Archives for February 2017

Treasure Hunters

Treasure hunters might find their next great bargain online at the West Virginia State Treasurer’s website. The unclaimed property online auction is underway. Many of the items are from law enforcement seizures or abandoned safe deposit boxes. The auction can be found at www.WVTreasury.com and then click on the “Unclaimed Property” link.

JC Penney

One thing we know from JC Penney is that they plan to close up to 140 stores across the country this year, but what we don’t know yet is if any of the West Virginia locations will be shut down. The closings are expected to save the company as much as 200 million dollars and offer them an opportunity to compete better in the online marketplace. The company says they plan to announce the locations in a couple of weeks. There are nine locations in West Virginia.

Affordable Care Act

An Affordable Care Act town hall is on the books for April in Charleston. The date is April 19th. Senator Joe Manchin says he plans to attend. A rally was held on Saturday calling for the local town hall. The Culture Center in the Capitol complex will hold the event.

Justice Budget Plan

Gov. Jim Justice has unveiled a revised budget plan to close the projected $500 million state deficit by raising taxes on sugary soft drinks and cigarettes, revising pension contributions and reducing previously proposed fractional sales and corporate tax hikes. He’s still calling for major highway reconstruction to boost the state economy, funded by bonding seeded with revised taxes and fees. He says it would create 48,000 jobs. Justice now would partly offset his proposed $20 increase in the annual fee for license plate vehicle stickers by reducing inspection frequency to every three years.

Treasure Hunters

Treasure hunters might find their next great bargain online at the West Virginia State Treasurer’s website. The unclaimed property online auction is underway. Many of the items are from law enforcement seizures or abandoned safe deposit boxes. The auction can be found at www.WVTreasury.com and then click on the “Unclaimed Property” link.

JC Penney

One thing we know from JC Penney is that they plan to close up to 140 stores across the country this year, but what we don’t know yet is if any of the West Virginia locations will be shut down. The closings are expected to save the company as much as 200 million dollars and offer them an opportunity to compete better in the online marketplace. The company says they plan to announce the locations in a couple of weeks. There are nine locations in West Virginia.

Brushfires

Authorities are asking travelers to properly extinguish their cigarettes after a series of brushfires over the weekend. Brushfires on Interstates-64 and 95 kept firefighters busy in heavy traffic situations both Saturday and Sunday. The fires also caused major backups at times extending as long as five miles.

Jennifer Garner WV

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!”

Top Youth Volunteer

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.

Gatsby Therapy Dog

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.