Archives for August 2017

Obesity in WV

A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation.
The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was second at 37.3 percent and Alabama and Arkansas were tied for third at 35.7 percent. The report says the adult obesity rate increased between 2015 and 2016 in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia.

Annual Summit in Greenbrier

Business leaders from all around the state are in White Sulphur Springs for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Summit. The three day gathering kicked off Wednesday night with an appearance by Vice President Pence as the closing speaker. WVU President Gordon Gee and the state’s two U.S. senators addressed the crowd yesterday. The event wraps up today, and will feature remarks from Marshall President Jerome Gilbert.

Amber Alert Girls Found Safe

Two West Virginia girls who became the subjects of an Amber Alert have been found safe, and a man wanted in connection with their disappearance has been arrested. News outlets report that 45-year-old Carl Ray Fortney was apprehended Wednesday near Petersburg following the alleged abduction of his daughter, 6-year-old Cheylynn Fortney, and stepdaughter, 14-year-old Cherity Hannon.

Trooper Resigns

A West Virginia State Police official says a trooper has resigned amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a witness in a homicide case he investigated. State Police chief of field services Maj. V.S. Deeds told The Herald-Dispatch that Trooper W.G. Hash resigned Tuesday. State Police conducted an internal investigation after the newspaper detailed the allegations last week.


West Virginia’s state university and commerce officials say plastics and chemical manufacturing, cybersecurity, higher-end tourism and automotive assembly are sectors where the state can turn its lagging economy around. In an address Thursday to business leaders at the Greenbrier Resort, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says they collaborated to produce a roadmap for reinforcing the state’s existing foundation for growth and identify sectors to diversify the economy.

New Jobs coming to Princeton

A Manufacturing company is moving to Princeton. Elgin Industries Manufacturing has relocated to Shelter Road in Princeton, from Cedar Bluff Virginia. According to WVVA TV, reporst the company has hopes of adding 52 new jobs with the move over the next 3 years. This relocation is thought to be a sign of the economy improving, according to the
Mercer County Development Authority says this is a sign of the improving economy.


Amber Alert Cancelled. Authorities have confirmed that both children have been found safe.

Funeral Home

A West Virginia funeral home will no longer offer pre-need funeral contracts. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won a court order yesterday that stops the Lobban Funeral Home form offering the service. Morrisey told the court the funeral home did not turn in audits and records despite being ordered to do so. A circuit court in Monroe County is giving the home until mid-September to comply with the order but Lobban will not offer the service for the time being.

Harvey is Upping Gas in WV

Hurricane Harvey is going to have an impact on how much you spend to fill up your gas tank but, so far, the price has not spiked. As we head into the Labor Day weekend, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is up just slightly from last week. According to Triple-A, the average price in West Virginia is two-38 a gallon. Last Labor Day, the average price was less than two-20 a gallon.

Man Brands Woman

Police say a West Virginia man allegedly branded a woman with a horseshoe and a fork. News outlets report Ervin Harold of Bluefield was charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault. Bluefield Police Detective J.B. Fox says Harold allegedly held the woman against a wall last week and branded her twice with a horseshoe and once with a fork. Fox says Harold allegedly held the horseshoe with a coat hanger so he wouldn’t burn himself.