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  • Businesses in Bluefield West Virginia

    Businesses in Bluefield West Virginia

    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A couple of fast food chains in Bluefield,West Virginia are no longer on Cumberland Ave. Wendy's closed for financial reasonsand according to Mark Meachum, President of the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, "Arby's as you're aware, the franchisee claimed bankruptcy in a number of Arbys."Not all businesses in Bluefield are having a hard time.Ahmed Anu the owner of Portobella's says, "Just right now I think to myself, business is good. We did good."His Italian restaurant has been...More >>
    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A couple of fast food chains in Bluefield,West Virginia are no longer on Cumberland Ave. Wendy's closed for financial reasonsand according to Mark Meachum, President of the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, "Arby's as you're aware, the franchisee claimed bankruptcy in a number of Arbys."Not all businesses in Bluefield are having a hard time.Ahmed Anu the owner of Portobella's says, "Just right now I think to myself, business is good. We did good."His Italian restaurant has been...More >>
  • Police look for missing man

    Police look for missing man

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    RALEIGH CO. (WVVA) – Police in Beckley are looking for a man who went missing last week.William “Nick” Daniel, 26, was last seen July 24...More >>
    RALEIGH CO. (WVVA) – Police in Beckley are looking for a man who went missing last week.William “Nick” Daniel, 26, was last seen July 24...More >>
CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The West Virginia Board of Education's High Quality Educators Committee Thursday met for the first time. The committee was created to address support for both teacher preparation programs and existing teachers.
 
The committee is part of the board's action plan to address six challenges presented by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as part of his education agenda. Members of the High Quality Educators Committee addressed transforming early literacy, educator preparation, professional development, leadership development for superintendents and county school boards, as well as educator evaluation.
 
Several other actions have been taken by the board to certify teacher education programs and direct professional development to support reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Progress includes an addition to the teacher evaluation goal-setting policy that requires all teachers in K-3 to include a goal to address students' reading proficiency and the development of a draft white paper of pre-K-3 assessments in relation to closing the achievement gap for third grade reading.
 
As part of the challenge to establish a commission to review the current governance structure of the 55 county boards of education and the costs that necessitates, the board not only formed the Commission on School District Governance and Administration but also announced its members. The chairman of the commission, Tom Campbell, announced the membership of the 11-member body to include Tina Combs, WVBOE; Sallie Dalton, Greenbrier County superintendent; Doug Lambert, Pendleton County superintendent; Kathy Parker, Braxton County Board of Education and state Parent Teacher Association treasurer; Karen Price, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association;  Jack Rossi, managing partner Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC;  Harry G. "Chip" Shaffer II, attorney, Shaffer & Shaffer; Bill Smith, Cabell County superintendent; Newt Thomas, ITT Carbon Industries (retired); and Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager of West Virginia, Frontier Communications.  The commission will meet next month to begin our study to review the current governance structure of the 55 boards of education. 
 
In response to the governor's request to aggressively pursue the use of Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) to create efficiencies and to decentralize the delivery of professional development services, the board has distributed approximately $1.3 million of West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) funding directly to the RESAs and districts for the Next Generation Educator Enhancement Academies with more to follow as regional sessions are completed. The board will continue to implement West Virginia's Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives with Train the Trainer sessions over the next two months reaching more than 1,800 professionals. Meanwhile, RESAs initiated work with more than 200 schools on specific school improvement areas.
 
The board continues to pursue coordinating staff in cross-counseling efforts between public education and community colleges to ensure high school graduates are prepared for a career. In addition to the pilot with Pierpont Community and Technical College, the board is considering a second pilot at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. This pilot program will provide career awareness and career counseling services to middle grade (seventh and eighth grade) students through a collaborative, public and post-secondary education team to include community and technical college staff. 
 
The WVDE is in the process of expanding the number of sites offering the Preparation for Tomorrow curriculum to begin fulfilling the challenge of requiring every career center in West Virginia to adopt or develop at least one career pathway that meets Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) standards for Preparation for Tomorrow. In addition, the WVDE is implementing the SREB Teacher Preparation modules in the WVU-Institute of Technology alternative career and technical education teacher preparation program.
 
The board is moving forward to identify district needs, as well as strengths and weaknesses, to leverage technology as a tool for authentic personalization of learning for all students. This action is in support of the challenge from the governor to investigate Project 24 and advise the Governor's Office on utilizing technology to personalize and enhance the education of all students.
 
Additional progress related to the governor's education reform initiative includes preliminary work concerning the  undertaking of two legislative studies, the Alternative Certification Programs Study and the Planning Periods Study as well as the creation and revisions of six new board polices, including hire practices, kindergarten aide qualifications, and college and career readiness.
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  • Pro-coal rally held in Pittsburgh in wake of EPA hearings

    Pro-coal rally held in Pittsburgh in wake of EPA hearings

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  • UPDATE: Security footage released of robbery

    UPDATE: Security footage released of robbery

    GREENBRIER CO. (WVVA) –Security footage has been released of a robbery at a video lottery parlor. The suspect made off with about $8000 in cash, taken from the register and safe at Abies in Fairlea on the night of July 27...More >>
    GREENBRIER CO. (WVVA) –Security footage has been released of a robbery at a video lottery parlor. The suspect made off with about $8000 in cash, taken from the register and safe at Abies in Fairlea on the night of July 27...More >>
  • Back to School Bash planned for Hinton

    Back to School Bash planned for Hinton

    Hinton, WV – The REACHH-Family Resource Center, Children’s Home Society and Youth Opportunities are teaming up to sponsor the First Annual “Back to School BASH”. On Thursday, August 7, students in grades 6-12 are invited to the Memorial Building in Hinton from 6:00-8:00 pm for an evening of music (live DJ), food and snacks, a juice bar, door prizes and giveaways, a photo booth for candids of you and your friends and more. The first 100 students will receive book bags chocked full of school su...More >>
    Hinton, WV – The REACHH-Family Resource Center, Children’s Home Society and Youth Opportunities are teaming up to sponsor the First Annual “Back to School BASH”. On Thursday, August 7, students in grades 6-12 are invited to the Memorial Building in Hinton from 6:00-8:00 pm for an evening of music (live DJ), food and snacks, a juice bar, door prizes and giveaways, a photo booth for candids of you and your friends and more. The first 100 students will receive book bags chocked full of school su...More >>
  • Virginia sales tax holiday approaching

    Virginia sales tax holiday approaching

    Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run through Sunday. During the three-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20. Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax. The Department of Taxation has posted ...More >>
    Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run through Sunday. During the three-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20. Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax. The Department of Taxation has posted ...More >>
  • Single-vehicle accident backs up I-77 traffic for miles

    Single-vehicle accident backs up I-77 traffic for miles

    GHENT, W.Va. -- Traffic came to a halt on Interstate 77 Wednesday evening, just past the tollbooth.Emergency dispatchers tell WVVA a vehicle crashed near mile marker 35 around 6:30 p.m. Traffic was backed up for miles.There's no word on any injuries. Ghent Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance services responded.The scene was cleared a little before 8 p.m.More >>
    GHENT, W.Va. -- Traffic came to a halt on Interstate 77 Wednesday evening, just past the tollbooth.Emergency dispatchers tell WVVA a vehicle crashed near mile marker 35 around 6:30 p.m. Traffic was backed up for miles.There's no word on any injuries. Ghent Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance services responded.The scene was cleared a little before 8 p.m.More >>
  • DHHR workers picket outside agency

    DHHR workers picket outside agency

    Fayette Co. (WVVA) -Department of Health and Human Resource workers picket outside the agency’s office in Fayette County...More >>
    Fayette Co. (WVVA) -Department of Health and Human Resource workers picket outside the agency’s office in Fayette County...More >>
  • Additional Lane Closure Expected in East River Mountain Tunnel

    Additional Lane Closure Expected in East River Mountain Tunnel

    (WVVA)- Motorists traveling northbound through the East River Mountain Tunnel can expect some delays as more cleaning and repairs are made...More >>
    (WVVA)- Motorists traveling northbound through the East River Mountain Tunnel can expect some delays as more cleaning and repairs are made...More >>
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