Logging At State Parks In Greenbrier County?

Could the state parks in Greenbrier County be opened up to logging? Gov. Jim Justice’s administration has proposed doing so. Legislation introduced by the Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders at Justice’s request would authorize the Division of Natural Resources to implement “a sound silvicultural management plan.”
It calls for limits not exceeding “the average of four trees per acre per tract” and not to exceed half the sellable timber on an acre. Trees would have to be at least 16 inches in diameter at chest height. Proceeds would help maintain state parks. Conservation groups said lifting the 80-year ban on commercial logging of parklands is the wrong way to help them.

Got Pests? Email This Address

West Virginia’s Department of Agriculture has established an email where the state’s residents can send pictures and descriptions of a suspected invasive pest, as well as their locations and any related damage to buildings or plants. Department officials say landowners who email information to bugbusters@wvda.us will be notified if their tip raises concerns and whether someone from the agency will visit the site.

Armed Robbery, Chase In Greenbrier County

Two people under arrest following an early morning armed robbery and high speed chase that started in Greenbrier County and ended in Alleghany County. At about 3:30am, police say 42 year old Calvin Parsons allegedly robbed Lewee’s Bar and Casino in White Sulphur Springs at gunpoint. He lef the casino in a vehicle and the Alleghany County Sherriff’s Office picked up the pursuit near the Dunlap Fire Department on Dunlaps Creek Road. The pursuit reached speeds over 100 miles perhour and officers were finally able to get the car pulled over along 64 West. Police say Parson and a female passenger were both questioned about the incident. Parsons has been charged with Felony eluding police, wreckless driving speed over 80 mph, assault against a police officer, hit and run,as well as abduction and kidnapping.

Lewisburg Water Woes Ongoing

Lewisburg’s water woes are elevated as the city is now asking all Lewisburg Municipal Water System customers to adopt voluntary water conservation measures for the near future. City officials have determined that water conservation is needed at this time in order to protect the integrity of the supply and distribution system. Since the last cold snap began, there has been a noticeable reduction in the water available from our source and numerous water leaks have been discovered that have compromised the ability to restore water levels in water tanks. At the same time there has been much higher than normal water usage. Water tank levels are critical to increasing water pressure and volume throughout the water system.

Power System Upgrades For Greenbrier County

Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., have announced plans to improve electric power reliability to customers by upgrading its transmission system in four West Virginia counties, among them Greenbrier County. The Meadow Bridge Transmission Line Upgrade in Fayette and Greenbrier counties will replace aging infrastructure with modern technology. The improvements will also reduce the likelihood of extended outages to customers and decrease restoration times when outages do occur. Find out more about the Meadow Bridge Transmission Line Upgrade, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, Rainelle Public Library.

Wallet Water Woes In Rainelle

Good, clean water can come at a steep price and it appears people in Rainelle will soon get a harsh reminder of that. The community got a $2.6 million dollar loan from the USDA three years ago to make repairs to its water operation and since then, has had to make an $8,000 a month payment which extends out for forty years. Local revenue streams won’t cover it and now council will consider a motion at its next meeting on January 22nd that could boost local water bills by 30%. For the average homeowner, it breaks down to about an additional $7.65 per month.

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Jan. 12, 2018 11:50 AM CST
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Water Rate Hike Motion In Rainelle

Good, clean water can come at a steep price and it appears people in Rainelle will soon get a harsh reminder of that. The community got a $2.6 million dollar loan three to make repairs to its water operation and since then, has had to make an $8,000 a month payment which extends out for forty years. Local revenue streams won’t cover it and now council will consider a motion at its next meeting on January 22nd that could boost local water bills by 30%. For the average homeowner, it breaks down to about an additional $7.65 per month.

What Do You Think Should Be Done About State’s Opioid Epidemic?

Health officials in West Virginia say a plan to combat the state’s opioid crisis has been released for public comment. The Department of Health and Human Resources released the response plan Thursday. It was prepared by a panel of public health experts after a review of public comments, a public meeting on Dec. 21 and input from state agencies. Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 19 at bphcommunications@wv.gov.

The plan eventually will be presented to Gov. Jim Justice and the state Legislature. It focus on six areas, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, overdose reversal and recovery.

Justice Wants Teacher, Jail Guards And Others To Get Raises

Gov. Jim Justice is calling for pay raises for West Virginia’s jail guards, teachers and other workers in the next fiscal year with the state’s economy and tax revenues now on the upswing. Addressing the Legislature, the now Republican governor told the GOP-controlled House and Senate the state isn’t facing budget deficits now as it was last year. His revenue and budget staff said none are forecast for the next six years in their plan.
In his second State of the State Address, Justice called for no tax increases, which got a standing ovation from a crowd of lawmakers, other state officials and guests.

Investigation Into Raleigh County Shooting

Authorities in Raleigh County identify the suspect in a shooting Wednesday night. Investigators say they’re looking for Randolph Stump. He was last seen in the Sweeneysburg Road area wearing a grey hoodie. The shooting happened on Harper Road and shots were fired at at least one person. No reports of injuries. Police haven’t specified what it is that put them on Stump’s trail. No arrests.