West Virginia Week in Review - November 29, 2019




Gov. Justice: West Virginia job numbers best in over a decade




On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the number of West Virginians who have jobs is now the highest it’s been in more than a decade. West Virginia’s total employment of 763,000 for October 2019 is the highest jobs total seen in the state since January 2009, according to data from WorkForce West Virginia. [Watch Video] [More Photos]





Governor and First Lady Justice wish all West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving holiday




On Thursday, Governor and First Lady Justice released a video message wishing all West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving. In the video, the Justices encouraged people to remember the blessings they have in their lives and to appreciate time spent with family, friends, and other loved ones. [Watch Video]



Gov. Justice celebrates the start of buck season




This week, Gov. Justice issued a message on social media, celebrating the beginning of buck firearms season on Monday. This popular hunting season continues in West Virginia through next Saturday, Dec. 7.



First Lady Justice presents 2nd Rhododendron Award to Rainelle woman who offers recovery through culinary and agricultural training




On Tuesday, First Lady Justice presented her second ever Rhododendron Award today to Tammy Jordan – Founder and President of Fruits of Labor, Inc. in Rainelle, which offers addiction recovery and prevention programs through agricultural and culinary arts training. The Rhododendron Award recognizes the "unsung heroes" in West Virginia who have demonstrated goodness and worked for the betterment of their communities. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice secures over $52 million for Herbert Hoover High School rebuild






Last Friday, Gov. Justice announced that, working alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of West Virginia has been awarded more than $52.3 million for the replacement of Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County. The school was destroyed in the historic June 2016 floods that ravaged many West Virginia communities. [Read More]



DHHR files motion to dismiss child welfare lawsuit




On Tuesday, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources filed – in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia – a motion to dismiss the complaint filed in Jonathan R. et al. v. Justice et al. (Case No. 19-cv-00710), by A Better Childhood, a New York-based advocacy group, against the State of West Virginia. [Read More]



Gov. Justice tours Lily’s Place treatment center in Huntington




On Tuesday, Gov. Justice visited Lily’s Place – a neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment center in Huntington – to tour the facility, meet with the center's leadership, and discuss efforts being made to fight the substance use disorder epidemic in West Virginia. [More Photos] [Read More]



First Lady Justice hosts Artistree Reception




On Tuesday, First Lady Justice hosted a reception at the Governor’s Mansion for artists who submitted ornaments for the Artistree. The hand-crafted ornaments were submitted by artists all across West Virginia. They will be displayed at the Culture Center during the 2019 holiday season as part of the ninth annual Artistree. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Capitol Christmas Trees put up for annual display




On Friday, crews at the State Capitol Complex began setting up two Christmas trees for the holiday season. This year’s trees, donated on behalf of the West Virginia Tree Growers Association by David and Rebecca Absher, include a Canaan Fir and a Norway Spruce. The Canaan Fir can be seen on the Lincoln Plaza on the south side of the State Capitol, and the Norway Spruce is located near the stage on the north plaza. The Governor and First Lady will ceremonially light the Canaan Fir during the Joyful Night event on Tuesday, December 10, at 6 p.m. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



WVDNR highlights Hunters Helping the Hungry donation program




On Tuesday, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources highlighted the importance of donating harvested venison this season. Hunters who don't need or want to keep their catch can donate to Hunters Helping the Hungry by taking harvested venison to a participating processor in West Virginia. The meat is then taken to Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Foodbank. [Watch Video]



Ski season begins in Almost Heaven West Virginia




Last Friday, Snowshoe Mountain Resort welcomed skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes for the first time this year, marking the beginning of ski season in West Virginia. Additional skiing locations, including Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Oglebay Resort, and Winterplace Ski Resort are expected to open their slopes in the upcoming weeks. West Virginia ski resorts host more than 800,000 skier visits annually, according to the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. [Read More]



Gov. Justice issues proclamation for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in West Virginia




On Tuesday, Gov. Justice issued a proclamation, designating November 2019 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month in West Virginia. Indicating that the “good-health and well-being of the citizens of West Virginia are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research into early detection,” the proclamation cites the need to support the patients currently battling the disease, as well as remembering those who have lost their battle to this cancer. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice issues proclamation for Epilepsy Awareness Month, End Epilepsy Day in West Virginia




Also on Tuesday, Gov. Justice issued a proclamation, declaring November 26 as End Epilepsy Day and November 2019 as Epilepsy Awareness Month in West Virginia. Designed to raise awareness and to engage the public in the battle to improve and save lives through care, advocacy, education, and research and new therapies to address this brain disorder, End Epilepsy Day is sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice announces upcoming sale of next round of Roads To Prosperity bonds




Last Friday, Gov. Justice announced that the State’s $600 million General Obligation State Road Bonds, Series 2019 A – the next round of Roads To Prosperity bonds – will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The bonds carry the State’s strong credit ratings and are considered to be stable. The earnings from these sales will go toward funding needed to complete several major transportation infrastructure improvement projects across the state, through the Governor’s Roads To Prosperity program. [Read More]



WVDOT spotlights work getting underway on I-70 in Wheeling




Last Friday, the West Virginia Department of Transportation spotlighted the work getting started on Interstate 70 in Wheeling. Travelers are asked to please be patient and Just.Slow.Down. in work zones as these important and necessary safety improvements to West Virginia’s transportation infrastructure begin. The bridge replacement project is expected to take several years to complete. [Watch Video]



WVDEP participates in annual ReFashion Show




On Saturday, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection participated in the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia's 17th Annual ReFashion Show. The rules are simple: all the clothing worn by the models must be made from recycled materials. [Watch Video]



State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree recognizes students for poster contest




Last Friday, West Virginia State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree visited Driswood Elementary School in Jefferson County to recognize two student winners in their annual Fire Safety poster contest. Artwork from a dozen students was picked for the 2020 wall calendar, which will be distributed statewide. The annual contest attracted 75 fire safety-themed entries from kindergarten through fifth-grade children at schools in 15 counties. [Read More]



West Virginia National Guard hosts Peruvian General during State Partnership Program visit




The West Virginia National Guard recently hosted a visit by Maj. Gen. Mario E. RISCO Carmen, Defense and Military Attaché to the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C., for a State Partnership Program exchange at West Virginia Joint Force Headquarters in Charleston. [More Photos]



Also this week:

WVDEP's Energy Tree lighting set for Dec. 5

Division of Highways explains snow and ice removal policy ahead of the coming winter season

New Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program announced




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