— Thumbs up ... to Raleigh County sheriff’s deputies for taking top honor at the inaugural West Virginia Troopers Association Three Gun Match. In competition, Raleigh deputies walked away with first, second and fourth place.
Thumbs up ... to Fayette County schools getting $1.3 million over a two-year period to allow extra tutorial time. Funds will help pay for teachers, transportation and salaries.
Thumbs down ... to a National Crime Insurance Bureau report showing pickup trucks are the most popular target of thieves in West Virginia. The 1995 Ford F-150 topped the list, followed by the 1994 Chevrolet full size pickup. State police said most of the vehicles were stolen for joyriding, then dumped in remote areas.
Thumbs up ... to Fayette, Nicholas and Webster county police departments receiving $51,560 in federal funds. Fayette will buy digital equipment, Nicholas will expand its special response team, and Webster will get a new K-9 unit truck.
Thumbs up .. .to Mountain State University’s annual Foundation Honors dinner. The Alumni Association chose five outstanding members of the community to honor: R. Woodrow Duba for the Community Service Award, Andrew J. Durgan Jr. for the Career Achievement Award, Richard Jarrell for the Distinguished Service Award, Teresa L. Sexton for the Amanda Marcella Adkins Spirit Award and Virgil E. Straugham for the Distinguished Friend Award.
Thumbs up ... to Operation Mulligan, hosted by Glade Springs. The four-month initiative collected around 15,000 golf balls which were donated to the crew of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77).
Thumbs up ... to the principals from Raleigh and Nicholas counties singled out for their work to access and meet the needs of their students. The West Virginia Center for Professional Development honored Randy Adkins of Independence Middle, Christian Bailey of Craigsville Elementary, Penny Carrico of Daniels Elementary and Carter Hillman of Richwood High School.