Here is a smattering of the items running on the debut of the Good News page. You can read about more accolades and honors on page 6A in Tuesday's edition of the Johnson City Press.
Wilson achieves Eagle Scout
Ian Nathaniel Wilson, a Boy Scout from Troop 35 in Johnson City, received the highest rank — Eagle Scout — during a Court of Honor ceremony at Tri-Cities Baptist Church in Gray earlier this year.
Wilson, a junior at Providence Academy, directed Scouts in performing a community service project in order to earn his Eagle rank. Wilson’s crew created and installed trail maps for Winged Deer Park and painted blazes on trees to mark the trails.
Wilson has been a member of Cub Pack 35 and Scout Troop 35 at First Christian Church for nearly nine years, earning 28 merit badges. He has participated in Scouting’s national high adventure camp at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, backpacking more than 80 miles in rugged territory. He also hiked the Appalachian Trail across the entire state of Maryland and attended the centennial Scout Jamboree in 2010.
Wilson is the son of Brent and Karen Wilson of Kingsport.
Marshall selected as Tylenol hero
Johnson City resident Betty Marshall was selected as a winner in the recent Tylenol Holiday Heroes Facebook contest.
The contest invited participants to nominate someone in their life who continuously goes above and beyond to show others just how much they care. Nominated by her daughter Sarah, Marshall’s story was chosen from thousands of submissions nationwide.
“Tylenol recognizes that there are many unsung heroes who overcome aches and pains to do so much more for others,” Tylenol’s Senior Brand Manager Jennifer Callaghan said. “In honor of these heroes we created a holiday contest on Facebook to help friends and families celebrate their loved ones and show how much they appreciate what they do all year round.”
Marshall was honored for her acts of giving and unconditional love, even when it meant she dealt with pain. Her daughter described her as a woman who “works hard in the kitchen, always creating fabulous feasts” to make family holidays special.
Each Holiday Hero winner and their nominator were given their choice one of prizes including a spa day, a chef to cook a family meal, a limo for a day of shopping and a cleaning crew.
Ridgeview School has success at Big 3 Tourney:
The girls’ and boys’ teams at Ridgeview School in Gray had some success recently on the hardwood.
The Ridgeview Lady Raptors took the Big 3 Conference Tournament late last month by first defeating Rogersville Middle School 46-6 in the opening round. The Lady Raptors then beat fellow Washington County School, Grandview, 55-25 in the semi-finals before moving to the championship game against Rogersville City School. In that game, the Lady Raptors won 34-29.
Not to be outdone, the boys’ team at Ridgeview won its Big 3 Conference Tournament.
The Raptors started out by defeating cross-county rival Grandview School 59-22 in the opening round. They then defeated Rogersville Middle School 50-38 in the semi-finals before taking out Bulls Gap 49-32 to win the championship game.
With the win, the Raptors also secured the regular season championship, recording a 14-0 record.