Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who voted in Tuesday’s primary election. You took part in democracy and made your voice heard. Whether the candidates you voted for won or lost their races, you did your civic duty and helped carry on our American tradition of government. We also congratulate the winners, and applaud all the candidates who threw their hats in the ring, demonstrating their willingness to be public servants.

Applause to two local teachers who received honors in the past week. Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School principal Renee Warner was honored May 4 as West Virginia’s Middle School Principal of the Year. McCauley seemed shocked when told in the school gymnasium that morning, in front of the entire school, that she’d been named the award winner. The award was presented by the West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals. Meanwhile, Susan McCauley, an Elkins High School math teacher, has been selected as one of 10 West Virginia educators to receive this year’s Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Recognized for her ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of her students, McCauley was honored Thursday morning in front of the student body.

Applause to Barbour County, which has been recognized for its increase in business growth for the month of March. The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office reported that new business registrations in the state continued growth at a steady 1.09 percent in March. Included in that number, the Secretary of State’s Business and Licensing Division reported that Barbour, Clay and Boone counties saw more of an increase in business growth in March. Tied with Clay County, Barbour County saw a 1.95 percent business growth, and Boone County came in with 1.84 percent growth. Business entities in Barbour County increased from 507 to 514.

Applause to eight students from the Randolph Technical Center who are prepared to advance to the national Future Business Leaders of America competition in Baltimore at the end of June, following success at the state level. Good luck to Noahathea Love, Erin Hohl, Olivia Ferguson, Hailee Linn, Savannah Metheny, Dylan Hutchinson, Micah Toney and Katyanna Metheny. The community is proud of you!

Boo to equipment malfunction. As we monitored county election results coming in from across the state during Tuesday’s primary election, we, along with many nervous and anxious candidates, stood by helplessly waiting for Randolph County’s results to come in. On the one day, one of the only days every two years the state’s voting system equipment needs to perform, it ended up failing miserably. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. but the ballot counting in Randolph County didn’t finish until nearly midnight. So much for modern technology.