Dear EarthTalk: What are we doing about getting rid of all the plastic floating in the ocean and forming giant gyres far from land? — Jake Johnson, Merrimack, New Hampshire

MATEWAN — The cast and crew of the 1987 John Sayles film “Matewan” — including James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, and other luminaries — are banding together to support the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum’s efforts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mou…

CHARLESTON — Education union leaders, teachers and school service personnel packed the Capitol in Charleston Monday to speak during public hearings on the much-debated omnibus education bill currently making its way through the House of Delegates.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has approved the joint stipulation and agreement for settlement in West Virginia American Water Company’s (WVAWC) water and sewer base rate cases and update to its Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) mechanism.

CHARLESTON — Standing inside the West Virginia Capitol almost an hour away from the little town where she teaches, Betsy Atwater didn’t think she’d be back here.

FAYETTEVILLE — During an American Federation of Teachers-Fayette County meeting Monday, union representatives encouraged teachers and school service personnel to contact their House of Delegate representatives to express their concerns about the omnibus education bill that passed Monday afte…

CHARLESTON — West Virginia may soon be the next state to opt out of a federal law prohibiting those convicted of a substance-related felony to receive supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits. West Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi are currently the only states where…

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee moved to report SB 237 to the full Senate with the recommendation to pass on Monday. The bill contains an article known as the “Missing Persons Act,” which says the first 24 hours following the discovery that a person is missing are c…

Mission WV will hold its annual THINK Conference on April 10-11. The conference is geared toward health professionals, social workers, counselors, teachers, nurses, youth-serving professionals, and students studying related fields. Attendees will learn strategies to improve the lives of yout…

OAK HILL — Terri’s Tribute, a local breast cancer awareness organization, plans to spend the entire year, rather than a single month, raising awareness.

Representatives from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management office recently visited Fayette County to recognize officials for continued efforts in the administration and enforcement of its floodplain management program. Pictured at a county commission meeting ea…

Fayette County has been participating in the National Flood Insurance Program since Jan. 15, 1988, making flood insurance available to its citizens and property owners. Since entering the NFIP, the county has made strides in the administration and enforcement of its floodplain management pro…

MOUNT OLIVE — Gov. Jim Justice encouraged a group of 21 prison inmates to “make goodness happen” last Tuesday as they became the first to graduate from the Mount Olive Bible College.

The Town of Gauley Bridge's planning commission will hold a public hearing and meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at town hall to address the town's recently-drafted comprehensive plan.

MOUNT OLIVE — Gov. Jim Justice encouraged a group of 21 prison inmates to “make goodness happen” last Tuesday as they became the first to graduate from the Mount Olive Bible College.

HURRICANE — Mission WV will hold its annual THINK Conference on April 10-11. The conference is geared toward health professionals, social workers, counselors, teachers, nurses, youth-serving professionals, and students studying related fields. Attendees will learn strategies to improve the l…

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services last week announced the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Waiver Program will release 200 slots to accommodate individuals on the wait list. The new slots are a result of t…

The New River Humane Society (NRHS) and the Fayette Veterinary Hospital are teaming up again to try to curb the problem of feral cats in the region.

Southern West Virginian youth have increased free physical activity programming in 2018 through the Active Southern West Virginia Kids Run Clubs.

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is now taking applications for vendors who wish to participate in the Winter Blues Farmers Market on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center. The Winter Blues Farmers Market originally…

CHARLESTON — The public is invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission on Monday, Jan. 21 for the annual commemoration and celebration of the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is: “Unity has never meant uniformity.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) this week released information to help West Virginians impacted by the government shutdown. The list of resources includes information about how to obtain unemployment benefits, food assistance, loans, as well as information on how to work w…

President Donald Trump has honored West Virginia native Katherine Johnson, of “Hidden Figures” fame, by renaming a NASA facility in Fairmont, following efforts by West Virginia leaders to have Johnson’s contributions celebrated.

Job growth in Fayette, Nicholas and Raleigh counties is forecasted by West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research to fall behind the West Virginia and national average over the next five years.

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office today arrested four McDowell County firefighters on arson charges in connection with a series of intentionally set fires in the War area that spanned several months.

The following individuals are to report on Friday, Jan. 18, before the Honorable Paul M. Blake Jr., Judge of the Circuit Court of Fayette County, at 9 a.m., in the Courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse for arraignment.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College is the recipient of a $749,000 grant from U.S. Department of Commerce, matching a previous grant from ARC Power and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), for a total of $1.5 million to develop a training cent…

Editor's note: Shared below is the transcript of the State of the State address as delivered by Gov. Jim Justice Wednesday in the House of Delegates chamber in Charleston.

Education policy is generating a lot of buzz at the capitol and muscling its way onto the 2019 legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare for the 2019 session opening this week.

West Virginia lawmakers have outlined their priorities for the 2019 legislative session, which begins today, and while education commands a number of planned initiatives, there are also issues of governance, infrastructure and a rollback on taxes – in the neighborhood of $130 million – on bu…

A bridge engineer said Monday further inspection is expected this week on the closed Kanawha Falls bridge.

Beginning this month, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority at 600 Slack Street in Charleston will open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon on the second Saturday of each month. The first three Saturday mornings in 2019 that the SWA will be open are Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9.

Before Christmas, members of the Woman's Club of Montgomery visited the residents of the Montgomery General Elderly Care to help residents write Christmas cards.

CHARLESTON — Due to the extremely high volume of enrollment in the E-ZPass Single Fee Discount program as well as technical challenges and major disruptions to the enrollment service, the deadline to enroll in the Limited (One-Time) Early Enrollment Option of the Single Fee Discount Program …

The Southern Appalachian Labor School will host its monthly used book sale on Saturday, Jan. 5 at The Historic Oak Hill School, 140 School Street, Oak Hill.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 held its annual community children’s Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Valley High School. The party has been an Eagles annual Christmas event serving the community for over 50 years.

CHARLESTON — The holidays are a time for family gatherings and festivities with friends. These celebrations mean good food, shared memories, camaraderie, and for some, a few too many drinks. Sadly, 29 percent, or 10,874, of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2017 involved drunk drivers,…