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Gov. Jim Justice has hired a former campaign staff member as his Regional Representative for West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties.

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Increasingly, teachers are finding that spending time in nature with their students is essential to learning. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from educators who are knocking down classroom walls so that kids can get some fresh air and exercise, and improve test scores in the process.


Peer Recovery Support Specialist Roger Dodd (right) speaks to fellow members of PITAR in Petersburg, W.Va. at its October 2019 meeting.
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In order to help people struggling with addiction, some communities are taking steps to think outside the box. 

The Potomac Highlands region of the Eastern Panhandle has brought together law enforcement, faith-based organizations and community members. The goal is to create one robust network of support in this rural region for people struggling with substance use disorder. 

The network strives to combat stigma and offer a safety net that, for some, say feels like a family.

Bridge and construction equipment underwater on River Road in northeastern Morgan County. Sleepy Creek is backed up where it runs into the Potomac River. Photo taken on June 4, 2018.
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Some small businesses in two West Virginia counties are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans as a result of storms last year.

December 25, 1887: Folk Artist James T. Rexrode Born

Dec 25, 2018
At first, he drew only from his photographs but then started painting what he called the “old-timey subjects” of his youth.
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Folk artist James T. Rexrode was born in Pendleton County on Christmas Day 1887. Although he’d always been an amateur photographer, he didn’t start painting until late in life.

April 27, 1758: Indian Warriors Attack Pendleton County

Apr 27, 2018
Battle of Monongahela
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On April 27, 1758, Delaware and Shawnee Indian warriors attacked Fort Upper Tract in present Pendleton County. Some accounts state that all 23 settlers in the fort were killed. Others suggest the Indians took some hostages.

The English name of the Indians’ war chief was Killbuck. During the French and Indian War, he led a number of bloody raids against frontier settlements in what is now eastern West Virginia.

If you’re out-and-about West Virginia bookstores or gift shops this Christmas, you may come across a coffee-table book set titled, Panhandle Portraits: a Glimpse at the Diverse Residents of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Sugar Grove
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A former Navy base in Pendleton County has been sold and is going to be repurposed as a health care campus for active-duty military personnel and West Virginia residents.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the General Services Administration announced in a statement Thursday the sale of the Sugar Grove base to Robert Pike.

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A health care company is continuing its effort to acquire a Navy base in Pendleton County after the facility closes.

KVC Health Systems has proposed converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a community college that would serve young adults emerging from the foster care system.

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A lawmaker says Pendleton County will lose several hundred jobs as a result of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's decision to turn down the federal government's offer to transfer a Navy base to the state.

State corrections officials had suggested converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a prison. Female inmates would have been transferred to Sugar Grove from the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County.

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  West Virginia officials say plans are moving forward to convert part of a soon-to-be closed Navy base in Pendleton County into a state prison.

Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told legislators Thursday that the state has submitted a formal application to the federal General Services Division to use part of the 122-acre Sugar Grove military base.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Navy announced plans in 2012 to close the Naval Information Operations Command base.

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Unemployment rates fell in 27 of West Virginia's 55 counties in November.