Thumbs up ... to Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh, recently honored with a West Virginia Municipal League Lifetime Achievement Award. Pugh joined the league in 1989 and has served as treasurer and president of the league three separate times. He has been on the Board of Directors since joining in 1989.
Thumbs up ... to a $25,000 donation from American Electric Power Foundation to the Just for Kids Child Advocacy Center. The grant will support work in Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming counties with a focus on providing infrastructure in Wyoming County.
Thumbs up ... to Greenbrier County emergency manager Al Whitaker, named the West Virginia Emergency Manager of the Year. Whitaker is the first southern West Virginia emergency manager to win the award, given for outstanding work in local programs, statewide committees and training endeavors.
Thumbs up ... to Toyota for pouring another $90 million into its Buffalo plant to increase transmission production. This is the eighth time the Putnam County plant has been expanded in its 15-year history at the site. The move is expected to generate 80 new jobs.
Thumbs up ... to more than $93,000 being headed to the West Virginia Department of Education to cover part of the fees for low-income students taking advanced placement tests. The funding is part of nearly $29 million awarded to 42 states from the U.S. Department of Education. Federal education officials say the payments should be able to cover all but $10 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by a low-income student.
Thumbs up ... to a $25,000 donation from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Office of Historic Preservation to the Fayetteville School Building Committee. The grant will replace the roof of the old Fayetteville High School building built in 1923. Efforts are under way to restore the building for possible uses as a creative arts center, a new location for the Fayetteville Arts Coalition, CODA Music Academy and a museum for the community.
Thumbs up ... to Doris’ Reliable Handyman Service, which not only helps customers with their honey-do lists, but also gives a portion of income from every job they do to the Women’s Resource Center. During the recent WRC fundraising event “Little Black Dress,” eight hours of free handyman service were donated from Doris’ Reliable Handyman Service.