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Adventure classes offered at North Bend State Park
July 17, 2018

CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park helps guests learn new outdoors skills through its Quest program and will offer introductory courses in backpacking, backcountry camping and geocaching on July 21.

The courses, which last anywhere from two hours to overnight, are led by North Bend State Park rangers. Registration is required and available until July 20. To register, call the park at 304-643-2931 or sign up at the front desk.

“Sometimes you need a little help learning a new outdoor skill,” said North Bend Superintendent Steve Jones. “That help is available here at North Bend State Park through our Quest program.”

The Backpacking with Backcountry Camping course starts at 10 a.m. This overnight experience is in a remote section of the park and includes an introduction on packs, gear and packing for an backcountry trip. FULL STORY

President Trump grants flood disaster declaration
July 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Jim Justice on Thursday secured federal funding for emergency response work and repairing or rebuilding damaged facilities resulting from severe storms during the week of Memorial Day.

President Donald J. Trump granted a request from Governor Justice and declared that the May 28 – June 3 flooding, landslides, mudslides and wind damage qualified for federal disaster aid.

As a result, Public Assistance funding is now available for Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, and Pendleton counties. Justice has also requested Public Assistance for Berkeley County. A decision on that request remains pending.

The president’s declaration does provide cost-sharing assistance statewide through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, to support efforts that prevent or reduce long-term risks from such natural hazards. FULL STORY

Three new modern cabins dedicated at State Park
July 17, 2018

LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Parks system dedicated three new cabins at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County today. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center was attended by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources staff, local officials and several members of the public.

The cabins are Chief Logan State Park’s first and provide spectacular views of the park. They cost just over $2 million to complete.

“These three gorgeous cabins are a wonderful addition to Chief Logan State Park and will give travelers and vacationers in the area another option for overnight lodging,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel.

Each cabin features four bedrooms, large living areas and all the modern conveniences overnight guests expect, making them perfect for vacations, reunions, weddings, and getaways. FULL STORY

Junie B Jones
July 11, 2018

From Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the creators who gave us Dear Edwina and Dear Edwina Jr., Buckhannon Community Theatre presents Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.; brought to life in a delightful adapatation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books in a production created specifically for Broadway Junior performers.

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store for our pint-sized heroine: Junie B.'s best friend Lucille has found new best friends, leaving poor Junie B. out in the cold. In the meantime, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. In Mr. Scary's class, Junie B. has trouble reading the blackboard and discovers she may need glasses! With a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament, and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal", first grade has never been more exciting!

This endearing show features many lovable characters and several catchy, fun-filled songs. FULL STORY

Rock of Ages
July 11, 2018

Buckhannon Community Theatre takes you back in time: It’s the tail end of the big, bad 80s in Hollywood, California and the party has been raging hard; but for some, it seems like it may be the end of the line. Aquanet, Spandex, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, The Bourbon Room; a place where sex-machine and rock god, Stacee Jaxx, takes the stage while scantily clad groupies line up to turn their rock and roll fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner), Drew Boley, longs to take the stage as the next big thing. Suddenly into Drew's life comes a smalltown girl with Hollywood stars in her eyes, Sherri Christian, fresh of the bus from Kansas. But the rock and roll fairy-tale is on the verge of ending when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Sunset Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. FULL STORY

Green Beans are Rockin' Upshur County
July 5, 2018

The Annual Green Bean Celebration is rocking Upshur County with painted green bean rocks. Local artist Ashlyn Hoak has hand-painted a bucket-full of rocks for us to hide and for you to find. This year there is a new twist. If you find our specially marked stone, please call the number on the rock and trade it in for a fun surprise.

The painted rocks phenomenon is a family-friendly activity that is fun, cheap and a great way to keep the kids entertained. This is a perfect fit for the Green Bean Celebration which is a grass-roots effort to promote volunteerism, healthy nutrition, agriculture and to help stock the Parish House pantry with fresh green beans.

When you find our painted rocks, please post a photo to our Facebook page and re-hide the rock for someone else to find. FULL STORY

Photo Entries Being Accepted For 2018 Calendar
June 1, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) are now accepting photo entries for the 2018 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar. The deadline to enter a photo is Oct. 1.

The rules for entering a photo are:

- Photographs must be taken in West Virginia.
- Entries must be submitted as an 8" X 10" color print and must be landscape orientation (not portrait orientation). Submissions can also be made as a digital copy on a CD or flash drive.
- Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. They may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the Division of Highways. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc. FULL STORY

Green Bean Day T-shirts on sale now!
May 20, 2018

It is almost time to get those green bean seeds into the ground! Here is your chance to dress for success with your very own Green Bean Celebration T-shirt. The shirts are $15 each for size youth small through adult extra-large. Sizes 2X through 5X are $20 each. You can place your order at the Buckhannon Welcome Center on Main Street or contact a committee member at the information noted below. Proceeds from the T-shirt drive go to purchase green beans for the Parish House.

The Annual Green Bean Celebration is a grass-roots effort to promote volunteerism, healthy nutrition, agriculture, and to help stock the Parish House pantry with fresh green beans. The 2018 Green Bean Stroll/Walk is August 11th. Please consider planting extra green beans in your summer garden to donate to the Parish House and help stamp out hunger in our community. FULL STORY

School Calendar Approved for 2018-2019 School Year
May 20, 2018

2018-2019 School Calendar has been approved by WV State BOE. The first day of School for students is August 13, 2018.

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