West Virginia Week in Review - December 27, 2019



Governor and First Lady Justice wish all West Virginians a Merry Christmas




On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice released a video message wishing all West Virginians a Merry Christmas. In the video, the Governor and First Lady urged everyone to enjoy time spent with family, friends, and other loved ones. They also asked for everyone to join them in praying for members of the military serving away from home this holiday season. [Watch Video]



Second Jobs & Hope West Virginia training course graduation held at Camp Dawson




Saturday marked graduation day for the second-ever class of students to complete a job training course through the State’s new multiagency recovery and training program, launched by Gov. Justice in October, called Jobs & Hope West Virginia. Six program participants spent a week at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV, completing a 54-hour Heavy Equipment Operator Course taught by instructors with the West Virginia National Guard. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Day of services held honoring Brig. Gen. James Kemp McLaughlin




On Monday, World War II hero Brig. Gen. James Kemp McLaughlin was laid to rest following funeral services in Charleston. As an army pilot, McLaughlin flew in 39 bombing missions in the European theatre of WWII. After his time in war, McLaughlin came back home to West Virginia, where he helped establish the West Virginia Air National Guard, serving as its first ever commanding officer. Later in life, McLaughlin held office as a member of the Kanawha County Commission and the West Virginia House of Delegates. McLaughlin was 101 years old. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice responds to presidential executive order concerning refugee resettlement




Last Friday, Gov. Justice sent a letter of consent to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in response to an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 26, 2019, concerning enhanced state and local involvement in refugee resettlement. [Read More]



Christmas tree recycling event scheduled for Jan. 4 at Charleston’s Capitol Market




Last Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection announced that they will be holding their annual Christmas tree recycling event Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with those who donate able to register to win prizes, including three one-night stays at North Bend State Park and $25 gift certificate to Capitol Market. The collected trees are to be repurposed as fish habitat in lakes around the state. There is no limit to the number of trees each person can donate, and there is no size limit. Prior to being donated, all the decorations – including artificial snow, lights, tinsel, and bulbs – must be removed from the tree. The trees must be real trees, and the branches must be attached to the tree; individual branches of trees cannot be accepted. [Watch Video] [Read More]



Department of Transportation discusses holiday travel




With Christmas and the holiday travel season in full swing this week, officials with the Department of Transportation highlighted tips for smoothly and safely navigating the West Virginia Turnpike and even discussed how purchasing an EZ-Pass can make for a useful gift. [Watch Video]



"First Day Hikes" set for Jan. 1 at ten West Virginia State Parks and Forests




This week, officials with West Virginia's State Parks and State Forests invited those who love the outdoors to experience one of ten "First Day Hike" events that will be held across the state on Jan. 1, 2020. [Read More]



Division of Natural Resources provides advice to homeowners with bird feeders this winter




With many species of birds settling in West Virginia for the winter, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is giving homeowners tips on how to install and properly maintain bird feeders, as well as advice on what types of feed are recommended. [Watch Video]



Gov. Justice pledges support for Ravencliff McGraws Saulsville PSD in Wyoming County




After receiving the Wyoming County Commission’s State of Emergency Declaration on Thursday, concerning the critical water supply issue at the Ravencliff McGraws Saulsville Public Service District, Gov. Justice issued a statement offering his continued support and announcing that he has directed the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and other State agencies to identify short-term and long-term solutions to meet the PSD's emergency needs. [Read More]



Gov. Justice orders U.S. and State Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor two former West Virginia Delegates




On Thursday, Gov. Justice issued a pair of proclamations, ordering United States and West Virginia State Flags to half-staff in commemoration of the distinguished lives and service of two former West Virginia Delegates.

Former Delegate Sally Matz Susman is being honored today, Friday, Dec. 27, at the State Capitol complex and throughout Raleigh County. [Read More]

Former Delegate Kenneth Cameron Legg will be honored tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 28, at the State Capitol complex and throughout Fayette County. [Read More]



Also this week:

Governor and First Lady Justice issue statement on death of coal miner in Marshall County

DHHR announces changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents must meet work requirements

West Virginia kicks off poster art contest for Arbor Day 2020

County school systems use additional funding to meet students' social and emotional needs




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