Carrie is returning to West Liberty University as an assistant coach under head coach Herb Minch.
Gabrielle Schmid and Steven Helms were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheeling with the Rev. Cody Ford officiating.
The bride is the daughter of David and Eleanor Schmid of Wheeling.
The groom is the son of John and Karen Helms of Wheeling.
Amanda Castle and Vanessa Andrei, sisters of the bride, served as matrons of honor. Brian Helms, brother of the groom, and Mat Robinson served as best men.
Other attendants included Katie Medovic, Krystal Mincey, Heather Ross, Christina Zoekler, Kaylee Ross, Riley Ross, Tom Boyd, Ryan Orth, Andrew Paulus, David Schmid and Owen Castle.
A reception took place at Glessner Auditorium in Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge.
The bride is a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from West Liberty University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She is practicing as a general dentist in Martinsburg, W.Va.
The groom is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from West Liberty University and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from West Virginia University. He is employed as an occupational therapist in Charles Town, W.Va.
After a wedding trip to Walt Disney World, the couple will reside in Martinsburg.
Brandi Cyndel Burger and Jeffery George David Barrett were united in marriage Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, with Stephanie Ferrell officiating the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Burger of Wheeling.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Barrett of Moundsville.
Lexie Burger, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Heath Conner served as best man.
Other atttendants were Gretchen McCardle; Marissa Stricklin; Elizabeth Miller; Brooke Doran; Tommy Kennedy, brother of the groom; Randy Haught; Bryan Stricklin and Quin Mason.
The bride is a 2015 graduate of West Liberty University.
The groom attends West Virginia Northern Community College.
The couple is set to cruise the Mediterranean Sea in September as a wedding trip.
August 20, 2016 by Maureen Zambito
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 20, 2016 — WLU Alumnus Dr. William Mercer, medical director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, was honored last night by the board of directors of Youth Services System Inc. Mercer was named the 2016 Good Samaritan. Mercer is a Wheeling a native and a member of WLU’s class of 1975.
The Good Samaritan tribute dinner took place at Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 19. Mercer was celebrated for his work in public health, with students in Ohio County Schools and with the homeless in the community.
Alumnus Marc Abraham, former chairman of the YSS board of directors and a member of WLU’s Foundation Board, said Mercer is being honored for caring “about the health of our children and the health of the homeless population of our community.”
WLU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler is the current chairman of the YSS Board. John Moses, YSS executive director, said Mercer exemplifies the virtues and principles of the biblical Good Samaritan.
“What moves me the most is it’s all about his personal choice … The homeless are often the ill-favored, often the forgotten. He does the unexpected, and it’s personal. He doesn’t have to come up here (to the Winter Freeze Shelter). He chooses to do so,” Moses said of Mercer.
A family physician in private practice, he also is a member of the Community IMPACT Coalition and is spearheading an effort to provide naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. He leads a regular medical outreach to the homeless and conducts clinics for homeless people staying at YSS Winter Freeze Shelter in the Hazel Atlas Building. He also is well-known for the Joe Too Cool to Smoke campaign in local schools to encourage children to avoid tobacco use.
Emcee, Bob Gaudio (also a WLU alumnus) greeted guests and thanked Mercer for his many contributions to the community. Gaudio was assisted by WLU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler who thanked all sponsors and presented additional awards.
Mercer also is a 1979 graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and was recognized as the West Virginia Family Physician of the Year in 2008.
AUGUST 18, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 18, 2016 — West Liberty University assistant football coach and alumnus Zach Amedro was recently inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) Hall of Fame, sponsored by Robinson Automotive Group. The annual induction ceremony was held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling on Saturday, Aug. 13.
“It was an incredible honor and blessing to be inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame. It gave me a chance to really pause and appreciate the tremendous support I’ve always received from my family, my coaches and my teammates. They’ve all had a part in this and I’m extremely grateful,” Amedro said.
A two-time NCAA Division II All-American and a finalist for the 2009 and 2010 Harlon Hill National Player of the Year Awards, Amedro is now in his third season on the Hilltopper coaching staff. The second-leading passer in NCAA Division II history whose 14 consecutive 300-yard passing games and 14 straight 300-yard total offense games still stand as all-time NCAA Division II records, Amedro was brought on board as the Hilltoppers’ first quarterbacks coach and is also sharing special teams responsibilities with safeties coach Angel Estrada this season.
The record-setting signalcaller passed for a then-NCAA Division II record 14,733 yards during his four seasons (2007-10) at West Liberty. The Hilltoppers led the nation in scoring and total offense in 2009 and 2010 – the only NCAA Division II team ever to do so in back-to-back seasons.
West Liberty won a WVIAC championship in 2009 and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history. With Amedro at the helm, the Hilltoppers made it all the way to the NCAA Division II national quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the AFCA national Top 25.
A native of Moundsville, W.Va., Amedro enjoyed a record-setting high school career at John Marshall High School. The three-year starter completed 426-of-761 passes for more than 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns. A first-team All-State selection, he finished fourth in the state-wide Kennedy Award balloting as a senior and was named captain of The Intelligencer’s All-Valley “Big School” Team.
Zach and his wife, Jonni Jo, reside in Wheeling.