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Around WV: Jan. 17, 2017


In Around West Virginia: a Marion sheriff’s deputy injured, a Princeton youth empowerment program, and films featured in Lewisburg during Black History Month.

n A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 79, MetroNews reports. Five other people were taken to the hospital.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, was placing flares near the 139 mile marker. A driver failed to slow down, struck another vehicle, then spun into the deputy. The officer was knocked about 40 feet from the road. He is listed in stable condition. The five people in the two other vehicles were also taken to hospitals.

n A Princeton-based youth empowerment program has been in place for seven years, the Princeton Times reports. Volunteers aim to prepare youth participants for life after high school. The website states that SPARKS focuses on “effects of peer pressure, teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol and safety” as well as “dropout prevention, academic anxiety, college preparation such as ACT/SAT preparation, (and) financial aid preparation.”

n The historic Lewis Theatre in downtown Lewisburg is showing several movies this month in recognition of Black History Month, according to the Mountain Messenger. The movie includes “Loving,” the story of an interracial couple whose fight for their marriage ended at the Supreme Court; “Hidden Figures,” which features a brilliant mathematician and West Virginia native who worked at NASA, Katherine Johnson; and “Moonlight,” an indie drama.

Reach Erin Beck at, 304-348-5163,, or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

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