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WVU Barbour County 4-H wins national land judging title, continues program’s success

Barbour County 4-H land judging team with assistant coach Jody Carpenter

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – To the casual observer, it may be kids in a field digging, smashing mud between their fingers and taking quick notes about a dirt sample, but land judging and home site evaluation means more to everyone involved. It develops science and reasoning skills. It’s an opportunity to pursue higher education and a career. But it’s also a legacy that continues to deepen for youths, coaches and faculty who invest in it through the West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H programs.

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Registration deadline approaches for WVU Extension Service Junior Firefighter Camp

Instructor talks with group of junior firefighters

A shortage of volunteer firefighters is not only an issue for communities around West Virginia, but across the nation. Approximately 90 percent of the state’s residents rely on volunteer fire departments, and as the number of volunteer firefighters shrinks, concerns for our communities’ safety are on the rise. That’s where the West Virginia University Extension Service Junior Firefighter Camp comes in.

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WVU Extension partners with drug courts to offer a fresh start to residents fighting addiction

Kandi Messinger teaches class participants about cooking and nutrition.

Morgantown, W.Va. -- Illicit drug use in the United States has been steadily increasing, and in 2014 alone, there were over seven million Americans who struggled with drug use. West Virginia has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the United States and one in 10 people in the state battle with some form of drug addiction.

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Through rain, sleet and snow, WVU teams with Barnwood Builders to create heritage center at WVU Jackson’s Mill

construction of new building on left near an existing log cabin on right

WESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University alumnus Mark Bowe will be the first to tell you he is passionate about heritage and history, something he and his team strive to preserve as they travel the country honoring pioneer-era craftsmanship on the popular DIY network show, Barnwood Builders.

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WVU Extension Service Community Leadership Academy slated for April

Two conference participants conversing and networking with one another at event.

Morgantown, W.Va. – West Virginia has always had a deep sense of community, and now, more than ever, there seems to be grassroots collaborations and an entrepreneurial spirit that’s driving community revitalization around the state. But, with that revitalization, there’s a need for community leaders to step up to the helm to guide and maximize those efforts.

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WVU Jackson’s Mill partners with painters union to provide apprentice training

Photo of Mount Vernon Dining Hall at WVU Jackson's Mill

Morgantown, W.Va. – A new partnership has formed between West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill, the Finishing Trades Institute of West Virginia located in Weston and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 to use the Jackson’s Mill facility as an additional training ground for painting apprentices this summer.

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