Suzanne Higgins en National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to national park areas in southern West Virginia spent $51 million in nearby communities in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a little more than 1,243,000 people from around the world visited the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the </span>Gauley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River National Recreation Area in 2013.</span></p><p>In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park&nbsp; Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:47:24 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 15803 at National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year Bridge Replacement Means New River Closures and Detours <p></p><p>A bridge closing in Fayette County means long-term disruption for river<br />traffic as well.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The West Virginia Department of Highways and the Federal Highways Administration are replacing the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge on&nbsp;Route 41 in the town of Prince.</p><p>Construction of the new bridge will require temporary full river traffic closures and long term river detours between Prince and the town of&nbsp;McCreery on the New River.</p><p>Construction is scheduled to begin this month and the detour will remain&nbsp;in effect until the project is completed&nbsp; next July.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:25:30 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 15045 at Bridge Replacement Means New River Closures and Detours Rural Clinic in Beckley Will Receive $1.65 Million Grant <p></p><p>Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics across the country that will share more than 80 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br /><br />The rural clinic&nbsp; will receive a $1.65 million grant to help train primary care providers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:44:58 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 14992 at Rural Clinic in Beckley Will Receive $1.65 Million Grant WVU Children's Hospital Opens Summersville Clinic <p></p><p>West Virgina University Children’s Hospital opened today a new WVU Healthcare clinic located at the Summersville Regional Medical Center.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Larry Rhodes, M.D., physician-in-chief at WVU Children’s Hospital and chair of the WVU Department of Pediatrics, said in a news release that pediatric clinics have been held along the borders of the state for several years, but the new Summersville clinic will provide a more central location in the state and has the potential to serve a nine-county region.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:07:29 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 14693 at WVU Children's Hospital Opens Summersville Clinic West Virginia Teens Play At Greenbrier Classic <p></p><p>Cole Hand and Alston Spears, two West Virginia junior golfers, will participate alongside professional golfers at this year's Greenbrier Classic, which began Monday.</p><p></p><p>Hand and Spears were invited to play in the practice rounds and Pro-Am of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup event at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, according to a release from the Governor's office.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:34:47 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 14632 at West Virginia Teens Play At Greenbrier Classic Bureau of Public Health Releases Chemical Spill Data <p><br />The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health released Friday <a href="">information</a> from physicians who reported seeing patients outside of the ER for symptoms possibly associated with the Elk River Chemical Spill.</p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:29:38 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 14495 at Bureau of Public Health Releases Chemical Spill Data West Virginia's Congressional Delegation Split on Shinseki <p></p><p>While Senator Jay Rockefeller is standing by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Congressman Nick Rahall and Congresswoman Shelly Capito are calling for his resignation amid the scandal that has embroiled the Veterans Administration for weeks.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rahall added his name Friday to the growing list of Democrats joining&nbsp;Republicans calling for Shinseki to step down, signaling mounting pressure on the Secretary.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 17:44:29 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 12524 at West Virginia's Congressional Delegation Split on Shinseki McDowell Property Bought For Teacher Village <p></p><p>A long-abandoned property in downtown Welch has been purchased for the construction of apartment-style housing for teachers and other professionals.</p><p></p><p><br /><br />Reconnecting McDowell, the public-private partnership focused on improving McDowell County's education system and economy, has purchased the former Best Furniture and Katzen buildings and the attached parking lots for $92,000.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:17:01 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 11898 at McDowell Property Bought For Teacher Village The Ice Hunters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Follow two of the world's leading </span>paleoclimatologists<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the top of the world and both poles!</span></p><p>Using ice cores they drill themselves, Marshall graduates Lonnie Thompson, from Gassaway, and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, from Charleston, study the history of climate at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University.&nbsp; Lonnie was the first scientist in the world to drill ice cores on glaciers in tropical regions.&nbsp; And he has spent more time above 20,000 feet than anyone in history.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:23:27 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11318 at The Ice Hunters In Search of Meaningful Work <p>Travel to Amish country to hear about one of the most unusual medical clinics in the United States -- the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, founded by Dr. D. Holmes Morton, of Fayetteville, and his wife, Caroline, from Beckley.&nbsp; Here doctors and scientists diagnose and treat rare genetic disorders in children from Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:12:15 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11317 at In Search of Meaningful Work Sylvia Mathews Burwell <p>Meet Hinton-native Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget in Washington.</p><p>Burwell is the past President of Global Development at the Bill &amp; Linda Gates Foundation in Seattle, the world's largest charitable organization. At the Foundation Mathews Burwell was responsible for giving away $750 billion a year to help some of the world's poorest people have access to better agricultural techniques, financial services and clean water and sanitation.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:45:02 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11249 at Sylvia Mathews Burwell Brad Smith – Using a Moral Compass <p>Hear why co-workers of Brad Smith, President &amp; CEO of the global financial software giant, Intuit, say he's the best ambassador West Virginia could ever have.</p><p>With Marshall memorabilia in abundance in his office, this Wayne County native boldly declares that everyone in the company knows about his alma mater, Marshall University, and his hometown, Kenova, West Virginia.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:08:52 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11247 at Brad Smith – Using a Moral Compass John Ochsendorf – The Accidental Professor <p>Elkins-native John Ochsendorf, 36, is a professor of structural engineering and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.&nbsp; At 26 – eight years after he graduated from Elkins High School – he became one of the youngest professors ever appointed at the world’s top technical university.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:07:51 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11131 at John Ochsendorf – The Accidental Professor Geoffrey Cousins – Heart Pioneer <p></p><p>Dr. Geoffrey Cousins, 42, is one of West Virginia’s most innovative heart surgeons and a pioneer of robotic-assisted heart surgery in the United States.&nbsp; He lives with his wife and four children in Charleston and practices cardio-thoracic surgery at the Charleston Area Medical Center.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:57:32 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11125 at Geoffrey Cousins – Heart Pioneer Verna Gibson – She Broke the Glass Ceiling <p>Verna LeMasters Gibson, a native of Elkview in Kanawha County, broke the ultimate corporate “glass ceiling” in 1985 when she became the first woman CEO to earn the top spot at a Fortune 500 company, The Limited Stores.&nbsp; She ran The Limited for six years and during that time it became the nation’s first billion dollar specialty retailing chain.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:31:34 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11059 at Verna Gibson – She Broke the Glass Ceiling Mark Williams – “Mr. Fuel Cell” <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Randolph County native Mark Williams is a visionary engineer and scientist who was the first person to see the commercial potential of fuel cells to run everything from heart pacemakers to power plants.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:22:22 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 11056 at Mark Williams – “Mr. Fuel Cell” Judy Sheppard – Businesswoman and Entrepreneur <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Judy Sheppard is currently West Virginia’s most honored businesswoman and entrepreneur.&nbsp; In 2011 she was named the state’s Small Business Person of the Year as well as Distinguished West Virginian of the Year.&nbsp; Sheppard is founder, president and CEO of Professional Services of America, Inc, a multi-million dollar business based in Parkersburg.&nbsp;&nbsp; With more than 200 employees, PSA, as it’s known, provides services for some of America’s largest corporations – DuPont, GE, Pepsico, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mylan Pharmaceutical Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:15:49 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 10940 at Judy Sheppard – Businesswoman and Entrepreneur Lew Cantley – Harvard Biochemist and Cell Biologist <p>Back in 1985 Dr. Lewis Cantley, a native of Big Chimney in Kanawha County, discovered an enzyme called PI3-Kinase.&nbsp; At the time his scientific colleagues thought he couldn’t be right.&nbsp; How could a chemist discover something so fundamental to biology?</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:15:36 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 10933 at Lew Cantley – Harvard Biochemist and Cell Biologist Kim Weaver – Astrophysicist and Pioneer in X-ray Astronomy <p>When Kim Weaver looked up at the stars from her father’s campground in Monongalia County, she was inspired to find out what was out there.&nbsp; By her early 20s, this WVU graduate had already discovered a galaxy.&nbsp; She was also among the first scientists in the world to study Black Holes, using an X-ray telescope built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.&nbsp; Her discoveries helped to launch whole new fields of astronomy.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:50:35 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 10926 at Kim Weaver – Astrophysicist and Pioneer in X-ray Astronomy Homer Hickam – “Rocket Boy” <p>McDowell County native Homer Hickam, Jr. is best known for his book <em>Rocket Boys</em>, the story of how six teenagers in a 1950s West Virginia coal company town went on to win the National Science Fair in 1960.&nbsp;&nbsp; One night in October 1957, Hickam’s life changed forever when the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 – the world’s first artificial earth satellite – flew over his hometown of Coalwood.</p><p>“I knew at that moment that somehow, some way, I wanted to be involved in this movement into space.”</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:15:36 +0000 Jean Snedegar & Suzanne Higgins 10925 at Homer Hickam – “Rocket Boy”