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January-15-2014

By Jenni Vincent - The Journal Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG - Berkeley County Board of Education members honored one of their own Tuesday night, when they formally recognized Erin Sponaugle for having been named the 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Sponaugle, who teaches at Tomahawk Intermediate School, was also recognized last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during his state of the state address.

During her visit to Charleston, Sponaugle received a new Toyota Prius to...

January-15-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School administrators continued to wait Tuesday, as a return date for students in counties affected by last week's chemical spill rested in the hands of water company and health officials.

Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln and Boone counties and some schools in Fayette County are closed Wednesday for a fourth day after Thursday's do-not-use water advisory.

As of Tuesday evening, only 19 of the 69 schools in...

January-10-2014

But W,Va.’s public colleges still must make do with less

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING - West Liberty University President Robin Capehart said he was pleased to hear that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing that higher education won't take as hard a hit from state funding cuts.

A mid-year budget report released Jan. 2 shows the state's General Revenue Fund is $81.5 million behind on tax collections for the fiscal...

January-10-2014

By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter   

The Senate Education Committee plans to introduce legislation to help students on health profession tracks to obtain student loans and to practice in the state, particularly in underserved areas.

The health sciences service program continues a revolving fund account from which students can borrow funds for their educations and then be forgiven each year of loans in exchange for a year of service in the state.

Preference is...

January-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle shifted into a new gear Thursday as she accepted some impressive gifts for her honor.

The 5th grade teacher from Tomahawk Intermediate School in Berkeley County was handed a check for $5,000 from Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a ceremony at the state capitol. Then Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held up a set of keys.

“It’s almost like Wheel of Fortune! Today you’re going home in a brand,...

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