the event itself. Miller said she is receiving help planning the outings from Frank O'Brien, executive director of the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"It's amazing the resources they have," she added of the CVB.