In keeping with the holiday spirit, the Randolph County Commission voted to donate a large chunk of change to the Tygarts Valley Fairs and Festivals Committee for its annual Christmas dinner Thursday.
Commissioners unanimously approved a request for $4,000 from Harvey Taylor, a representative from the Fairs and Festivals Committee.
The group's annual free dinner is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the senior center in Mill Creek. Taylor said the dinner fed more than 400 people in 2011, and he's expecting that number to climb noticeably this year.
"With the storm and everything that's happened this year, people are really hurting," Taylor said. "When you hear a little kid say, 'Mom or Dad, we get to have Christmas dinner this year,' that's why we do it. That's the gospel."
Putting on the Christmas dinner is costly, however. Taylor said that preparing the dinner, which tastes "exactly like you were sitting in your own home," costs, on average, about $8 per plate. After a brief consultation, Commissioner Joyce Johns made a motion to approve the request, which was then unanimously approved.
"God bless you," Taylor said.
In other business, Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman reported that the Nov. 6 general election had gone off without a hitch. Not even the last-minute change in precinct location for people living in the Bowden area seemed to have a negative impact, Wiseman said.
"Everyone seemed to do fine with that," she said. "The people came out and they voted. Our turnout was at almost 54 percent, and it's usually around 30 percent, so I'm really happy with it."
Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor thanked citizens who volunteered their time helping others in need of food and shelter during the late-October snowstorm. He also praised OEM director Jim Wise, all 10 county volunteer fire departments, county E-911 center staff and the Randolph County Board of Education for the roles they played after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power throughout most of the county.
"We continue to learn from these experiences," Taylor said. "Let's just hope we don't have too many more learning experiences."
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