The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 7, 2013

Thumbs — Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

— Thumbs up ... to the announcement the Postal Service will keep the Danese Post Office open through December 2015. The Postal Service renewed the facility’s lease with the current landlord for two years, with the understanding that Postal officials would investigate options for a more permanent location in Danese.


Thumbs up ... to Dr. Anthony Woart, director of the Minority Health Institute and professor of sociology at Bluefield State College, being selected to serve on the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission. The group will develop, promote, coordinate, approve, review and make recommendations for activities to commemorate the birthday and achievements of Dr. King.  

 Thumbs down ... to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration having to consider midyear budget cuts to offset a decline in West Virginia revenues. A state report shows tax collections are about $57.4 million below estimates for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Thumbs up ... to Woodrow Wilson High School, which recently captured the 26th annual WVU Tech Math and Science Bowl competition. The five-member Flying Eagle squad went undefeated (4-0) in competition against four other high schools. Next up is the state competition, followed by the nationals in Washington, D.C. Team members were Aniket Zinzuwadia, David Buch, Jessie Kelly, Matthew Koh and Elizabeth Koh. Mary Jo Snow is the sponsor.

Thumbs up ... to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, which recently received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, in recognition of the hospital’s commitment to the highest standards in the country for heart failure care. SCPC is different from other accreditation processes: Instead of publishing criteria and then judging hospital compliance, SCPC provides hospitals with evaluation tools to examine current operations and promote continual improvement in cardiac care.

Thumbs down ... to the state’s declining gambling revenue, which could affect the rating of the School Building Authority’s excess lottery revenue bonds. Gambling revenue from the four racetrack casinos has been hurt by competition from casinos in neighboring states.

Thumbs up ... to the recovery of several brass light fixtures that were taken from the West Virginia Veterans Memorial in Charleston. Improved record keeping by recycling businesses is enabling the police to identify suspects in cases involving receiving or transferring stolen goods.