Boos & Applause

Applause and congratulations to Barbour County’s Glenn Sweet on his retirement. The title that Sweet is leaving behind is as long as the years he’s spent helping grow the public school system — director/manager of Attendance, Facilities and Technology for Barbour County Schools. Sweet says he could not have had a better career that suited him so well. Sweet and his wife, Janis, left Pittsburgh in 1973 and decided upon West Virginia to pursue careers in teaching. Pittsburgh’s loss truly is our area’s gain. Sweet’s contributions to the school system are almost immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed.

Applause and congratulations to Heather Sneberger and Eddie Collins on the birth of their of daughter , Ellie. The little girl, although premature, was the first born in Elkins in 2017. The mother said Ellie will remain in the hospital for a few more days, but she is eating well and seems to be healthy despite coming into the world six weeks early. The parents have not yet decided on a middle name for their little girl. Ellie joins two big brothers — 4-year-old Connor Sneberger and 3-year-old Braxton Collins.

Applause to Davis & Elkins College for hosting its annual First-Year Symposium.  Moderator Bryan Wagoner, assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy at D&E, presented the topic for discussion, which was whether political candidates should be “banned from participating in uncivil discourse.” The forum was the first public session in this year’s three-week program. Authors Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman are scheduled to present a talk focusing on the theme “Unpacking Privilege” at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.