Fans Celebrate UC Soccer Championship

The University of Charleston’s NCAA Division II championship-winning men’s soccer team made an appearance at the Charleston Town Center Mall to meet with fans on Sunday. Players met with fans, signed autographs and took photos in center court. T-shirts and mini soccer balls were also given away. The Golden Eagles beat California State University 2-0 for the title in Pittsburgh on Dec. 14 for their second national championship. The University of Charleston’s men’s soccer team has reached the championship twice in the last three years. Also last week, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) passed a resolution celebrating the team.

WVU Grad Launches Inspiring Clothing Line

A graduate of Hurricane High School and WVU is launching a clothing line that spread positivity. Garrett DeFries earned his masters in Marketing and created “Postive Mind + Positive Vibes” clothing. The line launched about a month ago, and it’s gaining attention from superstar athletes like Jevon Carter of the Phoenix Suns. Garrett’s line of clothing is available online, and he hopes his fashion creates a movement that helps spread positivity and creativity in the world.

Warming Center is Open Through Tuesday Morning

The City of Charleston is opening up warming centers with the colder temperatures. The city is working with other organizations to open the centers for anyone who needs a place to escape the cold. There’s one in conjuction with the Salvation Army on Tennessee Ave on the city’s west side. That opend Sunday night and remains open until this morning. Other services at the shelter are provided by Prestera Center, Covenant House WV, and other community organizations.

A Charleston Company is Hiring

A Charleston company with a new client site is offering dozens of new jobs. Ibex announced it’s hiring over one hundred workers right away, and added that it’s the largest number of job openings it has ever been able to offer. Ibex provides contact center services and outsourcing solutions for busineses in the technology industry. It’s hiring customer service agents and tech support and customer service positions for another client. You can apply online.

WVU Launches Biggest Fan Contest

West Virginia University is running a contest to find its biggest fan. The university’s website says the school is conducting an Ultimate Mountaineer Fan contest, where supporters have a chance to say why they believe they are the No. 1 cheerleader for the Mountaineers. The winner will receive a trip for two to the Sept. 5 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, where WVU will face Florida State. Deadline to enter is Friday, Jan. 24.

Indoor vaping ban

The Kanawha County Board of Health approved an indoor vaping ordinance. The ban treats e-cigarettes like cigarettes, and prohibits them in public places like restaurants and stores. The Cabell-Huntington Board of Health will host a public hearing on a similar ordinance this week.

Ft. Gay becomes Second Amendment sanctuary

Fort Gay is officially the first town in West Virginia to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary. The city council adopted the ordinance Friday night. Putnam County passes a similar measure last week.

Court system expanding E-filing

The state court system is working to convert all West Virginia counties to electronic filing by the end of 2022. More than thirty counties will be converted by the end of this year. The Supreme Court will take part in the program after work at the county level is complete.

Final week to file for public office

The election filing deadline is fast approaching. This is the last week to file paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to run for public office. Candidates have until midnight on Saturday the 25th.

Donated clothes left for needy in Huntingon park

An Ironton woman and her family are leaving donated clothing around Harris Riverfront Park; everything from Jackets, sweatshirts, blankets, and more were laid out on park benches and tables. Katy Myers says she hopes the clothes will be found by those that need them.