The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 17, 2013

Thumbs — Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

— Thumbs up ... to the Greenbrier Valley Board of Realtors, which participated in the recent Giant Flea Market in Fairlea. A total of $1,100 was collected for GVBoR’s Community Projects “Feed the Need” and “Kids’ Kare.”

Thumbs up ... to the West Virginia Miners. A bottom of the 11th inning score from second base gave the Miners a 4-3 win over the Quincy Gems and their second consecutive Prospect League Championship.

 Thumbs up ... to Ethel Anna Preast Humphrey, who celebrated her 100th birthday with a get-together with family and friends at her home where she lives with her son, James Humphrey. Humphrey and her late husband Ernest have always been known for generosity, and they were one of the founding families instrumental in starting the Alta First Church of God.

Thumbs up ... to a contribution of $25,351 made to the Elsie Pruett Endowment. The money was raised at the third annual Elsie Pruett Endowment Fundraiser at White Oak Country Club. The event included a dinner, an auction and a golf tournament. The fund is used to assist Marshall University football players.

Thumbs up ... to Beckley VA Medical Center’s honoring its Volunteers of the Year. Chosen were: Mack Hagerman, VTN Transportation Volunteer of the Year; Anna Murdock, Outreach Volunteer of the Year; Bernice Brackens, Recreation Volunteer of the Year; and Sandra McKinney, Patient Services Volunteer of the Year.

Thumbs up ... to Carpenter’s Corner, a faith-based soup kitchen in uptown Beckley, honored with a Governor’s Service Award at “Faces of Leadership,” the state volunteerism conference. Nancy Kissinger was also honored in the individual category for the Governor’s Service Award for her extensive volunteer work. Also noted were Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial Group in Boone County and Alderson Ministerial Association in Greenbrier County in the “Organization” category, and Gloria Martin of Greenbrier County in the “Senior” category. Pamela and James McPeak of Monroe County will be recognized in the “Family” division.

Thumbs up ... to a $3,000 grant given the Raleigh County Animal Shelter by the Humane Society of the United States. With the financial assist from the HSUS, the Beckley facility now euthanizes animals only via a chemical injection. The grant will allow the shelter to purchase some things intended to enrich the lives of animals kept there.

Thumbs up ... to the Wyoming County Council on Aging, which has been awarded a $1.5 million Community Facilities Direct Loan to assist in the renovation of the former Walkers’ grocery store building in Mullens. The current Council on Aging Center, in Itmann, has been repeatedly flooded. Council on Aging officials have been working to move into the new location for several months.


Thumbs up ... to Living Waters Baptist Church and its ninth annual “Run For Hospice” poker run. More bikers than ever participated in the run, with more than 90 hands dealt out. Proceeds enabled Living Waters to present Hospice of Southern West Virginia with a check for $10,943.94. The event also included a car show, raffle, kids games, and auction that included two vehicles, one donated by Ramey Ford and the other by Barton’s Premium Pre-owned vehicles.

Thumbs up ... to the Board of Directors of the Beckley Area Foundation, which voted to move $10,000 of the foundation’s assets to the Nancy and Charlie Connor Fund so his legacy of commitment to the community can continue. The late Charles Connor was one of the 10 incorporators of the Beckley Area Foundation, a past president of the BAF Board and its volunteer executive director from 1987 to 1994. Since its inception, the fund that bears his name has generated over $25,000 benefiting the community.