by Ron Gregory
Charleston – Officials are inviting the public to a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled Thursday at Charleston’s Yeager Airport. The event will mark the initiation of a project to replace Yeager’s Engineered Materials Arresting System
According to an announcement, Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins worked with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster to secure language making Yeager eligible for millions of dollars in emergency funds to rebuild its EMAS. As a result, according to Rep. Jenkins, the airport received nearly $13.5 million to make these repairs.
That is apparently why the Republican congressman, who is running for the U.S. senate this year, has been invited to speak at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. Yeager is located in the state’s second house district, currently represented by fellow Republican Alex Mooney, who is not listed as a speaker.
Beside Jenkins, others listed as speakers are: Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre; U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart; Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff Mike Hall; U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin; State Secretary of Transportation Thomas J. Smith; and members of the Kanawha County Commission, Kent Carper, Henry “Hoppy” Shores and Ben Salango..
The ceremony is scheduled to conclude at about 11:30 a.m.