Friday afternoon a holiday for public employees

PARKERSBURG — Gov. Jim Justice on Monday issued an executive order declaring Friday afternoon a holiday for all public employees of the state.

State employees may be excused from their work duties on that afternoon for four hours without charge against accrued annual leave.

“In recognition of the hard work accomplished by the public employees of this state during 2017, and in acknowledgement of the holiday season, I am granting them this time off to spend an extended and enjoyable holiday with their loved ones,” Justice said.

Also, Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed has announced its holiday hours schedule for the two weeks:

All regional offices and the headquarters will be open 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, but the Kanawha City hours will be 8 a.m.-noon, Reed said. All offices will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and will be open Tuesday through Dec. 29.

On Dec. 30, the Kanawha City and Martinsburg offices will be open regular business hours. All offices will be closed on Jan. 1.

Offices will resume normal business hours on Jan. 2. The DMV’s online services are accessible round the clock at

Several kiosk locations will be available.

For more information, go to or call 1-800-642-9066.

In other announcements from the state, state law and the calendar will impact sales this holiday at retail liquor outlets, according to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.

The West Virginia Code, 60-3A-18, prohibits the sale of liquor on Christmas Day at a retail liquor store. However, liquor also may not be sold on Sundays.

This year, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Sunday and Christmas follows on Monday. No liquor sales will be permitted Sunday, Monday and Dec. 31, according to the state.

While customers will be unable to purchase liquor, wine, beer and champagne may be purchased after 1 p.m. on Sundays. Additionally, restaurants, bars and private clubs will be able to sell liquor on their premises, the state said.