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School service award

Claudia Cook was honored as the Wyoming County Service Personnel of the Year by county schools officials Monday. She is now retired, but worked as a cook and as a secretary at several schools during her career. In 2006, she became a cafeteria manager, or cook III. The West Virginia Department of Education tapped Cook to train school cooks in other counties, according to Wilda Powell, who retired as the county schools’ food services director. “She made my job a lot easier,” Powell emphasized. Cook was also presented a cash award by Professional Business Products, owned by Ken McBride. Pictured with Cook are, from left, county Schools Superintendent Frank Blackwell with county Board of Education members Mike Prichard, Tommy Knotts, Mike Davis, Robbie Bailey and Arnold Harless.