Thumbs up ... to Fayetteville First Church of God being named 2012 Fayette County Organization/Business of the Year by the county Chamber of Commerce for its efforts to provide aid to the community following the June derecho. Tom Syner was honored as the 2012 Fayette County Man of the Year for his work with radio station WQAZ in the aftermath of the derecho, which struck the state in late June. Vicki Setterl, a longtime supporter of breast cancer awareness efforts, was recognized as the 2012 Fayette County Woman of the Year.
Thumbs up ... to a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation in observance of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month to the Women’s Resource Center, a women’s shelter serving Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas and Summers counties. The grant will help the center support its efforts.
Thumbs up ... to Beckley Area Derby Dames for presenting a $500 donation to the Women’s Resource Center. The Derby Dames, a local roller derby team, donates 10 percent of ticket sales from home bouts to local nonprofit organizations.
Thumbs down ... to the continued street fires in Morgantown. Police are investigating seven street fires set after the Sept. 29 West Virginia University-Baylor football game. One fire spread to three parked vehicles and destroyed them. The heat from that fire damaged a nearby house and caused $35,000 in damage to the vehicles, police said.
Thumbs up ... to Lewis Automotive for stepping up to offer space for the Wonderland of Trees after room at the mall was no longer available. The event is a popular fundraiser for the United Way of Southern West Virginia. Last year, it raised nearly $40,000.
Thumbs up ... to the assessed value of public utility properties in West Virginia being at a record $8.9 billion, pending appeals. The property values have increased by about $515 million from last fiscal year.
Thumbs up ... to first lady Joanne Tomblin for donating formal gowns to Rhonda’s Closet. The project offers prom gown where girls can choose dresses at no cost to help make their high school experience complete.