The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 4, 2013

Thumbs — Saturday, May 4, 2013

— Thumbs up ... to the fifth Drug Take-Back Day, conducted at more than 100 drop-off sites across the state, in which residents turned in 4,642 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications. And that, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, is a new record, surpassing the old mark of 4,572 pounds collected in April 2012.


Thumbs up ... to winners of the recent Spring Job Fair 2013. Walmart gift cards were given to Randy Acord of Lynco and Tristan Clark of Shady Spring.

Thumbs up ... to West Virginia receiving high marks from the National Institute for Early Education Research’s “State of Preschool 2012.” At a time when preschool funding has stalled in many states, West Virginia is being recognized for defying the trend and increasing pre-K resources. The report shows West Virginia increased per pupil pre-K spending by $10 million in 2011-2012 to about $6,000 per child.

Thumbs up ... to the McDowell County Commission for tracking down the location of an unmarked cemetery near Havaco, a small unincorporated community a few miles west of Welch.  The commission is preparing to work with volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America to initiate clearing efforts at the site.

 Thumbs down ... to the many doctors that aren’t complying with a requirement to report diagnoses of children on the autism spectrum to West Virginia’s autism directory. West Virginia created the autism registry in 2004. Psychologists, pediatric neurologists and pediatricians are required to report any case they diagnose — not names — on the autism spectrum to help the state qualify for resources to aid those with autism.

Thumbs up ... to jobless families in six West Virginia towns getting federal dollars in an attempt to help the bread-winners find employment. From this area, $30,936 will go to the Greenbrier Housing Authority in Lewisburg to be used for support programs such as child care, transportation, education, job training and counseling.

Thumbs up ... to Seneca Health Services Inc.,  which has announced plans to construct a $1 million facility near its outpatient clinic in Maxwelton. The 12-bed inpatient crisis stabilization/detoxification unit will accept admissions from across Region 6, an area that encompasses Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster, Monroe and Summers counties.