Archives for October 2016

Day of Prayer before Election

The mayor of an Eastern Panhandle community is offering a day of prayer before next month’s election. The Journal reports Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith issued a proclamation for all denominations. She says a prayer gathering will be held at Wainwright Baptist Church in Charles Town from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Demolition Assisstance

Greenbrier Homeowners, and in the counties of Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Roane, and Webster have until Friday, November 18th to apply for demolition and debris removal programs on their private property. You can get funds if you meet certain requirements. It’s very important though, to apply for assisstance as soon as possible. You can contact your county emergency management office for assisstance.

NASCAR crash update

Virginia State Police say they’ve charged a man with reckless driving after a crash injured more than 22 people in a Martinsville Speedway parking lot after the NASCAR race. Police said in a statement Monday that the unnamed driver of a car that hit pedestrians in the handicapped parking lot after Sunday’s race was charged with reckless driving. Police say they’re trying to determine the exact cause of the crash. They are consulting with prosecutors and more charges are pending.


Police in Virginia say 22 people were hurt when a car slammed into them following a NASCAR race yesterday. Most of those hurt outside the Martinsville Speedway were treated at the scene, but nine were taken to the hospital. The driver was taken into custody.

Health Plan

At the start of next year, nearly 70 employees of The Health Plan will move into newly renovated offices in downtown Wheeling. The old Horne building on Main Street is being transformed into new office space and will sit right next to The Health Plan’s future headquarters. That new four-story structure is slated to open at the end of 2017.

Economic Development

The Hobet economic development project in Southern West Virginia will be known as Rock Creek Development Park. Governor Tomblin announced plans for the area yesterday after a deal was reached with landowners to donate more than 12-thousand acres in Boone and Lincoln counties. The former surface mine will be turned into a multi-use location and is starting off with a healthy investment from the National Guard. The Guard will expand its national vehicle maintenance work to the site, among other things.

Wis. Gov Walker Comes to W.V.

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who briefly ran for president last year, is scheduled to make three campaign stops Friday across West Virginia with GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. President Bill Cole. Walker is vice chair of the Republican Governor’s Association. They are scheduled to hold a rally in the morning in Bluefield, the hometown of Cole, an auto dealer who has led the state Senate’s recent Republican majority for two years. Cole faces Democrat Jim Justice in the Nov. 8 election.

Mitchell Stadium

The Bluefield City Board has approved to invest over 400 thousand dollars in a new turf for Mitchell Stadium. The plan is to have the field completed by June of next year, just in time for football season. Mitchell Stadium is one of the top ten high school stadiums, anbd can seat 10 thousand fans. The Stadium was orginially constructed some 80 decades ago.

Early Voting

If early voting numbers are any indication, this year’s election might be one of our busiest. In Monongalia County, more than 22-hundred participated in the first day of early voting. More than a thousand lined up in Harrison County. Taylor County estimated the number voting there at more than 150. Another 500 or so went to the polls early in Marion County yesterday.

Jury finds Stines Guilty

A jury has found a Beckley man guilty of fatally shooting his girlfriend’s husband. The Register-Herald reports that 49-year-old Michael Stines was found guilty of first-degree murder and wanton endangerment on Wednesday. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.