Archives for August 2016

Abandoned mine

Two men are missing and two others are reported to be in custody after they entered an abandoned mine. The men police are still looking for went into the old Keystone Number One mine looking for the first man, who found his way out on his own. The old mine was idled in 1987 after 94 years of operation. Since then, several have tried to enter the mine to steal copper trolley cables.

Restaurant closes

After four decades in Blacksburg, a once-popular restaurant is officially closing up shop. A post on Facebook yesterday alerted fans that Mike’s Grill will not be reopening after the owners thought the restaurant was only temporarily closing this summer. The restaurant first opened in 1976 in the 400 block of North Main Street.

Best schools

Princeton Review’s latest rankings of the nation’s best schools is giving good news to Virginia Tech. The university is enjoying the top ranking for “best quality of life” and “their students love their colleges” categories. About 143-thousand students took the survey used in the rankings.

Summit at the Greenbrier

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its annual summit at The Greenbrier. Yesterday, marked the start of the event that runs through tomorrow, featuring addresses from the state’s political, education and business leaders. Yesterday, panels discussed changes in the natural gas market, recent West Virginia Supreme Court decisions, the state’s opioid abuse crisis, education and economic topics.

Flooding 3rd deadliest

The June 23 Flood was the 3rd deadliest on record, according to West Virginia climatologist Kevn Law. According to the National Catholic Reporter, Mark Sliter, executive director of Catholic Charities West Virginia said it might take as long as six years for the state to get back on its feet. FEMA has reported it has granted more than $111 million in federal disaster relief — $39 million in housing grants, with almost 9,000 households and renters having applied for aid ahead of the Sept. 7 cut-off.

Officer involved shooting

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department will investigate the officer-involved shooting that left an 82-year-old man dead. The name of the victim was released yesterday. Darrel Hetrick died on the way to the hospital. Deputies went to Hetrick’s home on Saturday to serve a warrant and encountered the armed and threatening man.

Truck champion

Charles Randolph has been driving truck for 35 years and now he can update his resume. The driver for Pitt Ohio Express is the 2016 National Truck Driving Champion in the straight truck division. The National Driving Championship was held earlier this month in Indianapolis. Randolph had been to the national finals three times before and this is the first time a driver from West Virginia has won in over a decade.

Disaster centers last day

The final three disaster relief centers in West Virginia will close this week. FEMA announced it will be shutting down the flood relief centers in White Sulphur Springs, Clendenin and Rainelle at the close of business today. Those who still wish to register for FEMA aid can do so before September 7th by phone. The FEMA hotline is 800-621-3362.

Linebacker charges

A former star linebacker with the West Virginia Mountaineers now faces a string of bank robbery charges. Police say they arrested Kevin “Boo” McLee Jr. as he walked into a Pittsburgh bank last week. The 32-year-old who played for WVU a decade ago is charged with holding up four banks in Crafton and Pittsburgh over the past couple of months. McLee sits in the Allegheny County Jail with his bail at 100-thousand-dollars.

Threatening email

A threatening e-mail is getting police attention at Virginia Tech University. Campus police are reportedly investigating an email that was sent to dozens of addresses through Facebook. It warned of a mass killing on campus this week, forcing authorities to take the matter seriously. Thirty-two people were killed at Virginia Tech in the nation’s worst school mass shooting in April 2007.