Christmas may have come early to Tyler County, because there is a lot of good news this month.
Niche, a Pittsburgh based company that runs a ranking and review site for thousands of school systems across the country, has ranked the Tyler County School system as the second best school system in West Virginia. Niche also reports that Tyler Schools are the best place to teach, and the second safest school district of the 55 in the state.
A dozen organizations in Sistersville and the greater Tyler County area have been awarded grants totaling $131,757 from the Harry E. and Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust. This money will be put to good use through many projects, including the care of animals, library needs, a handicap ramp, Welcome To Sistersrville signs, special radios for Sistersville's ferry, and much more.
The Ohio River Ferry Festival's contribution to Appalachia is being honored by Heritage Ohio in partnership with Ohio Hill Country Heritage. Though the ferry has been in operation for nearly 200 years, the festival just began in 2014 - Ohio's Bicentennial. Thousands of people have attended the festival, which takes place on both sides of the river.
Through the efforts of local law enforcement, many children will have a better Christmas. Twenty kids participated in the Shop with a Cop program, each enjoying a $250 shopping spree at Walmart.
Santa has clearly placed Tyler County on his "nice" list, but the reality is that all this good news and progress is because people came together to make a difference in the lives of others.