Boos & Applause

Applause to U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney, R-2nd District, who met with Randolph County and Elkins officials to discuss the area’s drug abuse issues on Wednesday. The roundtable discussion centered on the need for Randolph County to be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Created as part of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, the HIDTA program designates grant funds in order to reduce drug trafficking and production. The grants are administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. On July 16, Mooney sent a letter to Jim Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to “express my strong support” for the heightened designation for Randolph County.

Applause to Gov. Jim Justice and state transportation officials who unveiled the latest in new equipment to help get West Virginia’s secondary roads in shape Thursday at the Division of Highways Equipment Division in Buckhannon. Justice and Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston showed off the new equipment, which included dump trucks, tandem steamrollers, Gradall excavators for clearing ditches, and new highway mowers. The equipment will be distributed among the state’s 10 highways districts. All told, more than 280 pieces of new equipment will be distributed to the DOH districts by fall.

Applause to the efforts to honor the sacrifices made by a Randolph County man who was killed in battle in Vietnam. The U.S. Army SPEC 5 Garry Monzel “Michael” Shannon Memorial Bridge was dedicated last Saturday morning. The bridge takes vehicles over the Middle Fork River on Helvetia-Adolph Road in Adolph. Shannon was killed June 30, 1970 in the Phuoc Long Province in Vietnam. He was 21 years old. The event’s master of ceremonies, Roger Ware, commandant of the Marine Corps League in Elkins, and Del. Bill Hartman, D-Randolph, were among those who worked to have the bridge renamed for Shannon.

Applause to the largest contribution to date to Stockert Youth and Community Center’s proposed multipurpose gymnasium. John Jenkins, president of Jenkins Automotive which includes Jenkins Ford in Buckhannon and Jenkins Subaru-Hyundai in Bridgeport, and the Jenkins family donated $25,000 to Stockert Youth and Community Center’s capital campaign on Tuesday.