Archives for April 2017

Heavy Wind

Over the weekend there were some power outages and downed trees, due to heavy winds.
Saturday afternoon, Mercer County dispatch siad even Low Gap Rd was closed to traffic. At one point, the “outage map” on the Appalachian Power site said more than 200 folks were with power.

Info Fair for Greenbrier folks affected by floods

Gov. Jim Justice and Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher announced that last week, there will be an informational fair in White Sulphur Springs to talk about resources available to those who were affected by the June 23rd floods. The RISE even will be free and it will be at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center in Greenbrier County on May 4st. The Register Herald reports that if you are planning to attend you can register at wvcommerce.org/RISE-Greenbrier for the event in White Sulphur Springs.

Bible in Schools dismissed

A West Virginia school district wants a lawsuit over its “Bible in the Schools” program dismissed. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Mercer County schools filed their motion in Bluefield federal court. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. sued the Mercer County Board of Education, Mercer County Schools and Superintendent Deborah Akers in January. Their motion calls the lawsuit an attack on the constitutional right to offer optional Bible classes in public schools.

Craft Brew Festival Saturday In Greenbrier County

Go and go thirsty to the first ever West Virginia Craft Brew Festival. It happens in Greenbrier County on Saturday at the state fairgrounds. There will be plenty of craft beer but also live music, a food truck rodeo and workshops. The cost is $35 at the gate. The event runs fromm 2pm to 10pm.

Law: Indoor Tanning Not For The Young

West Virginia has outlawed indoor tanning by anyone under 18. The law approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jim Justice says tanning facility owners face a misdemeanor charge and $100 fine for a first offense.
That rises to a fine ranging from $250 to $500 for a second conviction and $500 to $1,000 for a third.
Under the old law, children younger than 14 were banned from tanning beds in West Virginia businesses. Those 14 to 17 needed parental permission or consent.

New Restrictions On Political Signage In WV

Here in Greenbrier County and across the state, there are new restrictions on the placement of political signs.
The change has been approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice and applies to early voting as well as Election Day. It reduces the required distance for campaign activity from 300 feet when polls are open.
The restriction doesn’t apply to private property.

Football Coach

Drug charges are being filed against a high school football coach in Fayette County. Larry McCommack works at Valley High School. He allegedly sold drugs and was arrested earlier this week. The 38-year-old is free on bond. The sheriff’s department says the drug deal did not happen on school property.

Justice Asks for more Flood Money

Governor Jim Justice is asking Congress for more than 450-million-dollars in flood recovery funding. Justice joinedgGovernors and lawmakers from other states Wednesday to ask that Community Development Block Grant disaster funding be included in the Continuing Resolution being considered by Congress. The five states involved in the request would get close to four-billion-dollars if approved, with West Virginia’s share hitting 461-million-dollars. Justice wants the money to help recover from last year’s massive flooding.

Impaired Drivers in WV

The tide is turning as more impaired drivers on the road are on drugs, not alcohol. Because of that changing trend, West Virginia is one of five states that will be getting grant money to help officers identify and test drugged drivers. Right now, less than three dozen officers in the state have special training to identify drivers on drugs.

New Plans Perhaps For Old Planes In Greenbrier County

Could old airplanes be part of some new plans at the Greenbrier County Airport? The man who runs the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad says he’s talked with officials there about such a prospect. John Smith says he can envision vintage plans carrying rail fans between the airport and his operation in Pocahontas County as part of some special mini-vacation packages.