THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN

THUMBS UP to the Shady Spring High School girls volleyball team for turning the disappointment of a frustrating loss into the elation of winning a state championship. Coming off a runner-up finish in the 2019 state tournament, the No. 1-seeded Lady Tigers swept Philip Barbour 3-0 to take hom…

THUMBS UP to the Wyoming County Toy Fund, the Wyoming County Firefighters Association and the county office of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for joining forces this year to make Christmas brighter for children in need. Due to the Covid-19 issue that is affecting … Read more

THUMBS UP to an operation, called Autumn Hope, that led to the recovery of 45 missing children, 13 of whom were recovered as a result of the efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service here in the Southern District of West Virginia in conjunction with the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Div… Read more

To Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, in partnership with the community of Lansing and the Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia, for hosting a parade and granted the wish of 3-year-old Axel Perdue recently at the New River Gorge Visitor Center in Lans… Read more

THUMBS UP to an announcement by Gov. Jim Justice that he has committed $6 million of CARES Act funding to ensure the continued support of child care providers and families through the end of the year. Federal funding for it was set to run out at the end of the month. The state’s investments … Read more

THUMBS UP to staff members of the Gauley District of Monongahela National Forest who have been working this summer on repairs to a 680-foot section of the boardwalk at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. Repairs include re-connecting and raising parts of the boardwalk and fixing uneven walk… Read more

THUMBS UP to fulfillment of a long-ago promise made to residents of a predominantly African American neighborhood. A 1941 deed discovered several years ago in a Lewisburg file merged two parcels of land – one owned by the town and the other by a council formed to promote the “welfare and int… Read more

To the city of Smithers, which gave a nod to some of its veterans recently with new entries on the Smithers War Memorial. Located across from the Smithers Post Office, the memorial was originally unveiled in November 2002. Names of veterans both living and dead are placed on the monument. Th… Read more

To Southern Appalachian Labor School working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to distribute personal protective equipment. The masks, which were delivered to the Historic Oak Hill School, will be utilized to assist in public health efforts in the area as part of Project:… Read more

To Dr. Nicole Pride, chosen by the West Virginia State University Board of Governors to become the 12th president of the University. Pride currently serves as the vice provost for academic strategy and operations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She earned bache… Read more

To former Beckley native Cleo Gore-Hinton who recently celebrated her 110th birthday with family and friends. Her birthday parade attracted more than 300 people and 50 family members and was led by a police car, a police van and an officer on an ATV. Neighbors stood in yards and across the s… Read more

THUMBS UP to Beckley Area Foundation for creating a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which was created to support local nonprofit organizations working to provide aid to those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. After three rounds of grant award decisions, the group has now awarded $26,45… Read more

THUMBS UP to the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau that teamed up with FASTSIGNS of Beckley to show support for essential workers in Fayette County. The organization has yard signs for sale that indicate backing of the county’s essential wo… Read more

THUMBS UP to a new scholarship for students of color at the West Virginia University College of Law honors the late Franklin D. Cleckley, a Huntington native and longtime attorney and law professor. He was the first black faculty member at the WVU College of Law, the first full-time black pr… Read more

To the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources receiving a $3 million federal five-year grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center to address opioid use disorder among pregnant and postpartum women. West Virginia is one of 10 states to receive … Read more

THUMBS UP to Braden Daniels, a student at Victory Baptist Academy in Raleigh County, who earned a composite score of 36 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam – the highest score that can be received. Daniels is the son of Brandon and Janelle Daniels. The ACT consists of tests in English… Read more

THUMBS UP to Lexi Jones, 10, creator of Lexi’s List – a resource that details the material needs of several local nonprofit organizations – for being recognized recently for her “exemplary community service” with the Youth Service America’s (YSA) Everyday Young Hero award. The honor recogniz… Read more

THUMBS UP to eight southern West Virginia high schools that registered 100 percent of their eligible senior class to vote, qualifying them for the first round of the Jennings Randolph Award for the 2019-20 school year. High schools in The Register-Herald’s coverage area that registered 100 p… Read more

THUMBS UP to Raleigh County native Jane Marks, named AARP’s new state president. Marks will succeed outgoing State President Rich Stonestreet of Charleston, who completed his six-year tenure as AARP’s lead state volunteer Dec. 31. An AARP volunteer since 2015, Marks has more than 30 years of… Read more

To Beckley City Police, Beckley Police Department Alumni Association and Dr. Ayne Amjad for making Christmas baskets possible for the widows and other loved ones of deceased BPD officers to help them know they are not forgotten. Those recognized with a basket include: widows Britney Smith (C… Read more

THUMBS UP to Lexi Jones, 10, a fifth-grader at Crescent Elementary, who designed and decorated a flier detailing the needs of several nonprofit organizations in Beckley after realizing that many don’t donate because they don’t know how or where to give. When Shawn Ball, president of L&S … Read more

THUMBS UP: To Shawn and Angela Ball of L&S Toyota in Beckley who donated $50,000 to go toward high schools in six counties. They not only donated $25,000 to be dispersed among high schools in Raleigh, Nicholas, Summers, Fayette, Wyoming and Monroe counties to support educational programm… Read more

THUMBS UP: To Ellen Taylor, Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce president, for faithfully serving the community for 26 years. As noted in a story in The Register-Herald this week, Taylor leaves behind an impressive legacy. She came to Beckley in 1993 from the Charleston Chamber of Com… Read more

THUMBS UP: With a couple of caveats, to a West Virginia lottery announcement that gross revenue (before any deductions) from the game have topped $1 billion for the 17th straight year. The 2018-19 numbers increased by about $52 million from the previous year, defying the Lottery’s projection… Read more

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