It's good to know that there is still some sense of community and pride left in this world. The recent power outages following the horrible storms which hit our area last Friday evening could have caused sheer panic and chaos. Maybe in some places that was the result but not here in Webster Springs I am proud to say. I hear people tear one another down in this town all the time, I see it on this site because I often browse over the headlines looking for useful information and I hear it just about everywhere I go, the small town gossip and slandering that probably goes on in every small town in America where everybody knows everybody else. I have pretty much written Webster Springs off in recent years as a hateful, rotten town full of hateful and rotten people and maybe that is still true to some extent but to see how everyone pulled together and endured as a community through this latest disaster did my heart good. Everywhere I looked I saw people sitting together in the shade eating, cooking out, swimming in the river, drinking beer and laughing together like we were all on a big camping trip or something. People were sharing what they had not knowing whether they would have enough themselves to get through the duration of the power outage and everyone acted like they would have 30 years ago if this had happened.
Hats off to Tim McCoy! I know a lot of people don't like Tim or Randy and say a lot of hateful things about them but folks, those guys were heroes for this town through this. Tim went ahead and opened the store and reduced the price of many items he knew people would need knowing that people may be on limited funds since credit cards and ATM's weren't working. The supplies didn't last but Tim did his part to help the people of this community and for that sir, I thank you on behalf of those of us who are capable of appreciating a good deed.
Go-Mart went ahead and opened up and sold cigarettes, snuff, chips and soda and all of the usual stuff except for gasoline and dairy products. The Dollar Store opened and though it was a pain in the butt waiting for hours while one person at a time was allowed in and walked around by management to collect items so they did their part too.
I am sure there were some areas where people panicked and acted like jerks to one another but I didn't see that in this town over the weekend. Sure, it was hot as hell, no one had any gas to go anywhere, no one had any ice after the second day and many of us lost our food but we proved that as a town we are still a strong group of people and that when it comes right down to it we all still genuinely care about our neighbors.
If you feel this way about how things were handled or if you have your own tale of kindness and unselfishness on someone's behalf and you want to give them the credit they are due then feel free to shout it out here. If anyone has anything negative or judgmental to say or simply wants to stir the proverbial shitpot and start slandering and belittling people then start your own discussion because I doubt if anyone posting anything here wants to read it and if someone does post something hateful then the rest of us will ignore you.
It is times like the one we just endured where the true character of people can be measured. We could have had looters, thieves, vandals and every other horrible element under the sun raping our town but that wasn't the case at all so give yourselves a hand Webster Springs. You've earned it!