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2008-08-29 18:00:35

LEWISBURG - High gas prices and a weak economy didn't hurt this year's edition of The State Fair of West Virginia. Fair manager Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe says fair officials were nervous about the economy and gas prices. Marketing, cost-reduction efforts and streamlining paid off. Projected attendance figures for the nine-day fair rose slightly, from 190,000 in 2007 to 195,000 this year. Paid gate attendance was up 5 percent while carnival revenue increased 12 percent. - The Associated...

2008-08-29 18:00:33

By ASHLEY B. CRAIG On the Web * Visit dailymail.com for more photos of the explosion. Authorities have identified the man killed in the explosion at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute that rocked homes miles away. Barry Withrow, of Cross Lanes, worked at the plant for more than 20 years, said Kanawha County Emergency Services Director Dale Petry. Withrow was missing for several hours after the explosion, which was reported at 10:36 p.m. Thursday. Emergency crews recovered his...

2008-08-29 18:00:33

By Staff reports Witnesses reported seeing a red fireball and feeling a blast as far away as Charleston, after an explosion was reported at the Bayer Crop Science Plant in Institute at 10:35 p.m. Thursday. The explosion was heard at least as far away as Mink Shoals. Nitro Police Chief Jack Jordan said there were reports of one fatality, but he could not confirm the information shortly past midnight. A Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy said one person was missing. There was one injury...

2008-08-29 00:00:30

By Joe Napsha United Steelworkers members voted to give negotiators the authority to call a strike as contract talks continued Wednesday in Pittsburgh with ArcelorMittal in an effort to reach a settlement before their contract expires on Monday, the company said. The union represents 14,000 workers at 14 ArcelorMittal U.S. steel mills. USW spokesman Tony Montana declined to say whether the union would call a strike Monday if a settlement is not reached. "ArcelorMittal is aware that...

2008-08-28 21:00:27

The board of governors for Yeager Airport has approved a plan for an old airport access road to be turned into a hiking and biking trail. The proposal by the Charleston Land Trust would convert an old equipment road used 50 years ago in the construction of the airport to a trail linking Coonskin Park with downtown Charleston. The trail would enter airport property from a point along Barlow Drive, not far from the trailhead for Coonskin Park's Elk River Trail. From Barlow Drive, the trail...

2008-08-28 21:00:27

By Nadia Malik nmalik@@dailyherald.com A new project was approved for Chicago Executive Airport Wednesday despite some attempts to have the lease agreement vote delayed for 30 days. Brigadoon Aviation will be joining the airport, co-owned by Wheeling and Prospect Heights, with a fixed-base operation, or a service center designed for airplanes and pilots. Ken Ross, who has North American Jet, a charter flight and maintenance company, already at the airport, is behind the new venture....

2008-08-28 21:00:26

By Rick Steelhammer Yeager Airport's governing board on Wednesday tentatively approved a plan by the Charleston Land Trust to convert an old equipment road used 50 years ago in the construction of the airport into a hiking and biking trail linking Coonskin Park with downtown Charleston. The trail would enter airport property from a point along Barlow Drive not far from the trailhead for Coonskin Park's Elk River Trail. From Barlow Drive, the trail would climb a hillside overlooking Elk...

2008-08-28 00:00:38

Healthy Cooking Class: As part of FamilyCare Health Center's expanding education program, certified diabetes educator/registered dietitian Grace Gibson will present "Cooking With Grease: How Bad Can It Be? Trans Fats, Cholesterol and Others" on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The free program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Family Enrichment Center, 1701 Fifth Ave., Charleston. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. To reserve a seat or find out more, call Suzanne Riley, 720-4851, Ext. 8131. WVU...

2008-08-28 00:00:38

American Red Cross is experiencing critical or emergency levels, with a day's supply or less in reserve of O negative, O positive and A negative blood. Area blood drives are scheduled for the following locations: Today: Rite Aid Distribution Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Branch Industrial Park, Poca; and Chase Tower Village District, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., 707 Virginia St. E. Thursday: The Charleston Civic Center, annual "Save A Life" blood drive, noon to 6 p.m. in Parlors A and B,...

2008-08-26 00:00:29

WEIRTON - With a labor contract set to expire Sept. 1, the United Steelworkers union in Weirton is hoping it can soon reach an agreement with ArcelorMittal. Local 2911 President Mark Glyptis said talks have been going on for 13 weeks. The union's key issues are economic and retirement security, and reinvestment into the plants. Glyptis said he would like to see 40 laid-off workers from the former Weirton Steel Corp. brought back onto the job. - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (c) 2008...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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