West Virginia Week in Review - November 20, 2021

11/20/2021

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Gov. Justice urges West Virginians to get booster shot following FDA, CDC approval for individuals ages 18 and older
On Friday, Gov. Justice highlighted that the FDA has now officially approved use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses in all Americans ages 18 and older. Shortly following Friday’s briefing, the CDC followed suit, opening up the booster to tens of millions more previously vaccinated individuals.

Individuals now may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.

“There’s no need in us sitting around, waiting, and, in the meantime, you end up in the hospital, and not only are you really sick, but you could very well be taking a bed away from a stroke victim or a heart attack victim,” Gov. Justice said during his briefing Wednesday.
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Do it for Babydog Round 3: Gov. Justice announces prize winners in vaccination sweepstakes
On Friday, Gov. Justice announced the winners of 126 prizes through his Do it for Babydog: Round 3 vaccination sweepstakes. Mauren Fisher of Fairmont has won this week’s individual grand prize of a $50,000 Educational Savings Fund.

An additional 25 young West Virginians have each won a prize of a $10,000 Educational Savings Fund. Another 100 young West Virginians have won a Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License.

The winning school for this week’s school grand prize – which includes a $50,000 check and a party with Gov. Justice and Babydog – will be announced during the week of Nov. 29.
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Gov. Justice thanks West Virginians for exceptional 70% approval rating
After poll results released Monday by MBE Research showed that an overwhelming 70% of people approve of the job being done by Gov. Justice, the Governor thanked West Virginians for the faith that they have placed in him.

“Since the day I walked in the door, all I’ve ever wanted was goodness for West Virginia and the incredible people who call this great state home,” Gov. Justice said. “In the time since, we’ve all pulled the rope together and a lot of people have put in a lot of licks. We’ve pushed the right buttons and, as a result, we’ve seen historic successes and record-setting achievements."
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Gov. Justice presents $50,000 checks to several of West Virginia’s highest-vaccinated schools through WVDE’s I Got Vaxxed Competition
This week, Gov. Jim Justice made several stops to present $50,000 checks to West Virginia's highest-vaccinated schools through the West Virginia Department of Education's I Got Vaxxed competition. 

On Monday, the Governor presented the checks at Mountaineer Montessori and Charleston Catholic High School.

On Tuesday, Gov. Justice and his pet English Bulldog, Babydog, traveled to Mercer Elementary School in Princeton to award the prize.
On Wednesday, the Governor went to Pratt Elementary School in Kanawha County, Hurricane High School in Putnam County, and Hite Saunders Elementary School in Cabell County.

And on Friday, the Governor presented $50,000 checks to Grafton High School and Paden City High School.

The funds will be used for activities or initiatives which will improve the student experience.
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Gov. Justice announces deadline for Healthy Grandfamilies vaccination incentive program
On Monday, Gov. Justice announced that the deadline for West Virginians to apply to receive a $150 school voucher through the Healthy Grandfamilies vaccination incentive program is Dec. 15, 2021. The Healthy Grandfamilies vaccination incentive program offers a $150 voucher for school supplies to all vaccinated grandfamilies in West Virginia – families where grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.
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West Virginia sets all-time state record-low seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
On Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that despite the effects of the pandemic on the state economy, West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.3% for October 2021; the lowest such rate recorded in all of state history. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has now decreased for 18 straight months.
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Justice #6 most popular Governor in the nation
Gov. Justice thanked West Virginians for their continued support Friday after recent poll results released by Morning Consult ranked Gov. Justice as the #6 most popular governor in America.

“To have such passionate and widespread support is an incredible honor,” Gov. Justice said. “It shows that the people of West Virginia really sense that something has changed in this state."
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Governor and First Lady Justice invite West Virginians to submit photos for 2021 military and first responder recognition trees
Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice invite all West Virginians to honor members of the United States Military and First Responders, by submitting photos to be showcased on two recognition trees that will be displayed during the upcoming holiday season. This year's recognition trees will be located in the west rotunda of the main Capitol building in Charleston, along with a third tree decorated by Gold Star Mothers and families to honor their loved ones whose lives were sacrificed while serving our country. 
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Beautiful trees delivered to West Virginia State Capitol ahead of holiday season
Each year, the state of West Virginia displays two beautifully decorated Christmas trees on the Capitol campus for the holiday season, thanks to generous donations from West Virginia residents. This year, Helen Herring from Elkview donated a tree for the second time, an 18-year-old Frasier Fir, while the Buchanan family from Hansford donated a Blue Spruce in honor of their late daughter, Andrea, who passed away in 2009 at 17 years of age. The Blue Spruce stands at 40 feet tall while the Frasier Fir is approximately 20 feet tall.
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Division of Highways saving money by painting own equipment
The West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways is saving taxpayers money with a new facility in Buckhannon that lets DOH paint its own heavy equipment. The state-of-the-art paint booth, located at the DOH Equipment Division headquarters in Buckhannon, is big enough to paint trailers up to 50 feet long and tall enough to accommodate most construction equipment.
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Division of Highways expands Equipment Training Academy
The West Virginia Division of Highways has expanded its Equipment Training Academy in Buckhannon to include a brand-new classroom in Parkersburg. The existing Equipment Training Academy in Buckhannon houses two classrooms. The DOH recently opened a new training facility at District 3 in Parkersburg housing a third. Beginning Monday, Nov. 15, the Training Academy had three CDL courses running at once – two in Buckhannon and one in Parkersburg. The DOH holds CDL training almost every month of the year.
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Also this week:

Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy graduates milestone 5,000th cadet

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert to Feature Local Save The Music Grantee Students, Nov. 17

Governor offers condolences on passing of pair of famous West Virginians

WVDEP accepting applications for 2022 teacher awards


HHOMA takes listening tour to Mineral and Hampshire counties

Blackwater Falls State Park sled run tickets now available for advance purchase online


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