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.

Searching For Cause In Raleigh County Fire

Fire investigators think a meth lab may be behind a house fire in Raleigh County Monday morning. Crews were called just before 7am to a home on Odd Road in Josephine. After some substances were found at the scene, a deputy was called out. What may be a meth lab was found inside. Crews and authorities remained on the scene for some time. It was cleared at about 11am.

Looking To Expand Program To Keep Kids In School

What started in Greenbrier County as a way to combat kids dropping out of school, is going national. Communities In Schools was started four decades ago to help students who were having issues academically or in some cases, problems at home. Governor Jim Justice is a major supporter of the effort. There’s a move afoot to bring it to more school districts in the state thereby helping more students and hopefully reducing the drop out rate.

Woman Cuffed In Monroe County Murder

A woman is under arrest in Monroe County after a body was found in an abandoned truck. The call came in Saturday after authorities, checking on a report of an abandoned pick up, found the body inside it at Lilly Dale Road near Union. The body was ID’ed as William Comer Jr. of Lowell. No word on a cause of death. Judy Kay Wooten is behind bars charged with murder. No word as yet about a motive for the killing.

Fallen Vietnam Soldiers Honored In Monroe County

Honors and recognition for Vietnam Veterans Thursday during a ceremony in Monroe County. Four veterans killed in the conflict, Everette Robert Johnson, Carl Roger Crosier, Andres Starrett Pierce Jr., and Franklin Wylie Neel, had their names placed on a monument. You can see the monument outside the Monroe County Courthouse.