Elected Morris Creek Watershed Association officers and new members at the monthly board meeting in Montgomery on Jan. 13 are, from left, George John, secretary; Amethyst “Amy” Hartline and Jinny Ivey, new board members; Wanda King, secretary; Roger “Happy” Mitchell, vice president; and James “Eddie” Grey, president.

MONTGOMERY — Amethyst “Amy” Hartline and Jinny Ivey, both of Montgomery, were installed as new members on the board of directors of the Morris Creek Watershed Association during its regular monthly meeting at the group’s headquarters at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery, on Jan. 13.

Board member George John of Boomer was elected as board secretary to succeed Morris Drive resident Brenda McMahon, who stepped down from board membership. Three Montgomery residents will continue in their posts, President James “Eddie” Grey, Vice President Roger “Happy” Mitchell and Treasurer Wanda King.

Board of directors committee leaders, all Montgomery residents, will remain unchanged. They are William Jackson, Hunt Club chair; Mike King, Operations chair; and three sharing as combined chairpersons of the Leadership Committee, Roger “Happy” Mitchell, Les Thomas and Jeanne Smith.

Smith also serves as the appointed representative on the board from BridgeValley Community College in Montgomery. Additional appointed board members are Fred Lockard of Montgomery for the City of Montgomery and Dr. Deborah Beutler of Beckley for West Virginia Institute of Technology in Beckley.

Others continuing as board members are Paulette Brown, Sonya Mitchell, Dorothy Terrell, all of Morris Drive in Montgomery, and Jim Deakins of Montgomery.

Beach Vickers, also of Montgomery, serves as Watershed Resource Specialist, the only employee of the otherwise all-volunteer watershed association.

For nearly two decades, the non-profit group has cooperated with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and other partners to conserve the 5-mile stream and surrounding 5,000 acres of forested land that is mainly uninhabited by people. The tributary to the Kanawha River lies generally along the Fayette-Kanawha County border at the western end of Montgomery.

More information about the association can be found on the Facebook page of Morris Creek Watershed Association and its website at

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