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Thunderstorms early, then mainly cloudy after midnight. Low around 60F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%..
Thunderstorms early, then mainly cloudy after midnight. Low around 60F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Updated: March 6, 2022 @ 4:34 pm

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Malibu Jack’s Ashland hosting a vendor fair on local women-owned businesses
ASHLAND — In honor of International Women’s Day, Malibu Jack’s Ashland will be hosting an in-person vendor fair highlighting local businesses owned by women from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 8.
The event is expected to attract people from across the region while giving nearly 40 businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services.
“Malibu Jack’s wants to support the businesswomen of the tri-state area by providing these businesses with a chance to reach the local community,” the release said.
Along with featuring several local women-owned businesses, the event will feature unique items for sale, sweets and a special Malibu Jack’s deal for families of all ages.
Vendors will set up their booths inside the cabana spaces for guests to come shop at Malibu Jack’s Ashland. The event is free and open to the public.
Appalachian Syrup Producers Summit on tap for March 10
HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University will highlight the region’s growing syrup industry and explore ways to capitalize on the potential to expand and diversify production from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 10, during TAP: the Appalachian Syrup Producers Virtual Summit.
“Most of the syrup produced in West Virginia is from maple and is extracted and processed using methods handed down through the generations,” said Evan Nelson, RCBI’s manager of agricultural innovations. “We invite current producers and others interested in making syrup or learning more about the industry to join us to hear about techniques and inventions that improve effectiveness and efficiency. We’ll also talk about specialty syrups produced from other trees such as walnut and sycamore and about valuable resources to support producers.”
Nelson will highlight innovations developed at RCBI to increase sap extraction and decrease production time as well as detail RCBI’s U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded initiative to increase syrup production in select southern West Virginia counties.
Other speakers will include Mike Rechlin and Kate Fotos from Future Generations University, who will discuss walnut syrup production in West Virginia, new initiatives related to maple production and upcoming training and events related to the industry.
Greg Christian, vice president of the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association and owner of Toms Creek Family Farm, will talk about the mission of his organization and provide an update on maple syrup production in southern West Virginia.
The event is free but registration is required at For more information, contact Nelson at or 304-781-1657.
WV Construction & Design EXPO 2022 coming to Charleston Coliseum
CHARLESTON — The 2022 West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition (EXPO) will be held March 23-24 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
Attendees can network and learn from a variety of expert exhibitors and other attendees on the billions of dollars in new West Virginia projects. More than $7 billion in new federal funding is coming to West Virginia from the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
“The West Virginia Construction & Design EXPO is the region’s largest trade show for construction and design industries,” said Cassidy Webb, EXPO show manager and communications director of the Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV). “We anticipate one of our largest turnouts ever — due to the billions of dollars in new projects and because this is the first time, in a long time, that people can meet and do business in-person.”
The opening keynote session will be Wednesday, March 23, at 9 a.m. in the convention center’s Little Theater and will feature West Virginia Department of Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael, representatives from Nucor Corp., and U.S. Rep. David McKinley, P.E., who will discuss economic development opportunities coming to West Virginia.
EXPO’s panel session, being held Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Little Theater, will feature West Virginia’s department secretaries and leaders who will discuss the $7 billion the state is set to receive from the infrastructure bill. Speakers will include U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Harold Ward, state Department of Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, West Virginia Water Development Authority Executive Director Marie Prezioso, and West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council Executive Director Wayne Morgan.
Federal infrastructure funding available for West Virginia projects includes:
EXPO is partnering with the West Virginia Department of Education to host a Reverse Job Fair on Wednesday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Upper Lobby. The Reverse Job Fair is a spin on the traditional job fair where Community and Technical Education (CTE) Simulated Workplace students will setup industry specific program booths to showcase their technical skills, portfolios, and talents to employers who are looking to hire skilled workers. Exhibitors and attendees will have the opportunity to engage with CTE students and learn more about the high-quality technical education programs and training students receive.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, and 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 24. A complete list of seminars, many offering free continuing education credits, and other show information is available on the EXPO website. Registration is free at the show, or online at
EXPO is presented by the Contractors Association of West Virginia, West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the West Virginia Utility Contractors Association, in addition to 24 co-sponsoring organizations. The trade show has become the meeting ground for contractors, architects, engineers, purchasing agents, suppliers, public works officials and others involved in the commercial and industrial construction markets.
The 2022 West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition is a professional trade show, and all attendees must be registered to participate. For more details, visit
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