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Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Circuit Court, which is set to pilot one of three new Family Treatment Courts being opened in West Virginia. The pilot program is designed to provide structure and accountability to aid in the recovery of parents adjudicated in abuse and neglect cases in order to keep custody of their children. Randolph County Circuit Judge David Wilmoth will be one of the first circuit judges to oversee one of the pilot programs, alongside Circuit Judges William Thompson and David Sims. The Family Drug Treatment Court Act, which passed as part of House Bill 3057 on March 9 during the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, gives the Supreme Court of Appeals the ability to implement a Family Treatment Court pilot program in at least four circuits– the first three being in Boone, Ohio and Randolph counties.

Applause to a celebration for Corridor H construction progress, which Gov. Jim Justice attended in Tucker County Monday afternoon. “Corridor H brings us jobs, it brings us opportunity, it brings us exposure, it brings us so much it’s unbelievable,” Justice told the crowd gathered at a site approximately 1 mile north of Parsons along Route 72. Justice continued by promising citizens that if President Donald Trump is re-elected, he will ask Justice what needs funded in the state of West Virginia. “What’s the most important project? It’s going to be Corridor H,” Justice said.

Applause to the installation of a new downtown sound system in Elkins this week. Community officials and non-profit groups worked together this year in planning to purchase and install the sound system, which will enhance many community activities.

Applause to Elkins natives Jerry and Bobbi Trimboli, who recently had a plaque installed at the stone wall surrounding the lower campus of Davis & Elkins College to commemorate the work of the Trimboli Brothers, a former Elkins masonry business dating back to the early 1900s. Jerry Trimboli’s great-grandfather, Vincent Trimboli, built the wall for Sen. Henry Gassaway Davis with stone from the Vincent Trimboli Stone Quarry that was located along U.S. 33 east. Trimboli Brothers also built the first sidewalk in Elkins extending from the current City Hall to the Railyard and the original swimming pool at D&E and were instrumental in building the original Davis Memorial Hospital.

Applause to Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney David Godwin, who is ending his career after more than 40 years as a prosecutor. His last day will be Nov. 30. Godwin was first appointed in 2014 to fill the remainder of the term by then prosecuting attorney Jacob Reger, who was elected as 26th Judicial Circuit Judge and then won the election, said he wanted to retire before the political season began. Filing for his position begins in January with the seat on the November 2020 General Election ballot.

Applause to the many Halloween-themed events geared toward children being offered in our area, including the Beverly Elementary School Halloween Hustle 5K last weekend, and Friday’s downtown Elkins Trick or Treat event and the Youth Health Service Home Ties Strengthening Families Center fifth annual Trunk or Treat free event, also on Friday afternoon.