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Schools in 28 Counties to Ask for SBA Funding

The Free Press WV

School superintendents from nearly 30 West Virginia counties will be in the Capital City to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.

In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.

Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.

“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.

Summaries of the projects, in the order they’ll be presented to the SBA on both Monday and Tuesday, are as follows:


LINCOLN COUNTY
Lincoln County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,129,270 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,329,270. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Guyan Valley Middle School (partial), Midway Elementary School,
Hamlin PK-8 School (partial), Duval PK-8 School, and Ranger Elementary.


RITCHIE COUNTY
Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.


WAYNE COUNTY
Wayne County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,686,750 and will be providing $150,000 in local funds for a total of $3,836,750. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a roof replacement to correct indoor air quality and water
infiltration issues at Spring Valley High School.


WOOD COUNTY
Wood County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $8,400,600 and will be providing $1,591,400 in local funds for a total of $9,992,000. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Wood County Technical Center, which include additional space for for expanding enrollment and programs. Also, this will allow Wood County to house all programs within one facility in increase operating efficiency.


WIRT COUNTY
Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.


PLEASANTS COUNTY
Pleasants County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $464,494. They are providing $81,969 in local funds for a total of $546,463. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in order to more adequately address today’s school access safety standards.


MONROE COUNTY
Monroe County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $16,242,000 and will be providing $1,192,000 in local funds for a total of $3,758,000 upon the passage of a local bond issue and is requesting an additional $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $22,192,000. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Peterstown PK-8 School. Should this project be funded, the existing Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School will close and a new 750 student facility will be built in the Peterstown area.


MONONGALIA COUNTY
Monongalia County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $4,024,133 and will be providing $1,341,377 in local funds for a total of $5,365,510. These funds will be used for classroom addition and school access safety upgrades and other building renovations to the existing Morgantown High School.


MINERAL COUNTY
Mineral County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $8,718,368 and will be providing $500,000 in local funds for a total of $9,218,368 for interior renovations at Keyser Middle School, reconfiguring the facilities original open-concept floor plan into
more traditional spaces.


PRESTON COUNTY
Preston County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,292,400 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $1,292,400. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Bruceton PK-8 School and Kingwood Elementary School.


TUCKER COUNTY
Tucker County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $828,647 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $828,647. These funds will be used for a new roof replacement and site drainage improvements to assist with water infiltration issues at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle School.


WEBSTER COUNTY
Webster County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,489,390 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $6,489,390. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Webster County High School. The work proposed includes exterior façade wall repairs, HVAC unit replacement, sidewalk replacement, flooring replacement, door security hardware upgrades, and a middle school gym addition.


CALHOUN COUNTY
Calhoun County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118. These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.


BRAXTON COUNTY
Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.


MASON COUNTY
Mason County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $482,261 and will be providing $53,585 in local funds for a total of $535,846. These funds will be used for building automation and fire alarm system upgrades at Roosevelt Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, and Point Pleasant Middle/High School and Career Center.


KANAWHA COUNTY
Kanawha County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,992,759 and will be providing $1,748,190 in local funds for a total of $8,740,949. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a new roof replacement at Ben Franklin Career Center.


CABELL COUNTY
Cabell County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $6,618,539 and will be providing $6,618,539 in local funds, for a total of $13,237,078. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Highlawn Elementary School on the site of the old Enslow Middle School. The existing Enslow Middle School building, with the exception of the gymnasium, will be demolished in order to build the new 300 student facility within the Highlawn neighborhood.


CLAY COUNTY
Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.


MINGO COUNTY
Mingo County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $916,365 and will be providing $310,000 in local funds for a total of $1,226,365. These funds will be used to transform Gilbert Middle School into a renovated Gilbert PK-8. Should this project be funded, the existing Gilbert Elementary will close.


MERCER COUNTY
Mercer County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $10,704,032 and will be providing $1,500,000 in local funds for a total of $12,204,032 for the construction of a new PK-2 Elementary School. Should this project be funded, at the conclusion of
construction of this facility, Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Elementary will close. Two additional Pre-K classrooms will be included to accommodate additional Pre-K students. Additional space for special education students from this attendance area, that are currently being transported out of area, will also be included to allow for reduced travel times.


TYLER COUNTY
Tyler County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,414,800 and will be providing $157,200 in local funds for a total of $1,572,000. These funds will be used for new roofs at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.


RANDOLPH COUNTY
Randolph County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,178,645 and will be providing $100,000 in local funds for a total of $6,278,645. These funds will be used for renovations and additions to Beverly Elementary School and George Ward
Elementary School to accommodate for the additional students as a result of the closures of Valley Head Elementary and Homestead Elementary Schools.


MARSHALL COUNTY
Marshall County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $693,780 and will be providing $341,713 in local funds for a total of $1,035,493. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, and Moundsville Middle School.


HANCOCK COUNTY
Hancock County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $1,000,000 and will be providing $270,000 in local funds for a total of $1,270,000. These funds will be used for a new roof at Weir Middle School.


HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Hampshire County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $168,562 and will be providing $56,188 in local funds for a total of $224,750. These funds will be used for a partial roof replacement at Augusta Elementary School.


PENDLETON COUNTY
Pendleton County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $2,564,624 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $2,764,624. These funds will be used for new HVAC systems at Pendleton County Middle/High School and North Fork Elementary School.


UPSHUR COUNTY
Upshur County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $546,164 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $546,164. These funds will be used for a roof replacement at Tennerton Elementary School to correct numerous issues which have caused roof leaks in several areas of the building.


WYOMING COUNTY
Wyoming County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,054,500 and is requesting $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $4,054,500. These funds will be used for a roof replacement to correct water infiltration issues and an HVAC system upgrade to improve indoor air quality at Wyoming East High School.


Local funding helps, Blackwell said, but “It’s not required because there may be a county that just has a daggone need that just does not have the revenue to match it in any way, but it’s a desperate need and, I think, the SBA will fund it.”

The SBA meeting for presentations begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

Since 1989, Blackwell said the SBA had allocated more than $3 billion total for school projects across West Virginia.

“That’s a lot of money and a lot of improvements that have been made out in our county school systems,” he said.

2017: WV High School Football Scoreboard: First Round of Playoffs

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017:
First Round of Playoffs
 
AAA AA A
 
#16 South Charleston (4-7) 14 #16 Robert C. Byrd (6-5) 40 #16 Williamstown (5-5) 10
#1 Huntington (11-0) Saturday 44 #1 Mingo Central (11-0) Saturday 76 #1 East Hardy (11-0) Friday 14
 
#15 Morgantown (4-7) 0 #15 Braxton County (7-4) 14 #15 Richwood (6-5) 19
#2 Martinsburg (11-0) Friday 61 #2 Bluefield (11-0) Friday 46 #2 South Harrison (10-1) Friday 58
 
#14 Spring Mills (5-6) 7 #14 Weir (7-4) 12 #14 Fayetteville (6-5) 75
#3 University (11-0) Friday 37 #3 Bridgeport (10-1) Saturday 35 #3 Midland Trail (10-1) Saturday 35
 
#13 George Washington (5-6) 0 #13 Keyser (7-4) 12 #13 Pocahontas County (7-4) 29
#4 Spring Valley (9-2) Friday 31 #4 Fairmont Senior (10-1) Friday 34 #4 Tug Valley (10-1) Saturday 30
 
#12 Cabell Midland (6-5) 28 #12 Sissonville (7-4) 28 #12 Doddridge County (8-3) 14
#5 Musselman (8-3) Saturday 18 #5 Wayne (10-1) Saturday 54 #5 St. Marys (9-1) Saturday 44
 
#11 Wheeling Park (6-5) 21 #11 Winfield (8-3) 29 #11 Summers County (7-4) 28
#6 Capital (8-3) Friday 63 #6 James Monroe (8-3) Friday 0 #6 Webster County (9-2) Friday 0
 
#10 John Marshall (8-3) 42 #10 Philip Barbour (8-3) 14 #10 Wheeling Central (7-4) 34
#7 Parkersburg (7-4) Friday 35 #7 Point Pleasant (9-2) Saturday 63 #7 Cameron (9-2) Friday 20
 
#9 Hurricane (7-4) 52 #9 Nicholas County (8-3) 7 #9 Sherman (9-2) 37
#8 Hedgesville (7-4) Friday 21 #8 Liberty Harrison (9-2) Friday 27 #8 Madonna (8-3) Friday 14
 

2017: The Final High School Football Playoff Ratings from the WVSSAC

CLASS AAA

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1HUNTINGTON16.510033612811748
2MARTINSBURG15.71005708911740
3UNIVERSITY15.210039418611735
4SPRING VALLEY12.6823901669630
5MUSSELMAN11.7823952219324
6CAPITAL11.1733762108427
7PARKERSBURG10.4733542638123
8HEDGESVILLE9.7733332628413
9HURRICANE9.5642452596332
10JOHN MARSHALL8.7733252007215
11WHEELING PARK8.5643242586916
12CABELL MIDLAND7.8554033406018
13GEORGE WASHINGTON7.2552251775715
14SPRING MILLS7.1552112566011
15MORGANTOWN6.6462022594818
16SOUTH CHARLESTON5.8461312614810
17ST. ALBANS5.646023332045
18RIVERSIDE5.246026828845
19RIPLEY4.946024527339
20PARKERSBURG SOUTH4.137019828536
21BROOKE3.837013126336
22BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR3.637013228733
23WASHINGTON3.537021640633
24PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL2.928014734221
25GREENBRIER EAST2.528016233324
26HAMPSHIRE2.428018139321
27WOODROW WILSON1.419011138412
28PRINCETON1.21901353309
29JEFFERSON00100994430

CLASS AA

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1MINGO CENTRAL13.61005632029046
2BLUEFIELD13.61004741089937
3BRIDGEPORT12.6913301338739
4FAIRMONT SENIOR12.2913811348438
5WAYNE11.1913771817833
6JAMES MONROE10.1823541747823
7POINT PLEASANT9.9824161527227
8LIBERTY (Harrison)9.6823512436927
9NICHOLAS COUNTY9.6823411566333
10PHILIP BARBOUR9.1822731886625
11WINFIELD8.7734772006324
12SISSONVILLE8.7732852656324
13KEYSER8.7732991967215
14WEIR8.2733731416913
15BRAXTON COUNTY8.1732842046318
16ROBERT C. BYRD8643492715426
17PIKEVIEW7.873031719654
18LINCOLN7.464031831357
19NORTH MARION764037827557
20INDEPENDENCE6.664019014051
20CHAPMANVILLE6.664029028354
22WESTSIDE6.364027124251
23BERKELEY SPRINGS6.264032024145
24ELKINS655026023348
25SHADY SPRING5.755020318245
26CLAY COUNTY5.364022316345
26OAK HILL5.355022528939
28PETERSBURG4.655028128136
29SCOTT4.346029435333
30HERBERT HOOVER3.237018134527
31GRAFTON3.137017431224
32WYOMING EAST2.328012730618
33LOGAN2.228021441218
34NITRO2.128011936918
34RIVER VIEW2.128013636515
36FRANKFORT1.928024235718
36POCA1.928023340015
38OAK GLEN HIGH SCHOOL1.828018845918
39Lewis County1.319015930112
40EAST FAIRMONT1.11901283379
41MAN HIGH SCHOOL11901212819
42ROANE COUNTY001001523430
42LIBERTY (Raleigh)00100953730

CLASS A

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1EAST HARDY10.91003961216940
2SOUTH HARRISON10.5914381135748
3MIDLAND TRAIL9.4913831346331
4TUG VALLEY9.3913191006033
5ST. MARYS9813761235130
6WEBSTER COUNTY8.9913221725732
7CAMERON7.9914771105425
8MADONNA7.6823001674828
9SHERMAN7.482349985420
10WHEELING CENTRAL7.3642791934528
11SUMMERS COUNTY 7.1642602003932
12DODDRIDGE COUNTY7.182397834823
13POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.2732691774517
14FAYETTEVILLE6.1642442584219
15RICHWOOD6.1642962253625
16WILLIAMSTOWN5.44543192103019
17RAVENSWOOD555021422733
18TYLER CONSOLIDATED4.855036126730
19VAN4.7845025223627
20VALLEY (Wetzel)4.764017521636
21CLAY-BATTELLE4.564031021636
22WAHAMA4.455020920730
23MOUNT VIEW4.246026234230
24WIRT COUNTY3.755023627730
25NOTRE DAME3.646024338824
26MAGNOLIA3.446027327524
27MONTCALM3.2245018520324
28MEADOW BRIDGE2.937012429718
29VALLEY (Fayette)2.837016728621
30TUCKER COUNTY2.337013426218
31PENDLETON COUNTY2.237024630218
32GREENBRIER WEST2.128018030812
33GILMER COUNTY237015131218
34BUFFALO1.928010928915
35TOLSIA1.828015936312
36TYGARTS VALLEY1.428015035812
36PADEN CITY1.428016737712
38HANNAN1.228010634112
38RITCHIE COUNTY1.228012935212
40MOOREFIELD00100754050
40PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC0080642910
40CALHOUN COUNTY00100744680
40HUNDRED0090564130




2017: High school football playoff pairings and times

Dates and times announced for the high school football playoff opening round games.

 

CLASS AAA

Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM

# 15 Morgantown (4-6) at # 2 Martinsburg (10-0)

# 14 Spring Mills (5-5) at # 3 University (10-0)

# 13 George Washington (5-5) at # 4 Spring Valley (8-2)

# 11 Wheeling Park (6-4) at # 6 Capital (7-3)

# 10 John Marshall (7-3) at # 7 Parkersburg (7-3)

# 9 Hurricane (6-4) at # 8 Hedgesville (7-3)

Saturday, November 11 at 1:30 PM

# 16 South Charleston (4-6) at # 1 Huntington (10-0)

# 12 Cabell Midland (5-5) at # 5 Musselman (8-2)

 

Class AA Pairings

# 16 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) at # 1 Mingo Central (10-0)

# 15 Braxton County (7-3) at # 2 Bluefield (10-0)

# 14 Weir (7-3) at # 3 Bridgeport (9-1)

# 13 Keyser (7-3) at # 4 Fairmont Senior (9-1)

# 12 Sissonville (7-3) at # 5 Wayne (9-1)

# 11 Winfield (7-3) at # 6 James Monroe (8-2)

# 10 Philip Barbour (8-2) at # 7 Point Pleasant (8-2)

# 9 Nicholas County (8-2) at # 8 Liberty Harrison (8-2)

 

Class A Pairings

# 16 Williamstown (5-4) at # 1 East Hardy (10-0)

# 15 Richwood (6-4) at # 2 South Harrison (9-1)

# 14 Fayetteville (6-4) at # 3 Midland Trail (9-1)

# 13 Pocahontas County (7-3) at # 4 Tug Valley (9-1)

# 12 Doddridge County (8-2) at # 5 St. Marys (8-1)

# 11 Summers County (6-4) at # 6 Webster County (9-1)

# 10 Wheeling Central (6-4) at # 7 Cameron (9-1)

# 9 Sherman (8-2) at # 8 Madonna (8-2)

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 11

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 11 Games
Gilmer County (3-7) 18 #11 Braxton County (7-3) 27
Meadow Bridge (3-7) 34 Sissonville (7-3) 34
Roane County (0-10) 20 #7 Parkersburg (7-3) 27
 Independence (6-4) 24 Parkersburg South (3-7) 24
#12 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) 20 Tyler Consolidated (5-5) 14
#13 Philip Barbour (8-2) 21 #5 St. Marys (8-1) 55
#8 Doddridge County (8-2) 67 #7 Cameron (9-1) 65
Parkersburg Catholic (0-8) 6 Hannan (2-8) 0
Wirt County (5-5) 8 Tolsia (2-8) 0
#10 Sherman (8-2) 55 #16 Williamstown (5-4) 42
Notre Dame (4-6) 14 Valley (Wetzel) (6-4) 45
Tucker County (3-7) 12 Paden City (2-8) 6
#2 South Harrison (A) (9-1) 40 #6 Webster County (A) (9-1) 8
#6 Liberty Harrison (8-2) 0 Clay County (6-4) 6
#14 Lincoln (6-4) 21 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (3-7) 14
#4 Bridgeport (9-1) 56 Elkins (5-5) 47
#13 Richwood (A) (6-4) 7  
#10 Nicholas County (8-2) 42
BYE WEEK:  Calhoun County, Lewis County, Ritchie County

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 10 Games
Gilmer County (2-6) Cancelled East Fairmont (1-8) 7
Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)   Saturday Cancelled  #11 Braxton County (7-2) 48
Clay County (AA) (6-3) 42 #7 Liberty Harrison (8-1) 35
Calhoun County (0-10) 6 Lewis County (1-9) 7
Ritchie County (A) (2-8) 15 #9 Lincoln (6-3) 6
Berkeley Springs (6-4) 57 Philip Barbour (7-2) 27
#1 South Harrison (8-1) 20 #5 St. Marys (7-1) 20
#2 East Hardy (9-0) 41 #13 Ravenswood (5-4) 10
Montcalm (3-5) 7 #7 Cameron (8-1) 52
#6 Webster County (8-1) 39 Bridgeport, OH 6
Notre Dame (3-6) 34 #11 Summers County (5-4) 14
#16 Clay-Battelle (6-3) 20 #15 Richwood (6-3) 28
Tygarts Valley (2-7) 6 Paden City (2-7) 20
Wirt County (5-4) 42 Beallsville, OH 35
#13 Nicholas County (7-2) 45 Mount View (4-6) 16
#12 PikeView (7-3) 14 Meadow Bridge (2-7) 22
North Marion (5-4) 46 Tyler Consolidated (5-4) 51
#15 Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 68 Valley (Wetzel) (5-4) 8
Ripley (AAA) (3-6) 44 Riverside (4-6) 30
Roane County (0-9) 14 #10 Parkersburg (6-3) 44
Parkersburg South (3-6) 28 Preston (2-7) 24
#14 Wheeling Park (5-4) 35 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-6) 3
BYE WEEK:  Bridgeport, Doddridge County, Williamstown

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 9 Games
Hannan (2-6) 6 #12 North Marion (5-3) 28
Gilmer County (2-6) 46 #12 Braxton County (6-2) 30
Calhoun County (0-9) 18 #11 Valley (Wetzel) (5-3) 7
#6 Webster County (7-1) 53 #10 Doddridge County (7-2) 35
Wirt County (4-4) 40 Williamstown (4-4)  
Ritchie County (2-7) 6 Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)    Saturday  
#1 South Harrison (8-0) 43 Magnolia (3-6) 43
#3 St. Marys (6-1) 15 Tyler Consolidated (4-4) 21
Roane County (AA) (0-8) 14 Paden City (2-6) 12
#14 Ravenswood (5-3) 35 Van (4-5) 66
#4 Midland Trail (A) (8-1) 29 Beallsville, OH 25
Nicholas County (6-2) 34 #8 Cameron (7-1) 58
#4 Liberty Harrison (7-1) 14 Valley (Fayette) (3-6) 8
Robert C. Byrd (5-3) 48 Richwood (5-3) 41
#9 Keyser (5-3) 0 Elkins (3-5) 44
#5 Bridgeport (8-1) 30 #11 Lincoln (6-2) 45
Shady Spring (4-4) 31 #8 Hurricane (4-4) 7
Clay County (5-2) 6 #12 Parkersburg (5-3) 35
Philip Barbour (6-2) 24 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) 7
Lewis County (1-8) 22 Brooke (2-6) 28
Greenbrier East (1-7) 12    
Parkersburg South (3-5) 29    
BYE WEEK:  Notre Dame

Fall Foliage Report: Colors Approaching Peak

The Free Press WV

Fall color is approaching peak in parts of southern West Virginia, just in time for Bridge Day, which is scheduled for Saturday.

The state Division of Forestry along with the state Tourism Office released their fall foliage report Wednesday:

In the higher elevations, wind, rain and frost have brought many of the leaves of all species except oaks to the ground. Limited viewing opportunities remain in the eastern mountains as the oaks change to yellow. Most of the remaining color can now be found in southern and central West Virginia, along with parts of the Eastern and Northern Panhandles.

West Virginia counties and regions showing good color:

Berkeley (70%) — A good range of color can be found at Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area off Hampshire Grade Road.

Doddridge (75%) — U.S. 50 from Parkersburg to Clarksburg is a recommended drive.

Mercer (75%) — U.S. Route 19 from Princeton to Gardner is scenic.

Mingo (30%) — King Coal Highway is showing quite a bit of color.

Monongalia County (65%) — Coopers Rock State Forest on the Preston-Monongalia border is still colorful.

Morgan (60%) — Color is approaching peak just in time for the Berkeley Springs Fall Studio Tour—a driving tour of local art studios Oct. 21-22. The three-state panorama off W.Va. Route 9 and Detour Road is another good view.

Logan (40%) — Blair Mountain is showing quite a bit of color.

Nicholas (70%)— W.Va. Route 39 from Summersville to Gauley Bridge is a recommended drive.

Ohio (55%) —The maples along W.Va. Route 88 through Oglebay Resort are showing good color.

Ritchie (60%)—U.S. 50 from Parkersburg to Clarksburg is approaching peak color.

Taylor (65%) —Tygart Lake State Park is beautiful now. The oaks are still green but other trees are showing oranges, yellows and reds.

Featured #AlmostHeaven Road Trip: New River Gorge

Color is at 75% along U.S. Route 60 from Gauley Bridge to Ansted, where Hawks Nest State Park offers scenic overlooks of the New River Gorge. Some leaves have dropped from the higher elevations but the lower elevations are showing good colors in pockets. Spectators at this weekend’s Bridge Day festivities should see some fall colors in the gorge. This is a good time of year to visit Babcock State Park as well.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue sharing their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.

WVDEP Announces Clean County and Community Award Recipients, Environmental Teachers of the Year

The Free Press WV

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced the recipients of the “Clean County and Clean Community Awards” and has also recognized three educators as “Environmental Teachers of the Year.” 


The seven municipalities recognized as “Clean Communities” are:

    - Buckhannon, Upshur County ($500 Grand Prize)

    - Beech Bottom, Brooke County

    - New Cumberland, Hancock County

    - Wardensville, Hardy County

    - Clendenin, Kanawha County

    - Pleasant Valley, Marion County

    - Elkins, Randolph County

Communities that did not receive a cash prize will receive a glass award signifying their achievement and if necessary, two road signs designating their community as a Make It Shine Clean Community.


Four counties were recognized as “Clean Counties”:

    - Upshur County Solid Waste Authority ($2,000 first place award)

    - Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority ($1,000 second place award)

    - Boone County Solid Waste Authority and Putnam County Solid Waste Authority (Tied for third place, and will each receive $500) 


The “Environmental Teachers of the Year” are:

    - Elementary: Susan Vandall, Shady Spring Elementary in Raleigh County

    - Intermediate: Thanh Ashman, Patch Science After School Program in Roane County

    - High School: Ruth Ellen Windom, Ritchie County High School

Each Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 personal award and a $1,000 award to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in the classroom.

Each award will be presented at the Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities annual meeting on Oct. 23 at Pipestem Resort. 

“This year’s recipients come from all across West Virginia and prove that no matter where you live in our state or how many people live in your community, protecting our environment is something we can all agree on,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “Congratulations to all of the recipients, and I encourage all of them to continue their good work in promoting clean communities and providing a quality education for our young people.”

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 7 Games
#14 Doddridge County (5-2) 38 #15 Nicholas County (4-2) 20
Gilmer County (0-6) 6 Braxton County (4-2) 28
#1 St. Marys (5-0) 61 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 54
Calhoun County (0-7) 8 Ritchie County (2-5) 6
Roane County (0-6) 44 #15 Van (3-3)  
#3 Liberty Harrison (6-0) 59 Richwood (2-3)  Saturday  
Southern Garrett, MD 56 Parkersburg Catholic (0-5) 6
Notre Dame (1-6) 7 #4 Madonna (6-0) 43
#3 South Harrison (6-0) 57 #8 Webster County (5-1) 35
Tygarts Valley (1-5)  Thursday 0 Meadow Bridge (0-6) 14
Buffalo (1-5) 0 #10 Cameron (5-1) 58
Williamstown (3-4) 41 Conotton Valley, OH 0
Ravenswood (4-2) 38 #13 Clay-Battelle (5-1) 32
Wirt County (3-3) 14 Paden City (1-5) 7
#5 Bridgeport (6-1) 40 Hundred (0-6)     Forfeits due to lack of players 0
#10 North Marion (4-2) 22 Valley (Wetzel) (4-2) 1
Grafton (3-3) 21 Philip Barbour (5-2) 41
#16 Lincoln (4-2) 42 East Fairmont (0-6) 14
Robert C. Byrd (4-3) 28 Woodrow Wilson (1-6) 8
Elkins (3-3)   Thursday 24 #10 Parkersburg (4-2) 34
Parkersburg South (2-5) 28 Lewis County (AA) (1-6) 6
Brooke (1-5) 7 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-3) 14
BYE WEEK:  None in the Area

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 6 Games
#7 Midland Trail (5-0)   #3 Liberty Harrison (4-0)  
Gilmer County (0-4)   #13 Braxton County (3-1)  
Calhoun County (0-5)   #14 Wirt County (3-1)  
#13 Clay-Battelle (3-1)   #16 Doddridge County (3-2)  
Ritchie County (2-3)   Williamstown (2-3)  
Ravenswood (2-2)   #1 St. Marys (3-0)  
Tolsia (1-4)   #15 Summers County (2-2)  
#4 South Harrison (4-0)   #5 Webster County (4-0)  
#14 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (2-2)   Paden City (1-3)  
#6 Bridgeport (4-1)   #11 Cameron (3-1)  
#9 Mount View (3-2)   Parkersburg Catholic (0-3)  
Notre Dame (1-4)   Valley (Wetzel) (2-2)  
Robert C. Byrd (2-3)   #6 James Monroe (4-1)  
Lewis County (1-4)   #5 Nicholas County (4-0)  
East Fairmont (0-4)   Clay County (4-1)  
Lincoln (2-2)   Independence (1-4)  
Petersburg (2-3)   #12 Point Pleasant (AA) (4-1)  
Philip Barbour (3-2)   Parkersburg South (1-4)  
#14 Parkersburg (2-2)      
#12 Wheeling Park (3-2)      
BYE WEEK:  Richwood, Roane County, Tyler Consolidated

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 5 Games
Calhoun County (0-5) 0 #15 Braxton County (3-1) 37
Tyler Consolidated (2-3) 63 Roane County (0-5) 16
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 14 Ritchie County (2-3) 0
Clay County (4-1) 38 Doddridge County (3-2) 61
Moorefield (0-5) 3 #16 Ravenswood (2-2) 14
#2 South Harrison (4-0) 48 Williamstown (2-3) 52
Notre Dame (1-4) 26 #7 Cameron (3-1) 12
#4 Webster County (4-0) 48 Shenandoah, OH 28
#4 Liberty Harrison (4-0) 24 Richwood (2-3) 28
#14 Grafton (3-2) 21 #12 Pocahontas County (3-2) 13
#8 Bridgeport (4-1) 34 Paden City (1-3) 54
Robert C. Byrd (2-3) 20 Hundred (0-5) 6
Tucker County (A) (2-3) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 25  (2OT)
Philip Barbour (3-2) 35 Greenbrier East (1-4) 23
Marietta, OH 10 John Marshall (3-2) 40
Parkersburg (2-2) 45 Parkersburg South (1-4) 14
Lewis County (AA)  (1-4) 35    
 Preston (1-4) 14    
BYE WEEK:  Gilmer County, Lincoln, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys, Valley (Wetzel), Wirt County

30 Counties Included in Severe Thunderstorm Watch

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch at 12:40 p.m., an upgrade on a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday.

The counties of BARBOUR, BROOKE ,  CABELL, CALHOUN, DODDRIDGE, GILMER, HANCOCK, HARRISON, JACKSON, KANAWHA, LEWIS, LINCOLN, MARION, MARSHALL, MASON, MONONGALIA, OHIO,  PLEASANTS, PRESTON, PUTNAM, RITCHIE, ROANE,  TAYLOR, TUCKER, TYLERUPSHUR, WAYNE, WETZEL, WIRT,  and WOOD are all included in the watch.

“We’ve got a strong cold front baring down over the area,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said. “The front has triggered storms that’ll be moving through. Any thunderstorm is likely to bring very heavy rainfall at the risk of flash flooding. There’s also the potential for damaging wind gusts as the storms move through.”

“They are fast moving, so we’re not expecting storms to linger through the night. After early evening storms, just a couple of leftover showers.”

Further south, the watch includes the counties of Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, and Upshur. In total, 30 West Virginia counties are listed under the watch, which expires at 9:00 p.m Tuesday night.

“It is a large watch area that extends 30 counties,” Larson said. “It also extends from here north through all of Western Pennsylvania. And north of there it becomes a tornado watch across western New York state. ”

“So, widespread area of severe weather today as this strong cold front moves through. The front dropping down from Ontario. It’ll be moving across New York state, Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and, of course, here through West Virginia.”

Larson said the rain will be heavy and the winds could be damaging, but said widespread flooding isn’t expected.

“There’s going to be heavy downpours, and there’s often the risk of flash flooding when this occurs,” he said. “The one saving grace is that the storms will be fast moving. It’s not the type of situation where storms stall and linger over a given community for hours on end. That’s when we have the real high risk of flooding. That’s not the case with these storms.”

Additionally, Larson said the speed with which the storms are likely to move will help avoid the risk of widespread flooding — but said the risk of flash flooding does exist.

“Quick downpours, certainly flooding in poor drainage areas, certainly the risk of flash flooding, but I don’t think we have rain lasting long enough for there to be widespread flooding,” he said.

It remains unclear exactly how strong wind speeds are projected.

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Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Activities Planned at West Virginia State Parks

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Night skies above West Virginia’s state parks will offer excellent views of the Perseid meteor showers this week, through Saturday, August 12. Special night viewing events of this annual spectacle are scheduled at Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Babcock and North Bend state parks. Activities are free and open to the public.

 

The Perseid meteor shower happens every August when the Earth’s orbit crosses the path of debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, which last passed close to Earth in 1992. The meteors are named after the Perseus constellation, the point in the night sky from which they appear to come from. Perseid meteors can be seen just after dark, but the number of meteors per hour increases after midnight. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.

 

Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville will celebrate nature’s light show with a meteor watching party on August 12. The event will start at 11 p.m. in the recreation area by the parking lot. Amateur astronomer Bob Hogsett will share his knowledge of the night sky. Early arrivers may enjoy tall tales as told by storyteller Bil Lepp at 7 p.m. For more information about Beech Fork State Park, visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 304.528.5794.

 

Blackwater Falls State Park near Davis is far from city lights and offers one of the darkest skies in the eastern United States. Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, park naturalist Paulita Cousin will meet visitors at the nature center to assist novice watchers before the light show begins. Blackwater Falls State Park will also host the 28th Annual Astronomy Weekend September 14-17. This event is sponsored by the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society and Blackwater Falls State Park. For more information about Blackwater Falls State Park, visit www.blackwaterfalls.com or call 304.259.5216.

 

Babcock State Park near Clifftop will host a Perseid party at Boley Lake on Friday, August 11 starting at 8:30 p.m. Summer park naturalist Abby Rice will provide guidance during the sky watching event. For more information about Babcock State park and other weekend events, visit www.babcocksp.com or call 304.438.3004.

 

North Bend State Park near Cairo will feature presentations of the STARLAB Portable Planetarium on Thursday, August 10, and Friday, August 11. This program comes from the NASA IV and V Facility in Fairmont, and showcases stars, constellations and constellation mythology. On Thursday, shows will take place on the half-hour from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The Friday event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program is on a first come, first served basis in the Douglass Conference Room in the lodge. Naturalist Ken Zebo will help visitors as they enjoy the night sky view. For more information about North Bend State Park, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304.643.2931.

Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

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