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Thanks to You letters

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 07:27 AM

Extraordinary police work is appreciated

We wish to thank the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the Huntington Police Department and the West Virginia State Police for extraordinary police work.

Recently, our home was burglarized, but the criminals were apprehended an hour later and all of our belongings were recovered. These men were professional burglars. Since their capture, they have been linked to several other home invasions.

We wish to thank the following officers for their involvement: Sheriff Jeff Lawless, Deputy John Tordiff and Detective Aaron Bollinger of Lawrence County Sheriff's Department; Huntington Police Officer Cass McMillian, whose sharp eyes spotted the getaway vehicle and made the initial stop; West Virginia State Trooper Rachel Blankenship, who was off duty but came to assist; West Virginia State Police Sergeant Rob Perry; and many others whom we hope will forgive us for not knowing their names.

A special thanks goes to Detective Josh Coffey of the Huntington Police Department. His rapid response was the key to their capture.

The residents of the Tri-State Area are a little safer from having their home burglarized and their family traumatized thanks to our outstanding men and women of law enforcement.

Dale Lilly family

Huntington

School, community made Hoops for Heart a successful event

I would like to thank the students and faculty of Barboursville Middle School, the local Barboursville community and various individuals for another successful Hoops for Heart event that was held March 8 at the middle school.

Whenever the Barboursville area community is asked to help, its always responds, and this year we raised over $7,000 to benefit the AHA and their fight against heart disease.

Congrats go out to event coordinators Patty Ball and Craig Carpenter, as well as special thanks to Libby McClung, Jason Holmes and Dan Miles for their tireless efforts. Also, we need to thank Denise Blair, Daniel Dunford, Doug Force and Kyle Berry for their assistance.

The Barboursville Middle School student body is a fantastic group of young people who always rise to the occasion when asked to assist those in need. Again, thanks to all for a very special and heartwarming event.

Jim Allen

Barboursville Middle School

Coverage helped pastor with his mission to run

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Bob Withers and The Herald-Dispatch for your excellent coverage of my half-marathon missions run. Just this past week, I had the gratifying experience of mailing the last of several sizable checks for God's work. Your coverage was directly responsible for some significant donations!

The grand total was $5,607 ($1,121.40 each to Shared Hope International, Vancouver, Washington; and missionaries David and Leslie Turley, Okinawa, Japan, and J.D. and Rhonda Reed, Bolivia, along with $560.70 each to the Huntington City Mission, Huntington Salvation Army, and Baptist camps in Ona and Cowen, W.Va.).

Many thanks to the Lord's good people at Baptist Temple and in the Huntington community. Without them, this would not have been possible.

By the way, I did finish the 13.1 mile course in 2:15:09; not bad for an "aging pastor"! Thanks be to God for His strength each step of the way.

Pastor Andy Magnusson

Baptist Temple

Huntington

Volunteers made Career Day a success

The staff and faculty at Putnam Career & Technical Center wish to thank all representatives for participating in our annual Career Day/Job Fair on March 7. We think this was a worthwhile and beneficial activity for all those who attended.

The Putnam County Career Day/Job Fair was designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of opportunities available to students and adults in various areas of employment. Area employers, colleges, branches of the military and local trade councils were invited to PCTC, where there were morning and afternoon sessions for participants seeking immediate or future employment or continuing education opportunities.

About 600 persons were served by this project. Again, thank you for our participation and making this one of our most successful Career/Job Fairs.

Carol I. Bauer

Counselor, PCTC

Good Samaritan earns recognition for deeds

One evening a few months ago, I was driving up the narrow block of Olive Street and hit a parked car. "Mea culpa!" I sat there stunned as people began to gather. But it was a young black man who came forth and took charge. He directed me to pull off the street into a driveway. It was a miserable, dark, wet night, but in this cramped area, with his pal holding a flashlight, he changed my tire, and I was able to drive home.

We have been told to love our neighbor, and he certainly was that. My regret is that I don't know his name.

Anne Imperi

Huntington

Pain of passing eased by wonderful care

We lost our wonderful sister, Frances Louise Milligan, on Feb. 21.

We wish to thank Cabell Huntington Hospital and Huntington Rehab for their wonderful care. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. Our loss is heaven's gain. We love you, John, Larry, Sam, Ann, Sue, Carolyn and Donna, and special thanks to Sandy Bellomy.

Larry Ransbottom

Huntington

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