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Arthur Calhoun receives the 2017 “Citizen of the Year” award from Debbie Montoya, a representative of the governor, for his medical services and volunteer work in Doddridge County, West Virginia.

Toll Gate Member Named 2017 Citizen of the Year

Story by Valerie Morikone

Doddridge County, West Virginia recently named Arthur Calhoun, M.D., their 2017 “Citizen of the Year.” Calhoun, a member of the Toll Gate church in Pennsboro, W.Va., received a proclamation from Jim Justice, the governor of West Virginia, and was recognized by the Senate of West Virginia.

Calhoun has provided medical services for Doddridge County residents since 1977. He served 35 years as medical director for the nursing home in Salem, West Virginia, and 21 years as physician for the correctional center in Salem, W.Va. He chaired the ethics committee for the region and made many house calls as a physician.

Calhoun has participated in a number of health-oriented programs in the local community, speaking on topics such as smoking, healthy cooking and exercise. In addition, he has taught seminars on depression and cancer-fighting foods.

Calhoun has a passion for young people and has been very active as a Pathfinder leader and a youth Sabbath School teacher for more than 35 years.

“By attending to the spiritual as well as the physical needs of the community,” says Bill Clark, Toll Gate church member and retired pastor, “Calhoun has earned a reputation of being a kind, humble and godly physician.”

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