Boos & Applause

Applause to a local individual and a local organization garnering recognition this week in Charleston. The Elkins Depot Welcome Center was named one of five organizations in the state to receive the “Organization Governor’s Service Award,” while Melodee Price, Elkins Make it Shine coordinator, was selected as one of two “Adult Governor’s Service Award” recipients. Both received their awards Thursday night during the Governor’s Service Awards dinner, held at the Culture Center at the state capitol in Charleston.

Applause to the combined efforts of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit, which led to the arrests of more than 20 individuals in Upshur County Wednesday. The individuals were charged for alleged drug activity. The Mountain Lakes Drug Task Force is made up of the Upshur County Sheriff Department, Lewis County Sheriff Department, Braxton County Sheriff Department, West Virginia State Police and the Buckhannon Police Department.

Applause to news that an event later this month will bring more than 200 antique cars to Elkins. Don Trimble, representing the “Mountain Model A Club,” said the “Mountain Memories” tour is slated for Sept. 17-20. “We are a region of the bigger Model A restorers club, which is a national club that’s been in existence since 1952,” Trimble explained. “For years, it has been a tradition that regions bring Model A’s to their area, and we decided after years of traveling to other regions, and taking our Model A’s, that we should bring people to Elkins.” Trimble said there are already hundreds of people and Model A Fords registered for the event.

Boo to the news this week that the Sheetz gas station and convenience store in Parsons has announced to its employees and the residents of Tucker County that it will be closing its doors officially on Sept. 26. The store has sold gasoline, food and more in the community for many years, and its absence will leave a major hole in the town. Here’s hoping that — if local leaders can’t convince the company to stay — some enterprising businessperson will step forward and open a similar business in Parsons that can serve Tucker County residents in the evenings and on weekends.