The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 15, 2014

Thumbs — Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Thumbs up ... to West Virginia’s receiving $3.2 million in federal funding for continued efforts to help low-performing schools. The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $38 million in school improvement grants for West Virginia and five other states. Schools can use the funding for parent and community activities, consultants, hiring staff or professional development for staff to improve student achievement.


Thumbs down ... to a scam in which a caller impersonates an electric or gas company representative and threatens to disconnect the customer unless they immediately make a payment with a pre-paid debit card. They also may ask for personal information, such as a consumer’s Social Security number.

Thumbs down ... to West Virginia being among the worst states in the country in long-term budget planning, according to a major new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. West Virginia should adopt a set of proven budget-planning tools that could help it weather difficult economic times, build an attractive business climate and make government more effective and efficient, the report finds.

Thumbs down ... to a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny West Virginia’s request for emergency protective measures through the emergency declaration issued in response to the Kanawha Valley chemical spill that tainted the drinking water of some 300,000 people. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he is appealing the decision.

Thumbs down ... to the 13 Raleigh County establishments charged with illegally selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21 during a recent underage alcohol sting. Law enforcement officers from the Beckley Police Department and Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration agents to conduct the sting.

Thumbs up ... to the 25 establishments that were in compliance during the underage alcohol sting coordinated by the West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program and Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration. The program is an ongoing effort with local law enforcement to make sure alcohol is not readily available to underage buyers.

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    April 17, 2014

  • Continuing the fight

    Solutions for drug war may need to be as tough as the problem

    April 16, 2014

  • Take me home

    You can go home again.

    April 15, 2014

  • Team work

    There is no doubt that last week’s announcement by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority of plans for a 500-acre Mega-Site development is one of the most visionary ideas we have seen in southern West Virginia.

    April 13, 2014

  • Thumbs — Saturday, April 12, 2014

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  • Concord

    Impressive achievements in higher education reflected in quality of finalists for president

    April 10, 2014

  • Service

    In West Virginia, we often measure our “wealth” by all the things we can generally do without.

    April 9, 2014

  • Nutrition

    How much can we trust government to advise us on food?

    April 8, 2014

  • War on miners

    The federal government in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to cut funding for coal miners suffering from black lung disease by 35 percent.

    April 6, 2014

  • Thumbs — Saturday, April 5, 2014

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