Cheers to the residents of Greene County. The Board of Elections reported an increase in voter turnout compared to the last local general election in 2017. In that year 7,600 voters participated while this year 9,348 people voted, said elections director Tina Kiger, and that doesn’t include the around 440 absentee ballots. “Out of 21,000 (registered voters), I wish more would show up, but you can’t force them,” Kiger said. She credits the increase compared to 2017 to the contested race for both commissioner and district attorney. Kiger also reported only minor issues with the new voting machines. She said some of the machines experienced paper jams, while others spit out voter cards because the machines were dirty. Overall, she said all the issues were easily fixed and the polling stations experienced nothing serious.

Cheers to a boost in tourism awareness of the local area when a Pittsburgh television show came to Uniontown and surrounding areas on Wednesday to showcase what the county has to offer. The broadcast was made possible through a grant from the county hotel tax, and a partnership between the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and Steve Neubauer, owner of Neubauer’s Market House in Uniontown. KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live was broadcast live at Neubauer’s business and featured clips from different tourism destinations around the county. It was a wonderful opportunity to show folks from outside of Fayette County the many great places to visit in our area.

Cheers to Sam Gartley, a 26-year-old Connellsville native who joined the prestigious “2,000 Miler” club when he completed a 124-day trek on the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. Gartley started his journey in June, and was among the 1,118 hikers who successfully completed the challenge this year. His hike showed an incredible amount of grit and endurance, as he covered more than 17 miles each day, typically sleeping outdoors. Gartley said he viewed his miles-long hike as a metaphor for accomplishing any goal in life: taking one step at a time toward a final destination. It’s a lesson everyone should be able to appreciate.

Cheers to Laurel Highlands Senior High School for recently announcing that it is officially naming the press box at the Mustang Corral field the “Barry Rosner Press Box.” Rosner is affectionately known as the Voice of the Mustangs and has been a public address announcer at LH sporting events for going on 41 years now. Rosner, who is currently battling skin cancer, has also been involved in boosters clubs and many other activities benefiting students, parents and coaches alike over the past four decades.

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