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Boos and applause

September 28, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to the hundreds of volunteers who have worked for the past year to bring us the 77th Mountain State Forest Festival, which kicks off with its opening ceremonies and a full slate of events today. We and the entire community are grateful for all the time you put in to bring us this annual celebration of the best of what West Virginia has to offer.

- Applause to all the law enforcement officials who continue to search for the truth in the Aliayah Lunsford case, and for those community members who refuse to let her be forgotten. Many tears were shed at Tuesday's vigil at the Lewis County Courthouse on the second anniversary of the little girl's disappearance, but this kind of event that keeps the case in the public eye provide the best hope for finding Aliayah one day.

- Applause to all the emergency workers and law enforcement personnel who took part in rescue operations in two missing persons cases this week, one involving a missing hunter in Randolph County and another searching for a missing woman in Barbour County. In both cases the missing person was returned home unharmed, which is the best possible outcome. We appreciate all the hard work that was put into the searches.

- Boo to whoever made the threat that prompted the evacuation of Philip Barbour High School Tuesday. Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Super said, "If it was up to me, I'd be seeking full restitution to those agencies that had to pull their resources from their day-to-day responsibility to concentrate them on an act such as this ... I would seek full restitution, and we'd prosecute (whoever made the threat) to the fullest extent." We agree whole-heatedly. This destructive behavior must stop.



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