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    WV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:00:19 GMT
    Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.
    Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.
  • Highmark Foundation gives $74K

    Highmark Foundation gives $74K

    Sunday, August 31 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:00:17 GMT
    The Highmark Foundation recently awarded $74,000 in the form of 16 grants to schools in West Virginia through its “Creating a Healthy School Environment” program that aim at helping schools create innovative, healthy programs during the academic year.
    The Highmark Foundation recently awarded $74,000 in the form of 16 grants to schools in West Virginia through its “Creating a Healthy School Environment” program that aim at helping schools create innovative, healthy programs during the academic year.
  • Energy expert has more than 30 years in the business

    Energy expert has more than 30 years in the business

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:00:13 GMT
    Energy Corporation of America, or ECA, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Don Supcoe started working for the company in 1981. ECA was founded in 1963 in Glenville, where it has since grown into a company that stretches throughout the country. 
    Energy Corporation of America, or ECA, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Don Supcoe started working for the company in 1981. ECA was founded in 1963 in Glenville, where it has since grown into a company that stretches throughout the country. 

The month of January, with its bitter cold temperatures and water crisis, hit many businesses in Southern West Virginia especially hard.

Some of the state's youngest entrepreneurs felt the pinch, too.

Beth Casey, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, said sales of Girl Scout Cookies were down more than 20 percent this year compared to last.

And Casey said that's thousands of dollars the troops don't have for programming, educational trips and service projects.

"We just really want to encourage people to support the girls when they see them," she said.

The Black Diamond Council serves nearly 16,000 girls in 48 West Virginia counties and a total of 61 counties throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Casey said the scouts collected orders throughout the month of January, when people just weren't getting out much and students weren't attending classes or their extracurricular activities.

Casey said sales were down 32 percent in Kanawha County, 24 percent in Jackson County and 39 percent in Clay County.

But the cookies have arrived, and most scouts have extra boxes available. Casey said Girl Scouts will be selling throughout the month of April.

She said an app for the iPhone and for Android devices locates the nearest Girl Scout Cookie stand.