Thumbs up ... to the West Virginia Humanities Council for awarding eight grants. The council is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and offers a variety of funds to nonprofit organizations in West Virginia to support educational programming. From this region, the Greenbrier Historical Society was selected.
Thumbs up ... to the Summers County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center which has presented the Summers County Humane Society with a $500 donation. SCHS is a no-kill society that works to foster a variety of pets until they can be adopted. Some of the animals are even adopted by people all along the East Coast. Two of the animals, “Patience” and “Lily Beth” visited with some of the residents at the facility during the donation.
Thumbs up ... to New River Elementary School students, led by the school’s fourth graders, for raising over $3,000 in a recent penny project to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. The energetic students are now involved in a drive to collect donations for the Fayette County Humane Society.
Thumbs down ... to West Virginia having the 19th heaviest tax burden in the nation. The Tax Foundation’s annual State-Local Tax Burden report shows that 9.7 percent of incomes go toward state and local taxes.
Thumbs up ... to Jordon Lovejoy, of Wyoming County, named West Virginia University’s Udall scholar. The Pineville native is a senior with a triple-major in English, Spanish and women’s and gender studies. Lovejoy is only the third-ever WVU winner of the prestigious scholarship.
Thumbs up ... to Jeff Mullins of Employers’ Innovative Network, Dermatology Associations and Surgery Center, Whittington Fence Company, Cliffs Natural Resources and Ramey Motors for coming together in support of Herndon Consolidated Elementary. The donations will be used for new playground equipment.
Thumbs up ... to Vaught Inc., of Beckley, for establishing a new philanthropic division called Shine. Vaught employees are going to be able to help support nonprofit efforts while donating an hour of company time for every hour volunteered. Shine will also provide some financial support to qualifying charities.