-Applause to Cpl. Andrew S. Loudin of the West Virginia State Police for being honored twice in the last week. On April 5 he was given the 2013 Champion for Children Professional Award by the Randolph-Tucker Children's Advocacy Center. Then on Thursday, he was recognized during the Children's Memorial Flag Day luncheon in Buckhannon.
Loudin spent part of last year recovering from the bullet he took in the chest while serving papers to a man in Elkins who was allegedly involved in a sexual assault case involving a 12-year-old child. Loudin also has worked on numerous child abuse and neglect cases over the past decade.
-Applause to the LAWS project, which brought the state Supreme Court of Appeals justices to Elkins Tuesday. Students from Elkins High School, Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Philip Barbour High School, Harman School, Tygarts Valley High School and Pickens School got to observe the justices hear oral arguments in the Randolph County Courthouse as part of the special project. For any students interested in the law as a career, this was a tremendous opportunity to watch professionals at the top of the field at work.
-Applause to all the individuals, businesses and agencies honored during the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce's awards banquet Wednesday. The annual event celebrates what is great about our community while providing a fun-filled evening.
-Boo to the dark cloud of foreboding that's hung over Elkins since the shooting at the Rich gas station on the Beverly Five-lane April 5. Such a brutal, seemingly unmotivated attack is unusual in our area, and upset or frightened many local residents. Law enforcement has been combing the area for clues, and are doing their best to bring the shooter to justice.