Community Advisory Board: The Times West Virginian is committed to better understanding the information needs of our readers.

Part of that process will now include a new Community Advisory Board we’re creating. The purpose of the Community Advisory Board is primarily to offer us feedback to improve our offerings, and to help us have more eyes and ears in the communities we serve. We also hope to engage the advisory board in discussions about local issues and coverage priorities.

We’re currently accepting applications for members of the advisory board. This is your chance to help shape news coverage and perhaps even offer reader input as the newspaper considers its editorial stances.

We’re seeking members for the Community Advisory Board who represent the diverse communities we serve. We also want to strive for geographic and demographic balance. We invite readers from all walks of life to join us.

The Times West Virginian’s Community Advisory Board will meet quarterly on the second Tuesday of the last month in each quarter. The schedule through 2020 is: Sept. 10, 2019, Dec. 10, 2019, Mar., 10, 2020, Jun., 9, 2020, Sept. 8, 2020 and Dec. 8, 2020. All meetings will be held at the Times West Virginian at 5:30 p.m. and should last about an hour.

If you have a little time to spare and want to help shape your community newspaper with your valuable insight and input, send an email to me at tworkman@timeswv.com to indicate your interest. I’ll be happy to email you back with the brief application form. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 26.

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State Fair of West Virginia: The state fair is taking place now in Fairlea (near Lewisburg) and will run until Saturday. One of the main attractions again this year is the West Virginia Grown Country Store hosted by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

The store is located at the Gus R. Douglas Agriculture Annex Building and is open from 9 am to 7 pm. It features more than 40 West Virginia vendors and their locally grown products. The store is hosting wine and cider tastings, educational opportunities and a maple cotton candy machine operated by the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association. For more information about the State Fair of West Virginia, go online to statefairofwv.com.

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Lower Gas Utility Bills: Most natural gas customers in West Virginia should see a reduction in their bills this upcoming heating season, according to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

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The gas rates of customers are adjusted annually to account for the cost of gas in a process called a “Purchased Gas Adjustment” proceeding before the PSC. Following an initial review of the PGA cases filed recently, the PSC says it’s expecting slightly lower gas utility bills across the state.

Publisher Titus Workman can be reached at tworkman@timeswv.com or (304) 367-2503.