Archives for July 2017

App to help Kids

A West Virginia mental health center has started a mobile response team to help children during emotional and behavioral crises. The Register-Herald reports the Children’s Mobile Crisis Response has operated in Raleigh County for the past six months.

Missed Deadline

The chief of staff for West Virginia’s Democratic governor says the office is investigating why the state has missed a deadline for a federal audit that led to sanctions for its public universities. Multiple media outlets report Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff Nick Casey said the office is trying to find out what happened and “determine accountability.”
Agencies that use federal funds have to submit information to the federal government each year. The state compiles the information and sends it to the federal government. But state officials missed the deadline, and the U.S. Department of Education handed down sanctions that mean the state’s public universities will have to front $245 million for student financial aid.

Jamboree over

The Boy Scouts Jamboree in Fayette County is over after ten days of activity. Tens of thousands of people came into the state for the Jamboree with millions of dollars of economic impact predicted. The Scouts also performed community service in many areas and helped clean several spots up. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the permanent home for the event with the next one scheduled for 2019.

Trump back in WV this week

President Trump is heading back to West Virginia. The President spoke last week in Fayette County at the Boy Scout Jamboree and is making a trip to Huntington this Thursday. His website says two tickets per request can be made and he will speaking at the Big Sandy Superstore. The rally begins at seven in the evening and the doors open a few hours before that.

Raleigh County Bridge Named After Military Brothers

In Raleigh County, a bridge has been named in honor of a family that has gone above and beyond the call of duty. The nine Almond brothers of Raleigh Co. served in the United States military in some capacity going back as far as WWII. Now a span that sits on Robert C Byrd Dr. is named in their honor after a service this past weekend.

Why Was Audit Deadline Missed?

The chief of staff for West Virginia’s Democratic governor says the office is investigating why the state has missed a deadline for a federal audit that led to sanctions for its public universities. Multiple media outlets report Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff Nick Casey said the office is trying to find out what happened and “determine accountability.” The U.S. Department of Education handed down sanctions that mean the state’s public colleges have to front $245 million for student loans.

Assessment In Wake Of Flood Damage

West Virginia highway crews are assessing damage to roads and bridges following severe floods. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Jones says in a news release that maintenance crews will focus on clearing mud slides and downed trees in northern West Virginia. Jones says all or parts of more than 20 roads in nine counties either are closed or damaged.

WV State Fair

Officials with the West Virginia State Fair say they’re taking extra precautions in light of the tragedy in Ohio. A teenager was killed and several others badly injured when a carnival ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night. West Virginia State Fair CEO Kelly Collins says they’re making sure not to rush their ride inspections ahead of the fair, which gets underway Thursday. All rides are inspected three separate times before going live.

Restaurant Week in Huntington

It’s Restaurant Week in Huntington, through Saturday. Keep an eye out – several restaurants around the city are offering three-course meals at lunch and dinner. The Chamber of Commerce also says the restaurants will offer great discounts, like 50-cent wings at the Holiday Inn on Third Avenue and buy one get one free hotdogs at Charlie Graingers.

Money to fight literacy

More than 350-thousand-dollars in grant money is heading to West Virginia to fight literacy. State leaders said yesterday the education department’s Office of Early Learning will use the funding on multiple programs, including Read Aloud West Virginia, Save the Children and West Virginia Imagination Library. The state’s schools superintendent says efforts to support early literacy initiatives and programs at the local level are in full swing in all 55 West Virginia counties.