MONTGOMERY — While the surrounding community may have a period of adjustment to their new neighbors, the cadets in the inaugural class of the West Virginia National Guard's Mountaineer Challenge Academy South will be the ones more embracing a new reality.

MONTGOMERY — The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $7.5 million in a Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan to help assist in the creation of a new manufacturing facility and administrative operations in Kanawha and Fayette counties.

OAK HILL — Each year hundreds of volunteers gather to provide thousands of Thanksgiving dinners to residents of Fayette County and surrounding areas.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department mourns the loss of one its most beloved members.

CHARLESTON — The American Red Cross Central Appalachia Region is seeking individuals to volunteer to help those impacted by disaster. Your local Red Cross is hosting several Volunteer Orientation Briefings to provide an opportunity for you to learn more about virtual, local or national oppor…

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia National Guard’s Mountaineer Challenge Academy South, located in Montgomery, has officially opened for its inaugural class of 72 cadets, representing 30 counties across the state, according to a press release from the Governor's Office.

BEARDS FORK — While laying the groundwork for future projects which will benefit portions of Fayette County and the surrounding area, members of an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team are collecting valuable life lessons themselves.

Fayette Fair Share, a political community organization registered as a political action committee, has made its endorsements for the 2020 General Election.

There will be food giveaways at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in London on the following dates:

CHARLESTON — Trying to prepare for all types of emergencies is hard. While many people think about planning for power outages, snowstorms, windstorms, and other disasters, it is important that these plans include ways to keep the family poison safe during these emergencies.

The West Virginia Rivers Coalition is proud to announce its new campaigns coordinator, Dr. Sarah Cross. Sarah is now leading the West Virginians for Public Lands campaign and is working on the group’s Climate Change initiative.

In 2001, when Bridge Day was canceled in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the United States of America, a replacement Spirit of Bridge Day event sprang up in downtown Fayetteville.

BECKLEY – Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) announced last week the launch of the Southeast West Virginia Solar Co-op to help area residents go solar.

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced an automatic Regular Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) supplemental payment of $125 will be issued to individuals who received Regular LIEAP in the 2020 program year.

If you wish to give and obtain a cash credit in return, consider obtaining a tax credit for giving to one of the housing, youth, education or health programs sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Labor School {SALS}.

As of 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported there have been 552,844 total confirmatory laboratory results received for Covid-19 in the state, with 15,512 total cases and 337 deaths.

Covid-19 cases in Fayette County and portions of the surrounding area continue their seemingly unabated rise, and several school systems — including Fayette and Kanawha — were sidelined from in-person classroom instruction at the start of the week in wake of that heightened community transmission.

The City of Montgomery Park Board and Montgomery City Council are providing a homework hotspot for local students in the Upper Kanawha Valley district for anyone who needs connectivity to the internet, according to Mayor Greg Ingram.

The City of Smithers is once again conducting a book bag giveaway to make school supplies available for children in the Upper Kanawha Valley area.

CHARLESTON – Autopsy results show the July death of a Mount Olive Correctional Complex inmate from an underlying health condition also involved Covid-19 complications. A more recent Mount Olive inmate death, meanwhile, is considered possibly related to the virus.

Officials from the Kanawha County Commission, City of Charleston and Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Wednesday urged residents to take extra precautions to avoid spreading Covid-19 as cases of the disease continue to rise in the county.

United States Attorney Mike Stuart on Aug. 26 announced the takedown of a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing meth, heroin and marijuana in Kanawha and Fayette counties. The arrests were the result of a long-term investigation, dubbed "Second Wave," led by the Federal …

SMITHERS — The city gave a nod to some of its veterans with new entries on the Smithers War Memorial earlier this month.

FAYETTEVILLE — During a special meeting on Aug. 14, the Fayette County Board of Education voted to open the 2020-21 school term in a blended learning model.

GLEN JEAN — It’s time for the 2020 Hidden History Photo Contest, where the rich cultural heritage of southern West Virginia is revealed through photography. Capture stories of the past with a creative eye and a camera, sharing the diverse history preserved in this region’s national and state…

FAYETTEVILLE — West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Salango made a campaign swing through parts of Fayette County earlier this month, visiting with small business owners and listening to potential voters as he seeks to unseat incumbent Gov. Jim Justice in November.

CHARLESTON — AARP West Virginia has launched “Protect Voters 50+,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support and protect West Virginians age 50 and up as they vote in the 2020 elections. A centerpiece of the campaign will focus on providing information about voting options in West…

CHARLESTON – West Virginia is to receive an additional $24 million worth of food commodities in 2020 through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and CARES Act. These items will be distributed by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the state’s two food banks, Moun…

The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority will conduct its monthly waste tire collection this week. The waste tire collection has been on hold for a few months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tracy Massey-Ingram, Montgomery-based State Farm agent, last week presented local first responders and essential workers with gift cards from Grant’s Supermarket in recognition of their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Voters who prefer to vote absentee in the 2020 General Election may now request an absentee ballot from their county clerk, according to Secretary of State Mac Warner. The process was launched on Aug. 11.

Delegate Margaret Staggers (D-32nd) knew she had to share her recent Covid-19 diagnosis with the public.