West Virginia Week in Review - May 28, 2022


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Gov. Justice announces two new WV GameChanger schools
On Monday, Gov. Justice joined local and state education leaders, along with several other officials, for a pair of events announcing Wheeling Park High School and Clay-Battelle Middle/High School as the latest additions to the student-powered WV GameChanger Opioid and Substance Misuse Prevention Education Program.

The cutting-edge, evidence-based program is the first of its kind in the nation and is the result of a collaborative agreement between WV GameChanger and the world-renowned Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. The program involves implementing opioid and substance misuse prevention education curriculum in schools across the state.
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Gov. Justice orders all U.S. and State flags to be flown at half-staff IMMEDIATELY and through Saturday, May 28
Gov. Justice issued a proclamation Tuesday – in accordance with a presidential proclamation – ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags on all State-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff through sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX.
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Department of Homeland Security reminds public of West Virginia Safe Schools Helpline following school shooting in Texas
Following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, this week, the WV Department of Homeland Security today is reminding all West Virginians about the Safe Schools Helpline. The West Virginia Safe Schools Helpline is a toll-free number, answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that residents can call at 1-866-723-3982. Anyone can report information regarding anything that could harm students, staff, or property at any of West Virginia’s schools. Callers may remain anonymous upon request. Concerned citizens can also email tips to safeschool@wv.gov.
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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools jumps from 14,000 feet to promote enlistment
State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch plunged at 120 miles per hour for a great cause recently. He participated in the U.S. Army Reserve Educator Tour at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. The three-day event included a tandem jump with the Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Team on Tuesday, May 17. The event highlighted military enlistment as a post-secondary option for high school students.
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Two new state record fish caught in West Virginia

West Virginia lakes and streams continue to produce both trophy-sized game fish and record catches. On Saturday, May 7, Ayden Minick of Mt. Pleasant, PA, caught and released a new state record common carp while fishing from the bank of Summersville Lake in Nicholas County. Minick’s record fish was 41.2 inches long and weighed 45.2 pounds. The trophy carp surpassed the previous West Virginia length record of 41.0 inches caught in 1988 by Charles Cook at Stonecoal Lake. However, Minick’s fish did not beat the current weight record of 47.0 pounds caught in a Preston County farm pond by Gary Johnson in 1998.

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On May 25, Steve Price of Lancaster, OH, caught and released an impressive blue catfish that broke the state record for both weight and length. He was fishing from a boat on the lower section of the Kanawha River between Buffalo and Point Pleasant. Price’s record fish was 50.7 inches long and weighed 67.22 pounds. The trophy catfish eclipsed the weight record of 61.28 pounds held by Cody Carver for only seven weeks and also broke the length record of 50.15 inches held by Justin Goode since 2021.

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West Virginia Division of Highways welcomes holiday travelers; reminds drivers to look twice for motorcycles
As motorcyclists and motorists prepare to take advantage of West Virginia’s newest scenic byway – the newly christened Seneca Skyway – the West Virginia Division of Highways is greeting travelers this Memorial Day weekend with safety reminders for all.

With an increase in holiday traffic, WVDOH is reaching out to the public, asking drivers to remain aware — from work zones to scenic routes. West Virginia Department of Transportation Traffic Engineering Division said AAA predicts 39.2 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend.
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2022 Yanni Scholarships awarded to CTE students

On Wednesday, the West Virginia Department of Education announced the recipients of the 2022 Albert Yanni Scholarships. Thirty career technical education (CTE) students in West Virginia were awarded this coveted $2,000 scholarship for the upcoming school year. The Albert Yanni Scholarship provides CTE students an opportunity to pursue advanced education and/or training related to their career aspirations. The application process is rigorous involving two rounds of thorough and extensive review of more than 80 applicants.

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Also this week:

WVDEP recognizes outstanding youth group efforts

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