When the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants were announced recently, we were surprised to see that Wetzel County received one of the highest awards in the state. As we were discussing this with someone from outside the county they said abruptly, "Don't you read the news stories that come out of your court room?"
Well of course we do-we write them-and we realize that a seeming majority deal with violence against women and children. We just thought that was the case across West Virginia, and perhaps even the United States. Evidently our situation is dire enough to warrant help.
That makes us sad and thankful all at the same time.