"My brother Heath and I were together one night, back in May 2008," he recalled. "We wondered if the local radio station would let us do a show, and they said yes!" Later, the general manager asked them to announce the Red Devils football games. Heath, 24, who works for the city's police department, has been doing play-by-play and Jared's been the color man ever since. In their fifth football season, they now do the basketball games as well.
"We're really big into sports, so it's really fun for us," Bloxton said.
"All I ever want to stress to people is to give young people a chance," Bloxton said. He is proud to be a role model for the younger lifeguards at the pool and in the city as a councilman. He served as president of the parks and recreation commission and was instrumental in organizing a successful Memorial Day celebration this year.
Bloxton's parents, Dan and Tina, were not surprised when their son ran for City Council or when he landed the pool manager job at 19.
"I was always the type that wanted to help -- with my brother's show choir and stuff in high school, with fundraisers -- even when I was in middle school. I've always been this way," he said.
Between school, volunteering at the pool, serving on City Council, and gearing up for the upcoming football season, Bloxton is working as a personal-property deputy field assessor for Jackson County.
But he's proud of the work he did running the swimming pool for the city.
"It's hard to even break even with a city pool, with the cost of chemicals. The first year, the mayor told me, we either made a very small profit or broke even."
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.