Finally, some relief from that wildfire that has been burning for more than a week in Greenbrier County. The fire is now 100 percent contained. The “South Fire” broke out in the Monongahela National Forest on Monday, November 21. The wildfire grew from 60 acres to a total 248 acres by Thanksgiving. Fire crews were sent home or reassigned to other wildfires that have overtaken the southeast part of the country.
Archives for November 2016
The West Virginia Mountaineer football team finished up the season with a 9 and 2 record and a 16th place ranking in this week’s poll. Ahead of the Mountaineers are five teams that have three losses on the season. West Virginia will now need to wait until the bowl invites are handed out next week.
A man from Monongalia County is being sought after allegedly beating and abusing his dogs. One of the dogs is a black lab that was kept in a storage bin, and beaten with a block of wood. When the Golden Retriever was rescued it was nearly 25 pounds under weight. The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department has since issued an arrest warrant for Timothy Liming.
West Virginia University is going to study the economic impact of reduced defense spending in the U.S. The school is working with a company known as TechConnect West Virginia and will look into the economic impact of the spending reductions in the country. The project is being funded through a million-grant from the Department of Defense.
Millions of dollars in grant money is heading to dozens of West Virginia communities for infrastructure projects. Governor Tomblin announced the funding yesterday, which will total more than seven-million dollars and be split among 54 community and infrastructure projects. The money is coming from the Federal Highway Administration.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who inherited a national recession and coal industry downturn, says attracting business has been his six-year administration’s priority, counting $13 billion in commercial investments with some state involvement. Shortly after announcing a Canadian aircraft maintenance company’s expansion in Bridgeport last week, Tomblin headed to Cuba with representatives of three West Virginia companies looking to export there.
A new system is going into place to make sure newborn babies are protected at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. As a new baby is delivered at the hospital, it will be given an ID band that will match up with the band on the baby’s mother. The new security check system will also be used with pediatric patients and any deemed at risk of wandering away, such as the elderly.
The 22-year-old man who was convicted of killing a teenager in March will be sent to a young adult offender facility. A Monongalia County judge ordered Christopher Smith to the Anthony Correctional Center. Smith was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and wanton endangerment in September. While at the Anthony Correctional Facility he will be required to participate in educational programs.
Many people flocked to downtown Lynchburg for small business Saturday. More than a dozen businesses participated offering discounts of 20 percent and up.
Alleghany High School in Covington is mourning the loss of its girls basketball coach who was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-car accident in West Virginia. The Alleghany Sheriff’s department says Danny Keene was killed when another driver crossed into his lane crashing into his car. Keene was the coach of the Mountaineers’ girls varsity team for the past 24 years. They were scheduled to open their season at home today. However, the game has been postponed.