Wintry weather closes schools, courts in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - School systems in 25 of West Virginia's 55 counties are closed as a winter storm brings more snow.
The Department of Education's website shows 11 counties have delayed the opening of schools on Tuesday.
In Jefferson County, circuit court, magistrate court and county government offices also are closed Tuesday.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for most of the state. The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches snow is expected in central and northern West Virginia, with 3 to 5 inches possible in the mountains. Southern West Virginia could receive 1 to 3 inches of snow.
About 8,200 without power in W.Va. after storm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Utilities are working to restore electricity for about 8,200 customers in West Virginia following a winter storm.
Appalachian Power says another storm expected Tuesday could complicate efforts to restore power.
About 7,800 Appalachian Power customers in southern West Virginia are without electricity as of Tuesday morning, including about 5,500 in Mercer County.
Mon Power reports about 370 outages in northern West Virginia.
The National Weather Service says snow is likely across the state on Tuesday, with 3 to 5 inches expected in the mountains.
More snow forecast for mid-Atlantic, Appalachians
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal offices in the DC area will be closed Tuesday as a round of snow is expected to hit the region just in time for the morning commute.
On its website, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management says non-emergency federal employees will be granted excused absences, but other employees must telecommute Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected.
The new snow comes on the heels of Sunday's wintry weather, which dumped several inches of snow on Philadelphia and northern Maryland.
Elsewhere, eastern and central Kentucky and southwest Virginia are expected to get 1 to 3 inches of snow.
HISTORIC RECREATION CALENDAR
Calendar highlights historic recreation in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is offering a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State's sports and recreation opportunities.
The State Historic Preservation Office has published the "Historic Recreation" calendar. It is free to the public while supplies last.
Officials say each month in the calendar focuses on a different historic building, camp, state park, trail or structure in West Virginia
It includes historic football fields and basketball courts, hunting and fishing lodges, swimming pools, golf courses and other recreational sites.
W.Va. farmers sought for conservation program
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia farmers and ranchers are being invited to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Stewardship Program.
Officials say producers interested in participating in the program may submit applications to through Jan. 17.
The program helps established conservation stewards take their level of natural resource management to the next level to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits.
So far the program in its fifth year has partnered with producers to enroll more than 160,000 acres across West Virginia.
It has awarded more than 750 contracts and obligated more than $6 million to support our land owners in creating sustainable resources statewide since 2009.
More information about the program is available at www.wv.nrcs.usda.gov .
WVU-SAFETY MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
WVU alumnus endows safety management scholarship
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia University alumnus is endowing a scholarship for the school's engineering and mineral resources program.
The Morgantown school says Bill Powell has pledged $25,000 to fund scholarships for graduate students studying in the college's safety management program.
Powell is the vice president of member relations at AEGIS. The mutual insurance company provides liability and property coverage, as well as related risk management services, to the utility and energy industries.
The 1975 graduate says his career in safety management has been "very rewarding and wonderful" and owes it to the education he received at WVU.
The gift was made to the WVU Foundation's $750 million fundraising effort.
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