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    Brush Fire Burns on Herndon Mountain

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:09:30 GMT
    Brush Fire on Herndon Mountain taken by Larry MarrsBrush Fire on Herndon Mountain taken by Larry Marrs
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    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:53:29 GMT
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    HINTON -- The Hinton Hope Foundation, along with the John Henry Historical Society, are hosting a fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The proceeds of the event will go towards the renovation of the new John Henry Museum and Gift Shop in Talcott. The gala will be held at the 19th century building, which is the future site of the museum. John Henry memorabilia, historic paintings, and antiques will be up for auction and local bands will provide entertainment.The renovation...
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    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:52:23 GMT
    In Wyoming County, people in Bud and Alpoca have been living without clean water for almost a year.
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Fred Burns
Burns Motor Freight
Board Member, W.Va. Trucking Association
Marlinton

As someone who has spent his entire career in the trucking industry, I can tell you it's past time we addressed the deficiencies with our highway system. West Virginia's 34,000 miles of roadways are the office for thousands of state truck drivers and we experience deteriorating road conditions on a daily basis.

Safety is the number one goal for the trucking industry. Our drivers are professionally trained to responsibly operate their vehicles in all types of conditions and to expect the unexpected.  However, poor road conditions present a variable for which no one can be totally prepared.  

Thankfully, the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways is working to identify strategies to raise the needed funds to improve our highway system.  This is an extremely large undertaking and one with no easy set of solutions.  For the sake of all motorists — whether driving a truck, car or motorcycle — I hope West Virginians will work together to innovatively resolve these issues.