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Boos & Applause

Applause to The Randolph County Commission for approving the purchase of a K-9 officer and outfitting the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department with tasers and other equipment needed to perform their duties. We are glad to see Sheriff Rob Elbon and his staff be more visible in the communities. If the Sheriff and his staff are going to be successful they will need the funding and backing of the Commission and the community. From where we sit everyone is working well together.

Applause to the volunteers at the Kump Education Center for offering free tutoring to any student who has fallen behind in the academic program. The last year has been like no other. Learning under normal circumstances can be stressful. With so many children being in and out of school due to COVID-19, one can only imagine all of the pressure our kids have been under. We applaud everyone who contributes their time and effort for these students and their after-school tutoring.

Applause and congratulations to St. Joseph Hospital, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of providing healthcare. One hundred years of providing good healthcare to the public is a tremendous milestone. We are fortunate in our region to have good health care options. Many communities throughout the country are struggling to have any local healthcare options. Fairmont Regional Medical Center officially closed its doors on March 19, 2020. Let’s hope future generations are applauding St. Joseph Hospital at their 125th and 150th anniversary, and that it doesn’t stop there.

Applause to Monongahela National Forest organizers and the state Division of Highways for the attractive new neon signs that have gone up in Elkins this week. The Mon Forest Towns gateway signs are neon green, reflective and feature a black bear. The gateway signs are part of the Mon Forest Towns Partnership, a collaborative, regional effort between 10 communities bordering the Monongahela National Forest.

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