Boos & Applause

Applause to Davis & Elkins College for naming a new award after a longtime staff member. The establishment of The Robin Price Award for Staff Excellence came as a surprise announcement from D&E President Chris A. Wood at the conclusion of the annual Academic Awards and Recognition Convocation Thursday. The award will be presented annually to a D&E staff member who epitomizes distinction excellence and is making a real difference in the lives of students, faculty and staff. Price has worked at D&E for 46 years. She has announced her upcoming retirement.

Applause to the Tucker Community Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity serving eight counties in West Virginia and one in Maryland, for creating the Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center, which works to match up volunteers with area opportunities to improve communities. Using the center’s online hub, at wvvolunteers.com, individuals and groups who want to volunteer can learn about community organizations and groups with volunteer needs. Casey Gilbert, the coordinator of the center, said the hub offers both in-person and virtual volunteering opportunities. She pointed out that high school students can build a volunteering resume and track their hours online. Gilbert said the center will also offer a “voluntourism program” because some people visiting our region want to donate hours as a family activity.

Applause to the Randolph County Commission for finding ways to trim the county budget in order to prevent raising taxes. Commissioners met in a special session Tuesday afternoon to lay the levy rates, which they were happy to announce will remain the same as in recent years. “We met with each elected official, each department head, and we went line by line through this budget to see what we could do,” Commission President Mark Scott said. “As a result we were able to cut significantly the budget and spending for the new fiscal year. As a result I’m pleased to announce today there will be no tax increase.” The rates remain at 14.07 percent per $100 for class one property, personal property and public utility; 28.14 percent for class two property, real estate and personal property; and 56.28 percent for class three property — real estate, personal property and public utility; and 56.28 percent for class four property — real estate, personal property and public utility.

Boo to the sad ongoing saga of Timberline Four Seasons Resort. On Thursday a Tucker County courtroom was filled with people set to take part in a hearing about companies connected to Timberline Four Seasons Resort possibly going into a receivership. The hearing was continued, however, because Tracy and Fred Herz, who own the companies, appeared without an attorney. Fred Herz told Circuit Judge James W. Courrier Jr. that he and his wife had no legal counsel because “No one would take our case.” The hearing has been continued until May 28, and the Herzs must find legal representation in the meantime. This is another difficult moment for the couple, who are mired in a tangle of debt and legal issues. The future of Timberline is still unclear. Here’s hoping the state and the court system can clean up the situation and the resort will reopen at some point.

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