Thumbs up ... to the NBAC’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings Program, which awarded eight $10,000-equivalent technical assistance grants. From this region, Ronceverte, which has devoted quite a bit of time and effort toward developing a plan to remediate its brownfields and to bridge the gap between downtown and Island Park, was chosen. The city currently has a brownfields grant application pending with the Environmental Protection Agency for $200,000 to clean up the former Lewisburg Wholesale building to eventually make available to developers for re-investment.
Thumbs up ... to Just For Kids, a local child advocacy center, which celebrated its third annual Champions of Children event. Recognized were Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Micheal Cochrane, Fayette County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Mauzy, Raleigh County Assistant Prosecutor Andy Dimlich and local businessman and philanthropist Dan Bickey. Over the past year, 346 children were interviewed and counseling was provided to 80 children and more than 50 families were assisted through the judicial process.
Thumbs up ... to the West Virginia State Police for receiving a $30,000 West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband Grant to develop a sex offender mapping program through the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, which oversees the West Virginia Broadband Mapping Program. The grant will enable the State Police to create a mapping system identifying registered sex offenders in the state and provide troopers a faster method of identifying all sex offenders within a given region by making inquiries to the mapping system.
Thumbs up ... to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s receiving a collection of artwork celebrating “Moments in Black History” from Anthony Kinzer, president and CEO of the West Virginia Center for African American Arts & Culture, as part of Black History Month. The collection was put on display in the Governor’s Reception Room and in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.
Thumbs up ... to the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District announcement that Pleasant Valley Farm, located near Gap Mills in Monroe County, was recognized in 2013 as a West Virginia Century Farm. The farm is owned by W. Alvin and Eleanor S. Porterfield of Lewisburg. Initiated and administered by the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Century Farm Program honors families that have continuously farmed the same tracts of land for at least 100 years.
Thumbs up ... to a Beckley native recently being promoted to the rank of rear admiral lower half and assigned to lead several health care groups within the Navy. Dr. Stephen Pachuta is currently assigned as the director for medical resources, plans and policy on the Navy staff at the Pentagon. He also serve as chief of the Navy Dental Corps. We have 1,085 Navy Dental Corps officers.