Archives for September 2016

Europtec going back to work

After 11 weeks, workers at Europtec USA will finally be going back to work. The National Labor Relations Board brokered the deal between the company and the United Steel Workers. The settlement will mean 29 workers will be receiving nearly 200-thousand dollars in back pay.

WV coming out of recession

West Virginia University researchers say economic indicators show West Virginia is further emerging from a recession. The university said in a news release that the Mountain State Business Index has posted gains in four of the past six months. But the statement says the state’s recovery from the recession has been lackluster compared to previous business cycles due to the devastating floods in June and other economic issues.

Security guard at mine

West Virginia State Police say a security guard at a mine has fatally shot a man in a confrontation over trespassing. A police statement says troopers responded to a call of shots fired Wednesday morning at Frasure Creek mine near Oak Hill and found 31-year-old Johnny Johnston Jr. dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Water supply safe

Lewisburg city officials are confident that their water supply is safe. The water system was tested recently, and it showed that it did test positive for the chemical Chromium 6. What does that mean though? The EPA says the maximum contamination level for Chromium is 100 parts per billion. The highest test result in the Lewisburg Water System is 0.079 parts per billion, and that is above the minimum detection level of 0.03 parts per billion.

Water supply safe?

Lewisburg city officials are confident that their water supply is safe. The water system was tested recently, and it showed that it did test positive for the chemical Chromium 6. What does that mean though? The EPA says the maximum contamination level for Chromium is 100 parts per billion. The highest test result in the Lewisburg Water System is 0.079 parts per billion, and that is above the minimum detection level of 0.03 parts per billion.

Under the stars

Under the dark sky over Calhoun County is a perfect place to check out the stars. This weekend offers the third-annual “Calhoun Stargaze.” Amateur astronomers will be focusing their telescopes Friday through Sunday at Grantsville’s Calhoun County Park.

Plans for schools from flooding

The plans by the SBA to repair schools damaged by the June 23rd flood remain very “fluid.” FEMA still needs to wrap up its findings to determine which schools need to be rebuilt and where the SBA is in a holding pattern on planning. At Monday’s meeting of the SBA, the director of School Planning and Construction said plans change between morning and afternoon on some days.

John Orem

John Orem’s name is on the ballot to become the Berkeley County Sheriff, but he is also facing possible drug charges. In early August, the Republican candidate was arrested after being found unconscious in his bathroom. Orem reportedly had to be revived using the opioid-reversal drug Narcan. After his pretrial hearing yesterday, Orem says he expects the charges against him to be dropped.

Bells ring to remember

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony later this week to remember the lives of two students. Senior Bradley Uhlman and freshman Morgan Grimm of Virginia died a little more than a week ago in a car crash and the remembrance is being organized by a national service fraternity. It starts at noon at Oglebay Plaza on WVU’s downtown campus.

Greenbrier mourning Palmer

The Greenbrier is mourning the death of Arnold Palmer. The golf legend passed away over the weekend and the West Virginia resort says it’s remembering one of the game’s greatest icons. Palmer had a long history with The Greenbrier, first visiting the property with his family nearly 60 years ago and playing golf with the legendary Sam Snead. Palmer was recently working with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino on a new mountaintop golf course on The Greenbrier’s property.