Boos & Applause

Applause to the rescue efforts of first responders to find and extract a local resident from a spectacular wreck scene under the Michael A. “Mikey” Hart Bridge on Corridor H in Barbour County Wednesday morning. After his vehicle left the roadway and crashed down into the ravine, Jason Michael Wickline was trapped for approximately four hours before he was discovered. Responding at the scene were the Junior, Coalton and Belington volunteer fire departments and the West Virginia State Police. Ryans Recker Service removed the vehicle from the scene, hauling it up an ATV trail.

Applause to Davis & Elkins College, which announced plans Thursday for a major renovation to Myles Center for the Arts. The approximate $5 million project calls for expansion of the building and enhancement to the outdoor gathering area, both of which will better serve the campus and local community. Funded by Trustee June Myles, the project is one in a series of upgrades to the facility in the past seven years. Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood said the renovation will result in an elegant cultural center favorable for hosting a multitude of campus and community events.

Applause to the town of Beverly for resolving its water and sewer board issues in a peaceful and productive manner. City officials were unsure of whether a discrepancy in an ordinance dating back decades would mean the boards would have to be dissolved and reformed, but after receiving a second legal opinion the Town Council will now vote on an amendment to update and correct the original ordinance.

Applause to a celebration of 200 years of service worldwide held last weekend in Elkins. The Randolph IOOF Lodge No. 116 hosted the 2019 Mid-Atlantic States Conclave at the Isaac Jackson Hotel. Independent Order of Odd Fellows organizations from eight states came to town to take part in the annual event, which is hosted in a different city each year.

Applause to Buckhannon-Upshur High School senior Jayme Lantz, who is the only West Virginia student to be included in the Class of 2019 from Workforce Career Readiness. In her junior year, Lantz enrolled in Digital Imaging I under Sarah Wamsley, a class where she learned the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign, which led to her being honored.

Applause to Elkins city officials for meeting with commercial property and business owners Wednesday evening to discuss possible annexation along North Randolph Avenue. Officials were seeking feedback and wanted to hear from the owners about what possible issues annexation could bring. We support the city’s efforts when working closely with the business and property owners to enhance and grow the city through annexation, and we are looking forward to the next community meeting that will include residential property owners along the North Randolph Avenue route at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center.