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Good news for Tri-State folks

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The biggest news stories are often not the happiest news stories, but for many people across the Tri-State, 2013 brought a reason to celebrate. Here's a quick rundown of some good news that happened to folks in our area this past year.

Whitney Stead, a kindergarten teacher at Village of Barboursville Elementary was named the state's Milken Educator Award winner. The honor came with a $25,000 prize.

Ashland cook Tonna Dixon Canfield's Cranberry Glazed Meatballs won a blue ribbon from Janet Tharpe, food editor of Just A Pinch Recipes.

About 400 high school band students traveled to Huntington for a record-setting 12th annual Festival Band Weekend at Marshall.

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena was named one of the "New and Renovated Venues to Watch" for 2013 by Billboard Magazine.

A Powerball ticket purchased at an East Huntington convenience store by Barboursville resident Mary Carr was a $1 million winner.

Chad Pennington's 1st and 10 Foundation reached a milestone of distributing more than $1 million in grant funds in West Virginia.

The Mountwest Community and Technical College's Culinary Arts program racked up a second first-place win at the Farm2U Collaborative's Cast Iron Cook-Off at the Greenbrier.

Chad Pennington was honored with a Service to Children Award by TEAM for West Virginia Children.

Stephen and Jane Kopp were honored with the 2013 Community Service Award by Leadership Tri-State.

Cabell Midland's Rhythm in Red show choir was named the West Virginia Music Educators Association 2013 Large Mixed Group Show Choir State Champion.

Ben Heil and Drew Navy were picked to fill the role of Marco.

Former Gov. Gaston Caperton, Mike and Henriella Perry and Illah Nourbakhsh were inducted into the Harless Hall of Fame.

The Lawrence County Emergency Medical Service was awarded the 2012 Star of Life Award for being the best in Ohio.

Huntington High School senior Chandler Smith won first place at the 39th Annual West Virginia Math Field Day competition. He competed in the national American Regions Mathematics League competition.

Donna Myers of Huntington High School was named Cabell County Teacher of the Year.

Culloden Elementary School was listed as a School of Excellence by the West Virginia Department of Education.

Two local students received college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. They were Loy J. McGuire, who graduated from Huntington High School, and Eoin Tinny of Hurricane, who graduated from Charleston Catholic High School.

Fairland tubist Joseph Knagenhjelm was selected to be one of 50 musicians to participate in an international touring honor band.

Cabell Midland graduate Tiffani Webb received a myriad of local, state and national accolades for her volunteer work throughout her high school career. Among others, she received a Jefferson Award, a national recognition honoring community and public service.

Cabell County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Enochs was named a recipient of the U.S. Marshals Service Director's Law Enforcement Award, the highest honor given to the agency's federal, state and local partners.

Marshall broadcast journalism major Miranda Harrison was crowned Miss West Virginia and competed in the Miss America 2014 competition in Atlantic City, N.J.

Ottie Adkins, Josephine J. (Jo) Fannin, the late Dr. Will E. Neal, Edward H. Seiler and the Rev. Dr. F. Emerson Wood were inducted into the Greater Huntington Wall of Fame.

Three Wayne County 4-H members earned awards at the statewide 4-H Days competition. Chase Smith, Levi Napier and Ashlee Smith were recognized.

St. Joe seventh-grader Caleigh Morris was the winner of a national essay contest answering the question "How would you end hunger in our community?"

Erick Fugett, a senior social work student at Morehead State University at Ashland, was selected as the National Association of Social Workers Kentucky Branch "social work student of the year." He is the first MSU student to receive this award.

Medal of Honor recipient Hershel W. "Woody" Williams was honored with a U.S. Postal Service stamp bearing his likeness.



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