Boos & Applause

Applause to the beginning of the high school football season this weekend, and to all the student-athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers who will work together to bring us the games on Friday nights this fall. We’re looking forward to a great season.

Applause to the opening Thursday of the Davis Medical Center Myles Emergency Center in Elkins. The center is the result of a $2.8 million renovation project. On average the Davis Medical Center emergency department sees 30,000 patients each year, accepting critically ill and injured patients from Tucker, Randolph, Pocahontas and Upshur counties. Bravo to Davis Health System Board of Directors and administration, the center’s staff and volunteers, and all the donors who contributed to making Thursday’s ribbon-cutting a reality.

Applause to the army of volunteers necessary to put on the Randolph, Barbour and Tucker county fairs, all of which will be in full swing this weekend. Anyone in our region who complains there’s nothing to do on the weekend should head to one, two or three of these family friendly, fun-filled festivals.

Applause to Monday’s opening of Mon Health’s Heart and Vascular Center in Elkins. Since 1994, Mon Health has served community members with heath and vascular needs in Randolph County and other nearby communities at their location on Main Street in Elkins. Now, the new 8,000 square-foot facility, located on Railroad Avenue, will be equipped with advanced technology, saving patients from traveling to other areas for treatment.

Applause to the approximately 350 Davis & Elkins College student-athletes who worked to help clean up downtown Elkins by taking part in a community service project Monday evening. Litter, trash and debris were picked up during the event, which served as the D&E Athletic Department’s official kick-off of the 2018-19 academic year.

Applause to Elkins attorney Joseph A. Wallace, a 2018 West Virginia University College of Law Lawyers & Leaders Awards winner. Wallace is the co-owner of Wallace Law Offices, and in 2017 was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice as a member of the West Virginia State Board of Education. He has a long history of achievements and community service. The awards are intended to “recognize an elite group of remarkable lawyers who are making strides in their careers and communities.”