ELKINS, W.Va. -- The Randolph County Commission is replacing a moment of silent meditation at the opening of its meetings with a non-sectarian prayer.
The Inter-Mountain (http://bit.ly/16FOcn5 ) reports that the decision is in response to requests from several residents to open the commission's meeting with a prayer.
Commission president Chris See says the prayer will be read by a commissioner at the beginning of each meeting.
The Rev. Stephen Pyle asked the commission at its meeting last week why Jesus Christ's name was omitted from the prayer.
Commissioner Mike Taylor said the commission wanted to keep the prayer generic and to not offend other religions.