Newtown tragedy prompts college scholarship

BETHANY – A scholarship fund has been created to remember a Northern Panhandle college grad’s daughter, one of the young victims of this month’s massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Members of Bethany College’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity have created a scholarship fund in memory of 6-year-old Caroline Previdi.

Her father Jeffrey W. Previdi is a 1994 graduate of Bethany, where he was a member of the fraternity.

Caroline was among 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 in the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting.

According to the fraternity, Previdi’s 9-year-old son also was present at the school during the shooting but made it out unharmed.

The fraternity’s goal is to raise at least $100,000 to “ensure Caroline will be remembered in a positive way by providing annual scholarships to worthy students who are majoring in education.”

Donations may be mailed to:

Beta Theta Pi Foundation, c/o Caroline Previdi of Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Scholarship Fund,

P.O. Box 6277, 5134 Bonham Road, Oxford, OH 45056.

CHARLESTON

Sesquicentennial exhibit: An educational exhibit on West Virginia’s statehood is available to organizations as the state enters its sesquicentennial in 2013.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is offering the exhibit “Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood” free of charge to historical and cultural groups, museums and other interested venues.

The exhibit originally toured the state for two years starting in 2006.

Smoking report: A new report says West Virginia isn’t investing enough in its efforts to help smokers quit and prevent kids from smoking.

The report was released by a coalition of public health groups that found West Virginia has the second-highest rate of adults who smoke in the nation at 28.6 percent. About 19 percent of high school students smoke.

But the report ranks West Virginia 19th in the nation in tobacco prevention funding. According to the report, the state will receive $231 million this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But only 2.5 percent of the revenue will be used for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

INWOOD

Deadly Interstate wreck: A Jefferson County woman died Dec. 18 after a crash near the Tabler’s Station exit of Interstate 81 in southern Berkeley County.

Police say Danika Guier, 24, was headed north when she lost control of her Hyundai Elantra, crossed the median and began to spin before colliding with a Ford Edge in the southbound lanes.

The Kearneysville resident worked second shift as a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup. She graduated from high school in Maryland in 2006.

Along the busy highway closer to Martinsburg, miles of concrete barriers have been erected to keep cars from crossing the median into oncoming traffic.

PRINCETON

Money for school projects: Boiler work at schools in Mercer County and other school construction and repair projects have won funding from the state.

The West Virginia School Building Authority has awarded more than $6.2 million in grants to projects in eight counties.

Mercer received $1 million to replace boilers at four schools while another $1 million went to Upshur County, where officials plan to renovate heating and air conditioning at three schools.

Other counties winning funds: Kanawha ($750,000 for an addition at John Adams Middle School), Fayette ($806,760 to replace a boiler at Divide Elementary School), Grant ($934,808 for improvements at Maysville Elementary School), Ohio County ($210,910 to repair the foundation and replace a ramp at Triadelphia Middle School), Cabell ($771,600 for heating and air conditioning projects) and Doddridge ($768,950, also for heating and AC projects).

PIPESTEM

Radio-controlled cars upgrade: An underused ice skating area at Pipestem Resort State Park is gone, converted into two race tracks for radio-controlled cars.

Paul Redford, lodge parks administrator with West Virginia’s state parks, says there weren’t tracks for this type of recreation in the Pipestem area before the park staff decided to make the change.

Pipestem offers both a 450-foot dirt terrain track and a 277-foot concrete NASCAR-style oval. The tracks were designed with the help local radio control enthusiasts.

The tracks are located adjacent to Pipestem’s Recreation Center, alongside an outdoor pool, a par-3 golf course and driving range, disc golf course, a mini-golf course, tennis courts and amphitheater.

The radio-controlled race tracks are open for use at no charge.

— Compiled by Christine Miller Ford, with some information from The Associated Press

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