West Virginia Week in Review - January 17, 2020




Gov. Justice: Treasurer Perdue transfers $20M to General Revenue Fund for FY2020




Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue held a joint press conference Monday, announcing that Treasurer Perdue’s office is transferring an additional $20 million to the state’s General Revenue Fund for Fiscal Year 2020. The Treasurer proposed the one-time transfers of $10 million from Unclaimed Property and $10 million from Banking Services to help close a current budget gap for FY2020. The two transfers are in addition to an already-budgeted $7 million transfer to General Revenue from the Unclaimed Property Fund, which will bring the total to $27 million transferred from the Treasurer’s Office to General Revenue in FY2020. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice applauds Clorox’s intention to create 100 new jobs through proposed Berkeley County development




On Thursday, Gov. Justice applauded The Clorox Company, a leading manufacturer of consumer and professional products, for announcing its intention to apply to construct a state-of-the-art cat litter manufacturing site in Berkeley County. If approved, the site would bring about $192 million in economic development and create approximately 100 full-time jobs. The company is planning several public meetings and two open houses for the local community in the coming weeks. [Read More]



Gov. Justice, Tourism Office, and DNR announce prize winners of 2020 Hunting and Fishing License Contest




Gov. Justice joined officials with the West Virginia Tourism Office and Division of Natural Resources to announce the winners of the 2020 Hunting and Fishing License Contest at a ceremony Tuesday. The promotion, which ran through the month of December, required applicants to be a West Virginia resident and purchase a 2020 Sportsman or Junior Sportsman license in December. The 13 prize winners were randomly selected over the weekend from a list of more than 10,000 eligible entrants. Prizes included a Lifetime Sportsman Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License (Class AB-L), 11 overnight stays at West Virginia state parks and forests, and 12 gift bags filled with hunting and fishing gear. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Two West Virginia anglers score record catches in first weeks of 2020




Zachary Adkins of Cabins, WV caught a 53.1-inch, 59-pound grass carp on Jan. 3 at Warden Lake in Hardy County. Adkins used a large swimbait to catch the record fish which broke the current length record of 50.75 inches. William Tucker still holds the record for weight with a 71.69-pound grass carp caught at Warden Lake in 2005. [Read More]




Justin Comer of Culloden caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on Jan. 11 on the Ohio River in Mason County. Comer used cut shad to catch the fish, which broke the current length record by over 2 inches! Austin Hoffman held the previous record in length for a 47.75-inch blue catfish caught in 2014 on the Ohio River. Mark Blauvelt continues to hold the record for weight with a 59.74-pound blue catfish caught on the Ohio River in 2016. Anglers who believe they may have caught a state record fish should check the current records in the fishing regulations. Procedures for reporting a record catch also are included in the regulations. [Read More]



WVDNR spotlights updates to fishing regulations in West Virginia




This week the Division of Natural Resources spotlighted fishing regulations in the Mountain State. Those planning to cast their reels in West Virginia this year will need to be aware of some recent regulation changes. This year the Candy Darter is listed as endangered, meaning anglers on the east and west forks of the Greenbrier River, the Cherry River, Cranberry and Williams Rivers, the Gauley River, Camp Creek, and Manns Creek will no longer be allowed to use any type of fish as live bait. [Watch Video]



Gov. Justice honors fallen Roane County firefighter Mark Horwich




This week, Gov. Justice offered condolences to the family and friends of fallen West Virginia hero Mark Horwich. A member of the Clover-Roane Volunteer Fire Department, Horwich died in the line of duty while responding to a call on Saturday. [Read More] Additionally this week, the Governor issued a proclamation ordering all United States and West Virginia state flags at the Capitol Complex and all state-owned facilities in Roane County be displayed at half-staff, from dawn to dusk on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the day of services celebrating his life. Horwich, 51, had worked as a firefighter since 2001, serving with various departments in Nebraska and West Virginia. [Read More]





Gov. Justice proclaims Hunger Free West Virginia Day; highlights $6 million in proposed funding to help fight hunger




In recognition of the efforts being made across the state to end hunger in West Virginia, Gov. Justice hosted a ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Charleston on Tuesday to issue a proclamation designating Jan. 14, 2020 as Hunger Free West Virginia Day. During the event, the Governor recognized members of Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Foodbank in attendance. Tuesday’s ceremony came on the heels of Gov. Justice’s 2020 State of the State address, where the Governor announced a budget proposal containing $6 million in funding to help fight hunger in West Virginia. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Nearly 1 million pounds of steel used in DOH District 6 to repair slips




The West Virginia Division of Highways announced Monday that nearly one million pounds of steel have been used over the last six months in the northern panhandle counties as part of DOH’s efforts to repair road slips. Tony Clark, Acting District Engineer for DOH District 6, which includes Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel counties, said between contractors and DOH crews, 994,140 pounds of steel piling has been used to stabilize slip areas since July of 2019. [Read More]



Gov. Justice: Aeronautics Commission hands out $388k in Airport Improvement Grants




On Thursday, Gov. Justice and leaders with the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission announced that a combined total of $388,203 in grant funding has been secured for airports across the state. The grants were approved during the WVAC’s latest meeting on Thursday. Two airports will receive grants from Special Revenue, provided by the Aviation Fuel Tax, to provide a portion of the local match for additional Federal Aviation Administration Grants: North Central West Virginia Airport and Yeager Airport. The combined WVAC grant total on these projects is $388,203 and opens up access to over $6 million more in funding from the FAA. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy launches Overdose Data Dashboard




On Wednesday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) announced the launch of its interactive Overdose Data Dashboard. The Overdose Data Dashboard highlights the impact of substance use disorder on communities and will help identify locations that would benefit from initiatives such as Quick Response Teams and drug intervention programs. The Overdose Data Dashboard provides statewide information that can be filtered to the county level and contains detailed statistics about the victim such as age group, month and day of the week the suspected overdose occurred, the level of medical treatment, outcome, and if naloxone was administered. [Read More]



Gov. Justice congratulates Jobs & Hope West Virginia course graduates





First Lady announces Create a Quarter for West Virginia contest




On Tuesday, First Lady Cathy Justice announced the Create a Quarter for West Virginia contest in honor of Presidents' Day in February. This will be the sixth installment of the First Lady's Student Artist Series, an initiative that promotes the importance of arts within schools throughout West Virginia by hosting art competitions for students of varying age levels during special holidays. For this contest, all 11th-grade students attending public and private schools in West Virginia are invited to participate. Eligible students are encouraged to study the history of Presidents' Day, celebrated in honor of George Washington's birthday, and then re-create the reverse side of our West Virginia State quarter in an artistic way. [Read More]



Gov. Justice cuts ribbon to open 2020 West Virginia International Auto Show in Charleston




On Thursday, Gov. Justice swung by the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to take in the sights and festivities at the 2020 West Virginia International Auto Show. The Governor also greeted many event attendees, on hand to check out the newest models of cars, trucks, and SUV's from around the world. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice meets with Housing and Urban Development Region 3 Regional Administrator





Gov. Justice signs proclamation declaring March 2020 as National Nutrition Month in West Virginia




On Tuesday, Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Urling read two proclamations signed by Gov. Justice. The first proclamation declared March 2020 as National Nutrition Month in West Virginia. The second proclamation declared March 11, 2020, as Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Timko assumes command of the 167th Airlift Wing




On Sunday, Col. Marty Timko assumed command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, during a change of command ceremony. Col. David Cochran also relinquished command. The Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who presided over the ceremony, said the Wing commander is responsible for 1,100 Airmen and their families and every decision they make impacts someone’s life. Hoyer stressed the significance of Timko’s responsibility as a wing commander to both his Airmen and the country. [Read More]



Gov. Justice appoints Hutson to Fairmont State University Board of Governors




On Monday, Gov. Justice appointed Robert R. Hutson Jr. of Birmingham, AL, to the Fairmont State University Board of Governors. Hutson, a 1991 graduate of Fairmont State, is the Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Gas & Oil. He fills the vacancy on the FSU Board created by the resignation of William Mark Hart and his term will run through June 30, 2021.​ [Read More]



Luikart named new West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center director




The agency overseeing the new West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit established by Gov. Justice now has a new leader, a seasoned law enforcement veteran with a career steeped in anti-drug operations. On Monday, Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy named Jack Luikart as director of the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, the State’s approach to gathering, analyzing and sharing information. The appointment is effective immediately. Luikart has been head of DMAPS’ drug control policy efforts, including its prevention and education outreach to youth. He will continue in that role as well. [Read More]



West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest kicks off 2020 STEM Competition




Last Friday, the West Virginia Division of Transportation announced that the West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest would kick off its 2020 Competition on Saturday, January 11, at BridgeWalk in Fayetteville. Now in its 19th year, this STEM competition brings West Virginia Division of Highways engineers into middle and high school classrooms to teach students about engineering. Students compete using Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Software to design the lowest cost bridge. Finalists are invited to compete for cash prizes at Marshall University in April, and all students who enter receive a free BridgeWalk tour. [Read More]



DHHR announces new breastfeeding support app for WIC participants




The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health is working to improve nutrition for babies and mothers with Pacify, an app that provides 24/7 breastfeeding support for participants of the West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). West Virginia WIC is the fifth WIC program in the nation to launch the free app. Pacify provides access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to address questions and concerns about breastfeeding.  All current pregnant and breastfeeding mothers receiving WIC benefits are encouraged to visit their local WIC clinic to gain access to this new resource. WIC staff will help participants download the app, complete a sample test call and provide additional information. [Read More]



WVDEP collects nearly 800 live Christmas trees for fish habitat




The Department of Environmental Protection collected nearly 800 live Christmas trees at their annual Treecycling events in Charleston and Bridgeport earlier this month. These donated trees will be recycled as fish habitat in lakes around the state. WVDEP and WVDNR staff, along with Boy Scout Troop 96, braved the elements to help collect and transport the trees. [More Photos]



WVDNR wraps up Mountaineer Heritage season




West Virginia’s Mountaineer Heritage hunting season ran this year from Thursday, January 9 through Sunday, January 12. Hunters were only allowed to use percussion sidelock and flintlock rifles and pistols as well as long and recurve bows to hunt for deer or bear.



Also this week:

National institute partners with West Virginia to gauge quality of State’s early learning programming

Department of Environmental Protection now accepting applications for 2020 Make It Shine Teacher of the Year awards

Physical Agility Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer candidates scheduled for Feb. 7-8

Deadline for 2020 Youth Congressional Art Competition submissions is Feb. 10

Department of Arts, Culture and History to host grant writing workshop and listening tour in Charles Town

Deadline reminder for Historic Revitalization Grant applications




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