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.