Thumbs up ... to West Virginia’s receiving nearly $8 million for public housing projects from the Public Housing Capital Fund Program. The Housing Authority of Raleigh County received a $79,441 grant, the Housing Authority of the City of Beckley received $279,750, and the Housing Authority of Mount Hope received $173,359.
Thumbs up ... to Glenville State College, ranked in the top 20 of the best colleges for veterans within the south regional colleges division by U.S. News & World Report. GSC received the rating of 17 in Best Colleges because of graduation rates, faculty resources, reputation, and other markers of academic quality. In total, there were only 234 ranked schools across the nation chosen for the honor.
Thumbs up ... to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s distribution of about $11 million to West Virginia for conservation and recreation projects. The funding comes from excise taxes on sales of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors. It also includes revenue from fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines.
Thumbs up ... to Freese and Nichols Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., designer of a series of dams and lakes at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, which earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement for the work at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 48th annual Engineering Excellence Awards. The site selected to be the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree had no developed water features but now has lakes for swimming, fishing, rowing, and other aquatic activities.