You know them as our area's unsung heroes.
They are our friends and neighbors, the people who are always willing to lend a hand and step up when there's work to be done.
They help in the fight against cancer, work to make sure animals are treated humanely and are willing to volunteer at the county fair.
They are the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times Community Stars, Presented by Weirton Medical Center. Each is following in the footsteps of the stars who have been chosen since the program began in 1998. Each goes out of his or her way to help others, not to draw attention to him or herself, but simply because it is the right thing to do.
They will be honored during a dinner set to begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Residents from around the Tri-State Area have always turned out to show their appreciation for all that the honorees have done. It's even easier to attend this year's dinner - the price of adult tickets has been reduced to $18 for adults, while children's tickets are just $14. Tickets will be available at the newspaper office through Thursday's purchase deadline
This year's stars include:
*Kyle Elder of Toronto, who is involved with the Jefferson County Relay for Life.
* Tom Fitzgerald of Mingo Junction, who is very involved with activities in and around his community.
* Betty Hasley of Rayland, a longtime volunteer at the Jefferson County Fair.
* Gloria Howard of Steubenville, a senior citizen who still finds time to help others.
* Cathy Llewellyn of Steubenville, who counts work on the Pleasant Hill School House Museum among her many activities.
* Rick and Mary Oddi of Burgettstown, who lead a Cub Scout Troop for children with developmental disabilities.
* Janet Polverini, a longtime resident of Toronto who now lives in Follansbee and is involved with many area organizations including the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League.
* Betty Powley of Bloomingdale, who volunteers with many groups, from her church to the Edison High School Band.
* Robert Pulice of Weirton, who goes beyond just being a good neighbor.
* Michael Thomas of Steubenville, who has helped to find clothing and food for those in need and is the founder of U.N.I.T.E.D. F.R.O.N.T., an organization created in the memory of his late son.
You'll have the chance to learn more about this year's stars in a special section that will be included in the Oct. 6 edition.
We're sure you will enjoy reading their stories, and we hope you will make plans to join us Oct. 7 at St. Florian Hall to honor this year's Community Stars.