West Virginia Week in Review - December 6, 2019


Gov. Justice announces 2020 hunting and fishing license contest




On Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that West Virginians can purchase their 2020 hunting and fishing licenses earlier than ever before and also be entered to win a drawing for prizes. This month, anyone who purchases a 2020 Sportsman or Junior Sportsman license will automatically be entered to win a free lifetime license or a vacation getaway at a West Virginia state park. [Read More] [Contest Information]



Sendoff ceremony held for 160 West Virginia National Guard soldiers deploying to Cuba




On Tuesday, the West Virginia National Guard held a deployment ceremony for more than 160 soldiers of the 157th Military Police Company, who will be deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly a year to support U.S. Southern Command’s high-risk detention operations. WVNG Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, presided over the ceremony and Gov. Justice’s Chief of Staff, Mike Hall, joined leaders from the Army and Air National Guard for the sendoff ceremony with family and friends of the deploying soldiers. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Annual Joyful Night celebration scheduled for evening of Dec. 10 at the State Capitol Complex




Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice are welcoming and encouraging West Virginians to attend the annual Joyful Night celebration – next Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 – at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The festive evening will feature many beloved holiday traditions – including the lighting of the state Christmas Tree, a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and more – and several captivating performances by West Virginians from near and far to ring in the Christmas season. [Read More] [Full Schedule]



Annual Energy Tree lighting event hosted by Department of Environmental Protection




On Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection held its annual Energy Tree lighting event at DEP headquarters in the Kanawha City area of Charleston. Attendees themselves provided the power to the DEP's 800-plus LED bulb, 35-foot tall Energy Tree, using a hand crank to generate the electricity needed to make the tree light up the night sky. [Watch Video]



Second historic road bond sale complete; to generate more than $700 million for Roads To Prosperity program




On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that the State of West Virginia had sold $600 million in General Obligation State Road Bonds and generated over $746.5 million in proceeds – a premium of $146.5 million – to be used for highway, bridge, and secondary road construction projects through the Governor's Roads To Prosperity program. [Read More]



Gov. Justice congratulates new United States Secretary of Energy




On Tuesday, Gov. Justice issued a congratulatory message on social media following the appointment and confirmation of Dan Brouillette as the newest Secretary of the United States Department of Energy. Secretary Brouillette visited Gov. Justice in West Virginia earlier this year to discuss ways to maximize the state's robust natural resources and increase its energy infrastructure. [Read More]



First Lady Cathy Justice speaks at Women's Leadership Summit




On Wednesday, First Lady Cathy Justice addressed attendees of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Women's Leadership Summit. During her remarks, the First Lady discussed West Virginia's long history of inspiring women and how important it is to continue efforts to build confidence in the young ladies who will lead the state into the future. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice visits West Virginia Leaders of Education Conference




On Monday, Gov. Justice spoke to dozens of administrators and superintendents, from schools across West Virginia, at the annual Leaders of Education Conference – talking about their important work molding the students who will one day become the state's next leaders. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice leads meeting of the Board of Public Works at State Capitol




On Monday, Gov. Justice led the latest meeting of the West Virginia Board of Public Works at the State Capitol in Charleston. In addition to approving final public utility assessments for 2020, the group also approved the transfer of property adjacent to West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling to the State. [Read More]



Division of Highways highlights work in state sign shop




Last Friday, the Division of Highways spotlighted the work that goes on in their state sign shop in Charleston. This single facility is where every road sign in the state of West Virginia is made. [Watch Video]



I-70 Bridges project in Wheeling continues; lane closures in place to set up demolition shielding




On Thursday, the Department of Transportation announced that beginning Friday, Dec. 6, and continuing for two weeks, there will be single-lane daytime closures on I-70 westbound in the area of the first bridge east of the tunnel. These closures will be in effect to set up demolition shielding. There will also be single-lane daytime closures on US-40 in the area of the Elm Grove Interchange. This work is expected to be completed in January 2020. [Read More]



SBDC celebrates Small Business Saturday by suggesting 4 ways to support local businesses




With last Saturday marking "Small Business Saturday" the West Virginia Small Business Development Center spotlighted four ways that people can support these types of small businesses: drink, eat, play, and shop local. [Watch Video] [Read More]



Visit these historic "Almost Heaven" homes this holiday season




Many of West Virginia’s most historic homes are open for tours during the holidays. Take a step back in time to experience the wonder of the holiday season at some of these historic homes. [Read More]



Department of Health and Human Resources calling on West Virginians to get involved with Adult Family Care program




This week, the Department of Health and Human Resources spotlighted efforts within their Adult Family Care program – which offers compassionate, individualized care in a nurturing home environment to senior citizens in need of daily care and who cannot live alone safely. The DHHR is urging more West Virginians to get involved as providers with the rewarding program. [Watch Video]



Also this week:

West Virginia DHSEM, FEMA announce more than $1 million in grant funding for Flood Control Project in Brooke County

Applications available for Governor’s School For The Arts 2020 session

Small Business Development Center offering "Understanding Financial Statements" workshop in southern West Virginia

Consolidated Public Retirement Board receives national Public Pension Standards Award




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