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Boos and applause

May 11, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

-Applause to Terry George, the longtime Randolph County schools administrator and teacher who was chosen this week to be the school system's new superintendent. It's good to see his decades of hard work recognized, and we believe he is committed to leading the county schools forward.

-Applause to Elkins City Council and Mayor Van Broughton for making a serious effort to work with other agencies to purchase the former National Guard Armory in Elkins. Buying and maintaining the structure will be an expense proposition, but it's an idea that deserves a good, long look.

-Applause to the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce for unveiling a new study of commercial space in downtown Elkins Wednesday. The Randolph County Building Inventory will be placed online, and officials hope it will serve as an aid to bring new business to town.

-Boo to Belington Town Council for not letting the media know about a Friday morning emergency meeting to consider Mayor Jody Haller's resignation. Though a notice was apparently posted at City Hall, as required by the state Sunshine Law, Inter-Mountain reporters spoke to several city officials Thursday asking whether Haller had resigned; all of them said he had not. None of those officials mentioned the emergency meeting had been scheduled for 9 a.m. the next morning - or called, texted or emailed to inform the media later. No matter how much elected officials would like to deal with touchy issues without reporters present to ask questions, taxpayers have a right to know what is being done with their money. That's one of the reasons we have newspapers. And keeping information hidden is one of the reasons we vote to replace elected officials.



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