Thumbs up ... to a struggling town in McDowell County that has gotten help from another county about 300 miles away. Berkeley County transferred a surplus 2006 police cruiser to Gary for $1 after learning that the town’s only cruiser had been vandalized. Gary officials had asked U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin for help because the town can’t afford to repair or replace the cruiser.
Thumbs up ... to voters for approving the fire levy. Beckley Fire Department recently purchased a Pierce 1500 GPM Triple Combination Pumper mounted on a Velocity custom chassis for just over $580,000 thanks to those funds. The new fire truck is designed to perform multiple firefighting, rescue and emergency medical tasks.
Thumbs up ... to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, which received an official 10-year re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Southern has been accredited continuously by the HLC since its beginning in 1971. Southern was judged in core criteria such as meeting needs of its community and students, financial stability, program availability, leadership and staff dedication.
Thumbs up ... to Tudor’s Biscuit World, which recently presented a check for $33,000 to Make-A-Wish to help grant more than nine wishes of West Virginia children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. The presentation was made at the Smithers location because that restaurant was the leading fundraiser companywide.
Thumbs up ... to Fayetteville’s Rita Price, chosen as the winner of the cruiser decal contest for the town of Fayetteville’s newest police car. Honorable mentions went to Melissa Kincaid, Mike Roles and Diana Coleman for their designs.
Thumbs up ... to West Virginia University graduate student Jessica Odenheimer, who has received national recognition for her work in the field of mine land reclamation. A master’s candidate in agronomy in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Odenheimer won a $2,000 scholarship from the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs.
Thumbs up ... to everyone who took part in Glade Springs’ annual Fright Night in October. The event resulted in a $8,383 donation to the United Way of Southern West Virginia. The United Way assists people through dozens of worthy programs operating in five counties throughout the region.