Boos & Applause

Applause to Gov. Jim Justice for paying a visit to Randolph County Thursday. During his trip he visited the Kerens construction site of Corridor H, took a tour of the Armstrong Flooring plant in Beverly and presented $370,000 in grants to four county Community Corrections programs. Justice is not up for election this year, and it’s nice to see a top-ranking political leader visit our area for reasons other than appearing at a campaign rally.

Applause to Col. Harry C. Marson, originally from Elkins, who took command of the West Point Garrison July 12. Marson is a Valley Forge Military Academy High School graduate where he attended for four years. He graduated in August 1995 with a Liberal Arts Degree in interdepartmental studies from West Virginia University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Later Marson attended the Infantry Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course. Upon completion of Special Forces training in February 2002, Marson was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. Marson then attended the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia, and graduated with a master’s degree in military art and strategic studies in June 2018. Marson’s accomplishments continue to bring honor to his hometown.

Applause to a partnership between the city of Elkins and the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, which has resulted in city and county residents now having a designated area to recycle glass products. During a brief ceremony Wednesday morning, city officials and members of the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority announced the grand opening of a new glass recycling dumpster, located on Jones Drive — across from the Phil Gainer Community Center. The glass recycling dumpsters will be available 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

Applause to football and soccer preseason practices getting underway at area high schools this week. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already, but it’s great to see young athletes working at the local fields to prepare themselves for the upcoming season. We wish all our area school squads the best when the fall sports season opens.