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UP: To Wood County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tim Allen, Deputy Hans Kochersperger, Lt. Tom Murphy, Sgt. Michael Cochran and Deputy Tyler Marlow, who were honored last week with pins and certificates for life-saving. Typical of so many who are protecting and serving our communities, Murphy was humble, saying “I don’t think that I did anything that any other deputy wouldn’t do. I just got to be there to do it.” We and the rest of the community are certainly grateful they are.

UP: To programs such as the FARMACY project through Coplin Health Systems, which helps people get access to fresh, local produce and educates on developing healthy habits. With the help of a $996,000 grant, the program will be able to expand into other counties and provide more resources.

UP: To a visit by First Lady Jill Biden and actress (and West Virginia native) Jennifer Garner to Charleston last week, to discuss childhood poverty and the work of the Save the Children charity organization, and to get a first-hand look at vaccination efforts in the area. Any chance the Mountain State gets to send a little first-hand perspective back to Washington, D.C., is a good one, and Garner has been an outstanding ambassador both for her state and the charities she helps.

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