Archives for May 2016

WV sports Hall of fame

Seven new members are being inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. The 2016 class was announced over the weekend and includes tennis star Joby Foley, basketball players Damien Owens and Don Vincent, female distance runner Charity Wachera and football star Grant Wiley. All seven will be inducted in September before the football game against Youngstown State.

Lawsuits over water

One of more than 3,500 lawsuits alleging links between people’s illnesses and DuPont discharging C8 into drinking water and the Ohio River is heading to trial in federal court in Ohio this week. The Columbus Dispatch reports the case against the Delaware-based chemical company alleges a Washington County man got testicular cancer because of C8, a chemical used to make Teflon. DuPont says it didn’t consciously disregard risks to residents.

Factory bringing 400 jobs

An ammunition company has announced plans to build a factory in West Virginia and add 400 jobs. Ranger Scientific officials said Tuesday the company has acquired 1,000 acres on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine in eastern Kanawha County. It says the $50 million facility will produce more than 500 million rounds of specialty rifle ammunition each year.

Budget talks continue

West Virginia lawmakers have resumed budget negotiations with little indication of additional progress. Lawmakers returned yesterday for an 11th day of work. The session costs $35,000 a day. Counting Tuesday, the running tab is $385,000. The Senate is considering a budget taking about $200 million from the Rainy Day Fund. The House passed one taking $143 million. Either amount is almost certain to draw a veto from Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Bill Cole under scrutiny

Republican Senate President Bill Cole is drawing Democratic scrutiny for bringing Texas Gov. Rick Perry to West Virginia for a gubernatorial fundraiser during the budget session. Perry attended an energy forum and fundraisers Tuesday for the state Republican Party and Cole. Cole said he rescheduled Perry’s planned visit once last week because of the session. Cole said Perry’s visit was planned before he knew about the session.

Man faces serious charges

A Bedford County county man faces multiple charges, including attempted second-degree murder after the sheriff’s office says he tried the kill his girlfriend. Deputies charged Christopher W. Petersen, 29, with attempted second-degree murder; discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and assault and battery. She said after putting the handgun to her head, he pulled the trigger twice. He later fired two shots inside the residence. Petersen is being held without bond in the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

Ammunition Company bringing jobs

An ammunition company has announced plans to build a factory in West Virginia and add 400 jobs. Ranger Scientific officials said Tuesday the company has acquired 1,000 acres on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine in eastern Kanawha County. It says the $50 million facility will produce more than 500 million rounds of specialty rifle ammunition each year

Fire dept has new equipment

Thanks to a community organization and a local business, the Bluefield City Fire Department now has brand new safety equipment. Monday the fire department held a presentation of the new equipment they were able to purchase thanks to K&K Music and the Bluefield Rotary Club. In March Fire Chief Rick Cary and Lieutenant David Thompson presented a list of updates at a Rotary Club meeting. The rotary club responded by submitting a grant to help, as well as another contribution by K&K Music in Bluefield. What an awesome way to begin the week!

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Lake Shawnee Ghost Hunt Weekends

More than one hundred people gathered at Lake Shawnee for a weekend full of stories and scares. Chad Morin and his team called “Ghost Hunt Weekends” travel to haunted places all over the country. Over the weekend, the team stayed at Lake Shawnee in Princeton for the third time. Lake Shawnee has an eerie past, it is believed that children have died there and it is also an Indian burial ground. Morin and his team plan to return to Lake Shawnee on Halloween, for more information about that and future events you can visit the website at www.ghosthuntweekends.com.

Corey the boat

There was a boat patrolling the waters at Bluestone Lake who was serious about water safety.
Corey the boat says, “The most important thing is make sure you have a life jacket on and make sure that it fits you properly before you get on the water.” Corey and the National Park Service were stopping parents and children enjoying the water at Bluestone Lake Sunday, to give them some easy tips to stay safe this summer. The man behind the Corey the boat is Travis Daugherty with the Army Corps of Engineers. Daugherty says boaters should be mindful of their speeds and should have life jackets on just like the swimmers.
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