Thumbs up ... to Beckley Police Department for joining other government agencies around the state in a move toward a cleaner, cheaper fuel that’s produced domestically. Beckley Chief Timothy Deems has announced that four of the city’s Ford Crown Victoria cruisers have been converted from gasoline-only engines to engines that can also run on propane auto gas.
Thumbs up ... to Beckley Area Derby Dames who recently presented a $300 check to the YMCA of Southern West Virginia. The group selected six local nonprofits to receive a portion of bout proceeds — the Humane Society of Raleigh County, Women’s Resource Center, Just for Kids, Terri’s Tribute, Carpenter’s Corner and the Y.
Thumbs up ... to the beginnings of a plan that would create camping accommodations at Pinnacle Rock State Park for the growing number of people visiting the area to ride four-wheelers. The Pocahontas Trail in Mercer County, a branch of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, has brought thousands of visitors to Mercer County since its completion.
Thumbs up ... to MountainHeart Community Services, awarded nearly $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to continue Head Start and Early Head Start programs for pre-school children in eight sites across Wyoming County. Head Start is a national development program for low-income children that prepares them for school from a young age, according to a press release. The program provides activities in classrooms, as well as social, nutritional, health and mental health, and transportation for children and their families.
Thumbs up ... to Western Greenbrier Pharmacy, which recently donated more than $5,000 worth of arts and crafts supplies to the Art Department at Greenbrier West High School in Charmco. Craft paper, stencils, chalk, markers, rubber stamps, design tools and even shelving were among the many items received by the school.
Thumbs up ... to a $997,366 Small Cities Block Grant for Mullens officials and Eastern Wyoming Public Service District. The funds will assist with providing new water service to 130 households in Otsego, Pierpoint and Maben. The project will also include the consolidation of several smaller systems to provide more efficient and reliable water service throughout the area.