WSAZ - HometownHero


Every week, WSAZ recognizes people who have made a significant difference in other people's lives and/or communities. Winners are chosen based on, but not limited to, their voluntary positive impact on a person or community.



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WSAZ Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero: Holden Topping

Posted: 04/11/2014 - Holden Topping started a trend he never saw coming when he shaved his head in honor of his mother, Stefanie Rodgers, who is bravely battling breast cancer.

Hometown Hero: Donna Suttle

Updated: 03/28/2014 - Donna Suttle is taking the old bricks and creating a keepsake that will, in turn, build an elite football stadium for the Ashland players and fans of the future.

Hometown Hero: John Hubbard

Posted: 02/28/2014 - Nellie Payton was trapped inside her home earlier this week after it caught fire in Kenova, W.Va. Her neighbor John Hubbard saw the flames and sprang into action to help.

Hometown Hero: Deloris Shockley

Updated: 02/21/2014 - For her spirit of giving, Deloris Shockley is our latest Hometown Hero. Officers know her visits usually mean a lot of food -- sometimes as many as eight pizzas at a time.

Hometown Hero: 'Red Hot' Booster Club

Posted: 01/24/2014 - While the kids handle the theatrics on stage, the Booster Club -- some 110 members strong -- does the hard work of planning and executing this key fundraiser that serves 1,400 meals in three days.

Hometown Hero: Brandi Reese

Posted: 01/03/2014 - Brandi Reese helped put a roof over a family's head and provided them with clothing and toys. Flooding hit Adam Milam and his family just weeks before Christmas.

Hometown Hero: Lauren McComas

Updated: 12/30/2013 - She turned a corner in her life-long battle of obesity, losing 175lbs so far. Now she is helping and inspiring others, having become a personal trainer at the Huntington YMCA. (The original story as aired, plus an expanded interview)

Hometown Hero: Troy Miley

Posted: 12/09/2013 - If you look back at your time in school, chances are your daily commute doesn't stand out. If anything, you likely remember waiting for it more than the journey. However, that's because you didn't ride bus 722.

Hometown Hero: Batman

Updated: 10/11/2013 - It wouldn't occur to most adults to dress up as Batman, but as Bruce Wayne said in the film “Batman Begins,” sometimes people need dramatic examples to shake them out of their apathy.

Hometown Hero: Mike Wilson and Charls "Doc" Harden

Posted: 02/25/2013 - Mike Wilson, Emergency Manager of Magoffin County Kentucky, and "Doc" Harden, Judge Executive warn residents and save lives during the Salyersville Tornado. They also lead the way in getting a new county warning system.

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