fab5USE72dpiCHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced the “Fabulous Five,” a group of five co-workers from the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, as the state’s latest winners of a $1 million Mega Millions® prize at a press conference in Charleston, Wednesday. The group, which was playing the lottery as an office pool for the first time, consists of Brenda Rader of South Charleston, Carla Curry of Marmet, Jordan Williams of Shrewsbury, Deborah Rutherford of St. Albans, and Carolyn Charnock of Charleston. “What a wonderful way to start off 2015. We could not be happier for these ladies,” Musgrave said. “Calendar year 2014 was a record setting year for West Virginia Lottery players with an incredible 13 tickets valued at $1 million or more sold in our state and hopefully this is an indication that 2015 will be memorable as well.” Rader purchased their lucky ticket, which matched five numbers from the January 9, 2015 Mega Millions® drawing, at One Stop 101 in South Charleston. Had they paid an extra $1 for the Megaplier option, their prize of $1 million would have increased to $5 million, because the Megaplier number for Friday was 5x. One Stop will receive a sales bonus of $10,000 for selling the ticket. Ironically, the lucky ticket was purchased at exactly 1:01 p.m. on Wednesday. “I am just glad that I played and that we won,” Rader said. “When the jackpot gets high I usually play twice a week, but this was the first time that we ever purchased lottery tickets as an office pool. We were just happy to win something.” The group of co-workers each contributed $5 for a total purchase of 25 tickets. Williams, a December graduate of WVU-Tech, made her first student loan payment on the same day she gave Rader her $5 for the tickets. “I will not be making any more loan payments or paying another day of interest now, that’s for sure,” Williams said. Curry said that she had played the lottery off and on, but had never won anything of note. “You always wonder if it is for real and now I know that it is!” Rutherford added, “Anyone can win. It is just amazing!” This most recent ticket is the 14th ticket from the Multi-State Lottery games of Powerball® and Mega Millions® to be sold in West Virginia since January of 2014 that is worth $1 million or more. West Virginia sold a record 13 tickets from MUSL games that were worth $1 million or more in 2014. Eleven of those 13 wins were from the Powerball® game. While odds of winning do not change based on location, the probability of winning a prize of a million or more from these popular games was better in West Virginia than anywhere in the country in 2014. With a population of only 1.8 million, West Virginia produced one million-dollar plus winner from MUSL games per every 138,461 people in the state.

One Stop Secures Education Grants for 28 Schools

Charleston, WV (November 2014) – One Stop, a chain of convenience store headquartered in Charleston, WV announced that they have successfully secured $500 grants for 28 West Virginia schools through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Michael R. Graney, President of One Stop, said “One Stop is a part of many communities throughout the state and we are proud to be able to support our local schools.  It is our hope that these grants will help enhance educational opportunities for our state’s children.” Graney said schools in Kanawha, Raleigh, Logan, Putnam, Marion, Monongalia, Cabell, Jackson, Mercer, Harrison, and Doddridge Counties received grants.  One Stop representatives worked with school officials from around the state and ExxonMobil to apply for the funding. For additional information, contact Michael R. Graney or Kim Dunlap at (304) 926-3002 or via email at mgraney@itjusttakeonestop.com or kdunlap@itjusttakesonestop.com or visit the website @ www.onestopwv.com The following schools received grants: Kanawha County: Montrose Elementary – South Charleston Sacred Heart – Charleston St. Agnes – Charleston George C. Weimer Elementary – St. Albans Cross Lanes Elementary – Cross Lanes Piedmont Elementary – Charleston West Side Elementary – Charleston Bible Center School – Charleston Holz Elementary – Charleston John Adams Middle - Charleston Elkview Middle School – Elkview Overbrook Elementary – Charleston Raleigh County: Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary – Beckley Hollywood Elementary – Beckley Logan County: Logan Senior High School – Logan Holden Elementary – Holden Putnam County: Poca High School Harrison County: Bridgeport Middle School Monongalia County: Westwood Middle School Marion County: East Fairmont High School – Fairmont Whitehall Elementary – Fairmont Jackson County: Kenna Elementary Cabell County: St. Joseph Catholic School – Huntington Altizer Elementary – Huntington Milton Elementary – Milton Huntington Middle School Mercer County: Pikeview High School – Princeton Doddridge County: Doddridge Middle School – West Union

 One Stop Secures Education Grants for 28 WV Schools  

Charleston, WV (November 2013) – One Stop a chain of convenience stores headquartered in Charleston, WV, announced that they have successfully secured $500 grants for 28 West Virginia schools through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Michael Graney, President of One Stop, said, “One Stop is a part of many communities throughout the state and we are proud to be able to support our local schools.  It is our hope that these grants will help enhance educational opportunities for our state’s children.” Graney said secondary schools in Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Raleigh, Jackson, Logan, Doddridge, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, and Mercer Counties received grants.  One Stop representatives worked with school officials from around the state and ExxonMobil to apply for the funding. The following schools received grants: Kanawha County: St. Albans High School - St. Albans Sacred Heart - Charleston St. Agnes - Charleston Montrose Elementary – So. Charleston Piedmont Elementary – Charleston Charleston Catholic High School - Charleston Holz Elementary – Charleston Cross Lanes Elementary – Cross Lanes Elkview Middle School – Elkview Overbrook Elementary – Charleston John Adams – Charleston Westside Elementary – Charleston Putnam County: Poca High School – Poca Cabell County: Beverly Hills Middle School – Huntington Altizer Elementary – Huntington Huntington Middle School – Huntington Milton Elementary – Milton Raleigh County: Cranberry Prosperity Elementary School – Beckley Beckley Elementary – Beckley Jackson County: Kenna Elementary – Kenna Logan County: Logan Senior High School – Logan Holden Elementary – Holden Doddridge County: Doddridge Middle School – West Union Marion County: Whitehall Elementary – Fairmont East Fairmont High School – Fairmont Harrison County: Bridgeport Middle School – Bridgeport Monongalia County: Westwood Middle School – Morgantown Mercer County: Mercer Elementary – Princeton

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STORE OF THE MONTH One Stop Expanding Inside and Out One Stop replaced its Cross Lanes, WV, location with a larger store that offers far more options By Tammy Mastroberte
One Stop collaborated with Paragon Solutions to create a new image and store design for the chain.

One Stop collaborated with Paragon Solutions to create a new image and store design for the chain.

Three years ago, One Stop, a convenience store chain in West Virginia, debuted a new image and store design at one of its more than 40 locations throughout the state. By the beginning of 2012, a third location featuring this new image opened in Cross Lanes, W.V., expanding the existing store there from a 1,200-square-foot island marketer set in between fuel pumps, to a 3,100-square-foot standalone location. “We went to a corner of the property and started construction on the new building while the old store remained open,” said Michael Graney, president of One Stop. “Once it was substantially complete, we shut down the old store, tore it  out  from  under  the  fuel  canopy, and installed eight additional fuel-ing positions with Gilbarco [Veeder-Root] dispensers.” The Cross Lanes location, original-ly built by Chevron in 1988, closed for six weeks to complete the last of the construction, and reopened in March. The main goal for the site was to enlarge the store for increased curb appeal, and add more fueling capacity and parking, said Graney. “We went from six parking spaces to 22, and built a large retaining wall because the back side of the property drops off,” he said, explaining that the wall also improves traffic flow on the lot, which is just shy of one acre. Graney collaborated with Paragon Solutions LLC on the design. The front exterior of the new building features a stucco façade with stacked fieldstone below, and the color scheme is neutral — dark brown, beige and taupe, with red accents. One Stop also added a large side-walk with picnic tables for customers to sit and eat outdoors. Inside the store, the neutral color scheme continues, and includes yel-low walls with accents of blue and red. Decals call out the 12 cooler doors lining one wall, as well as the newly added walk-in beer cave. “The last building we redesigned allowed us to experiment with col-ors, and we really liked them,” Graney noted. “They tie the store together and it’s attractive.” It was also important for One Stop to build an environmentally friendly facility, so the exterior utilizes a white rubber roof, while the interior but now has 16 heads and a F’real milkshake machine, as well as other frozen drink options, according to Graney. “Everything is bigger and better,” he said. “It was a full-scale enlarge-ment, so if we offered eight flavors of chips before, now we can have 30. If we had four feet of candy before, now we have 16 [feet]. We have a wider selection of grab-and-go, and also added a wine selection.” While Graney remains open to the possibility of building new stores in the future, right now he is focused on remodeling the ones the chain already operates. This allows the company to take an asset already proven and add new components, he explained. features a stained concrete floor and steel, open-air ceiling rafters. The store also uses LED lighting and T8 high-bay light fixtures. “We have solar tube skylights in the bathroom with motion detec-tors, so the light is off until some-one walks in,” Graney explained. “Going forward, we are going to add solar tubes in the store as well.” NEW OFFERINGS
One of the highlights of the new store is the “Wild and Wonderful Gourmet Coffee” bar.

One of the highlights of the new store is the “Wild and Wonderful Gourmet Coffee” bar.

Before the redesign, Graney hired IMST Corp. to do a site and market analysis to indicate what sales could be expected with the remodel. Of the $1.2 million invested in the store, the biggest changes were made to the products and services offered at the location. Among the changes were the addi-tion of foodservice, with made-to-order roller grills and an open-air sandwich case; a larger coffee section; more cooler doors; a beer cave; more dispensed beverage options including F’real milkshakes; and more snacks. “We now offer roller grill hot dogs and Tornados, but also made-to-order sandwiches, a pepperoni roll, which is popular here, and biscuits in the morning,” Graney said. “We also offer pizza, which is homemade and prepared hot on site. In the open-air coolers, we have sandwiches, salads, yogurt, pickles and cheese.” The beer cave has three exterior doors, offering both domestic and imported libations, and 40 linear feet of shelving. Most of the beer inside the cave is 12-, 18- and 30-packs. The previous eight cooler doors for packaged beverages expanded to 12. “We did the market study, and we achieved our sales goals in the first month of reopening,” Graney reported. “The business has basically doubled.” The coffee section also saw a sig-nificant increase in space, with a bar at the center of the store featuring a Corian countertop. The new coffee bar offers a 10-flavor cappuccino machine, and a coffee selection con-sisting of a house blend, Rainforest Alliance blend and a French roast. Supplied by S&D Coffee Inc., the coffee is branded for the store under the name “Wild and Wonderful Gourmet Coffee.” The fountain area previously offered customers six options, “We want to rebuild and improve the stores we have identified that need it,” he said. For comments, please contact Tammy Mastroberte, Contributing Editor, at tmastroberte@gmail.com.
Posted with permission from January 2013.  Convenience Store News, Stagnito Media. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

By Paul J. Nyden - WV GazetteChildren's Home Society, businesses launch annual fund drive

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Mary White, director of the Children's Home Society, speaks to leaders and volunteers launching the society's "Taking It Home for Mother's Day" fundraising campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today, 4,000 West Virginia children receive out-of-home care. In addition, 1,200 children are need to be adopted.

The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA) is leading a statewide campaign to raise money for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia to help those children. The campaign will last through Mother's Day on May 12. OMEGA and the Children's Home Society opened the "Taking It Home for Mother's Day" campaign on Monday at the society's Davis Child Shelter on Greenbrier Street in Charleston. "We are asking the public to consider honoring their mother, sister or friends by supporting an organization that works to help children in distress," said Jan Vineyard, president of OMEGA. "I would encourage individuals who see the campaign in their local convenience or grocery stores to join us in assisting West Virginia children." Cardboard pink flowers are given to anyone who donates money to the fund in stores including One Stop, Little General Stores and Go-Mart Inc. Mary White, the Children's Home Society's director of development of philanthropy, said, "Our organization assisted nearly 13,000 West Virginia children last year. The need for help is overwhelming." After the rally, White said," The most important part of what we do is raise public awareness. West Virginians learn about children of need and children who need adoption. "Today, we have 10 emergency shelters and offices in 13 locations. Only two of our 96 shelter beds are empty today." Vineyard said last year's campaign raised $91,000: "This year, we hope to do more." West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin gave an initial donation of $40 "to purchase the first flower." She said she doubled her donation from $20 last year. Steve Tuck, CEO of the Children's Home Society, which was founded in 1896, said, "Our staff is uplifted by the enthusiasm of the stores, convenient stores and chains supporting us." Joanne Boileau, a Children's Home Society manager, said, all of the society's donations go to the society's local sites. The society also helps children involved in many organizations, including: Little League baseball teams, soccer leagues, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and bands, she said. Brian Waugh, from Little General, said, "We believe there is nothing better than putting a smile on a child's face." Mike Graney, President of One Stop, said, "Another powerful thing about this program is that we raise money locally and keep it local. If it is raised in Charleston or Morgantown, it is kept in those places. "And 100 cents out of every dollar goes to the children," Graney said. Terry Smith, a manager at Go-Mart's main offices in Glenville, said, "This is chance to give back. We feel fortunate to work with OMEGA and the Children's Home Society to help children throughout the state. And it helps the morale of our own employees." Vineyard said, "This effort not only gives back to the communities where our members live and work, but it demonstrates the philanthropic nature of our industry. This is a win for all involved: the children, our members and the public." Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.

One Stop Secures Education Grants for 27 WV Schools  

Charleston, WV (March 2013) – One Stop a chain of convenience stores headquartered in Charleston, WV, announced that they have successfully secured $500 grants for 27 West Virginia schools through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Michael Graney, President of One Stop, said, “One Stop is a part of many communities throughout the state and we are proud to be able to support our local schools.  It is our hope that these grants will help enhance educational opportunities for our state’s children.” Graney said secondary schools in Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Raleigh, Jackson, Logan, Doddridge, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, and Mercer Counties received grants.  One Stop representatives worked with school officials from around the state and ExxonMobil to apply for the funding. Schools receiving aid are listed on the following page. For additional information, contact Michael Graney or Kim Dunlap at (304) 926-3002 or via email at mgraney@itjusttakesonestop.com or kdunlap@itjusttakesonestop.com or visit the website @ www.onestopwv.com! The following schools received grants: Kanawha County: St. Albans High School - St. Albans Sacred Heart - Charleston St. Agnes - Charleston Montrose Elementary – So. Charleston Piedmont Elementary – Charleston Charleston Catholic High School - Charleston Holz Elementary – Charleston Cross Lanes Elementary – Cross Lanes Elkview Middle School – Elkview Overbrook Elementary – Charleston John Adams – Charleston Westside Elementary – Charleston Putnam County: Poca High School – Poca Cabell County: Beverly Hills Middle School – Huntington Altizer Elementary – Huntington Milton Elementary – Milton Raleigh County: Cranberry Prosperity Elementary School – Beckley Hollywood Elementary – Beckley Jackson County: Kenna Elementary – Kenna Logan County: Logan Senior High School – Logan Holden Elementary – Holden Doddridge County: Doddridge Middle School – West Union Marion County: Whitehall Elementary – Fairmont East Fairmont High School – Fairmont Harrison County: Bridgeport Middle School – Bridgeport Monongalia County: Westwood Middle School – Morgantown Mercer County: Mercer Elementary – Princeton
WV OMEGA Hosts Mother's Day Campaign to Help Children in Crisis  There are approximately 3,000 West Virginia children in some type of out-of-home care today due to crisis in the family.  In addition, there are nearly 1,000 children available for adoption. The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), in an effort to help this extremely vulnerable population, is kicking off a statewide campaign on Monday, April 16 to bring attention and funding to the children and families cared for by the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. The campaign will run through Mothers Day, May 13. The public is encouraged to participate. Jan Vineyard, president of OMEGA, which represents convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers in the state, said, "We are asking the public to consider honoring their mother, sister or friends by supporting an organization that works to help children in distress. I would encourage individuals who see the campaign in their local convenience or grocery stores to join us in assisting West Virginia children." Media Events are scheduled as followed next week: 4/16 at 9:30 a.m.  One Stop, 1639 Washington St., E., Charleston 4/16 at 10:00 a.m. Par Mar Stores, 2301 Pike Street, Parkersburg 4/16 at 1:00 p.m. Par Mar Stores, 2204 Pleasant Valley Road, Fairmont 4/18 at 10:00 a.m. Go-Mart, 55 Postal Plaza, Morgantown 4/20 at 10:00 a.m. Stop In Food Store, 389 Seneca Trail, Lewisburg 4/20 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Little General, 4223 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley 4/20 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Little General, 1000 Oakvale Road, Princeton 4/20 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Little General, 100 Airport Road, Chapmanville 4/20 11:30 a.m. Par Mar Stores, 2328 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans 4/20 1:00 p.m. Little General, Calvin Vineyard said OMEGA has partnered with the Children's Home Society of West Virginia to raise funds that will be used to support child assistance programs, such as emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs throughout the state.  Brightly colored, Mother's Day-themed, paper flowers will be sold for one dollar at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores across the state. Mary White, director of development and philanthropy for the Children's Home Society, said, "This campaign will not only raise awareness about West Virginia children who need help or a family to call their own, but through the graciousness of the public, will provide our organization with a greater ability to make a positive impact on these children's lives." The OMEGA members participating in the Mothers Day Campaign include: Little General Stores, Inc., One Stop, Par Mar Oil Company, Prima/7-Eleven, BFS Foods, Inc., DeFazio Oil Company, Go-Mart, Inc., Mini-Giants Inc., TWJ, Inc. (Foodland), Bigley Foodland Fresh, R. T. Rogers Oil Company, H. C. Lewis Oil Company, Tri-State Petroleum Corp. and Stop In Food Stores. OMEGA raised more than $61,000 during this effort last year and more than $1.3 million dollars since 2003 for charities that improve the health, safety and wellbeing of West Virginia children. "This effort notonly gives back to the communities where our members live and work, but it demonstrates the philanthropic nature of our industry.  This is a win for all involved: the children, our members and the public."
One Stop Secures Education Grants for 23 Schools  Charleston, WV – One Stop a chain of convenience stores headquartered in Belle, WV, announced that they have successfully secured $500 grants for 23 West Virginia schools through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Michael Graney, President of One Stop, said, “One Stop is a part of many communities throughout the state and we are proud to be able to support our local schools.  It is our hope that these grants will help enhance educational opportunities for our state’s children.” Graney said secondary schools in the state of West Virginia include Kanawha, Cabell, Raleigh, Logan, Putnam, Mercer, Harrison, Monongalia, and Jackson Counties received grants. One Stop representatives worked with school officials from around the state and ExxonMobil to apply for the funding. Schools receiving aid are listed on the following page. For additional information, contact Michael Graney or Kim Dunlap at (304) 926-3002 or via email at mgraney@itjusttakesonestop.com or kdunlap@itjusttakesonestop.com or visit the website at www.onestopwv.com!
Children’s Home Society of WV One Stop is once again participating in this year's Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, "Give the Gift of Hope," Little Red Stocking Fundraiser. This is One Stop's seventh year working with the Children’s Home Society. All of One Stop stores will be participating in the fund raiser, and the money that is raised from this campaign will stay in the store's community. The Children’s Home Society of WV has shelters throughout the state that help with the basic necessities for children. The organization have supported over 7,000 families in 2011.


Pictures from One Stop's Make a Wish Promotion


One Stop offers Mother's Day Flowers As a member of the Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OM&GA), One Stop WV is participating in a fund raising campaign to benefit the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

For only $1.00, you can help needy children in a community and get a brightly colored flower for your loved ones. This campaign is in time for Mother's day, running from April 15 to May 8, 2011.

The Children's Home Society of West Virginia is a private and non-profit child welfare organization that aims to promote the well being of children through finding lifetime families, protecting and nurturing children and helping preserve & strengthen families. For more information about the CHS, visit their website at www.childhswv.org.


One Stop Secures Education Grants for 15 WV Schools

Charleston, WV (October 2010) – One Stop a chain of convenience stores headquartered in Belle, WV, announced that they have successfully secured $750 grants for 15 West Virginia schools through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program.

Michael Graney, President of One Stop, said, “One Stop is a part of many communities throughout the state and we are proud to be able to support our local schools.  It is our hope that these grants will help enhance educational opportunities for our state’s children.”

Graney said secondary schools in Kanawha, Cabell, Raleigh, and Jackson Counties received grants.  One Stop representatives worked with school officials from around the state and ExxonMobil to apply for the funding.

For additional information, contact Michael Graney or Kim Dunlap at (304) 926-3002 or via email at mgraney@itjusttakesonestop.com or kdunlap@itjusttakesonestop.com or visit the website @www.onestopwv.com!

Schools & Scholarships

Hurricane Middle School Johnson Elementary McKinley Jr. High School Mercer Elementary Montrose Elementary University of Charleston West Teays Valley Elementary George Washington High School Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary Elkview Middle School Beverly Hills Middle School Hollywood Elementary Horace Mann Jr. High School Overbrook Elementary Piedmont Elementary Poca High School Burch High School Charleston Catholic High School St. Agnes School Westwood Middle School Alum Creek Public Library’s Summer Enrichment Program ExxonMobil Education Alliance Grants

Charities

Charleston Area Alliance Boy Scouts of America Children’s Home Society Girl Scouts – Black Diamond Council Family Enrichment Center Hospice House Men’s Fellowship House Multiple Sclerosis Society Rea of Hope Women’s Fellowship Home Red Cross Sacred Heart Secret Santa Susan G. Koman WV Chapter United Way of Central West Virginia WV District of Muscular Dystrophy MakeAWish Foundation of West Virginia

Parts of a mural a tribute to friends CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Charleston's East End is getting another splash of color, courtesy of two local artists. Jeff Pierson, 32, and Tyrone Scott, 18, are working to complete a 75-foot-long mural that Pierson designed on the back of the new One Stop at the corner of Washington Street East and Greenbrier Street. The mural shows a series of colorful characters in a sort of parade. Many of the characters are based on real life figures in Charleston, while others are simply fictional concepts. "They're friends that I have now and friends that are gone," Pierson said, adding that he has yet to give a title to the piece. Read the the complete article "Parts of mural a tribute to friends" as it appears in the Charleston Daily Mail