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Boos and applause

August 17, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to Sen. Joe Manchin for holding his town hall meeting in Elkins Friday. Manchin is an authentic player in national politics - many at Friday's meeting encouraged him to run for president, though he says he will not - and his taking the time to speak in our community is refreshing. Here's hoping he continues the practice in the future, perhaps even making a town hall meeting in our region an annual event.

- Applause to the news that the new armory and readiness center in Buckhannon is expected to be completed ahead of schedule. The $13 million project is now expected to be finished prior to its November 2014 target date. Col. Dave Shafer with the West Virginia Army National Guard said the construction work is about six to eight weeks ahead of schedule.

-Applause to the Randolph County Board of Education for voting to keep the Harman School's vocational agricultural program alive for the coming school year. We also applaud Del. Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, for her passionate presentation asking the board to save the school's vo-ag teaching position. Campbell's comments may have been what persuaded board members to make the decision, as she provided information about how Tucker County successfuly handled a similar situation.

-Boo to the judges on the SyFy Channel's "Face Off" program, who elminated Elkins native Steve Tolin during the reality show's first episode this week. Many viewers felt Tolin's special effects makeup work was superior to the other contestants, but the judges sent him home nonetheless. Tolin should know he and his work have many fans in his hometown and the surrounding communities.



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