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Saluting Graduates

By Staff | May 18, 2016

Class of 2016

Congratulations to current Paden City High School and soon-to-be Tyler Consolidated High School graduates.

The Class of 2016 has produced award winning scholars who have been accepted to the state’s best colleges and universities. Many thousands of dollars scholarships have been awarded to the cream of the crop. Some seniors have opted for service in the nation’s armed forces – a noble pursuit for sure.

More than anything, the Class of 2016 should treasure the time spent at their alma mater. They’ve won countless athletic pursuits, created award-winning artwork, played music that been recognized as superior statewide, dominated the track to earn a place Laidley Field, loved, lost and bonded together as more than just classmates.

And now, leaving these hallowed halls, these seniors have ended one chapter of their lives as they begin to take their first steps into a new world of their making as adults.

Perhaps singer/songwriter Trace Adkins said it best in a song that was played as the recessional Sunday at the Wildcats’ commencement ceremony.

“You’re gonna miss this. You’re gonna want this back. You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. These are some good times. So take a good look around. You may not know it now. But you’re gonna miss this.”

Tip of the Hat to Sistersville Council

Sistersville City Council deserves applause for creating a pay-scale for its police force.

In many government agencies, a progressive pay-scale is standard operating policy. The new scale may potentially attract new recruits who can compare the pay offered to that of other comparably sized police departments. And it allows the city’s longtime police force to know that if they continue to remain with the department, their pay will increase. The step chart also removes any pay inequality that may exist between officers who have comparable years of experience and service.

And current officers will receive a slight bump in pay due to the new pay-scale. Over time, this policy will create stability within the police force because officers will choose to remain instead of moving onto the next department because it may pay nominally higher wages.

Police officers who stay longer provide better service as they become more familiar with community. This makes Sistersville a safer place to live not only today, but for future residents.