Editor's note: The combined editorial boards of the Clarksburg Exponent and Telegram newspapers devote Saturday's editorial to recognizing positive efforts from people throughout our readership area. We call this new feature, "Hats off." To nominate a person or group for recognition, contact John Miller (626-1473), Bob Stealey (626-1438) or James Logue (626-1031).
Our hats are off to:
- Veteran public servants Cecil Underwood and Ken Hechler, who will be leaving the political domain after spending more than 100 years combined in civic service. They have served us well.
- Michael Moore, the Maple Lake handyman who spotted an elderly resident outside during a recent cold spell. After talking with the man, Moore noticed he was confused and needed help. Moore located the man's family, took the man to his house and stayed with him until medical care arrived.
- Kent Spellman, Mark Abbott and other business leaders in Ritchie County who have worked hard to promote economic development in their area.
- South Harrison's Sarah Byrd, state winner of the Wendy's Heisman Trophy Award, given for accomplishments in academics, athletics and community service.
- The Bridgeport High School band for its outstanding performance at the Liberty Bowl. The band won the "Sweepstakes Trophy," given to the best overall band. It also won first place for an AAA school in parade competition; second place for an AAA school in field competition; and individual awards for outstanding drum major, majorettes and color guards, music, marching and maneuvering and general effect.
- The Gym One All-Stars, for winning the American All-Star Cheer national championship.
- Mickey Simmons, new owner of the Nutter Fort Foodland Fresh store, which reopens on Sunday, Jan. 21. Simmons, who owns stores in Buckhannon and Philippi, has re-employed many of the store's former employees and is committed to being a good community partner.
- Ken Moslander, executive director of the Harrison County United Way for the past 17 years. Moslander, who retired recently, should be commended for a job well done.