Each week the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.
• A POSTHUMOUS HIT for the late John Reuschlein, a beloved and respected educator in whose memory the Allegany County Education Association dedicated its Cresaptown building. (See: “ACEA dedicates ... ,” June 5 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A POSTHUMOUS HIT for the late Bob Dorsey, former fire chief of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department, for whom part of the street that runs in front of the Keyser Fire Hall will be renamed the Chief Robert Edward Dorsey Memorial Highway. Dorsey was the longest-serving volunteer firefighter in West Virginia history. (See: “Portion of Route 46 ... ,” June 7 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A HIT for the Moorefield High School Yellow Jackets, who beat Charleston Catholic 4-2 to repeat as the West Virginia Class A state baseball champion.
• A HIT for the Frankfort High School Falcons, who lost 5-2 to Bridgeport in the West Virginia Class AA state baseball championship game. Bridgeport won its sixth straight title and Frankfort made the tournament for the second straight year.
• A HIT for the cancer survivors and others who participated in the annual Relay for Life, which raised nearly $37,000 for cancer research. (See: “Local cancer survivors ... ,” June 2 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A HIT for Jackie Funkhouser, registered nurse, who received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland, for her work in the Family Centered Maternity Unit. She was nominated by an obstetrics patient for “going the extra mile to help put the patient at ease throughout her entire birthing experience.”
• OUR ROCK STAR OF THE WEEK is the 8.5-million pound boulder that tumbled across a highway in Colorado, gouging it. The house-sized boulder will stay where it is, and the road will be rebuilt around it, which officials say will save about $200,000. Adding a guardrail and rebuilding the road will cost about $1.3 million, but the boulder may act as a tourist attraction. It is being called “Memorial Rock” because it fell on Memorial Day weekend.
• OUR DISRESPECT OF THE WEEK goes to Simple Nature, an Indiana company that is marketing an unscented Ohio candle with the description “Not much to see. Not much to do.” Ohio state tourism director Lydia Mihalik responded by providing a list of Ohio scents that people might enjoy, such as summer breezes at Marblehead on the Lake, wild hyacinth at Hocking Hills State Park and Stadium Mustard at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
• OUR DOLTS OF THE WEEK are the two Florida burglars who used a blowtorch in an attempt to break into an ATM at Okaloosa Island. A video camera showed that one of the two was armed with a crowbar and appeared to be the lookout, while the other wielded the blowtorch and welded the ATM’s hinges shut instead of cutting them. They went away with nothing, but left their images for the police to use in identifying them.