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Daily Digest – Gas Prices Continue Tracking Lower in Beckley, W.Va., U.S.

Average prices for a gallon of regular unleqaded gasoline in West Virginia have fallen 4.1 cents in the last week, averaging $3.22 a gallon on Monday, according to a press release from GasBuddy which surveyed 1,154 stations in the state.

Prices in West Virginia are 20.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 36.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

AAA priced gasoline at an average of $3.357 a gallon in Beckley on Monday, down fron $3.369 one week ago and down from $3.559 from one year ago.

In Charleston, a gallon of gas was running $3.365 on Monday, also down from a week and a year ago when prices were, respectively, at $3.387 and $3.453.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in West Virginia was priced at $2.75 a gallon on Sunday while the most expensive was $3.75 a gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.33 per gallon on Monday. The national average is down 24.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 42.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to the GasBuddy press release.

The national average price of diesel has fallen 4.2 cents in the last week and stands at $4.34 per gallon.

Tech to celebrate men’s soccer title

WVU Tech will be celebrating its men’s soccer team winning the 2023 River States Conference Championship with a party on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a brief program scheduled for 1:05 p.m. in Carter Hall Auditorium.

The Golden Bears will be traveling to the NAIA Men’s Soccer Championship tournament later this week where it will face UC Merced (Calif.) at Lakeshore Park in Dalton, Ga., home to No. 4 seeded Dalton State (Ga.), host of one of 16 sites for first and second round matches.

Social Work students to host resource community fair

Students from New River CTC participating in the Social Work program are hosting a resource community fair to provide resources for breaking the cycle of poverty in the area.

The fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 5-7 p.m. on the Raleigh County Campus at 280 University Drive in Beaver.

Different small business owners, companies with job growth opportunities and funding for education, and other members of the community will be present to share their stories, provide resources, education and opportunities for individuals to better themselves and combat poverty.

Community members, New River CTC President Dr. Copenhaver, students and other members of the college will be present.

WVDNR reminds hunters about black bear gun seasons

south charleston, w.va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources on Monday reminded deer hunters that there will be a concurrent bear season in all or parts of 42 counties open to buck firearms hunting.

The concurrent bear season is without dogs and will run from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3. Hunting is legal on both public and private property.

“Concurrent bear hunting during deer season takes advantage of a time of year when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods,” said Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the WVDNR. “This helps manage bear populations by increasing the number of harvests, but also provides a unique opportunity for hunters who may have never hunted bears to harvest one.”

The best-producing mast crops of 2023 were in the red oak family and hunters should find bear feeding activity in the same places as deer.

“The fact that both bears and deer will be seeking red, black and scarlet oak acorns should give hunters a good chance to harvest either species during the upcoming season,” Carpenter said.

Due to spotty acorn production, hunters are encouraged to scout immediately prior to the season to find the most recent feeding activity.

Additional Bear Hunting Opportunities

Bear hunting opportunities continue after the buck-gun season as well. All or parts of 26 counties will be open for bear hunting with or without dogs from Dec. 4–31. In addition, all or parts of 35 counties will be open for bear hunting without dogs from Dec. 4–31.

Successful hunters are required to submit a first premolar tooth from each harvested bear. Hunters who harvest a female black bear are encouraged to save the reproductive tract or all the entrails. Reproductive tracts and entrails should be kept cool or frozen. Hunters should contact their nearest district office or Elkins Operations Center to arrange a drop-off. The WVDNR will offer hunters who submit a complete reproductive tract a $20 gift card.

Data obtained from tooth samples and reproductive tracts are used for black bear population monitoring.

Princeton store is second for Botany Tropicals

princeton, w.va. – Botany Tropicals is hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting at noon Thursday, Nov. 16, to celebrate its second retail location at 749 Mercer Street in Princeton. Its initial store is located in Hinton.

Owners Jordan Casey and Steven Jones are inviting the public to the grand opening ceremony – after which guests will be able to tour the store and enjoy refreshments.

“We couldn’t be more excited to give the public a peek behind the curtain at Botany Tropicals,” said Jones. “Our second location will allow us to reach even more plant-loving people with the amazing products, classes, Do It Yourself Terrarium Bar, and education that our beloved Hinton store has been offering, while also adding some awesome new surprises and classes.”

Sam Lusk, Director of the Princeton Economic Development Authority, in conjunction with the Princeton Chamber of the Two Virginias, has helped Botany Tropics co-owners facilitate their opening in Princeton. Lusk is also working closely with the small business to pursue a grant to enhance the business façade.

Concord business department to hold pitch contest

athens, w.va. – The business department at Concord University will host its annual pitch competition on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in Rahall room 315 on campus.

Students will gather to introduce their entrepreneurial ideas to faculty, business professionals and community members.

Open to any Concord student, the pitch competition prepares students for pitching business start-up ideas, and gives them the opportunity to win monetary awards to help develop their concept.

“The CU Entrepreneurial Studies program encourages any student to turn their passion into profit,” commented Dr. Susan Williams, director of entrepreneurial studies.

The event encourages students to tap into their entrepreneurial spirits and learn how to bring ideas to fruition. Coaching is available and students learn how to put together a business plan that will help secure funding as well as forecast success.

The 1st place winner receives $300, 2nd place wins $200 and 3rd place wins $100.

Source : The Register Herald