Archives for November 2017

Raleigh County Gas Leak

A gas leak in Raleigh County Tuesday morning. The call came from EQT Corporation a tabout 8:30am. Fire crews got to the scene and they could hear the leak but not smell it or reach the leak site because it was in a wooded area. EQT deals in natural gas. The scene was cleared and the company will be responsible for dealing with the leak. It’s not clear how much gas escaped. No injuries reported.

Buck Firearm Season Underway

West Virginia’s buck firearm season is underway. Tens of thousands of hunters are expected to head into the woods this week for the deer gun season, which lasts through Dec. 2.
Monday’s start of the buck gun season coincided with the start of the antlerless deer firearms season, which is open in most counties.
The Division of Natural Resources says hunters can shoot two deer on the same day, but only one can be an antlered buck.
Resident landowners can kill an extra buck without buying the stamp if they hunt on their own property.

Raleigh County Home Leveled By Fire

Fire destroyed a home in Raleigh County early Monday. Police say Stanaford Road had to be shut down for a time as crews knocked back the flames but it’s now reopened. Firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of New Caladonia Street at about 4am. No injuries reported. No word on a cause. The Red Cross is helping the displaced family.

Appalachian Power Looking For Property Tax Roll Back

Appalachian Power Co. is asking to roll back its property tax assessment in West Virginia for the 2018 tax year, citing a combination of a mild winter followed by a mild summer that has hurt business. “The utility business tends to be a weather business,” Thomas Johnson, property taxes manager for Appalachian Power’s parent company, told the state Board of Public Works on Thursday.

Man Charged For Chasing School Bus With Rifle

He reportedly chased a school bus while holding what looked like a rifle, now a Raleigh County man faces charges. 18 year old Tyler Conn was behind the bus on an ATV screaming during the incident, say witnesses Wednesday afternoon as the bus traveled on Drew’s Creek Road. There were children on the bus at the time and the driver kept driving out of fear for their safety. Police were called and took Conn into custody. No injuries reported. The investigation is ongoing.

New Homes For Flood Victims In Rainelle

Eight additional homes will be dedicated in Rainelle Monday as part of the Appalachia Service Project’s flood recovery efforts. It’s been a year since the first such dedication following the June 2016 flood. 50 families in all have new places to live and 10 more homes are currently under construction.

Woman Asks For Sentence Reconsideration In Drunk Driving Case

A Beckley woman serving time for a drunk driving accident wants her sentence reconsidered. Debra Dillon lead police on a chase back in 2015 along Route 19 onto the North Beckley exit and to Route 16. Officers were convinced she was impaired during the pursuit. On Route 16 she struck a car with an adult and four children inside and another car with a lone occupant, causing six injuries. She was handed 13 to 53 years behind bars but told a judge that she has turned her life around and would like to see her sentence reduced. Prosecutors say Dillon’s record has more than 60 priors.

Final Preps Underway For Lewisburg Holiday Festival

The Lewisburg Holiday Festival is coming up this weekend. Live music will fill the air and the christmas tree will be lit. Expect a visit from Santa and his crew, plus for the first time this year, there will be free horse drawn carriage rides. Organizers say the festival also provides a nice boost to the economy. It runs 10am to 6pm on Saturday and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.

Unemployment Steady In WV, According To Latest Numbers

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in October at 5.1 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed residents increased by 100 last month to 39,900.

Employment gains included 1,300 in government, 1,000 in construction, 700 in educational and health services, 700 in leisure and hospitality and 300 in manufacturing.

There were job losses of 800 in trade, transportation and utilities; 700 in financial activities; and 600 in professional and business services.

WV Considering A ‘Work For Welfare” Arrangement

West Virginia is considering adding employment requirements for roughly 170,000 people covered by a component of the Affordable Care Act.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Health and Human Resources Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samples said Friday the requirement would focus on able-bodied people if enacted.
Around 70 percent of Medicaid-expansion households include a working adult and the requirement would apply to the other 30 percent. It would “align” Medicaid with state programs that already have work requirements.
Federal officials said in a letter to governors that states are encouraged to submit waivers from a section of the Social Security Act under which the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services can waive certain Medicaid rules.
West Virginia anticipates it will submit a waiver application next year. Other state programs are being studied.