West Virginia Week in Review - August 16, 2019



Gov. Justice: Wheeling University “not closing on my watch”




On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice visited Wheeling University to publicly offer his support for the continued operation of the university. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission – the body that votes whether to reauthorize institutions of higher learning across the state – has been in Wheeling this week, conducting an on-site evaluation of the university to determine its viability. Gov. Justice is urging officials to do everything in their power to ensure that Wheeling University remains in operation for the sake of its students and the community they serve. [Watch Video]




On Friday morning, the WV HEPC unanimously voted to reauthorize the University to confer degrees through the coming school year. [Social Post]



Gov. Justice attends festivities at 95th annual State Fair of West Virginia




Throughout this week, Gov. Justice visited the 95th annual State Fair of West Virginia to participate in a variety of events. On Thursday, Gov. Justice spoke at the 2019 Farming Heritage Award ceremony luncheon, honoring a family being recognized for four generations of farming in West Virginia. The Governor also presented the "Governor's Award" Thursday to the winner of the Three-Year-Old Open harness race and greeted countless West Virginians as they enjoyed their day at the fair. [Watch Video]




The Governor made another stop at the fair earlier in the week on Saturday, meeting dozens of young men and women who were recognized for their work with 4-H and FFA. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice sends video message welcoming home WVSP Trooper Tallman after injury




Also at the State Fair Thursday, Gov. Justice joined a group of West Virginia State Troopers to record a video message congratulating Trooper First Class Josh Tallman on his return home from the hospital. Tallman was shot in the line of duty earlier this month in Pocahontas County. The Governor praised Trooper Tallman and all members of the WVSP as heroes. [Watch Video]



Education, Commerce officials sign compact to help grow West Virginia’s aerospace industry




Last Friday, leaders with the state Department of Education and Department of Commerce joined other officials at Yeager Airport in Charleston to sign and announce an aerospace partnership to drive educational and economic advances in the state. The compact emphasizes West Virginia’s commitment to growing a world-class aerospace labor force and creating opportunities for career technical education students to gain the skills and expertise needed to work in the thriving industry. [Read More]



Gov. Justice announces airports across state to receive more than $777,000 in grant funding




Last Friday, Gov. Justice and leaders with the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission announced that a combined total of $777,291 in grant funding has been secured for use across the state’s 24 airports. Some of the funding will provide the local match needed for additional grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for major projects like rehabilitating runways at Yeager Airport and Greater Cumberland Airport, as well as a project to rebuild a taxiway at Raleigh Memorial Airport, among other projects. [Read More]



Commerce Secretary continues business listening tour in Wyoming and Raleigh counties




On Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch completed his latest set of visits to local businesses throughout West Virginia as part of an ongoing statewide listening tour. Secretary Gaunch's recent stops came in the southern West Virginia areas of Wyoming and Raleigh counties on Tuesday and Wednesday. [Watch Video]



Wheeling Suspension Bridge re-opens to traffic




On Tuesday, the Division of Highways announced that the Wheeling Suspension Bridge has re-opened to traffic. However, drivers are advised of several new safety restrictions. Vertical clearances at the entrances of the bridge are now 7’-6” and controlled by hard constraints. Motorists are also to obey the 2-ton bridge posting and to maintain a 50’ minimum distance between vehicles. [Read More]



West Virginia #2 state in nation for new AmeriCorps volunteer ranking




When it comes to enrolling in AmeriCorps, West Virginia residents rank #2 in the nation, according to new data released Wednesday by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program and leads the nation’s National Service and volunteer programs. In West Virginia, AmeriCorps programs are implemented by Volunteer West Virginia, the State’s Commission for National and Community Service. [Read More]



Gov. Justice offers condolences to families of Nicholas County EMTs who lost their lives




After learning of the death of a pair of EMTs from Nicholas County on Saturday, Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued a statement on the incident. [Social Post]



Gov. Justice celebrates 50th high school reunion with Woodrow Wilson classmates




On Saturday, Gov. Justice attended his 50th high school graduation reunion ceremony. The Governor honored the Woodrow Wilson Class of 1969 during an address at the event. [More Photos]



Answers and resources provided for Ranson residents as HHOMA Listening Tour concludes




On Tuesday, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs held its fourth and final Listening Tour event of year in the eastern panhandle city of Ranson. The event, held at the Ranson Civic Center, offered residents a chance to discover how HHOMA can help make life better for people in their community. The event provided a forum for citizens and community leaders to voice their concerns and raise awareness of issues that affect residents. [Read More]



SBDC celebrates ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Morgantown business




Last Friday, a new automotive service store, Ziebart, opened its doors in Morgantown. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center assisted with business plan creation, providing financing resources and grand opening logistics. The store offers automotive services including undercoating, rust protection, rhino-lining, detailing, window tint, and ceramic paint protection. The franchise is owned by twin brothers Mark and Nick Lambie. [Watch Video]



WVDEP opens annual "Roadsides in Bloom"  photo contest




On Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it is now taking submissions for the 17th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower 2020 “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar contest. The contest challenges residents to capture their best pictures of flowers growing alongside West Virginia roadways. The deadline for entries is Sept. 1. [Read More]



Board of Education treated to instrumental performance by GSA students




On Wednesday, students from the Governor's School of the Arts held a musical performance at the State Culture Center for members of the West Virginia Board of Education. The GSA is for current high school sophomores who exhibit talent in the literary, performing, and visual arts. [More Photos]



Modifications to Purple Heart monument unveiled at State Veterans Cemetery




On Monday, officials with the Department of Veterans Assistance were on hand at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute for the unveiling ceremony for modifications done on the cemetery's Military Order of the Purple Heart monument. The effort to modify and improve the monument was spearheaded by West Virginia World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel "Woody" Williams.



WVDEP schedules Great Kanawha River Cleanup




On Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection announced that the 30th annual Great Kanawha River Cleanup event is set for Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cleanup sites include Winfield Beach, the South Charleston boat ramp, and Kanawha Falls at Glen Ferris. Other sites could be added as the event date approaches. The 2018 Great Kanawha River Cleanup brought in more than 65 volunteers, who spent more than 200 man-hours collecting nearly 1.5 tons of waste and six tires from sites in three counties. [Read More]



SBDC invites small businesses to take survey about needs, challenges




Last Friday, the Small Business Development Center opened an online survey, geared toward owners of small businesses across West Virginia, giving them a voice to speak up about their challenges and priorities. Business owners can take the survey at wvsbdc.com/survey.html. The survey remains open until midnight, Saturday, Aug. 31. [Read More]



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