Cheers to the Fayette County commissioners for relocating a North Union Township-area magistrate’s office to a more secure location. The board voted unanimously last week to approve a 10-year lease for Magisterial District Judge Nathan Henning’s office, moving it from Johnston Avenue to Nickman’s Plaza on Connellsville Street. The commissioners noted the move would help upgrade the office with additional safety features including steel doors and shatterproof glass at the counter surrounded by ballistic paneling, panic buttons and security alarms. The county’s leaders have been responsive to magistrates’ concerns since a gunman opened fire during a Masontown judge’s court day last year. County solicitor Jack Purcell said he expects similar conditions will be put in place at any future locations of the county’s eight district courts.

Cheers to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dulla of Fayette City who won the 66th Annual State Bituminous Coal Queen Pageant on Sunday Aug. 18 at Carmichaels Area High School. Dulla, 17, daughter of Laura Petras, represented Frazier High School as she competed against 11 other girls from across Southwestern Pennsylvania. She kicked off her year of reign by judging the mine rescue competitions at the Greene County Fairgrounds on Aug. 20, an annual tradition for the coal queen. Dulla succeeds Holly Lesko, daughter of Donna and Scott Lesko of Smithfield.

Cheers to Waynesburg Central for finishing first in the small school team standings last week in the TriCADA golf tournament held at Chippewa Golf Course. The Raiders had a team total of 438, finishing ahead of Uniontown (447) and Carmichaels (450). The Red Raiders’ Adena Rugola also earned individual accolades after finishing fourth overall with a score of 6-over 76.

Cheers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency for a $1.3 million federal grant given to California University of Pennsylvania. The funding will provide 27 stipends of $10,000 to students seeking careers in drug addiction recovery and prevention. It is money, we feel, put to very good use as the opioid crisis continues to worsen in Western Pennsylvania. The money will be distributed over a three-year period and will also be used for training throughout the community.

Cheers to Adah native and Albert Gallatin graduate Dan Karpency for winning the NABA USA Super Welterweight title in Columbus, Ohio. Karpency is trained by his father, Tom Karpency. His brothers, Tommy and Jeremiah, are also professional boxers. Dan does all this while working a full-time job at SCI-Greene. The Karpency family always takes time to recognize their family and friends for the support.

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