Thumbs up ... to Twin Falls Resort State Park’s golf course for earning a top accolade as one of the state’s Big Five courses for its scenic offerings, affordability and experience. Others named were Pipestem, Cacapon, Canaan Valley and Stonewall. Twin Falls’ unique course is fit into a narrow valley along a small stream and offers a variety of “day play” options as well as tournament opportunities.
Thumbs up ... to a $7,000 grant from Beckley Area Foundation to the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House. The funds went for a Wanderguard system to better serve patients who may be confused and have a tendency to wander. The system also helps make the facility safer and more secure.
Thumbs up ... to a Raleigh County student at Woodrow Wilson High School who has won first place in the state’s West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest. Adelina Lancianese placed first in the 11th-12th-grade county level contest and moved on to place first in the state. MeriBeth Underwood is Lancianese’s teacher.
Thumbs up ... to West Virginia State Police Cpl. R.A. Daniel, who not only received a Distinguished Service award, but was also named Officer of the Year at the recent Fraternal Order of Police Black Diamond Lodge 81 dinner. Also receiving recognition and plaques from Capehart and Rahall for their service were Sgt. Dean Bailey, Beckley Police Department; Steve Sturgill, Raleigh County Juvenile Probation Department; Senior Trooper Joseph Frye, West Virginia State Police; Lt. Kevin Hopkins, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office; Officer David Snuffer, Beckley Police Department; Deputy Raschard Cox, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office; and Mickey Sylvester, Division of Natural Resources Police. For contributions to law enforcement and the local community, the Beckley Moose Lodge and Doug and Linda K. Epling received plaques. And Capt. Skee Barley of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office was given recognition for his leadership, dedication and involvement in making law enforcement stronger.
Thumbs up ... to the GFWC Woman’s Club of Beckley, which is celebrating 100 years of community service. The club has elected to install a ‘‘Ladies of Vision Plaque’’ in the clubhouse on Park Avenue in Beckley listing all those women who have been members over the years and made the club the outstanding organization it is.
Thumbs up ... to Aaron England, a social studies teacher at Wyoming County East High School, awarded a grant to purchase technology for his classroom through Cliffs Natural Resources’ mini-grant program. The grant will support the purchase of six Kindle Fire e-readers for student use. Each year, Cliffs Natural Resources provides financial assistance to area school districts.
Thumbs up ... to Gauley Bridge Elementary School, which has continued its fundraising efforts this year for the annual Jerri Elliott Walk Now for Autism, which was staged at Valley High School. In a recent coin drive, GBES students and staff raised $1,060.71 for the drive.
Thumbs up ... to Hinton native Sylvia Mathews Burwell, confirmed without a dissenting vote in the U.S. Senate as director of the Office of Budget and Management for the Obama administration. Two administrations earlier, she was deputy chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton. A daughter of retired optometrist Williams Mathews and former Hinton mayor Cleo Mathews, she anchored the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program.