Thumbs up ... to the state legislation enacted to curb copper thefts. The law makes it illegal for scrap yards and recycling centers to buy certain kinds of scrap metal without proof of lawful permission. Frontier Communications has seen thefts drop from 110 in the third quarter of 2011 to just 30 in the same period of 2012.
Thumbs up ... to MacArthur Walmart for presenting 20 $50 reward cards to Oceana Middle School teachers to purchase classroom supplies. As part of the Teacher Rewards program, more than 4,600 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations choose a school to give the cards to.
Thumbs up ... to Holly Pittman, whose poster was the winning entry in the Bridge Day poster contest, earning her designation as the featured artist for Bridge Day 2012. She will have her poster for sale and will sign copies at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce/New River Gorge CVB Bridge Day tent today.
Thumbs down ... to the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt. Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 — up about 5 percent from the class before.
Thumbs up ... to five Mountain State University students who have been named recipients of the Stephen F. Salinger Memorial Scholarship, a unique faculty-funded scholarship. The recipients were: Sashanna Bowen, School of Business; Caitlin Earp, School of Health Sciences; Mallory Keel, School of Health Sciences; Claude Lynch, School of Arts & Sciences; and Uzma Nazli, School of Leadership.
Thumbs up ... to Beckley-Stratton Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program, one of 8,000 sites across the United States to participate in an Afterschool Alliance “Lights On Afterschool” celebration. The Lights On Afterschool event recognizes the afterschool programs that keep students safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.
Thumbs up ... to Just For Kids Inc., which held facilitator’s training in preparation for training Raleigh County School personnel next week. Around 30 individuals from across West Virginia attended the training at the First Century Bank board room. The group took part in the video-based, hands-on training that empowers adults to prevent child sexual abuse.