— Candidates go beyond sound bites on major issues facing older West Virginians & their families AARP West Virginia has released its 2016 Video Voter Guide featuring exclusive one-on-one interviews with gubernatorial candidates Senate President Bill Cole (R) and Jim Justice (D), answering key questions on how they would improve the lives of family caregivers, help West Virginians prepare for retirement security and make the Mountain State more age-friendly. In the question and answer session with AARP West Virginia State President …

Lincoln County (WV) H.S. senior Jacob Kirkendoll has been named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 25, 2016. (Photo: Brandi Ashley)

— Panthers’ two-sport standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor   Jacob Kirkendoll of Lincoln County High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 25. A senior, Jacob is a 4.32 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He is a National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, and is active in Student Council, Math Club, Robotics Club, College Summit and FCA. Jacob also participated in the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State program. He …

Buckhannon-Upshur (WV) H.S. junior McKinley Gaudet has been named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 18, 2016. (Photo: Holly Sandreth Tenney)

— Lady Bucs’ three-sport student athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor McKinley Gaudet of Buckhannon-Upshur High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 18. A junior, McKinley is a 3.93 g.p.a. AP Honors student. She serves as Junior Class Secretary, and is active in Student Council and Youth Leadership Association programs. She is the daughter of Brian and Christy Gaudet of Buckhannon. A two-year letterwinner with Coach Jeremy Maxwell’s Lady Bucs basketball program, …

Fairmont Senior (WV) H.S. senior Jake Abbott has been named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 11, 2016. (Photo: Tyson Murray/WVMetroNews.com)

— Polar Bears two-sport student athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Jake Abbott of Fairmont Senior High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 11. A senior, Jake is a 4.14 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society, Science Honorary and Key Club. He is the son of J.L. and Mit Abbott of Fairmont. A team captain and starting quarterback/linebacker for …

Washington (WV) H.S. senior Atley Fortney has been named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 4, 2016.

— Patriots’ student athlete, soccer standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Atley Fortney of Washington High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 4. A senior, Atley is a 4.17 g.p.a. AP Honors student. She is a National Honor Society member and three-year Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honoree. Atley is the daughter of Scott and Kim Fortney of Charles Town. A four-year forward/utility player with Coach Tim Michael’s Patriots …

Braxton County (WV) H.S. junior Heath Cottrill has been named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 28, 2016.

— Eagles’ two-sport student athlete is first AARP/MetroNews statewide honoree of 2016 Heath Cottrill of Braxton County High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of August 28. A junior, Heath is a 4.0 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He is actively involved in Student Council activities, serving as his class president, and is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He is the son …

AARP WV Scholar Athlete awards

— AARP West Virginia and the West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network are again partnering to recognize some of the state’s best and brightest student athletes through the AARP West Virginia Scholar Athlete of the Week program. This statewide honor, presented each week during the Fall Sports season on the popular West Virginia MetroNews High School GameNight program, recognizes West Virginia high school student athletes for outstanding achievement in athletics, the classroom and in communities across the Mountain State. Student athletes in …

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— As part of the West Virginia Financial Exploitation Task Force, AARP fought successfully in the 2016 legislative session for three new laws that protect older West Virginians from abuse and fraud. One law prohibits people convicted of crimes against the elderly from performing community service involving the elderly. Another stiffens criminal penalties for those convicted of financial exploitation of the elderly. The third aims to ensure that people with power of attorney do not benefit personally from the actions they …

Scenes of major flood damage in southern West Virginia during June 2016 storms that ravaged the Mountain State (Photo Courtesy: Office of Sen. Joe Manchin III)

— West Virginia has experienced historic flooding that has devastated communities across the Mountain State. It’s heart breaking to see our friends, family and neighbors hurting and devastated. We are a proud state and know in difficult times, West Virginians come together as a family to help one another and show the nation what Mountaineers are made of. Many of you have been asking, “What can I do?” There are many ways you can help with your time and resources. Here …

WV Black Bears action at Monongalia County Ballpark (Photo: AARP WV/DeWayne Lowther)

— Get to know AARP West Virginia when you get out to Monongalia County Ballpark this season! AARP members and their guests may receive a discounted ticket at $2.00 off single game ticket prices at every Sunday home game and cheer on the West Virginia Black Bears!  Be sure to visit the AARP West Virginia concourse table at the game for information about upcoming events, resources and fun giveaways. 2016 AARP “Save On Sundays” at Monongalia County Ballpark Sunday, June 19 vs. Batavia Muckdogs Sunday, June 26 vs. State College Spikes Sunday, July …