4 Sep

WBOY-TV: The Taylor County Fair is back, offering family fun for everyone and Tuesday night pets large and small were on display for the first ever Fair 4-H Pet Show.

WVU Extension 4-H Agent, Jenny Murray said “4-H offers many small pet projects, of course we have our live stock projects later this week, but we have dog, cat, rabbit, and small pet projects. We have some pet shows at other times of the year but it just felt right putting it in with the Taylor County Fair.”

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4 Sep

WBOY-TV: The gates to the Taylor County Fairgrounds opened Monday night for the first time since 2008, and the carnival and rides debuted Tuesday night. Volunteers behind the scenes prepared for the big kickoff and the rest of this week’s events.

“We were really little the last time we got to come, and it’s just different. It’s really cool,” said Lauren Johnson.

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4 Sep

WBOY-TV: With more than a dozen new students, Flemington Elementary School is continuing to grow. That growth has proven to be an ongoing theme this year, as students in the summer Energy Express program begin to harvest their vegetable garden.

“It didn’t look like it was going to get very big, it didn’t look like it would grow, but then we came back to school for some meetings on August 11, looked out the window, and it had just exploded,” said teacher Angie McDaniel.

With the help of Taylor County Commission and various donors, the Flemington Student Garden was an initiative that was started by the AmeriCorps Service Members and ended with home-grown fresh produce.

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27 Aug

The Washington Post: Family farmers are struggling in the new world of livestock shows, where the best animals are bought online.

“The breeding for production has diverged from what you’re looking for in a successful show animal,” says Kevin Shaffer, a livestock production specialist at West Virginia University’s Extension Service, who also serves as the state’s 4-H advisor.

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27 Aug

Hampshire County Fair 2014

August 27, 2014

Hampshire Review: Check out the Hampshire County Fair.

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26 Aug

Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia University football is right around the corner, and that means the gold and blue Mountaineer Marching Band — known as the Pride of West Virginia — isn’t far behind.

But at the beginning of this football season, the Mountaineer Marching Band is doing something slightly different — taking time out of its busy schedule to visit die-hard WVU fans in McDowell County before heading to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nearly 400 band members will travel more than four hours Thursday to perform for the first time in almost three decades in McDowell County, thanks to the initial efforts of Donald Reed.

Reed, the McDowell County WVU extension program coordinator, said this trip has been in the works since May when University President Gordon Gee visited McDowell County during his 55-county tour. One of Gee’s habits was asking residents what the university could do for them.

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21 Aug

Charleston Daily Mail: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, right, present a basket of vegetables from their plot beside the governor’s mansion to Jean Simpson, executive director of Manna Meal, to commemorate the completion of the Governor’s Garden. Officials said Simpson will also receive weekly gifts of whatever extra produce the mansion’s staff doesn’t need for use in the Quarrier Street soup kitchen. The garden is a collaborative project of the West Virginia University Extension Service, its Master Gardener program and the West Virginia State University Extension Service.

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20 Aug

WVU Today: West Virginia University President Gordon Gee recently spread his message of ‘One West Virginia’ at one of the biggest events of the year – the 90th annual State Fair of West Virginia in Greenbrier County.

As summer nears its end, Gee is wrapping up his 55-county West Virginia tour, an initiative in which he wants to convince the state’s residents that WVU is “their university.”

And despite the three-and-a-half driving hours between Morgantown and Fairlea, fairgoers resonated with Gee’s message. Batches of folks decked out in gold-and-blue wandered the fairgrounds and many University supporters stopped to chat with the president or take photos with him.

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7 Aug

Hampshire Review: Gordon Gee, who began his 2nd stint as president of West Virginia University earlier this year, stopped in Hampshire County Wednesday morning. He’s met with staff members of the WVU Extension office, 4-H members and other supporters.

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1 Aug

WBOY-TV County Energy Express students spent the day combining art with robotics.

West Virginia University’s Science Education department helped the kids build the robots using computers and recycled materials.

The future little scientists then used their artistic side to create real animated works of art.

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