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UP: To the grand opening of the West Virginia Division of Forestry Region 6 office at noon today in Elizabeth. The celebration coincides with the 40th annual Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department’s Ice Cream Social and Fireman’s Parade and introduces new Region 6 forester Vernon Stephens.


UP: To Bluefield, W.Va., native Dr. Patrice Harris becoming the first African-American woman elected as president of the American Medical Association. Harris received her education in West Virginia, too, graduating from West Virginia University Medical School in 1992. But, though she draws from her southern West Virginia roots, it has not given her tunnel vision. For example, “The solutions to (the opioid crisis) are local, there is no one-size-fits-all solution that will work everywhere; and so, what will work in West Virginia may not work in Georgia.” One certainty in her life, though and one we hope more young people will feel in their own lives, “I always knew from my family and my parents that I could be whatever I wanted to be,” she said.


UP: To words from Mary Anne Carter, acting chairwoman for the National Endowment for the Arts, who was part of a visit to West Virginia by members of the National Council on the Arts last month. “At every stop it’s been clear that the arts are thriving in West Virginia whether it be contemporary or traditional, visual art or performance,” she said. “Because the arts are thriving, they’re helping West Virginians thrive as well.”