Boos & Applause

Applause to our local emergency service professionals for the great job they did during dangerous weather conditions this week. Local residents suffered through record subzero temperatures on Thursday morning just to be subjected to a snowstorm Friday. The low of -13 degrees Thursday morning set an all-time record for Jan. 31 in Elkins, besting the -11 mark set in 2004, according to the National Weather Service. The Elkins Fire Department and several area churches were open as shelters for those facing the cold without heat. Emergency service workers had many accidents to deal with from Wednesday night through Friday night, and we appreciate their hard work and dedication to the community.

Applause to local educators and students who offered reports to the Randolph County Board of Education Tuesday as part of their annual Local School Improvement Council reports. Students from North Elementary School led board members and county officials through a “Walking Classroom” lesson on Martin Luther King Jr. Hollie Pritt, principal at Third Ward Elementary, said Third Ward is a “school for the community,” noting the students have invited parents to after-school activities such as “Math Night,” collected donations for the Randolph County Humane Society, and have enjoyed lunch with their grandparents as part of “Grandparents’ Club.” Harman Principal Laura Hawkins highlighted many accomplishments made by students from Harman School, including in athletics, Future Business Leaders of America, vocational agriculture and the production of a school play.

Applause to the team of volunteers who served food during Tuesday’s Feed the City event at the Railyard Restaurant in Elkins. Presented by Summit Church, the events offer free meals as well as clothing and children’s activities the last Tuesday of every month. Hundreds of people regularly attend the events.

Applause to the grant which will help pay for the prevention resource officer position at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. That position has been held for all nine years by Cpl. C.J. Day with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. The PRO is a cooperation between the sheriff’s department, Upshur County Commission and Upshur County Schools. The Upshur County Commission formally accepted a $15,000 Justice Assistance Grant through the Division of Justice and Community Services to help support the position.