Thumbs up ... to Ann Bibb Covington, named the 2012 Fayetteville Citizen of the Year by the Junior Woman’s Club. Covington was chosen for her service to the community despite challenges.
Thumbs up ... to a group of Mercer County quilters that gave 50 quilts to veterans at the Beckley VA Hospital. The quilts were presented to the veterans as a Christmas present and a way to say thank you for their service.
Thumbs up ... to Just for Kids “champions of children.” Six individuals from Wyoming, Raleigh and Fayette counties who have gone above and beyond to help children and families will be honored Dec. 13: Detective Sgt. Glen Chapman of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department; Lt. Jim Bare of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department; Joe Bullington, Region IV regional Department of Health and Human Resources director; Joyce Pitsenbarger, RN, director of education, Raleigh General Hospital; Heather Lucas, Fayette County Child Protective Services supervisor; and Kathy Brunty, director, Wyoming County Family Resource Network. In addition, the following organizations will be recognized for their major financial support to Just For Kids Inc.: Alpha Natural Resources, Two Brothers Collision, Legacy Resources, and the Bickey Family.
Thumbs down ... to the number of West Virginia teens and young adults who are neither employed nor in school. The KIDS COUNT report says 40 percent of those ages 16 to 24 had a job in 2011 — down from 53 percent in 2000. That statistic means about 56,000 Mountain State teens and young adults were at risk, the report says.
Thumbs up ... to the Massey Foundation of Richmond, Va., for providing funds for a challenge grant that will match donations to existing or new unrestricted funds at the Beckley Area Foundation. This is the fourth year the BAF has received this gift from the Massey Foundation.
Thumbs up ... to a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker that was placed in Oceana. The Blue Star Memorial Highway project serves as a tribute to the armed forces who have defended the U.S., as well as those individuals who are currently serving their country.