Thumbs up ... to a $15,000 grant that will be used to make improvements at the Roscoe Plumley Wyoming County Youth Camp constructed four decades ago. The camp is used by 4-H groups from several counties as well as for family reunions, wedding receptions, church camps and other events.
Thumbs down ... to a new report from the Washington-based Violence Policy Center that said South Carolina women were killed by men at a rate of 2.54 per 100,000, which is more than double the national average. West Virginia was ranked in the top 10: South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana and New Mexico. Nationally, 16 times as many women were killed by a man they knew than by male strangers.
Thumbs up ... to the Beckley Area Foundation’s allocation of $75,000 in state tax credits through the Neighborhood Investment Program. Businesses and individuals who donate $500 or more to BAF are eligible to receive half the contributed amount in the form of state tax credits. Other participating groups include Hospice, Just for Kids, New River Community and Technical College and West Virginia Dance Company. The Hinton Area Foundation received $50,000 in state tax credits.
Thumbs down ... to con artists trying to rip off homeowners and insurance firms alike across southern West Virginia by making false inspections on roofs or creating minor damages themselves. People should ask for references of other jobs and to see licenses and insurance of anyone offering to do work. To be a smart consumer, don’t allow anybody to work on your property until you verify who they are.
Thumbs up ... to Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department being awarded a $35,000 Community Participation Grant for equipment upgrades. Pineville officials also accepted two Community Participation Grants. A $10,000 grant is earmarked for a vehicle and another $25,000 grant will assist with street improvements. Oceana Fire Department accepted $4,000 for equipment. Wyoming County Fire Company in Pineville received $5,000 for equipment upgrades. Baileysville Youth Football accepted a $5,000 grant for equipment and other improvements. Pineville Little League was given $15,000 for facilities improvements. Westside High School was presented $10,000 for tennis court improvements and Mullens Fire Department accepted $5,000 for equipment.
Thumbs down ... to news that West Virginia’s manufacturing employment continues to erode, but at least the job losses appear to be slowing, according to an annual survey by Manufacturers’ News. Manufacturing employment fell 1 percent between July 2012 and July 2013, compared to 1.3 percent during 2011-2012. Coal mining employment fell 5 percent to 11,829 jobs. But the industry remains the state’s top industrial sector. The primary metals sector and chemical manufacturing employment areas also declined.