The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 6, 2013

Thumbs — Saturday, April 6, 2013

— Thumbs up ... to Bradley Elementary School teacher Amanda Sammons-Meadows, honored with a Teacher Achievement Award from Arch Coal Foundation. The kindergarten teacher, who has six years of experience, was one of 12 state teachers recognized. Winners receive $3,500, a trophy and a classroom plaque.

Thumbs up ... to the more than 130 people who took part in the 10th annual Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge. Funds from the event are used to raise awareness of child abuse. This year’s plunge broke records for participation, spectators and the amount raised — $17,300.

Thumbs up ... to Raleigh General Hospital for donating $2,500 to the YMCA to again partner in the annual International Dinner. The event enables residents to celebrate the diversity of the area. The dinner is set for 1 to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Thumbs up ... to $15,000 from the Division of Culture and History through Records Management and Preservation Board grants to the Fayette County Commission. The money will be used to scan and index deed books, to purchase public access computers and to digitize and microfilm criminal and civil order books.

Thumbs up ... to Cliffs Natural Resources’ Logan County Coal Lower War Eagle underground mine, which received the Mountaineer Guardian Safety Award from the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association. The 58 employees worked 124,742 man-hours without a lost-time accident, below industry average-injury incidence rates and outstanding safety programs.

Thumbs up ... to Hamilton, Burgess, Young and Pollard, the first corporate sponsor to again donate $1,000 to kick off the Fayette County Relay For Life. HBY&P has participated in the Fayette County Relay since 2001.

Thumbs up ... to Class AAA first-team all-state volleyball player Abby Brown. The Greenbrier East hitter is one of 18 sophomores recently named to MaxPrep’s Underclassmen All-American team. Brown is the only West Virginian chosen to the MaxPrep team. She has also been selected to’s Soph79 first team.

Thumbs up ... to medical assisting students from four New River Community and Technical College campuses for collecting eye glasses, sunglasses and bifocals for people in the Haitian town of Mizak. The students are supporting a group called Mountain to Mountains which sends volunteers to Haiti every year to conduct an eye clinic.