Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone involved in presenting the annual Randolph, Tucker and Barbour County Fairs. If you’re looking for something fun to do today you’re in luck, as all three fairs will be offering multiple activities. The Randolph and Tucker fairs got underway earlier this week, and the Barbour fair kicks off today. Come out and enjoy the fun — and if you’re interested in a challenge, you could take in all three fairs today!

Applause to First Baptist Church of Elkins, which is having a school supply drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the church parking lot, located at 412 Randolph Ave. The event will benefit any schools in need in Randolph County Any type of school supplies will be accepted, including pencils, pens, notebooks, tape, tissues, glue, etc. — anything listed on a local school supply list. The church also will accept donations during its normal office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of this week.

Applause to the free Family Fun Carnival event today sponsored by Home Ties Strengthening Families Center of Youth Health Service. The carnival, set to run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will feature many activities, including a tattoo booth, sand art, corn hole, darts, pickup ducks, a coloring station with fuzzy posters and masks and other games and crafts. There will also be free giveaways of donated items.

Applause to Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Beverly, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary Sunday. Light breakfast refreshments will be available from 9:30 to 10 a.m., prior to a praise and worship music program scheduled for 10 to 10:45 a.m. There will be a range of performers, including the youth group, with contemporary songs and old favorites that everyone can sing. A slide show with pictures from the church’s history is planned for 10:45 a.m.; the regular worship service is set to begin at 11 a.m.; and lunch is set for 12:30 p.m.

Applause to Davis & Elkins College and the city of Elkins for a unique collaborative event Monday. More than 300 D&E student athletes gathered in front of City Hall. The athletes took part in a service project picking up trash and weeding in different locations in downtown Elkins. We feel this was a great idea and a fun, productive event for all involved. Bravo!

Applause to the multiple local events centered around Monday’s eclipse, including one at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where student groups handed out 200 “eclipse glasses,” set up telescopes with solar filters and provided supplies and instructions for do-it-yourself pinhole projectors. Another viewing party in the area took place at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School in Mill Creek, where about 100 teachers, parents, students and community members gathered to see the solar spectacle. The gathering was organized by science teachers at the school, who were on hand to answer questions and help people learn more about the partial eclipse.

Boo to the announcement this week that West Virginia has 600 vacancies in the state’s understaffed and overcrowded prisons. Meanwhile, eight corrections officers a week are getting hurt at work, on average, corrections officials told the House Finance Committee Monday. This is an already dangerous situation that will become more so over time if changes are not made. We urge our state legislators to make solving this problem a top priority.

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