State to get US highway funding
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia will get $4.8 million in federal highway funds for projects that enhance pedestrians' and bicyclists' safety, preserve scenic views and boost historic preservation and tourism.
Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin's office said Wednesday that the West Virginia Transportation Enhancement program will pay for 27 projects.
The program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration's efforts to help communities with non-traditional transportation improvements.
The projects include historical highway markers across the state; enhancements of Chapmanville's Main Street in Logan County; and renovating the Berkeley Springs Train Depot in Morgan County.
Fazoli's to add 7 new restaurants
Fazoli's, the quick-service Italian restaurant chain, announced it has commitments from three new franchisees to open seven new restaurants.
One of the new franchisees is Par Mar Stores, a division of Par Mar Oil Co. Par Mar plans to open a 1,500-square-foot Fazoli's in Fairmont in early 2012. It will offer seating, carryout and drive-through services and will be the first Fazoli's in a travel plaza.
Par Mar will open two more Fazoli's restaurants in 2012 and 2013 and is exploring the development of smaller Fazoli's units in more of its 50 locations, Fazoli's said.