The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 3, 2012

Thumbs — Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

— Thumbs up ... to Wyoming County East High School’s Theatre Troupe’s production of “The Courtship of Morning Star” which took the first place award during the West Virginia Theatre Conference at Glenville State College Oct. 20. As this season’s West Virginia winners, Wyoming County East High School will again compete in the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Ky., next spring.  

Thumbs up ... to West Virginia being one of five states that earned top honors in the 2012 Digital States Survey of technology practices of state governments. The grades were based on technology strategy, return on investment, demonstrated progress, innovation and creativity, and collaboration. Among the report’s highlights in West Virginia were a collaboration among the West Virginia Network, higher education and state agencies on a statewide telecom network.

 Thumbs up ... to Patricia Bailey, executive director of Women’s Resource Center, for being appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to the Family Protective Services Board. The board, which consists of five members, licenses and regulates domestic violence shelters, batterer intervention programs and monitored visitation and exchange programs in West Virginia.

Thumbs down ... to a law letting a guard accused of sexual misconduct collect severance pay while behind bars. State laws currently require that they be paid their severance within 15 days of dismissal. Director Joe DeLong says West Virginia needs a better way to deal with correctional officers who are accused of breaking the law, and he will work with legislators on how to suspend and terminate them.

Thumbs up ... to the firm of Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard for presenting a check to the Fayette County Education Fund for the construction of the wetlands boardwalk at Wolf Creek Park. The 501c3 Education Fund is currently accepting donations to add sections to the boardwalk which is used for the hands-on learning of youth at the wetlands.

Thumbs up ... to voters who have already taken the time to vote. Both Wyoming and Greenbrier counties are reporting a strong turnout in the number of people taking advantage of early voting opportunities at the courthouse. The Raleigh County Courthouse was even open during the storm so anyone wishing to stop in and cast their ballot could do so.