Thumbs up ... to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department being recognized for Best Overall Performance in Region 8 of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program for the year. Lt. Chris Bailey was honored as the officer writing the most citations for seatbelt violations, while Deputy Eric McKinney was recognized for issuing the most DUI citations.
Thumbs up ... to The Amish Barn for offering a special deal for those who make a donation to the Women’s Resource Center. When you bring a new pair of women’s pajamas or a sweatsuit for the Women’s Resource Center, the business is offering a free grilled cheese combo as a thank you. The Women’s Resource Center offers sweatsuits and pajamas to victims who have to give their clothing to police for evidence.
Thumbs up ... to 51 public and private nonprofit agencies throughout the state receiving Victims of Crime Act Assistance subgrant funds totaling $2,214,551. Wyoming County received $23,458 for the salary of a full-time victim advocate in the prosecuting attorney’s office. The advocate provides direct services to crime victims in the county.
Thumbs up ... to Jack Crosier of Oak Hill, honored as the 2013 Fayette County Man of the Year by the membership of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 Fayette County Woman of the Year was Diana Janne, and honored as the Business of the Year for Fayette County in 2013 was Jim Lively Insurance/The Lively Family.
Thumbs up ... to the Alpha Foundation’s award of the first $10 million of $48 million for research grants into mine health and safety issues. Sixteen research proposals won initial approval, and final budgets for them are now being discussed. Virginia Tech will work on through-the-earth communication systems and a new risk-management approach to safety, while WVU will work on safety systems at surface mines and mobile equipment technology training.
Thumbs up ... to a recent tip that led the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department to 450 marijuana plants, with a street value of $1.3 million, in Coal Mountain. Anyone with information on drugs is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 304-732-8000, ext. 301.
Thumbs up ... to the Plum Creek Foundation for awarding $5,000 to the Rainelle Community Development Corporation for developing the 20-plus acres donated by Dr. Darrell Cales for Little League baseball and softball fields. Preliminary plans call for two more playing fields and additional recreational amenities.