Boos & Applause

Applause to the candidates in Tuesday’s Elkins municipal election who took part in a public forum at Davis & Elkins College this week to answer questions and define their positions for voters. The contested races include, for a First Ward council seat, incumbent Bob Woolwine and challengers Judy Guye and Phillips B. Kolsun. In Second Ward, the candidates are C. Michael Hinchman and Carrie Shupp. Incumbent Gene Ochsendorf is not seeking reelection. In Fifth Ward, incumbent Linda Vest is being challenged by Howard P. Knapp II, Joe Sabatino and Robin Spicer. Running unopposed are Third Ward’s Chris Lowther and Fourth Ward’s Marilynn Cuonzo, as is Mayor Van Broughton. Please come out and cast your vote Tuesday and take part in our American democracy. On Tuesday, polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Persons in line at 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to cast their votes.

Applause to Hodgesville Elementary, which is the recipient of a $2.2 million School Building Authority grant that will build a new classroom to house a pre-k onsite program as well as do other upgrades. Upshur County Schools is adding five new pre-k classes for the 2019-2020 school year with certified teachers and assistants.

Applause to U.S Army retired Major Steven E. Cook, a Vietnam War veteran and Elkins native who has published a book, “Don’t Cry for Us, Saigon.” Cook became acquainted with Dr. David Turner, chair of the Davis & Elkins College History and Political Science Department, and the two began discussing how they could collaborate in the classroom to bring Vietnam War history into a clearer perspective. At the time, Cook was working on a book manuscript and would share copies of some of the chapters with Turner’s students. “Don’t Cry for Us, Saigon” has become a mainstay in Turner’s Vietnam History class.

Applause to everyone who has taken the opportunity to vote early in the special election for the proposed Randolph County Schools levy, which will be held on March 9. We urge all other registered voters to make their voice heard by voting. Whether you’re for or against the levy, it won’t do you any good to just talk about it. Cast your ballot.

Boo to Timberline Four Seasons Resort closing its doors early for the season, and opening doors of doubt about the future of the resort. It has certainly been a troubled past few months for Timberline and no one is sure what the future will bring. Here’s hoping a resolution can be reached that will have the resort opening again next ski season, and for all the seasons to come.