Citizen Spotlight: Janelta Curtis

Janelta Curtis,

Weight Watchers Expert

Name: Janelta Curtis
49 years old
Weight Watchers Group Leader
Rick- husband of 30 years, Jeremy-son, Lindsay-daughter, and Janelta’s mother Mary Knight
Running and doing Sudoku puzzles
Year in profession:
I have worked for Weight Watchers for 10 years.
What are your plans when you retire?
When I retire I would love to move somewhere warm with no snow.

What qualities of your mother/father influenced you the most? Their work ethic because they did and do over and above what is/was expected.
What is the most difficult part of someone in your position?
The most difficult part of my job is dealing with people’s emotions and the way food has control of our lives.
What is the best part about being in your position?
The best part of my job is seeing lives changed and watching them regain their confidence and respect for themselves.
What is the best advice you ever got?
“Don’t let your past dictate your future.”
What are the biggest obstacles you see facing people today?
I believe the biggest obstacle that we are facing today is people not believing in themselves and the good they can do but always leaning toward the negative in each situation they find themselves in.

What is the biggest obstacle for teens today? I believe the biggest challenge for teens is drugs.

What do you think helps keep people motivated? I think that people are motivated by the way we treat them and the words that we use to communicate with them. Motivation has to come from within but we have to help people pull that out and sometimes that is a hard job.

What advice would you give our readers? Be the Best that God created you to be.


Citizen Spotlight: Brock Malcolm

Lawyer & Affordable Health Care Advocate      

Name: Brock Malcolm

Age: 37

Family: Wife, Jennifer and 4 children (Kyle, Spencer, Rex, & Emery)

Hobbies: Reading, writing, and sports (especially the Mountaineers)

What qualities of your mother/father influenced you the most?  Their emphasis on education and their sense of priority when it came to our family.

What is the best piece of advice you ever got?  Nobody ever looks back on their lives and wishes that they had spent less time with their family and their kids, so make the best use of the time you have.

Title/Profession? Years in your field?  I have been a lawyer for almost 12 years.  For nearly 4 years, I have served as in-house counsel and Chief Operations Officer for Community Care of West Virginia, Inc.

What does your organization do and what area does it cover?  Community Care of West Virginia operates 13 non-profit community health centers in 6 counties throughout West Virginia, including our West Milford Health Center in Harrison County.

What types of obstacles do you see patients experiencing the most around here? The biggest obstacle is access to real primary care and chronic disease management.  A growing number of people do not have health insurance, and, even when people have insurance, they tend to rely too heavily on urgent cares because of the convenience.  Without a true primary care provider, people tend to be reactive in addressing their health.  We help people be proactive.

How are you helping people overcome those obstacles? We offer increased access by utilizing open access (usually the same day) scheduling, so people can be seen when they need it.  We also offer evening hours at least one day a week at every clinic to help accommodate people’s busy lives.  We are always accepting new patients, and we offer programs, such as sliding fee, to assist individuals who don’t have insurance.  We also are participating in WV Connect, which is West Virginia’s newest program to improve the health of the state’s working uninsured by assisting them in getting free primary care at community health centers such as ours.

How do you contact your organization for more information? For appointments at our West Milford Health Center, call (304) 745-4568.  For more information on the WV Connect program, people can call (304) 924-6262 or download applications on our website (  Slots in WV Connect are limited, so interested individuals should act immediately to ensure their enrollment in the program.

Citizen Spotlight: Reuben Perdue

WAJR FM Clarksburg Talk Radio Host

Name: Reuben Perdue

Age: 34

Job Title: The News Director for West Virginia Radio Clarksburg – Reuben writes, researches, prepares, and records all the news casts covering their four station cluster and hosts the Morning Edition from Monday thru Friday on WAJR FM.

Hobbies: When he has time, he enjoys watching sports (especially soccer), watching movies, playing video games and anything like that to help him relax.

Years in broadcasting: 19 years

Where are you from and how did you get here? Originally from Ohio but chose this position, over other offers in different states, because he knew it would fit his desires the most.  He especially liked the opportunity to host the Morning Edition.

What are your plans when you retire? Reuben has no plans to retire.  He loves his job so it’s never occurred to him that there would be a life without it.

What qualities of your father influenced you the most? His father instilled in him a strong sense of right and wrong plus the candor to speak his opinion. 

What is the most difficult part of being a radio talk show host?  The most difficult part is keeping the show fresh and new while still being educational and entertaining. 

What is the best piece of advice you ever got? While not directly given to him, Reuben draws inspiration from a quote by George Bernard Shaw, “The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.”  In this business, saying what you believe is not going to make everyone happy, but it does make for compelling radio.  He will not compromise his beliefs to appease people that disagree with him. 

What is the most unique interview you have ever done? Interviewing WV native David Mills, the author of Atheist Universe.  Reuben interviewed Mr. Mills two years ago and still gets comments.  In fact, he got an email the day before this interview regarding it.   

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you during a live radio show? He got a nose bleed while on air and it continued for the entire live show.  Fortunately, just he and his guest knew, were able to remain calm, and finish the interview.

What is the biggest change in radio that you have seen? Automated technology has replaced many of the responsibilities that were formerly done by disc jockeys.  There is not the same personal touch that relates as closely with the audience.   It has been a hard shift for Reuben because that was originally one of the appealing factors that drew him to radio.    

What advice would you give our readers?  Do not take any one person’s word on issues.  Research everything yourself because everyone has an angle and/or agenda.

FAQ: Can I Still Receive Compensation for My Injuries?

Q: I was recently hurt in a car accident that was caused by the other driver.  Unfortunately, my auto insurance lapsed before the accident.  Can I still receive compensation for my injuries?

A: While it is unlawful in West Virginia to drive without it, not having insurance does not impact your ability to recover damages (money) from the person who caused the crash.  If the accident was the fault of the other driver, you can still file a claim with his or her insurance company.  You may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages associated with the collision.  Rest assured, though, that it is not going to be easy to work with the insurance company.

Citizen Spotlight: Alex Brady

An Inspiration for all of us…

Name: Alex Christopher Brady

Age: 11 years old

Year and Name of School: He is in 6th grade and attends Braxton County Middle School

Favorite subject? Social Studies because he likes history.  In fact, Alex was the only student that answered the question about who the new acting governor was going to be the day Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in.  Alex got a bag of chips as a reward. 

Favorite things to do?  Going metal detecting, coin collecting and fishing

Do you want to go to college?  If yes, where? Yes and he wants to go to WVU because he wants to be on their rifle team. 

What do you want to be when you grow up? He doesn’t know yet but maybe a politician.

What is your favorite movie? Crocodile Dundee

What is your favorite TV show? Pawn Stars

If you had one wish, what would it be? To go back in time to 1916 to get all the coins he could find.

If you could visit anywhere for one day, where would you go? Washington D.C. because he’s never been there and he would want to see Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Jay Rockefeller.  He would also like to visit the Smithsonian because of the newly renovated American History and Natural History Museums.

If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy first? A 1913 Liberty Head nickel or an 1849 $20 Liberty Gold Coin   

What is your favorite memory? He has a lot of favorites but recently it was meeting Senator Jay Rockefeller.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?  When he got to go to the Wildwoods in New Jersey.  Every year he has to go to the Ronald McDonald House and one year they had their anniversary party.  Anyone that wanted to go was allowed to go on the trip, they just had to get up and be ready by 7:30am. 

What do you want for Christmas?  A guitar, a metal detector pin-pointer, and Rock Band 3.

If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?  He wouldn’t change anything because he likes it the way it is.

Is there anything you would like to tell our newsletter readers?  Merry Christmas

Citizen Spotlight: Conner Kornbrath

Connor Kornbrath, the Bridgeport High School football team’s kicker, has had 2 game-winning field goals and broke the BHS field goal record with a 51 yarder this season.

Name: Connor Kornbrath

Age: 17 years old

Student: Junior at Bridgeport High School

Family: Father-Brian Kornbrath; Mother-Barb Kornbrath; Brother-Michael Kornbrath

Hobbies: Sports of all kinds, video games, and hanging out with his friends


Plans for college: Currently undecided but hopes to kick at a Division I school.

Future Career Path: Hasn’t decided other than trying to kick in the NFL.

What qualities of your mother/father influenced you the most? He has his father’s patience and humor, while having his mother’s goal setting abilities.

Who do you admire most and why? He admires his parents the most because, no matter what, they have always been there for him and have been behind him.

What made you pick football? Connor’s friends convinced him to play football in the fourth grade. He also played soccer until he was a sophomore in high school which helped strengthen his basic kicking skills for football.

Are you nationally ranked? Currently, through Prokicker Academy, he is ranked 7th overall in the nation. However, for the Kicking Recruiting class of 2012, he is ranked 2nd in the nation.

What is the best piece of advice you ever got? You are only as good as your next kick.

What is the most difficult part of being a teenager right now? It is difficult to have enough time to have a job while dedicating so much effort into practice and school.

What advice would you give parents trying to understand their teenagers right now? Try to understand your teenager’s situation and everything they are experiencing before punishing them.

Citizen Spotlight: Rick Scott











Name: Richard “Rick” Scott

Occupation:  Fire Chief of the City of Clarksburg, WV

Age: 52

Wife: Darlene Scott

Years as a firefighter: 36 – He began as a volunteer with Lumberport Fire Department in 1974 at 15 years old and has been employed by the Clarksburg Fire Department since 1987.

Hobbies:  Riding his 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic with his wife, Darlene, and their dog, Tia (they both ride with him).

What are your plans when you retire? He will be getting more involved in his church and other community activities.   Currently, Rick is a Fire Service and Rescue Instructor for WVU and RESA VII so he will continue staying involved with teaching emergency services, riding his motorcycle, spending time with his wife, Darlene, and taking his dog for walks. 

What is the most difficult part of being Fire Chief?  There is never a day off.  He has four stations and 42 firefighters covering 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  Emergencies do not take a holiday and no matter what happens when people call 911, firefighters still have to be there. Firefighters don’t have the luxury of waiting until they finish fighting one fire, if another one has started.

What is the most unique incident you’ve encountered?  It’s difficult to identify the “most unique” incident because he has responded thousands of calls and they all seem unique.  He’s experienced very sad calls that involved death, to delivering a baby, and odd animal rescue calls.  In fact, they recently had to rescue a dog off the side of an 80 foot cliff.  They have even rescued a deer out of a pool.

What qualities of your parents influenced you the most?  His strong work ethic was inherited from his father while his mother taught him manners and kindness towards others.

Is there someone other than your parents that had a significant impact on your life?  Rick’s father sadly passed way in 1979 but his neighbors, Joe and Betty Hall, became Rick’s second set of parents. 

What is the biggest risk you see facing people today?  Drugs and alcohol are, without question, the biggest issue facing everyone today.  They have a call come in every single day involving something that stemmed from drugs or alcohol. 

What advice would you give our readers? Life is fragile.  He is reminded how fragile it is every day in his line of work, so be happy and just enjoy it.