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March 24, 2013

Beckley publisher wins community service award

BECKLEY — Beckley Newspapers publisher Frank Wood has been selected as the 2013 Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award winner.

Ellen Taylor, CEO and president of the BRCCC, said the award honors an individual, business or organization for excellence in community service.

Nominations are submitted, a committee reviews the applications, points are tallied and a winner is selected.  

“It gives the community an opportunity to thank somebody and this year we thank Frank Wood, who has been involved in so many aspects of Raleigh County life from transportation, Theatre West Virginia, United Way, Raleigh County Make It Shine, economic development and much more. All these things made him an excellent candidate for this award,” Taylor said.

Carl “Butch” Antolini, general manager and executive editor of The Register-Herald, said Wood is a tremendous mentor, colleague and friend.

“I have been involved in the newspaper industry for more than 35 years and while I’m sure there are others out there, no other person has made the impression on me as to what a true newspaperman and community leader should be like.”

He said he believes Wood’s philosophy as a member of this community and leader of the daily newspaper is short and sweet — do whatever you have to do to best serve the community and be its leading source of information.

In every community where Wood has worked, Antolini said he has been looked to by both the private and public sector for advice, help and leadership.

“In many instances, his direct involvement, both behind the scenes and in the public eye, has produced results that have greatly improved life for people be it through roads, education, business development, the arts or whatever other productive causes that may present themselves.”

He said Wood is a people person who always looks for a way to make things better for the public.

Wood is also a dedicated family man and has been married to his wife, Jo Ann, for 46 years. They have a son, Shaun, and a daughter-in-law Erin, who have given them two grandsons, Austin and Hunter.

“The West Virginia Press Association’s immediate past president Nanya Friend said recently that if you show her a strong community that there would be a strong newspaper there serving it,” Antolini said. “In Beckley, Fairmont, Elizabeth City (N.C.), and the many other places where Frank Wood has been called to, they all are progressive towns with great newspapers supporting them.”

Wood said, “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers, but the superstar staff at the newspaper and my family deserve the Community Service Award for allowing me the opportunity to represent them in our communities.”

“The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce is a great organization and one of the most active chambers in the state,” Wood said. “The staff, board of directors and members spend a considerable amount of quality time throughout the year promoting existing businesses and working aggressively to attract new industry to our area.”

Wood will be presented with the Community Service Award at the chamber’s  April 19 annual dinner. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30.

West Virginia’s 2nd District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will be the featured speaker for the event.

Dinner attendees do not need to be members of the Chamber; Taylor said everyone is welcome. Tickets are $55 each and table reservations for six, eight, or 10 may be made by calling Kip Buchanan at the Chamber at 304-252-7328. The table reservation fee is $25.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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