Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Commission for offering Town Hall meetings to inform residents in all corners of Randolph County the reason they are seeking to create and enforce an ordinance dealing with unsafe properties. Property values go down when neighbors ignore or walk away from a problem. We have seen firsthand what happens when municipalities say their hands are tied and they don’t do anything about the problem. Increased awareness and better communication from our elected officials is commendable and refreshing. Whether county officials move forward or not, it is good the commissioners are attempting to get ahead of the issue of dilapidated and/or abandoned properties throughout the county.

Applause to the annual Coalton Days celebration, which marked its 25th anniversary last week with a week of fun-filled, family friendly events. Mike Ross should be acknowledged for bringing our community a quarter-century of memories, food and fun.

Applause to organizer Chris George and all the volunteers who help to bring our area the annual Hillbilly Hardball Classic Tournament last week. Despite most of the tournament’s first day being washed out by thunderstorms, the weather enabled games to be played all day on Friday and Saturday, along with a single game on Sunday. With no championship round played due to Thursday’s weather issues, the tourney concluded with Latrobe (Pa.) defeating Moundsville, 11-1, on Sunday morning at Robin Harvey Memorial Field. Five squads — Morgantown (3-0), South Charleston (4-0), Florida Gulf Development (4-0-1), Florida Gulf Coast Green (4-0) and Marietta (Ohio) (5-0) all finished the tournament undefeated, while Beckley wrapped up play with a 4-1 mark.

Applause to the Beverly Book Mobile. For the third summer, the Book Mobile is now traveling around Beverly and the surrounding areas to deliver fun learning opportunities to students during their summer vacation. Starting Tuesday, students and families are now able to enjoy science, mathematics and reading activities in addition to receiving other family resources. Both students and adults may check out books ranging from infant to adult literature.