Boy Scouts Troop 1

Members of Boy Scout Troop No. 1 of Princeton and pose with members of the Princeton City Council at the council’s recent meeting.

PRINCETON — Monday’s meeting of the Princeton City Council saw Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer and 10 members of Boy Scout Troop No. 1 of Princeton all in attendance and making their presence known.

Archer came before Council to ask their support for naming the bridge on Courthouse Road across Glady Creek after George Hall Sr., the slave who saved the county’s records from the May 1, 1862 fire which destroyed the Mercer County Courthouse and most of the rest of Princeton.

“This was brought to my attention by Peggy Johnson, a retired teacher, who thought it would be a good idea to honor this unsung hero, and his selflessness. All I’m seeking is Council’s support for this particular resolution to rename the bridge on Courthouse Road after George Hall,” he said.

The road is in city limits up to the Princeton Health Care Center.

Phillip Ball, one of the scoutmasters from Troop No. 1, introduced the members as a group. He said that some members of the group were working towards their Public Service and Communications merit badges.

“Since November, they’ve had more than 1,000 service hours, most of which doesn’t make the news. They’ve done activities such as assisting with the Veteran’s Breakfast, working in the Princeton City Park, working at Princeton Primary School and Mercer School and with various churches, among others,” he said.

Troop 1, he added, had 800 members with 230 adult advisers in eight counties, five in West Virginia and three in southwestern Virginia. Two members of the Princeton group, Bradford Hurt and Jackson Ball will be at the 2019 World Scouting Jamboree at the Bechtel Scouting Reserve at Mt. Hope.

In other Council news, bids for the paving of several city streets from paving contractors will be accepted through July 23 at 10 a.m. Paving specifications are available at the City Clerk’s Office and any questions on specifications should be directed to Public Works Director Jackie Phillips.

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