Latest POWER grants give $1.3 million to two WV organizations
More than $1.3 million in federal funding is slated to go to two West Virginia organizations to help develop sustainable food efforts and new housing, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced in a news release Wednesday.
The Natural Capital Investment Fund in Shepherdstown will receive $1.2 million from the ARC for its local food systems development work in five states, including West Virginia, the release said.
SALS receives funds to help families find, keep homes
On July 6, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded funds for housing counseling grants to hundreds of national, regional grants and the and local organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. HUD’s housing counseling grants and the additional funding they leverage will assist more than 1.4 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes. The Southern Appalachian Labor School was one of three local agencies in West Virginia that received funds. The other two were the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action in Dunbar and the Housing Authority of Mingo County.
“This is a smart investment in helping families find and keep their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Quite simply, knowledge is power. We know that armed with the information they need, those who receive counseling services are far more successful in buying, renting or avoiding foreclosure.”
WVU economists see August economic gains from coal
The natural gas industry, though still below 2014 levels, “has emerged from a sustained period of weakness,” Lego said. Several firms have increased drilling and six active rigs have begun service since the beginning of the year, while increasing capacity from new pipelines and compressor stations should begin to ease bottlenecks and enable local hub prices to rise, he said.
“West Virginia’s economy continues to make positive steps forward after emerging from recession roughly a year ago,” Lego said. “While it will take a sustained period of growth for the state’s economy to fully recover from such a steep economic downturn, the bulk of evidence points to jobs and output rising within the majority of the state’s economic regions into the beginning of 2018.”
Football Game Preview: Francis Scott Key vs. Berkeley Springs
Berkeley Springs had a rough outing against Keyser last week, losing 49 – 0. The blowout was painful but not necessarily a surprise as Keyser is ranked 10th in the state, 67 places higher than Berkeley Springs. As for Francis Scott Key, it took its contest against North East last week by a conclusive 39 – 7 score.
Weekend: Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, WV
A craft beer lover could head all over West Virginia – from Berkeley Springs to Tucker County to Elkins to Charleston to Fayetteville – then drive down to Lexington, Ky., over to Cleveland, and make stops in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware, and still not make it to all the breweries that will be part of this weekend’s big event in Charles Town.
The Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, happening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, will feature more than two dozen breweries from West Virginia and 10 other states, including as far away as California and Michigan. For festival-goers, the lineup will bring the opportunity to sample more than 100 distinctive brews.
Southern Boys & Girls’ Scocer Split Twinbill at Frankfort
Southern’s boys and girls will travel to Berkeley Springs, Saturday for a doubleheader. The girls will begin the action at noon, followed by the boys’ match at 2 p.m.