Justice appoints Brian Cunningham as Director of PEIA

PRESS RELEASE: CHARLESTON, W.Va .– Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that he has appointed Brian Cunningham as Director of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). Cunningham grew up in Ivydale, WV and graduated from Clay County High School. Upon earning a BA from WVU, Brian moved to Charleston and embarked on a 7-year journey […]

Manchin announces $857,000 to strengthen educational services in West Virginia

PRESS RELEASE: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) – member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – on Wednesday, announced $857,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for a drop-out prevention and school-to-work transition program through the West Virginia Chamber Foundation Corporation and a teacher professional development program at Shepherd University. This federal funding […]

Hershel “Woody” Williams

Hershel “Woody” Williams passed away on June 29 of last year, at the age of 98.  A native of Marion County who would go on to be awarded the Medal of Honor, Woody Williams was originally considered too short for acceptance into the United States Marines Corps. Undeterred by his own physical stature, Woody would […]

Kate Boytek: Country music rockstar with the soul of a poet

By Matthew Young, Real WV “My mom is a rockstar – a rockstar grandma and a rockstar mom. Without her, I don’t know that I could do this because I’m not willing to sacrifice the kind of mom I want to be. She really makes all this possible.” That’s what singer/songwriter Kate Boytek told The […]