West Virginia Week in Review - November 15, 2019



Gov. Justice honors West Virginia veterans; helps dedicate new Veteran Wall and War Memorial




In honor of all West Virginians who have made the personal sacrifice of serving our country to protect our freedoms, Gov. Jim Justice celebrated Veterans Day on Monday by taking part in a dedication ceremony for the new Veteran Wall and War Memorial in the Wyoming County town of Oceana. The Governor joined area officials and residents, as well as leaders with the West Virginia National Guard and the Oceana Veterans Support Group, for the ceremony at the memorial site off of Route 10, across from Gilliland Park. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Governor and First Lady Justice participate in “Once and Future Patriots” youth salute to veterans




On Friday, Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice joined several veterans, their family members, school children, and others to celebrate the “Once and Future Patriots” youth salute at the West Virginia Culture Center. The ceremony featured several presentations and performances honoring veterans from West Virginia and across the country. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice approves award of I-64 Nitro / St. Albans Bridge project




Last Friday, Gov. Justice and leaders from the West Virginia Department of Transportation announced that the contract for the major project to expand and revamp the I-64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge – also known as the Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge – has been awarded to the joint venture of Brayman Construction and Trumbull Construction. A low bid of $224.4 million earned Brayman-Trumbull the contract for this large-scale project that aims to eliminate regular congestion, while also making the area safer for motorists. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice announces I-64 Danner Road Overpass Bridge to be completed just 36 days into planned 60-day construction schedule




Also last Friday, Gov. Justice and Department of Transportation leaders announced that construction on the major road project at the I-64 Danner Road Overpass Bridge – which has become part of the daily commute for drivers in Charleston – would be wrapping up far ahead of schedule. The Danner Bridge project​ was originally scheduled to take 60 days, as crews with Brayman Construction completely replaced the bridge decks in each direction. The work was badly needed, but caused significant delays for motorists in Charleston during rush hour traffic, as the bridge is one of the most heavily traveled in the state. However, crews ended up being able to reopen the bridge just 36 days after construction began and more than three weeks ahead of schedule. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



West Virginia National Guard performs 21-gun salute at national cemetery




On Veterans Day Monday, soldiers serving in the West Virginia National Guard's 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery Regiment performed a 21-gun salute at Grafton National Cemetery in honor of those who fell to protect our freedoms. [Watch Video]



National Guard leadership marches in Ripley Veterans Day Parade




On Monday, the West Virginia National Guards 249th Army Band and Air National Guard leadership stopped by Ripley in Jackson County to march through the city's annual Veterans Day Parade. [More Photos]



First Lady Justice announces winners of “Thank A Veteran” student art contest




This week, First Lady Cathy Justice announced 20 winning entries in the First Lady’s Student Artist Series “Thank A Veteran” contest. The contest tasked third, fourth, and fifth grade students from across West Virginia to submit hand-drawn cards, thanking veterans for their service and honoring them for the sacrifices made in service to the state and country. A grand total of 2,785 card entries were received, coming from 54 schools in 24 counties from all corners of the state. [More Photos] [Read More]



Governor and First Lady Justice invite West Virginians to submit photos for 2019 military and first responder recognition trees




On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice and First Cathy Justice released an announcement, inviting all West Virginians to honor the state’s military men and women, as well as the state's first responders, by submitting photos to be showcased on two recognition trees that will be displayed during the upcoming holiday season. All photos, along with the submission form and tag, must be received no later than Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. [Read More]



Gov. Justice issues proclamation calling for Special Session of Legislature




Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation today, calling for the West Virginia Legislature to convene in special session at 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, to consider three bills. The special session will be held while lawmakers are gathered in Charleston for previously-scheduled November Interim Committee meetings. [Read More]



Gov. Justice addresses coal industry leaders at 47th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium




On Wednesday, Gov. Justice spoke in front of hundreds of coal executives, mining machinery manufacturers, and other industry leaders, as part of the 47th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium. The event was hosted by the West Virginia Coal Association and was held at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. [More Photos] [Read More]



WVDOT announces traffic changes in Wheeling as I-70 Bridges project begins




On Monday this week, crossovers and other changes on Interstate 70 in Wheeling went into effect, signaling the start of roadwork on the major I-70 Bridges project. With preparations wrapping up and traffic controls continuing to be put in place, the West Virginia Department of Transportation announced several new impacts to motorists. [Read More]



Gov. Justice presents proclamation recognizing Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield for being voted as "America's Best High School Football Stadium"




Last Friday, Gov. Justice visited Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield, for the final regular season home game for the Bluefield Beavers Football team. At halftime, the Governor delivered a special proclamation, recognizing the community after their stadium was recently voted as the best High School Football Stadium in America by USA Today. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice stops by WVU football tailgate to meet Mountaineer fans




On Saturday, Gov. Justice stopped by Morgantown for the West Virginia University Mountaineers' football game against Texas Tech. Before kickoff, the Governor had the chance to meet several Mountain State residents at the pregame tailgate festivities. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice honors memory of members of the Marshall football program lost in 1970 crash




On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 – the 49th anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of 75 members of the Marshall University football program – Gov. Justice released a statement, asking all West Virginians to honor the memory of the victims. [Read More]



Gov. Justice issues proclamation for Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in West Virginia




In support of efforts to provide access to higher education for children who have lost the financial support of a parent or guardian, Gov. Justice issued a proclamation on Tuesday that officially designated the week as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in West Virginia. A ceremony was held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol Building to present the proclamation, honoring Kids’ Chance of West Virginia – a nonprofit organization which provides educational scholarships to young West Virginians who have had a parent suffer a serious, catastrophic, or fatal workplace injury or illness. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



West Virginia National Guard conducts large animal rescue training




This week, the West Virginia National Guard spotlighted a recent training session at the Hobet Training Site, where soldiers, airmen, and civilian emergency first responders came together to practice techniques to rescue livestock and pets stranded during flooding or other disasters. [Watch Video]



WV SBDC recognizes Hawk Knob owner who turned lifelong passion into successful agribusiness




In 2014, Josh Bennett launched Hawk Knob Cidery in Lewisburg as West Virginia’s first cidery. In spring 2018, he connected with business coach Shannon Mitchell and, together, they worked on a new business plan for Hawk Knob. Bennett is one of the many small business owners the West Virginia Small Business Development Center has helped over the years. If you have dreams of starting your own business, have a big idea you think will change the world or just want to have peace of mind knowing your business is headed in the right direction, contact a WV SBDC coach today. [Watch Video] [Read More]



Gov. Justice speaks at West Virginia Municipal League Training




Last Friday, Gov. Justice stopped by the West Virginia Municipal League's Judges and Clerks Annual Training event in Charleston to speak with participants about their importance to the entire state and its people. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice offers support in speech at West Virginia OMEGA Tanks Conference




On Thursday, Gov. Justice spoke at West Virginia OMEGA's Tanks Conference. The event was organized by associations whose members frequently use above-ground storage tanks in their work and aimed to provide clarity on recent rules and regulations put in place to monitor these tanks. [More Photos]



Search and rescue training sessions continue at Volkstone Training Facility at Camp Dawson




This week, the West Virginia National Guard spotlighted recent and ongoing training activities at Camp Dawson's Volkstone Training Facility. Highly-trained soldiers from around the United States are currently attending the Extractor 1 course, being led by members of the West Virginia Army National Guard’s Army Interagency Training & Education Center unit. [More Photos]



Division of Motor Vehicles highlights latest push encouraging drivers to obtain REAL ID




Last Friday, officials with the Division of Motor Vehicles highlighted their recent efforts to educate the people of West Virginia about the federal REAL ID program and explained why they're recommending that everyone get one of these kinds of ID's soon. [Watch Video]



State Fire Marshal presents awards to students who placed in agency's annual poster contest




Through last Friday, West Virginia State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree visited a few talented young students at Paden City Elementary School in Wetzel County and Belmont Elementary School in Pleasants County to honor and award them for their winning submissions in the SFMO's annual poster contest. [More Photos - Paden City Elem.] [More Photos - Belmont Elem.]



Six students to represent West Virginia as members of the U.S. Senate Youth Program




Last Friday, the Department of Education offered congratulations to a handful of West Virginia students who were selected to represent the state as part of the national U.S. Senate Youth Program. The program, held in Washington, D.C., offers hands on experience for students considering careers in public service. [Read More]



Also this week:

Choose & Cut Christmas Trees guide now available through the West Virginia Division of Forestry

West Virginia CHIP announces maternity services coverage

West Virginia Fire Marshal busts bogus would-be electricians

Filing deadline approaching for Small Business Association Working Capital Loans




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