The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 13, 2012

Thumbs — Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

— Thumbs up ... to NBC Nightly News’ recent feature that included Fayette and Doddridge counties in a segment on the After-school Supper Program. Fayette County served more after-school meals than any other county in West Virginia last year.

Thumbs up ... to Ansted recently being named one of the best “51 Mini Family Vacations in the U.S.” by Parenting Magazine. The area offers whitewater, rafting, Hawks News State Park, the New River gorge, hiking, camping, the Mystery Hole and so much more.

Thumbs up ... to Global Science & Technology for winning a nearly $9.7 million contract to continue work that expands the National Mesonet Program for the National Weather Service. Its newest one-year assignment focuses on emerging technologies that detect temperature, wind and moisture in the lower atmosphere.

Thumbs down ... to WVU’s continued problem with fires after football games. More than 40 fires were set around town last weekend following WVU’s 48-45 win over Texas. Fifty officers in helmets, gas masks and body armor used pepper spray to disperse a crowd of about 1,000 that set fires and threw bricks and bottles at them.

Thumbs up ... to Taylor Coleman,  Shady Spring High School student who chose as her Senior Project helping restock  food pantries. All donations from today’s  Food Drive and Car Show at the high school, will be given to local food pantries.

Thumbs up ... to the West Virginia Department of Education’s Dropout Prevention Innovations Zone school grants given to Greenbrier West and Nicholas and McDowell County high schools. Funds will be used to boost after-school programs, behavioral initiatives, guidance counseling and standardized test preparation.

Thumbs up ... to Crescent Elementary and Maxwell Hill Elementary schools in Raleigh County once again achieving Exemplary Accreditation Status by the West Virginia Office of Education Performance Audits. Crescent has also been recognized as a 1998-1999 WV School of Excellence and a 2005 National NCLB Blue Ribbon School. Maxwell Hill has earned exemplary status 10 of the past 11 years.