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Boos and applause

August 3, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to the many volunteers who helped with the Upshur County Relay For Life event last weekend. A total of 29 teams helped raise money for cancer research and pay tribute to both the survivors and victims of the disease.

- Applause to Elkins City Council for moving forward with the demolition of the former city garage buildings on 11th Street. City officials say they are looking to make better use of the property, and bringing down the old structures will definitely help beautify the area. At Thursday's meeting, City Council voted to obtain an estimate for asbestos abatement of the buildings.

- Applause to the Randolph County Commission for allocating $50,000 to the county Emergency Squad to help pay for a new ambulance. The Squad had budgeted money for the vehicle's purchase, but has had to use those funds to repair four ambulance engines that have broken down since May 30, EMS?Director Kurt Gainer said. "These vehicles have 200,000 to 250,000 miles, with everything going wrong from injectors seizing to crankshafts breaking off," Gainer said. Kudos to the commissioners for understanding the necessity of keeping a working fleet of ambulances on hand.

- Boo to the shocking prevalence of child sexual abuse in our culture. West Virginia State Police Cpl. A.S. Loudin told the Buckhannon Rotary Club this week that, according to statistics, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. Loudin, who works with the State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, said children can be victimized by sexual abusers of all ages. He described the many dangers the Internet can present to children, and stressed how important it is that suspicions be reported to the proper authorities: the State Police, at 637-0200, or the Child Protective Services division of the Department of Health and Human Resourcs, at 304-637-5560.



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