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The Upshur Connection
March 30, 2016

Welcome to The Upshur Connection where people from Upshur County connect to each other and to the rest of the world. The Upshur Connection is an on-line, all-in-one, all volunteer website designed to provide our readers with knowledge that will keep them appraised of what is happening around the globe, as well as in their own backyard.

Knowledge is a powerful tool and in today’s fast-paced world things change by the minute, that is why The Upshur Connection gives our readers that tool to use every day. FULL STORY

All Things Upshur
February 3, 2016

Hello to all of our fellow residents of Upshur County. The Upshur Connection is an online website that has been up and running since 2012, but now it needs your help. The folks who have been in charge of administering the site have pulled out because of the cost to keep it alive. The two main peo... FULL STORY

Upshur Connection may continue with new management
By Kyrana Jones
January 31, 2016

We're happy to announce that we may have found someone willing and able to keep The Upshur Connection running and, in fact, to improve it. So we have cancelled our plans to shut down the site. (If in the end, we do decide to shut it down, we'll give you plenty of notice.) We expect to know the s... FULL STORY

Out And About January 24th through January 31st
By Maria Bray
January 24, 2016

What a snowstorm! Hope everyone is safe, warm, and staying inside as the storm triggered many cancellations this weekend. Once the weather warms up, there will be plenty to do “Out and About” in the upcoming week. I do want to take a moment to say goodbye to The Upshur Connection and thank this band... FULL STORY

From Our Home to Your Home
By Kyrana Jones
December 21, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we at the Upshur Connection would like to take a moment to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. We are now half way into our second year as a resource for Upshur County and are continually amazed at the connections and growth of our online publication. When we l... FULL STORY

Welcome to The Upshur Connection
April 20, 2012

The Upshur Connection is Buckhannon's new online newspaper! We invite our readers to submit news, photos and press releases. To submit a story, register for free at zoomvillage.com or email the Editor of the The Upshur Connection, Kyrana Jones, at writers3@suddenlink.net. FULL STORY

Baked Steak Charity Dinner for Seth Poling ALS
October 22, 2018

Many of you don't know, as I've chosen to keep this matter private amongst immediate friends and family, I was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in June 2017 during a visit to John's Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. I've dealt with symptoms of ALS for 4+ years. I literal... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice provides update
September 13, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Following an operations briefing held earlier today Gov. Jim Justice is providing the following information as an update on the State of Preparedness for Hurricane Florence. “We have mobilized multiple state agencies in preparation for the impacts on West Virginia from Hurricane ... FULL STORY

Internal Review at state WDA
September 7, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that an investigation is underway concerning more than $1.5 million in loan payments to the West Virginia Water Development Authority that have been missed by the landlord of the office building that houses Ticketmaster in the Northgate Business Park... FULL STORY

Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer
September 5, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va — The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled Physical Agility Tests (PAT) for anyone interested in applying for open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions. The tests, scheduled for Sept. 7-8, will be at South Cha... FULL STORY

Students will paint for pups Tomorrow
August 7, 2018

BUCKHANNON, WV: This park is for the dogs! Local pups have plenty to celebrate at Buckhannon’s Riverwalk Park. This Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., older students from the Child Development Center of Central West Virginia will visit the Buckhannon Dog Park to paint a new agility tunnel. The feature is the l... 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 an... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice requests federal disaster declaration
July 3, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Flooding, landslides, mudslides and wind damage in eight counties, from severe storms during the week of Memorial Day, have prompted Gov. Jim Justice to seek a major disaster declaration from President Donald J.Trump. Gov. Justice had declared a State of Emergency for Berkeley, ... FULL STORY

Take Action for MFP on the Olmstead Anniversary!
June 18, 2018

This Thursday, June 22, 2018, is the 19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision cementing the ADA’s integration mandate. To commemorate the day, NCIL is joining other national disability organizations in hosting a National Call-In Day for the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227 and H.R. 5306). ... FULL STORY

Governor Jim Justice steps in to save elk
June 2, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Jim Justice has contacted the White House and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request aid in protecting elk being held in a five-acre holding pen at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County. The 50 elk, captured in Arizona and tr... 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. FULL STORY

NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY
May 20, 2018

On May 20, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter,... 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 Buckh... FULL STORY

DNR Warns: Don’t feed the Bears!
May 16, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents that feeding black bears is a violation of state law as well as a misguided disservice to our state animal, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. "It is un... FULL STORY

DIY: YOUR LOCAL FOOD MARKET
March 4, 2018

DIY: YOUR LOCAL FOOD MARKET A workshop to create a Community Food Market Action plan to build community health and wealth. Community teams will use the WealthWorks Framework to create an asset inventory. Then learn how to leverage their assets to address community need with a market-driven approach... FULL STORY

Upshur County Commission Meeting Agenda 11/17/16
November 16, 2016

Upshur County Commission Agenda Location of Meeting: Upshur County Courthouse Annex Date of Meeting: November 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. Moment of Silent Meditation --- Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Minutes: November 10, 2016 2016 General Election Canvassing Minutes 9:15 a.m. Patty Adams o... FULL STORY

Out and About November 13th through November 20th
By Maria Bray
November 13, 2016

What busy season! While we were focused on a historic election, autumn walked right in. This pretty photo is from Central Park and brings back great memories of crisp morning walks, art museums, and Broadway shows. Maxx and I have enjoyed some brisk morning walks of late. As the air turns colder, th... FULL STORY

Banks Dist. VFD fire prevention efforts continue
November 10, 2016

ROCK CAVE (WV) – Banks District Volunteer Fire Department personnel recently visited the kindergarten class at the Rock Cave Elementary School to continue fire prevention efforts. The department, in cooperation with the Snowshoe Foundation, distributed to every student in Mrs. Samantha Davidson Gai... FULL STORY

Out and About November 6th through November 13th
By Maria Bray
November 6, 2016

Tuesday will mark the end of a turbulent election and the beginning of a new administration. The commentators all agree that this competition has been unique and unpredictable in many ways. We’ve heard the arguments, read the positions and now it is time choose the person who will represent our coun... FULL STORY

Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored
November 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week Oct. 31-Nov. 4. In hi... FULL STORY

Out and About October 30th through November 6th
By Maria Bray
October 30, 2016

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” -William Shakespeare. It is Halloween! This night of costumed children and candy treats signals the start of the holiday season. Craft fairs and special concerts are already filling the calendar. This year I hope you will consider a ... FULL STORY

Out and About October 23rd through October 30th
By Maria Bray
October 22, 2016

According to Redribbon.org Red Ribbon week began after the kidnapping, torture and brutal murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. This campaign builds awareness about drug use and abuse through information, advocacy, and resources. Throughout our community, there are discussions and eve... FULL STORY

Dining with Diabetes class
October 19, 2016

A free Dining with Diabetes workshop series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Upshur Extension office. The workshop will include a demonstration of healthy food with recipes; a physical activity to benefit health and self-management of diabetes, and a presentation by Sarah R... FULL STORY

Out and About October 16th through October 23rd
By Maria Bray
October 16, 2016

The days are cooler, the leaves are falling, and all hearts turn to FOOD! There are an amazing number of food-related events and fundraisers coming up along with some fabulous entertainment. These events help support our local groups and every dollar raised goes back into making Upshur County a bett... FULL STORY

Dr. Joel Thierstein Named President of WVWC
October 14, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees have named Dr. Joel Thierstein as the College’s nineteenth president, succeeding Dr. Pamela Balch ’71, who has served as Wesleyan’s president since 2006. After a national search led by former board chair Marc Halbritter, Hon. '16, and a committee ... FULL STORY

Southern Upshur firefighters respond to Rock Cave
October 12, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – At approximately 3:02 p.m. Monday afternoon, the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched Adrian and Banks District firefighters to a reported vehicle fire near the vicinity of 620 Centerville Road in Rock Cave. First arrivi... FULL STORY

Out and About October 9th through October 16th
By Maria Bray
October 9, 2016

Autumn has arrived with chilly morning walks, falling leaving and dazzling blue skies. What a perfect opportunity to capture some images of Buckhannon for the Bicentennial Photography Competition. Today is also Diversity in Buckhannon. Please come out to the old Central School for the dedication of ... FULL STORY

Out and About October 2nd through October 9th
By Maria Bray
October 2, 2016

The Bicentennial Party at Jawbone turned out to be a fabulous community night out. It was great to see families visiting together and watching our students perform. From elementary school to college student, we enjoyed a sampling of the different types of music they are learning in school along with... FULL STORY

Out and About September 25th through October 2nd
By Maria Bray
September 25, 2016

The bands are ready, the fireworks are loaded, guests have been invited – it’s party time! This Friday, come on down to Jawbone Park and be a part of the 200th Birthday celebration. The talent show winners will be available to perform along with our royal court. There will be kettle corn, painting a... FULL STORY

Alton Road car crash sends one to area hospital
September 18, 2016

ADRIAN (WV) – A Saturday afternoon traffic crash involving two vehicles resulted in one person being transported by Upshur County EMS to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Upshur County Communications Center received a 911 call shortly before 1:00 p.m. from a person report... FULL STORY

Out and About September 18th through September 25
By Maria Bray
September 18, 2016

The Bicentennial Celebration is gathering momentum. Each week we have a different competition and display of local talent. This week our local Convention and Visitor’s Center is helping our local businesses show off their town spirit with a Decorating Competition. Judging will begin next Monday, ju... FULL STORY

Out and About September 11th
By Maria Bray
September 11, 2016

Fifteen years ago today, our country was attacked from within its borders. The images of the scarred buildings and broken people streaming across the internet and the media remind us of the power of hate. We revisit the anguished faces of responders and survivors along with the sight of a people ban... FULL STORY

Out and About September 4th through September 11th
By Maria Bray
September 4, 2016

Antique cars, sleepwalking pigs, Irish music and award-winning liars are just a few of the interesting opportunities on tap in Buckhannon. The Bicentennial Celebration plans are coming together. Thanks to some local sponsors, it looks like we will have fireworks too! The celebration committee i... FULL STORY

Out and About August 28th through September 4th
By Maria Bray
August 28, 2016

Topping off this jam-packed week in Buckhannon is Labor Day weekend. Traditionally considered the end of the summer, this weekend was often a time for family gatherings and the Jerry Lewis telethon. Here in Buckhannon, this weekend is just the beginning of a month-long celebration of our 200th Anniv... FULL STORY

Out and About August 21st through August 28th
By Maria Bray
August 21, 2016

Plans are taking shape for the upcoming Bicentennial Celebration. There will, of course, be a parade and possibly some fireworks. Our own Ron Hinkle designed a sun catcher just for the event! It is a glass arrowhead in Buckhannon’s Blue and White and is available at the Chamber/CVB office on Main St... FULL STORY

Firefighters respond to vehicle fire in Arlington
August 19, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ARLINGTON (WV) – At approximately 11:21 a.m. Thursday morning, the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched Banks District firefighters to a reported vehicle fire on WV Route 20 South Road on Pritt Mountain in the Arlington community. Firs... FULL STORY

Bicentennial Time Capsule Project
August 16, 2016

As part of Buckhannon's 200th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting items for a time capsule. The capsule will be sealed and buried in Jawbone park to be opened in 50 years. Hopefully, those who dig up the items will still remember us and will replace these things with items of their own. How d... FULL STORY

Out and About August 14 through August 21
By Maria Bray
August 14, 2016

The Buckhannon Fire Department shared this important message: As the Upshur County Schools will be in full swing in just a few short days, we want to remind those of you driving through Upshur County to be cautious around buses; especially when their yellow and red lights are flashing. If you see th... FULL STORY

Mayor's Statement - Pedestrian Friendly Initiative
August 11, 2016

We have too many motorists in our community who regularly exceed the speed limit, engage in distracted driving, and/or who are less than fully attentive to pedestrians. It is timely for me to make some observations and commence a dialogue about how as a City we might make our town safer, and more ap... FULL STORY

Out and About August 7th through August 14th
By Maria Bray
August 7, 2016

So glad the humidity has finally broken and we can enjoy the last few days of summer before the new semester begins and we begin the transition into autumn. As I write this from my patio with Maxx by my side, I think this might be a great evening to attend the River Walk concert. Bluegrass Preserves... FULL STORY

Treasurer presents $169,000 check
August 3, 2016

State Treasurer John Perdue presented a $169,740 unclaimed property check Tuesday to Charleston resident Gary Cohen, during a ceremony at the Treasurer’s East Wing office. Cohen is a Charleston resident whose father Marvyn amassed shares of stock in Taro Pharmaceuticals. The stocks were liquidat... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 16 calls for se
August 3, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for the month of July revealing that members handled sixteen calls for service and assistance. Firefighters answered nine calls... FULL STORY

FREE CORN ROAST COMES TO THE CAPITOL
By Kyrana Jones
August 1, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Does it get any tastier than fresh, West Virginia sweet corn? Find out for yourself during the annual West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Corn Roast on August 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north plaza of the state Capitol. Join Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick an... FULL STORY

Out and About July 31st through August 7th
By Maria Bray
July 31, 2016

Hard to believe it is the first week in August already. Time to complete some activities and get ready to start new ones. Even the weather seemed to pause in sauna mode for a brief moment before we head into the next season of activity. Over the next few days, our athletes return for one then two-a... FULL STORY

Out and About July 24 through July 31st
By Maria Bray
July 24, 2016

Another great line up of events this week. I hope you had a chance to check out the “Blast to the Past” car show. It does seem a little strange to see cars I used to drive, now listed as classics. To wind down after a hot and busy week, take a stroll tonight on the River Walk to cool down and enjoy ... FULL STORY

Pipestem Resort State Park controlled deer hunt
July 23, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Applications are being accepted for the controlled deer hunt at Pipestem Resort State Park scheduled for Nov. 3, 4 and 5, 2016. Applications must be submitted by going to www.wvhunt.com. Applicants must use an existing account or create one on the Electronic Licensing and Game ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Extends State of Emergency
July 22, 2016

Twelve counties will remain under State of Emergency until August 22 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today extended the State of Emergency for 12 counties, allowing for continued state resources to aid in flood cleanup and recovery for affected residents and communities. "As we mo... FULL STORY

Uber Services in West Virginia
July 20, 2016

Ridesharing service initially available in Charleston and Morgantown CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took the first Uber ride in West Virginia - from the Capitol Market to the State Capitol to announce the official launch of Uber services in the state. They we... FULL STORY

Out and About July 17th through July 24th
By Maria Bray
July 17, 2016

After such a busy week, a beautiful, quiet Sunday morning was just what the doctor ordered. Maxx and I walked about town enjoying the sights and lack of sound followed by some patio time. A great way to recharge for the upcoming week. Monday – Chamber of Commerce meets at noon – Guest Speaker- B... FULL STORY

Driver injured in French Creek car crash
By Kyrana Jones
July 16, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson FRENCH CREEK (WV) – An early Thursday morning traffic crash involving two vehicles resulted in one driver being transported by Upshur County EMS to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Upshur County Communications Center rece... FULL STORY

SBA Awards Grants
July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will award up to $125,000 in grants to 16 Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program recipients including state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities and up to $200,000 in gran... FULL STORY

Out and About July 10th through July 17th
By Maria Bray
July 9, 2016

A great big thank you to our friends at City Hall who allowed our art students to be a part of the recent renovations. This month we have some selections representing the students at our Middle School. As we change out the displays, we hope to highlight students from all of our local schools. Please... FULL STORY

Out and About July 3rd through July 10th
By Maria Bray
July 3, 2016

Festival Fridays and the Stockert Youth Center joined forces to present a spectacular 4th of July celebration Friday night. It was great to see friends, neighbors and visitors gathered in Jawbone Park after such a challenging week. Many present were touched in some way by the flooding south of us an... FULL STORY

Online Volunteer Registration Launched For 2016 WV
June 25, 2016

CHARLESTON W.V.a – Volunteers wishing to help with flood response and recovery can register online at www.volunteerwv.org. At this time, volunteers are asked not to self deploy and to stay at home for their own safety. Volunteer West Virginia, the State’s Commission for National and Community Ser... FULL STORY

Out and About June 26 through July 3rd
By Maria Bray
June 25, 2016

Saturday turned out to be a perfect summer morning. The skies were clear, the streets were quiet as Maxx and I headed out for our morning walk. What an extreme contrast to the images of the devastation in the southern part of West Virginia. I am very grateful that Buckhannon did not share the experi... FULL STORY

Out and About June 19 through June 26th
By Maria Bray
June 18, 2016

Hope you had a chance to sample some BBQ during the Second Annual Almost Heaven BBQ Bash. This event, organized by our very own Rotary club as a way to raise funds to continue the fight against polio. We are close to the goal of eradicating this terrible disease. It turned out to be a beautiful, sun... FULL STORY

Out and About June 12th through June 19th
June 11, 2016

Presented by Maria Bray The 2016 Almost Heaven BBQ Bash is back! This weekend Jawbone Park will be filled with music, great food, and BBQ. The Classic Car and Motorcycle Drive in will be joining the celebration so be sure to make room in your schedule for a visit downtown for some family-friendl... FULL STORY

Out and About June 5th through June 12th
By Maria Bray
June 5, 2016

Festival Fridays launched their 2016 season this Friday with a picture perfect evening in the park. It was great to visit neighbors while munching on delicious foods. There was something for everyone. I was at the art break table discovering future artists and carpenters while listening to some fant... FULL STORY

Out and About May 29th through June 5th
By Maria Bray
May 29, 2016

They’re Back! Cicadas have returned with the warmer weather and are partying like it’s 1999. Not to be confused with the Locust, Cicadas are not known to swarm and will not devour crops. They can cause damage to young trees when the female lays eggs in the branches so you may wish to wait a bit befo... FULL STORY

Out and About May 22nd through May 29th
By Maria Bray
May 22, 2016

The cool morning walks with Maxx are my favorite way to start the day. We get to enjoy the new growth that comes with spring in the quiet before the cicadas begin their summer symphony. Next Monday is Memorial Day, a time set aside to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. This w... FULL STORY

The Bobcat Den Features Products at AOM
May 19, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College is proud to announce The Bobcat Den will be featuring Wesleyan products at Artistry on Main in Buckhannon. Wesleyan’s retail store will offer college merchandise such as shirts, hats, glassware and more. Artistry on Main showcases over 30 Appalachian and West Virgi... FULL STORY

Out and About May 15th through May 22
By Maria Bray
May 15, 2016

The rhododendrons are in full bloom, the lilies are coming up and the parades have begun – it’s Strawberry Festival time. The festival organizers are making every effort to impress by providing a full complement of events all week long. Take a walk along Main Street to see the history of the festiva... FULL STORY

Motorcycle crash seriously injures one, airlifted
May 11, 2016

By Lt. David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ARLINGTON (WV) – A Tuesday evening motorcycle crash resulted in the operator being transported by Upshur County EMS to a landing zone at the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department in Rock Cave, where an awaiting HealthNet Aeromedical Services... FULL STORY

Out and About May 8th through May 15th
By Maria Bray
May 7, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you have a chance to rest from all of the Strawberry Festival preparation and spend some family time celebrating mom. It so nice to see all the flowers in bloom and freshly mowed yards. Even the sidewalks on Kanawha hill have been swept and made ready for fresh paint. Su... FULL STORY

Driver ejected in rollover crash on Horizon Way
May 1, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson CRAWFORD (WV) – A Friday afternoon traffic crash in southern Upshur County resulted in a driver being airlifted by HealthNet Aeromedical Service with serious injuries to a hospital. The Upshur County Communications Center received a 911 call at ap... FULL STORY

Out and About May 1st through May 7th
By Maria Bray
May 1, 2016

April showers bring May flowers and they are certainly showing their colors this week! So what do May flowers bring – pilgrims of course. The strawberry festival will soon be upon us with more events than ever in celebration of their 75th Diamond Jubilee. Monday - Buckhannon Choral Society rehea... FULL STORY

Out and About April 24th through May 1st
By Maria Bray
April 24, 2016

Another beautiful week in Buckhannon with lots to do. We have a fantastic line-up of concerts, jam sessions, book discussions and lots of Bingo! There is something for everyone! There are some great classes coming up at Artistry on Main. Their last painting class with Sheri was a fast sell out. So d... FULL STORY

Out and About April 17th through April 24th
By Maria Bray
April 17, 2016

So much to do and so much sunshine! I was finally able to move my flowers out of the garage and into the sunshine. So glad to see spring has finally arrived. The garden is calling but there is so much to do. Check out the line-up for events in Buckhannon this week. We have classes and workshops, jam... FULL STORY

Out and About April 10th through April 17th
By Maria Bray
April 10, 2016

Woke this morning to a bright light streaming through my window. Turns out it was the sun reflecting off the snow that fell last night! Hard to believe we are halfway into spring. On Saturday, I attended an event at the WVWC library where I learned about a movement to honor the “Rosies.” It was an h... FULL STORY

1st Annual Little Free Library Beauty Contest
April 8, 2016

This spring Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County (LV-UC) will be holding the first annual Little Free Library Beauty Contest. LV-US are asking ALL Little Free Library Stewards to “Pretty Up” their Libraries the week of April 18th, 2016. LV-UC will photograph the Little Libraries the week of April 25... FULL STORY

Head on crash in French Creek injures two people
April 6, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson FRENCH CREEK (WV) – Two vehicles were involved in a head-on crash late Tuesday evening on WV Route 20 South Road in French Creek, near the WV Wildlife Center, which resulted in both drivers being airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries. Fir... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 11 calls
April 3, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for March. Department members responded to eleven calls for service. Firefighters answered eight requests to provide assistance t... FULL STORY

Out and About April 3rd through April 10th
By Maria Bray
April 3, 2016

PIG MANIA Pigs are STILL available for adoption! Pigs arrived last week and will be available until all have been adopted, and we're receiving Adoption Orders almost daily, so don't wait too long and be left out of this fun new artistic adventure. Pigs will be judged at Jawbone Park area on Saturday... FULL STORY

Out And About March 27th through April 3rd
By Maria Bray
March 30, 2016

Putting out flowers, setting up the patio – it really is springtime! Maxx and I had lunch outside today and enjoyed the sight of happy daffodils spotting the landscape. Some of the fall plantings are even showing signs of life. This week was a busy one for egg hunts and bunny breakfasts and we had a... FULL STORY

Out and About March 20th
By Maria Bray
March 20, 2016

My calendar says that this is the first day of spring but the weather forecast has something else in mind. March can be so bizarre at times! Put on an extra sweater and get out and about ‘cause there’s a whole lot going on in Buckhannon. Monday - Buckhannon Choral Society rehearsal for the sprin... FULL STORY

Millertown Road home in Adrian damaged by fire
March 16, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ADRIAN (WV) – At approximately 7:00 a.m. the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched three Upshur County volunteer fire departments along with Upshur County EMS to a residential structure fire on Millertown Road in this small Upshur Cou... FULL STORY

Always Patsy Cline
March 14, 2016

Buckhannon Community Theatre proudly announces auditions for their 2016 production of Always…Patsy Cline. The auditions will take place at 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Stockert Youth Center on Main Street in Buckhannon, WV. We are seeking versatile female actors to fill two principal... FULL STORY

Out and About March 13th through March 20th
By Maria Bray
March 13, 2016

Signs of spring are beginning to sprout. The days are longer and the birds are singing again. It is nice to see the colorful flowers popping up to announce the new season. That means it’s time to get out into the garden to get a jump on the growing season. I noticed a couple of bare spots on the law... FULL STORY

Lady Bucs State Tournament Send-Off
March 7, 2016

Lady Bucs State Tournament Send-Off The Lady Bucs Basketball team will be heading back to the State Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, March 8th. A community send-off has been planned starting with a team meal at Wendy’s and ending with a police escort of the team bus from Wendy’s to Florid... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 18 calls
March 6, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for February. Department members responded to eighteen calls for service. Firefighters answered four requests to provide assista... FULL STORY

Out and About March 6th through March 12th
March 6, 2016

National Procrastination Week: March 6-12, 2016 - Really, for this week, there is nothing better than taking it easy and just smiling - your to-do list can wait until NEXT week! While it is nice to take a break from chores and responsibilities, don’t miss out on these great activities. Monday - B... FULL STORY

Out and About February 28th through March 6th
By Maria Bray
February 28, 2016

It is Spring Break for the students at WVWC. Many have gone home for a visit or are spending time in a warmer climate. Traffic may be lighter and some lines may be shorter but there’s still lots to do and see. Next time you head downtown, take a moment and look up. The latest public art installation... FULL STORY

ATV crash in southern Upshur County
February 24, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson FRENCH CREEK (WV) – An ATV crash in the 1000 block of Kanawha Run Road in French Creek resulted in one person being transported to an area hospital with serious injuries by Upshur County EMS early Wednesday evening. Firefighters from the Banks... FULL STORY

Out and About February 21st Through February 28th
By Maria Bray
February 21, 2016

Turned out to be a great week! The weather took a time out from being winter and many of you had a chance to get a jump on outside projects. Maxx is happy to be walking again. Staying inside is hard on a high-energy dog and his owner. Hope you can take advantage of the break and go to one of the up... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters release 2015 summary
February 19, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson Banks District firefighters release 2015 summary of department activity, see increase of calls from previous year ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released a summary of department activity and calls for service fo... FULL STORY

Miller Awarded West Virginia History Hero Award
February 17, 2016

Brett Miller ’06, archivist, coordinator of records management, and music librarian for West Virginia Wesleyan College, was recently awarded the West Virginia History Hero award by the West Virginia Archives and History section of the Division of Culture and History as part of the annual West Virgin... FULL STORY

Out And About February 14th through February 21st
By Maria Bray
February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day! Turned out to be a pretty day but still too cold to head outside. I understand that this is also random acts of kindness week. How about surprising someone by taking him or her to one of the following events? It will make their day and support our community too. Tuesday - ... FULL STORY

Out And About February 7th through February 14th
By Maria Bray
February 7, 2016

Groundhog Day has come and gone and the forecast is mixed regarding an early spring. Just remember we set the clocks forward on March 13 just about a month from now. While the weather is mixing snow and sunshine, it looks like Buckhannon is mixing it up with a great variety of events. Monday - A... FULL STORY

WVWC President Pamela Balch to Retire in December
February 5, 2016

Dr. Pamela Balch ’71, the 18th president of West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wesleyan’s first woman president, has announced her decision to retire in December. Balch has served as President of the United Methodist Church-related school for the past ten and a half years. “Pam has served h... FULL STORY

Out and About January 31st through February 7th
By Maria Bray
January 31, 2016

Hope you had a chance to attend the First Annual Adult Spelling Bee. It was wonderful to see friends and neighbors visiting and having a great time while raising money for the arts in Upshur County. For 34 years the Arts Alliance has been supporting and promoting the arts and rely on donations from ... FULL STORY

Tomblin Transitions State of Preparedness
January 22, 2016

Continues to urge West Virginians to take steps to prepare and stay safe during severe winter weather CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today declared a statewide State of Emergency, activating state resources to combat winter weather conditions and ensure the safety of residents across th... FULL STORY

Out And About January 17th through January 24th
By Maria Bray
January 17, 2016

Have you had a chance to visit the Burst of Color exhibit along Florida Street? It will not be there long as the harsh weather does take a toll on the barn quilts. Enjoy this fabulous display painted by our talented eighth-grade students. Monday - WVWC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and commun... FULL STORY

Out and About January 10th through January 17th
By Maria Bray
January 10, 2016

Looks like winter has finally arrived! Outside might be cold and dreary but there is still a lot going on around town. The ‘Burst of Color’ project is complete and tiles designed and painted by our eighth-grade students are hanging on the Stockert playground fence along Florida street. Tuesday - ... FULL STORY

Out And About January 3rd through January 10th
By Maria Bray
January 3, 2016

What’s on your horizon for 2016? This morning was a beautiful winter day: sunny, crisp and bright. How can we not look forward with hope? We did lose a couple of business recently, The Daily Grind, Analog, Sears and the Wash N Dry on Kanawha street. While it is sad that these enterprises have ended,... FULL STORY

Out and about December 27 through January 3rd 2016
By Maria Bray
December 27, 2015

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is often my most relaxing week of the year; the flurry is over, routine meetings suspended and a new year is yet to begin. Life pauses for a brief moment and provides an opportunity to read a book, binge on Broadchurch episodes, choose a new direction or... FULL STORY

Out And About December 20th through December 27th
By Maria Bray
December 20, 2015

This was an amazing week filled with school programs and theatre performances. Hope you had a chance to be a part of one or two of the shows. Looks like Norad is keeping a close watch on Santa’s workshop in preparation for the big night. Check out http://www.noradsanta.org/ to hear some traditional ... FULL STORY

Out and About December 13 through December 20
By Maria Bray
December 14, 2015

Sugar plum fairies, Santa, the Grinch and even Cindy Lou Who, so much to see and do this week in Buckhannon. If you are looking for gifts to wrap up your shopping list, there are some great shops to visit on Main Street. Be sure to take a stroll through Jawbone Park to see the trees on display court... FULL STORY

Out and About December 6th through December 13th
By Maria Bray
December 6, 2015

So glad to see the holiday decorations going up around town. The weather has been nice for walking and I expect that those who do decorate are glad for the kind days. This weekend was a whirlwind of activities including Christmas caroling, tree lighting, auctions, dinners and many ways to connect wi... FULL STORY

Out and About November 29th through December 6th
By Maria Bray
November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving dinner dishes are finally washed, dried, and put away. The turkey fog is lifting and now it is time for cookies and caroling to begin. There are quite a few events about town in the next couple of weeks sure to entertain visitors of all ages. This is a great opportunity to celebrate wit... FULL STORY

Out and About November 22nd
By Maria Bray
November 22, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Hard to believe it is already time to this family celebration. Whether you spend the day watching the parade, enjoying a football game or feasting on an array of delicious dishes, my hope is that we a pause for a moment to give thanks for all the blessing we enjoy. There are quit... FULL STORY

Out and About November 15th Through November 22nd
By Maria Bray
November 15, 2015

‘Tis the season for grand events, or so it seems. There is a broad variety of events scheduled for the next few weeks, something for everyone. One major event for me was Saturday when my son was married. A beautiful ceremony at Wesley Chapel followed by a fantastic reception at the Brushy Fork Event... FULL STORY

Out and About November 8th through November 15th
By Maria Bray
November 8, 2015

This week we pause just before the frenzy of the holidays to honor and thank our veterans. Throughout our county, there are events and meals planned for our veterans as well as a parade Wednesday morning. Parade lineup is at The Charles Gibson Library from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and the parade begins a... FULL STORY

Out and About November 1st through November 8th
November 1, 2015

We turned back our clocks this week and the change in daylight seems to be the signal for the holiday season to launch. Many groups have been rehearsing since late August/early September and there are plans for some great performances in the weeks to come. Buckhannon Community Theatre is seeking... FULL STORY

Out and About October 25th Through November 1st
October 25, 2015

It is amazing how much talent we have right here in Buckhannon and fun to discover highlights as I am out and about. I stopped by the middle school to drop off the tiles for the Burst of Color project and was treated to an exhibition of recent works of art on display in the hallway. The creative arr... FULL STORY

Out and About October 11th through October 18th
By Maria Bray
October 11, 2015

Autumn is in full swing and so are the Homecoming Celebrations. This week B-U high school organized a parade and a pep rally at Jawbone Park and next week Wesleyan College will welcome back alumni with activities and a parade as well. Let your school colors fly as the changing leaves glow crimson an... FULL STORY

Out and About October 4th through October 11th
By Maria Bray
October 4, 2015

September just seemed to fly this year. Festival Fridays have ended their summer run but plan to return is the spring bigger and better than ever. The Children’s Festival and Main Street Arts Festival had great weather and lots of activities for all ages. If you had a chance to visit the Arts Festi... FULL STORY

Out and About September 27th through October 4th
By Maria Bray
September 27, 2015

Walking about town this time of year is a colorful experience. There are splashes of red and yellow as mums come into bloom and the leaves begin to change color. I discovered a little garden hidden in a drab section of town transforming the parking lot with light and color. There are a number of pro... FULL STORY

Out and About September 20 through September 27
By Maria Bray
September 20, 2015

What a great weekend for outdoor events. I hope you had a chance to visit the Art Break tent at the Main Street Arts Festival and the unique arrangement for Park(ing) day in front of the Visitor’s Center Saturday. Wednesday is the first day of Autumn and the “Open Back Door Studio” at Artistry on... FULL STORY

Out and About September 13 Through September 20
By Maria Bray
September 13, 2015

Looks like autumn is knocking at the door! The leaves are already changing and there’s a fresh chill in the air. It’s a great time for taking walks before winter drives us indoors. On a recent walk, I finally found the fifth miniature sculpture on the WVWC campus (had some help). Check them out when... FULL STORY

Out and About September 6th through September 13th
By Maria Bray
September 6, 2015

Art Break Day turned out to be a fabulous event! Thanks to all who participated in a creative break and a very big thank you to all the volunteers who kept the booths open. We had three locations Friday – one on Main Street and two at Festival Fridays. We are planning to set up the Art Break Tent at... FULL STORY

Out and About August 30th through September 6th
By Maria Bray
August 30, 2015

Only two more opportunities to participate in Festival Fridays! Autumn is soon to follow. I love this time of year the most and my dog Maxx and I have been taking advantage of the great weather to get some walking done. Tuesday is the very last day to register for the upcoming Arts Festival! If ... FULL STORY

Out and About August 23rd through August 30th
By Maria Bray
August 23, 2015

This weekend marked the return of student to Wesleyan campus. Looks like they had a perfect day to explore their new surrounds and discover the sights and sounds of Buckhannon. While out and about see if you can discover the five miniature sculptures attached to WVWC buildings. (Hint: They are all o... FULL STORY

Out and About August 16th through August 23rd
August 16, 2015

Hope everyone is taking the time to enjoy these beautiful days. School has started and most everyone is beginning to fall into the rhythm of the new semester. Please remember drive carefully and allow extra time for your morning commute as there are more cars and buses on the road. Wednesday even... FULL STORY

Out and About August 9th through August 16th
By Maria Bray
August 9, 2015

Summertime is one of my most favorite seasons! The mornings are cool and quiet and great for walking with Maxx before the sun heats up and begins to bake the day into a quiet hum. After the flurry of yard sale shoppers, today was a nice break before school opens and the yellow buses begin to dot our... FULL STORY

Out and About August 2nd through August 9th
August 2, 2015

A beautiful summer week here in Buckhannon. I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy some of the great events and are looking forward to great thing as our community continues to grow. Check out this issue of the Charleston Gazette-Mail for a great article about our city. The author Jeanne Mozier wa... FULL STORY

Out and About July 26 through August 2nd
July 26, 2015

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer weather. It’s hard to believe that back to school sales are in full swing and classes will start in a couple of weeks. Tuesday at Rotary check out Children’s Theatre. They are currently rehearsing for Aladdin Kids set to open on July 31st at 7pm in... FULL STORY

Out and About July 19th through July 26th
By Maria Bray
July 19, 2015

It was great to see so many of you at Festival Fridays to visit and catch up and I even managed to sell a few raffle tickets for the UAA drawing in September. Thanks for the encouragement and support for the arts community and the steps we are taking to grow our organization. Children’s Theatre i... FULL STORY

Out And About July 17, 2015
By Maria Bray
July 15, 2015

What a busy week coming up in Buckhannon! I understand that we may even see a little sunshine and I’m hoping it decides to stick around for a while. Thursday is a big day for the Arts Alliance. There is an ongoing brainstorming session at C.J. Maggie’s third floor dining room at 11 am followed by... FULL STORY

Arts Alliance is Expanding
June 25, 2015

The Upshur Arts Alliance is proud to announce that it recently expanded it goals and objectives to include establishing an Arts Council in Buckhannon. The UAA was established in 1982 to serve as a unified fundraising organization for local arts groups. These groups currently include Augusta Youth Ba... FULL STORY

ORGANIZING FOR ART
June 13, 2015

The Upshur Arts Alliance received a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to develop an Arts Council within the county, which would be an umbrella organization connecting all arts groups within the community. Two sessions for those interested in the project are scheduled and ... FULL STORY

BCT's "Disney's Aladdin, Kids" & More
June 11, 2015

Arabian nights in our very own Buckhannon, WV? You heard right! Buckhannon Community Theatre (BCT) is adding to its summer musicals the family favorite--Disney’s Aladdin, Kids. Disney Aladdin, Kids is calling for auditions of children age 14 and younger and gymnasts on June 16th and 17th at 6:00... FULL STORY

CPR Class Hosted by CERT Has Limited Enrollment
May 24, 2015

The Upshur County Citizen Corps Council and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting a CPR AED & First Aid training and certification class on Wednesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:00pm at the 911 and Office of Emergency Management building. Class is approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours in long... FULL STORY

BCT Audition Call
May 15, 2015

It’s a musical theatre extravaganza and Buckhannon Community Theatre (BCT) is calling for auditions. Buckhannon Community Theatre will be producing two musicals in the upcoming months, Quilters in August and The Rocky Horror Picture Show in October. Quilters is a patriotic, folk musical about th... FULL STORY

UAA, Inc. Juried Art Show
April 19, 2015

The Upshur Arts Alliance is sponsoring the Strawberry Festival 2015 Juried Art Show at West Virginia Wesleyan College on the left balcony of Rockefeller Gym. The exhibit will be on display Thursday, May 14, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, May 15, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; and Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am un... FULL STORY

Upshur County CERT Training Class Opportunity
April 9, 2015

The Upshur County Citizen Corps Council will be holding a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Class for any Upshur County citizen 18 and over years of age. There is no charge to take this training class, it is FREE. You will become a County wide CERT volunteer response team member, ... FULL STORY

UAA Volunteer Board Member Opportunity
April 4, 2015

Volunteer Board Member Opportunity - The Upshur Arts Alliance, Inc. (UAA) founded in 1982 promotes, enhances and contributes to the educational, artistic and cultural lives of the residents of Upshur County. UAA, Inc. serves as a fundraising resource and supportive agency for organizations and ind... FULL STORY

What’s Next Upshur County - County-wide Meeting
March 28, 2015

Upshur County, W.VA.- Do you have suggestions to improve Upshur County’s future? Do you want to share those ideas or concerns with your community? Well here is your opportunity to do so. What’s Next Upshur County will be hosting a county-wide discussion at 7:00pm on April 1st in Buckhannon-Upshur Hi... FULL STORY

Upshur Warming Station at Chapel Hill UMC Closed
March 6, 2015

Due to low volume and lack of certified shelter volunteers, the warming station at Chapel Hill UMC is closed. Local hotels and motels have power and vacancies. If you have significant structural damage to your home from the storm, contact the OEM at 472-4983 and we will assist in getting emergen... FULL STORY

Warming Station to Open Tonight at Chapel Hill UMC
March 5, 2015

A warming station will be opened tonight at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at 6PM in Buckhannon, WV, located on WV Rt. 20 south of Main Street. Persons looking for short-term refuge will have to provide their own transportation, use the basement door in the rear. No pets are allowed with th... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statewide State of Preparedness
March 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 3, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statewide "State of Preparedness," mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during potential severe weather. "Snow and ice are thawing and melting across the state, heavy rainfall is predicted for many a... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | February 2015
February 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The February 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued econo... FULL STORY

Procter & Gamble to Build Major Plant in W.Va.
February 11, 2015

Global manufacturing leader to build manufacturing facility in Berkeley County CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced global consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) will build a new manufacturing plant in Berkeley County. The new facility is just the second manufactu... FULL STORY

WV Scholar Program Announced
February 5, 2015

The 2015 West Virginia Scholar program is officially underway, and high school juniors can apply now through April 10, 2015 for the chance at winning a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. The West Virginia Scholar program offers one high school junior the chance to win a full, fo... FULL STORY

After Hours Social for FSU Alumni and Friends
January 27, 2015

The Fairmont State Alumni Association is partnering with the Upshur County Convention & Visitors Bureau to host an after hours social in Buckhannon on Friday, Feb. 20. “The Alumni Association looks forward to connecting with Falcons in the Buckhannon area,” said Emily Swain, Director of Alumni Re... FULL STORY

DHHR Announces Energy Assistance Program
January 13, 2015

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today announced applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted beginning Monday, January 26, 2015 and ending Friday, February 6, 2015. The federally funded program assists el... FULL STORY

Students Seek to Address Gender Stereotypes
January 9, 2015

The WE LEAD Women & Youth Empowerment team, a student-led group in West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, recently received a grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) with support from the Pantene Shine Strong Campaign. The C... FULL STORY

Health Official Urges Prevention of Flu Outbreak
January 5, 2015

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health is urging everyone to take extra precautions before school starts next week to prevent the spread of the flu. “As children return to school, West Virginia could see further increases in flu activity and influenza... FULL STORY

Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 3
December 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - When all the lights and decorations have been removed, and the packages carried off from under its branches, your Christmas tree can live on in lakes across West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia Division of Natura... FULL STORY

Well On Her Way
December 18, 2014

Recently a West Virginian Artist gained some national recognition. Christine Keller of Chrizart Creations recently had several of her one-of-a kind jewelry art pendants featured in National publications. The December issue of Smart Retailer featured her copper/brass/ sterling Necklace titled “To Po... FULL STORY

"Buckhannon Community Theatre Christmas Caroling"
December 8, 2014

What better way to spread Christmas cheer than to send a bunch of Christmas carolers and Santa to your unsuspecting friend/relative/neighbor/co-worker’s house? Put a smile on someone’s face while supporting a good cause! Who: Buckhannon Community Theatre What: Christmas Caroling Fundraiser ... FULL STORY

6th Annual Tree & Wreath Silent Auction
November 22, 2014

The Upshur Arts Alliance 6th Annual Christmas Tree/Wreath Silent Auction will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Monday, Dec. 8 at First Community Bank lobby, 2 Main Street, Buckhannon. Several local organizations, businesses, and individuals have decorated trees and wreaths and donated those back to... FULL STORY

W.Va. State Parks Offering Turkey Dinner Options
November 21, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Restaurants at West Virginia’s state park lodges are preparing and will serve traditional Thanksgiving dinner fare Thursday, Nov. 27. Ten state parks operate lodges, complete with full-service restaurants, and they invite visitors to take advantage of good dining as... FULL STORY

Audition Call - “A Night of Love”
November 15, 2014

Buckhannon Community Theatre is sending out a call for auditions to perform in “A Night of Love”—a revue of love songs and scenes from Broadway musicals and plays. Auditions will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church November 25 from 6:00-9:00 PM. Those who are auditioning should prepar... FULL STORY

Physical Agility Tests for W.Va. DNR Police
November 14, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Major Brad DeBord of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources... FULL STORY

W.Va. First 24-Hour Behavioral Health Call Center
November 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the launch of West Virginia's first Behavioral Health Referral & Outreach Call Center, a statewide 24-hour call center, providing resources and referral support for those seeking behavioral health services. The call center was unanimously re... FULL STORY

Buckhannon Chamber Orchestra to Perform Concert
November 3, 2014

The Buckhannon Chamber Orchestra orchestra under the direction of Patience Brock will present its next concert on Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. in Wesley Chapel on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. They will be performing Sighs by Edward Elgar, featuring our harp player, Eric Harshbarge... FULL STORY

WVBE School District Governance Commission Report
November 2, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Commission on School District Governance and Administration released its report after months of research, discussion and debate about how to balance the school system governance model to better focus on student achievement. “Member... FULL STORY

Professor to Release Novella on Halloween Day
October 31, 2014

Peter Galarneau, Jr., assistant professor and chair of the communication department at West Virginia Wesleyan College, is no stranger to fiction. In fact, to date, he has published eight works of fiction in the last 20 years. The latest installment, Crazy House, will be available to the public Fri... FULL STORY

Novella Published by WVWC Professor
October 31, 2014

Peter Galarneau, Jr., assistant professor and chair of the communication department at West Virginia Wesleyan College, is no stranger to fiction. In fact, to date, he has published eight works of fiction in the last 20 years. The latest installment, Crazy House, will be available to the public Fri... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Host Trick or Treat for Canned Goods
October 28, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s WE LEAD Poverty Reduction issue team, in conjunction with the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, is holding the annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods this Halloween, October 31 at 6 p.m. Trick or Treat for Canned Goods is a student-coordin... FULL STORY

Glade Creek Grist Mill Featured on U.S. Stamp
October 24, 2014

CLIFFTOP, West Virginia – The iconic Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park, a favorite of photographers from around the world, is now featured on a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service. On Sept. 29, 2014, in Danese, West Virginia, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Priority Mail® ... FULL STORY

W.Va. High School Business Plan Competition 2015
October 17, 2014

Charleston, WV-- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is encouraging students from high schools and Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers across West Virginia to put their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to the test through the statewide High School Business Plan Competition ... FULL STORY

WHAT’S NEXT, BUCKHANNON?
September 26, 2014

Buckhannon, W.VA. – Many West Virginians believe the time is right for deep, productive conversations about our state’s future. But until now there have been few opportunities for residents to connect in broad ways—across sectors and points of view—to begin building a more diverse and vibrant econom... FULL STORY

WVDNR Officers Seize Illegally Harvested Ginseng
September 18, 2014

BECKLEY, West Virginia – A year-long investigation by Natural Resources Police Officers in southern West Virginia has resulted in 11 arrests and the seizure of 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested before the ginseng digging season began Sept. 1. The estimated market value of the gi... FULL STORY

State BOE Learns More About a County Cyber School
September 11, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Wednesday learned how Hancock County Schools is developing new ways of reaching and teaching students through technology. County teachers are currently developing classes for the Hancock County Cyber Academy. The Hancock County C... FULL STORY

September 'Infant Safe Sleep Month'
September 2, 2014

First Lady Tomblin announces tour of West Virginia hospitals, part of statewide Our Babies: Safe and Sound campaign CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin to proclaim September as 'Infant Safe Sleep Month,' part of West Virginia's Our Babies: Saf... FULL STORY

September is National Preparedness Month
August 28, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Center for Threat Preparedness is urging the public to plan for health threats with a personal preparedness kit. “September is National Preparedness Month, a good time for the public to engage in personal preparedness planning and to bui... FULL STORY

White-tailed deer “Wall of Shame”
August 12, 2014

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Anyone interested in finding out how the Division of Natural Resources manages nuisance black bears and works to prevent white-tailed deer poaching is invited to attend a special program at Beech Fork State Park Aug. 16. DNR Wildlife Biologist Randy Kell... FULL STORY

Joint Undercover Investigation
August 8, 2014

HEDGESVILLE, West Virginia – Steven B. Tyson of 1198 Apple Harvest Drive, Hedgesville, West Virginia, pleaded No Contest to seven game law violations Thursday July 24, 2014, in the Berkeley County Magistrate Court of West Virginia. The charges were filed against Mr. Tyson after a lengthy undercover ... FULL STORY

Eyes to the Sky: Watch the Perseid Meteor Showers
August 8, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – It’s fun to look up at night and wish upon a star. On a clear, dark night, the Perseid meteor shower makes dreams come true for anyone interested in astronomy and night sky observation. Perseid meteor shower viewing events will be featured at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 1... FULL STORY

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
August 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health, Division of Immunization Services joins partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of ma... FULL STORY

WVDA Issues Public Health Alert for Local Pork
July 31, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Meat and Poultry Inspection Division (MPID) has issued a public health alert on “Smoked Pork Bacon” and “Smoked Ham Slices” produced by Andy’s Custom Meats in Ona. Consumers should return the products to Andy’s or to Milton Farms. The affected pr... FULL STORY

Major Fruit Recall Affects West Virginia Retailers
July 29, 2014

"Consumers should be on the lookout for fruit recalled by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., after routine sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes on some of the fruit, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. "Our regulatory officers are in stores on a daily ... FULL STORY

Scientific Testing and Monitoring of Chemicals
July 25, 2014

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the coordination between federal and state agencies to conduct additional scientific testing of the chemicals spilled from the Freedom Industries plant on January 9, 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Pr... FULL STORY

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Obama today announced new AmeriCorps partnerships with federal agencies and the private sector to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and job skills to help them reach their full potential. Monday’s annou... FULL STORY

Maria Shriver Launches “Shriver Corps”
July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, A Woman’s Nation, The Corporation for National and Community Service, LIFT, and Bank of America announced today the launch of The Shriver Corps, a new national service partnership utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members to lift peo... FULL STORY

‘Grandparent Scam’ Is Reappearing in Parts of W Va
July 15, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney Patrick Morrisey today urged West Virginians to be on guard for the so-called “Grandparent Scam,” in which in a person calls and pretends to be a grandchild who needs money for bail, medical treatment or other emergency. “This scam originally popped up last fall and is maki... FULL STORY

Mon Power Summer Storm Update
July 9, 2014

FAIRMONT, W.Va.,-- Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utility, continues an aggressive effort to restore power to customers in West Virginia following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region beginning last night. As of 9:00 a.m., Mon Power has restored more than 32,000 ... FULL STORY

First Case of Chikungunya Suspected in W.Va.
June 28, 2014

CDC indicates 13 states now have had a total of 80 confirmed cases. CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health says the state is investigating its first suspect case of chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye), a virus transmitted to ... FULL STORY

2014 School Clothing Voucher Applications
June 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting applications July 1, 2014 for school clothing vouchers for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. Families with school-aged children currently receivin... FULL STORY

Consumer Alert - Counterfeit $10 Bills
June 26, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting consumers about a series of counterfeit bills that are in circulation in Charleston and throughout the state. A bank in Charleston recently made our office aware of a large number of $10 bills — all with the serial number IL 31448733B — ... FULL STORY

Artistry on Main Announces Summer Class Schedule
June 23, 2014

Beginning Tuesday June 24, Sam Adams will begin a six-week Stained Glass class from 7pm until 9 pm. Her work is wonderful! She is a Tamarack artist and has decades of experience. The gallery has new equipment for the class and hopes to continue to teach more classes and advanced classes in the fut... FULL STORY

June Edge Business Report
June 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The June 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and th... FULL STORY

$550 Million Settlement With Suntrust
June 19, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a $550 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses. The three-year settlement provides direct payments to West Virginia ... FULL STORY

Food Sites Offer Free Meals to Children
June 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of West Virginia schoolchildren will continue to be fed through the summer thanks to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other officials met with children at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community... FULL STORY

Leave Young Wildlife Alone
June 11, 2014

FRENCH CREEK, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources advises people to leave all young wildlife alone. “The spring season is the time of year when the woods and fields of West Virginia are full of new life,” said Rob Silvester, district wildlife biologist stationed in Frenc... FULL STORY

Baby Bison is Newest Resident of Wildlife Center
May 23, 2014

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The newest resident of the West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek is a female bison calf, born Friday, May 2, 2014. The calf joins the many animals native to West Virginia that are on display at the Wildlife Center. “A bison calf can walk almost immediate... FULL STORY

UAA Rock 'N Run 5K
May 7, 2014

BUCKHANNON – On your mark! Get set! Go! Registration for the inaugural Rock ‘N Run 5K is well under way and available at WWW.EVENTCOW.COM. This annual run/walk will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 and will benefit artists and art programs in Upshur County. The Upshur Arts Alliance, Inc. (UA... FULL STORY

Eighth Graders Receive Golden Horseshoe Award
May 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nearly 230 eighth grade students from across West Virginia on Thursday received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture. State Superintendent Jim Phares inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the ... FULL STORY

Don’t Feed the Bears!
April 28, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Division of Natural Resources reminds all West Virginia residents that feeding black bears is a violation of state law as well as a misguided disservice to our state animal, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. ... FULL STORY

World Book Night
April 23, 2014

World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 —Shakespeare’s birthday— and is in its third year in the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011. As part of World Book Night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers. WBN’s reach includes... FULL STORY

April 22 is Earth Day!! Think GREEN Preparedness
April 22, 2014

FEMA Region III is encouraging “Green Preparedness” practices. Collect items around your home that could be placed in your Emergency Supply Kit, such as extra batteries. Instead of printing preparedness information, download the FEMA App and save paper. Buy larger containers, such as gal... FULL STORY

Two Plead Guilty to Trout Fishing Law Violations
April 19, 2014

FARMINGTON, W.Va. – Two residents of Marion County were charged with and have pleaded guilty to violations of the state’s trout fishing laws. A months-long investigation by officers of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section resulted March 19, 2014, in the discovery o... FULL STORY

Senator Rockefeller and Ted Koppel to Appear
April 15, 2014

United States Senator Jay Rockefeller with special guest Ted Koppel will present in a talk on Public Policy at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members will have an opportunit... FULL STORY

Lunar Spectacle Creates Sky Watch
April 11, 2014

ANSTED and MULLENS, W.Va. - A total eclipse of the moon will be visible during the early hours of April 15, 2014, and visitors to Hawks Nest and Twin Falls state parks will be in a position to see it best. According to space.com, from night into early morning, sky watchers can observe a full eclipse... FULL STORY

W. Va. Receives National Recognition from GFOA
April 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 3, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recognized state employees from the Consolidated Public Retirement Board, the Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM), the Finance Division of the Department of Administration, the Lottery Commission and the State Budget Office of the D... FULL STORY

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disrupts Development in Tuna
March 26, 2014

Crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tunas, according to a new study by a team of NOAA and academic scientists. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the 25th annivers... FULL STORY

NOAA Predicts Moderate Flood Potential in Midwest
March 25, 2014

According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook released today, rivers in half of the continental United States are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring with the highest threat in the southern Great Lakes region due to above-average snowpack and a deep layer of frozen ground. Additiona... FULL STORY

Leading the Fight to Win the War on Drug Abuse
By Kyrana Jones
March 25, 2014

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Leading the Fight to Win the War on the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic From Reclassifying Hydrocodone to Banning Zohydro Our great state of West Virginia is being devastated by prescription drug abuse. The mortality rate in West Virginia from... FULL STORY

2014 Agritoursim Marketing Winners
March 22, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture recognized the best in agritourism marketing efforts over the past year during the 2014 Small Farm Conference at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown February 28. "Marketing is a key component of a successful agritourism operation," said Commissioner o... FULL STORY

“Choice Bus” Rolls to Upshur County Schools
March 18, 2014

(BUCKHANNON, WV) – West Virginia students will receive a firsthand look at what education can bring – at least $1 million over a person’s lifetime if they graduate from college. The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation’s Choice Bus is a half-classroom, half-prison cell setting designed to show students the ... FULL STORY

March Edge Business Report
March 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state's economic progress. The March 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and t... FULL STORY

Arts Alive 2014 Kicks Off with Student Logo Design
March 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) welcomed a student to its staff as part of the annual Arts Alive celebration. Trey Westerfeld, a senior from Elkins High School in Randolph County, visited the WVDE to finalize the Arts Alive 2014 logo design. Arts Alive is the ... FULL STORY

Be a Force of Nature in Your Hometown
February 28, 2014

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2-8, 2014 Severe weather could happen anytime. In May 2013, tornadoes devastated part of central Oklahoma. This outbreak included the deadliest tornado of the year on May 19 in Moore, Oklahoma. In just one month, November 2013, at least 70 tornadoes... FULL STORY

NOAA announces RFI to unleash power of 'big data'
February 26, 2014

NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce, announced a new effort to unleash the power of its data to foster innovation, create new industries and job opportunities, and spur economic growth. NOAA, through a Request for Information, is looking to the private industry to help make NOAA's data availabl... FULL STORY

Free NOAA PDF Nautical Charts Now Permanent
February 24, 2014

After a three-month trial period, PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public. The free PDFs, which are digital images of traditional nautical charts, are especially valued by recreational boaters who use them to plan sailing routes and fishing trips. ... FULL STORY

Growers Needed for Festival's 'Strawberry Market'
February 14, 2014

Fresh, local strawberries are needed for this year's West Virginia Strawberry Festival to stock a new "Strawberry Market" planned for this year's event. The Strawberry Festival board, the City of Buckhannon and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) are working cooperatively with pri... FULL STORY

Upshur County Schools Announces Calendar Changes
February 12, 2014

Courtesy of Upshur County Board of Education... At its regular meeting held on February 11, 2014, the Upshur County Board of Education approved changes to the remainder of this year’s school calendar as mandated by WV Code 18-4-45. These changes were made due to school closures because of inclem... FULL STORY

NOAA Study Finds High Levels of Pollutants
February 10, 2014

Effort creates ecological baseline to improve watershed management The pollutants measured in the sediments of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico, in a new NOAA study were among the highest concentrations of PCBs, chlordane, chromium and nickel ever measured in the history of NOAA’s National Status & Trend... FULL STORY

Construction Underway for the Nordstrom Center
February 10, 2014

Courtesy of www.wvwc.edu Even with the cold temperatures and snow on the ground, the Nordstrom Welcome Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College is showing progress with continued construction. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Bruce and Jeannie O’Rourke Nordstrom ’70 and the Reeves Foundatio... FULL STORY

Red Flannel Cat Food Recall
February 4, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says pet owners should be alerted to a recall of cat food. “WVDA staff is aware of this recall and will be looking for these products as they go about their regular duties. We remain dedicated to protecting both human and animal health,... FULL STORY

Illinois Firm Recalls Sliced Spiral Hams
February 3, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick is warning consumers and food distributors to be on the lookout for recalled ham. “Our regulatory officers in the field have been notified of this recall, and they are on the alert for any recalled products,” said Commissioner Helmick. ... FULL STORY

Sanctuaries Enlist Boaters to Help Track Whales
January 31, 2014

Yachters and sailors are invited to help scientists track the movements of endangered humpback whales between NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries across the Caribbean as part of Carib Tails, a new international citizen science effort. Carib Tails is a colla... FULL STORY

Secretary Penny Pritzker Declares Fishery Disaster
January 29, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker determined a commercial fishery failure for the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery in Washington State. The fishery resource disaster was caused by the low return of sockeye salmon to the Fraser River which resulted in subsequent closure of the fishery for ... FULL STORY

Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie
January 27, 2014

36th Anniversary Celebration Planned FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - For the 36th year, French Creek Freddie, the state’s official weather prognosticating groundhog, will be the star of the show Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek in Upshur County. Each G... FULL STORY

Facts About the School Levy
January 16, 2014

• The excess levy is a special levy authorized by provisions of the WV State Code which provides funding for the purpose of maintaining, operating and improving the school system. • The levy is a continuation of the current school levy and is not a new tax. • The levy provides approximately 9% of ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Begins Lifting Ban In Certain Areas
January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia American announced on Monday it is lifting the ban on water use in certain areas of its water system and will begin a flushing system. The water company said it was providing a map on its website with a map that has zones showing where the ban is being lifted. ... FULL STORY

Voters Asked to Confirm Registration
January 13, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – Thousands of voters in West Virginia will soon receive a postcard in the mail asking them if their address has changed and if they want to remain a registered voter. There are about 1.2 million registered voters in West Virginia, and county clerks will be mailing more tha... FULL STORY

Cedar Lakes Conference Center Gets a Second Chance
January 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved a resolution in support of the sustainability of the Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Earlier this year, Cedar Lakes was slated for closure when the WVBE determined that it could no longer continue to request financial support ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN PROVIDES UPDATE
January 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this afternoon provided an update regarding the State of Emergency still in effect for parts of Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane Counties. "We encourage all individuals to determine whether their home or business i... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN 9 COUNTIES
January 9, 2014

Water to be available through the county offices of emergency services CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this evening issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties. This declaration follows a notice from West Virginia Ame... FULL STORY

W.Va. Gains 53 National Board Certified Teachers
December 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The West Virginia Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced that 53 teachers in West Virginia achieved National Board Certification this year, demonstrating that they have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to pre... FULL STORY

NOAA Announces Regulations to Protect Marine Life
December 20, 2013

NOAA Fisheries announced final regulations requiring the United States Navy to implement protective measures during training and testing activities off the coasts of California and Hawaii and on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean to reduce the effects on marine mammals. The Navy requested an auth... FULL STORY

Fishing Areas Off Southern New England to Re-Open
December 18, 2013

As part of its efforts to mitigate some of the challenges facing New England groundfishermen this season, NOAA Fisheries announced that some areas that have been closed to fishing since 1994 will re-open. Two sections on the eastern and western side of the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area will open t... FULL STORY

Long-term Warming and Environmental Trends Persist
December 16, 2013

According to a new report released today by NOAA and its partners, cooler temperatures in the summer of 2013 across the central Arctic Ocean, Greenland and northern Canada moderated the record sea ice loss and extensive melting that the surface of the Greenland ice sheet experienced last year. Yet t... FULL STORY

Canadian Man Fined for Unlawful Capture of Turtles
December 13, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – David C. Matton, a resident of Windsor, Ontario, paid more than $2,200 in fines after being charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Environment Canada for violations of regulations protecting turtles. Matton purchased wood turtles in West Virginia and transported ... FULL STORY

Ship Strike Reduction Rule Proves Effective
December 11, 2013

NOAA Fisheries eliminates expiration clause NOAA officials today issued a final rule continuing protections to reduce lethal vessel collisions with the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. The ship strike reduction rule, first implemented in 2008, requires large ships to travel at spe... FULL STORY

Last Chance to Bid
December 7, 2013

The Upshur Arts Alliance Tree Auction ends Monday, December 9 at Noon. Last chance to bid on trees and wreaths decorated by community members. All proceeds go to support the arts in Upshur County. The First Community Bank is located at 2 West Main Street. FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Outlines Recommendations
December 6, 2013

Offers Steps to Improve Operational Effectiveness, Strengthen Due Process and Analysis WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) released today a reform agenda to provide a path for the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to fulfill... FULL STORY

"Shop Small" This Holiday Season
November 29, 2013

Small businesses across the state to participate in Small Business Saturday CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking holiday shoppers to add something extra to their lists: Small Business Saturday. The nationwide event takes place on Nov. 30, and is an excellent way to support local b... FULL STORY

Bismarck to WV-93 Connector Newest Completed Phase
November 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin along with federal, state and local leaders announced the completion of the Bismarck to the West Virginia 93 connector at Scherr in Grant County, part of the Appalachian Corridor H highway project. "The completion of this phase of the Corridor H project m... FULL STORY

New Solar Instrument Reaches Orbit
November 24, 2013

An instrument that measures the sun’s energy output is in orbit after it was launched last night on the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program Satellite-3. The satellite was aboard a Minotaur I rocket that launched at 8:15 p.m. EST from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. ... FULL STORY

Agencies Make Six Wildlife Law Violations Arrests
November 22, 2013

ROMNEY, W.Va. – Six West Virginia eastern panhandle residents have been arrested and charged with various violations of wildlife laws in both West Virginia and Virginia following a joint undercover investigation by wildlife law enforcement officers of both states. Most of the charges involved multip... FULL STORY

RURAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL RECRUITMENT FAIR
November 20, 2013

Celebrating the 3rd National Rural Health Day in West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health Commissioner and State Health Officer Dr. Letitia Tierney today announced the Division of Rural Health and Recruitment will celebrate ... FULL STORY

Americans Cautious about Holiday Spending
November 16, 2013

Consumer Plans Inconsistent with Analyst Expectations for 2013 Holiday Season According to a recent survey by financial services firm Edward Jones, some Americans are planning to hold on to their wallets this holiday season. In fact, 37% say they plan to spend less on holiday shopping in 2013 ... FULL STORY

The Future of Fayette County Schools
November 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) President Gayle Manchin participated in a meeting with community members and other stakeholders to discuss the future of Fayette County schools. In October, the WVBE voted to amend the Fayette County facilities plan to remove Meadow Bridge ... FULL STORY

Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level
November 8, 2013

WASHINGTON – Human nature—the tendency to believe that a natural or man-made disaster will never occur—often undermines the clear-headed work needed to create a business continuity plan. In a study done earlier this year by Staples, less than half of small businesses said they were prepared for sev... FULL STORY

Department Warns of Wide-Ranging Recall
November 8, 2013

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick is warning consumers of a recall on a wide variety of refrigerated, ready-to-eat salad products manufactured by Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Ore. “These products were distributed nationwide and could make people sick if they eat them,” sa... FULL STORY

Veterans Small Business Week
November 6, 2013

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the kickoff of Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of SBA to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners. Veterans Small Business Week will be held from November 4 to 11 and is part of SBA’s work... FULL STORY

Area of National Forest Closed to Public Entry
November 1, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The U.S. Forest Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are urging sportsmen and women to be aware of the temporary closure of a large section of the Monongahela National Forest. Because of public safety concerns during a scheduled timber removal, hunter... FULL STORY

Study Suggests Coral Reefs May Be Able to Adapt
October 30, 2013

Coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century, if there are large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study funded by NOAA and conducted by the agency’s scientists and its academic partners. Result... FULL STORY

Assistant Director of Admission Receives Award
October 25, 2013

Leah Ripley, assistant director of admission at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was the 2013 recipient of the Rick Snow “Distinguished Young Professional” Award at the West Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (WVACRAO) conference that took place October 9-11 at the M... FULL STORY

Oral Health Program Receives Grant
October 24, 2013

$1.5 million over a five-year period CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the West Virginia Oral Health Program a $1.5 million Oral Disease Prevention Programs... FULL STORY

NOAA Announces End of Traditional Nautical Charts
October 24, 2013

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, today announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, the federal government will no longer print traditional lit... FULL STORY

DHHR Emphasizes Need for Exams, Wellness Visits
October 22, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling emphasized the importance of breast self-exams, routine medical check-ups and mammograms to reduce the risks and complications of breast cancer, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ... FULL STORY

County School Boards Lead Local Improvement
October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.VA.- The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) is looking to county boards to lead student achievement through data driven decision making and innovative policy setting. During its monthly meeting in Charleston, board members participated in a presentation by the West Virginia Schoo... FULL STORY

2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Named
October 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Erin Sponaugle, a fifth grade teacher in Berkeley County, is the 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent Jim Phares made the announcement Wednesday night during a ceremony in Charleston that recognized county teachers of the year. The event also honored earli... FULL STORY

Enactus Selected to Participate in Up to Us
October 17, 2013

Courtesy of WVWC West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Enactus team, formerly SIFE, was selected to participate in “Up to Us”, a privilege only awarded to up to 25 collegiate groups nationwide as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. The competition is a campus initiative intended to give groups of s... FULL STORY

BOE Keeps W.Va. School for the Deaf and Blind
October 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved a resolution during its monthly meeting in Charleston to keep the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) in Romney, West Virginia. “The state board visited the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind last mont... FULL STORY

Congress, Administration Must Find Path Forward
October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today reiterating the Chamber’s position on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate: “There are a lot of moving pieces and different views being discu... FULL STORY

Regulators on Lookout for Contaminated Chicken
October 11, 2013

West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) regulatory officers will be looking for Foster Farms poultry implicated in a Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak, although the likelihood of finding any in this state is low. “Our staff has the information federal investigators have uncovered so far,” sai... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Celebrate Homecoming
October 5, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College is preparing to welcome alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends back to their home among the hills for the annual Homecoming celebration. From October 10-13, Wesleyan will host Homecoming 2013 with a weekend full of entertainment and activities for all age... FULL STORY

Student Placement Results are Mixed
October 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia recorded the largest number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams ever taken by public school students last school year according to the College Board’s recently released Annual Student Achievement Report. Additionally, students are making strides above the national aver... FULL STORY

Research Reveals Whales Bottom Feeding Techniques
September 30, 2013

New NOAA-led research on tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary reveals a variety of previously unknown feeding techniques along the seafloor. Rather than a single bottom feeding behavior, the whales show three distinct feeding approaches: simple side-rolls, side-roll in... FULL STORY

Deep Sea Ecosystem May Take Decades to Recover
September 28, 2013

Scientists publish first analysis of post spill sediment ecosystem impacts surrounding well head The deep­sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010’s Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the... FULL STORY

Thousands of Businesses Notified Of Deadline
September 25, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has begun notifying thousands of businesses of the late filing deadline for annual reports and the penalty for failure to file. Using the cost-efficient method of mailing postcards rather than letters, 9,060 organizations were... FULL STORY

Tomblin Kicks-Off Day to Serve
September 25, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today kicked off this year's Day to Serve by recognizing the nearly 500 projects taking place across the state-including the BackPack Program, a collective effort by state employees to provide children with nutritious and easy to prepare food at times when o... FULL STORY

Stratton Elementary's New Live Positively Fitness
September 24, 2013

BECKLEY, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, along with students, faculty and staff from Stratton Elementary School to cut the ribbon on the school's brand new state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center. Stra... FULL STORY

Five Year Anniversary of Keystone XL Pipeline App
September 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy marked the five year anniversary of TransCanada’s application to construct the Keystone XL pipeline to deliver oil from Canada to the United States. Energy Institute president and CEO Karen Harbert testified about the exhaustive... FULL STORY

West Virginia Students Celebrate Citizenship Day
September 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than 250 eighth graders from Roane, Raleigh and Cabell counties celebrated Citizenship Day at the West Virginia Culture Center on Monday with activities focusing on civics education, patriotism and history. “Today’s event shines a spotlight on a very important topic,” sa... FULL STORY

‘Gliders’ Collect Ocean Data off East Coast
September 19, 2013

A fleet of underwater robots is descending into waters off the east coast to collect data that could help improve storm intensity forecasts during future hurricane seasons. Several regions of the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) are partnering to deploy 12 to 16 autonomous und... FULL STORY

WVWC Named Best College in the South
September 17, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College has been selected as a first tier college in the South in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges. The United Methodist-related school was listed as the 14th best regional college. In addition, Wesleyan was the only school in West Virgi... FULL STORY

A Snapshot of Student Growth
September 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia schools and students are learning the ABCs of the state's new accountability system today as student performance results were unveiled. The new accountability system is the result of West Virginia receiving flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Ac... FULL STORY

W. Va. Students Benefit from Feed to Achieve
September 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As the school year begins, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is lending a hand to counties as they implement West Virginia’s Feed to Achieve Act. Feed to Achieve requires counties to set up an account where funds can be collected to support innovating feeding progr... FULL STORY

NOAA Launches New Online Mapping Tool
September 10, 2013

NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration has launched a new online mapping tool for the Great Lakes that will give decision makers, resource managers, and environmental responders better information as they clean up hazardous materials and restore the coastal and estuarine environments. The new... FULL STORY

New Artist in Town
September 5, 2013

Main Street Gallery of Buckhannon, West Virginia is proud to welcome their newest member, nationally renowned jewelry artist Merideth Young of Monroe County. Young has been a working jewelry maker since earning her BFA in metal-smithing from the Maine College of Art in 1996. While possessing a m... FULL STORY

W.Va. Bridge Listed on National Register
September 2, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Whether you've driven across the New River Gorge Bridge, admired a photo of the iconic structure, walked the span during Bridge Day, or held a West Virginia quarter that bears its image in your hand - the bridge has captured the attention of many near and far wi... FULL STORY

Wreck Is Lost 19th Century Coast Survey Steamer
August 31, 2013

USCS Robert J. Walker was returning home from pre-Civil War hydrographic survey mission More than 153 years after it was lost in a violent collision at sea, government and university maritime archaeologists have identified the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. ... FULL STORY

Scraps, Scraps, Everywhere!
August 31, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. --- There is no better place to scrap the day and night away than Tygart Lake State Park the weekend of Sept. 6-8. The state park in Grafton has organized a weekend of cropping, gluing and laughing. “It’s a fun-filled weekend working on scrapbooking projects and general... FULL STORY

Morrisey Welcomes New Bear to the Office
August 29, 2013

CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that a new bear has joined the ranks of the Attorney General’s Office. The 200-pound sow was harvested on Dec. 14, 2012, by then-17-year-old Miranda Ware of Upshur County. Ware, the daughter of Kevin and Mary Ware, and the West Virginia Be... FULL STORY

Federal Agencies Remapping Coastal Areas
August 27, 2013

A day after the administration released the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force progress report, three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast, where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines, destroyed buildings, and disrupted millions of lives last year... FULL STORY

NOAA retires GOES-12 satellite
August 25, 2013

Progress continuing toward launch of next-generation GOES-R satellite GOES-12 has seen it all, from Hurricane Katrina that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, to the Christmas blizzard that crippled the Central United States in 2009. It even traveled south of the equator to provide coverage for South Ame... FULL STORY

Teacher Named 2013 History Teacher of the Year
August 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Yvonne Martin, a teacher at Montrose Elementary in Kanawha County, has been named the 2013 History Teacher of the Year for West Virginia. The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on ... FULL STORY

New Teacher Hiring Policy Passed By Full Board
August 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) put its stamp of approval on the new teacher hiring policy. Members unanimously approved Policy 5000: Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel during its monthly meeting in Charleston. The policy gives educators... FULL STORY

Mingo County Schools to Remain Under State Control
August 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) took no action during its monthly meeting to reinstate local control in Mingo County schools. The WVBE intervened in Mingo County in 1998 and again in 2005. The Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) conducted a review of th... FULL STORY

Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disaster For Florida
August 16, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida. The fishery resource disaster resulted from excessive drought conditions in Apalachicola Bay and elsewhere in the Florida panhandle during the 2012 – 2013 winter fi... FULL STORY

State Board Member in Spotlight
August 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wade Linger, West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) member, continues to make his mark around the state. Linger was presented with the 2013 Marion County Chamber of Commerce Education Award. The Marion County Chamber of Commerce presents the Education Award to individuals in... FULL STORY

Warning! Scams Targeting the Elderly
August 14, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning to elderly and disabled West Virginians urging them to be on guard for scams that feature someone trying to send them a new Medicare card or sign them up for a medical alert system. “Most people know someone, be it a f... FULL STORY

NOAA Fisheries Denies Import Application
August 10, 2013

Following a number of public engagement efforts, NOAA Fisheries announced it is denying the Georgia Aquarium’s request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia for public display in the United States. NOAA Fisheries based the decision on requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (M... FULL STORY

Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected To Be Active
August 10, 2013

NOAA issued its updated Atlantic hurricane season outlook today saying the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active. The season has already produced four named storms, with the peak of the season – mid-August through October – yet to come. “Our ... FULL STORY

2012 - One of The 10 Warmest Years on Record
August 8, 2013

The end of weak La Niña, unprecedented Arctic warmth influenced 2012 climate conditions Worldwide, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record according to the 2012 State of the Climate report released online today by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The peer-reviewed report, with sci... FULL STORY

Student Success Summit Attracts Hundreds
August 7, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - From learning about flipped classrooms to hearing how national hero Jessica Lynch found the courage and inspiration to carry on and continue her education, the West Virginia Student Success Summit will offer a wide range of topics and professional development for hundreds of educ... FULL STORY

Education Joins Forces with Military Branches
August 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Monday joined forces with military branches and community groups as part of the Common Ground: Education and Military Partnership. The Common Ground Partnership, established in... FULL STORY

Explorers discover northernmost Atlantic Seeps
August 2, 2013

Public can join expedition live online as “citizen scientists” through Aug. 16 Ocean explorers in July on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer discovered a wide diversity of seafloor features and communities of life in the largely unexplored deep-sea canyons off the northeast U.S. coast. Now through August... FULL STORY

Heavy Rains Increase Nutrient Pollution Flow
July 30, 2013

NOAA-supported scientists found a large Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free or hypoxic “dead” zone, but not as large as had been predicted. Measuring 5,840 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut, the 2013 Gulf dead zone indicates nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed are continuing to affect ... FULL STORY

College Reveals New Logo and Tagline
July 25, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College has introduced a new tagline and logo in a press conference today. This new look is the outcome of a study done by a Marketing Committee, comprised of members of the campus community and overseen by Director of Admission John Waltz. The tagline, “Find Your Voice,”... FULL STORY

Eight Arrested in Puerto Rico
July 23, 2013

Federal Agencies Announce Formation of Puerto Rico Environmental Crimes Task Force Federal authorities arrested eight people in the cities of Arroyo and Patillas, Puerto Rico, on felony and misdemeanor charges for the illegal take, possession and sale of endangered sea turtles and their parts fo... FULL STORY

NOAA and Aquarium of the Pacific to Host Forum
July 21, 2013

'Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum,' will bring together more than 100 ocean explorers and representatives from federal agencies, state governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, ocean institutions and leading industries to shape a U.S. national ocean exploration program. The ... FULL STORY

Flags Lowered In Honor of Sgt. Jerome Elwood Kiger
July 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State flags at all state-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff from dawn until dusk, Sunday, July 21, 2013, the day of services for Sgt. Jerome Elwood Kiger. The Mannington, W.Va. native enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. ... FULL STORY

Science Camp Challenges W.Va. Students
July 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – About 100 West Virginia students are learning more than campfire songs at the Third Annual West Virginia Youth Science Camp. The event, which runs all week at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, includes lessons on the snakes of West Virginia, clean water, bat acou... FULL STORY

NOAA Proposes to Designate Critical Habitat
July 18, 2013

In accordance with the statutory requirements of the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries today released for public comment a draft proposal to designate critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Critical habita... FULL STORY

State Board of Education Makes Progress
July 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday took the first of many steps to address lagging student achievement in reading throughout the state. In his State of the State Address, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked the state board to take actions within its authority to assure... FULL STORY

National Search for School Superintendent
July 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education took the first steps during its monthly meeting to begin a national search for the next West Virginia superintendent of schools. "We believe our current superintendent is doing a good job," said Wade Linger, president of the West Virginia ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Career Technical Students Earn Top Honors
July 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Career technical education students from Berkeley, Jackson, Kanawha, Pocahontas, Putnam and Wyoming counties have captured top honors at the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses, corp... FULL STORY

NOAA Proposes Opening Long-time Closure Areas
July 11, 2013

Safeguards also proposed to protect habitat and vulnerable species during opening As part of an overall effort to help fishermen adjust to new quota cuts for groundfish implemented last month, NOAA Fisheries announced a proposal to open approximately 33 percent of areas currently closed to protec... FULL STORY

Public Hearing, Workshop Set for Chief Logan Road
July 6, 2013

An informational workshop and public hearing on the Chief Logan State Park Road Project will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center. West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) project representatives will be available to discuss the proposed pro... FULL STORY

Significant Algal Bloom Predicted
July 5, 2013

NOAA and its research partners predict that the 2013 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom (HAB) season will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, this summer. The predicted bloom is expected to be larger than last year, but considerably less than the record-setting 20... FULL STORY

Turn it off. Put it down. Just Drive.
July 3, 2013

BECKLEY, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined state highway safety experts, law enforcement officers, legislators, local leaders, and business and community organizations at Tamarack along Interstate 77, to kick-off a statewide campaign reminding motorists of the new safe driving laws taking effect t... FULL STORY

West Virginians To Save $162 million
July 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the sales tax on food will be completely eliminated July 1, 2013. "For too long West Virginians have been burdened by a regressive tax on one of life's basic necessities," Gov. Tomblin said. "The elimination of the food tax allows families to ke... FULL STORY

Satellite Moves Forward to 2017 Launch
June 30, 2013

NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) recently completed two key programmatic reviews at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and is continuing a steady, on schedule and on budget march toward the 2017 launch of JPSS-1, the second in the series of next generation polar-orbiting weather satellite... FULL STORY

Officers Preparing for Operation Dry Water 2013
June 28, 2013

Concentrated effort to curb drinking and boating scheduled for June 28-30, 2013 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 28-30, 2013, as part of a nationally coordinated e... FULL STORY

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week Begins
June 26, 2013

NOAA's National Weather Service has discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service, conducted the stu... FULL STORY

Focus Schools Spotlight Learning Gaps
June 25, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education has identified a list of schools in the state with the greatest learning gaps among student groups. These schools will get additional support to meet the needs of their students. Ninety-seven schools have been identified in 39 West Virgini... FULL STORY

Possible Record-Setting Dead Zone Predicted
June 24, 2013

Also anticipating smaller hypoxia levels than in past in Chesapeake Bay Less oxygen dissolved in the water is often referred to as a “dead zone” (in red) because most marine life either dies, or, if they are mobile such as fish, leave the area. Habitats that would normally be teeming with life be... FULL STORY

Fitch Affirms West Virginia Bond Rating
June 23, 2013

Rating agency praises state's proactive approach CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that Fitch Ratings has affirmed West Virginia's rating of 'AA+' for general obligation (GO) debt and 'AA' for both West Virginia Economic Development Authority (EDA) and School Building ... FULL STORY

Tomblin, Congressional Delegates Celebrate
June 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined thousands of West Virginians in celebration West Virginia's 150th birthday. At 1:50 p.m., June 20, 2013, on the steps of the State Capitol, Gov. Tomblin and members of the West Virginian National Guard rang a bell 35 times signifying West Virginia's s... FULL STORY

Officers Rescue Two Men
June 21, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Two men who were stranded in bad weather on a loose floating dock on the Ohio River near Parkersburg were rescued Tuesday, June 18, 2013, by two Natural Resources Police Officers with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). At about 11:30 a.m., the ... FULL STORY

Implementation of Next Generation Content Standard
June 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education is taking additional steps to implement the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives which add rigor to the curriculum. The state board first adopted the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives ... FULL STORY

Mountaineer ChalleNGe Cadets First to Earn Diploma
June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 2013 class of cadets graduating from Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy will be the first program completers to earn high school diplomas when they graduate on Friday. On Thursday, the state Board of Education learned more about the program for students at risk of dropping out... FULL STORY

Two Schools Named National Green Ribbon Schools
June 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday honored two West Virginia schools and a county named U.S. Green Ribbon Schools for their sound environmental practices. Hometown Elementary School in Putnam County, Petersburg Elementary School in Grant County and Marshall Coun... FULL STORY

Sixty-one Teachers Earn National Certification
June 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sixty-one West Virginia teachers, who earned National Board Certification for 2012, the highest credential in the teaching profession, were honored Wednesday for their achievement. The new additions increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers in West Virginia schools... FULL STORY

Hundreds of Food Sites Offer Free Meals to Childre
June 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va - Thousands of West Virginia schoolchildren will continue to be fed through the summer thanks to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The WVDE announced that more than 400 summer food sites will be participating in the program to provi... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN URGES WEST VIRGINIANS TO USE CAUTION
June 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged West Virginians to use caution, following the storms that passed through the state. Due to severe storms that have caused continuous heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, mudslides, power outages along with road and stream blockages, Gov. Tomblin signe... FULL STORY

NCDC - 2012 Ranks As Second Costliest Year
June 15, 2013

According to NCDC’s 2012 weather and climate disasters information, 2012 saw 11 weather and climate disaster events each with losses exceeding $1 billion in damages. This makes 2012 the second costliest year since 1980, with a total of more than $110 billion in damages throughout the year. The 2012 ... FULL STORY

Graduation Rates Increasing
June 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - "Diplomas Count 2013: Second Chances, Turning Dropouts into Graduates," shows both good news as well as areas for improvement for West Virginia. The report indicates that West Virginia's graduation rate in 2010 was 74.7 percent, which is similar to the national rate. However, Wes... FULL STORY

Flag Day Honors Most Recognized Symbol of Freedom
June 13, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains Like all West Virginians, I feel a special surge of emotion every time I see the American flag. Old Glory is, after all, the most enduring symbol of our country, representing the unity of our people and the cause of liberty and justice for all. ... FULL STORY

811 - Pipeline Safety Campaign Begins!
June 13, 2013

The US Department of Trainsportation is working together with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to engage in a national education campaign promoting safe digging practices to prevent injuries and deaths associated with incidents from pipelines. There are 2.5 million mile... FULL STORY

WEST VIRGINIA HONORED WITH 2013 SILVER SHOVEL
June 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Area Development, a leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, has honored West Virginia with a 2013 Silver Shovel award. The award is presented in recognition of states that have achieved significant success in terms ... FULL STORY

2013 West Virginia Scholar Winner Announced
June 8, 2013

On Wednesday, June 5, West Virginia Wesleyan College, along with MVB Bank, Inc., named Kathryn Robinson of Renick as the 2013 West Virginia Scholar. Robinson is a rising senior and is the first homeschooled finalist to be named a winner. She intends to major in pre-med when she starts West Virgini... FULL STORY

Buy a Tie to Help the Soccer Program
June 8, 2013

The Men’s Soccer Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College is selling men’s ties as part of a fundraiser to purchase a new sound system for the soccer field. Ron Steel, a 1975 graduate and former men’s soccer player, donated the 75 unique ties that are being sold at $25 each. Anyone interested ... FULL STORY

LONESTAR AND RONNIE MILSAP TO HEADLINE
June 6, 2013

Outdoor concert set for Capitol steps on June 22 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A pair of big-name country music acts will headline West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration later this month, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today. Multi-platinum quartet Lonestar and country music legend Ronnie Milsap will ... FULL STORY

BEEF PRODUCERS MARKING FATHERS' DAY
June 5, 2013

Representatives of West Virginia’s Beef Industry Council will present Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick with cuts of “Beef for Fathers’ Day” at a luncheon ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Courtyard Tuesday, June 4, at noon. West Virginia Beef Queen Jennifer Fri... FULL STORY

INTRODUCTION OF WEST VIRGINIA STATEHOOD STAMP
May 31, 2013

Stamp to be released on state's 150th birthday, June 20, 2013 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the introduction of a new United States Postal Service stamp commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday. Thomas J. Marshall, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for th... FULL STORY

2013-2014 Schools of Excellence Announced
May 30, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Ten West Virginia Schools have been named Schools of Excellence for the 2013-2014 school year. "I offer my congratulations to the principals, teachers, parents and students for their hard work and dedication to helping their school become a School of Excellence," said state S... FULL STORY

How to Help Tornado Survivors
May 29, 2013

The National VOAD community of trusted agencies is working to identify opportunities to provide assistance to communities impacted by the recent tornadoes. Your help is needed! Here’s how you can make a difference now: Give Blood The need for blood rises during disasters of this scale, a... FULL STORY

W.Va. Counties Sign Up to Participate - Project 24
May 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education applauds forty-seven West Virginia county school systems that have completed self-evaluations of their technology needs as a prerequisite to participation in Project 24. The Project 24 initiative, led by former Gov. Bob Wise at the Allianc... FULL STORY

Paw Paw Students Bury Essays In Time Capsule
May 26, 2013

PAW PAW – State Treasurer John Perdue presided as teacher Shanna Poniris -- the award-winning writer in the Treasurer’s “When I Grow Up” essay contest -- lowered her writing into a time capsule. She was joined by her 19 third-grade students, who also wrote contest essays. Poniris won the teacher... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN SIGNS SEATBELT SAFETY LAW
May 25, 2013

House Bill 2108 makes not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by transportation leaders and roadway safety advocates, signed House Bill 2108 and reminded drivers and passengers to buckle-up. After numerous attempts at this legislation, the bill pa... FULL STORY

Don’t Feed the Bears!
May 24, 2013

BECKLEY, W.Va. – The Division of Natural Resources reminds all West Virginia residents that feeding black bears is a violation of state law, as well as a misguided disservice to our state animal, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. ... FULL STORY

SUPERSTORM SANDY AGRICULTURE ASSISTANCE
May 22, 2013

West Virginia will be among 12 states eligible for $209 million in federal funding to help farmers, landowners and communities recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “The general public doesn’t always see the damage that ... FULL STORY

DNR Seeks Input from Stonewall Jackson Anglers
May 22, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be conducting an angler survey at Stonewall Jackson Lake, according to Bret Preston, assistant chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. The survey is part of the agency’s effort to evaluate two proposed fishing regulation... FULL STORY

New NOAA Report Examines Oil Pollution Threat
May 20, 2013

Report presented to U.S. Coast Guard for use in contingency plans NOAA presented to the U.S. Coast Guard today a new report that finds that 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation’s coastal marine resources. Of those, 17 were recommend... FULL STORY

Limited Edition Silver Coin Goes On Sale
May 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today unveiled the official West Virginia sesquicentennial coin. The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission is offering these limited edition silver coins as part of the state's 150th birthday celebration. The coins go on sale Monday, May 20th in the Commi... FULL STORY

National Safe Boating Week Promotion
May 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- National Safe Boating Week, which begins today, provides a not-to-be-missed opportunity for boaters to get their boating safety certification, said leading online educator BOATERexam.com. To encourage boaters to sign up before summer boating season, BOATERexam.com is lower... FULL STORY

Rob Rice Named Chief Abandoned Mine Lands Program
May 17, 2013

Rob Rice has been appointed to the position of Chief of the Abandoned Mine Lands & Reclamation Program with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Rice, who has worked in the AML program for seven years, was promoted to the position by Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman. As Chief... FULL STORY

NOAA Releases Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures
May 16, 2013

Draft environmental impact statement seeks balance between protecting Steller sea lions and reducing economic impacts on fishing industry. NOAA Fisheries is releasing for public review and comment fishery management measures that would protect Steller sea lions while reducing economic impacts on ... FULL STORY

U.S. AND STATE FLAGS LOWERED FOR PEACE OFFICERS
May 15, 2013

To honor all fallen and disabled law enforcement officers CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In keeping with the presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State flags displayed at state facilities be lowered to half-staff the entire day of Wednesday, May 15, Peace Officers Memorial ... FULL STORY

Action Plan Comes Alive
May 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) members reviewed during their monthly meeting steps taken during the past four months to address six challenges presented by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as part of his education agenda. In response to the challenge to certify teacher educatio... FULL STORY

Monumental Day for McDowell County Schools
May 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It has taken more than a decade but on Wednesday McDowell County regained full control of its school system. To a cheering crowd, the West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously during its monthly meeting to accept the Office of Education Performance Audits' (OEPA) recomm... FULL STORY

W.Va. Students Get Creative with the Constitution
May 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the U.S. Constitution. The contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia State Bar, rewards students for the best creation of a 3-minute video w... FULL STORY

WVDA GYPSY MOTH TREATMENTS TO BEGIN MID-MAY 2013
May 11, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will treat approximately 3,777 acres in Grant and Preston Counties starting in mid-May for the control of gypsy moth through the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Suppression Program. “This treatment program helps to safeguard our state’s... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island to Receive State SAR Award
May 10, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and Museum of Regional History will receive the Sons of the American Revolution State Flag Award from West Virginia Society President Richard Brockway of White Sulphur Springs on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The Capt. James Neal Chapter wil... FULL STORY

Edward Jones Breaks into the FORTUNE 500
May 8, 2013

Financial services firm Edward Jones breaks into the FORTUNE 500, as published by FORTUNE magazine, according to Financial Advisors, Lisa Cain in Buckhannon and Brian Elliott in Elkins, WV. FORTUNE magazine's annual listing ranks the largest U.S. companies by revenue. Edward Jones debuts o... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN INVITES STUDENTS TO ENTER ART CONTEST
May 5, 2013

Winning artwork to be featured during the birthday celebration CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today invited students to enter a statewide art contest in celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday. Winning artwork will be featured during West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at ... FULL STORY

Lemonade Day Stand Locations Announced
May 4, 2013

Vision Shared is pleased to announce that this year, nearly 2,000 West Virginia children will participate in Lemonade Day, a free, community-wide program dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate their own business through the simple and time-honored act of building and running a ... FULL STORY

GOLDEN HORSESHOE WINNERS RECOGNIZED
May 3, 2013

Eighth grade students from across the state receive honors FULL STORY

NASA Board Member Visits WVWC
May 2, 2013

Anne Barth visited West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Department of Physics and Engineering on April 17. Barth is Executive Director of TechDirect West Virginia, a statewide economic development organization dedicated to promoting innovation-based business and entrepreneurial activities. She serves on... FULL STORY

W.Va. Named National Leader in Pre-K
May 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – At a time when preschool funding has stalled in many states, West Virginia is being recognized for defying the trend and increasing pre-K resources. The State of Preschool 2012 released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) showed West Virginia increa... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN SIGNS SB 1001
May 1, 2013

The Morgantown TIF Bill FULL STORY

NO PERIODICAL CICADAS IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS SPRING
April 30, 2013

Periodical Cicada Brood II emergence has been in the news a lot lately, but West Virginia doesn’t have anything to worry about. According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Brood II doesn’t occur in West Virginia. However, they should be showing up pretty soon in Connecticut, Mary... FULL STORY

“Giant Bear” at Coopers Rock State Forest
April 24, 2013

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – A very big Eco-Bear stands on a rock surveying Coopers Rock State Forest. He was sighted on the forest on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, and will remain in place until nature reduces him to his components of woven twigs, grass, mud, hemlock branches, and natural materials. Last y... FULL STORY

American Cancer Society Marks 100th Birthday
April 23, 2013

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the American Cancer Society will celebrate 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays. “The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history,” says Dr. John Seffrin, chief executive officer of... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR STATE'S 150TH BIRTHDAY
April 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced plans to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday. The celebration, organized by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, will take place at the State Capitol Complex beginning on the state's official birthday, Thursday, June 20, and co... FULL STORY

WVBE Works Daily to Meet the Governor's Challenges
April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education's High Quality Educators Committee Thursday met for the first time. The committee was created to address support for both teacher preparation programs and existing teachers. The committee is part of the board's action plan to address six c... FULL STORY

Public Schools in Need of Extra Help
April 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education has identified a pending list of low performing schools across the state as priority schools. These schools will get additional support to meet the needs of their students. The priority schools designation is part of West Virginia’s ESEA F... FULL STORY

Students Working on NASA Project
April 12, 2013

Courtesy of WVWC Students in the Space Systems Engineering class at West Virginia Wesleyan College are working in conjunction with NASA IV & V to build a satellite payload. With the help of mentors Drs. Tracey DeLaney and Trevor Stevens, these students are competing with several other schools to... FULL STORY

COMMISSION TO HELP MILITARY SPOUSES
April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and military spouses, today signed Executive Order 4-13 and announced the establishment the Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure. Gov. Tomblin noted military families move across state lines more ofte... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN HONORS MINERS
April 5, 2013

In memory of the 29 miners lost at the Upper Big Branch Mine CHARLESTON, W. Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today honored the memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives, three years ago today, at the Upper Big Branch Mine. "Joanne and I ask that all West Virginians join us in a moment of silence ... FULL STORY

Historic Day for America’s Antiquities Act
April 4, 2013

President Obama will designated five National Monuments through his authority under the Antiquities Act. The sites are: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, Md.; Río Grande del Norte National Monument, N.M.; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio; San Juan Islands ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ASKS WEST VIRGINIANS TO OBSERVE A MOMENT
April 4, 2013

3:01 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013 CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will honor the memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010 by observing a moment of silence at 3:01 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013. Gov. Tomblin asks all West Virginians... FULL STORY

LIGHT IT UP BLUE
April 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this evening joined children, families and autism advocates to light the State Capitol blue in support of the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign. "There is no greater joy than caring for a child-and as parents, we enthusiastically support our kids in... FULL STORY

Treasurer's Office Auction Offers Unique Deals
March 30, 2013

CHARLESTON – There may not be any gold in West Virginia’s hills, but the precious metal is featured in many items on State Treasurer John Perdue’s online auction website. Gold is selling at record high prices and its pursuit is highlighted by such cable TV shows as “Gold Rush: Alaska” and “Bering... FULL STORY

WINTER BEE LOSSES 'NORMAL
March 24, 2013

ACCORDING TO STATE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT West Virginia winter bee losses are “normal” again this year, although West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) cautions that that number can vary widely from apiary to apiary. “The loss figures are not based on a formal survey, but rather t... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN'S EDUCATION LEGISLATION PASSES
March 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement, praising members of the West Virginia Legislature for supporting and passing Senate Bill 359, which outlines the comprehensive plan to raise student achievement and improve the state's education system. The bill is now h... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ORDERS STATE FLAGS LOWERED
March 22, 2013

To commemorate the life of former W.Va. Senator Ursula Jae Spears CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all State flags displayed at all State-owned facilities be flown at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Friday, March 22, 2013, in commemoration of the life ... FULL STORY

Thirty County Commissions Receive Funding
March 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented thirty West Virginia county commissions with grants, totaling $427,540, for their respective records management and preservation projects. These projects, approved by the Records Management and Preservation Board (RMPB), will improve managemen... FULL STORY

Cooks to Compete in W.Va.
March 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition and the West Virginia School Nutrition Association (WVSNA) are looking for the best school-made rolls as part of the West Virginia Smart Food Cooking Challenge. School cooks from across West Virginia will pr... FULL STORY

2013 Bluestone Dam Full Scale Exercise
March 21, 2013

Many federal funding streams, including Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness, have exercise requirements using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation (HSEEP) program. The Emergency Management Performance Grant and the State Homeland Security Grant require a Full Scale Exercise... FULL STORY

Seventeen Projects Receive Funds
March 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented State Historic Preservation Office grants including a second round of development grant funds for nine projects totaling $228,479, as well as survey and planning grant funds for eight projects totaling an additional $107,600. "As we begin to comm... FULL STORY

Career Technical Students Compete
March 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of career technical education students from across West Virginia will compete Friday and Saturday in 52 categories to earn the chance to advance to the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Winfield High School in Putna... FULL STORY

Board of Education Creates Governance Commission
March 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education approved a charter creating the Commission on School District Governance to review the current structure and costs of the state’s 55 county boards of education. “As we work to better address the needs of students statewide, taking time to ... FULL STORY

GROWING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GRANTS
March 18, 2013

Projects awarded promote healthy communities and economic development CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced grant awards for eight projects totaling $77,800 for the Growing Healthy Communities Grant Program. "From the establishment of walking trails, and community gardens to... FULL STORY

Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance
March 17, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Children and Families will begin accepting Emergency LIEAP applications March 18, 2013 at all local DHHR county offices. The Emergency LIEAP program will operate until LIEAP funds are exhausted. West Virginia residents must... FULL STORY

W.Va. Board Names Operations Director
March 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Faced with enacting wide-ranging school reform measures to address concerns in the governor’s education efficiency audit, the state Board of Education calls the hiring of an operations director essential. During their March meeting, state board members named Donna Peduto as th... FULL STORY

MANUFACTURER TO BUILD $9 MILLION PLANT
March 15, 2013

First U.S. manufacturing plant for Italian Company CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Pietro Fiorentini USA plans to build a manufacturing facility in the Three Springs Business Park in Weirton, W.Va. The $9 million plant is expected to create up to 41 jobs during the initia... FULL STORY

W.Va. Board Makes Progress on Improvements
March 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Only a month after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin entrusted the West Virginia Board of Education to address educational improvements under its jurisdiction, significant progress has been made. In a letter to the governor, the board reported it is working to strengthen teacher education... FULL STORY

Bruhns Scholarship Recipients
March 14, 2013

Three West Virginia Wesleyan students will be fulfilling their dreams of studying abroad, thanks to a generous gift from Wesleyan friend and alumna Dr. E. Maxine Moose Bruhns ’45 Hon. ’07. The E. Maxine Moose Bruhns Summer 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship will provide funding for three students to part... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Earns Place on National Honor Roll
March 12, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of 690 institutions of higher education to receive this honor. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-lea... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN CONGRATULATES RIFLE TEAM
March 9, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement congratulating the West Virginia University Rifle Team on its 15th national title. "It gives me great pleasure to congratulate seventh-year coach Jon Hammond and the members of the WVU Rifle Team on winning the nation... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Receives $50,000 Scholarship Gift
March 7, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan has received a $50,000 gift from Wade F. Sperry ’69 to establish a scholarship in memory of his brother, Walter C. Sperry. The Sperry Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more West Virginia Wesleyan College students with a preference given to students with physica... FULL STORY

W.Va. Unveils New Online Tool
March 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Before a crowd of lawmakers, educators, business leaders and others, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) on Thursday unveiled in|site, an online resource for teachers, students and administrators. The website (http://wvde.state.wv.us/insite) offers learning options a... FULL STORY

UPDATE ON CALL FOR MINE SAFETY STAND-DOWN
March 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today provided an update regarding Executive Order 1-13 which mandated a statewide mine safety stand-down. "I appreciate our coal companies and their employees reinforcing their commitment to safety during the mine safety stand-down," Gov. Tomblin said. "I... FULL STORY

Creasman Named Vice President for Academic Affairs
March 1, 2013

Dr. Boyd Creasman, professor of English and director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2013. Creasman has served in the capacity of Chair of the English Department, ... FULL STORY

WVDA WARNS OF WIDESPREAD PET TREAT RECALL
March 1, 2013

A variety of pet treats sold in Target, Petco, Sam’s Club and Costco stores, among others, have been recalled by their manufacturer, Kasel Associates, on the possibility the products are contaminated with Salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that this recall is not relate... FULL STORY

GOLDCOAST SALADS EXPANDS RECALL
February 27, 2013

Seafood spreads manufacturer Goldcoast Salads is recalling Blue Crab Spread, Maine Lobster Spread, Lobster and Shrimp Spread, and Smoked Salmon Spread that may be contaminated with Listeria, according to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA). “Food safety is something I take seriousl... FULL STORY

W.Va. Universal Pre-K Outstanding Teacher Named
February 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Universal Pre-K Collaborative on Thursday honored Pamela Smith as its first Universal Pre-K Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Smith, a preschool teacher at Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County, was selected from among 14 finalists from across the state. O... FULL STORY

Ross Donates to West Virginia Wesleyan Nursing
February 26, 2013

Local businessman and long-time supporter of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Mike Ross, on behalf of Mike Ross, Inc., has generously donated $20,000 to the College’s nursing program. Ross presented the check to Wesleyan officials on Monday, February 25 in the newly named Senator Mike Ross Conferenc... FULL STORY

W.Va. Students Receive Spirit of Community Award
February 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County high school student and a Doddridge County middle school student have been named top youth volunteers for 2013 and given the national Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Jay Haapala, 15, of Elkview and a freshman at Capital High School in Charleston, chai... FULL STORY

W.Va. Board Seeks Comment on Policy Revisions
February 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education placed several proposed policy updates on public comment for 30 days. During their February meeting, board members voted to repeal Policy 8210, Emergency Purchasing Procedures because the requirements now are incorporated in Policy 8200. Re... FULL STORY

Taking and Earning Advanced Placement Credit
February 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The number of West Virginia public school students taking college-level Advanced Placement courses and earning credit has more than doubled since 2002, according to a national report released Wednesday. “The Ninth Annual AP Report to the Nation,” published by the College Bo... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER
February 20, 2013

Order follows the sixth fatal coal mine accident in past couple of months CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued Executive Order 1-13 directing all operators, supervisors, miners, and other employees of the State's coal industry to engage in a safety stand-down and thoroughly revi... FULL STORY

Upshur County Schools Announces Calendar Changes
February 19, 2013

At its regular meeting held on February 12, 2013, the Upshur County Board of Education approved changes to the remainder of this year’s school calendar as mandated by WV Code 18-4-45. These changes were made due to school closures because of inclement weather, and to allow for the maximum amount of ... FULL STORY

WEST VIRGINIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
February 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by the State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares, representatives from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, today presented the 2013 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, Michael Funkhouser, wit... FULL STORY

Deadline Approaching for SMART529 Contest
February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON -- Entries for the sixth annual SMART529 “When I Grow Up?” essay contest must be postmarked by midnight Feb. 22. The contest, which promises $5,000 in college savings funds for a lucky contestant, is sponsored by State Treasurer John Perdue’s office and The Hartford, which manages the... FULL STORY

SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
February 14, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is accepting applications for the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). This year’s application process will be streamlined compared to past years. Applicants must submit a two-page “Concept Proposal” for competitive review. Selected p... FULL STORY

W.Va. Board of Education Welcomes New Member
February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed its newest member, Tina Combs of Martinsburg. Combs, who replaces Jenny Phillips, will serve on the board until Nov. 1, 2016. “I am honored to serve the children of West Virginia,” Combs said. “I accept this appointme... FULL STORY

Treasurer Showcases Financial Education at HS
February 12, 2013

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue visited Capital High School Tuesday to witness in progress a financial education curriculum he helped create. The Treasurer dropped in on social studies teacher Paula Kerner’s class to make a brief presentation. He then observed Mrs. Kerner as she led stud... FULL STORY

Two Students Named U.S. Senate Youth Scholars
February 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two students from Kanawha and Harrison counties have been named U.S. Senate Youth Program Scholarship winners and will represent West Virginia in Washington, D.C., this spring. Isaac Jones, a student at Capital High School in Charleston, and Julian Pecora, a student at Notre D... FULL STORY

Buckhannon Power Outage
February 11, 2013

A critical line and pole at the Buckhannon sub-station near WalMart at Rt 20 and 33 is damaged. Power crews are on scene awaiting new pole and additional equipment. A rough preliminary estimate is that this is approximately a 5 hour repair job. Over 1000 customers in the Buckhannon area are with... FULL STORY

School of Science Adds New Cog in Wheel
February 11, 2013

Bruce Anthony has joined West Virginia Wesleyan’s School of Science as a visiting professor of Biochemistry. Joining the College from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Anthony hopes to not only aid the College in beginning a new Biochemistry major in the School of Science, but to also cont... FULL STORY

Student Videos Could Win Up to $500
February 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Creative students could win as much as $500 for developing a video about the U.S. Constitution as part of a video contest sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia State Bar. Participants are asked to create a 3-minute video with the theme “W... FULL STORY

Professor Receives Chandra Grant
February 7, 2013

When talking about the sky, it is hard to mistake the look on Dr. Tracey DeLaney’s face as anything short of excitement. In fact, spend just a few minutes with this West Virginia Wesleyan College Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering, and you may begin to wonder why you never studied Scien... FULL STORY

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY
February 6, 2013

Monongalia County School's No Paper/No Pencil Day inspired the initiative CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed today, Feb. 6, 2013, as the second annual Digital Learning Day in West Virginia-a day that celebrates teachers and focuses on innovation and the effective use of technolog... FULL STORY

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES HIRING
February 5, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that his office has hired Beth Gorczyca Ryan to serve as Director of Communications for the Office of Attorney General. After serving as the managing editor of The State Journal for the past five years, Ryan will join the O... FULL STORY

Company donates $25,000 to W.Va. National Guard
February 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, as Commander-In-Chief of the West Virginia National Guard, commended CSX for its support of the state's National Guard. CSX donated $25,000 to the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, which supports guard members and their families during their tim... FULL STORY

Schools to Participate in Digital Learning Day
February 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thousands of West Virginia students and teachers will join their counterparts in other states on Feb. 6 in celebration of the second annual Digital Learning Day, part of a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning. “The use of technology in our cl... FULL STORY

West Virginia Scholar Competition Now Open
February 4, 2013

Are you the next West Virginia Scholar? For the fifth year running, one lucky high school junior has the opportunity to win four years of paid tuition and fees at West Virginia Wesleyan College. To qualify, students must live in West Virginia, be enrolled in the 11th grade, and be between the ag... FULL STORY

Superintendent to Participate in ACT Conference
February 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent Jim Phares joined other state education leaders Wednesday during the ACT State Organization 2013 Annual Conference. About 700 people from K-12 and higher education participated in the annual event. This year’s theme is “Engage for Change!” Other ... FULL STORY

Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey Results
February 1, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wildlife biologists counted 5,252 ducks and 6,262 Canada geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey in early January according to Steve Wilson, Waterfowl Biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “The number of duc... FULL STORY

WVDNR Staff Honored
January 31, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently honored three DNR staff members for outstanding service during 2012. The awards were presented during the organization’s banquet on January 12, 2013. Lee Strawn was recognized as the 2... FULL STORY

Federal Funding for Three WV Fire Departments
January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $167,000 in federal funding for three West Virginia fire departments to purchase safety equipment and strengthen professional training. “Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect families and h... FULL STORY

IOGA Makes Generous Contribution to Wesleyan
January 30, 2013

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) made another generous donation to West Virginia Wesleyan College. This $10,000 contribution will establish the IOGA School of Business Lounge. IOGA President and Wesleyan alumnus Dennis Xander ’75, IOGA Director Don Nestor, and IOGA ... FULL STORY

Delta SKY to Profile West Virginia in July
January 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This July, Delta Sky magazine will spotlight West Virginia in a special section. The state profile will be on board Delta Air Lines’ 13,000 daily flights, reaching more than five million readers worldwide. “The timing is ideal. July is the month the state will be hosting the 2... FULL STORY

Pipeline Safety Field Hearing
January 28, 2013

Washington, D.C. – In the aftermath of the December 2012 Sissonville pipeline explosion, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) thanked senior Senator Jay Rockefeller and those who testified today for an informative field hearing on pipeline safety. “I thank Senator Rockefeller for organizing this fi... FULL STORY

Advisory Council - Substance Abuse Recommendations
January 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today that his Advisory Council on Substance Abuse has presented its year-end report. The report includes policy and program recommendations for consideration by State lawmakers for the upcoming Legislative Session. "First, I want to thank each... FULL STORY

Cabell County Kindergarten Teacher Receives Award
January 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia educator was honored on Thursday by the Milken Family Foundation for her exceptional contributions to quality education. Village of Barboursville Elementary School kindergarten teacher Whitney Stead is this year’s Milken Award recipient. Village of Barboursville E... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN REGIONAL COMMISSION'S STATES' CO-CHAIR
January 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will serve as the 2013 states' co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), effective Jan. 1, 2013. Gov. Tomblin was chosen as co-chair by the governors of the 12 other states in the Appalachian Region. "The Appalachian Regional Commission's supp... FULL STORY

Manchin Congratulates Natural Gas Investment
January 23, 2013

Three compressed natural gas (CNG) stations will be constructed along I-79 corridor Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly supported today the construction of three natural gas stations that are planned to be built along the I-79 corridor. “I am so proud that IGS Energy... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS TINA H. COMBS
January 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Tina H. Combs to the West Virginia Board of Education. Combs will replace Jenny Phillips who resigned earlier this month. The appointment is effective immediately. "With education as one of my top priorities, I believe it... FULL STORY

“When I Grow Up” Contest Kicks Off
January 22, 2013

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office and The Hartford recently kicked off its popular student and teacher essay contests, as students from across the Mountain State will compete for a possible $5,000 in prizes. Now in its sixth year, the When I Grow Up (WIGU) student essay cont... FULL STORY

PROPOSAL TO INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY
January 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced a data-driven policy framework was presented to a bipartisan panel of state cabinet members, lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, and other state and local leaders, along with results of a comprehensive analysis of West Virginia's criminal justice ... FULL STORY

Manchin Statement On MSHA’s Mine Safety Ruling
January 22, 2013

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s new rule that focuses on improving mine safety. “A strong mining industry begins with a strong commitment to our miners,” Senator Manchin said. “Our coal miners are ... FULL STORY

Manchin On White House Mass Violence Proposals
January 21, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today in response to the White House proposals on mass violence: “I appreciate the work that went into the President’s recommendations. I have not had a chance to review them yet, because I have been meeting wit... FULL STORY

Low Income Energy Assistance Program
January 20, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will accept applications from the general public for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Tuesday, Jan 22, and ending Friday, Feb 1, 2013. The Low Income Energy Assistance program will allow households to obtain assista... FULL STORY

Tennant Begins Second Term
January 19, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – Surrounded by friends and family, Natalie E. Tennant has taken the oath of office for her second term as West Virginia Secretary of State. Administering the oath of office was Penney Barker, the manager of the Business and Licensing Division of the Secretary of State’s Office... FULL STORY

HIV Reimbursement Changes Due To Funding Cuts
January 19, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of STD, HIV and Hepatitis will see a federal funding reduction of $201,368 in 2013 as part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS)which calls for a redirection of funds to areas of the country with higher incidence of HIV/AIDS dise... FULL STORY

American Scholar Finalists Announced
January 18, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the finalists for its seventh annual American Scholar Program. Finalists are: Conner Ferguson of Glenville, WV, Gilmer County High School; Logan Godfrey of Clarksburg, WV, Robert C. Byrd High School; Christopher Gum of Camden, WV, Lewis County... FULL STORY

2013 SPONSORSHIP OF OUTDOOR CHANNEL SHOW
January 18, 2013

"Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" includes tribute to fallen first responders CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette will introduce tonight the state's newest tool to promote tourism and development: "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Flemin... FULL STORY

Treasurer Perdue Expected to Set Longevity Record
January 17, 2013

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue is set to become the state’s longest-tenured chief financial officer, following his Monday inauguration. At the conclusion of this four-year term, Perdue will earn recognition as West Virginia’s longest-serving state treasurer, with 20 consecutive years in of... FULL STORY

Grant County Schools Working to Regain Control
January 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Grant County Board of Education moved closer to regaining local control of its schools with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the state Board of Education. At its December meeting, the state board agreed to return decision-making powers to the Grant County ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS THE HONORABLE SAMUEL J.CANN, SR.
January 16, 2013

Former Sen. Joseph M. Minard assumes role as Senate Clerk CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed the Honorable Samuel J. Cann, Sr. to represent the citizens of the 12th Senatorial District filling the vacancy created when Sen. Joe Minard resigned to serve as the Clerk of the Sen... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN COMMENDS MILLER
January 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joe Miller will retire Jan. 15, 2013. Following Miller's retirement, Deputy Commissioner Steven Dale will assume the role of Acting Commissioner. "I wish Joe the best in his upcoming, an... FULL STORY

COLONEL GILLIAM NEWEST MEMBER OF VETERANS COUNCIL
January 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) today announced Col. Harrison Gilliam as the newest member of the West Virginia Veterans Council. "I'm pleased Colonel Gilliam accepted this opportunity to serve on the West Virginia Veterans... FULL STORY

Need for a Full School Safety Review Stressed
January 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Wednesday asked West Virginia Department of Education staff to reach out to national experts on school safety issues. “I think it might be prudent to bring in national experts to look at the current status of school safety,” sai... FULL STORY

Less Than 1,500 Reported Flu Cases Confirmed
January 15, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is continuing to monitor influenza activity across the state. While illness containing flu-like symptoms is widespread,there have only been 1,393 reported confirmed cases this season. State Health Officer and Commissioner for Public Healt... FULL STORY

W.Va. Board Seeks Input on CTE Policy Revisions
January 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking public comment on updates to state policy for career and technical education. Proposed revisions to 2520.13 would adopt National Common Career and Technical Core, Career Ready Practices, as well as the content skill sets defined... FULL STORY

Smoked Salmon Being Recalled in West Virginia
January 14, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is warning consumers that smoked salmon distributed at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets is being recalled on concerns it might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The move comes after a recall by Ocean Beauty Seafoods and no illn... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN TAKES OATH OF OFFICE
January 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in today as the 35th Governor of West Virginia in front of several hundred friends, family members, supporters and fellow West Virginians who gathered at the State Capitol. "I'm honored and humbled to once again serve the wonderful people of West... FULL STORY

Official Turnout In 2012 General Election Is 55 %
January 13, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – The official turnout in the 2012 General Election was 55 percent, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today. The total number of ballots cast is 685,099. There were 1,246,559 West Virginians registered to vote in the election. That total includes... FULL STORY

Manchin to Lead National Organization
January 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to bring more Americans together around commonsense solutions, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has agreed to lead No Labels, a national citizen-led effort to change Washington attitudes and make Congress work. Senator Manchin and former Governor Jon Huntsman, a ... FULL STORY

Report Highlights Need for Education Reform in WV
January 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new national report places West Virginia’s public school system among the Top 10 nationally, giving the state a B- in Education Week’s “Quality Counts 2013” released Thursday. But while West Virginia excels in school finance, standards, alignment and teacher quality in the 17t... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN COMMENDS SENATOR JAY ROCKEFELLER
January 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today commended Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his years of service to West Virginia. "Throughout his years in public service, Sen. Rockefeller has championed many efforts for the people of West Virginia. "As an original sponsor of The Children's Health Insur... FULL STORY

State Board Puts Facility Plans on Hold
January 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Board of Education on Wednesday asked the leadership at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind (WVSDB) to conduct further research on plans to buy property and to expand services. “We owe it to the children and the taxpayers to research the most efficient a... FULL STORY

INAUGURAL CEREMONY
January 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced an open invitation to all West Virginians to join him will Monday, January 14, 2013 for an inaugural ceremony where he will be sworn in as the 35th Governor of West Virginia. The inaugural ceremony begins at 1 p.m. at the South Plaza of the S... FULL STORY

RECREATIONAL TRAIL GRANTS
January 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, today presented $1,190,241.90 in federal funds for 22 projects as part of the 2012 Recreational Trails Program. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Dept. of Ed Seeks Organizations
January 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer. County boards of education and other non-profit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Program, which en... FULL STORY

TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT GRANTS
January 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, today presented $7,036,864 in federal funds awarded to 36 projects as part of the 2012 Transportation Enhancement Grant Program. The West Virginia Transport... FULL STORY

Manchin Announces Director’s Departure
January 9, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that Communications Director Emily Bittner is departing to join the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as national press secretary and senior communications advisor. “With Emily leaving our office, I’m sad and proud at the... FULL STORY

Federal Funding Announced for WVU
January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced more than $182,000 for West Virginia University to research the impact of laws banning cell phone use while driving. “Studying the effectiv... FULL STORY

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANTS
January 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, today presented $824,800 in federal funds for seven projects as part of the 2012 Safe Routes to School Grant Program. The West Virginia Safe Routes to Schoo... FULL STORY

Health Care Providers Awarded $2 Million
January 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Health care providers at nine school-based community health centers in West Virginia are the recipients of about $2 million of $80 million in federal grants to expand basic health care services to children. “Good health and education are the twin pillars of a productive life,”... FULL STORY

Fayette Student’s Work Featured on WWII Website
January 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Fayette County student and a top finisher in West Virginia’s National History Day Competition has written information for a website featuring contributions Americans made during World War II. Fairan Gillm, an eighth grader at Nutall Middle School, was one of 51 students name... FULL STORY

Tennant: State Has Saved $43,000 Utilizing E-Mail
January 8, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today her office will save about $23,000 this year by notifying via email tens of thousands of business owners about filing their annual report online. The emails were sent to 71,049 business owners. Secretary Tennant i... FULL STORY

'Medicare' Releated Phone Scam
January 7, 2013

Several West Virginia consumers, especially those who north of the Buckhannon area, have received phone calls over the past few days from scam artists attempting to obtain bank account information. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division urges people to use caution when dealing with inbo... FULL STORY

Federal Funding to Help Immunization Program
January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced $920,849 in federal funding for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to maintain its immunization program, which gives West Virginians, including many children, critical vaccines. “Providing access ... FULL STORY

Manchin Statement on Swearing in to 113th Congress
January 3, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who was sworn in today for a full term in the Senate, issued the following statement outlining his priorities and agenda for the 113th Congress. “As we begin the work of the 113th Congress, I start with a fresh optimism and determination t... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN APPOINTS ROSS TAYLOR
January 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Roscoe "Ross" Taylor as Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Administration. Taylor has served as Acting Secretary since February 2012. "I am pleased Ross will continue to lead the Department of Administration," Gov. Tomblin... FULL STORY

Kindergarten Registration on February 7, 2013
January 2, 2013

Kindergarten and PreKindergarten Registration Buckhannon National Guard Armory Last Names beginning with A-M – 8:30-11:30 Last Names beginning with N-Z – 12:30-3:30 The Upshur County School System has established dates for registration of children who will be entering kindergarten in the fal... FULL STORY

Pre-K Registration on February 8, 2013
By Kyrana Jones
January 2, 2013

Pre-K Registration on February 8, 2013 Buckhannon National Guard Armory Last Names beginning with A-M - 8:30-11:30 Last Names beginning with N-Z - 12:30-3:30 There are approximately 187 Pre-K enrollment spaces in Upshur County for the 2013-2014 school year. Parents should enroll their child ... FULL STORY

W.Va.’s 28th State Superintendent to Begin Tenure
January 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – James B. Phares officially became West Virginia’s 28th state superintendent of schools on Wednesday during an oath of office ceremony in Charleston. The West Virginia Board of Education hired Phares during its December meeting to fill the post overseeing West Virginia’s public... FULL STORY

Manchin Statement on 7th Anniversary of Sago Mine
January 2, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the seventh anniversary of the Sago mining disaster. “Not a day goes by when I don’t think of the miners we have lost, and today is a sad anniversary for the families of those who died at Sago. Gayle and I ho... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN APPEALS FEMA'S DECISION
January 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to deny his request for federal assistance to help West Virginians and their communities recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. "I was extremely disappointed with FEMA's decisi... FULL STORY

Manchin Introduces 'CALM' Act to Ease Fiscal Cliff
January 1, 2013

Washington, D.C. – With the country barreling toward the fiscal cliff and no deal in sight, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) offered legislation to alleviate the worst immediate effects of the cliff, while also providing a path forward to a long-term solution. Senator Manchin introduced the “Cl... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS EUGENE WHITE
December 31, 2012

White to fill vacancy created by C.A. Phillips' retirement CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Eugene White to serve as the Director of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training (OMHS&T). White has been serving as Deputy Director under C.A. Phillips who... FULL STORY

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations
December 30, 2012

Recommends 34 students from 21 counties Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will nominate 34 West Virginia students to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S.... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY TOMBLIN SAY THANKS
December 27, 2012

Hundreds of toys and more than a thousand pounds of food collected for those in need CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today thanked West Virginians for showcasing our heritage of abundant generosity this holiday season. Through two efforts, state empl... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS ROBERT J. FITZSIMMONS
December 26, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Robert "Rocky" J. Fitzsimmons to fulfill the vacancy in the First District of the West Virginia Senate for the remainder of former Senator Orphy Klempa's term. Klempa resigned earlier this month to serve on the Ohio County Commission. Fitzsim... FULL STORY

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
By Kyrana Jones
December 25, 2012

We at The Upshur Connection wish all of our subscribers and readers a very joyous season and we hope that the coming year provides all of us with an abundance of blessings and opportunities. Thank you all for celebrating with us. FULL STORY

McGraw Sues Two Virginia-Based Title Lenders
December 20, 2012

Subpoena Enforcement Suit Also Filed Against Georgia-based Collection Agency, Envision Payment Solutions CHARLESTON - Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today the recent filing of subpoena enforcement actions against three companies stemming from investigations concerning alleged unlawfu... FULL STORY

PARTNERSHIP TO HELP DISLOCATED RG STEEL WORKERS
December 20, 2012

Governors Earl Ray Tomblin and John Kasich announced today that West Virginia and Ohio, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, have developed a collaborative agreement to provide assistance with health insurance premium payments to dislocated RG Steel workers in Ohio. On November 29, t... FULL STORY

Mountaineer Food Bank Receives $70,000 Donation
December 20, 2012

GASSAWAY, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro has presented a check to the Mountaineer Food Bank representing $70,000 raised during the sixth annual Governor’s One Shot Deer Hunt, held in October 2012. The money will go to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program... FULL STORY

HONOR THOSE LOST IN NEWTOWN, CONN
December 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Honoring Connecticut Gov. Malloy's request, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today asked all West Virginians to observe a moment of silence Friday, December 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 a.m. to honor the memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Ch... FULL STORY

Manchin: ‘Everything Should Be On The Table’
December 18, 2012

Washington, D.C. – As a lifetime member of the NRA and proud Second Amendment supporter, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the need for public action in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Newtown. “This awful massacre of our youngest children has change... FULL STORY

STATE FLAGS LOWERED
December 18, 2012

In memory of Hawaii Senator, President pro tempore Daniel K. Inouye CHARLESTON, W.Va. -In accordance with a presidential proclamation issued earlier this week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and state flags at all state facilities remain at half-staff to honor the late Hawaii Sen. and Pre... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN WELCOMES TWO COMMUNITIES TO ON TRAC
December 18, 2012

Kenova and Marlinton join program CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today welcomed the City of Kenova in Wayne County and the Town of Marlinton in Pocahontas County to the West Virginia Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity program (ON TRAC), marking the third expansion of th... FULL STORY

Governor Seeking Alternatives to Deal with Budget
December 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the changes proposed earlier this year for the eligibility levels of child subsidy will be tabled for further review. The funding formula changes were made in an effort to compensate for shortfalls in federal funding. The Governor plans to sub... FULL STORY

Kanawha County Company Announces 34 New Jobs
December 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) announced its Kanawha County facility will expand by 11,000 square feet and add 34 new jobs by the end of 2013. "Today's announcement is a testament to the hard-work of NGK's employees at ... FULL STORY

Teacher-in-Residence Pilot Program Working in Clay
December 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The first teacher-in-residence program created under a new state law and board policy adopted to address teacher shortages is proving successful, the West Virginia Board of Education learned Wednesday. West Virginia State University collaborated with Clay County Schools to de... FULL STORY

New Member Welcomed to the State Board of Ed
December 17, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed its newest member. Thomas W. Campbell, a former state delegate, took the oath of office during the board’s monthly meeting in Hamlin. Campbell replaces Lowell Johnson whose term expired in November. “I am grateful for... FULL STORY

Revised Educator Evaluation System
December 17, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is making progress in modernizing how county school districts evaluate teachers, the state Board of Education learned. In 2011, the West Virginia Department of Education launched a pilot in 25 schools to test a revised educator evaluation system. This school year... FULL STORY

REGISTER FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
December 17, 2012

Deadline to apply is Dec. 19th CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians with damage from the June derecho, who reside in one of the twenty eligible counties, to register for federal individual assistance. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 19,2012. "... FULL STORY

Board Returns Partial Control Grant County
December 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Grant County Board of Education regained partial control of its schools Wednesday, following a vote by the state board. The decision to return decision-making powers in curriculum, policies, facilities, transportation and the school calendar comes after the county improved... FULL STORY

Board of Education Reviews Public Comments
December 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education reviewed public comments submitted for the recently released “From Audit to Action: Students First” report during its monthly meeting in December. “From Audit to Action” highlights the board’s education reform goals (http://wvde.state.wv.u... FULL STORY

Board of Ed Returns Control to Lincoln County
December 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return complete control of Lincoln County Schools to the county school board and grant full accreditation to the district. The decision comes after Lincoln County made great strides in improving management and operations, pe... FULL STORY

CERT Animal Rescue & Shelter Training
By Maria Bray
December 15, 2012

A CERT animal rescue training and inventory session took place at the Upshur County Airport on December 8, 2012. Team leaders, Tom Hinchman and Shela Simmons, conducted the exercise and led participating volunteers through an inventory update of the Pet Shelter Trailer. For more information about... FULL STORY

New Student Representative Joins W.Va. Board of Ed
December 14, 2012

CHARLESTION, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education welcomed a new student representative on Wednesday, in Lincoln County during the last regularly scheduled meeting of the year. Luke Massey, who hails from Preston County, will serve as the student representative to the board through February.... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ORDERS ALL U.S. AND STATE FLAGS LOWERED
December 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In accordance with the presidential proclamation issued this afternoon, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and state flags at all state facilities be displayed at half-staff immediately as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence which took place at... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ISSUES A STATEMENT ON SCHOOL SHOOTING
December 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place at a Connecticut elementary school this morning. "As parents, Joanne and I are deeply saddened today by the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. ... FULL STORY

BOE Names State's 28th Superintendent
December 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday appointed Dr. James Phares, superintendent of Randolph County Schools, West Virginia's 28th state superintendent of schools. Phares will begin his new post on January 2, replacing Chuck Heinlein as the new state superintendent of ... FULL STORY

Manchin to Serve on Banking Committee
December 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will represent West Virginians on the Senate Banking Committee, in addition to his current assignments on the Energy, Armed Services and Aging committees. “At a time when we our economy is still wounded and recovering ... FULL STORY

National Guard Celebrates 376 years
December 13, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin as well as U.S. Representatives Nick Rahall, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley in honoring the National Guard's legacy of service. The men and women of the National Guard have continued to defend... FULL STORY

State Board of Education Seeks Guidance
December 13, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger will seek an independent review of all board and West Virginia Department of Education existing contracts and agreements with vendors. Linger will discuss the proposal with board members on Wednesday during the monthly meetin... FULL STORY

INTERSTATE 77 RE-OPENED
December 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Interstate 77 has re-opened following yesterday's explosion which caused significant damage to the highway near Sissonville. "Yesterday's fire destroyed a heavily travelled section of Interstate 77, and I'm very happy to report the road has... FULL STORY

W.Va. Counties Race to the Top of Competition
December 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Six West Virginia counties are included in 61 proposals selected as finalists for federal Race to the Top – District funding. If chosen the counties will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to adopt new school-wide standards, promote student growth and recruitme... FULL STORY

Clarksburg man receives U.P. check for $24,803
December 11, 2012

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue presented a check for nearly $25,000 to Clarksburg resident Bill Ramsey Dec. 7, during a ceremony in the Treasurer’s Office. Ramsey, in town for the annual convention of the Silver-Haired Legislature, collected the check for $24,803. Most of the money con... FULL STORY

“Tobacco Is Killing (and Costing) Us”
December 11, 2012

The West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention (DTP) and the Center for Health Statistics announced the release of an updated summary for the report “Tobacco is Killing (and Costing)Us” – a statistical brief on tobacco use rates, smoking-related deaths, and smoking-related healthcare costs. This s... FULL STORY

University of Charleston Announces Expansion
December 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) applauded the University of Charleston’s announcement today that the school is embarking on major expansions in Beckley and Martinsburg, as well as online. The University of Charleston’s expansion came after the school took over Mountain Stat... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN PROVIDES UPDATE ON GAS LINE FIRE
December 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin surveyed the gas line fire damage first-hand this afternoon in the Pocatalico and Sissonville areas of Kanawha County just hours after the rupture. "After looking at the damage, I'm grateful for the quick action of our local and state emergency responders ... FULL STORY

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
December 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) Cabinet Secretary Keith Gwinn today announced the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery (DCKMSVC) will host a ceremony at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15th, as part of the annual Wreaths Acros... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN APPOINTS TOM CAMPBELL
December 10, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of former House Delegate Thomas W. Campbell to the State Board of Education. Campbell will replace Lowell Johnson whose term expired Nov. 4, 2012. The appointment is effective immediately. "The education of our young peopl... FULL STORY

JOYFUL NIGHT CELEBRATION
December 7, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin were joined by hundreds of West Virginians at the State Capitol this evening for this year's Joyful Night celebration. The annual event kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the state's Christmas trees. Duri... FULL STORY

Community Food Drive at RCES
December 7, 2012

Written by Amanda Craig, Principal Rock Cave Elementary School annually holds a food drive for the needy families in our community. Since October, students and their families have donated over 600 items, with the collections continuing until Dec. 19th. Last year, we collected over 1,000 canned f... FULL STORY

Manchin Requests Cancellation of "Buckwild"
December 7, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked MTV today to cancel the so-called reality show “Buckwild,” which has been compared to an Appalachian version of the television program “Jersey Shore.” The show is set in West Virginia. The full text of the Senator's letter is below: ... FULL STORY

Senator Manchin Issues Statement On Pearl Harbor
December 7, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released today a statement on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. “There are days that define America, and this is one of them – the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In that attack – on December 7, 1941 - 2,402 Americans were killed and... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN SENDS LETTER TO PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS
December 7, 2012

Letter urges Congress to work together to avoid "fiscal cliff" CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined ten other governors urging our federal leaders to work together to find a balanced approach to avoid the "fiscal cliff." The letter warns, without a balanced approach, the U. S. could f... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN URGES FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TO INCLUDE W.VA.
December 6, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, in a letter, urged the U.S. Congress to include West Virginia in an end-of-year disaster relief package. With W.Va. experiencing four natural disasters in 2012, the governor wants to ensure lawmakers include assistance to help families and communities... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ORDERS U.S. & STATE FLAGS LOWERED
December 6, 2012

In commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day CHARLESTON, W.Va. -In concurrence with a presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all U.S. and state flags displayed at state facilities be lowered to half-staff the entire day of Friday, December... FULL STORY

Manchin Scores A Major Legislative Success
December 5, 2012

Washington, D.C. – As the annual defense authorization bill passed with broad bipartisan support, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) scored legislative victories by authoring nine amendments that will strengthen the military by cutting costs, taking care of service members and giving the National Gu... FULL STORY

Additional Assistance Necessary For Recovery
December 5, 2012

Washington, D.C. – In testimony submitted to the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked for additional assistance from FEMA to help West Virginians recover from Superstorm Sandy. “As we all know, Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage in many state... FULL STORY

Give A Gift That Lasts
December 5, 2012

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue is urging state residents to sign up for a SMART529 WV Direct college savings plan before the end of the current calendar year, to take advantage of tax savings and recent plan changes. “If you are a West Virginia resident and open up a plan before Dec. 3... FULL STORY

U.N. Disabilities Treaty
December 4, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today in favor of the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a measure supported by both Republicans and Democrats. The United Nations resolution was defeated in the Se... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Participating in Neighborhood Program
November 30, 2012

Buckhannon, WV—West Virginia Wesleyan College is again participating in the West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Program. The College was awarded $55,700 in West Virginia Tax Credits for its West Virginia Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to students attending Wes... FULL STORY

Four Miners Injured, One Fatality
November 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this evening issued the following statement regarding two mine related accidents occurring at West Virginia mines today. "Today, four families were shaken by the unexpected but always present danger associated with mining. While we strive to ensure the saf... FULL STORY

Manchin Responds to Upper Big Branch Announcement
November 29, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about a former Massey executive agreeing to plead guilty to criminal conspiracy charges as a result of the ongoing investigation into the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. “I hope and pray that our great state wil... FULL STORY

Manchin Meets With Advocate "Bugs" Stover
November 29, 2012

Washington, D.C. – After walking from Wyoming County to the nation’s Capitol, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) welcomed Wyoming County Circuit Clerk David “Bugs” Stover to discuss the importance of promoting coal production in West Virginia and across America. “There’s just no one else who figh... FULL STORY

JOYFUL NIGHT TO BE HELD DEC. 6
November 29, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today announced the first family will welcome West Virginians to the annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The evening's p... FULL STORY

Major Disaster Declaration Issued for W.Va
November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced that a major disaster declaration has been issued for the State of West Virginia, providing Federal disaster assistance to help communities recover from Hurricane... FULL STORY

State’s Education Leaders Meet With Lawmakers
November 28, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va- The West Virginia Board of Education will present on Tuesday “From Audit to Action: Students First” to the West Virginia Legislature. Board President Wade Linger is expected to share the significant education reforms highlighted in the document. The document is in response to Gov. ... FULL STORY

Board Of Education Identifies Savings
November 28, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Tuesday detailed significant reform highlighted in the recently released “From Audit to Action: Students First” for a West Virginia legislative interim education subcommittee. The document is in response to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s “Educatio... FULL STORY

Suit Against Murray’s Bringaclaim.com Settled
November 27, 2012

CHARLES TOWN - Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that Murray LLP, a Texas law firm, agreed to permanently discontinue offering a service to West Virginia foreclosure victims that a lawsuit filed by his office characterized as unscrupulous and deceptive. The agreement with Murray is ref... FULL STORY

FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN GRANTED
November 27, 2012

Funds now available for local communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted his November 1 request for a federal disaster declaration. This declaration will provide public assistance to our ... FULL STORY

Teamwork Made Election Day A Success
November 26, 2012

From the desk of Secretary Tennant: More than 600,000 West Virginians cast their ballot in the 2012 General Election. Almost all of them went into the polling place thinking about which candidate would get their vote – not that they may need to say thank you to those who made it possible for them... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES AVAILABLE SLOTS FOR PROGRAM
November 26, 2012

Program provides long-term care alternative to W.Va. families CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today slots are available for additional West Virginians to receive Aged and Disabled Waiver Services. The governor has directed the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resou... FULL STORY

Manchin: If You Can Count Your Blessings...
November 22, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday: “Every Thanksgiving, I recall one of the most important lessons my parents taught me: If you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. “No oth... FULL STORY

“Audit to Action”
November 22, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) on Wednesday approved its long-awaited “From Audit to Action: Students First” report. (http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/audit-response.html). The board also is strongly encouraging public comment on the response. The document is in re... FULL STORY

SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIES BY SHOPPING SMALL
November 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country. Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), released the following statemen... FULL STORY

BCS Preparing For Winter Concert
November 21, 2012

The Buckhannon Choral Society is preparing for their upcoming concert scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. The choir will present “The Wonder of Christmas” in Wesley Chapel on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. The cost of the concert is $8 for seniors/students and $10 for adult... FULL STORY

WVWC Receives $721,000 Bequest from Estate
November 21, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan College has received a $721,000 gift from the estate of Huntington businessman J. Robert Fletcher. The gift will be designated for the Robert and Kathlyn Fletcher Scholarship program. The Fletcher couple began their association with West Virginia Wesleyan College in the 19... FULL STORY

Tennant Offers Tips On Wise Charitable Giving
November 21, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is reminding citizens to be cautious when donating to charity this holiday season. The holiday season combined with the impact of Hurricane Sandy may make for a perfect storm for fraudulent organizations to take advantage of... FULL STORY

Manchin Joins Community Members In Serving Others
November 21, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will join other volunteers today and Wednesday to serve food to the less fortunate and thank the volunteers for their dedication and hard work. “Every Thanksgiving, I recall one of the most important lessons my parents taught me: If you can co... FULL STORY

STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL BE LIFTED
November 21, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today filed a proclamation adjusting the statewide state of emergency declaration first issued due to severe weather, Oct. 29, 2012. "After I surveyed the damage left behind from the winter storm and Hurricane Sandy first-hand, I knew our hardest hit commu... FULL STORY

SMART529 Makes Changes
November 20, 2012

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue recently spoke to a group of Piedmont Elementary School students, urging them to study hard in preparation for college one day. “It’s important that you obtain the things you dream about,” Treasurer Perdue said. “But you’ve got to go that extra mile. Read... FULL STORY

Local Students Honored
November 19, 2012

Buckhannon Academy Elementary School, French Creek Elementary School, Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, and Buckhannon-Upshur High School are pleased to announce that 360 students have been honored through the national Student POWER Award program. Sponsored by the National Association of School Psych... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN APPOINTS MICHAEL DOUGLAS LORENSEN
November 17, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Martinsburg attorney, Michael Douglas Lorensen, as Circuit Judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit serving Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. Lorensen will fill the vacancy created earlier this year when Judge Gina Groh wa... FULL STORY

Physical Agility Tests Scheduled
November 17, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Lt. Tim Coleman of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (... FULL STORY

Former Lincoln County Commissioner Sentenced
November 16, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today that the joint state-federal investigation into the 2010 Primary Election in Lincoln County, which has now resulted in four guilty pleas and convictions, shows that manipulation of the democratic process will not be t... FULL STORY

Additional Aid Requested for Superstorm Sandy
November 16, 2012

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) have joined 11 other senators from states impacted by Superstorm Sandy and asked President Obama to provide additional emergency aid for federal disaster assistance programs. The Senators wrote to the President and asked him ... FULL STORY

Exemplary Accreditation Status Schools Are Honored
November 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifty-eight schools from across West Virginia, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and career technical centers and programs, were honored Thursday for achieving Exemplary Accreditation status. Three others also were recognized for being among 269 schools ... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGE
November 15, 2012

Deputy Chief of Staff accepts position with the American Red Cross CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Erica Mani, Deputy Chief of Staff, has accepted a position with the American Red Cross effective November 29, 2012. Mani joined Tomblin's administration in November 2010. ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Bus Inspector Named Nation’s Best
November 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – For the second time in two years, a Greenbrier County school bus inspector has been selected America’s Best School Bus Inspector by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, marking the first time that a back-to-back winner has been named. Jack Defibaugh, who earned t... FULL STORY

Manchin Bill To Increase Public Land Access
November 14, 2012

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight for a measure that he co-sponsored to increase sportsmen’s access to public lands, protect special habitats and preserve hunting and fishing rights. The Senate voted 92-5 to move forward with consideration of the bill and will contin... FULL STORY

Four W.Va. Schools Honored Nationally
November 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four West Virginia schools have received the bronze National Recognition Award for healthy school improvement at the Healthy Schools Program Forum. Cabell County Alternative and Salt Rock Elementary in Cabell County, Mountain View Elementary in Putnam County, and Woodsdale Ele... FULL STORY

Time Running Out to File LCD Screen Price Claims
November 13, 2012

Consumers and Businesses must file claims by December 6, 2012 Charleston, WV--Attorney General Darrell McGraw wants to inform consumers and businesses that they are entitled to a cash refund from a billion dollar settlement fund. The fund is made up of settlements with ten manufacturers over an i... FULL STORY

InterneLaw Enforcement Funding To Protect Children
November 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $275,000 in federal funding to the West Virginia State Police to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute sexual exploitation against children. The grant will also help the West Virginia State Police upgr... FULL STORY

Funding Granted to Continue Rape Prevention
November 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $150,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources to continue the Rape Prevention and Education program. “Making sure West Virginians are safe in their homes and i... FULL STORY

W.Va. Looking for Schools
November 13, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for schools and counties seeking to participate in the West Virginia Sustainable Schools Award Program. The program, in its second year, recognizes schools that integrate sustainability literacy into the curriculum, model b... FULL STORY

MILITARY RECOGNITION TREE
November 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today invited all West Virginians to honor our military men and women by contributing photos for the "Military Recognition" tree. Those wishing to participate are asked to send in photos of their loved ones or friends who... FULL STORY

West Virginians Urged To Report Storm Damage
November 9, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged all West Virginians to report any structural damage their homes and/or businesses sustained during last week’s storm to their local emergency management office. The damage reports will be submitted to FEMA as additional documentation for the ... FULL STORY

What’s New on The Upshur Connection?
By Don Smith
November 8, 2012

We are happy to have heard from so many of our daily readers and wanted to thank you all for your great suggestions about other types of items you would like to see on the site. Movie News towards the bottom of the center column features industry news about what you’ll be seeing at the movies and wh... FULL STORY

Tennant: Historic Effort Made Election A Success
November 7, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said Tuesday night that an historic effort on the part of election officials, voters, power company crews, emergency responders, and the National Guard made the 2012 General Election a success. “The effort put forth by those... FULL STORY

WV National Guard Continues to Provide Relief
November 6, 2012

As of this morning, approximately 600 W.Va. National Guard service members are still on state active duty for storm relief efforts. Across the state, 13 Liaison Teams are assisting county Emergency Operation Centers. In addition, 40 Community Assessment Teams are out in the communities aiding citize... FULL STORY

Community Forum on Childhood Obesity
November 5, 2012

More children are overweight today than ever before and the numbers are rising. Overweight children and teens experience more health problems which can worsen as they grow into adulthood. Yet parents, teachers, health care providers and policymakers struggle with what to do to address this serious ... FULL STORY

The 17 Tips Project
November 5, 2012

The Sleeth Gallery at West Virginia Wesleyan College is proud to present an exhibition of local, national and international works, curated by Ellen Mueller, assistant professor of art, November 6 – November 15. Mueller began 17 Tips as an open-source project in response to Brooklyn-based artist W... FULL STORY

Who Is Permitted Inside The Polling Place?
November 5, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said Friday that reports of “UN Election Observers” being allowed inside polling places on Election Day are untrue, and that election officials around the state know the law when it comes to who is permitted inside the polling p... FULL STORY

Precincts In Storm Affected Counties Moved
November 5, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said that as of Saturday evening, five precincts in four counties will have to be moved on Election Day because of problems caused by Hurricane Sandy. County clerks are still checking the status of all of their precincts and... FULL STORY

Manchin, Tomblin Meet with Napolitano
By Kyrana Jones
November 5, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet today with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and National Guard officials for a briefing on storm damage in West Virginia. “I truly thank my friend Janet Napolitano for everything she and this... FULL STORY

Police Cite Motorists in School Bus Safety Sweep
November 5, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifty-five percent of bus routes targeted by a week-long effort to stop motorists who illegally pass school buses ended with multiple violators receiving tickets and fines. During National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 22-26, West Virginia State Police troopers boarded school b... FULL STORY

Media Release from Upshur OEM
November 3, 2012

-Sat Nov 3, 12:30 PM. There is a Boil Water Advisory for Mt. Hope Water Association served by Pump Station #3 at Preacher Tenney Road to Queens, Tenmile, Weber City Road, Democrat Ridge and surrounding areas. Not the entire system only those mentioned. FULL STORY

Upshur EOC Media Release
November 3, 2012

- Sat Nov 3, 12:45 PM. The EOC is making a list of people in need who need chain saw services to make their house and driveway accessible. This list will be turned over to a Volunteer Long Term Recovery Group. We can not promise arrival times or guarantee service, however, we will pass on the inf... FULL STORY

Media Release from Upshur OEM
November 3, 2012

- Sat Nov 3, 11:15 AM. Free hot lunch and dinner meals will be served today at Wayside Baptist Church, First Presbyterian, and Chapel Hill in Buckhannon. These meals are for anyone in the effected region, not just Upshur. Bottled water is being distributed at the Buckhannon Fire Station. ... FULL STORY

Storm Updates
November 2, 2012

Unplugging appliances will help avoid a power surge Nearly half of all power has been restored in the state and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is offering tips on how to reduce the risk of a voltage surge or a voltage spike as power is restored. A surge can destroy or... FULL STORY

Dr. Debbie Bush Receives 2012 Teaching Award
November 2, 2012

Dr. Debbie Bush, director of the school of education and assistant professor of education, was recently honored with the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church’s Exemplary Teaching Award at the College’s Founders Day ceremony on October 19. Presented annually, the award ... FULL STORY

Tennant Warns Citizens Of Fraudulent Charities
November 2, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant warned West Virginia citizens today of fraudulent charities who may try to solicit donations following Hurricane Sandy. While there have been no reports of charity scams in West Virginia following the storm, Secretary Tennant said citizens ne... FULL STORY

W.Va. Retirement Plus Sets All-Time Highs
November 2, 2012

CHARLESTON – As a banner year draws to a close, West Virginia Retirement Plus officials look for more success in 2013. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished with the state’s 457 plan,” said State Treasurer John Perdue, whose office assumed control of the plan in July 2006. “The results are ... FULL STORY

Financial Advisors Make 2012 SMART529 Honor Roll
November 2, 2012

CHARLESTON – Fifty two West Virginia investment professionals have been named to the tenth annual SMART529 Honor Roll for their roles in encouraging families to save for college, State Treasurer John Perdue said. “West Virginia’s financial advisors play a valuable role to many families trying to ... FULL STORY

State Parks Continue to Dig Out Following Storm
November 2, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Tropical Storm Sandy continues to create problems at three of West Virginia’s favorite state parks. Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County are dealing with power outages like most of the county. Power is out at both parks and park officials hope by... FULL STORY

Tree Stand Safety Urged
November 2, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – During the past few years in West Virginia, falls from elevated platforms, also called tree stands, have increased, according to Lt. Tim Coleman of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section. Coleman encourages all hunters to be aware of the inh... FULL STORY

Manchin, Tomblin Continue To Assess Storm Damage
November 1, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will join Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for a second day of travel to assess damage from this week’s storm. “We’re touring some of the hardest-hit areas of our state today to let people know that help is on the way. We’re hoping to see the area... FULL STORY

Expiration Dates Extended for Motor Vehicles
November 1, 2012

DMV Commissioner Joe Miller announced today that due to the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, he has authorized an extension of the expiration of West Virginia passenger vehicle registrations and expiring driver’s licenses/identification cards. The extension is effective today, November 1, 20... FULL STORY

Health Officials Urge Caution Using Vehicles
November 1, 2012

Crews continue to work across West Virginia restoring electricity to homes that have been without power since Tuesday and health officials are reminding residents to use extreme caution when using vehicles as warming stations due to carbon monoxide. Even vehicles with catalytic converters can produc... FULL STORY

McGraw Warns Consumers of Hurricane Effects
November 1, 2012

CHARLESTON - Hurricane Sandy and the related storm effects have caused major damage to homes and to infrastructure. Citizens can be left without power for extended periods of time. Governor Tomblin has declared a State of Emergency in West Virginia. With the emergency declaration, additional governm... FULL STORY

Barbour County House Candidate Killed In Hurricane
November 1, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said her thoughts and prayers are with the family of Barbour County House of Delegates candidate John Rose, who was killed Tuesday during the snowstorm resulting from Hurricane Sandy. This unfortunate accident opens a specia... FULL STORY

Manchin, Rahall Joining Tomblin on Storm Tour
October 31, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall are joining Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on a tour of storm-struck areas in Braxton, Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. At National Guard armories and local emergency management offices, Senator Manchin and Congressman Rahall w... FULL STORY

Governor to Request Major Disaster Declaration
October 31, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall today visited communities to assess storm damage and meet with local emergency management directors. The officials also spoke with individuals affected by this devastating storm and saw some of the damage fir... FULL STORY

STATE OFFICES WILL BE OPEN
October 31, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -With the exception of state offices that have been closed due to power outages due to inclement weather all state offices will be open and fully operational today, Wednesday, October 31. State employees are to report to work at their normal business hours unless notified by their... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN PROVIDES A STORM UPDATE
October 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by West Virginia National Guard Major General James A. Hoyer, today provided an update on the state's storm response. "We are making great progress in clearing our roadways, but we continue to be faced with new challenges as the storm continues to... FULL STORY

King Coal Project Delayed
October 30, 2012

CONSOL mining project employs 145 workers, would spur critical infrastructure development and should be used as a public-private partnership model Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Rep. Nick Rahall and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (all D-W.Va.) are outraged with the ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ASKS STATE EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME
October 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Due to inclement weather affecting the entire state, only essential state employees are to report to work today, October 30. Non-essential employees are encouraged to stay off the roadways as our road crews continue their work. Please contact your supervisor if you have an... FULL STORY

EMERGENCY DECLARATION GRANTED TO STATE OF WVa
October 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced his request for a presidential emergency declaration for the State of West Virginia has been granted. Much of the state is currently experiencing severe weather including high winds, flooding and blizzard-like conditions with power and water o... FULL STORY

Early Voting Suspended In Several WVa Counties
October 30, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant has announced Early Voting in several West Virginia counties has been suspended for Tuesday, October 30 due to dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy. These counties have suspended Early Voting for Tuesday, October 30 ONLY: Braxton... FULL STORY

Manchin Assures West Virginians
October 30, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the storm and recovery efforts. “As we continue to weather this storm and recover from its effects, I know the people of West Virginia will watch out for their neighbors in the aftermath. I continue to urg... FULL STORY

West Virginia Homeowners Helped
October 29, 2012

CHARLESTON - For Putnam county homeowner Regina Laury, there is no doubt that Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s mortgage assistance outreach program is working. Laury, who filed a complaint with General McGraw against Citi and successfully obtained a loan modification, is very clear, “The Attorney G... FULL STORY

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Prepare for Storm
October 29, 2012

Washington, D.C. – With Hurricane Sandy threatening serious damage in the coming days, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is encouraging West Virginians who could be affected to prepare for the storm. As with previous storms, Senator Manchin will provide updated information about who to contact for ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Earns an A- in National Technology Report
October 29, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is among only six states to earn top honors in the 2012 Digital States Survey of technology practices of state governments. The report gave an A to Michigan and Utah, while California, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia received an A-. Tw... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
October 29, 2012

Gov. Tomblin declares a statewide state of emergency in preparation for severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a statewide state of emergency, effective noon today, and has activated 150 National Guard troops. "Our troops will assist lo... FULL STORY

McGraw Settles With Payday Financial
October 26, 2012

McGraw’s office first to settle with Webb, a Native American, who claimed his company was exempt from suit under tribal immunity CHARLESTON - Attorney General McGraw announced today the successful conclusion of a prolonged court battle with South Dakota-based Internet payday lender, Payday Fina... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Political Science Students Predict Winner
October 26, 2012

Buckhannon, WV—-West Virginia Wesleyan College students are predicting that Barack Obama will be re-elected as President of the United States on November 6. Students in Professor of History and Political Science, Dr. Robert Rupp’s Parties and Elections class made their predictions yesterday as part... FULL STORY

Chamber Hosts First Annual Health Care Summit
October 26, 2012

Experts to Discuss how Private Sector is Transforming Nation’s Health Care System through Innovation, Improved Transparency, Technological Advancements WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will bring together top experts from across the health care industry today at its first annual Heal... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ENCOURAGES WEST VIRGINIANS
October 26, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians to prepare for potential severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy. The National Weather Service is forecasting that Hurricane Sandy will continue to move up the East Coast and inland over the next week. Alth... FULL STORY

Fall Visit Days
October 25, 2012

Find out what opportunities await at West Virginia Wesleyan College during Fall Visit Days scheduled for Oct. 27, Nov, 10 and Dec. 1. The days are a perfect time for high school juniors and seniors to explore the beautiful campus and hear from students, faculty and staff about why Wesleyan is the pe... FULL STORY

2012 Area Business Campaign
October 25, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan College officials have announced the launch of the Area Business Campaign to benefit scholarship support for Wesleyan’s Upshur County students. The chairs of the 2012 effort are Terry Cronin of ComfortTech, Kathleen Loughney of The 88 Restaurant, and Chad McIntyre of Wal-Mart.... FULL STORY

Early Voting Begins Wednesday Across West Virginia
October 23, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – Early Voting for the 2012 General Election begins Wednesday at county courthouses and courthouse annexes across West Virginia and will continue until 5:00 PM on November 3. The Early Voting period includes two Saturdays, October 27 and November 3. There will be no Early Votin... FULL STORY

16 ADDITIONAL COUNTIES TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE
October 23, 2012

Deadline to apply is Nov. 19, 2012 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced 16 additional counties will receive Individual Assistance as part of the federal disaster declaration granted in July. Last week, Gov. Tomblin requested FEMA amend the previously issued federal declaratio... FULL STORY

Identity Theft Resource Center, A New Initiative
October 22, 2012

CHARLESTON – Today, Attorney General McGraw announced the launch of a new tool for combating consumer fraud, the Identity Theft Resource Center. Housed at McGraw’s Consumer Protection Division, this new initiative helps crime victims fight back against identity thieves and provides tips for avoiding... FULL STORY

Dr. Hesketh to Speak at Honors Athenaeum
October 22, 2012

The Honors Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College is proud to announce the Fall 2012 Honors Athenaeum: a lecture by Dr. Gavin Hesketh of The Royal Academy of Science in London titled “The Higgs Boson: solving a subatomic mystery”. On July 4th of this year, The European Center for Nuclear Rese... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Launch New Leadership Program
October 19, 2012

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justices Robin Davis ’78 and Margaret Workman will help West Virginia Wesleyan College launch its new Center for Women’s Leadership on October 23. The ceremony will be held in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 12:45 p.m. The purpose ... FULL STORY

National School Bus Safety Week
October 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of motorists illegally pass stopped school buses every school day in West Virginia, putting the lives of schoolchildren at risk of injury or death about 90,000 times each year. To address the problem and in recognition of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 22-26, t... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN HONORS FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS
October 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed October 21, 2012 as Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day in the Mountain State. In honor of the dedication and commitment of West Virginia's brave firefighters, Gov. Tomblin has lowered all State flags on the State Capitol grounds to half-staff on Oct... FULL STORY

"THE SUMMIT" PRODUCES AN ECONOMIC IMPACT
October 18, 2012

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the construction of the Boy Scouts of America's Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve has produced an economic impact of more than $50 million in wages and materials alone. The announcement was made during the Boy Scouts of A... FULL STORY

In Support of Disaster Assistance
October 18, 2012

BECKLEY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Congressional Delegation today released the following statements in response to Governor Tomblin’s request that 20 additional counties be added to the Federal Disaster Declaration that was issued following the June 29 derecho storm and extended power outage: “... FULL STORY

2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars
October 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “The 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available for everyone to enjoy,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The cover of this award-winning wall calendar features an outsta... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ORDERS U.S. FLAG LOWERED
October 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In accordance with a presidential proclamation issued today, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all U.S. flags at all state facilities be displayed at half-staff on October 16, 2012, the day of interment for former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, 82. "The late Sen. Specter leaves be... FULL STORY

In honor of Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley
October 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all state flags displayed at all state facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the day of funeral services for Raleigh County native Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley, 9... FULL STORY

RIBBON CUTTING FOR GESTAMP WEST VIRGINIA
October 16, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined company executives and other dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newest milestone for Gestamp West Virginia. The automotive stamping plant in South Charleston is now officially in operation. Gestamp announced its intention ... FULL STORY

Supreme Court of Appeals to Hear Cases at Wesleyan
October 16, 2012

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will hear four cases at West Virginia Wesleyan College on October 23. The hearings will begin at 10 a.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Limited seating is available for the general public. The five Su... FULL STORY

Bil Lepp to Perform at Homecoming 2012
October 16, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming activities will include the appearance of Bil Lepp, a professional humorist and public speaker for over two decades, on Friday, October 19 at 9 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is $5. Bil Lepp... FULL STORY

Feola to Share Antarctica Experiences
October 16, 2012

Raytheon executive Sam Feola, a graduate of both West Virginia Wesleyan College and Buckhannon-Upshur High School, will share his experiences in Antarctica at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Room 216 in the Christopher Hall of Science at Wesleyan on October 19. The lectures are open to the general public. ... FULL STORY

Chamber Report Examines Mutual Funds
October 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) released a white paper titled, “Money Market Funds Since the 2010 Regulatory Reforms: More Transparency, Increased Liquidity, and Lower Credit Risk” at an event in Washington today. The paper analyzes ... FULL STORY

National School Lunch Week
October 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Schools across West Virginia are celebrating National School Lunch Week this week with the theme, “School Lunch – What’s Cooking?” Across the United States more than 500 billion school lunches are served each year through the National School Lunch Program. In West Virginia, w... FULL STORY

Alert Services for Inclement Weather
October 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Information about school delays and closings is at your fingertips. The West Virginia Department of Education is reminding parents and students to sign up for online and mobile notification services as we slide into the winter months. The WVDE posts the most up-to-date infor... FULL STORY

Health Guidance Offered to Schools and Parents
October 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Schools and parents throughout West Virginia can take steps now to help stop the spread of a vaccine preventable disease called pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a very contagious disease caused by bacteria. It can last for 10 weeks or more and is life-thre... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN REQUESTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
October 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today requested FEMA provide Individual Assistance to residents in 20 additional counties to help West Virginians recover from the June 29th storm. Previously, Gov. Tomblin won an appeal to provide Individual Assistance in four counties and since, has been wo... FULL STORY

WVWC Virtual Campus Tour
October 15, 2012

Choosing a college can be a hard decision, especially when your college of interest is a day’s drive away. It is difficult to miss school, work, social events, and life in general to drive eight hours for an hour tour of a college. That is why when senior Justin Frye had the idea to create a virtu... FULL STORY

New Immunization Requirements
October 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – School systems throughout West Virginia are reporting tremendous success regarding compliance with new immunization requirements for seventh and 12th graders. Data collected by the West Virginia Department of Education show a 99.85 percent compliance rate with a new state immu... FULL STORY

McGraw Warns Against Mortgage Settlement Scams
October 12, 2012

Charleston – Attorney General Darrell McGraw warns West Virginia borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure to avoid scammers offering help with the National Mortgage Settlement. McGraw reminds all consumers never to pay anyone to file a claim in a case brought by his office. Help from the Consum... FULL STORY

2012 WVWC Alumni Award Winners Announced
October 12, 2012

On Friday, October 19, during the annual Founders Day Convocation and traditional start to West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming Weekend, the College will celebrate the achievements and service of alumni and friends with the presentation of the 2012 Alumni Awards. Six individuals will receive awards ... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Hall of Fame' Newest Class
October 12, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan College will induct its newest class into its Athletic Hall of Fame, October 20. The inductees include legendary high school women’s basketball coach Stanley Blankenship, softball standout Adriene Mertz Stoner, All-American Soccer star Michael Thompson, women’s basketball gre... FULL STORY

Fisher to Speak at Homecoming Chapel Service
October 12, 2012

An annual tradition of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Homecoming is to host a special chapel service on the last day of the celebratory weekend. This year, the Rev. Judith Simpson Fisher will be the featured guest speaker. Fisher majored in Education while at Wesleyan and graduated in 1972. She then ... FULL STORY

Buckhannon Nominated to 2013 Coolest Small Towns
October 12, 2012

For the seventh year running, Budget Travel magazine is looking uncover the top ten standout communities across the country. Does your hometown or favorite getaway have what it takes to make the cut? Think Buckhannon, WVdoes? Then vote for them in this exciting contest that caused Nominations ar... FULL STORY

Senator Continues Fight Against Drugs
October 12, 2012

Senator asks West Virginians to share their stories with him by calling or writing his office, so he can share them with drug regulators Charleston, W.Va. – When lobbyists killed Senator Manchin’s measure to make it harder to abuse drugs containing hydrocodone in May, he vowed to West Virginians ... FULL STORY

Manchin Applauds ITC Decision
October 12, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – After U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged the International Trade Commission to continue to enforce an anti-dumping order against China and other countries, the organization announced today that it would keep these important policies in place. In a Sept. 5 letter, Senat... FULL STORY

Campaign to End Bullying Kicked Off at LCHS
October 12, 2012

WESTON, W.Va.—Hundreds of students in Lewis County rallied alongside the West Virginia Department of Education to launch the bullying prevention campaign called It Does Matter. West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple on Thursday unveiled the It Does Matter website (www.itdoesmatterw... FULL STORY

Registration Deadline For New Voters Is October 16
October 10, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – The deadline for new voters to register to cast a ballot in the November 6 General Election is now just one week away. Voter registration applications must be received by the county clerk or Secretary of State’s Office or postmarked by October 16. Secretary of State Natal... FULL STORY

Education and the Military Committee to Meet
October 10, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education's Common Ground: Education and the Military Committee will meet to conduct routine business on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., in Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia. MONDAY, OCTOBE... FULL STORY

WV Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook Available
October 10, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2012 “Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” is available on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ website and at DNR offices across the state, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of Game Management Services for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. Since 1970, the W... FULL STORY

Wild Turkey Season Opens October 13Th
October 9, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The fall wild turkey hunting season in West Virginia opens October 13 in selected counties. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) predicts the wild turkey harvest this fall will be similar to the 2011 fall hunting season, when hunters took 1,186 turkeys in 3... FULL STORY

Small Game Hunting and Trapping Opportunities
October 9, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Small game hunting in West Virginia has already begun with the opening of squirrel season on September 8, 2012. “Squirrel season is very popular with many West Virginia sportsmen. It is a time when hunters can participate in one of their favorite sports and also enjoy the ... FULL STORY

Joe Manchin - Message From The Hill
October 8, 2012

West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in our country. Whenever America has needed them, West Virginians have answered this country’s call, generation after generation. Even when it looks the darkest, these patriots step forward and say, “I’ll do it – I’ll protect this country.” That’s... FULL STORY

Cleaner, Greener Gas to Fuel W.Va. School Buses
October 8, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— School administrators have a new option fueling their students’ journey to the classroom. It’s called liquefied petroleum gas, better known as propane. The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved a waiver of Policy 4334: Minimum Requirements for Design and Equipme... FULL STORY

Innovation in Schools Rewarded
October 8, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Innovative ideas and approaches to learning have earned county education systems and schools some extra cash. On Thursday, the West Virginia Board of Education approved the list of Dropout Prevention Innovation Zones awards for the 2012-2013 school year. The recipients will share... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ORDERS STATE AND U.S. FLAGS TO BE LOWERED
October 6, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In concurrence with a presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all state and U.S. flags be displayed at half-staff for the entire day of Sunday, October 7, 2012, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. "I enco... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN CERTIFIES CACAPON PARK IMPROVEMENT PLANS
October 4, 2012

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today certified the Cacapon Resort State Park's $24 million expansion project during a visit to the Morgan County Courthouse. State law requires the governor's certification before the West Virginia Economic Development Authority can sell bonds to suppo... FULL STORY

"Know Before You Owe"
October 4, 2012

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has launched a new website called "Know Before You Owe," to arm students and parents with information before they apply for college and take on student loans. Found at www.projectstudentaid.com, the site is designed as a roadmap through t... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Welcomes Fifteen New Faculty Members
October 4, 2012

This fall, West Virginia Wesleyan welcomes 15 new members to the College’s full-time faculty. Charles (Bruce) Anthony, Visiting Instructor of Chemistry. B.S., Ball State University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Dr. Anthony comes to Wesleyan from the Indiana University School of Medicine ... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Celebrate Homecoming 2012
October 4, 2012

Once again, West Virginia Wesleyan is preparing to welcome alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends back to their home among the hills for the annual Homecoming celebration. From October 18-21, Wesleyan will host Homecoming 2012 with a weekend full of entertainment and activities for all... FULL STORY

Collaboration to Help Soldiers Earn CDL
October 4, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia National Guard, the state Department of Education and Department of Transportation are collaborating to address a growing truck driver shortage in West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Education’s National Guard Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Pilo... FULL STORY

CTE Offers Advanced Courses to Meet Demand
October 4, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is joining Ohio and Pennsylvania to develop advanced energy, power and engineered systems courses for career technical students. The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Innovation is spearheading the project to meet workforce de... FULL STORY

"VETERAN" DESIGNATION ON DRIVER'S LICENSES
October 3, 2012

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia veterans can now receive the "Veteran" designation on their driver's license in honor of their military service. "We are truly grateful for the service our men and women in uniform have provided to our state and nation," Gov.... FULL STORY

Fall Visit Days Announced
October 3, 2012

Find out what opportunities await at West Virginia Wesleyan College during Fall Visit Days scheduled for Oct. 27, Nov, 10 and Dec. 1. The days are a perfect time for high school juniors and seniors to explore the beautiful campus and hear from students, faculty and staff about why Wesleyan is the pe... FULL STORY

Clarksburg Uptown and A-B Partner on Project
October 3, 2012

The revival of historic downtown districts in cities across America is increasingly tied to their ability to shift from being retail centers to being cultural centers where public art is playing an increasingly vital role in revitalization efforts. Recognizing this, Clarksburg Uptown, a non-profit c... FULL STORY

"COLLEGE COLORS DAY"
October 2, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today asked West Virginians to wear the colors or apparel of their favorite college or university on Friday, October 5, 2012 in celebration of West Virginia's "College Colors Day." College Colors Day is the finale to the statewide "College Application and Exp... FULL STORY

McGraw Shuts Down Fraudulent Website
October 1, 2012

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that his office successfully shut down a website run by fraudsters offering "advance fee" loans. Consumers reported that a group calling itself Norwood Lending Agency held itself out as a financial institution and offered... FULL STORY

Manchin Welcomes Veterans to Charleston
October 1, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly welcomed 11 World War II veterans who served on the USS West Virginia for their annual reunion. They plan to gather in West Virginia this year to share stories of their time in the armed services, visit the Culture Center to view ar... FULL STORY

REGISTER DAMAGE FROM THE DERECHO WITH FEMA
September 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today urged all West Virginians who suffered damage during the June 29, 2012 storms to register with FEMA for assistance. "I know many families throughout West Virginia experienced storm damage-including those beyond Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh... FULL STORY

Thank You For Serving
September 29, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin thanked all West Virginians who organized and participated in service projects as part of today's Governor's Day to Serve. Over 420 projects, focused on community improvement, took place in all 55 counties. "By volunte... FULL STORY

West Virginians Can Dispose Prescription Drugs Sat
September 28, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged all West Virginians to collect their unused, unwanted prescription drugs and dispose of them tomorrow, Sept. 29th, at participating National Drug Take Back Day locations. "We must all work together-pharmacists, doctors, mothers and fathers... FULL STORY

State to Use Shay Steam Locomotives in Restoration
September 28, 2012

CASS, W.Va. – The same steam locomotive used more than 100 years ago to haul timber from West Virginia hillsides will be used to haul materials to improve fish habitat, according to Frank Jezioro, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director. On Monday, October 1 at 9 a.m., the Shay #5 e... FULL STORY

Fifth National Drug Take Back Day
September 28, 2012

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will set up locations around the state to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs Washington, D.C. — With a prescription drug epidemic raging in the country, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians to participate on Satu... FULL STORY

Manchin Raising Awareness for Veteran Services
September 28, 2012

Washington, D.C. – With military suicide rates at record highs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today added his voice to major suicide prevention efforts from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Today, the Army held a global, service-wide “stand-down” to combat the alarmingly hig... FULL STORY

Federal Award Granted for Bluestone Dam Project
September 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced a nearly $55 million Federal contract for a local West Virginia business to continue stabilization and safety improvements at Bluestone Dam in Hinton. "By any... FULL STORY

Borrowers To Receive Mailing
September 27, 2012

CHARLESTON - Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that claim forms are going out to approximately 5,222 West Virginia borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2011, and who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion national mortgage f... FULL STORY

Grant to Fund Mine Safety Research
By Kyrana Jones
September 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $96,306 in federal funding for Marshall University to develop a computer program to aid ventilation planning and simulate mine ventilation systems. This grant is part of the Brookwood-... FULL STORY

American Scholar Competition Begins
September 26, 2012

For the seventh year in a row, Magic 106.5 and West Virginia Wesleyan will award scholarships that will forever change the lives of families in North Central West Virginia. The American Scholar Program provides a full, four-year scholarship to Wesleyan that includes tuition, room, and board. The... FULL STORY

Congress Expected to Adjourn Until November
September 26, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) underscored his frustration with Congress leaving Washington without finishing the people’s business on Friday night. The Senate is expected to vote late today or early Saturday on a short-term spending measure that will be the 13th temporary ext... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR'S DAY TO SERVE ON SATURDAY
September 26, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged all West Virginians to participate in the Governor's Day to Serve, this Saturday, September 29th. Since the Governor announced the Day to Serve earlier this year, the response has been overwhelming. Over 400 service projects have been set ... FULL STORY

Lincoln County Man Sentenced To Federal Prison
September 25, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant today praised state and federal investigators who have worked together for more than two years to protect the integrity of elections in Lincoln County, as another man was sentenced to federal prison in connection to the absentee voting scheme... FULL STORY

Service Opportunities for Governor's Day to Serve
September 25, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks will offer opportunities for residents and visitors who want to take part in the “Governor’s Day to Serve” Saturday, September 29, as proclaimed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. “This is a chance for people to lend a hand with state parks projects and to ... FULL STORY

McGraw Endorses The DEA Take Back Initiative
September 24, 2012

CHARLESTON - On Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Protective Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and ... FULL STORY

September 21, 2012 proclaimed POW/MIA Day in W.Va.
September 22, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin honored Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action and their families during a ceremony at the State Capitol today. In observance of National POW/MIA week, Gov. Tomblin proclaimed September 21, 2012 as POW/MIA Day in West Virginia. "Today, we reaffirm ou... FULL STORY

Author to Speak at Gender Studies Symposium
September 21, 2012

The third annual Gender Studies Symposium at West Virginia Wesleyan will be at 6:30 p.m. October 4 in Loar Auditorium. This year’s symposium will focus on issues of reproductive justice from both national and local perspectives. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Jeanne Flavin, author... FULL STORY

Manchin's Message From the Hill to the Mountains
September 21, 2012

From time to time, it’s refreshing to turn down all the political noise and think about what brings us together. This week, I had the good fortune to have one of those opportunities, when I celebrated “Constitution Day” with a visit to Shepherd University and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislativ... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN CONTINUES TO FIGHT THE EPA
September 20, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this afternoon announced the State of West Virginia filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit supporting Mingo Logan Coal Co. in its ongoing legal battle against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The battle concerns the E... FULL STORY

UNION WORKERS VOTE TO RATIFY CONTRACT
September 20, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this evening issued the following statement following the vote by union workers to ratify Constellium's contract offer. "I am extremely pleased the members voted to ratify the contract this evening. I want to thank both the company and the union for their... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN APPOINTS MEMBERS TO BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION
September 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of three additional members to the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways: Don Rigby, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Wheeling Charles Clements, WV Route 2 & Interstate 68 Authority, New Martinsville M... FULL STORY

Kanawha State Forest Anniversary Weekend Events
September 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kanawha State Forest in Charleston turns 75 years old on Friday, September 21, 2012, and the public is invited to help celebrate with several special outdoors activities over the weekend. All activities begin at the forest office. Friday, September 21 9 a.m. - Trees and Mig... FULL STORY

Page-Vawter House, Contentment Museum
September 19, 2012

ANSTED, W.Va. – The Page-Vawter House is a Victorian-era mansion located in Ansted, near Hawks Nest State Park, and will be part of the public historic tour scheduled for September 25 and 26. “It’s that huge house that sets back off the road as you drive through town (Ansted) and folks ask, WHAT is ... FULL STORY

Patriot Day Volunteers Relocate Seedlings
September 19, 2012

DAVIS, W.Va. – "National Day of Service and Remembrance” was established by Congress and is a day that encourages people to do to a simple act of kindness or some public service to honor those lost to the 9/11/2001 attack. It is also known as Patriot Day and is observed on September 11 each year. ... FULL STORY

"Don't let your last words be a text."
September 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today urged West Virginia drivers to use hands-free devices while driving and commended the West Virginia Division of Highways for raising awareness of our state's new law which makes it a crime to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving. As ... FULL STORY

Hospitality Scam
September 18, 2012

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning travelers to be on guard due to a scam making an increased appearance in the hospitality industry. Travelers are experiencing convincing calls from scammers attempting to obtain credit card information. This scam is targeting ... FULL STORY

CONSTELLIUM UPDATE
September 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing contract negotiations between Constellium Rolled Products and United Steelworkers Local 5668. "I am committed to continuing to work with both parties to bring this work stoppage to a conclusion.... FULL STORY

Celebrating the Creative
September 14, 2012

The Third Annual Main Street Arts Festival – ‘ Celebrating the Creative’ sponsored by the Main Street Arts Co-Operative with support from the WV Division of Culture and History will be held Saturday, September 22 from 11 AM – 6 PM in Historic Downtown Buckhannon. Visitors have the opportunity to ex... FULL STORY

A Mark of Respect for Former Astronaut Armstrong
September 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In accordance with a presidential proclamation and because U.S. and State flags are currently at half-staff in honor of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other American personnel killed in Libya this week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all U.S. and State flags display... FULL STORY

Governor Releases September Edge Business Report
September 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The September 2012 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new ... FULL STORY

STATE FLAGS LOWERED
September 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In keeping with the presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State Flags lowered to half-staff immediately at all state facilities as a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, U. S. Ambassador to Libya, and other American personnel... FULL STORY

Governor Proclaims Suicide Prevention Week
September 11, 2012

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Gov. Tomblin today spoke to students and teachers at Hedgesville High School about suicide prevention and bullying. The governor proclaimed this week as Suicide Prevention Week in West Virginia and urged all West Virginians to learn more about suicide warning signs. "The sch... FULL STORY

Gov. and First Lady Tomblin Join 9/11 Remberance
September 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today honored those lost as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by leading a statewide moment of silence, placing a wreath at the West Virginia Fallen Firefighters' Memorial, and participating in a remembrance ceremony... FULL STORY

IOGA Offering Leadership Academy
September 11, 2012

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) announced the founding of the Tom Dunn Energy and Leadership Academy to honor the memory of one of its pioneer members and industry leaders, long-time Buckhannon resident and local businessman Thomas B. Dunn, a 1964 graduate of West Vir... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR REQUESTS A MOMENT OF SILENCE
September 10, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today asked all West Virginians to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 11, 2012, to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. "Sept. 11,... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION MEMBERS
September 10, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the members of the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways. "I've called together some of the brightest minds in transportation, construction, labor and business to address the needs of our aging highway system," Gov. Tomblin said... FULL STORY

OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY 2012
September 7, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Veterans Day National Committee recently designated Charleston, W.Va. as a regional site for the observance of Veterans Day 2012. The Capital City is among 62 designated sites nationwide that serve as model community events to honor and ce... FULL STORY

McGraw Warns of Telephone Scam
September 6, 2012

CHARLESTON—West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning consumers of a telephone scam which preys on consumers who misdial common toll-free numbers. The Consumer Protection Division received reports that consumers attempted to call Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester,... FULL STORY

'Medicare' Related Phone Scam Alert
September 6, 2012

Several West Virginia consumers, especially those who north of the Buckhannon area, have received phone calls over the past few days from scam artists attempting to obtain bank account information. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division urges people to use caution when dealing with ... FULL STORY

Attorney General Darrell McGraw Secures Settlement
September 6, 2012

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has reached an antitrust settlement with three of the largest book publishers in the United States. Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have agreed to pay a total of more than $69 million to consumers across the country to resolve a... FULL STORY

The day of services in honor of Trooper Workman
September 5, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In keeping with the gubernatorial proclamation issued August 29, 2012, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today confirmed all U.S. and State flags at State facilities will remain at half-staff until sunset today, September 5, 2012, the day of memorial services in honor of Trooper Eric Michael... FULL STORY

30th Annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree
September 5, 2012

MULLENS, W.Va. – Southern West Virginia’s deciduous forests provide the colorful backdrop for the 30th Annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree at Twin Falls Resort State Park near Mullens October 12–14, 2012. A family-oriented event, the Jamboree features a woodsman’s competition, bluegrass mus... FULL STORY

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
September 5, 2012

ROANOKE, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), together with the West Virginia Wildlife Federation, will be hosting West Virginia’s Annual Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NH&FD) on Sept. 22 and 23. The event will again be held at Stonewall Resort State Park ... FULL STORY

LABOR DAY: A CELEBRATION OF OUR WORK FORCE
September 3, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Since becoming your governor, I've had the wonderful opportunity to meet many of the men and women who make up our state's workforce. In my experience, these folks are educated, talented and committed to making the Mountain State a better place to live, work and... FULL STORY

Six Hundred Forty Nine Earthquakes and Counting!
By Don Smith
September 1, 2012

The link that The Upshur Connection has to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) lists all of the earthquakes worldwide within the past seven days that are equal to or higher than a 2.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale. I happened to notice that for several weeks the number of earthquakes that oc... FULL STORY

COMMEMORATION OF NEIL ARMSTRONG
August 31, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In accordance with a presidential proclamation and because U.S. and State flags are currently at half-staff in honor of a fallen West Virginia State Police Trooper, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and State flags displayed at State facilities be raised to full staff at sun... FULL STORY

A Day in the Life of West Virginia
August 31, 2012

Wonderful West Virginia magazine invites you to photograph our state Sept. 15 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – You and your digital camera can help celebrate West Virginia’s 150th anniversary by taking and contributing photographs of the state for possible publication in a special issue of Wonderful We... FULL STORY

Camping Season Gets A Late Season Boost
August 31, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Campers at West Virginia State Parks and Forests can enjoy cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage, and substantial discounts during most of September. “This summer was so hot that many of our patrons didn’t want to stray far from home, so they are looking for fall trips... FULL STORY

Get into a West Virginia State Parks Cabin
August 31, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The idyllic cabin in the woods is as close as a state park or forest in West Virginia, and September is a great month to make an early fall getaway. Several state parks traditionally offer mid-week September discounts for cabin rentals to make your stay even better. Fro... FULL STORY

Visit A West Virginia State Park Or Forest
August 31, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks, forests and wildlife management areas provide many early fall opportunities for outdoor recreation, including camping, hiking, golf, fishing, and vacation getaways. West Virginia is an affordable vacation option close enough to major populations b... FULL STORY

West Virginia State Police Issue Statement
August 31, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It is with deep sorrow that the West Virginia State Police reports the death of Trooper Eric Michael Workman on August 31, 2012. Trooper Workman was critically wounded on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, when he and Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey were shot during a traffic stop alon... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN DELIVERS STATEWIDE MESSAGE
August 30, 2012

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - During the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 76th Annual Meeting and Business Summit, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin led a moment of silence for the fallen State Trooper who was fatally wounded last night in Clay County. The governor then spoke to the state's business leaders a... FULL STORY

NEWS OF JOBS COMING TO PARKERSBURG
August 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today applauded the news that the United States Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Public Debt will be adding 450 jobs to their operations in Parkersburg. "This is great news for the Parkersburg area and all of West Virginia. Our workforce in Parkers... FULL STORY

WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE RELEASE DETAILS
August 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Last night at approximately 7:30 p.m., two West Virginia State Troopers pulled over a car for reckless driving at the Wallback Park and Ride off of I-79 in Clay County. The suspect, Mr. Luke Baber of Oak Hill, W.Va. from was taken into custody and placed in the back of a State Pol... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ISSUES STATEMENT
August 29, 2012

CLAY COUNTY, W.Va.--Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement: "Early this evening several police officers were shot in the line of duty in Clay County. As we wait to hear from law enforcement and medical personnel on the conditions of these officers, Joanne and I hold them and their f... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN APPEALS FEMA'S DECISION
August 29, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appealed FEMA's August 8, 2012 decision denying his request for individual assistance to help West Virginians recover from the June 29th storm. According to additional assessments by FEMA and the state, damages were concentrated in Fayette, Kanawha, Nic... FULL STORY

Sam Thayer Featured speaker at Wildfoods Weekend
August 29, 2012

CAIRO, W.Va. – The September 7 deadline is approaching to register for the 45th Annual Nature Wonder Wildfoods Weekend, to be held at North Bend State Park Sept. 21-23. National wild foods foraging expert Sam Thayer will be the featured speaker. The event begins Friday evening and concludes Sunday. ... FULL STORY

FLAGS LOWERED IN HONOR OF FALLEN STATE TROOPER
August 29, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all U.S. and State flags displayed at State facilities be immediately lowered to half-staff until further notice in honor of a fallen West Virginia State Police Trooper. Last night's incident in Wallback also injured another State Police Troope... FULL STORY

2012 Outdoor Youth Challenge
August 29, 2012

ROANOKE, W.Va. – The Outdoor Youth Challenge continues to be one of the most popular attractions at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The event is scheduled for September 22 and 23 at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County. “Over the past several years, the ev... FULL STORY

Go Wild at Kanawha State Forest
August 29, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A wild weekend is planned at Kanawha State Forest, where Naturalist Sara Miller is leading interpretative activities August 31 and September 1. “When you visit a park or forest it is important to know about or learn what lives in the area,” said Miller. Kanawha State Forest is ... FULL STORY

TRG CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS CREATES 130 NEW JOBS
August 28, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced TRG Customer Solutions is creating 130 new jobs and filling 195 vacant positions in three centers throughout the state. Immediate openings include 100 in Beckley, 125 in Charleston and 100 in Elkins. TRG is a leading global business proces... FULL STORY

Upshur County School Nurses To Conduct Screenings
August 28, 2012

Upshur County School Nurses will be conducting sweep screenings for problems in vision for students in early childhood education who were not screened during pre-enrollment, all fifth graders, all students referred for assessment for potential handicaps, and all students entering a West Virginia sch... FULL STORY

Legacy of Mary Ingles Weekend Event
August 28, 2012

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Ostenaco (ca. 1703-1780), Cherokee leader, will be portrayed by Doug Wood of Nitro, W.Va., at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville and Huntington. The presentation is part of the History Alive! program is made possible by the West Virgi... FULL STORY

Fall Photography Workshop at Twin Falls State Park
August 28, 2012

MULLENS, W.Va. – Novice to advanced photographers can capture late summer / early autumn during the Fall Photography Workshop September 21-23 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. “Digital or film camera users will find this weekend event to be exactly what they are looking for,” said Bryan Danford, ... FULL STORY

A STATEWIDE PLAN TO FIGHT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
August 26, 2012

Substance abuse is a crisis both in West Virginia and across America. Recent information shows drug overdoses now kill more West Virginians than car accidents. Drugs are the leading cause of accidental deaths in our state, and we have the nation's highest rate of drug deaths. Even more alarming, 9 o... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN UNVEILS PLAN
August 24, 2012

BECKLEY, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin unveiled a statewide plan to fight the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia by dedicating $7.5 million for the establishment and expansion of regionally based substance abuse support services. The governor made the announcement at Turning Pointe for Famili... FULL STORY

New State Immunization Policy
August 22, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students entering seventh and 12th grade this fall will need to make a visit to the doctor or local health clinic before school begins to update their immunizations. State law and West Virginia Board of Education policy now requires seventh graders to receive a Tdap vaccine bo... FULL STORY

FEDERAL COURT RULING AGAINST THE EPA
August 22, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today applauded another federal court ruling against President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today's ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacates the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. This ruling is the fourth time a feder... FULL STORY

Kanawha State Forest Wildlife Watching Challenge
August 21, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If you’re an early-to-rise person, Kanawha State Forest is offering a wildlife-watching challenge. “The wildlife is not the challenge,” said Sara Miller, summer naturalist at the forest. “The activity is about challenging people to be quiet and patient enough to watch nature. Wil... FULL STORY

Heiner Hertling Art Seminar At North Bend
August 21, 2012

CAIRO, W.Va. –Heiner Hertling, a talented multi-media artist and sculptor, will be presenting four days of art instruction at North Bend State Park September 5-8, 2012. “His discipline and craftsmanship, plus his enthusiastic, lighthearted nature, make him a nationally known teacher and mentor. His... FULL STORY

CC Booker III perform at Stonewall And Tygart Lake
August 21, 2012

ROANOKE and GRAFTON, W.Va. – A new jazz band, CC Booker III, will perform August 24 at Stonewall Resort State Park and August 25 at Tygart Lake State Park. The band features Will Scruggs and a SoulJazz tribute to the music of three great artists: Ray Charles, King Curtis, and Booker T and the MGs. “... FULL STORY

Statewide Squirrel Season Opens September 8
August 13, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s statewide squirrel season opens on September 8, 2012, and runs through January 31, 2013, according to Curtis l. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). This is the second year in a row that th... FULL STORY

Wanted: West Virginia Big Fish
August 13, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If you have a trophy fish caught from West Virginia waters, it’s wanted for the trophy fish display at West Virginia’s National Hunting and Fishing Days, September 22-23, 2012, at Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. “There are some real monster fis... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN PREPARES FEMA APPEAL
August 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today requested joint teams of FEMA and West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials begin reassessing damage to homes and property damaged by the June 29th derecho. "I've requested this reassessment to gather additional ... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ISSUES A STATEMENT
August 10, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after FEMA denied his request for individual assistance to help West Virginians recover from the June 29th storm. "I strongly disagree with FEMA's decision to deny sorely needed federal assistance to the victims of the... FULL STORY

Governor Tomblin Orders Flags Lowered
August 6, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, in accordance with a presidential proclamation, ordered all U.S. and state flags displayed at state facilities be immediately lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 5, 2012. “The ... FULL STORY

Festival Fridays Event Continues to Draw Crowds
June 16, 2012

Festival Fridays in Buckhannon continues to expand at the developing Jawbone Park. Upshur County residents and visitors from all over the state can come to enjoy music, entertainment, demonstrations, food, West Virginia-grown, produced, and handmade products. Children's activities will range from fa... FULL STORY

Festival Fridays Slam Dunks Night #1
By Don Smith
June 10, 2012

On Friday night a group of visionary volunteers known as “Create Buckhannon”, launched the first of 19 consecutive Friday night festivals at the revamped Jawbone Park in downtown Buckhannon. This wonderful get-together played host to crowds of old friends and new. Some were selling homemade food ... FULL STORY

Upshur Arts Alliance Awards Grant to BCO
By Maria Bray
June 10, 2012

The Upshur Arts Alliance awarded one of six grants to the Buckhannon Chamber Orchestra to support their ongoing performances in Buckhannon. A recent concert at Wesley Chapel at WVWC featured soloists Matthew Harmon on Cello, Amanda Harman on the Bassoon and Zach Saunders on Violin performing works b... FULL STORY

UAA, Inc. Seeking Community Views
May 25, 2012

The Upshur Arts Alliance is gathering input from area residents about what arts and cultural activities they like in an effort to update its community arts needs assessment. Community members can complete an online or paper survey, which was developed by West Virginia Wesleyan business student in... FULL STORY

Community Arts Survey
May 17, 2012

Researchers for the Upshur Arts Alliance have developed a survey to determine the community’s needs and interests related to the arts. Kindly complete the survey using the link below and please forward the link to this survey to residents of Upshur County and encourage them to complete the survey... FULL STORY

Upshur Arts Alliance Scholarships
April 28, 2012

Each year the Upshur Arts Alliance awards scholarships to Upshur County High School seniors who are planning to attend a four-year college or university and pursuing a degree in visual, instrumental or performing arts. Intended studies can include art, music, drama and dance as well as other areas i... FULL STORY

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By Don Smith
March 24, 2012

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