Actress Jennifer Garner says growing up “surrounded by generational, rural poverty” in West Virginia inspired her to become an advocate for early-childhood education. Garner spoke at a meeting of the National Governors Association on Saturday about programs that bring educators into the homes of low-income parents to help them get their kids ready for kindergarten. At one point, her microphone was cut off and she said, “It’s like the Oscars!”
A high school junior who runs a guitar class for those with special needs has been selected as West Virginia’s top high school youth volunteer. Elena Polinski’s journey with music began at just 7 years old, after watching a movie about Johnny Cash. The next day, her father traveled to a store to pick out her first guitar. Now a student at John Marshall High School, she’s been selected for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
The Wood County Technical Center recently officially welcomed its newest employee: Gatsby the therapy dog is a seven-year-old beagle-poodle mix and is the fifth therapy dog serving in Wood County Schools. Gatsby was approved recently by the Wood County Board of Education. Gatsby is owned by Amy Stewart, an embedded English teacher at the center.
A Morgantown second grader is using her artistic ability to share her vision of the future. Tarannom Rajaee will represent the state in a Google doodle contest. The student from North Elementary School entered the “What I See for the Future” annual doodle contest.
West Virginia State Police say a man who refused demands by two troopers to drop a large knife and then lunged with it at one of the officers has been fatally shot. A police statement says 26-year-old Kyle Copson died at the scene of the encounter with the two officers Wednesday afternoon near a Princeton fast food outlet.
West Virginia’s Senate has voted to make it a crime to publicly display, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of someone else without that person’s consent. The bill, approved 31-0, would make it a misdemeanor subject to fines of $1,000 to $5,000 and up to a year in jail.
Officials in Jackson County believe a man set his house on fire in an effort to make his probation officer feel sorry for him. According to WCHS-TV, Joseph Coy “JJ” Sayre thought his probation was about to be revoked so he allegedly torched the home in Ripley earlier this month. The 18-year-old allegedly admitted to what he had done and told officials he wanted sympathy for his troubles from the officer. It didn’t take long for the fire marshal to figure out who sparked the flames and arson charges are pending.
West Virginia University is taking on another energy research project funded by the federal Department of Energy. The university has received more than one-point-two million dollars to make an impact on the country’s energy portfolio and to do it quickly. The award will be used to develop technologies to convert electrical energy to fuels that do not increase carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This award is a continued expansion of the efforts of WVU’s Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization and the WVU Energy Institute.
A father and son have died in a Mercer County house fire that started in a downstairs bedroom. Kathy Hamm tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that her 89-year-old father Hubert Stepp and her 54-year-old brother Benjamin Stepp died in the blaze early Tuesday in Bluewell. Hamm says the fire started in her bedroom after she turned on her oxygen compressor. Both victims lived in upstairs bedrooms.
Tonight, be sure to join the Greenbrier East Engineering team as they unveil their project for the Lemelson-MIT InveTeam grant. Their project involves using re-purposed cardboard to construct building bricks and tomorrow night, the students will undergo their grant technical review. They will unveil their project to the community at 5:30 this evening at the Visitor’s Center in downtown Lewisburg.