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Tri-State needs the dedicated

Published 12:00am Sunday, March 30, 2014

To some, community service is a one-time volunteer effort. To others, community service is a full-time job.

Although there are many dedicated people who make community service a lifelong effort, Leadership Tri-State picked one couple to honor at this year’s community service awards lunch.

The organization recognized Bob and Billie Smith for their continuing efforts to make the Tri-State a better place to work and live.

Many people may know Bob from his tenure as a Channel 13 news reporter and later an anchor for WSAZ. One of his first stories was covering the Marshall University plane plan crash in 1970.

Besides bringing the news into Tri-State homes, Bob worked in a variety of capacities after retiring as a journalist, including teaching at Ohio University Southern, raising millions of dollars for the school’s bicentennial campaign and working as director of the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce, re-establishing their fourth Friday luncheons.

Billie has been an avid supporter of ridding Lawrence County of litter. She started Operation Tidy-Up Lawrence County in 2005 and it has been going strong ever since.

People, like the Smiths, who give of their free time, or even retirement years, to try to make the community a better place are truly a gift.

Lawrence County and the Tri-State are better because of those people. We encourage everyone to take up a cause to make even one small thing just a little bit better.

  • Poor Richard

    Yes, if everyone could pick up the trash and garbage along the roads of their own properties, can you imagine the difference that would make??

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  • Ed Moellendick

    We applaud the Smiths hard work for the community, but the job of community service is not theirs alone. You, the reader, can join in with the Smith family by joining a community activist group in your community, or simply stop and pick up that bit of litter that is cluttering your street. The more of us that join in the better off our communities will be.

    Here in the Burlington Area, we have the Concerned Citizens of the Burlington Area that has been striving since 1981 to make our corner of Lawrence County “a better place to live, work and play.”

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