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New rotary member named

The Rev. Rudy Bropleh, an adjunct economics professor at Shepherd University and an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, recently joined the Shepherdstown Rotary Club. 

As the senior pastor of Shepherdstown’s Asbury United Methodist Church, Bropleh is the founder and president of the IMPACT Institute, an organization assisting underprivileged and underserved communities. He serves as chairman of Shenandoah Community Health, and he is a member of the advisory council of Shepherd University Nursing Department.

A native of Liberia, Bropleh earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Liberia and a master’s degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a master of divinity degree from Howard University and a master of theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He studied at Oxford University, earning a doctorate degree in pastoral psychology.

Bropleh and his wife, Everane, reside in Shepherdstown. They have eight children.

Harpers Ferry KOA recognized

The Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA Holiday Campground outside Harpers Ferry earned a 2022 KOA President’s Award. The award is given to campgrounds meeting high quality standards and that receive high customer service scores from their camping guests. The award was presented to the Harpers Ferry campground during an international convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Kearneysville financial advisor earns accreditation

Financial Advisor Tracy Regalia of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Kearneysville has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist. Her advanced training offers investment professionals the hands-on information needed 

o provide comprehensive financial services. Study topics include understanding the asset management process and understanding asset allocation and strategies.

Regalia completed the professional education program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics.

Businesses warned about annual report solicitations 

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office warned about third-party solicitations seeking to help businesses file 2022 annual reports.

According to Secretary of State Mac Warner, the solicitations are being mailed to the business owners that may look like official mail from a state government agency.

“I can assure everyone that these solicitations are not from my office and not from the state of West Virginia,” Warner said in a statement. “We have modernized the business registration process in West Virginia so that nearly 99 percent of all businesses now file their annual report online. You do not have to hire an outside vendor to file your annual report.”  

Warner also encouraged business owners to be wary of any suspicious solicitations by U.S. mail or online requests for sensitive financial or personal information. He also advised to confirm that companies soliciting business are properly registered to conduct business in West Virginia before doing business with a third-party solicitor. 

All currently registered West Virginia businesses can file their annual report online through the Secretary of State’s online portal at Registered businesses may also contact the Secretary of State’s business and licensing division at (304) 558-8000 for assistance.

The total cost to file an annual report online with the Secretary of State’s Office is  $25. Some third-party vendors are charging as much as $125 to file the exact same information, Warner pointed out.

The 2022 annual report filing period with the Secretary of State’s Office begins Jan. 1 and ends July 1.   

State’s unemployment dips to historic low

Despite the effects of the pandemic on the state economy, West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.3 percent for October 2021, state officials announced. The rate marks the lowest recorded in all of state history.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has now decreased for 18 straight months. For the eighth straight month, West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains better than the nationwide unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

The number of unemployed state residents decreased by 2,400 in October, while total employment grew 1,200 over the month. 

Within the tourism and hospitality industries, 1,400 more jobs were created across the state last month. The same number of jobs were filled in trade, transportation and utilities industries. Within the goods-producing sector, employment job increases included 700 positions in construction and 200 in manufacturing. Mining and logging employment was unchanged during the month.

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