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Boos and applause

September 7, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to Buckhannon City Council for encouraging citizens to use an anonymous tip line after one citizen publicly reported witnessing questionable activities on Park Street. More people should come to City Council with their concerns. We applaud resident Elissa Mills for bringing the situation to public attention. The tip line number is 304-473-1001.

- Applause to the organizers and many volunteers who helped bring all the fun, food and music of the Randolph County Fair to life this week. Many events are scheduled today and Sunday, so take the family to Camp Pioneer in Beverly and enjoy what is predicted to be great weather.

- Applause to Elkins Police Chief H.R. White, who this week announced his retirement, effective Oct. 7. White has served with the Elkins Police Department for 25 years, and has been chief since 2010. We salute his dedication to the community, and wish him the best of luck in the future.

- Applause to all the area schools that received positive designations when the state's new student performance results were unveiled this week. Local school system officials seemed mostly pleased this week when asked about the results, which demonstrate the hard work put in by teachers and school personnel, along with the students themselves.

- Boo to whoever made the bomb threat that caused Philip Barbour High School to be placed on lockdown Wednesday. The threat was the first of the school year in our coverage area, and here's hoping it doesn't spawn copy-cat incidents. These situations rob students of time in class and cost taxpayers money in the form of police and canine unit searches. Any student tempted to make such a threat should be aware that getting caught would likely result in harsh penalties, including the possibility of jail time. Isn't it easier to just go to class?



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