Pats on the Back:

To several Northern Panhandle residents to be honored in July with Governor’s Service Awards in recognition of their volunteer work to help others. They include Paul “Bud” Billiard of Brooke County, Tom Myslinsky of Wetzel County, and Emma Brannare, Mitch Anthony, Greg Smith and Bordas and Bordas Attorneys of Ohio County. Six of the 13 honorees statewide are from the Northern Panhandle.

To Gail Adams and Dottie Boyd, who were honored last week by the Ohio County Board of Education. Boyd, secretary at Wheeling Park High School, was recognized as the county’s Service Personnel Employee of the Year. Adams, a teacher at WPHS, was cited as county Teacher of the Year.

To Karen and Dr. James Caveney of Wheeling and their family, for a gift of $70,000 to West Virginia University. The money was used to establish a Wall of Academic Scholars display at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center. The display honors Marshall, Truman, Rhodes, Goldwater and Fulbright Scholars from WVU.

Pats on the Back:

– To the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s Coalition Against Drug Abuse, for their plan to hold a “kickoff to summer” community picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds near New Martinsville.

-To all involved in the annual Tri-State Post No. 6 Mine Rescue Competition held last week. Workers from 32 mines tested their rescue and safety skills during the event, which has been held for 33 years. Formerly held in Belmont?County, the event was staged this year at the old West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

– To Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato, honored by the Ohio State Supreme Court last week. Since Fregiato took office 10 months ago, his court’s delinquent case load has dropped from 132 to nine.

Pats on the Back:

To three local students who have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships. They are Caroline Bantug of Sistersville, a student at Tyler Consolidated High School; and James A. Coleman and Karl J. Mueller II of Wheeling, both students at Wheeling Park High School.

To Wheeling Middle School art teacher Sherry Bender, who was honored by the Wheeling Lions Club as winner of the Leonard Jarrett Award. The club has donated $1,000 in Bender’s name to the West Virginia Sight Conservation Foundation.

To Rhonda Carkhuff and others involved in Hope in Fairy Tales Formals. Carkhuff’s organization, in Belmont, collects formal wear for girls and women, including dresses and accessories. The items can be borrowed for as long as seven days, saving those who use them hundreds of dollars. Carkhuff can be contacted at 740-312-3203.