Thumbs up ... to United Bank for its contribution to the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department DARE program. The contribution came from proceeds from the bank’s arcade at the 2006 Kids Classic Festival.



Thumbs up ... to Deborah Crouse, a kindergarten teacher at Daniels Elementary School, and Andrea Pack, a Title I teacher at Lester Elementary School, named local Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club 2007 Teachers of the Year.



Thumbs up ... to Aspen Corp., which recently worked at the Raleigh County Animal Shelter on Grey Flats Road. Aspen donates its work as community service. Other sites taken care of by Aspen include the Welcome to Beckley signs.



Thumbs up ... to Faith Acord, a fifth-grader at Lester Elementary, winner of The Register-Herald’s Newspaper in Education 2007 Essay Contest. The theme was “My Teacher is the Apple of My Eye Because ...” Second place went to Seth David McVey and third place to Melodie Clare. Acord won a pizza party for her class and an Edible Arrangement.



Thumbs up ... to students in Raleigh County. Working with the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, the youngsters recycled 460 tons of material during the 2006-07 school year.



Thumbs up ... to two Hardee’s franchises in southern West Virginia, honored for outstanding excellence during the past year. The restaurants are the Beckley 4 store on Eisenhower Drive and a location in South Williamson.



Thumbs up ... to Jeffrey Workman of Midland Trail High School, winner of a car donated by Ramey Automotive in Beckley as part of an attendance incentive program. The winner of the family trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., was Andrew Weis of Fayetteville High. Other prizes included a variety of things such as a senior picture package, gift cards, computers, savings bonds and more.



Thumbs up ... to the Academy of Careers and Technology in Beckley, which was named a School of Excellence by the state Department of Education. Other schools in Raleigh County to receive awards included Crab Orchard Elementary and Shady Spring Elementary.



Thumbs up ... to Dreama Bell, principal of Stanaford Elementary School, selected as West Virginia’s National Distinguished Principal.

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