West Virginia workers took the day off for the most part Monday to relax, conduct backyard grills or head to a favorite fishing hole in what is considered the last fling of dying summer.
Political leaders from Char-leston to Washington honored state laborers.
Since becoming governor, Earl Ray Tomblin said he has met many in the working ranks and found them to be educated, talented and dedicated to improving West Virginia.
“We can all be proud of the work ethic these men and women display,” Tomblin said in a statement.
“This Labor Day, we rally behind our workforce — the men and women who provide for our families, our communities and our state. For years, they have delivered exemplary products and services, complementing West Virginia’s business-friendly environment.”
In his observation, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., quoted Helen Keller, a prolific blind author who campaigned for women’s rights and socialism.
“Helen Keller once noted that the world is moved not just by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but by the aggregate of tiny pushes from each of its honest workers,” the 3rd District congressman said.
“This Labor Day, let us remember those honest workers, as well as the dignity and nobility of an honest day’s labor. And let us commit to ensuring that the gains of labor in America are never undone and that future generations will continue to celebrate Labor Day by recognizing the unsurpassed talents and contributions of the working men and women that have made America great.”
In his statement, Rahall’s political opponent, Republican Rick Snuffer, took notice of the dark clouds hanging over West Virginia from both a weather and economic viewpoint.
“On this overcast Labor Day, set aside to honor the blue-collar working men and women who make up the middle class, here’s hoping next year’s holiday has a sunnier outlook, in the weather and our economic forecast,” the freshman member of the state House of Delegates said.
“We’re certainly working to make sure that happens with the economy.”
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Family members charged in alleged mob beating
A local family allegedly worked together to beat a man with sticks, boards and metal pipes, according to a criminal complaint from Monroe County Magistrate Court.
Rain, rain, come and stay; crops need you to survive another day
A local news anchor whined on the air this week about getting caught in a 10-minute downpour on her way to work. She complained as the weather forecaster was getting ready to do his bit. He assured her the chance for rain was small and sunshine would reign.
Storm recovery work gets started
Utility services are now restored to residents of western Greenbrier and Fayette counties following a severe thunderstorm that passed through the area late Wednesday evening.
Art group to host Jazz Takeover 2014
Beckley Art Group will host a free music event Thursday — Jazz Takeover 2014 with the Jenny Wilson Trio.
VAMC estimates line break will cost $2 million
Officials at the Beckley Veterans Administration Medical Center said damages caused by a main water line break on the first floor last month will cost an estimated $2 million in repairs.
Furry friends available for adoption at Adopt-A-Palooza
The Raleigh County Humane Society will host “Adopt-A-Palooza” today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Beckley.
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One Hatfield, two actors
If you shake hands with the cast and crew at Theatre West Virginia after the show, don’t worry if you think you’re seeing double.
Jacob and James Cline, 12-year-old twins, are a part of the team this year, assisting with props and portraying Little Troy Hatfield.
Construction begins on Meadow River Rail Trail
Construction has finally begun on the Meadow River Rail Trail, a recreation project undertaken in a unique partnership between Greenbrier and Fayette counties.
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