Archives for May 2017

Alpha Sale

Alpha Natural Resources sold off two mining complexes in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, earlier this week. Alpha sold the Green Valley Mining assets to Quinwood Coal Company, including a preparation plants and related permits. Alpha also sold its New River Energy natural gas operation, in addition to the coal mining complexes.

Flood getting more help

Brownfield sites that need help after the flood last year, are getting some help. A Brownfield site is what environmental officials call hazardous for residential and other construction due to it being previously occupied by some kind of commercial or industrial development, that might result in contamination. A 300 hundred thousand grant will be given to help clean up, by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection .
It appears the DEP will use the funds to clean up sites that could be used to house businesses, schools and homes as the folks work together to help build things back up again.

Police Officer who died

Officials in Bluefield, West Virginia, have released the name of a police officer who died in an accident during a pursuit of a suspected drunken driver. Bluefield police administrative assistant Kevin Fleming says Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed early Tuesday. Fleming says Crook had been with the department for nine years and was a former U.S. Marine. Funeral arrangements for Crook are pending.

36 Quilts On Display

Three dozen quilts from local collectors are on display at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center. They have themes and names and they will remain on display there until July 7th. Most of the artists who made the quilts used materials either they had on hand or traded with friends and family.

Church Starts Up Two Cents Lunches

Mallow Presbyterian Church is starting up its Two Cents Lunches program Wednesday. The first was held at noon and will take place each Wednesday at the same time, through Wednesday, July 26th, at the church’s picnic shelter. The lunch costs just two cents and everyone is invited to take part, especially children accompanied by their parents, grandparents or guardians. Along with the food and fellowship, there will be a short Bible story read each week.

Coal & Natural Gas Operations

Virginia based Alpha Natural Resources reports plans to divest itself of a series of coal and natural gas operations in West Virginia. The company announced the sale of it’s Green Valley mining asserts in a press release Tuesday. The operations are in Nicholas and Greenbrier County and include the mines and Number 1 preparation plant along with all related mining permits. The Green Valley operations have been idle since the spring of 2014. Quinwood Coal Company has purchased the operations.

Summer Teachers Institute

The Summer Teacher Institute will begin on June 12th at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. There will be many courses held this summer. According to The Virginian Review, Current teachers are invited to select courses to learn new skills or earn credits to satisfy requirements for recertification. If you are interested in going into teaching, you are welcome to enroll in courses on a space available basis. You can contact Robin Jennings at 540-863-2899 or email her at rjennings @ dslcc dot edu.

BlueField Police Officer Dies

Officials say a police officer in West Virginia has died and three other officers were injured in an accident during a pursuit. Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow said at a news conference that the accident occurred early Tuesday in Bluefield. The name of the Bluefield officer who died and details of the pursuit weren’t immediately released. Dillow says two city officers and a state trooper were treated at a hospital and released. He says state police are investigating.

Consumers Warned About Impostor Scams

West Virginia consumers are being urged to beware of callers claiming to represent utility companies and other impostor scams. The state attorney general’s office says impostors have been known to pose as employees from electric, cable or public service companies and threaten service interruption in order to steal money and personal information. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office said in a news release consumers should watch for callers who demand prepaid debit cards, such as Green Dot cards, as a form of payment, or for callers who give inadequate notice of an impending disconnection.
If you have questions, call the utility’s legitimate phone number from the monthly bill or the company’s website to verify that payment is due.

Founders Day In Beckley

In Raleigh County over the weekend, a trip back in time to celebrate Founders day.
Crowds turned out at the Wildwood House Museum in Beckley, home of Founder General  Alfred Beckley who first visited the area in 1835 and named it after his father John Beckley.   The home features several artifacts such as Raleigh county’s very first piano. Alfred Beckley died at the age of 86. He was Beckley’s first Postmaster, tax collector,  and superintendent of schools.