Thumbs up ... to Melvin Goins and his brother, the late Ray Goins, chosen to be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year. The Rock natives were part of one of the great brother acts in the history of bluegrass music.
Thumbs up ... to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and three of his fellow senators for calling on children’s cable network Nickelodeon to ban ads targeting children that promote and sell junk food and sugar. Nickelodeon and its parent company, Viacom, have a special opportunity and responsibility to help address the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, the senator said.
Thumbs up ... to seven counties in southern West Virginia for getting a share of $1.6 million from the Department of the Interior. Rep. Nick Rahall said the money is being provided for counties and schools in forest communities through the department’s Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. From this area, Greenbrier County received $260,423; Nicholas County received $87, 845; Summers County, 57,172; and Monroe, $48,699.
Thumbs down ... to whoever is responsible for stealing toys collected for sick children. Basket of Hope, a Christian charity, has branches throughout the country, including Nitro. Recently, the local organization’s storage locker was broken into and numerous toys were taken. Among the toys that were stolen were numerous Barbie dolls, doll accessories and action figures, as well as unknown new merchandise in boxes yet to be sorted.
Thumbs up ... to Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner for supporting an idea from the National Transportation Safety Board to drop the blood alcohol content level from .08 to .05. While Tanner acknowledged the increased work load for officers, he said, “sometimes we have to look at what it may offer us in the long term, which is safer roads and better communities, and that’s what we’re here for.”
Thumbs up ... to nurses who received specialized training to help individuals who have been the victim of sexual assault or abuse. A collaborative effort of several organizations and individuals enabled 20 nurses and three advocates from Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, Greenbrier, McDowell and Kanawha to attend a 40-hour training course. Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are specially trained to receive victims of sexual assault with the compassion necessary to assist them and to perform the required forensic exam that could lead to prosecution of the perpetrator.