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Boos and applause

June 8, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

-Applause to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Congressman David McKinley for presenting the Congressional Badge of Bravery to seven deputy U.S. Marshals. The men were involved in the February 2011 events in Elkins that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Derek Hotsinpiller, whose mother accepted her late son's badge. These heroes deserve the honor and our praise and gratitude for their service.

-Applause to the sponsors and volunteers who made last weekend's Wounded Warriors events at Harmon's Cabins a reality. The fishing weekend was a wonderful gift to military veterans who were injured in combat.

-Applause to the news that all but one of Randolph County's public schools will be eligible for free school breakfast and lunch next year under the USDA's Community Eligibility Option Program. Also, kudos to Lorrayne Corley, the county school system's child nutrition director, for being honored as the Mid East Region's Outstanding Director of the Year at the upcoming annual School Nutrition Association's National Conference.

-Applause to the hiring of Richard Shryock as a new Randolph County assistant prosecuting attorney focusing on drugs and violent crime. The Randolph County Commission is to be commended for allocating the money to better combat these serious local problems.

-Boo to the horrible impact cancer has on so many of our lives. Thank goodness for the Relay For Life, which helps raise funding and awareness to find a cure. Relay For Life also honors cancer victims, and celebrates survivors and caregivers. Randolph County's Relay For Life is today at the Elkins Depot. We urge residents to come out and take part in the event, one of our community's annual bright spots.



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