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: Shayde Chapman

Posted: 11/21/2014 - Shayde Chapman stays at Williamson Pre-k through 8 School every day, doing whatever job needs to be done.

Hometown Hero: The People Behind Lily's Place

Posted: 10/31/2014 - Lily's Place is an infant recovery center in Huntington that officially opened its doors Oct. 1. It gives newborns and their mothers topnotch care and support while they overcome their exposure to drugs.

Hometown Hero: Deanna Cunningham

Posted: 10/17/2014 - For two years Cunningham traveled, researched, and wrote grants to get money for the project. Then she pounded the pavement, asking community members to step up to the plate to donate time, money and supplies.
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Hometown Hero: Mike Spencer

Posted: 10/10/2014 - An unlikely rescue of more than 130 dogs lands Mike Spencer as this week's WSAZ Hometown Hero.

Hometown Hero: Rachel Cokeley

Updated: 10/03/2014 - Rachel Cokeley, a senior at George Washington High School, devotes herself to helping pets in need at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association (KCHA).

Hometown Hero: Tex Williams

Updated: 09/26/2014 - Through his lifetime, Tex Williams collected some 40,000-plus pieces of sports memorabilia. Earlier this summer, he turned an old post office where his mom used to work into a museum -- reaching out to his community and beyond.

Hometown Hero: Culloden Volunteer Fire Department

Posted: 09/19/2014 - Of the more than 500 calls the Culloden Volunteer Fire Department responded to in the last year, perhaps the most intensive service these unpaid servants gave rural Cabell and Putnam counties was during the water crisis.

Hometown Hero: Emily Adkins

Updated: 09/12/2014 - Emily Adkins, a veterinary tech student, showed her love of animals by rescuing them from a flooding building in Barboursville.


Posted: 09/05/2014 - Mark Kingery, an employee at Habitat for Humanity Restore in Huntington, was helping a customer with a table at an estate sale when money literally came pouring out.

Hometown Hero: Brandon Deal

Posted: 08/29/2014 - Brandon knew exactly what to do in a life or death situation, making sure his entire family made it out of their burning home safely.

Hometown Hero: Terri Adkins

Updated: 08/15/2014 - To her family, Terri Adkins is a mom and a wife. To her friend Amber Curry, Terri is an angel.

Hometown Heroes: Jenna Jarrett and Kayla Laws

Posted: 08/01/2014 - Two Kanawha County women are being credited with saving a man's life. They stopped on a busy Cabin Creek back road in the middle of the night, where a man was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run involving a coal truck.

Hometown Hero: Mae Mollett

Posted: 07/25/2014 - Customers say Mae Mollett always puts them first and looks out for everyone. "Unconditional love" is among the ways they describe our latest Hometown Hero.

Hometown Hero: Raymond "Rocky" Meadows

Updated: 07/04/2014 - Raymond "Rocky" Meaows turned his life around and created Lifehouse Saves Lives, a Christian ministry that puts anyone struggling with addiction into a home and a job.

Hometown Hero: Justin Helton

Posted: 06/27/2014 - U.S. Army Specialist Justin Helton, who recently was laid to rest in southern Ohio after dying in an airstrike in Afghanistan, recently was welcomed home as a true American hero.

Hometown Hero: George Sisler

Updated: 06/13/2014 - George Sisler, 77, has been collecting the cans for the last eight years in New Boston, Ohio. He said it allows him to help his church with food donations.

Hometown Hero: Betty Carte

Updated: 06/06/2014 - Betty Carte is a custodian at Ironton Elementary School, and her care goes far beyond keeping the hallways and rooms clean.

Hometown Hero: Jenifer Jacobs Webster

Posted: 05/30/2014 - When you walk into a library, thousands of different stories are just waiting to fill your imagination. For this week’s Hometown Hero, we bring you one of those stories -- not from pages in a book, but of a librarian.

Hometown Hero: Delcie Elkins

Updated: 05/16/2014 - For the many Special Olympics volunteers, the mission was simple -- make the kids the stars of the track-and-field meet. Among those helpers was Delcie Elkins, who truly has made her life all about kids with autism.

Hometown Hero: Rick Frame

Updated: 05/02/2014 - Rick Frame has touched countless lives through his 30 years as a teacher and coach. But two years ago, his life changed forever. He was diagnosed with gallstones, but was shocked to find out it was something much more serious.

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