BECKLEY: From the editorial page of the The Register-Herald:
Thumbs up … to former Congressman Nick Rahall of Beckley, who has been appointed to the board of directors of one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organizations. The World Affairs Council of America is “dedicated to educating and engaging the public on global issues and provides 500,000 people a year with its network programming.”
Thumbs up … to Paul Ferraro, who is walking across America to raise money and awareness for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Ferraro, who is making his way through West Virginia at this time, started his trek in Virginia Beach April 1 and expects to reach a Navy base in San Diego by Veterans Day. The foundation assists the families of SEALS who have died.
Thumbs up … to Greenbrier Emergency Management Agency for taking steps to ease the pressure on the Greenbrier County 911 Center during fairs, festivals and sporting events. Bids are out for a 48-foot trailer that will be used as a mobile communications and command center.
Thumbs up … to West Virginia for getting $5 million in emergency funds from the federal government to fix storm-damaged roads. Targeted will be damaged culverts, pavement and similar work in 150 locations found in more than half of the state’s 55 counties.
Thumbs up … to Abby Stimson, 15, of Victory Baptist Academy in Beaver, who won the national Christian Schools Spelling Bee held in Greenville, S.C., recently. Stimson correctly spelled “infinitesimal” and “dossier” to claim the 30-round competition.
Thumbs up … to everyone who helped and/or donated to the West Virginia Police Canine Association’s recent gathering in Beckley. The five-day seminar brought over 75 teams to the area for training and certification.
Thumbs up … to the group Keep Fayetteville Beautiful, which received a 2014 Presidential Circle Award at the annual Keep America Beautiful National Awards dinner held recently in Washington, D.C. The town won this same award in 2010.
Thumbs up … to Kroger in Oak Hill, which gave the New River Humane Society $500 in support of the Fayette County Animal Control Center. The gift card will help the shelter meet the needs of the more than 200 animals under their care.