The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 24, 2012

Thumbs — Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

— Thumbs up ... to Jack Defibaugh, a Greenbrier County schools bus inspector selected as America’s Best School Bus Inspector by the National Association for Pupil Transportation. This is the second time Defibaugh has won the title. He held the honor in 2011.

Thumbs up ... to Sam Hill, girls soccer team coach at PikeView, for being the 2012 West Virginia girls soccer high school coach of the year both by the state soccer coaches association and by the National Federation of High Schools. He is also the  PikeView boys team coach and has a 91-28-12 record on the girls side and is 64-49-9 with the boys.

Thumbs up ... to Visit Southern WV (formerly the SWVCVB), which won the “Best Overall Advertising Campaign Award” at the recent Governor’s Conference on Tourism. This award was given for the most imaginative and innovative advertising to promote the tourism industry using magazine, newspaper, photography, radio, television and web.

Thumbs up ... to Maurice’s in the Fayette Town Center, which collected more than 100 coats that were donated to the Women’s Resource Center, a private, nonprofit agency that provides temporary shelter, counseling, advocacy and supportive services for victims, survivors and witnesses of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Thumbs up ... to the Beckley Area Foundation for awarding 13 grants totaling $55,007 in its “Full STEAM Ahead” initiative. BAF received $50,000 from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation which was re-granted for projects that integrated the arts in the teaching of STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math).

Thumbs up ... to The Greenbrier and the resort’s owner, Jim Justice, for donating $1 million in toys for children in need. This is the second year the generous donation will help underprivileged children in the region have a merry Christmas through the “Create A Dream Tree For Kids.”

Thumbs up ... to Wyoming County Circuit Clerk David “Bugs” Stover, 57, for walking to Washington, D.C., again. Stover will spend his Thanksgiving break walking to the nation’s capital to speak with President Barack Obama about coal and its importance to the region and the nation’s economy.