Cheers to the students from LIFE UMC School of Music who held their fall recital on Sunday. Music education has proven time and time again to help expand students’ understanding of the broader world, give them confidence and a sense of purpose.

Cheers to the criminal justice system at large for closure in the Winston the Yorkie case. While many hoped Justin Ryan Lancianese, 36, of Rivesville, would have been imprisoned for abandoning the dog, the system again proved it works.

Cheers to all of the local organizations that recently received funding through the governor’s Victim’s of Crime Act Assistance. Whether it’s HOPE Inc. or CASA or the prosecuting attorney’s office, victim’s of domestic and sexual abuse and child abuse need to know they have resources to turn to in times of trouble.

Cheers to Marion County Adult Drug Court for help transform lives and giving those living with substance use disorder a chance to realize their lives make a difference. And cheers to the program’s recent graduate, Josh Hershman.

Cheers to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin(D-W.Va.) for introducing the Stop Looting American Pensions Act, which, if passed, would help miners caught in the middle of the Murray Energy bankruptcy.

Cheers to the United Mine Workers of America for planting a stake in the ground and making a plan to go to fight for the workers who often get lost in bankruptcy proceedings.

Cheers to the Marion County Public Library System for kicking off construction of the new Express Library currently underway in White Hall. This innovation save thousands, if not millions of dollars in building a new stand alone library branch, but yet also brings a rather important service to an underserved area.

Cheers to the Barrackville Police Department’s K9 Ruediger and the organization Protecting K9 Heroes, which donated a K9 Trauma Kit and a Narcan Kit. Ruediger is a 4-year-old German Shepherd and is assigned to the police chief.

Cheers to Frank Jarman and the Family Resource Network and volunteers from Dominion Energy for establishing a safe gathering place for LGBTQ youth in our community. The space will also be used by the GrandFamilies program.

Cheers to Bob Hendricks for rallying others around music and forming the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission Community Band. Music unites people from different walks of life and connecting and coming together is something we can all benefit from.

Jeers to Murray Energy and its former CEO Robert Murray and how last week’s news of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will impact some 7,000 employees.

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