The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 1, 2012

Thumbs — Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

— Thumbs down ... to copper thieves Appalachian Power said are responsible for an outage in Charleston that left 2,900 customers without service. Charleston Area Medical Center’s Memorial Division had to switch to backup generators, traffic lights were knocked out and the University of Charleston had to cancel classes.

Thumbs up ... to Amy Pearl Spence, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Hidden Valley Assisted Living in Oak Hill with family and friends. Pearl has lived in Green Valley in Nicholas County all her life, and up until last year she lived on her own.

Thumbs up ... to Richard Jarrell for receiving the Spirit of Philanthropy award for volunteer service at the 2012 Annual Conference of West Virginia Grantmakers. Jarrell, nominated by the Beckley Area Foundation, is a successful local civic leader, community volunteer and businessman, operating two area Chick-fil-A franchises.

Thumbs up ... to the Greenbrier Leadership Institute’s expansion. This year, instructors will conduct four sessions with 40 to 45 high school juniors and seniors. Students will then participate in various school and community service projects throughout the year, with their progress monitored and encouraged by local educators.

Thumbs up ... to West Virginia Executive magazine’s naming two area businessmen among its 2013 Young Guns. Coy Flowers, partner at Greenbrier Physicians Inc. in Lewisburg, and Christopher Vaught, president and CEO of Vaught Inc. in Beckley, were among 10 honored as new Young Guns Class of 2013 for their success in their industry and community involvement.

Thumbs up ... to The New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau for receiving a perfect score in its most recent accreditation process. The process helps CVBs be better stewards of their financial responsibilities and the call to action to market and promote an area or destination. The action renews for three years.

Thumbs up ... to Chris Martin, a vice president at West Virginia University and former dean of its journalism school who has been named president of the newly formed Poynter Foundation. She will help increase philanthropic support for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Thumbs up ... to Concord University’s McNair Scholars Program for receiving a five-year grant totaling $1.26 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The McNair Scholars Program provides enriching experiences to prepare undergraduates from Concord University, Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University for the graduate school application process and the graduate school experience.