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Patriotism: West Virginia needs to do some soul searching | News, Sports, Jobs – News and Sentinel

“In fact, a loud group of West Virginians does plenty of squawking about our love for this country (and our belief that those in other states love it less or are enemies of it). But our actions don’t back that up….”
https://www.newsandsentinel.com/opinion/editorials/2024/06/patriotism-west-virginia-needs-to-do-some-soul-searching/

Jerry West, a 3-time Hall of Fame selection and the inspiration for the NBA logo, dies at 86

“My chase began in Chelyan, West Virginia, where I strung a wire basket with no net to the side of a bridge. If your shot didn’t go in, the ball rolled down a long bank and you would be chasing it forever. So, you better make it.”
https://apnews.com/article/jerry-west-dead-nba-033c08e78eb9749f4cc275c54ff31d97

The MLB record book got a historic update (morningbrew.com)

Data show most required homeschool assessments are not completed (HOPPY’S COMMENTARY)

https://wvmetronews.com/2024/06/26/data-show-most-required-homeschool-assessments-are-not-completed/

Beyond the big story: There’s not enough mental health care for WV’s teen girls
(Commentary by Kelli Caseman)

“Kyneddi Miller was 14 years old. From what we’ve learned from the criminal complaint, family members believed that she suffered for years from an eating disorder. They detailed “clear and distinct physical problems” that left her unable to physically function on her own for almost a week before her death…While the past few months have been filled with ugly facts about child maltreatment and our state’s broken child welfare system, there’s this quiet story about a broken girl struggling with mental illness. And the question remains that even if her mother had sought the health care she needed, would she have gotten it?
https://westvirginiawatch.com/2024/06/20/beyond-the-big-story-theres-not-enough-mental-health-care-for-wvs-teen-girls/

West Virginia: 161 bruising years, but we will be okay (HOPPY’S COMMENTARY / JUNE 20, 2024)

“According to John G. Morgan in his book West Virginia Governors, ‘The historic morning of June 20, 1863, the official birthday of the 35th state, was cloudy with a threat of showers, but the sun broke through reassuringly’…President John F. Kennedy did not benefit from the same improvement in the weather as Governor Boreman when Kennedy visited Charleston on June 20, 1963, to celebrate the state’s Centennial. The rain poured down, causing Kennedy to shorten his speech…However, Kennedy famously quipped, ‘The sun does not always shine in West Virginia, but the people always do…’
https://wvmetronews.com/2024/06/20/west-virginia-161-bruising-years/

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Miller Selected To Lead West Virginia Association of School Administrators

https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2024/06/miller-selected-to-lead-west-virginia-association-of-school-administrators/

Saxe named superintendent of the year

https://wvmetronews.com/2024/06/20/historical-west-virginia-murals-added-to-state-capitol-building/

West Virginia Democrats aim to rebuild party expectations at state convention

https://www.timeswv.com/news/local_news/west-virginia-democrats-aim-to-rebuild-party-expectations-at-state-convention/article_3049d0b4-2a9f-11ef-9f1d-afc023ef6646.html

Attorneys for foster children raise issues with West Virginia Department of Human Services

https://wvpress.org/breaking-news/attorneys-for-foster-children-raise-issues-with-west-virginia-department-of-human-services/

Hope Scholarship board bans troubled Martinsburg microschool from program

Board members overseeing the Hope Scholarship, the state’s education savings account program, have permanently banned a troubled microschool from participating in the program. The Hive Learning Academy, a microschool located in Martinsburg, opened in 2023 then had to close during the school year, leaving families scrambling to find an alternative… State lawmakers last year voted to add microschools to participate in the Hope…Microschools are education facilities that often look like a blend of homeschooling and private schools. They’re largely unregulated….”

https://westvirginiawatch.com/2024/06/19/hope-scholarship-board-bans-troubled-martinsburg-microschool-from-program/

Justice says more homeschool oversight may mean less kids ‘falling through the cracks

When Governor Jim Justice was asked by a TV reporter about a possible unwillingness by the Republican majority in the legislature to look at homeschool oversight, Justice said that’s not helping the situation. ‘Levels of extreme, extreme, I can’t ever see that in anything that that is healthy.’ According to the news account, the governor says there to be some middle ground when it comes to better keeping up with home school students. Twenty-seven thousand homeschool kids in West Virginia and very little oversight,” Justice said.

https://wvmetronews.com/2024/06/18/justice-says-more-homeschool-oversight-may-mean-less-kids-falling-through-the-cracks/

Senator: homeschooling not to blame for 14-year-old girl’s death

The chairwoman of the state Senate’s school choice committee objects to suggestions that lawmakers should examine regulations surrounding homeschooling after the death of a 14-year-old Boone County girl. ‘The recent tragedy of Kyneddi Miller in Boone County is a heartbreaking and grievous tragedy that should never have occurred. It is imperative to identify the true causes of this failure, rectify them if possible, and demand accountability,’ Senator Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, wrote in an opinion piece distributed to West Virginia news organizations. ‘Sadly, instead of taking responsibility for the failures that resulted in this death, leaders are resorting to blame-shifting and scapegoating homeschooling laws rather than addressing the real causes.’…https://wvmetronews.com/2024/06/10/senator-homeschooling-not-to-blame-for-14-year-old-girls-death/

For more legislators’ commentary regarding homeschool oversight, refer to Opinion: Keep kids safe with meaningful reforms to root problems by Del. Kathie Hess Crouse, R-Putnam / https://wvpress.org/wvpa-sharing/opinion-keep-kids-safe-with-meaningful-reforms-to-root-problems/ and Opinion: W.Va. House democratic legislators urge governor to act to protect children, which included quotes by House Minority Leader Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, Joey Garcia, D-Marion, and Flluharty who was also quoted in the above article / https://wvpress.org/wvpa-sharing/opinion-w-va-house-democratic-legislators-urge-governor-to-act-to-protect-children/

Also see:
West Virginia attorneys continue to investigate growing number of child pornography and child sex trafficking cases in the state
https://wvmetronews.com/2024/06/25/west-virginia-attorneys-continue-to-investigate-growing-number-of-child-pornography-and-child-sex-trafficking-cases-in-the-state/


In one of the most dangerous workplaces in West Virginia, a poultry giant has profited from immigrant labor for decades

For over three decades, people have come from all over the globe to work for Pilgrim’s Pride’s Moorefield chicken factory. Inside the plant, immigrant workers shoulder a disproportionate amount of the danger.
https://mountainstatespotlight.org/2024/06/05/pilgrims-pride-moorefield-immigrant-workers/

Gift to Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute advances Alzheimer’s research in memory of late WVU alum

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute is advancing groundbreaking Alzheimer’s disease research with a gift from the family of a dedicated WVU alumnus…The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University and its affiliated entities and has a RNI emphasis, which researchers used focused ultrasound technology to deliver drugs where they are needed most to effectively slow and reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
https://www.wvnews.com/wvumedicine/gift-to-rockefeller-neuroscience-institute-advances-alzheimer-s-research-in-memory-of-late-wvu-alum/article_9c037280-2e4e-11ef-b36d-c7725bb978c4.html

Eleanor Library Serves as Rocket-Making Workshop and Launch Pad

Children had a blast making rockets at the Eleanor Library last Thursday, June 13. Raechel Neal, Putnam County 4-H Agent, demonstrated the art of rocket making.
https://www.hurricanebreezenews.com/2024/06/19/eleanor-library-serves-as-rocket-making-workshop-and-launch-pad/

$10K grant will create Muddy Boots Academy

ELKINS — A $10,000 grant will assist in the creation of a new outdoor learning program, to be known as the Muddy Boots Academy. Highland Adventist School has received the $10,000 grant from the Versacare Foundation. The Muddy Boots Academy will serve students from prekindergarten to first grade, with an accredited school program that will prioritize learning in an outdoor setting, officials said. ‘We are excited to bring outdoor learning to Elkins,” Cheryl Jacko, principal of Highland Adventist School, said.
https://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2024/06/10k-grant-will-create-muddy-boots-academy/

Berkeley Springs Rotary Club donates books to encourage reading

In partnership with Rotary Clubs across the Eastern Panhandle, the Berkeley Springs Rotary Club recently conducted its Second Grade Book Project… which aims to help students maintain or increase their reading proficiency during the summer break from school and to encourage a lifelong interest in reading.
https://www.morganmessenger.com/2024/06/04/berkeley-springs-rotary-club-donates-books-to-encourage-reading/

Marshall’s Memorial Fountain nominated for national recognition

https://wvpress.org/breaking-news/marshalls-memorial-fountain-nominated-for-national-recognition/

Chef Paul Smith Wins Prestigious James Beard Culinary Award

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/life/food_and_dining/charleston-chef-paul-smith-wins-prestigious-james-beard-culinary-award/article_9dbf6a26-2a79-5d69-8019-9f8d2e704457.html

Food Bank to Provide Meals for Children During Summer

https://www.bcn-news.com/2024/06/06/food-bank-to-provide-meals-for-children-during-summer/

Over $32M allocated to increase broadband internet across WV

HTTPS://WWW.COALVALLEYNEWS.COM/NEWS/OVER-32M-ALLOCATED-TO-INCREASE-BROADBAND-INTERNET-ACROSS-WV/ARTICLE_7B0BBB77-2FFC-52B7-89D2-681DE7B64598.HTMEmail