Cecelia Mason

Former chief Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief, Inside Appalachia Host

Until her resignation from WVPB in July, Cecelia Mason was West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief. Cecelia worked in the Shepherd University bureau starting in December 1990 covering a variety of stories throughout the Eastern Panhandle and in Washington D.C. She could also be heard hosting Inside Appalachia.

Cecelia is a native West Virginian. She grew up in Fairmont where she graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and attended Fairmont State College for two years before transferring to Western Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science.

Before joining West Virginia Public Broadcasting Cecelia worked in news departments at commercial radio stations in Bowling Green, Ky., Chattanooga, Tn., Knoxville, Tn., Wichita Falls, Tx., and Charles Town, W.Va. She also worked more than three years for a commercial television station in Lawton, Ok.

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The Berkeley County Development Authority has announced Rust-Oleum Corp. will open a distribution center in Martinsburg.

Development Authority Executive Director Stephen Christian says the company will lease about 630,000 square feet in the Shockey Commerce Center.

Christian said the Authority has been working with the company since April to find a location.

Rust-Oleum is headquarted in Vernon Hills, Ill. and manufactures protective paint and coatings. Between 80 and 100 people will work at the facility.

A rally took place at the West Virginia State Capitol Today to draw attention to issues with in-home care services.

A coalition of groups including the AARP, West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living and the Alzheimer’s Association sponsored the rally to highlight the freeze on a program that allows seniors and the disabled to receive care in their homes.

A new report says West Virginia can do more with solar power.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller expresses his opinion about the West Virginia water crisis.

A Marshall University student is watching the winter Olympics with extra special interest.

And for Jessica Lilly all this snow is a slippery slope.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking West Virginia residents to stay home and off the roads because of a winter storm.

Tomblin said Thursday that residents shouldn't travel unless it's an emergency or they have to travel.

Only state employees who provide essential services were told to report to work Thursday.

In Berkeley County, Council President Doug Copenhaver declared a state of emergency for the county. A news release said the declaration allows the county to request and receive additional resources from the state.

National Weather Service

Concord University closed at 2 p.m. and canceled evening classes Wednesday in Athens and Beckley, W.Va., as a snow storm worked its way north putting one third of the state under a winter storm warning .

The warning has been expanded to cover about 22 counties and is effective in from this afternoon through Thursday night and, in some counties, Friday morning. The warning covers counties stretching from Bluefield in the south to Martinsburg in the Eastern Panhandle.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

W.Va. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) was the guest of honor at a luncheon Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

During a ceremony later in the day, Rockefeller will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government recognizing him for decades of work strengthening and promoting the relationship between Japan and the United States. The award was established in 1875 and is the country’s highest honor for foreigners.

West Virginia PBS is videotaping the event as part of a documentary commemorating Rockefeller’s 50 years of public service.

Appalachian Power is planning an $80 million upgrade to its service in southern West Virginia.

The company plans to remove 35 miles of existing 88 kilo-volt transmission line as well as two substations.

Plans call for making improvements to some existing substations, rebuilding and upgrading about 17 miles of an existing transmission line and replacing wood tower structures with steel towers.

It was evolution versus creationism during a high profile debate in Kentucky.

Contaminated water is still a hot topic in West Virginia and we have a primer on testing it.

Regulating gas drilling has been a concern for a long time and there are lessons to learn from the past.

And it’s a good year to pick up the sport of snowshoeing.

College Foundation of West Virginia

Students planning to pursue post-secondary education within the next year can get some help filling out the federal financial aid paperwork on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 from 1-4 p.m.

The fifth annual College Goal Sunday event is taking place at 25 locations across the state.

The workshops will help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

A news release says the form must be completed if students want to be considered for a variety of financial aid programs including state and federal grants, scholarships and loans.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission turns 50 this year and has awarded a grant to West Virginia University and two other agencies to analyze whether it’s been successful.

The $300,000 grant will allow the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research and Regional Research Institute to work with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness based in Arlington, Va., to identify what economic development strategies have worked.

The natural gas boom begs the question: what do you do with the waste?

A Virginia learning center focuses on good water stewardship.

3-D printers help Marshall University students learn human evolution.

And…what is that pink, teepee-shaped building in Pocahontas County, W.Va., anyway?

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Several days this past month all 55 counties have had to close their schools because of weather and water problems, and in some cases that means they won’t be able to meet the goal of giving 180 days of classroom instruction.

West Virginia State School Superintendent Jim Phares was previously superintendent in Randolph County so dealing with winter weather to him is the norm. But for many counties this is an unusual school year.

A European method for converting garbage to fuel is coming to West Virginia. The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority has signed an agreement to lease part of its property to the Italian company Entsorga. The company will build a $19 million facility there.

The mixed waste resource recovery facility will sit on 12 acres next to the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority’s Grapevine Rd. recycling center.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia has made progress incorporating digital learning into its schools, but a recently released report by the Alliance for Excellent Education says more can be done particularly in rural areas.

During its meeting Jan. 8, 2013 the West Virginia Board of Education heard a report outlining where the state has done well and where it can improve in offering digital learning.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new program at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, W.Va., is making it possible for students from across the state to take advantage of specialized instruction that’s available there.

The Schools bring the students from their home counties by bus once a month for a week to spend time living and attending school at the campus.

Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Early Ray Tomblin’s office released questions and answers Saturday afternoon from a community conference call he hosted in which Dr. Letitia Tierney, Commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health and the State's Health Officer, and Adjutant General James A. Hoyer provided answers to questions submitted by community members.

The company that runs the facility that caused the chemical leak into the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., has a new owner.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, based on a letter sent to Secretary Karen Bowling from the CDC, is advising pregnant women in the West Virginia American Water service area affected by last week's chemical spill in the Elk River to drink bottled water.

A news release says the Health Department consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC recommends pregnant women continue drinking bottled water until there are no longer detectable levels of the chemical in the water distribution system.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-Berkeley) announced today that the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources, which he co-chairs, is launching an investigation into the recent chemical spill in Kanawha County that led to the ongoing contamination crisis.

Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Collection points have been set up in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Shepherdstown, W.Va., for donations to help residents in Charleston and the surrounding counties who are without water.

More than 100,000 customers of West Virginia American Water in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties cannot drink their water or use it for bathing, washing clothes or cooking after a chemical spill in the Elk River contaminated the water system.

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