Archives for July 2018

New Website For Road Construction Info

Gov. Jim Justice says motorists can use a website to view ongoing West Virginia road and bridge construction projects.

Justice said Monday the website Drive Forward WV lists details on 600 construction projects across the state.

Voters last October passed a referendum for the state to sell $1.6 billion in bonds to finance state road repairs and construction. The Legislature in December authorized issuing up to $800 million in bonds through this summer followed by another $800 million in the next three years.

Justice also announced the formation of a team that will respond to safety and other concerns about state roads. Concerns can be phoned to 1-833-WV-ROADS. He says the Division of Highways will respond to issues and make a determination within a week.

Prepping For The Fair

The 10-day West Virginia State Fair kicks off next week, and thousand are expected to visit the showcase in Lewisburg.

Organizers say one new event this year offers a Best of Fair Food contest, with 10 new items from food vendors that fairgoers can try and vote on.

The concert lineup begins on Aug. 9 with a sold-out show by Luke Combs. Other shows include the Southern Uprising Tour Featuring Travis Tritt, the Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Concert tickets and details are available online or by calling (800) 514-3849 (ETIX).

The 2018 fair runs Aug. 9 to 18, with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Texans Open Up Training Camp At The Greenbrier

The Houston Texans are opening up their summer sessions at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. They’ll be doing drills starting Thursday at the Greenbrier’s Sports Performance Center. They’ll be holding ten sessions daily from 10:40 am until 1:10pm. The cost of practice is free. There’s parking at the Greenbrier Train Station from 9am to 2pm. Players will sign autographs at the conclusion of practice if time allows. You can take still photos of the players but no video is allowed. There is food and beverage on hand for sale as well.

Greenbrier Valley Airport Getting Federal Dollars For Infrastructure

$248,000 is headed to the Greenbrier Valley Airport near Lewisburg. The money comes from federal funding to make infrastructure improvements as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Senator Joe Manchin says,”Airports make rural communities accessible to the rest of the country and therefore make a thriving economy accessible to rural communities.”

Veterans’ Care Summit In Beckley

A Veterans Affairs hospital in Raleigh County says it is planning a mental health summit to highlight advances in improving veterans’ care.

The Beckley VA Medical Center says the summit is set for Aug. 9. The event will take place at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

VA officials say the goal is to enhance the mental health and well-being of veterans and their families through better collaboration between the VA and the community.

The summit will cover such topics as access to care, suicide prevention and the changing use of opioids in pain management.

The event is open to medical professionals, veterans and their families at no cost.

Free Breakfast, Lunch For Students In 13 County Schools

13 schools in Greenbrier County will be offering students free breakfast and lunch in the upcoming school year. Officials say they will be hot nutritious meals anud they’re encouraging students even who normally pack a lunch to take advantage of what’s called the Community Eligibility Program. There is no charge for any student and no paperwork is necessary for kids to take part. Also, the fresh food used is grown in southern West Virginia.

Drop In State Unemployment

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 5.3 percent in June.

WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents fell by 300 during the month to 42,000. Total unemployment was up 3,200 over the year.

Job gains included 600 in professional and business services, 200 in mining and logging and 100 in financial activities.

Employment losses included 7,300 in government due entirely to the removal of election workers following the May primary. Other job losses were 700 in construction, 700 in education and health services, 500 in manufacturing, and 200 in trade, transportation and utilities.

Prison Time For Sex Offender

Five to 25 years in prison for a Greenbrier County man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child. Brandon Roto copped a plea to a count of first degree sexual abuse for an incident which reportedly involved a 9 year old. In addition, he was handed a $1,000 fine, plus, he’ll face 20 years of supervised release after his sentence is served. Police say they talked to the victim at the Child and Youth Advocacy Center in April last year.

Senate President Slams Teachers’ Union

West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael is criticizing a teachers union that won a pay raise earlier this year over what he called its “Obama style socialist agenda.” The Jackson County Republican says the American Federation of Teachers’ agenda “doesn’t represent values” of West Virginia families, students and educators. The union has voted to demand that its endorsed candidates support universal health care, free tuition at public colleges and free child care.

One Lucky Local May Be Going To The Emmys

The folks at Hillbilly Hustlers, which sells fashion designs which then helps the community, is headed to the Emmys and wants to take one lucky local. They look to provide opportunities and resources for veterans and individuals in need, and they hope to use the Emmy appearance as a way to boost their profile and get more people involved. The online giveaway will run until September 1st, 2018. Go to the Hillbilly Hustlers website to find out more.