West Virginia Week in Review - October 25, 2019



Gov. Justice celebrates Jobs & Hope WV program in north-central West Virginia




On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice joined several state leaders at the United Technical Center in Clarksburg to celebrate the progress of the new Jobs & Hope West Virginia program in the north-central region of the state. The program has been operational across the state since a soft launch in August. In the time since, the program staff has received 481 referrals. Established by Gov. Justice and the West Virginia Legislature with $29.7 million in funding for its first year, Jobs & Hope West Virginia offers support through a statewide collaboration of agencies that provide West Virginians in recovery the opportunity to obtain career training and to ultimately secure meaningful employment. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice attends groundbreaking ceremony for expansion of I-79 Technology Park




On Thursday, Gov. Justice joined members of the High Technology Foundation and the Marion County Commission at the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the next phase of construction at the park. This third phase of work at the park includes building more than 1,600 feet of roadway, installing utilities to serve three future federal anchor building pads, and constructing a new retail development area. Select federal operations will be able to obtain the land for building sites in the park, free of charge. The park is already utilized by the NASA, the FBI, the United States Department of Commerce, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as dozens of other private sector businesses, which employ more than 1,000 people. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice announces 100 new jobs as tech company Infor opens doors in West Virginia




On Monday, Gov. Justice announced that technology company Infor, a global leader in business cloud software, has officially opened its new offices in Charleston, providing a pathway to approximately 100 new, high-paying jobs for West Virginians. Infor company officials joined representatives from the West Virginia Department of Commerce and the West Virginia Development Office Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the formal introduction of the new 12,000-square-foot facility in Laidley Tower. [Watch Video] [Read More]



Gov. Justice announces vineyards and wineries project in Eastern Panhandle




On Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that he is directing several state agencies under his administration to work together to explore the possibility of taking steps to expand the winemaking industry in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The Governor is directing officials from the West Virginia Department of Commerce – including the Development Office and the Tourism Office – to combine their efforts, investigating the market for vineyards and wineries in the region and exploring how an expansion would benefit the state. [Read More]



Gov. Justice visits Corridor H Roads to Prosperity project




Standing just off of Route 72 in Tucker County, in the location where the Parsons exit off of Corridor H will be constructed, Gov. Justice and leaders with the Department of Transportation spoke Monday about Gov. Justice’s Roads To Prosperity program that continues to modernize West Virginia’s roads, bridges, and transportation system. The Corridor H project is one of nearly 1,000 Roads To Prosperity projects that have either already been completed, are currently under construction, or will be underway before the end of 2019. These projects represent more than $1.1 billion-worth of work and span more than 1,700 miles. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Work zone at I-64 Danner Bridge project in Charleston shifts to opposite lanes




This week, road crews transitioned into the second and final phase of work on the Danner Road overpass bridge project in Charleston, shifting the work zone into the opposite lanes of I-64. Beginning Wednesday evening, crews began shifting I-64 traffic – between Oakwood Road and Montrose Drive – over to the newly-replaced eastbound bridge, as work started on the westbound bridge Thursday morning. [Read More]



Gov. Justice celebrates Balanced Scorecard progress at Paw Paw High School




On Tuesday, Gov. Justice visited Paw Paw High School in Morgan County for a full-school assembly to celebrate their academic accomplishment as one of the top-performing schools in West Virginia on the statewide Balanced Scorecard Accountability System. Alongside state and county education leaders, the Governor presented Paw Paw High School’s principal with an award to commemorate the school’s achievement. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice touts Communities In Schools success at Martinsburg South Middle School




Also on Tuesday, Gov. Justice visited Martinsburg South Middle School in Berkeley County. This school was among last year’s wave of new participants in the state’s Communities In Schools Program. Working alongside partners in the local community, the program provides resources to engage students in the classroom and to encourage better attendance and graduation rates. In just their second year in the program, Martinsburg South Middle School has already seen its attendance rates improve. With the help of their community partners, the school has added an outdoor science lab, organized a “personal hygiene closet” for all students to use, taken students on trips to career fairs, and much more. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



First Lady Justice checks in on Communities In Schools progress in Hardy County




On Thursday, First Lady Cathy Justice visited two of Hardy County’s Communities In Schools sites at Moorefield Elementary and Moorefield High School. The First Lady had a chance to visit and speak with many students and witness the program's progress. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice presents more than $1.5 million in Recycling Assistance Grants for use across state




On Monday, Gov. Justice visited the annual West Virginia Educational Conference on Litter Control & Solid Waste Management at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, presenting more than $1.5 million in Recycling Assistance Grants to 27 local governments, educational institutions, and other businesses across West Virginia. The grants provide funding for recipients to start, expand, or upgrade a variety of recycling programs throughout the state. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice announces discount on lodging rates for veterans at state parks and forests




As a show of appreciation for all that our brave veterans have sacrificed, Gov. Justice announced Thursday that all United States veterans who stay at a West Virginia state park or state forest during the upcoming Veterans Appreciation weeks are eligible for a 50 percent discount on overnight lodging. The special discount begins Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, and continues for two weeks through Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The discount coincides with the annual Veterans Appreciation program, held each year on and around Veterans Day. [Read More]



Gov. Justice issues statement on death of Charlie Jones




On Monday, Gov. Justice released a statement after the passing of West Virginian Charlie Jones. In 2017, at Jones' 99th Birthday celebration, Gov. Justice honored Jones by presenting him with a Distinguished West Virginian Award. [Read More]



West Virginia wins $6.5M to aid opioid fight




Last Friday, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety announced that the State of West Virginia will be able to intervene on behalf of more at-risk children, steer more troubled adults toward harm-reduction services, and extend telehealth further into rural areas after securing $6.5 million from a federal grant program. The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, or COAP, supports innovative ways to encourage substance abuse treatment and recovery. [Watch Video] [Read More]



HHOMA hosts 6th Annual Minority Business Expo in Charleston




On Tuesday, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) hosted the 6th Annual Minority Business Expo at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. More than 300 people attended the expo and learned about strategies for creating or improving a business. [Watch Video] [Read More]



First Lady on hand for 8th Annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational




On Saturday, First Lady Cathy Justice visited Laidley Field in Charleston to watch students from across the state compete in the 8th Annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational competition. [More Photos]



Gov. Justice appoints Bartlett to 39th District seat in House of Delegates




On Monday, Gov. Justice appointed T. Kevan Bartlett of Sissonville to the West Virginia House of Delegates representing the 39th District. He fills the vacancy created by the recent passing of Delegate Sharon Lewis ​Malcolm. [Read More]



Following fall foliage transformation across Mountain State




As autumn colors continue to spread throughout trees across West Virginia, the state Division of Forestry explains how and why this exciting transformation occurs. [Watch Video]



Forestry Special Operations team attends First Aid and Field Trauma Training




Last week, officials with the Division of Forestry's Special Operations Unit attended a seminar for first aid and field trauma training to learn how to prepare for the worst situations and keep Forestry canines Boone and Raisy safe in the field. [Watch Video]



DHHR holds workshop on substance use detoxification




On Wednesday, officials with the Department of Health and Human Resources hosted a workshop on substance use detoxification for crisis stabilization and residential treatment providers who provide detoxification services. The workshop, Detox and Withdrawal Management Workshop: Clinical Pathways and Practical Applications, was held at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. [Read More]



West Virginia's wild boar firearms season set to begin




This week, officials with the Division of Natural Resources announced that West Virginia's 2019 wild boar firearms season will open Saturday, Oct. 26, and run for exactly one week through Saturday, Nov. 2. To hunt wild boar, hunters must be West Virginia residents and must posses a particular type of hunting license. [Read More]



State Police hold ceremony honoring nominees for 2019 Superintendents Award




This past weekend, the West Virginia State Police held a ceremony honoring members who were nominated for the 2019 Superintendents Award. The Superintendent’s Award is presented to a member who has positively represented the ideals of the Department by consistently performing their duties with outstanding skill, diligence, productivity, judgment, and responsibility. Cpl. John S. Syner was selected as this year’s recipient. [Watch Video]



State Police honor Handle With Care Extra Mile Award winner




Also this past week, Cpl. Marlene Moore of the West Virginia State Police was honored with the 2019 Handle with Care Extra Mile Award from the State Police Center for Children’s Justice. Cpl. Moore is a 16-year veteran of WVSP and is currently assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit. This unit specializes in investigating child abuse, neglect, and internet crimes against children cases. Cpl. Moore received the Extra Mile Award for her tireless and diligent work on these investigations and for her dedication to the child victims of these tragic cases. [More Photos]




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