Greenbrier collects 38,000 gifts for needy kids
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - The Greenbrier resort has collected more than 38,000 toys and other gifts for needy children.
The White Sulphur Springs resort says the record number of gifts will be distributed to 85 regional children's charities.
Volunteers wrapped most of the gifts as part of the resort's third annual Create a Dream Tree for Kids holiday drive, which was initiated by Greenbrier owner Jim Justice. Some organizations that requested assistance asked that many of the gifts remain unwrapped.
The holiday drive distributed nearly 37,000 gifts last year and about 30,000 in 2011.
Gas prices down 1 cent in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gas prices have dipped a bit in West Virginia.
AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state dropped 1 cent over the past week to about $3.32. That's down about 24 cents a gallon compared with the same week a year ago.
This week's prices range from $3.20 a gallon in Clarksburg to $3.46 in Martinsburg.
Nationally, gas prices average $3.26 per gallon, 2 cents cheaper than the previous week.
US senator plans stops in 8 W.Va. communities
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will discuss job creation, small business growth and educational opportunity during a tour this week of the Northern Panhandle and the Metro Valley.
The tour begins Wednesday with the Project Best Breakfast in Wheeling, where Manchin will discuss investing in public-private partnerships to boost economic growth and job creation.
Manchin also will visit Moundsville, New Martinsville and Friendly on Wednesday before hosting a roundtable discussion with students and faculty at West Virginia State University in Dunbar on Thursday.
He wraps up the tour with events in Charleston, Hurricane and Scott Depot on Friday.
W.Va. council seeks historical characters
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Humanities Council is looking for people interested in portraying historical figures with statewide name recognition.
Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration to participate in the council's History Alive program. People are sought to portray historical figures including explorers, inventors, musicians, statesmen, artists, authors, educators, military leaders and others.
The council's current roster of characters includes 14 figures ranging from Cornstalk to Mark Twain. They give presentations at schools, libraries, civic groups and other venues throughout the state.
Those interesting in applying can call council program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
W.Va. farmers' markets set holiday events
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia farmers' markets are planning open houses and food and wine tastings this holiday season.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says the events are designed to encourage people to buy and consume West Virginia-grown products.
The Point Park Marketplace in Parkersburg will hold its open house Saturday. More than 15 vendors will showcase products ranging from breads to candy. Customers also will be able to select a Christmas tree from a local tree farmer.
The Inwood Farmers' Market will host a wine and food tasting event on Dec. 14. Inwood Market stocks wines from all 17 West Virginia farm wineries. Guests will be able to pair those wines with a variety of West Virginia-grown products.
2nd suspect arrested in W.Va. memorial theft
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A second suspect has been charged in the theft of several brass light fixtures from the West Virginia Veterans Memorial in Charleston.
Media outlets report that 37-year-old Bryan Allen Letart of Charleston was charged Tuesday with grand larceny, transferring and receiving stolen property and conspiracy. A criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court alleges that Letart helped Amanda Suzanne Young of Charleston remove 14 9-inch brass rings from light fixtures surrounding the memorial sometime before Nov. 18.
Police said the 32-year-old Young sold at least five fixtures to a recycling company last week.
Young is charged with transferring and receiving property, grand larceny and conspiracy.
Both defendants are being held in South Central Regional Jail.
WVU board's search for interim president continues
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University's Board of Governors is continuing its search for an interim president.
The university says the board didn't take any formal action during a special meeting Tuesday. The board plans to meet again on Thursday.
The board is looking for a temporary replacement for Jim Clements. Clements accepted the presidency of Clemson University in November.
Board members plan to finalize procedures for a national search for a permanent replacement on Thursday.
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