Archives for June 2018

WV School Clothing Allowance Applications Start Monday

If you need help paying for school clothes for your kids, West Virginia will start taking applications for school clothing allowance on Monday.

The allowance is for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Division of Family Assistance.

Families with school-aged children receiving WV Works cash assistance and those in foster care will automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers by mid-July. Families who received vouchers in 2017 and currently receive Medicaid or food stamps should have received an application in June. To update mailing addresses, visit or call (877) 716-1212. Others may also be eligible, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,092.

Second Phase Of New Services On Way To WV Residents

Medicaid recipients in West Virginia will begin receiving the second phase of new services under a federal waiver as part of efforts by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration to provide substance abuse treatment. The state Department of Health and Human Resources says the expanded coverage starts Sunday. The state will add Medicaid coverage for residential treatment programs for adult substance abuse sufferers, peer recovery support services and coverage to stabilize intoxicated people.

Cancer Research Fund Gets Big Check

Plenty of folks showed up yesterday at the Resort at Glade Springs for a check presentation. Little General presented a check for $32,000 to The Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund. They pledged $100 for every 3-Point shot made during the WVU men’s basketball team this year. Huggins established the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund in memory of his mom, who passed away in 2003.

Virginia Attorney General Sues Big Pharma

Wednesday Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for allegedly deceiving Virginians about the dangers of opioids. In the lawsuit, the Commonwealth alleges Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, violated the Virginia Consumer Protect Act (VCPA) and created a “public nuisance.” According to the Attorney General’s office, between 2007 and 2017 more than 7,800 Virginians died from an opioid overdose. More than half of these deaths were from prescription drugs.

Be Safe This 4th!

We’re just days away from celebrating our nation’s birthday on July Fourth. What a great time to be with friends and family in the great outdoors exploring the Monongahela National Forest. Bring your camera, pack a picnic basket, and something cool to drink, but please forget one thing…fireworks. You can’t even have them, let alone discharge them. “Setting off fireworks in the Forest is not only illegal, it is also a hazardous activity that can lead to injury and wildfires,” said Cameron Crisp, Central Appalachian Fire Dispatch Center Manager based on the Monongahela National Forest. Make the 4th safe for all of us.

Quick Arrest made in Beckley shooting

We reported on this yesterday. Beckley City Police have made an arrest in an early morning shooting early Wednesday morning. Thursday afternoon, police arrested Raymond Edwards and charged him with malicious wounding and five counts of wanton endangerment. He is currently in custody of the Beckley Police Department.

Guilty Plea From Ex-Prison Official To Sex Crime

An ex prison official has pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with female inmates at the federal prison camp in Alderson. 39 year old Jarred Grimes was charged with sexual abuse of a ward in connection with activities that took place between November 2016 and December 2017. He’ll be sentenced on October 17th.

First Lady, First Doll

West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice has unveiled a doll in her likeness.

The doll introduced at a ceremony Wednesday will become part of the First Ladies of West Virginia Collection at the state Culture Center in Charleston. It was made by Washington D.C.-based artist Ping Lau and features Justice in her inaugural ball gown.

Working with drawings and photographs, Lau also has designed the dolls of former first ladies Dee Caperton, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Sandy Wise and Rachael Worby since 2013.

No Construction On I-77 During the 4th

The 4th of July travel season is right around the corner, and the West Virginia Department of Transportation has your travel needs in mind. Construction work along Interstate 77 between Bluefield and Princeton will grind to a halt during the holiday season. Beginning Friday, the 29th and concluding on Sunday July 8th. The truck detour along Route 460 will be lifted during that time. Be mindful of your speed though…the limit will remain 55 miles per hour through the construction site. Enjoy the 4th!

Beckley Detectives Investigating Shooting

Beckley Police Detectives were at work early yesterday investigating a shooting. Police were dispatched to Sanders Avenue around 6:30 in the morning. According to 911 operators, someone shot a woman through a window from outside the home on Saunders. The unidentified woman was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Beckley Detectives are still investigating.