CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At its annual banquet on Friday, the West Virginia Citizen Action Group will give its annual awards to two West Virginians "for their outstanding community service."They will go to Darrell McGraw, longtime state attorney general and Supreme Court justice, and Jorea Marple, former state superintendent of schools.WV-CAG, formed in 1974, is celebrating its 39th year as the oldest consumer advocacy organization in the state."Citizen Action is really pleased to honor these two outstanding West Virginians, who also happen to be husband and wife," Gary Zuckett, executive director of WV-CAG, said Wednesday.
"They have done so much for the state's justice and education systems. We are looking forward to a good turnout to help us celebrate these two award winners."McGraw will receive the Si Galperin, in Defense of Democracy Award, a tribute to former legislator Galperin's lifelong dedication to election reform and civil rights advocacy.McGraw's service in the Legislature, on the state's Supreme Court and as longtime attorney general will be highlighted, Zuckett said. McGraw lost his bid for a sixth term as attorney general in November.Marple will receive the Don Marsh Public Award, named in honor of the late editor of The Charleston Gazette."Marple has had a long and distinguished career as an educator [and] principal," Zuckett said. After the state Board of Education abruptly fired Marple in November, she sued the board in Kanawha Circuit Court in February. The case was moved in March to federal court, where it is still pending.The WV-CAG dinner and program will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Charleston Women's Club on Virginia Street on the East End. Limited tickets are still available for $35 and $15 for students. For information, call WV-CAG at 304-346-5891.Reach Paul J. Nyden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5164.