Thumbs up ... to The Women’s Business Center for preparing Baskets of Hope for women who flee domestic violence. Baskets of personal care items will be delivered to domestic violence shelters covering Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers, Webster and Wyoming counties in mid-December.
Thumbs up ... to West Virginia for a new hotline to get women with high-risk pregnancies and their newborns into intensive care beds more quickly. The Office of Emergency Medical Services created the hotline (1-866-893-7266) with the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership. Callers can also get consultations with specialists.
Thumbs up ... to Shady Spring High School receiving the overall highest school award in the third Congressional District Civics Competition at the Raleigh County Judicial Annex. The school will advance to the state competition in December. The state winner will advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C. Sixty students from Shady Spring, Woodrow Wilson High and Scott High in Boone County took part.
Thumbs down ... to West Virginia moving from fifth to second among the states in terms of residents’ use of antibiotics. Data from the nonprofit Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Police show there were 1,178 prescriptions filled for every 1,000 Mountain State residents in 2010.
Thumbs up ... to local post offices for collecting care package supplies to send to troops serving overseas. Cool Ridge Postmaster Misty Osborne said more than 10,000 pounds of items were donated. Post offices in Flat Top, Ghent, Josephine, Jumping Branch, Nimitz, Odd, Princewick, Shady Spring and White Oak also collected items for those in the military.
Thumbs up ... to Concord University students and staff at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center for helping a local food pantry. Seven carloads of food were collected for the Beckley Dream Center’s Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry.
Thumbs up ... to a nearly $5,000 grant from the LilySarahGrace Fund for Elizabeth Raney’s third-grade class at Beckley Elementary. The students will combine science and the art of Vincent Van Gogh by plotting the growth of flowers while studying and recreating some of Van Gogh’s paintings.