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Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in – pro, con or neutral.

Applause to the city of Buckhannon for sponsoring a special workshop Monday that aims to help educate local residents – including landlords – about identifying telltale signs of methamphetamine manufacture and usage. The workshop, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Stockert Youth Center’s gymnasium, is open to the public. Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory said, “Meth use affects the entire community, so it’s been designed as a community education workshop to highlight the issues we as a community face as a result of the meth problem.”

Applause to the volunteers who began this week to plan the 2014 Randolph County Relay For Life event, to be held June 7 at the Town Square in Elkins. The Relay is one of the premier charity events in the county each year, and these volunteers deserve our praise for putting so much time and effort into preparations.

Applause to all the students who took part in the Randolph County Social Studies Fair, held this week at the Beverly Fire Hall. The first-place winners will move on to compete in the 2014 RESA 7 Social Studies Fair March 21 at the Fairmont Middletown Mall.

Boo to former Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins – who resigned Thursday after pleading guilty to mail fraud in federal court – and all the West Virginia sheriffs who have resigned under dark clouds of controversy in recent months, including Miles Slack in Clay County and Robert Shirley in Jefferson County. A sheriff is both a law enforcement officer and an elected official. The public has the right to expect – at the very least – that such a person will obey the laws he or she was elected to uphold.

Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in – pro, con or neutral.

Applause to Upshur County residents for passing an excess levy to support the county’s public schools. The levy passed by a greater margin than five years ago, and a higher percentage of voters turned out this year. “I just want to let all the voters of Upshur County know that we appreciate their vote of confidence in us,” Superintendent of Schools Roy Wager said. The levy will raise just over $3.3 million annually for the next five years.

Applause to the United Way of Randolph County’s telethon for exceeding its fundraising goal on Feb. 8. Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Beverly Elementary School and came close to reaching the United Way’s campaign goal for the entire year. Great job!

Applause to the more than 350 adults and children who flocked to Elkins Town Square last weekend to enjoy the portable rink and skate rentals provided by the city of Elkins as part of the Fire and Ice event. The celebration was sponsored by Davis & Elkins College, the city of Elkins and Elkins ON TRAC. City officials said the event would serve as a test to determine whether there was enough public interest to place a permanent skating rink in Elkins – which certainly seems to be the case – and how feasible such a structure would be in downtown. Here’s hoping ice skating will be an annual attraction in Elkins in the coming years.

Boo to exceeding expectations – at least when that applies to predictions of snow. Residents had plenty of notice that a major snow storm was on its way Wednesday, but by that morning most of the official weather forecasts were still calling for about four to six inches of precipitation. Instead, many residents across our region woke up Thursday morning to more than a foot of snow – and all the dangerous road conditions that came with it. We love it when local students and sports teams exceed expectations, but when it comes to forecasts of snow, we’d like to see the next storm be a real underachiever.

Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in – pro, con or neutral.

Applause to all the community volunteers working hard to produce the United Way of Randolph County’s fourth annual LIVE UNITED telethon today at the Beverly Elementary School. The 12-hour televised event may be viewed on WETV, Channel 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and streamed simultaneously on www.wdnefm.com and www.947welk.com. The telethon always is a fun event for the community, and donations help support the 27 benefiting United Way of Randolph County agencies.

Applause to many of our community leaders for braving icy roads to travel to Charleston this week to speak to legislators about local issues. The second annual Randolph County Day at the Legislature Monday was described as a great success, as was Tucker County Day on Wednesday. Directing the attention of our state representatives to this area is a vital investment that will pay dividends down the road.

Applause to French Creek Freddie for breaking ranks with his prognosticator peer Punxsutawney Phil and predicting an early spring. Wise Freddie seemed to understand that the last thing local residents needed this winter was more bad news and bad weather.

Boo to the long list of troubles brought on by this winter’s extreme weather, including frequent water line breaks, automobile wrecks on slick roads, flooding and school cancellations. Each of these hardships creates extra work and headaches – for municipalities, school systems and emergency workers, but also for families and individuals. It’s been a long haul, but we can take solace in knowing that spring is on its way. Eventually.