Thumbs up ... to an $8,500 grant presented by Delegate Ricky Moye, D-Raleigh, to the Raleigh County Commission for the Women’s Resource Center. The funds will be used to make necessary repairs at the 36-bed shelter.
Thumbs up ... to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s presenting the Beckley Historic Landmark Commission with a $15,900 grant to conduct a historical and archeological investigation of the Beckley grist mill. The mill is located along Piney Creek not far from the YMCA of Southern West Virginia’s Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.
Thumbs up ... to quilter Charli Fulton, who will be competing in the 2014 American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek in Paducah, Ky. Her hand-stitched quilt “Vandalia Album” will hang alongside 405 others April 23-26. Quilters from 48 states and 10 countries are competing for $125,000 in cash prizes.
Thumbs down ... to someone calling people to say they had won a government grant of $7,500. The caller seeks account numbers to deposit the money directly into a bank account. In a second scam, cell phone owners get a text announcing, “You’ve won a prize!” To collect, you must text another phone number but you are then charged for the calls.
Thumbs up ... to the Westside Lady Renegades, who won their second Class AA high school girls basketball title in the past three years with a 43-33 victory over Sissonville recently in the Girls State High School Basketball Tournament in Charleston.
Thumbs up ... to the West Virginia University rifle team, which secured a nation’s-best 16th NCAA rifle championship last Saturday in Murray, Ky. WVU posted a score of 4,705 to capture its second straight title and third under eighth-year head coach Jon Hammond.
Thumbs up ... to The Piney Creek Watershed Association, which has been awarded a $5,000 grant from West Virginia Stream Partners Program. The grant will be used to plan and promote the sixth annual Watershed Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. June 13 at Little Beaver State Park.
Thumbs down ... to those using a scam involving jury duty. People are receiving phone calls from someone who claims the citizen is being fined for not responding to a jury duty notice and told if they don’t immediately pay the fine, it will increase or a warrant will be issued for their arrest.