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Finding A Family: Austin's Story

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    Calacino's in Beckley is home to Mountaineer football

    Calacino's in Beckley is home to Mountaineer football

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:40:42 GMT
    The Mountaineers have thousands of fans, but Calacino's in Beckley is one local business that relies on them to keep their doors open.Jerseys, and posters fill the walls and Calacino's owner, Jerry Zaferatos , said in college football you cant count anyone out."I wouldn't have this business if I listened to people saying, you don't have a chance," Zaferatos said.Dominique Calicino opened the business back in the early 1930's and the owner says that he doesn't know where they would be without ...
    The Mountaineers have thousands of fans, but Calacino's in Beckley is one local business that relies on them to keep their doors open.Jerseys, and posters fill the walls and Calacino's owner, Jerry Zaferatos , said in college football you cant count anyone out."I wouldn't have this business if I listened to people saying, you don't have a chance," Zaferatos said.Dominique Calicino opened the business back in the early 1930's and the owner says that he doesn't know where they would be without ...
  • One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

    One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-08-30 08:37:47 GMT
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
  • Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

    Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:27:05 GMT
    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 
    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 

Austin has big plans in his future. "When I grow up I'm going to go to Deal Or No Deal and win a thou….a million dollars!" he said with a big grin. "What are you going to do with a million dollars?" I asked him. "Spend it on a Ferrari!"

So while he practices his "case choosing" abilities, Austin, 10, tells us a little about himself.

"What's your favorite food?" I asked him. "Pizza!"

He loves to play video games, basketball, and loves Cracker Barrel: "All of the food that they sell and the fancy old fashioned stuff that's hung up on the wall," he said.

Austin is going into the 5th grade and has a good idea of what kind of family he's looking for: "A family with dogs!" he said with a smile.

Anything else?

"And a family that can actually come close to where I can get wireless Internet," he said.

Ahh yes, dogs and wireless Internet are top priorities.

He also sees himself as an only child, or maybe a child with older siblings.

"What are some of the things you'd like to do with a family?" I asked him. "Go to central park and go to King's Dominion," he said.

Despite his hardships, Austin is full of life and has a smile that stretches ear to ear. He also has impeccable taste in music.

"Do you like Justin Bieber?" I asked. "Heck no! I like Johnny Cash!"

Austin also tells me he loves to keep a clean room and that he enjoys doing chores, especially mopping.

He's full of surprises.

if you're interested in adopting Austin, or any other child in the state, call Mission West Virginia at 866- call MWV. Or you can email at adopt@missionwv.org.