Thumbs up ... to West Virginia lottery players being on a roll this year with nine Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million sold in the state. While five other states have had more people win $1 million or more, West Virginia is No. 1 per capita,
averaging one Powerball ticket worth $1 million for every 200,000 of its 1.8 million residents.
Thumbs up ... to Delegate Linda
Sumner, R-Raleigh, chosen by the West Virginia Community Action Partnership, a statewide membership organization comprised of the 16 community action agencies, selected as its 2014 Legislator of the Year award recipient. The award is given to the legislative member who best demonstrates a commitment to empowering low-income individuals and families and to eliminating the causes of poverty in the state.
Thumbs up ... to the mine rescue teams that competed at Bluefield State College during the eighth annual Mine Rescue
Competition sponsored by the Center for Applied Research and Technology along with Welch Post No. 1 of the National Mine Rescue Association. The first-place winner of this year’s mine rescue competition was Cliffs Natural
Resources’ Pinnacle White team. Second place went to Cliffs Natural Resources’ Pinnacle Blue team and third place was awarded to Consol Buchanan Mining Co. LLC Buchanan Black team.
Thumbs up ... to Cliffs Natural Resources for providing funding for a new scholarship program at Southern West
Virginia Community and Technical College in conjunction with the Southern Community College Foundation. The scholarship program
will be a multi-year partnership to provide financial
assistance to students pursuing career and educational opportunities in technology.
Thumbs up ... to the “Pennies for Paws” for the Raleigh County Humane Society. The fundraiser delivered $3,302.70 in
donations from Clear Fork, Shady Spring, Hollywood, Beckley, Stanaford and Marsh Fork elementaries as well as the community. The money helps support needed medical care for local homeless animals.