— Thumbs down ... to child care in the state lacking in quality, according to West Virginia KIDS COUNT’s annual report on children’s well-being. Only 1,680 of 68,600 children are in programs that are accredited the highest quality by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. More than 62 percent of child care workers in the state have no formal training in tending to children, the report said.
Thumbs up ... to James Akers, Fayetteville mayor and chairman of the Old Fayetteville High School Committee, who was presented the West Virginia Endangered Historic Properties Recognition Award. The West Virginia University Community Design Team identified the importance of the old high school in 2007 and encouraged its preservation. The town purchased the building, began the restoration process and reached out to community groups and local artisans to become potential tenants.
Thumbs up ... to Beckley Area Foundation for its support and understanding of the importance of the need to spay and neuter pets to help control their overpopulation. BAF provided a grant to Raleigh County Animal Rescue to help fund a low-income spay and neuter program.
Thumbs up ... to the nomination of
Hinton native Sylvia Mathews Burwell to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, just one day after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation. One of Burwell’s first tasks would be to oversee the enrollment of millions of people in the government’s health care exchange.
Thumbs up ... to the Obama administration’s appointment of Raleigh County Board of Education President Richard “Rick” Snuffer II as the new state executive for the United States Department of Agriculture West Virginia Farm Service Agency. As state executive director, Snuffer will oversee the administration of FSA programs that help ensure abundant crops and affordable, nutritious food supplies for West Virginians.
Thumbs up ... to Cpl. Morgan Bragg of the Beckley Police Department, named the Officer of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police Black Diamond Lodge No. 81. The FOP honors officers who go above and beyond the line of duty, but they also give awards to those who make the community a better place.
Thumbs up ... to Adeline Erickson, who celebrated her 100th birthday at Brier
Rehab and Nursing Center in Ronceverte with several family members and friends. Erickson enjoys Big Band music as well as listening to classical music. Her favorite song is ‘‘Blue Suede Shoes.’’