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Boos & Applause

February 15, 2014
The Inter-Mountain

Editor's note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in - pro, con or neutral.

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Applause to Upshur County residents for passing an excess levy to support the county's public schools. The levy passed by a greater margin than five years ago, and a higher percentage of voters turned out this year. "I just want to let all the voters of Upshur County know that we appreciate their vote of confidence in us," Superintendent of Schools Roy Wager said. The levy will raise just over $3.3 million annually for the next five years.

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Applause to the United Way of Randolph County's telethon for exceeding its fundraising goal on Feb. 8. Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Beverly Elementary School and came close to reaching the United Way's campaign goal for the entire year. Great job!

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Applause to the more than 350 adults and children who flocked to Elkins Town Square last weekend to enjoy the portable rink and skate rentals provided by the city of Elkins as part of the Fire and Ice event. The celebration was sponsored by Davis & Elkins College, the city of Elkins and Elkins ON TRAC. City officials said the event would serve as a test to determine whether there was enough public interest to place a permanent skating rink in Elkins - which certainly seems to be the case - and how feasible such a structure would be in downtown. Here's hoping ice skating will be an annual attraction in Elkins in the coming years.

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Boo to exceeding expectations - at least when that applies to predictions of snow. Residents had plenty of notice that a major snow storm was on its way Wednesday, but by that morning most of the official weather forecasts were still calling for about four to six inches of precipitation. Instead, many residents across our region woke up Thursday morning to more than a foot of snow - and all the dangerous road conditions that came with it. We love it when local students and sports teams exceed expectations, but when it comes to forecasts of snow, we'd like to see the next storm be a real underachiever.

 
 

 

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