THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN

To the state Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities award of $332,601 to Marshall Research Corporation from a State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis supplemental grant. The federal funding, which comes from the Substance Abuse and Me…

To Subaru of America’s annual Share the Love event. Hometown Subaru raised more than $8,500 to donate to Brian’s Safehouse, a local faith-based addiction treatment facility. Subaru of America’s Share the Love event is designed to give back to communities by donating $250 for every new Subaru… Read more

To Marshall’s Dan D’Antoni, named college coach of the year following the NCAA tournament. D’Antoni has been voted winner of the Furfari Award as West Virginia’s coach of the year. A 25-11 season ended for the No. 13 seed Thundering Herd with a loss against fifth-seeded West Virginia University. Read more

Three Greenbrier County entities were among the honorees as Southern Living announced its second annual South’s Best awards, recognizing readers’ favorite southern destinations across the country. More than 32,000 detailed surveys made up the poll. The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Spri… Read more

To West Virginia University’s recent fundraising campaign which collected contributions of more than $1.2 billion. The campaign, which ended Dec. 31, included more than 90,000 donors and was the largest private fundraising campaign in university history. The fundraising total is more than $2… Read more

To Mick Bates, a state delegate and owner of Bodyworks, who recently presented a $3,710 check on behalf of himself and his gym’s members to Rick Fisher, president of the Beckley Professional Firefighters IAFF Local No. 795, to go toward Operation Warm, a program that purchases winter coats f… Read more

To West Virginia’s graduation rate continuing to hover at nearly 90 percent, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. The state’s 1016-17 graduation rate was 89.40 percent. Of the state’s 116 high schools, 68 reported graduation rates of 90 percent or above for 2016-17. Severa… Read more

To the Raleigh County Deputy Sheriffs Association and the West Virginia State Police that teamed up this year for the annual Shop with a Deputy or Shop with a Cop program. The two agencies raised more than $11,000 to treat 110 local boys and girls to Christmas items their families may otherw… Read more

The latest efforts of Appalachian Service Project which presented four families keys to their new homes recently. Four more will get their new houses by Christmas. The eight families lost their homes in the devastating June 2016 floodwaters. Since ground was broken Sept. 15, 2016, on the fir… Read more

To Claude Walker Jr., 93, The longtime postmaster at the Fairdale Post Office. The decorated West Virginia veteran will lead the Veterans Day parade in downtown Beckley today. He holds a neat row of polished metal highlighted by a World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, … Read more

To behind-the-scenes continuing efforts to make West Virginia an even better place to live and work. Dedicated elected officials, program leaders and individuals seek out and apply for grants, loans, matching funds and more to ensure the Mountain State remains as competitive as possible. A s… Read more

To everyone who was a part of the recent Dancing with the Stars event put on for the benefit of the United Way of Southern West Virginia. The United Way reported a total of $208,000 raised, a net gain of $18,000 over last year’s event. Morgan Walls and Dr. Stuart Cornett raised the most mone… Read more

To Sue Lessman, an Oak Hill native who now lives in Winchester, Va., who donated $45,000 to pay off the mortgage for the building that houses Just For Kids Inc., an advocacy center which ensures guidance, protection and help to children and families affected by abuse. Lessman has been a frie… Read more

To the UPS Foundation presenting Project Healing Waters Flyfishing Beckley Division with a $10,000 grant to continue the program’s mission to provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans. Ralph LaDow, UPS business manager,… Read more

To the West Virginia Voters Hall of Fame for registered voters who have voted in every state and federal election for the last 50 years. The 26 Raleigh County voters who will be inducted are: Helen L. Bowden, Beulah Farley, Helen H. Garner, Robert Graves, Martha E. Henry, Paul R. Hutchinson … Read more

To West Virginia wildlife officials saying 60 elk will come to the state next year through a partnership with Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has approved capture of five dozen elk to be transported east as part of West Virginia’s ongoing elk restoration project. Paul Johansen,… Read more

Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of 2016s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to accidents. Ten coal miners have died on the job so far this year, compared to a record low of eight deaths last year. Five of the … Read more

To an idea for a Fayette County plan that would offer seniors an added layer of security. The Fayette County Keeping Well Program would call to check on senior citizens who live alone. Those registered for the free service would get a call at a designated time 365 days a year. Steps would be… Read more

To the new Bonnie’s Bus, a state-of-the-art mobile mammography vehicle, that will visit the Raleigh-Boone Medical Center in Whitesville Tuesday offering three-dimensional digital mammograms and breast care education to women. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medica… Read more

To Community Health Systems in Beckley for receiving more than $2 million for health care services to rural West Virginians. The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The clinic and others like it fill a gap for low-income residents who need consistent access t… Read more

To Plateau Medical Center’s $15.5 million expansion and modernization project that will double the number of operating rooms. It will also see two endoscopy/GI procedure rooms as well as new pre-op/recovery areas and modernization of public areas. Read more

To federal mine safety officials having to warn mine operators about several on-the-job deaths this year of miners who were working alone. Five miners have died while working by themselves since the year began. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says mines should have procedures … Read more

To improvements that will be made at two locations in the Grandview area of the New River Gorge National River. The National Park Service will install accessible walkways and playground equipment to both the main playground area and the playground between shelters 3 and 4. The new walkways w… Read more

To L&S Toyota owner Shawn Ball for “spreading the wealth,” as he recently passed out 89 checks to area charities. Ball, a local philanthropist who has donated over $50,000 to charities in the last two years, gave away $40,000. Ball said he first thought about cutting out 69 charities and… Read more

Thumbs down: to the continued violations reported to the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. The 2016 top three complaint categories for this region were about internet services, repairs-used vehicles and cell phone devices/services. Read more

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President Trump, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met in the first ever historical summit meeting on Tuesday. There were a lot of hot topics to be discussed at this meeting that many speculate were touched on but not with much urgency from either side. The success of the summit wasn't a foregone conclusion. Information taken from the Associated Press

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