The West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston is all decked out in anticipation of today’s sesquicentennial celebration. Today’s activities begin with a statewide bell ringing (see related story inside this edition) at 1:50 p.m. Following the bell ringing, the officials sesquicentennial ceremony begins as the U.S. Postal Service unveils the West Virginia 150th birthday stamp on the State Capitol steps. The Civil War – a Broadway musical will be performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild at the Culture Center Theater, State Capitol, at 4 p.m., and an outdoor concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and The Appalachian Children’s Chorus is set for 7:30 p.m. on the State Capitol steps. To wind down the day’s events, “150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of WV Pride,” a 3-D video spectacular projected directly on the State Capitol will be followed by the world-famous Zambelli Fireworks at 10 p.m. For more on the celebration, visit the website at www.wv150.com.
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Laird makes plea to save county golf course
Officials in Fayette County are trying to keep a landmark recreational destination away from the state chopping block as lawmakers grapple with a $265 million budgetary shortfall.
Rockefeller reflects on 50 years of support for W.Va. families
Meeting with advocates who are on the frontlines in supporting West Virginia families, Senator Jay Rockefeller said a lot has been accomplished in his 50 years of public service — but that there is more work to do, if all families in the state are to be given all possible chances to succeed.
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Fayette mother accused of forging doctor’s excuses
A Fayette County mother faces prison time after allegedly forging doctor’s excuses to avoid a misdemeanor truancy charge.
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HFT announces its 2014 season
The year 2014 brings exciting new opportunities to the Historic Fayette Theater. Once again, Main Stage shows will form the core of the presentations, while special programming comprises the Second Season. These shows are designated as Second Season because they are often pre-cast and offer HFT regulars new opportunities.
Help offered for ACA enrollment
March 31 is the final deadline to apply for private health insurance coverage through the Individual Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.
Going to the fair
Several area students participated in last Saturday’s Fayette County Social Studies Fair at Oak Hill High School.
Local food producers highlighted
The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition will host an exhibition of local food producers in the Beckley/southern West Virginia area March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dream Center.
Symphony, chorus spring season begins March 3
The spring season of the New River Youth Symphony & Chorus opens on Monday, March 3 at Oak Hill High School and musicians and singers are welcome to join.
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