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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Bluefield, West Virginia A-2 thursday december 13, 2012 a uhf Fiflis fru Greipl a Many of these animals have never been Given toys or treats before area a homeless animals counting on generosity of readers staff photo by Erie Dinov Osad and frightened. A dog paces around its Kennel at the Mercer count animal shelter wednesday. According to shelter officials the dog was the victim of severe abuse. By Kate Coil Bluefield daily Telegraph Bluefield a Only two Days remain for members of the Community to donate toys treats and supplies to animals in need through the 6th annual prerogative shelter drive. Daily Telegraph editor Samantha Perry said the donations Given during the shelter drive often help Many animal rescues in the area take care of needy dogs and cats through the Winter months. A donations were brisk monday but they were slower on tuesday Quot Perry said. A your readers have always come through for the Many homeless animals in need in our Community. The shelter officials we talk with said their donations often drop off in january and february and we Hope to bring in enough items this week to help these shelters survive through these leaner months. It takes a lot to help Stock the shelves at four shelters in Mercer Mcdowell and Tazewell county As Well As a pet food Bank. Many of these shelters go through hundreds of pounds of food a Perry said Many people help make the shelter drive possible a your readers have been so generous so far. And we know they will continue to help make this event a Success a she said. A we also would like to extend a big thank you to Charlie Cole and his Driver Mike for transporting the goods in one of their trailers for us. They Are such a big help with this event a Lisa Williams director of the Mercer county animal shelter said the shelter is presently at capacity and is hoping donations will help them to continue to care for the More than 155 animals in their care. A we still have about 156 animals in our shelter even though some have been adopted out by rescues a Williams said. A your capacity is 155, so we Are just at capacity right now. We can always use cat litter and food for our dogs and Williams said cleaning supplies also help offer Day to Day comforts for shelter animals waiting to be adopted. A dish washing liquid is a big expense to us since we have so Many dishes to do each Day a she said. Quot we Wash All of the food and water bowls each Day clean out of All of the litter boxes and we launder All of the blankets each Day so the dogs have fresh and warm blankets. We do a lot of laundry and dishes and also have to clean our Williams said the animals in the shelter appreciate the Many toys and treats Given by the Community. A Many of these animals have never been Given toys or treats before Quot she said. A we love hearing the dogs and cats play with their toys. It really makes these animals Happy to have some staff photo by Eric Dinov homeless. This Beagle mix was brought into the Mercer county animal shelter after it was struck by a vehicle. It lost an Eye from injuries sustained in the Accident. Thing to play donations from the pet drive Are Given to five organizations the Mercer county animal shelter the Mcdowell county humane society the Tazewell county animal shelter the save a pet food Bank in Bluefield and the pet Haven Rescue Center in Falls Mills a. Items including blankets Tow Els toys treats food cat litter and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the Bluefield daily Telegraph and Princeton times offices during regular business hours today and Friday. The Bluefield Post office on Cumberland Road is also taking donations for the shelter drive. A Contact Kate Coil at in no of my Bluefield College prepares to launch masters of education program by Kate Coil Bluefield daily Telegraph Bluefield a. A graduate students will soon be enrolling at Bluefield College As the school readies to launch their master s of education program in fall 2013. The Southern association of colleges and schools commission on colleges approved Bluefield College to begin offering a masters of arts degree in education maed through the Bluefield College school of education. College officials Are calling the introduction of the new masters program As the a most significant academic advancement since Bluefield College became a four year College in 1975.�?� Bluefield College president or. David Olive said the new master s degree program is a significant step for the College a this is a tremendous step for Bluefield College in its maturation As a school of higher education a Olive said. A now nearly 40 years after earning accreditation to offer the baccalaureate degree the College is expanding its program opportunities to include degrees at the masters level. Much recognition and gratitude Are extended to or. Donna Hardy Watson Dean of the school of education and to or. Robert Shippey vice president for academic affairs and Many others who led this Effort to the Point of successful approval and on the first attempt too. We have much for which to be thankful and this recognition today to allow our expanding program offerings is a great testament to the Quality of our faculty and academic programs. The future of Bluefield College is very the first online classes for the masters program will be offered in the fall of 2013. The masters program will be offered for practising teachers As Well As those with bachelors degrees seeking a masters in education or a teaching License according to Bluefield College school of education Dean or. Donna Watson. A the first master s degree in education will be an online program with plans to expand future offerings at the graduate level in the school of education a Watson said. A your goal is to provide lice sure in a face to face environment and a hybrid both online and face to face officials with the Bluefield College school of education began working on developing the masters program after the school achieved National accreditation in 2009 and received approval from the Virginia department of education to begin offering teacher licenses in special education. Development of the masters degree program involved writing curriculum gathering data and contacting prospective faculty Watson said. A presently Bluefield colleges nationally accredited teacher education program serves undergraduates who wish to pursue a teaching License a Watson said. A with the masters degree program the school of education plans to provide practising teachers with an Opportunity to earn a masters degree and in the future to offer teaching licenses at the graduate level for those with bachelors degrees. Because special education is a critical shortage area in teaching the school of education sought that program to meet the needs of area school systems with a masters program. The school of education will continue to meet the needs of the Public schools for highly qualified or. Robert Shippey vice president for academic affairs at Bluefield College said the school Hopes to add More graduate programs in the future a the College will expand with further masters degree programs following the successful launch of the maed a Shippey said. A the Community should anticipate new masters degrees being initiated either in the Spring or fall of 2014 although the exact programs have yet to be Shippey said attaining University status for Bluefield College May not be too far in the future either. A the future is As wide As one can see and the vision is Large a Shippey said. A we do envision a Day when the College will offer . Programs consistent with our Mission. Bluefield College is already a major player in health education in our area and will continue to develop programs that Impact the Quality of health in Southwest Virginia like other universities Bluefield College has already converted to a University Model featuring a school of education school of nursing College of arts and letters College of sciences and College of professional programs. However while operating under a University Model there have been no plans expressed to change the name of the Bluefield College was founded As a Junior College in 1922 for associate degrees in business and engineering. In 1975, the school added their four year degree program and began offering a bachelors in education in 1977. The school presently has 44 majors of study a Contact kale Coil at a Coria briefs. . Board of de hires Phares As superintendent Hamlin apr the state Board of education has voted to hire James Phares As West Virginia s new schools superintendent. Tile Board chose the Randolph county school chief on wednesday Over Kathy do Antoni a state assistant superintendent. However the length of Pharest tenure is unclear. The Board also agreed wednesday to conduct a National search for a Long term superintendent. That plan Calls on the legislature to revisit the Job s qualifications and duties. Phares fielded questions ahead of the vote on topics such As spending leadership and the much discussed audit of West Virginia a education system. The Board also interviewed do Antoni wednesday but behind closed doors the Board abruptly fired j orca Marple As superintend ent last month. A pending supreme court petition challenges her dismissal Phares will take Over from Charles Heinlein a Deputy superintendent. Get keyed in to we i in by a make san Wane merry i i tit d Mattei Owuje give the gift of relaxation Jef with a spa Massage or of body scrub for the holidays Holiday special 55q Wreath Laving ceremony set Princeton a Mercer county civil air patrol will conduct a Wreath laying ceremony on saturday at the rest Haven memorial Park in Princeton. Local members of civil air patrol have partnered once More with wreaths across America a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of . Veterans by placing wreaths on the Graves of the fallen during the Holiday season. Wreaths across America culminates on dec. 15 with thousands of wreaths placed on Graves at Arlington National cemetery and at several of Arlington a memorials including the Tomb of the unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the Day at other veterans cemeteries and memorials nationwide and abroad. Cap helps find sponsors for the wreaths and its members also Lead or participate in often with color and Honor guards in Many of the wreaths across America ceremonies. More than 600 Cap units across the country were involved in 2011, and even More Are expected to participate in this years ceremonies. Christmas Parade set Oakvale a the Oakvale Christmas Parade will take place saturday at i . Parents grandparents Send your child a personalized letter from Santa Cost Only $10.95 per letter requests must be received by dec. 13 to arrive by Christmas. Bring in or mail Coupon amp payment to letters from Amla Bluefield daily Telegraph . Box 1599, Bluefield by 24701 name of child address j male j female 4 teacher a Rill

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