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Exhibit showcasing student artwork
January 18, 2019

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) invite the public to visit the Governor’s Inaugural Almost Heaven Art Exhibition on display outside the Governor’s Reception Room on the walls of the West Rotunda at the State Capitol.

Last fall, the Governor’s Office and the WVDACH issued a call to West Virginia students in grades K through 12 for one-of-a-kind postcard designs featuring their favorite place or activity in West Virginia. The contest called for standard postcard-sized, two-dimensional art in a medium such as painting, printmaking, digital art, drawing, photography or mixed media.

“We received so many wonderful submissions from our talented kids,” said Gov. Justice. “We hope that if you are in the Capitol that you will come to the West Rotunda outside the Governor's Reception Room and see this absolutely wonderful display of artistic talent. FULL STORY

Conaway Run Lake trout stocking suspended
January 18, 2019

CENTERVILLE, W.Va. — Trout stocking at Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County has been suspended until repair work to the dam is completed, the Division of Natural Resources announced on Wednesday. Adverse weather conditions have delayed the needed dam repair work at this facility.

The dam at Conaway Run Lake has been stabilized to ensure safety, proper function and structural integrity, but the boat ramp, parking lot and access road to the dam have been closed to ensure the safety of anglers and the public. Construction is expected to resume in the spring. The DNR plans to reopen these facilities in the early summer.

For more information, please contact Nate Taylor, District 6 fisheries biologist at Parkersburg, at 304-420-4550 or email Nate. FULL STORY

New drug disposal kit program
January 18, 2019

CHARLESTON, WV – Today, Gov. Jim Justice joined with officials from UnitedHealthcare and Recovery Point to announce a new program that will assist West Virginians in disposing of unused opioids and other drugs.

UnitedHealthcare is donating 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia for disbursement to citizens so they have a convenient way to remove unused opioids from their homes and prevent their misuse or diversion.

“This is another step forward in our battle to eliminate drug abuse,” Gov. Justice said. “UnitedHealthcare is committed to combating the opioid crisis which has been so destructive to our communities. The opioid disposal kits can remove more opioids and prescription pills from West Virginia homes, hopefully preventing opioid use disorder before it even starts. FULL STORY

It is time for us to eliminate tax on SS benefits
January 18, 2019

CHARLESTON, WV – Legislation is being prepared after Gov. Jim Justice announced during his State of the State address that he wants to eliminate the state tax on Social Security benefits.

“It is time for us to eliminate the tax on Social Security,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re going to give our citizens a choice. If you want to keep the standard $8,000 deduction you can. If you want your Social Security totally exempt then you can do that. Again, it will be your choice.”

The Governor’s proposal will:
Completely exclude social security benefits from State taxation

Provide the same treatment for social security benefits as military retirement and various other exclusions in relation to the standard $8,000 deduction

In simple terms, FULL STORY

“Monarchs And More”
January 3, 2019

CAIRO, W.Va. — What do monarchs, migration, and Mexico have in common? The answer involves monarch butterflies and pollinators, and that’s the theme of North Bend State Park’s annual Winter Wonder Weekend scheduled for Jan. 18-20, 2019. The weekend also will feature many other activities such as hiking, sleigh riding, crafts, and local music.

“During Winter Wonder Weekend, guests will learn about monarchs, pollinators, the need for their conservation and their importance to our ecosystem, all while enjoying fun activities and programs,” said Emily Fleming, deputy director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which sponsors the annual event.

The weekend will start at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and conclude Sunday, Jan. 20, before noon. FULL STORY

  • Legislature Seeks Ways to Expand Access to Community/Technical Schools
    During his State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice touted a plan to make a student's first year of college more accessible in West Virginia.
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  • Bus announcement for Shady Spring Elem. area in Raleigh County
    As of Jan 18, 7:05am: In Raleigh County near Shady Spring Elem., Bus 193, East/Old Whitby Rd meet at Blue Jay 6 intersection at 7:35 for elementary and lower Bennington Road meet the bus at the intersection of Bennington and Branchland at 8:00 for elementary.
  • Bus announcement for Shady Spring area in Raleigh County
    As of Jan 18, 6:57am: In Raleigh County near Shady Spring, Bus 211, No Country Roads Estates evening stops for high/middle school. Parents must meet the bus at the intersection of Counrtry Rds, Estates and Pluto Road at 2:50.
  • Bus announcement for Shady Spring Elem. area in Raleigh County
    As of Jan 18, 6:57am: In Raleigh County near Shady Spring Elem., Bus 211, No Country Roads Estates evening stops for elementary. Parents must meet the bus at the intersection of Counrtry Rds, Estates and Pluto Road at 3:50.
  • Bus announcement for Shady Spring Elem. area in Raleigh County
    As of Jan 18, 6:57am: In Raleigh County near Shady Spring Elem., Bus 60, No run into Country Roads Estates, students can meet the bus at 7:50 at the intersection of Country Rds Estates and Pluto Rd.
  • Bus announcement for Adam Taylor Bus #116 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Adam Taylor Bus #116, Students meet the bus at Cass Fire Hall. Bus will travel out of Cass, Stay on N. 92 stopping if students need picked up. Afternoon will run in reverse.
  • Bus announcement for Allen Taylor Bus #60-14 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Allen Taylor Bus #60-14, Leave GBEMS to Frost meet Marlinton bus & transfer students, go to Dunmore & meet Route 28 students at Dunmore Country Mart. Afternoon will run in reverse.
  • Bus announcement for Chuck McQuain #8-19 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Chuck McQuain #8-19, PCHS to Wildcat Run Road on 92 South. Transfer to Rick McCarty bus at Rt.39 Chevron. Travel 39 to Minnehaha Springs travel N92 to Hill Country Road. Afternoon will run in reverse.
  • Bus announcement for Donald McNeel Bus #2-16 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Donald McNeel Bus #2-16, Both high /middle school and elementary runs start on Lobelia Road on the south end of Ceasar Mountain & pick up students at their stops on Lobelia Road into Hillsboro. Afternoon will run in reverse.
  • Bus announcement for Evan Rose #53-10 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Evan Rose #53-10, Route 219 North to the Par Mar Store at Slaty Fork. Students will meet the bus at the store. The bus will then proceed back to Route 219 North to Route 39 to MES & to PCHS. Afternoon will run in reverse.
  • Bus announcement for Gary Cutlip Bus #59-14 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Gary Cutlip Bus #59-14, Follow 219 South to Beartown Road, remaining on Route 219, turning the bus & following Route 219 North to HES. Students on Beartown, Healing Springs, Droop Mountain State Park Rd, Denmar Rd, & Locust Creek Rds will meet the bus on Rt 219. Afternoon will
  • Bus announcement for Gary Rose #35 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Gary Rose #35, Travel intersection of Route 39, meet students & turn the bus at Allegheny Aggregates. Proceed to 219 South to HES. From HES travel 219 North & proceed to MMS, leaving MMS, proceed on 219 North to MES. From MES proceed to 219 South to HES. May pick u
  • Bus announcement for Jerry Ramos #5-17 area in Pocahontas County
    As of Jan 18, 6:41am: In Pocahontas County near Jerry Ramos #5-17, The bus will only travel Route 92, Hill Country Road, & Route 28. If Hill Country is impassable, the bus will travel to Dunmore, turn left on Route 28 & travel to PCHS, proceed back to Route 28 onto to MES. Afternoon will run in reverse.
  • First Day Hikes at West Virginia state parks in 2019 – Resolve to get outdoors
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It's time to make New Year's resolutions and seven West Virginia state parks and forests are inviting people to join a First Day Hike on Tuesday, Jan. 1 and adopt a healthier outlook by spending more time outside in 2019.
  • Big Band Bash at the Blennerhassett Museum debuts New Year’s Eve
    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Blennerhassett Museum in Parkersburg is the place to be on New Year's Eve.
  • Bobcat trappers needed for home range study
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking bobcat trappers to assist with a new study in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties.
  • Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter trappers that they are required to electronically register their catches within 30 days after the close of the respective season. The furbearer trapping seasons in West Virginia opened Nov. 3.
  • Hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 bucks during the traditional buck firearms season
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from Nov. 19 through Dec. 1, 2018, according to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. 
  • Eureka Midstream funds cooperative habitat enhancement projects on the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area
    JACKSONBURG, W.Va. — A large-scale, cooperative wildlife habitat enhancement project has been initiated on the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area in Wetzel County with a $75,000 donation from Eureka Midstream.
  • West Virginia’s 2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia turkey hunters harvested 1,215 birds during the fall season, according to the Division of Natural Resources. That’s an increase of 28 percent above the 2017 season, and only 4 percent below the five-year average.
  • “Christmas at Cacapon” event features Historic Old Inn on Dec. 16, 2018
    BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Cacapon Resort State Park is hosting a holiday celebration on Sunday, Dec. 16. The Historic Old Inn, West Virginia’s first state park lodge, will be decorated for the holidays, setting the stage for an afternoon of activities. Santa will greet children from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Stonewall Resort offers holiday events and activities
    ROANOKE, W.Va. — Stonewall Resort is hosting a series of holiday-themed events with activities scheduled each weekend in December, running through New Year’s Day.
  • East River Mountain Town Band Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at Pipestem Resort State Park
    PIPESTEM, W.Va. — The East River Mountain Town Band will perform an afternoon of holiday music at Pipestem Resort State Park on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. The free two-hour concert includes an intermission and will be held in the Hudkins Conference Center at McKeever Lodge.
  • West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 10, 2018
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer hunting season will open Dec. 10 and run through Dec. 16, 2018.
  • State park gifts cards include “Something Extra” to encourage visits to parks and forests
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The perfect gift is one that keeps on giving, and West Virginia State Parks is including “Something Extra” this holiday season on gift card purchases of $100 or more. This bonus includes eight coupons that can be used at select state parks and forests in 2019.
  • West Virginia Dance Festival Draws Students from Across the State
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dance students from 45 dance school, high school and college programs participated in the 2013 West Virginia Division of Culture and History Dance Festival at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex on April 19 – 21. Students had the opportunity to take classes from nationally accredited dancers and dance instructors, and to perform in evening concerts.
  • Archives Library to present talk on the Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary on May 9
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Author and columnist Sherri Brake will present “The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary” on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • Award-winning Television Producer Russ Barbour to Discuss his Film Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Television producer Russ Barbour will present “Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland” on Tuesday, May 7, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • State Historic Preservation Office Publishes 13-month Calendar
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published “Land, People and Statehood,” a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State’s pathway to statehood, including the historic figures who shaped its future. The public is invited to request a copy of the free calendar while supplies last.
  • West Virginia Division of Culture and History Invites Quilters to Make Handmade Squares for a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in partnership with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is inviting quilters from across the state to help make a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt.
  • Annual quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at the Culture Center
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012, is on display in the Great Hall and the south wing of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 55 exquisite quilts and wall hangings representing the talents of West Virginia quilters. Quiltmaking is one of West Virginia’s oldest and most treasured art forms, and this annual display is a favorite with visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.
  • State Fair of West Virginia Announces 6th Annual Christmas Decorating Contest

    LEWISBURG, WV (11/01/2018) (readMedia)– Local civic groups and businesses are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Christmas Barn Decorating Contest at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate one of ten harness racing barns located adjacent to Rout 219 North. This has become a great tradition in the community. […]

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  • State Fair to Host Giant Flea Market and Antique Show This Weekend

    LEWISBURG, WV (09/17/2018) (readMedia)– The Annual Fall Giant Flea Market and Antique Show will take place on September 21, 22 and 23, at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg. The show will be open from 8AM -6PM on Friday and Saturday and from 9AM – 3PM on Sunday. This year, along with over […]

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  • 2018 1st West Virginia Made Collector Basket & 1st WV Edition Print

    LEWISBURG, WV (08/13/2018) (readMedia)– The Annual Collector Baskets are back! We have continued the tradition of handmade baskets, now West Virginia made. The 2018 baskets commemorating the 94th annual state fair will be sold throughout the summer. The 1st WV Edition Basket is handmade and dipped in natural walnut dye from 100+ year old trees. […]

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  • 2018 State Fair of West Virginia to Start Thursday

    LEWISBURG, WV (08/06/2018) (readMedia)– The 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to open this Thursday, August 9, in Lewisburg, WV. The gates will open at 11 am on Thursday, while the carnival will open at 2 pm! Admission on Thursday will be $5 at the gates and rides will be $20 all […]

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  • Last Chance to Buy Advance Discounted Tickets for State Fair of WV

    LEWISBURG, WV (07/31/2018) (readMedia)– The deadline to purchase advanced discounted tickets to the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia is rapidly approaching! Tickets are available at Greenbrier Medical Arts, Union and Western Greenbrier Pharmacies until Friday, August 3 and the State Fair Box Office until Noon on August 4. Select One Stop and Stop In […]

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  • Annual State Fair of West Virginia to Start August 9

    LEWISBURG, WV (07/26/2018) (readMedia)– The 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to begin on Thursday, August 9, with gates opening at 11 am and carnival rides at 2 pm! The 10-day event will bring thousands of people together for top-name musical acts, free entertainment, livestock shows, carnival rides from Reithoffer Shows and […]

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  • New Fair Food Contest

    LEWISBURG, WV (07/19/2018) (readMedia)– 10 brand new food items will be competing at the 2018 SFWV to win the title of “Best New Fair Food.” Voting will take place at the individual stands, as well as social media. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 18th. Vendors were encouraged to be creative with their […]

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  • Entries Open For 5th Annual American National, State Fair of WV Car Show

    LEWISBURG, WV (07/10/2018) (readMedia)– American National and its Family of Companies have teamed up with the State Fair of West Virginia to produce the fifth annual “State Fair Car Show.” The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 12th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the 94th Annual State Fair. The show will take place […]

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  • Entry Deadline Approaching for 2018 State Fair of West Virginia

    LEWISBURG, WV (07/02/2018) (readMedia)– The entry deadline for the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia livestock and home, arts, and garden exhibits is on Friday, July 6. Entry information can be found by visiting www.statefairofwv.com/competitions or by calling 304-645-1090. Reminder, all limited classes for home, arts and gardens must be entered by paper, while all […]

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  • State Fair of West Virginia Box Office is Now Open

    LEWISBURG, WV (06/04/2018) (readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia’s box office is now open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia! “We are just a little over two months away from the 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia and […]

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