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BREAKING NEWS

Boos and applause

– Applause to those concerned, involved and ambitious folks who are getting involved with the project of attempting to build a public pool in Elkins. The second meeting on the issue was held this week, and working committees were formed to help organize the effort. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Elkins City Park Pavilion.

– Applause to all the volunteers who helped organize and present the fifth annual Riverside Blues Fest in Elkins last weekend. Hundreds attended the events, bringing sweet sounds and good vibrations to the area.

– Applause to all those who rolled up their sleeves and helped with the annual Camp Pioneer Ox Roast benefit, which provided savory food for many this week while raising funds to benefit Camp Pioneer.

– Applause to both the organizers and the shoppers for making this week’s annual yard sale fundraiser for Saint Brendan Catholic Church in Elkins such a whopping success. Several hundred shoppers flocked to the sale Thursday morning, having fun and helping to raise money for the church and several church-related groups, including Catholic Charities, the local food pantry.

– Boo to a rumor going around that this week’s surprisingly cool temperatures signal the early beginnings of autumn. We feel the milder weather is a great change of pace from the punishing heat of the last two weeks, and forecasters are saying we’ll have a few more days to enjoy it. The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the low-to-mid 70s through Tuesday, so let’s all stop worrying about an early fall and just… chill.

Boos and applause

– Applause to the beginning of construction on the latest section of Corridor H, a 20-mile stretch from Davis to Scherr Mountain. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, with state and county officials singing the praises of Corridor H and the positive effects it will have on the area once completed.

– Applause to the J.F. Allen Company’s new de-icing salt facility, which was showcased in a grand opening ceremony Tuesday. The facility – which has the capacity to hold 35,000 tons of salt – is expected to bring more than $4 million in annual economic benefits to Randolph County.

– Applause to the proposal heard by Philippi City Council this week to create a welcome center in the downtown area, showcasing the historic Philippi Covered Bridge. The innovative plan was presented by the Northern West Virginia Ground Field Assistance Service, created by the state Legislature to help redevelop used or abandoned sites.

– Applause to the area Babe Ruth and Little League All-Star teams heading to tournaments in the coming days. The Elkins and Tygart Valley 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars are going to South Charleston for state tournament play, while the Elkins 14-year-old and 15-year-old Babe Ruth squads are traveling to Indiana and Ohio, respectively, for the Ohio Valley Regional tournaments.

– Boo to drug and alcohol abuse, which causes so much destruction in our communities. Just this week, a man was arrested for allegedly holding up a Parsons pharmacist at gunpoint for drugs Tuesday. One day later, a 19-year-old Buckhannon man was arrested for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Elkins and up the Beverly Five-lane while under the influence, reportedly reaching speeds of 120 mph. Thankfully, no one was hurt in these incidents, but they are a frightening example of the damage substance abuse wreaks on lives.

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– Applause to Elkins Mayor Van Broughton and Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, for meeting with local residents Wednesday to discuss ways to build a public swimming pool in Elkins. The project is still only in the brain-storming stage, but we like that Broughton and Campbell – and Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris and Logan Smith of the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission – already understand what a great asset a public pool would be to the community.

– Applause to all those volunteers who helped organize and staff the 27th annual Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza in Elkins last weekend. Along with the Martin Street Fair, a big success in its first year, the colorful event brightened the area’s Fourth of July holiday weekend and made thousands happy.

– Applause to Davis & Elkins College, currently in the midst of its third year of hosting the Governor’s School for the Arts. This year, 113 students from across the Mountain State have come to D&E to showcase their talents and learn from experienced faculty and guest artists.

– Boo to the two individuals who were reportedly selling tickets to a non-existent charity dinner for the Randolph County Humane Society this week. The RCHS was not promoting any such dinner and the two youths are not affiliated in any way with RCHS. How low do you have to be to take advantage of peoples’ love for animals? The Elkins Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the EPD at 304-636-0678.

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– Applause to West Virginia University for considering taking on what it calls a “minority management role” at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. A special review panel has recommended that the National Science Foundation stop funding the observatory within five years. This would be a serious blow to the world’s astronomers, not to mention a monumental waste of money.

“Simply put, it’s a state treasure. And we’ll fight tirelessly to keep it open – and keep it strong,” said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who announced WVU’s interest Monday.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said hell work with Rockefeller and Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall to keep one of the world’s best telescopes in operation.

We salute them all for standing up for this iconic Mountain State facility.

– Applause to everyone who helped organize this week’s wide variety of Fourth of July holiday events. Residents throughout our region owe you all a debt of gratitude.

– Applause to the participants and the organizers of the fourth annual Veterans Walk in Philippi last weekend. The event, held at the Vietnam Veterans Park, raised money to pay for a meal for veterans on Veterans Day at American Legion Post 44.

– Boo to the special review panel that recommended funding be cut off for the National Radio Observatory in Green Bank. We already mentioned this issue in an “applause” above, but it clearly deserves a “boo” as well.

The 16 million-ton Green Bank Telescope is the world’s largest, fully steerable single-dish radio telescope and has been in full operation for less than a decade.

Why would the government abandon a $95-million investment? How would it then be used? As the world’s biggest satellite TV dish?

Surely there are better places to cut funding – considering our wasteful federal government – than at Green Bank.

Boos and applause

– Applause to West Virginia University for considering taking on what it calls a “minority management role” at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. A special review panel has recommended that the National Science Foundation stop funding the observatory within five years. This would be a serious blow to the world’s astronomers, not to mention a monumental waste of money.

“Simply put, it’s a state treasure. And we’ll fight tirelessly to keep it open – and keep it strong,” said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who announced WVU’s interest Monday.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said hell work with Rockefeller and Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall to keep one of the world’s best telescopes in operation.

We salute them all for standing up for this iconic Mountain State facility.

– Applause to everyone who helped organize this week’s wide variety of Fourth of July holiday events. Residents throughout our region owe you all a debt of gratitude.

– Applause to the participants and the organizers of the fourth annual Veterans Walk in Philippi last weekend. The event, held at the Vietnam Veterans Park, raised money to pay for a meal for veterans on Veterans Day at American Legion Post 44.

– Boo to the special review panel that recommended funding be cut off for the National Radio Observatory in Green Bank. We already mentioned this issue in an “applause” above, but it clearly deserves a “boo” as well.

The 16 million-ton Green Bank Telescope is the world’s largest, fully steerable single-dish radio telescope and has been in full operation for less than a decade.

Why would the government abandon a $95-million investment? How would it then be used? As the world’s biggest satellite TV dish?

Surely there are better places to cut funding – considering our wasteful federal government – than at Green Bank.