Last week Bethel Middle School football coaches didn’t know if they would have enough interested players to make up a team this year.
Only 11-13 players showed up for practice last week, but after a story ran in The Mountaineer on Friday, 20 middle-schoolers showed up to play ball at Monday’s practice.
It looks like Bethel will have enough players to have its own team instead of having to send athletes to play for Canton Middle and that is great news.
Every student wanting to pursue a sport should have a chance to do so early on to prepare him or her for high school. Thanks to the parents and coaches who reached out for support and thank you to the community for answering that call. The athletes appreciate it, and we hope you will all support them throughout their season.
Give it a chance
The skate park at Waynesville Recreation Center is almost complete after being discussed for 15 years.
The concrete has been poured on the ramps and will take 28 days to cure. However, rec center officials are afraid that people won’t stay off of it until that time.
In an effort to make sure people stay away, employees will be putting up signs, keeping an eye on the project area and police will even be patrolling the area more.
The town has spent a lot of time and money — $400,000 in fact — to make this project happen for a small group of people who can benefit from it.
We hope the community will act responsibly and stay off of the ramps until the project is completely ready for the public. Otherwise, all of this progress will be further delayed.